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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!

Hike while staying at Port Washington Inn July 16, 2014

View from Lions Den Gorge

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Wild flowers at Lions Den Gorge October 2012

Wild flowers at Lions Den Gorge October 2012

Lake Michigan has the effect of lengthening the season of autumn along its shorelines; a hike through Lions Den Gorge or Harrington Beach State Park will nourish your senses with their natural beauty.

These photos were taken October 20, 2012 at Lions Den Gorge where leaves had fallen to create a carpet of autumn colors underfoot while random wildflowers still bloomed and some golden leaves held fast to a tree along the beach. Along the trail vibrant orange leaves proclaimed the season!

Everything’s coming up roses at Port Washington Inn! July 7, 2014

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We recall our earliest years of innkeeping when we coveted the landscapes with profusions of roses spilling over fences or trellises. If felt like a dream come true when we could admire our own roses spilling over the pergola that Dave and Aaron built. In spite of our ignorance of roses in general, they have proven to be dependable in our landscape. Our white rugosa rose blooms first, followed closely by the roses you see in the photo above (would that we could recall what rose we planted!).

The roses (and each shrub and perennial that survived this past winter) are treasured for their durability as well as their beauty.

Enjoy fall’s colors @25% off when you stay 3 nights at Port Washington Inn October 9, 2013

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Two rooms have reopened unexpectedly for this weekend and color is awesome! Take advantage of it all with a three night stay in Helen’s or Noelle’s Room and save 25% ofF your stay. Book Helen’s Room online or call 262-284-5583 to book either Noelle’s Room or Helen’s Room.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO??

Bring bikes and bike the Interurban trail (or rent bikes from ZuZu Pedals downtown.

Hike the Seven Hills of Port Washington (or do the stairways)

Enjoy the parks overlooking Lake Michigan: Upper Lake and Lower Lake Parks, the newly opened Coal Dock Park

Take a bit of a drive north to Harrington Beach State Park or south to Lions Den Gorge

INDULGE IN PWI’S AWESOME BREAKFAST, TWISTED WILLOW IN THE EVENING (CALL 262-268-7600 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AS THIS PLACE IS HOPPING BUSY!) WITH IN-BETWEEN HUNGER SATISFIED AT CHOCOLATE CHISEL (artisan chocolates and ice cream), BALTICA (teas, lunch, dessert and fair trade gifts….pottery from Poland), DOCKSIDE DELI, TELLO’S……..you will eat well!!!!

Looking for a last minute getaway this Memorial Weekend? May 24, 2013

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AS the sun illuminates blossoms in our yard this morning, we look forward to the arrival of our guests for this Memorial Weekend. There is still time to book a stay and to take advantage of our multiple night specials of 15% off two nights or 25% off three nights. If one night is all you have for your getaway, don’t despair! We’ve lifted the two night minimum for available rooms and a single night can now be booked online from our website. Come to enjoy the peaceful privacy and generous hospitality of our bed and breakfast inn and the attractions of historic Port Washington and of our area! Bring or rent bikes from Zuzu Pedals to enjoy the Interurban Trail (three blocks from the inn), walk the beach, amble through the marina and parks along Lake Michigan’s shore. Sunday afternoon take in Port Washington’s 6th Annual Street Festival welcoming summer!

Port Washington's beach, looking south

View from Upper Lake Park

Port Washington Marina at dusk

Garden Tour of Afterglow Farm Sunday June 16th May 17, 2013

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Take advantage of our multiple night specials to stay two or three nights and take in this garden tour:

TWO NIGHTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE gives you 15% off a two night stay

STAY LONGER gives you 25% off a three night stay.

Memorial Weekend in Port Washington Wisconsin May 15, 2013

Port Washington's 6th Annual Street Festival

Port Washington’s 6th Annual Street Festival

Wisconsin has waited a long time for spring to arrive this year and we are all ready to celebrate now that warm weather is allowing us to shed all vestiges of winter! Come celebrate the beginning of SUMMER in Port Washington and discover the magical quality of our small Lake Michigan community!

From Saturday’s Farmer’s Market to Sunday’s 6th Annual Community Street Festival you’ll get a taste of Port Washington’s warm heart. And how better to experience it than to stay at Port Washington Inn Bed and Breakfast where you will be situated in a residential neighborhood within an easy walk of the Farmer’s Market, the Street Festival, Lake Michigan and the marina, all the shops and restaurants, the Historic Light Station and the art deco lighthouse, parks, beaches, the Interurban Bike Trail.

Factor in peaceful privacy, generous hospitality, luxury in a relaxed setting, and incomparable breakfasts and early morning coffee on your private balcony with views of Lake Michigan or on the back deck or the front porch……..need we say more?

If you saw the Around the Corner with John McGivern featuring Port Washington, you saw Port Washington Inn and you got a flavor for Port Washington. Come experience it for yourself OR come back to experience it again!

Take advantage of our specials for a two night stay (15% discount) or a three night stay (25% off)!

