Monthly Archives: March 2015

Great Place to Strategize

atelier PRO - Dutch Embassy Kiev, Ukraine 19Planning and strategizing plays an important part in the success of any company. Sure, you can all gather around the conference table for a few days, most likely with distractions of phones, emails, secretaries, meetings, clients, and all the other distractions that grab for our attention every day of the year OR you can book time to travel a short distance away and come to Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. With us you will be away from all of the day-to-day distractions where you and your team can come to concentrate on the subject at hand. Escaping the hustle of the city and slowing down in nature will bring clarity and actually offer you a chance to be more productive in your time of strategic planning.

While you are here, you can also take advantage of our many hiking trails, biking trails, beauty and nature. Have your meetings in our common area inside Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast or take them outside and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Take in a round of golf in the morning and meet in the afternoon for one day. Getting away from the busyness that takes place in the office and coming to a new environment will also surprise you with the flow of creative juices that will follow. You will be astonished at what will be accomplished in the planning process.

If we can do something to help you during this time, let us know. Plan your executive strategic planning trip with us today! We look forward to serving you and your team very soon!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Wisconsin is among the top manufacturers in the United States. The industrial sector is primarily concentrated in the southeastern area.

The Wade House and Carriage Museum

wade03The Wade House. A Wisconsin historic adventure for you and your family where you will return to a time of stagecoach travel. The Wade family came to the area back in 1844 and settled in a place they felt had potential. They were the first permanent settlers in Greenbush and when they came there was mainly dense forest though they were along a well-used stagecoach trail. By the time Wisconsin became a state in 1848, the village was growing very fast and had two stores, a school, a sawmill, wagon shop, blacksmith and a doctor.

The Wade’s house, at the beginning, included a small tavern and by 1848 it became a regular stop for stagecoach lines which led to the family building a new, elegant inn to serve the growing need. This inn prospered for over a decade then with the coming of railroads, the town growth began to stall and eventually one of the Wade’s grandson’s sold the inn.

Eventually the inn fell into the hands of Marie Christine Kohler in the 1950’s with plans of restoring the Wade House, bringing the 100 year old building back to life. The property is now owned by Wisconsin Historical Society and opened to the public in 1953 as the society’s second historic site.

On site, there is also a Wade House Visitor Center that opened in 2013 as well as the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. This 38,000 square foot facility is home to Wisconsin’s most extensive and diverse collection of carriages, sleighs, and wagons. The Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum contains 70 horse and hand-drawn vehicles beautifully displayed in appropriate historical /interactive settings.

If you love history, you will thoroughly enjoy checking these wonderful blasts from Wisconsin’s past while staying at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, only a short 30 minute drive. If you take the Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr., marked with signs along the way, you can thoroughly enjoy a ride through one of the most beautiful drives in Wisconsin. This drive starts a short distance from our romantic bed and breakfast and continues north to Greenbush, at the north end of the state forest.

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Wisconsin snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed snow highways.

Mountain Biking the Kettle Moraine

Jenny RidingThere’s no better feeling than grabbing your bike and hitting the trails. Especially when you have an amazing view surrounding you with unending beauty. That’s what you will discover when you mountain bike the New Fane Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, only 15 minutes from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. The New Fane Trail is only one of a small handful of mountain biked approved trails within the Kettle Moraine. There you can find beginner as well as advanced terrain, something for everyone of all skill levels. The four intertwined loops allow riders to make their own decisions and switch up trails along the way as the terrains can change in an instant giving the rider something to look forward to at all times. All of the loops and trails are marked with a color marking system to make it easy to see and make decisions of which way to go along the way.

The Kettle Moraine is known for it’s diversity in terrain with rolling hills made by glaciers as well as grass and sand, dirt, rocks and roots. On the more advanced loops, you will see a lot of ups and downs, and unstable areas in other places that will give your technical skills a challenge we are sure you will love.

All of this surrounded by Wisconsin’s wonderful scenery of lush rolling meadows, dense forest and an occasional visit from a four legged or winged friend as you may come across white tail deer, red-tailed hawks and other species that live in the Kettle Moraine. The beautiful lakes, streams and diversity of the woods will WOW you as you ride or on those much needed breaks.

On your return back to Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, you can plop on that oh-so-comfy bed, hop in the Jacuzzi, slip into the two-person awesome shower, dine at our favorite nearby restaurant, The Call of the Wild and then come back to enjoy a romantic evening at the B&B.

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World. Now THAT’s something I didn’t know.

