Monthly Archives: October 2014
Five Festive Fridays at Cedar Creek Settlement
As time moves the Calendar to November and into December, a series of events take place on FIVE consecutive Friday nights in the Cedar Creek Settlement. For over a month, the cultural district is alive on Friday evenings awaiting your visit.
Starting on November 21st Five Festive Friday’s kicks off with “O’ Tannenbaum” Christmas in Germany. This event features the music of Tony Gorenc and Fred Buchel, genuine German dancers and Schnitzelbank demonstrations. German food items will include German Stollen, cider and cookies. Cedar Creek Winery will offer wine tasting and sampling to go with the other treats available.
Thanksgiving weekend (November 28th) features live music from the Jenny Thiel Duo, wine tasting, Make-it-and-Take-it projects and complimentary cider and cookies.
The big weekend of December 5th, 6th and 7th is the time for “The Settlement Christmas Showcase” where the 150th anniversary of the Wittenberg Woolen Mill will be a big celebration! Historical Speakers and cultural events will give you stories about Cedarburg you may have never heard before.
December 12th from 5-9 PM is “Santa’s Workshop” where you will visit with Santa in his winter wonderland. “Songs of the Season” will be performed live. The usual treats featured at the previous weekends will also be available along with items for purchase.
Finally, when Christmas is just around the corner, December 19th is the evening especially for the grown-ups. The festive shopping atmosphere will include entertainment from Ed Franks as he performs songs originally sung by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Bing Crosby. You are sure to recognize these songs and may be tempted to sing along.
Five Festive Fridays, enjoy one or more when you stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast.
Cedar Creek Settlement
Starting out as springs just west of West Bend from water pressure in the hills of the Sub-Continental Divide, Cedar Creek flows through Big Cedar and Little Cedar Lakes, then East through Washington and Ozaukee County before entering Cedarburg. Historically, the creek was put to use in Cedarburg at the Cedar Creek Settlement. Currently this part of Cedarburg is the height of culture, entertainment and shopping, anchoring a business district that draws tens of thousands of visitors per year.
Cedar Creek Settlement is the home to the Cedar Creek Winery, which is housed in an 1864 grist mill building. Updated and wonderful to visit, the winery is a great place to take a tour, sample wine and purchase unique wines for yourself or for gifts.
Speaking of unique items for purchase and gifts, 25 unique shops are in the settlement. This is not the mall experience that many strive to avoid, but unique shops owned by local proprietors. Names such as Cedar Creek Trading Post, Alpine Gift Haus, The Jewelry Works and Amish Craftsmen Guild II are just a few found on the fronts of these establishments. Art studios include Bridge Road Gallery and Cedar Creek Pottery where you can see the work of local artisans.
Cedar Creek Settlement is also home to three restaurants and always has seasonal decorations. The Cedar Creek Settlement is a short drive from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast and because the shops and galleries are small and locally operated, they offer not only the variety that only small shops can display, but also change frequently enough that return visits are always greeted with something new to explore.
Many of the wonderful guest we have at our luxury bed and breakfast come to the area with the intent on visiting Cedarburg while in the area. It is a short drive through the country. We are happy to give directions to the Cedar Creek Settlement and they also maintain a great website at www.cedarcreeksettlement.com. Hidden Serenity is a great place to hang your hat while visiting, shopping and enjoying Cedarburg.
Monches Artisans Holiday Open House
If you like small shops and an open schedule, the 31st Annual Monches Artisans Holiday Open House is for you. Named after an Indian Chief, Monches, was settled in the 1840s primarily by Irish settlers. Monches is now locally known as an artist’s community because of the variety of artwork available in relatively close proximity.
The weekend of December 5th-7th, 2014 is set aside for a self-guided tour of some of the most unique shops, farms and studios you will find all in the countryside near Holy Hill Basilica. While many have driven the rustic roads near Holy Hill to enjoy the fall colors, along the way small shops are awaiting your visit. This open house tour is a great opportunity to hit all of them in one day as each day of the tour runs from 9:00AM-5:00PM.
Monches Farm is one of the stops. Here you will find a gift shop brimming with unique antiques contrasted with fresh handmade wreaths, both featured in an atmosphere decorated for the season. Refreshments will be available.
Krauski Art Glass, Bobrowitz Sculpture, Lee Curtes Pottery are smaller shops where one of a kind items that are hand-crafted by local artisans are waiting to be discovered. This may just be the perfect trip to find that special something for that special someone. There are many unique gifts and a variety of artwork on display and for sale.
