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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!

Labor Day weekend, the Denis Sullivan Tall Ship, Port Washington Inn: what do they have in common? August 6, 2015

S/V Denis Sulivan

S/V Denis Sulivan

Labor Day weekend is just one month away so make plans now to take advantage of the Denis Sullivan’s presence in Port Washington September 4-9!



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!

2015 PGA Tournament Lodging at Port Washington Inn: 5th night FREE! February 9, 2015

August 2015 will be an exciting time as the PGA Tournament revisits Whistling Straits just 30 minutes north of Port Washington! That 30 minutes can be considered a ‘buffer zone’ between the congestion of an event of this magnitude and the laid back access to Lake Michigan at Port Washington.

Port Washington Inn is a bed and breakfast in the truest sense: an historic home that now accommodates and pleases guests (check our TripAdvisor reviews)! We have blocked out eight nights (August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) in order to allow guests to choose the 4 nights they deem essential plus a 5TH FREE NIGHT…..yes, that is four paid nights plus a 5th night FREE!

Because the nature of this event makes it a high demand event in our area, the policies applicable to booking these dates differ from our routine policies.


1) Each guestroom will accommodate a maximum of 2 people (and the reservation assumes the same two people over the duration of the reservation)

2) A 50% NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required at the time of booking

3) Balance of the reservation total is due April 30th, 2015. Any existing reservation cancelled by this date will receive a credit certificate in the amount of the deposit; the credit certificate is good for one year from the date of issue. Cancellations after April 30, 2015 will not qualify for credit certificates.

The five guestrooms at Port Washington Inn include en suite bathrooms and rates are as follows:

Top of the World Suite and Grace’s Suite: $249/night (available August 15/16/17 only)

Dorothy’s Room: $199/night X 4 = $796 + tax
(when taking advantage of the 5th free night, this room = $159.20/night + tax)

Helen’s Room and Noelle’s Room: $189/night X 4 = $756+ tax
(when taking advantage of the 5th free night = $151.20/night + tax)

All stays include WIFI throughout the inn, a full breakfast in our formal dining room plus early morning coffee service (only the best coffee!!), access to a beverage center throughout your stay, common areas both inside and outside the inn, and off-street parking (no parking hassles). The inn is 3-5 blocks from everything downtown including restaurants, shops, the marina, parks, the 1860 Light Station/Museum, the Interurban bike trail throughout Ozaukee County, and parks along Lake Michigan’s shores…..and the Port Washington Exploreum which opens this spring!

Take advantage of the autumn leaves at Port Washington Inn; HR now available this weekend! October 17, 2014


Sometimes opportunity knocks and the opportunity is too good to pass up; consider this scenario:

The leaves are glorious, but not forever. You know that, and yet you haven’t had the chance to get out and enjoy the autumn color.

Perhaps Port Washington Inn’s last minute availability of Helen’s Room for this weekend is opportunity knocking at your door…..take a look at our website and book online OR give us a call (262-284-5583).

Friday and Saturday and Sunday are available, so book one, two, or three nights; save 15% on two nights or 25% on three nights!

Noelle’s Room is available for a single Friday night stay (call to reserve this one).

p.s. did we mention that HR has an electric fireplace stove?

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


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.

Celebrating favorite family-owned businesses within 30 minutes of Port Washington Inn May 23, 2014

We love spreading the word about family-owned businesses we patronize and appreciate. This week we’ve had the pleasure of visiting three of our favorites: Anodyne Coffee and Pastiche Bistro (in Bayview) and Paradise Garden Nursery on Highway 33 a few miles east of West Bend.

All of the coffee served at Port Washington Inn comes from Anodyne and is roasted for us once we call in our order. We personally feel that a day that begins without Anodyne coffee is off to a bad start!

Likely it’s a good thing that Pastiche isn’t right around the corner from us because we would have a difficult time staying away; although why even try to stay away when everything about it is so perfect (the wine selection, the French onion soup which we simply cannot pass up, the delectable entrees and the desserts…….all served in an environment warmed by gracious service and attention to all the details.

A trip to Paradise Garden Nursery is an experience I look forward to each spring. Once there, I feel as though I’m in another world made beautiful by the TLC of the Ratzburg family. The parents started the nursery and now their sons have joined and grown the business! Their plants are beautifully cared for and always do well; for those of us who depend upon guidance when deciding what to plant where, this is the place to go!

As Dave reminds me, we also have favorite family-owned businesses here in Port Washington but I’ll save those for another blog.

25% off 2 nights at Port Washington Inn December 6, 7, 8 November 16, 2013


The weekend of December 6-7 is a special one in our area with Christmas on the Corner in Port Washington and Christmas in the Country in Cedarburg.

CHRISTMAS ON THE CORNER: Historic Port Washington is the perfect place to celebrate a hometown Christmas. Our picture postcard setting is ideal for “Christmas on the Corner”: Magic of the Season; setting the stage for your holidays. Reindeer, carolers, in-store promotions, St. Nick, photos with Santa, a living nativity, carriage rides, strolling musicians are all a great way to spend an afternoon in early December. But that’s not all! At 6:15 is our Christmas parade, with lights, floats, and a lot of fun. After the parade, stick around downtown to watch the only winter fireworks display in the county!

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Christmas in the Country is a nationally recognized Folk and Fine Art Christmas boutique celebrating our 39th year. The spirit of Christmas abounds throughout this unique arts/crafts and gourmet food show. Find juried original works by nearly 50 of the finest artists from around the country!
More information HERE

Additionally, you can enjoy a presentation of “Christmas Belles”, a Comedy by Hope, Jones, and Wooten at Memories (phone 262-284-6850 Tues-Fri to reserve tickets for buffet dinner and the show ($32) or the show only ($20). Playing Weekends: Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.

A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. This fast-paced, funny comedy will make for the perfect holiday get-together with family, friends, and co-workers.
Menu: Pulled Pork, Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy, Potato Pancakes, Dirty Rice, Vegetable Blend, Memories’ Famous Fluff, Warm Corn Meal Muffins, Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, Bread Pudding

More information HERE

You will need a place to stay, of course, and that’s where the Port Washington Inn comes in! Allow us to round out your weekend with extra holiday touches to savor as you enjoy the peaceful privacy and generous hospitality for which the inn is known. Plus enjoy 25% off your two night stay in effect December 6, 7, 8!

Dining room and library of Port Washington Inn decorated for Christmas

Dining room and library of Port Washington Inn decorated for Christmas

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