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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.

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

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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

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!!!!

Celebrate July at Port Washington Inn July 2, 2013

 

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PWI Rose Extravaganza of Color

Our roses seem to be competing with the upcoming 4th of July fireworks as their brilliant blossoms create an extravaganza of color! Port Washington Inn’s location four blocks uphill from Lake Michigan allows us to keep an eye on the lake, and yesterday the lake was a gorgeous blue, the perfect backdrop to the roses.

PWI Roses w/Lake Michigan in the background

PWI Roses w/Lake Michigan in the background

The lake views get better from the balcony of Grace’s Suite (on second floor) and the sitting room of Top of the World Suite (on third floor). But viewing the fireworks is great from Dorothy’s Room or the front porch as well.

The iris put on a great show this year and the daylilies are just beginning to open. Hydrangeas, weigela, and a mystery shrub in our yard have been adding their color and fragrance. A clematis is playing peek-a-boo amidst the roses.

Single night stays are available through July 4th, but we offer 15% discount on a two night stay and 25% discount on three or more nights! Book online or call 262-284-5583.

Celebrate some time together this July!

Let Ozaukee County Express transport you to Summerfest and back! June 24, 2013

You needn’t stay near the Summerfest grounds or hassle with driving and parking.

Stay in Port Washington and catch the Ozaukee County Express bus service straight to the gate!

Service begins Wednesday June 26th and extends through Sunday July 7th (Summerfest is closed Monday July 1st).

 

Daily service begins at 11:30 a.m. from the Saukville Wal-Mart parking lot or (13 minutes later) from the Target/Home Depot parking lot in Grafton.  These locations are 4-5 miles from Port Washington Inn.

Weekdays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. buses depart each 15 minutes.

 

RETURN TRIPS leave the festival grounds every half hour on the half hour until 12:30 a.m.

 

Cash fare for adults is $6.50 round trip.  Seniors (65 and older), valid Medicare card holds, or persons with disabilities pay $3.00 round trip.  EXACT FARE IS REQUIRED: PAY WHEN YOU BOARD

 

For more information visit the Ozaukee Transit website or call 414-344-6711

 

Save 15% on your two night stay or 25% on three nights at Port Washington Inn!  

2013 Harley Davidson 110th Reunion Lodging June 14, 2013

Located 30 minutes north of Milwaukee, Port Washington shares Lake Michigan’s shoreline and is known for its picturesque setting and its charter fishing industry.  The lakefront is the focal point of the community affording visitors and residents a well-kept marina, 4 parks overlooking the waterfront, one of only two art deco lighthouses in the U.S., a restored 1860 Light Station open for touring, kayak and canoe launch from South Beach, and groomed beach below Upper Lake Park to the north of the marina.   The historic downtown parallels the lakeshore on Franklin Street and reaches west on Grand Avenue.  This ‘little city of seven hills’ has stairs up and down the hills that create shortcuts from one destination to another.  It is a perfectly walkable location that guests of the Port Washington Inn appreciate!

August 30th from 3:00-11:00 Port Washington’s Rock the Harbor Festival celebrates visitors to the 2013 Harley Davidson 110th Reunion.   Traditionally, Port Washington hosts as many of the Harley Davidson reunions’ visitors as find rooms here.

Port Washington Inn blocked out the dates of August 28th through September 1st to allow guests flexibility in determining which four nights work best for them; we offer a FREE fifth night.

Because these dates are high demand dates, our policies are as follows:

1) 50% nonrefundable deposit upon making the reservation

2) Balance due 30 days in advance of your arrival; also nonrefundable

3) Room is booked to a maximum of two people (the same two people for the duration of the stay) ***

***The Top of the World Suite can accommodate three people each with their own bed (additional person charge  of $75/night applies)

 

Call us with any questions or to make a reservation:  262-284-5583

 

We would love to share the peaceful privacy and generous hospitality of Port Washington Inn with you,

 

Rita & Dave Nelson

 

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.

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