Refreshments, seasonal music, bonfires, locally produced wine and all the art you could possibly imagine are what you will find during your tour of these shops. All located in one of the most beautiful areas of Southeastern Wisconsin. A map of all of the stops on the tour can be found at http://www.monchesartisans.com/map .
Musical Entertainment With an A Capella Twist for December
Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is in close proximity to two great music venues. The University of Wisconsin-Washington County Theatre is right in West Bend and the Schauer Arts and Entertainment Center is in downtown Hartford, 20 minutes away. This December two musical treats come to these respective venues and combining a stay at Hidden Serenity with an evening concert makes a wonderful weekend.
The first concert is on Friday December 5th at the UW-Washington County site. Six Appeal Vocal Band has a following in the area from past performances. The A Capella group features musical and comedic talents that will leave you in awe. It is no wonder they were the 2012 Harmony Sweepstakes Champions! This is worldclass entertainment in a small venue close to our bed and breakfast. A sample clip is found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rq5mnXR0I
Tickets are available at http://washington.uwc.edu/event/public-promotional-event/six-appeal-vocal-band
Rockapella Holiday will take the stage at the Schauer Arts and Entertainment Center on December 19that 7:30PM for a Friday night performance. Another band that has A Capella credentials, this band has been touring the East Coast and Southeastern part of the United States this fall. They will be in Hartford for one night only, so be sure to get your tickets and book your stay at Hidden Serenity while the date is still available. Rockapella tickets can be purchased at http://www.rockapella.com/?page_id=57.
Bands that specialize in A Capella style are amazing in that they are able to generate unbelievable music with just their voices. Their timing is always perfect, unless they goof it up on purpose (for your entertainment and laughs). If you have never been to a concert in A Capella style, these are two that would be a great introduction to this type of music. Enjoy a Friday night concert this fall and enjoy your stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. The combination make for a great getaway with your sweetheart!
Thanksgiving Time Events Near Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast
Thanksgiving is a time of the year to reflect on the summer past, and plan for the upcoming Holiday Season. A stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast during this holiday weekend can be combined with some excellent shopping opportunities for couples, or for “deer-hunting widows” who are looking for their own get-a-way during the hunting season.
For those who enjoy the thrill of finding the perfect antique, The General Store Antique Mall (1277 Fond du Lac Avenue, Kewaskum) will be having their annual Thanksgiving sale starting on November 21st through November 30th, perfectly coinciding with the annual hunting season. This gives you the option of 2 weekends or the week in between to book a stay with us and enjoy some antique shopping. With hundreds of items, changing all the time, you will have hours of antique hunting all under one roof. The General Store Antique Mall has a facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/General-Store-Antique-Mall/111943822239238?rf=142762932437296
The City of West Bend has something special Thanksgiving weekend — the 2nd oldest Christmas parade in Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 30 at 5:00 PM. It is the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving weekend into the busy Christmas season. This parade will include local music in addition to all of the typical Christmas Parade activity. The parade marches down Main Street through Downtown West Bend. Be sure to stick it out until the end when Santa arrives. Young and old enjoy a parade!
The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are limited this year because Thanksgiving is late. Once the weekend is over we are already into December. Make your plans now to visit Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast to make the most of the season.
Paradise Ranch Winter Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Historic Cedarburg is a wonderful village just a short drive from Hidden Serenity. The Cedarburg Winery, Cedarburg Strawberry Fest and much more in Cedarburg have given our guests great experiences. Located outside of Cedarburg, nestled in the woods, is a place that has an experience that you will want to enjoy again and again. And with snow flying in the near future, this Cedarburg option is a perfect winter activity you will want to come back for year after year.
Paradise Ranch Horse and Carriage is a business that caters to those who enjoy the romance of riding in a horse drawn carriage or sleigh. Once late fall arrives, thousands of lights are carefully placed into the woods on Sid and Katie’s 40 acre ranch. Working with their 5 children, they take special pride in creating a visual feast that will rival the “Ooohs”and Aahs” of a warm summer night of fireworks.
Imagine the perfect weekend getaway to Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, enjoying our luxury accommodations, a deluxe breakfast, perhaps a massage following your visit to the shops of Cedarburg. Top all of that off with a romantic evening sleigh ride through the beautiful woods and you will have a weekend to remember. You may even start tradition!
