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Visiting Port Washington Inn February 7, 2017


When we travel, we so appreciate discovering food that makes us happy; as innkeepers, our goal is to offer our guests food that makes them happy. Over our years as innkeepers (21 years and counting), an increasing number of guests have advised us that they are following a somewhat restricted diet. We know a little more about that now than we did last year at this time.

Last spring we undertook the challenge of creating quality gluten-free baked items for our guests; most recently we have undertaken the challenge of a grain-free diet for ourselves. Did we think we would ever make such a decision? No! But the results have been persuasive, so we continue.

Now we fully understand the challenges of traveling while following a restricted diet; it’s not impossible, but it’s often not easy either!

When booking a stay at another B&B recently, we forewarned the innkeepers that we would not be able to indulge in their typical baked goods. Visiting with the innkeepers over breakfast, we all agreed that advance notice allows innkeepers to offer workable options to the best of their abilities.

We appreciate insight in how to make your stay at our inn the best it can be!

Twisted Willow Harvest Feast October 24 October 2, 2015



Most of our guests would agree that good food and good company are top priorities for a good time. That makes dining at the Twisted Willow while spending time at Port Washington Inn a win/win.

Therefore, we are happy to spread the word about:

The Harvest Feast at Twisted Willow Saturday, October 24th!

Here are some details:

Two separate seatings

Five-course dinner with or without beverage pairings
$59.95 with beverage pairings
$49.95 without pairings

Menu available Tuesday, October 6th

Limited seating; make reservations well in advance
Call Twisted Willow at 262-268-7600

Additionally, each Thursday & Saturday during October The TreeHouse at the top of the Twisted Willow will be the place to enjoy live entertainment.

If you must travel to Port Washington and need a place to stay, take advantage of Port Washington Inn’s multiple night discounts (15% off a two night stay; 25% off three or more nights) and make your weekend extra special.

Port Washington Inn is 3 blocks from Twisted Willow!

Bike Ozaukee County Promotion March 12, 2012


……..includes the above specials we are offering at Port Washington Inn PLUS:

Port Washington Inn’s location three blocks from the access to the Interurban Trail and halfway between the northern and southern points of this trail through Ozaukee County makes a stay here a convenient way to take advantage of the trail.  Factor in our award-winning breakfast chock full of healthy and delicious food prepared from scratch and our recognition as one of Wisconsin’s Top Ten Eco Elegant Inns and you have a winning beginning to a stellar getaway.  But there’s more to make your time in Ozaukee County and Port Washington a stellar experience:

~ A wonderful box lunch prepared for you to pick up at Baltica European Tea Shop & Gifts.  All homemade.  Gourmet choices; menu changes weekly.  Includes a glass of fresh-brewed iced tea of the day.  (

~ 10% off bike apparel or groovy accessory and $5.00 off bike rental at ZuZu Pedals (

~ A free sample of possibly the world’s finest chocolate from the Chocolate Chisel (

~ Complimentary wine tasting and BUY ONE GLASS, GET ONE FREE from Vines to Cellar, custom small batch winery (

You may book this promotion online by reserving your room(s) at Port Washington Inn, then choosing Bike Ozaukee County Promotion available under “Enhance Your Stay” OR give us a call at 262-284-5583!

Port Washington Inn Gingerbread Cookies February 5, 2012

In earlier years when Port Washington Inn was open year round, we often served gingerbread cookies to our guests for their afternoon snack in December, and many a guest returned home with the recipe in hand.  These past several years, we have closed the inn for the month of December in order to spend the holidays with our family where the gingerbread tradition all began.  The beauty of this dough is that it is very forgiving for little hands to work with and, since it has no eggs, we needn’t be worried if a bit of raw dough is sampled now and then!

This year Zaida, age three, was eager to make gingerbread cookies with grandma; we had lots of fun!  In advance, grandma had mixed the dough and chilled it.  She had also found small holiday tins in which to package the gingerbread for Zaida’s gift giving.  Zaida was very proud to have tins of gingerbread cookies she had made to give to her family and friends!

Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to begin a similar holiday tradition!

Port Washington Inn Gingerbread Cookies

1/3 cup soft shortening

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1-1/2 cups dark molasses

2/3 cup cold water

6 cups unbleached flour

2 teaspoons soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix shortening, brown sugar, and molasses thoroughly; stir in water.

Blend dry ingredients, then combine the wet and dry mixtures and mix thoroughly.

Chill several hours or overnight.  Allow dough to warm slightly at room temperature before rolling out:

approximately 3/8″ thick for small cookies or 1/2″ thick for larger cookies.  Cut out and place on a lightly

greased baking sheet, allowing some space between cookies for expansion as they bake.

Bake in 350 degree oven until they are puffed and baked through but not dry (10 minutes is typical in our

AGA baking  oven for the tiny gingerbread cookies we make).

Decorating your cookies is all about being creative and there are lessons to be learned!  Zaida and I discovered a trick to make the colored sprinkles stay on the cookies; we kept a small ramekin of water nearby and used our fingers to ‘paint’ the top of the cookie with water before dipping it into a pie tin of sprinkles.  This worked because our cookies were tiny ones that could easily be inverted.  If adding sprinkles to larger cookies, paint the top with water and then shake the sprinkles on.   The cinnamon dots make great buttons!

