• Summer, July, Ozaukee County Wisconsin: what’s to do? July 4, 2015

    Guests at Port Washington Inn are invited to enjoy the back deck.

    Guests at Port Washington Inn are invited to enjoy the back deck.

    Drink in the beauty of July:

    1) enjoy parks along Lake Michigan Lions Den Gorge, Coal Dock Park, Rotary Park, Lower Lake Park, Upper Lake Park in Port Washington; Harrington Beach State Park in Belgium

    2) hike or bike the Interurban Trail

    3) attend Gathering on the Green Music Festival (262-242-6187 for info)

    4) participate in Port Washington’s Garden Walk (262-284-1948 for info) or Cedarburg’s Garden Walk (262-349-1147 for info)

    July Blooms at Port Washington Inn

    July Blooms at Port Washington Inn

    5) take in an old-fashioned Friday Night Flick at the bandshell in Port Washington (262-284-5881 for info) t

    6) enjoy a Seasonal Produce Cooking Class or a Farm Tasting Tour at Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm (414-522-6989 for info)

    7) learn about the history of Port Washington and its connection with Lake Michigan at the Port Exploreum

    8) Visit the Fiber Art Exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg (262-349-1147 for info)

    9) take a trip back in time at the antique tractor and machinery show at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village in Saukville (262-377-4510 for info)

    So much to see, so little time, you say? Then Port Washington Inn’s Stay Longer Special is made to order:

    reserve three or more consecutive nights and receive 25% off your entire stay! You will enjoy homemade treats and a full breakfast and excellent coffee (or tea…..) each day of your stay AND you will be situated in the heart of Ozaukee County, in a peaceful neighborhood with views of Lake Michigan and outdoor space to enjoy!

    Off street parking for guests at the Port Washington Inn

    Off street parking for guests at the Port Washington Inn

     

    Stella d'Oro daylilies in bloom at Port Washington Inn

    Stella d’Oro daylilies in bloom at Port Washington Inn

    Roses I give to you..........

    Roses I give to you……….


  • See fireworks from Port Washington Inn June 9, 2015

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    Around the country, people will jockey for position to watch fireworks in celebration of July 4th. After 19  years as innkeepers of the Port Washington Inn, we tend to take for granted our ability to enjoy Port Washington’s fireworks from the comfort of the inn….or the front porch….or the lawn. We love our location and our guests do, too!

    Prime real estate for viewing the fireworks from Port Washington Inn is the private balcony of Grace’s Suite and the sitting room of Top of the World Suite; guests also report viewing fireworks from Dorothy’s Room.

    Our Two Nights Are Better Than One Special gives you 15% off a two night stay;

    Stay Longer and you receive 25% off three or more nights!

    Whether you are coming to Port Washington for an excursion on the tall ship Denis Sullivan (in our harbor July 4 & 5), for charter fishing, canoeing or kayaking, strolling the beach, or exploring the Interurban Trail, you will likely be making plans to return to take in the additional outdoor opportunities you didn’t have time for on your first visit.  This is a place rich in history and intent upon honoring its history (visit the amazing Port Exploreum). Good things are happening here; come check us out!

     


  • Tall ship Denis Sullivan to visit Port Washington repeatedly this summer! May 29, 2015

    Tall ships have been a main attraction of Port Washington festivals, but this summer the tall ship Denis Sullivan will be visiting Port Washington June 25-29, July 4 & 5, and August 21-23! This is great news as so many of our guests over the years have expressed interest in getting out on Lake Michigan.

    Take advantage of the multiple night discounts at Port Washington Inn to fully enjoy the pleasures of Port any time. You won’t want to miss visiting the Port Exploreum (newly opened April 21, 2015). And your tastebuds will be happy if you allow them ample time to savor the flavors of Port (BALTICA BISTRO, DAILY BAKING CO., CHOCOLATE CHISEL are just the beginning!)

    Port Washington’s claim to fame has always been its maritime heritage and the presence of the Denis Sullivan pays tribute to that as does the newly opened Port Exploreum. Happily, Port’s architectural history is also being honored by the restoration of distinctive buildings.

    Port Washington Inn’s building was originally a home built in 1903 by George & Eva Blessing who moved here from Chicago. They built this lovely home on Sweetcake Hill; the house began life as a bed and breakfast in 1991.

    Next week we will begin our 20th season as owners/operators of the inn; over the course of our time here, it has been our mission not only to welcome guests to the inn but also to restore ‘this old house’ and to create landscaping to honor it. We truly feel that George and Eva Blessing created a home with a welcoming presence which we are privileged to share with our bed and breakfast guests. We invite you to Port Washington Inn!


  • Mother’s Day weekend in Port Washington Wisconsin May 7, 2015

    Port Exploreum Grand Opening

    How will you celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? This time of year finds us all in the mood to take advantage of being outside…….but what if Mother Nature isn’t providing the weather we yearn for? Here’s an idea the entire family can enjoy, rain or shine! YES, you will learn a thing or two, but NO, you won’t be yawning…..far from it.

    Sometimes distance makes it impossible to celebrate with our mothers, but a gift certificate to Port Washington Inn will convey the message and give your mother something to look forward to; order online or give us a call at 262-284-5583. We can email the gift certificate to you or to your mother!

    Or put together a last minute stay at the inn this weekend; anything is possible!


  • Half Past April April 17, 2015

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    It’s half past April, boats are returning to the marina, the Port Exploreum opens April 21st, the Port Washington Inn is newly reshingled, perennials are up, and birdsong is in the air: WELCOME SPRING!

    Those of you from the midwestern USA intuit the joy with which spring is welcomed on the heels of winter here in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where we tend to be especially thankful for the warmth of a spring day and a day of sunshine that colors Lake Michigan in endless shades of blue.

    Attending the preview of the Port Exploreum last evening, the view of the blue lake from the Exploreum was ‘frosting on the cake’ to this feat of renovation and engineering designed to share the history of Port Washington’s Lake Michigan legacy. It is at once a worthy renovation paying tribute to the original architecture of the space and an engaging interactive environment in which to explore Port Washington’s unique story over time.

    While the exploreum is essentially a tribute to Port’s maritime history, through November, it also houses the photo exhibit (and original darkroom) of “Vernon Biever, The Man Behind the Camera; his images of the legendary Coach Vince Lombardi and five world championship teams helped turn the 1960’s Packers into the most romanticized professional football dynasty.”

    The Port Washington Historical Society along with a cast of dedicated volunteers and worthy donors has created this tribute to Port Washington’s history. Our guests have been enjoying the tours of the 1860 Historic Light Station for years (an earlier project of the P.W. Historical Society).

    Last Sunday afternoon The Schumacher Building in downtown P.W. was honored for its designation on the Registry of Historic Places (another example of the Historical Society’s contributions). Port Washington is moving forward by honoring its past, very much as the Port Washington Inn honors its past by ensuring the integrity of the home built by George & Eva Blessing in 1903.

    We invite you to return to Port Washington and to Port Washington Inn to celebrate your personal history!