The horse drawn sleigh rides start on November 29 and run every weekend through January 31. It is suggested that you make your reservations soon, as the sleighs fill up fast. What could be more romantic than a sleigh ride through the lit up woods and a stay at a romantic bed and breakfast in the woods.
The Paradise Randh web-link is found at: http://www.paradiseranchwi.com
Shalom Wildlife Zoo Holiday Drive Thru
Shalom Wildlife Zoo in West Bend Wisconsin is the area’s premier wildlife viewing experience. During the late fall and early winter season they host a great event that you are sure to enjoy.
The Shalom Wildlife Holiday Drive-Thru the Zoo is billed as “A Journey to the North Pole”. This year it starts on November 22 and runs through December 29. The tour is a three-mile loop through the wildlife area and you can stay in the warmth of your own vehicle the whole time.
Along the way, you will see huge stockings and special messages from Santa as well. There are treasures for all as you drive through the zoo. You will see many animals in a much more natural setting than you would see at any of the city zoos in the area. deer, elk, bison and wolves are a few of the animals you are likely to see on your tour. And new this year are the adorable black bear cubs. They have been a hit all summer!
Shalom Wildlife Zoo also has a gift shop, snack shop, one of the world’s largest collection of whitetail deer and elk antlers as well as Native American cultural exhibits. Why not make your visit into something extra special by choosing a Christmas tree from the selection Shalom Wildlife sells.
Perhaps the coolest thing of all however, is that Shalom Wildlife Zoo is right across the street from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast on Shalom drive! You can walk there on a warmer day or take your car – they have a large parking lot at the zoo. Start a new holiday tradition by booking a trip to Hidden Serenity and the Shalom Wildlife Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru while prime dates are available! The woods surrounding us are gorgeous in the wintertime!
Visiting Armstrong Apple Orchard and Winery
Fall brings a great variety of fun activities for those who visit the West Bend, Wisconsin area. In addition to the fall colors and pumpkin farm activities, the harvest of apples takes place at this time of the year. North of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, Armstrong Apple Orchard and Winery provides a variety of products in a family based business.
Using ecologically friendly and sustainable practices, Armstrong Apple Orchard and Winery offers products you can depend upon for quality. Healthy, tasty and fresh products that are locally produced are the rule here.
Armstrong Apple Orchard and Winery’s fresh picked apples come from trees they planted with help from friends, relatives and neighbors. Planted 19 years ago, these healthy trees deliver the very popular Honeycrisp, MacIntosh and Cortland varieties of apples. This is the time to make sure you get yours as they are at their freshest right after harvest.
Being a winery as well you can expect a great variety of fruit-based wines including apple, peach, cranberry, raspberry and other varieties. Each fruit is carefully selected to make the best wine.
If you are looking into the future, 2015 reservations are available for private dinners for groups of 4-8 people. These popular dinners require an early reservation and planning. So if you visit this fall, you can make plans for a return trip and also reserve your lodging at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. We have four guest rooms and would love to have you and your group of friends stay with us.
Their website is www.armstrongapples.com
Picking Pumpkins near Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast
As we fast approach the Harvest season in Wisconsin a tradition that has become very popular is picking pumpkins right out in the field. Meadowbrook Market and Pumpkin Farm has now opened for the season and this is the time to take advantage of the great fall weather while visiting a pumpkin field for your Fall decorations.
Located just south of West Bend on Mile View Road, Meadowbrook offers fun for a variety of ages. While many pumpkin farms have attractions for the kids, Meadowbrook also specializes in the “big kids” including couples. Their tractors will take you out to the pumpkin fields for picking pumpkins during the day. Since Meadowbrook farms grows 27 varieties of pumpkins you are sure to find just the right one for your individual taste.
If you are in town for a weekend the evening hours come alive with Meadowbrook’s “haunted corn maze” (which is open on Friday and Saturday). The maze is complete with live actors waiting to surprise you as you find your way through the corn. The 3⁄4 of a mile long trail weaves through more than 6 acres of corn field with thick stands of corn stalks making the maze a fun challenge and will definitely get your heart rate up, either from the walking or from the fright caused by the “surprises” along the way!
The drive to Meadowbrook farms will take about 15 minutes from Hidden Serenity B&B. Grab your puddle boots and a jacket and have a fun weekend in our area complete with pumpkin picking and hot apple cider!
Meadowbrook Market and Pumpkin farm has more details about your visit at: