Monthly Archives: July 2014

Birds Galore and more! at Horicon Marsh

Driving West of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, you will find the largest shallow water cattail marsh east of the Mississippi River. Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure and offers visitors a great variety of activities. One of the richest experiences is to take a guided tour of the marsh with area experts who know the wildlife of the area.

Equipped with quiet, clean running 4 stroke outboard motors, the pontoon boats of Horicon Marsh Boat Tours at Blue Heron Landing will allow you to easily hear the guide during the guided tour. Additionally, the wildlife is easier to approach with quiet engines. It is a relaxing way to experience Horicon Marsh National Refuge.

Silent sport enthusiasts can rent Old Towne Kayaks and Grumman Canoes for either a guided tour or a day of exploration on their own. These rentals will come with a PFD for safety, because while the marsh is shallow, the bottom is not always firm. For those with their own boating equipment, there is a nice boat landing right in Horicon.

First time visitors to Horicon Marsh are often surprised by the size of the marsh. It is 32,000 acres which would make it the 2nd largest lake in Wisconsin if it were a lake. There is more marsh than one can possibly see in one visit, so a trip here could start a nice annual tradition.

Because of the size of the marsh wise visitor will bring a compass or GPS unit to keep track of their location. First time visitors may be best off taking a guided tour so they can have familiarity with at least part of the marsh before they venture off on their own. However, experienced kayak and canoe operators will do just fine.

When you stay at hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast you could make a trip to the Marsh just one of your day trips. After hiking and biking the Kettle Moraine a drive over to see the Marsh is a nice break in the wooded scenery around here. Bird watching on our property is one thing, but to see the hundreds of migratory birds in the Horicon Marsh is truly amazing! Reserve your stay now as the summer is going fast! To visit the Blue Heron Landing website see http://horiconmarsh.com/boat-tours/

West Bend Germanfest

Milwaukee, while famous for its festivals, is not the only place with ethnic activities. West Bend, Wisconsin has a weekend event, August 22 – 24, 2014, to celebrate the cultural heritage of the area. Celebrating its 29th year, West Bend, Germanfest is a fun tradition that takes place in the heart of the small city, right in it’s downtown. Germanfest in West Bend has free admission and free parking!

This festival features live music all three days and with very few breaks in the action. While some groups will appear more than once, the music is scheduled every hour, on the hour. Performers include: Jerry Schneider, The Downtowners, The Good Time Dutchman, Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty, Carol & The Keynotes, Wendinger Band, Polka Family Band, Rebel Grace, River City Blaskapelle, Pommersche Tanzdeel Friestadt-A Folk Dance Group.

German food is also featured including all of the traditional favorites, along with more American options. Beverages are excellent as Miller Brewing and Sprecher Brewery are the featured beer providers for the festival and each have a wide variety. Non-alcoholic beverages by Sprecher will include the famous Sprecher Root Beer.

Whether you like the listen to the music, dance, or just enjoy the people watching, West Bend Germanfest is the place to be August 22 – 24. Book your reservation at Hidden Serenity now to ensure a place to stay during the festival.

Downtown West Bend is only 8 minutes away from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. For additional information about West Bend Germanfest, please visit http://www.westbendgermanfest.com/fest-information.html

Erin Hills, Site of the 2017 US Open Golf Championship

After a long winter in Wisconsin, golfers can’t wait to make use of the excellent courses we have here in our state. Among the high caliber golf courses a new, and very special place is has risen up out of landscape – Erin Hills Golf Course.

Erin Hills is special and not just because we think so. The 2011 US Amateur Open was played there. Things went so well that Erin Hills has now been awarded the 2017 US Open golf championship. Only five other publicly accessed courses have ever been awarded the US Open Now is your chance to play the course before this exposure makes it a national attraction. Erin Hills is already mentioned in the same company as Pebble Beach and Oakmont. Erin Hills is also ranked in the top five public courses in the United States by the USGA.

Erin Hills is carved out of the Kettle Moraine landscape within view of the Holy Hill church towers. The course is a tremendous challenge even for the best golfers, but the scenery will make you forget the occasional bad shot. Picturesque Erin Hills was created in a way that the architect worked with some of the most beautiful landscape (carved by glaciers) in Wisconsin and further enhanced the beauty making everything feel perfectly in place. Golf there and you will see that the course “belongs” right there on this piece of real estate.

After your round you can enjoy the Irish Pub and Terrace overlooking the first hole of the course. Enjoy the memories of your round over some of the finest adult beverages available or order some pub fare from their taste-tempting menu. You will never forget your day at Erin Hills and in 2017 when the pros play the US Open there you can say “I’ve golfed there”. How many people can say that.

If you are from out of the area and are thinking of enjoying the event, our Washington County Bed and Breakfast, Hidden Serenity B&B, can accommodate you. Our high standards and excellence fits right in to the same treatment you expect at Erin Hills. Booking this far ahead of time ensure you the luxury room you want.

For more information about Erin Hills please visit www.erinhills.com/default.aspx

Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin

Northeast of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is the village of Kohler, Wisconsin. The Kohler family has become famous for their championship golf courses after being known worldwide as the company that makes some of the finest kitchen and bath fixtures. The first of their courses was built in 1988, designed by Pet Dye, one of the greatest golf architects. Perhaps the best part of Blackwolf Run Golf Course is that they didn’t just create one 18 hole course in the Sheboygan River valley, but instead made two full 18 hole courses.

For years Blackwolf Run has been the site of championship golf including the Anderson World Golf Championships from 1995-1997 and the US Women’s Open in 1998 and again in 2012. As other, newer courses have come into the picture the last two decades, Blackwolf has matured into a fantastic course that just gets better each year.

A special feature of Blackwolf Run is the availability of private golf lessons, golf clinics and golf school at the Kohler academy. This is a great way to make sure you make the most of your round at one or both of the courses. The instruction comes with great club professionals and high tech equipment. You will be able to see your swing and go through video analysis with the pro teaching you ways to improve your game. Perhaps you will play the round of your life after learning from the pros!

Blackwolf Run has a great restaurant with the same name as the course featuring grilled cuisine while overlooking the 18th hole greens of both the River course and the Meadow Valley course. It is perfect setting after playing 18 or 36 holes of some of Wisconsin’s finest golf holes.

Enjoying the premier golf courses of  Wisconsin dotted around Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. Our Wisconsin bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after a day of golf.

For additional information about Blackwolf Run please visit http://www.americanclubresort.com/golf/blackwolf-run