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


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.


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…… will eat well!!!!

Make memories this fall at Port Washington Inn August 8, 2013



We just celebrated our 46th anniversary and, in years prior to innkeeping, we often spent the first two weeks of August celebrating Dave’s birthday and our anniversary while on vacation. Most typically we vacationed at our modest lakeshore place on Little Spirit Lake which is part of the Iowa Great Lakes.

On a map, the Iowa Great Lakes look like puddles compared to the Great Lakes we now know and love. But they afforded our family the opportunity to go to the beach, to row a boat, to fish, and to cook over a campfire; we have years of great memories! Often we made a trip back to our garden to harvest fresh vegetables to enjoy at the lake, and the lugs of peaches we would buy at Fareway were exquisitely sweet and juicy.

One of the perks of being at the lake was that there was no phone! Imagine that… way for anyone to reach us. It was family time, pure and simple. What a luxury to experience those days. With only our appetites and the beach to impose structure on each day, they truly felt like ‘the endless days of summer’.

How many ‘endless days of summer’ have you experienced this year? It feels to us that
summer took such a long time arriving that it has been short-changed. All the more reason for each of us to enjoy fall to the fullest! Here along the lakeshore, fall is extended, and it is truly a beautiful season to enjoy the outdoors.
We are now offering single night stays (Monday through Thursday) at the discounted midweek rate during September and October.

Weekends, single night stays may be booked one week in advance of arrival. All to help you take advantage of the lovely season of fall.

Those of you who have been challenged by weather to get in your quota of biking or hiking this summer will love the Interurban Trail in September or October. As you may recall, Port Washington is approximately mid-point on the Interurban and Port Washington Inn is three blocks from the trail.

We have a new restaurant in town! The Twisted Willow is making many people’s dining experience happy these days. We appreciate their atmosphere, their service, and their commitment to food that is fresh, creative, and reasonably priced.

Port Washington also has a new lakeshore park, Coal Dock Park. It’s in its infancy, but the walking paths are in place and there is an aerial video that gives an idea of how this space connects to the marina area. Our W.J. Niederkorn library has collected images of the coal dock’s history.

And we’ll pass on to you what recent guests shared about the teriyaki smoked salmon they purchased on a stick from Ewig Brothers…..”hands down, the best smoked salmon we’ve ever had!”


Photos taken by Rita from Upper Lake Park, Port Washington

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


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


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)!

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!

A walk in the park (Harrington Beach State Park) July 2, 2012


It would be the rare person who would describe their life as “a walk in the park” these days. Have you wondered about the origin of that expression? I would have to answer, “frankly, no!” But after taking a walk around Quarry Lake in Harrington Beach State Park on a beautiful day last week, the expression seems apt. Reconnecting with nature in a beautiful setting outside the parameters of the technology that rules so much of our lives can be, literally and figuratively, a breath of fresh air. Our lives can benefit from the balance that a ‘walk in the park’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’ can provide.

Many guests at the Port Washington Inn either ride bikes or drive to Harrington Beach State Park, just 10 miles north. There are plentiful park opportunities in Port Washington, too. So a stay at the inn very often includes a visit to a park to enjoy Lake Michigan, or a nature center such as Riveredge Nature Center which is 10 miles inland from us.

Take advantage of our multiple night discounts to take a walk in the park and draw a breath of fresh air! A recent guest who was giving herself a bit of time away from her normal routine affirmed as she checked out that it was the best investment she had made in awhile.

Sometimes we need to reconnect, sometimes we need to disconnect; finding the atmosphere that makes it easy can make all the difference!

Get info about Port Washington online or on your smartphone May 25, 2012 is the place to go for everything you want to know about Port Washington.

Traveling with your smartphone?  Download the app and you’re good to go!

Reserve your room at Port Washington Inn and begin the journey……….

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!

Chicago Magazine's "Road to Zen" highlights Port Washington Wisconsin June 26, 2010

Harrington Beach

What fun to find Port Washington, Wisconsin, and Ozaukee County’s Interurban Trail highlighted in an article by Catey Sullivan writing for Chicago Magazine’s The Escape Artist July 2010!   Follow this link to read the article online

Locals all too often take for granted Port Washington’s exceptional setting, but we are reminded by visitors that what we have here is ‘a little piece of heaven’.

From Port Washington the Interurban Trail heads north through the countryside toward Harrington Beach State Park or south with a mixture of countryside and the towns of Grafton, Cedarburg, and Thiensville.

The 636 acre Harrington Beach State Park is a favorite destination for guests of Port Washington Inn to take one of the inn’s Gourmet Picnics to enjoy at a picnic table or on the beach.  The picnics can be packed in backpacks for guests doing the bike trail or in a picnic basket for those preferring to travel by car.   It’s homemade fare prepared in the inn kitchen!

NOTE: The toll free number listed in this article is defunct.

Please call 262-284-5583 to reach Port Washington Inn.

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