This dough also makes excellent tree decorations.  Use a toothpick to create a hole in the top prior to baking. When cookies are thoroughly cooled, insert ribbon and hang.  The cookies harden with exposure to the air and can be kept in a dry place from year to year.

Herbed Omelets are popular at Port Washington Inn October 8, 2011

Grow herbs?  If the answer is yes, you likely have parsley and chives available and now would be a great time to harvest them (or check your local farmer’s market).  By chopping them and mixing them with finely grated cheese, then freezing this mixture, you will have the makings for some awesome herbed omelets!   These omelets have been enjoyed by our guests this past season after we discovered this great combination.  Here the herbed omelet is pictured with breakfast sausages made for us by Bernie’s European Meat Market in downtown Port Washington, our signature whole wheat bread which we serve lightly buttered and oven toasted, and a refreshing cranberry orange accompaniment that perfectly complements the sausages.    Of course there is more……….great coffee, refreshing juice, our yogurt cultured from whole milk, our granola……and perhaps a cinnamon raisin french toast with hints of the bourbon in which the raisins were plumped……..

Come enjoy breakfast at the Port Washington Inn; it’s worth getting up for!

Delectably cool breakfast finales delight our guests! August 3, 2011

Frozen raspberry yogurt offers you some healthy cool on a hot day!

Here at Port Washington Inn we are always looking for ways to enhance our guests’ stay.  When the weatherman turns up the heat and humidity outside, our professional ice cream machine comes to the rescue.  In it we can create the tastiest of cool treats to delight our guests at breakfast.  Typical choices are frozen yogurt or a sorbet.  Served up in a chilled dish with a heart shaped pastry and a sprig of fresh mint, this has been a favorite breakfast finale during this summer’s heatwave!

Breakfast pastries to warm your hearts! February 5, 2011

In celebration of love, we’ve created this breakfast pastry to warm your hearts and delight your taste buds!  The melt-in-your-mouth pastry is topped generously with strawberry red currant preserves, then baked to perfection.

Fast, easy, & YUMMY holiday (or any day) treat December 17, 2010

Want to add a little WOW factor to your next gathering with friends?

This recipe will get you rave reviews with the minimum of preparation time.

Bake them up at your leisure and then freeze them.  Thaw and serve with

slices of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a glass of wine….or good coffee…or YOUR

favorite beverage!  Here’s the recipe:


2-1/2 cups unbleached flour

1/2 cup raw (turbinado) sugar

1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground course black pepper

1/3 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds (toast until golden brown on a baking sheet in 350 degree oven)

1/2 cup DRY red wine OR marsala

1/2 cup olive oil

Combine dry ingredients well; add wine and olive oil and mix together thoroughly (I like to use the

paddle of my Kitchen Aid mixer for this step).  Mixture will not stick together readily until you gather

it together with your hands and form it into ‘logs’ that are wider than they are high.  Cut into slices

approximately 3/8″ thick and place in rows on a baking sheet (no need to grease the sheet).  Bake in

350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until biscotti are golden brown and dry.   Cool well on a baking

rack before placing in an airtight container.  Freeze if biscotti are not going to be served within 3 days

of baking.

Life’s a Bowl of Cherries Special – 25% Off! November 11, 2010

Port Washington Inn's distinctive Door County Cherry Bread Pudding wins Grand Prize at WBBA Cook-off 2010!

Thank you to Paramount Pixels for this stellar photo taken at the cook-off!

To celebrate our Grand Prize Winning Door County Cherry Bread Pudding

…..and just in time for the holidays

…..purchase a gift certificate to Port Washington Inn for your beloved

…..then accompany them on a  “Life’s a Bowl of Cherries” getaway

…..available New Year’s Eve weekend through March!

See our Specials page for all the details.

Port Washington Inn Door County Cherry Bread Pudding wins grand prize! November 10, 2010

November 8th we began singing “Life is just a bowl of cherries….”  after our Door County Cherry Bread Pudding received the Grand Prize in the WBBA cook-off in Wisconsin Dells!

Many of our previous guests know just how delicious this bread pudding is and we think  the recent addition of a cherry sauce made with sweet and tart cherries is the crowning touch.

Judges for the cook-off represented the Wisconsin Cherry Growers,  Midwest Living Magazine, and the prestigious Del-Bar in Lake Delton.

Our thanks to the Wisconsin Association of Bed and Breakfasts for extending this opportunity for us to showcase the type of breakfast we proudly offer our guests.

The Door County Cherry Bread Pudding is a recipe we originated using our homemade wheat bread for which we grind the wheat berries.  It is lightly sweetened with Wisconsin maple syrup and plentiful dried Door County cherries are baked into the bread pudding.   It is delicious as is but even tastier with a sauce of sweet and tart whole or pureed cherries over the top.   We serve lean beef bacon (from Kewaskum) and freshly cultured plain yogurt to complement the bread pudding.   Add a steaming cup of our coffee (from Anodyne Roasters in Milwaukee) and you’ll agree that “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”!

It’s just possible that “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” is the perfect song for our time.  Take a look at the lyrics…….

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Don’t take it serious; life’s so mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go.
So keep repeating it’s the berries,
The strongest oak must fall,
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.

Give your beloved “a bowl of cherries” with a gift certificate to the Port Washington Inn this holiday season.   Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and are good for a year.  You may even decide to take advantage of our winter “Life’s a Bowl of Cherries” Special in effect New Year’s Eve weekend through March.