Spring, savings, sewing, seeds, songbirds, & cycling at Port Washington Inn April 13, 2012


Daffodils, vinca, and forsythia are adding their color to the landscape and the cool temperatures have prolonged their season. In our nearly sixteen years in this location, we’ve never noticed so much forsythia as this year. The daffodils and vinca in our yard are particularly happy this spring and the lenten rose is a welcoming touch of delicate color as guests pull into our off-street parking area. We eagerly await the blooming of the wallflowers begun from seed last year. We wonder if they will they live up to the pictures in the seed catalog?

The unseasonably warm weather in early March got us out into the yard and prompted a frenzy of enthusiasm for a landscaping project involving lots of mulch and pavers. After further consultation, we downsized the plan to mulch minus the winding paver border we had envisioned. It was hard to let go of that aesthetic element but we know all too well the amount of labor it would involve. And we took seriously the advice that it wouldn’t hold up over time……just like that warm weather didn’t hold up.   But the birds are back and their songs fill the air!

So here we are, waiting for mulch to be delivered and in the meantime accomplishing as many indoor projects as possible before the season gets too busy. Even so, we had to postpone a small painting project this week to accommodate a last minute reservation. In these days of smart phones and tablets, GPS, and apps galore, more and more people find us “on the fly”!   It’s wonderful even when it means redesigning our plans a bit:)

Rita’s sewing room has been busy as she creates new window treatments for Helen’s Room, the main floor powder room, and the west kitchen windows. It is fun to finesse the inn to make it that much nicer for guests and for ourselves.  Undoubtedly you, too, have been spring cleaning and finessing your homes and yards. It’s that time of year!

When you need a break from your labors, come check out the Interurban Bike Trail (take advantage of the Bike Ozaukee County Promotion) and the marina (open as of April 1st).  Port Washington is a happening place these days but not a ‘tourist trap’ so you can enjoy a leisurely time here investigating shops, a wonderful variety of restaurants, a class act tea room (Baltica), Bernie’s European style meat market, wine tasting at Vines to Cellar, handmade chocolates and ice cream at The Chocolate Chisel……plus all the amenities of Port Washington Inn.

Come during April, stay two nights, and get 20% off your stay; three or more nights get 25% off.

Hope to see you soon!