Won’t Mother be enchanted with an invitation to an English Tea? May 2, 2013

Site of the Mother's Day Eve Tea Party

May 11 – Baltica Tea Room and Gift Shop -An Enchanting Mother’s Day Eve Tea Party to celebrate your Mom with everything Spring: Flowers, Poems and Songs…English Style Afternoon Tea Service will include:

Sparkling Tea
Hot Dessert Tea
5 Delicious Tea Appetizers &
5 decadent Tea desserts served on 3-tier trays.
(Feel Free to Bring your Favorite Tea Cup, and an
Appetite for Delectable Food.

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Place: 223 N Franklin Street, Port Washington
Dress Code: Downton Era Inspired Attire, Hat a Must!
Reservations Are Required: 262.268.8832
Admission: $29

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As is everything Urzula sets her hand to, this event will be superlative! Make it a superlative weekend by adding a stay at the Port Washington Inn Bed and Breakfast. You may have seen the inn and Baltica Tea Room on the Around the Corner with John McGivern show featuring Port Washington.

Come to discover Port Washington; return with great memories and ideas of coming back!

Around the Corner at Port Washington Inn April 2, 2013

Thursday March 28th was the first public television airing of the Around the Corner with John McGivern Show highlighting Port Washington! There was a premier viewing earlier in the week to which participants and local residents were invited. We are impressed!! We are especially honored to be the very first bed and breakfast to be invited to participate on their show.

Maybe you are already a fan of the show, but in case you miss the airings on public television, it can be viewed from this link link any time.

The show alludes to “Premo, the beer that made Milwaukee furious”. Port Washington Inn was built in 1903 by George and Eva Blessing who owned the Port Brewing Company that made Premo Beer!

Port Washington has a rich history, it’s true, but it’s also busy reinventing itself. You’ll see evidence to that effect everywhere you look! Truly, there is every reason to spend more time in our area these days and the reasons only increase as weather warms!

So allow us to entice you with our 15% discount on a two night stay and 25% discount on a three night stay. These discounts are in effect May through October and apply to all dates except Harley Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Reunion (August 29, 30, 31, September 1).

At this time of year, people tend to make vacation plans well into the future, but our online reservation system is set to accept online reservations only four months into the future. Give us a call if you are interested in reserving rooms for August or September, for instance, and the system won’t allow it.

May through October our online reservation system is set to High Season status. That status does not differentiate between weekend vs midweek rates and it requires a minimum stay of two nights. Sometimes a single night stay can be accommodated as last minute availability during high season, so don’t hesitate to call if you find yourself passing through the area and need a room. We’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Days are lengthening, birds are singing, the sun is moving north, and everywhere nature is about rebirth and regeneration. It’s time to plan that regenerative getaway!

Ready, Set, Celebrate at Port Washington Inn! September 28, 2012

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Ready, Set, Celebrate!!!!

As the month of September draws to a close, we are eagerly awaiting news of the birth of our third grandchild. He is keeping us in suspense and making the distance between us and our daughter’s family seem even greater than usual (they live in Barcelona Spain). News of his safe arrival will indeed be cause to celebrate!

It seems that this is a year of celebrations of all sorts. Another delivery we are eagerly awaiting as September turns to October is the new WBBA (Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association) Cookbook which features Port Washington Inn on the cover. Several of our favorite recipes are in this cookbook, and we look forward to trying those of other innkeepers, too. There will be many recipes innkeepers serve to their bed and breakfast guests but some family favorites as well. We’ll have a supply of these cookbooks at the inn as of early October.

Autumn has arrived and that is certainly cause for celebration in a year of record breaking summer heat and drought here in the midwest. The cooler temperatures of autumn have never been more appreciated! Leaf colors are glorious in our area and we know only too well that autumn’s magical color display is fleeting and we must take advantage of it!

Our Stay Longer Special continues to encourage three night stays (or longer) and is a win-win for our guests and for us, too. Our guests benefit from the savings and the lengthier stay the savings afford them; we benefit by getting to know our guests better as we visit over three or more breakfasts.

Biking in the heat of the summer wasn’t so great, but biking now in the autumn is fabulous and a great way to enjoy the colorful leaves. Bring your bikes with you or rent bikes from ZuZu Pedals downtown Port Washington.

Need gear? It’s here now at Duluth Trading Company which just opened their Port Washington store earlier this month. If you haven’t checked out our downtown recently, you are in for a treat as there are increasingly good options on offer in Port Washington. How many of you have visited Baltica Tea Room and Gift Shoppe? Pear and Simple? Victor’s Pier Street Shanty? Wardrobe Safari-Zing? The Chocolate Chisel? Dockside Deli? Okay……a few of these places have been here for awhile, because they make a lot of people happy!

So, carve out an autumn getaway, make your reservations at Port Washington Inn, do a little holiday shopping while taking in the magic of autumn along Lake Michigan where autumn is extended by the warmth of the lake. Savor the savings and the good memories…..of time spent together, of delectable food shared with each other, of peaceful privacy and generous hospitality. It’s downright magical!

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