THE Best Hiking Trail

Yosemite Valley HikeSo you love to hike. Well then, Wisconsin is just the place for you! We have some incredible hiking trails, short and long, on our property and others just a short drive away in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. If you are a diehard hiking fan we have an incredible 32 mile trail nearby that is spectacular! This particular segment of the Ice Age Trail runs between Kewaskum and Greenbush and is very well marked. This refreshing hiking trail will impress all hiking enthusiasts showcasing lakes, kettles, moraines, eskers, and drumlins carved out by the glaciers of many years ago. The terrain on this hiking trail is absolutely mind-blowing and beautiful. As you are hiking, you will want to take in all it has to offer in this visual masterpiece.

While staying with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, we offer a three day package which includes pick up service for those who want to go the entire distance over the course of three days, covering approximately 10 miles each day. It is known as “The Quest of the Best”. After your hike, return to Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast where you can enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, playing games and just taking in the peacefulness of your surroundings and enjoying each other.

This makes for a fabulous extended weekend get-a-way with nature as you escape the chaos of everyday life. We are only about two hours north of Chicago, which makes for a perfect weekend trip. We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Wisconsin ranks number one in number of milk cows and produces over 15% of the entire country’s milk.

Making Memories at Memories Ballroom

You’ve spent the day wiMan Downth nature, hearing the wonderful sounds of Wisconsin, enjoying the spectacular sights of the rolling hills and getting your heart pumping with a nice hike, maybe even a bike ride. Something else you may want to check out while staying with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is Memories Ballroom, located just 15 miles east of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. A fantastic way to end a great day as you laugh your way through the evening.

Memories Ballroom is a great place for you to make lasting memories. They have great, entertaining events that include dinner theater, audience-interactive murder-mysteries, and the famous ‘Chicken Comedy’ which features nationally renown stand-up comedians, something that is a favorite of our guests.

If laughter is what you are looking for, definitely check out the Chicken Comedy for “All the Chicken You Can Eat, and All the Comedy You Can Handle” as the website tells us. We aren’t kidding! You will love the all-you-can-eat chicken buffet dinner that is so juicy and full of flavor. Fill your stomach with chicken and fuel your laughter tank with comedy. Make sure to purchase tickets for this event ahead of time because they do tend to sell out and we would hate for you to miss this opportunity!

Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by so many fun things to do within just a short drive that you will never be bored. What better way to spend your week or extended weekend than with nature, relaxation and a comedy show!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Miller Brewing Company is in Milwaukee and creates popular beerssuch as Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Milwaukee’s Best and Miller Genuine Draft. Cheers.

Lizard Mound County Park

Stay at Hidden Serenity and enjoy Lizard Mound County Park. Sure, us Wisconsinites love our cheese, milk, golfing aEffigy Moundsnd fresh maple syrup though there is so much more to us. Not only do we have those cool things, we also have Lizard Mound County Park.

So what exactly are these mounds? We are glad you asked. Way back in 500-1000 A.D., Native American mound builders who hunted, fished as well as gathered wild plants to survive moved around often as they were in search of their next meal. During their stay in areas if someone passed away they would build burial effigy mounds in shapes of mammals, reptiles, birds and other animals that were sometimes real and other times mythical creatures. The effigy mound builders usually buried their dead in small pits or laid them on carefully prepared surfaces. The effigy mounds were then built over them like grave markers. Sometimes a humble object such as a cooking pot or an arrow was included in the mound, but more often no grave goods were left behind at all. It’s pretty amazing after all of these years that they have kept their shape thanks to preservation organizations. Wisconsin has more effigy mounds than any other region in North American, somewhere between 15,000-20,000 with at least 4,000 remaining to this day.

Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is only a mile away from the Lizard Mound Park which features 28 effigy mounds out of 60 that were at one time present. At this park, there is one incredible lizard mound you won’t want to miss seeing that is hundreds of feet long, just one example why this park in particular is known as one of the largest most diverse effigy mound areas in Wisconsin that is open to the public.

This is just one more activity you can do when staying with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast! You will never be bored during the day and will have a nice ‘home away from home’ to come back to in the evening after your fun adventures! Don’t forget to book your reservation with us today!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Wisconsin’s Highest point is located in Price County – Timm’s Hill – 1,952 feet (595 m) above sea level.

Shalom Wildlife Zoo is About to Get Wild Here….

Mr NovemberShalom Wildlife Zoo is known as Wisconsin’s Wildest Zoo and guess what? It’s just across the street from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast! This zoo is absolutely fantastic and a favorite place to go for our guests. You can spend a couple of hours roaming around the zoo, or a full day if you choose.

Shalom Wildlife Zoo offers 100 acres and the best wildlife viewing in the area, ranked as one of the top attractions in Washington County! There are more than four miles of trails to explore deer, elk, bison, wolves, bears, cougars and a plethora of species of birds and a whole lot more. Depending on when you come to stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, the zoo also has seasonal adventures for all ages.

Beginning as a deer farm with the native whitetail deer, people would come from all other to see these amazingly beautiful creatures and would be educated along the way. Eventually bison and elk were added and then every year more and more species found their home on the 100 acres and is home to over 200 animals that are cared for daily by the owners who have poured their hearts into these animals and the grounds.

This is something you definitely do not want to miss out on as you enjoy your stay with us! Most of our guests visit the zoo while here and come back with stories of feeding some the animals by hand, being amused by the twin bear cubs or witnessing other wild adventures up close. Not one guest has been disappointed.

Fun Wisconsin Fact: The state tree is the Sugar Maple. Interestingly enough, when you stay with us, you will have an opportunity to try some of our fabulous maple syrup made right in our back yard from our own sugar maples! (We are in the process of tapping them as I write this!)

Port Washington, a charming beachfront town

Port Washington Breakwater LightPort Washington, Wisconsin is only about a 15 minute drive east of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, nestled on beautiful Lake Michigan with a hint of New England charm. An ideal day trip for you and a perfect place to dock your boat while staying with us! This marina is a favorite in Wisconsin and is the gateway to boating or charter fishing on Lake Michigan.

In Port Washington, you will find plenty of fun to fill your day. You may go there to enjoy the two wonderful, sandy beaches – having you think you are at the ocean’s doorstep. From here you can kayak, go for a swim or just lounge on the beach watching the waves roll in. You can even go scuba diving as Lake Michigan has access to some great shipwrecks! We bet you didn’t see that coming, huh? Later, check out the walking tour that will take you past fabulous specialty shops and boutiques in restored, fantastic 19th century storefronts, enticing restaurants, and two lighthouses, all within view of the lake.

In this breathtaking town you can also find plenty of hiking and bike trails on the Interurban Trail, which runs straight through the town. This trail is also the perfect place to find a variety of birds. Depending on what time of year you come and stay with us, Port Washington is also known for hosting spectacular festivals and events throughout the year as well as a year round farmer’s market to get the freshest produce.

While you stay with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, you definitely won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore Port Washington, which we know you will fall in love with the moment you enter the town. Many of our guests have returned from Port very pleased with how they spent their day. Book your trip with us soon! We look forward to meeting you this season!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: Natural resources that you will find in Wisconsin includes clays, iron, sand, gravel and stone.

How to Get Super-Charges Employees

Focus Rally (19)How would you like a super charged, high definition, insanely focused, action-packed employee? Just image this is how your staff member will return after they are whisked away to a bit of seclusion and a lot of serenity and Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast.

Want to show your staff how much you appreciate them? We have the answer for you. Send them on an ultimate bed and breakfast retreat, located only two hours north of Chicago and a short 40 minute drive north of Milwaukee. At Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast our guests will find the ‘3 R’s’: relaxation, rejuvenation, and revitalization. If you would like to offer your staff member a bit of adventure, Wisconsin has you covered with plenty of action this side of the Kettle Moraine as you take to our wonderful hiking trails that are part of our signature trait. Whether they are into golf, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, bird watching or just relaxing with a book or enjoying a nice massage, or all of the above, they will not be disappointed!

This is a perfect gift for your staff. A wonderful way to boost morale, encourage company loyalty and treat them to an impactful weekend of refreshment. You will be at the top of their ‘good’ list for sure! We can only imagine how productive they will be after a weekend with us! We look forward to serving you and members of your staff a hot hearty gourmet breakfast soon!

Fun Wisconsin Fact: The state has over 14,000 lakes, 95 state parks, forests and recreation areas take up one-seventh of the land area. Pretty remarkable!

Gateway to the Kettle Moraine

Gateway to FarmleighPicture this – 29,268 acres of lush landscape that includes forest with beautiful panoramic views of rolling, wooded hills and crystal, peaceful lakes. Horseback, hiking and biking trails, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats, and plenty of crisp, fresh natural air. No – you are not dreaming! You have just been introduced (if you haven’t already) to our wonderful Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, Wisconsin’s pride and joy. Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located at the gateway to this beautiful natural painted canvas.

Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is only a 2 hour drive north of Chicago, a perfect length of time whether you would like to escape for a weekend get-a-way or a stay for a full week and get back in touch with the sights and sounds of nature, full of parks, forests, trails and beaches, something for everyone to enjoy. You will come across beautiful wildflowers and other landscape lovelies, sounds of birds interacting with each other and the quiet peacefulness that comes with nature when visiting the peace and calm of the Northern Kettle Moraine during the day. You can easily spend all day in the Kettle Moraine and never get bored and then come back to Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast to relax in the evening with your favorite book or join others in the common area for board games, billiards or conversation.

Whether you are looking for active adventure or relaxation, you will not be disappointed! We look forward to meeting you and your loved one soon.

Fun Wisconsin Fact: The five largest Wisconsin cities in order of size are: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.