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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!

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)!

FISH DAY in Port Washington is busy indeed! April 13, 2012

Fish Day, a festival celebrating Port Washington’s fishing heritage, will celebrate its 48th year in 2012.  It is always held the third Saturday of July (21st this year) and without a doubt brings more people into Port Washington than any other day of the year.

The warm months of the year are predictably desirable times to visit a lakeshore location and Lake Michigan draws thousands to its shoreline each year. Port Washington is a favorite spot because of its quaint charm, its walkable environment, and the fact that it typically doesn’t feel overrun with tourists. Fish Day is the exception, however, as thousands of people arrive to enjoy the festival.

Increasingly the Port Washington Inn receives reservation requests for Fish Day a year in advance, not only because of the festival itself but also because mid-July is prime time in our area. Because of this, our policies for bookings inclusive of that 3rd Saturday in July fall under the category of HIGH DEMAND DATES and are handled as follows:

1) January 1st of the year of the reserved dates, a 50% NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required to hold the reservation. This may be charged to a Mastercard or VISA or paid by a check received by that date.   The remaining 50% balance due for the reserved dates is payable 30 days prior to the stay (also by check or Mastercard/VISA).

2) Reservations for Fish Day made 14 or more days in advance of the reserved dates require a 50% NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT at the time of booking.   Cancellations of such reservations made 30 days or more prior to the reserved dates will receive a credit certificate in the amount of the deposit less $25 cancellation fee per room reserved.   The credit certificate is valid through June of the following year.

3) Discounts applicable to other dates do not apply to this high demand weekend.

Get all the details about Fish Day here!

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!

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.

Breakfast is a treat at Port Washington Inn! February 25, 2010

Breakfast takes on new meaning when you are served a delectable breakfast in a beautiful dining room!

First, though, you will enjoy your early morning cup of rich coffee or your choice of teas or hot chocolate in the privacy of your guestroom. That is certain to get your day off to a good start!

Then, at the time you’ve designated, you come down to the inn’s dining room to indulge……….in whatever you choose from the breakfast buffet. Eat as much as you please or as little as you want. This is your getaway and it’s all about you feeling pampered and well cared for.

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