Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hidden Serenity on Discover Wisconsin

Tmobile_09he state of Wisconsin welcomes visitors from far and wide with countless yearly travel options. Every year, more and more people are experiencing outdoor Wisconsin, an incomparable paradise for hunters, fishermen and campers. Foodies, wine and beer lovers delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries, as well as farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. There are so many great places to visit and wonderful accommodations to stay while making new memories with family and friends.

Where there is so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to begin the planning process of a vacation. Thankfully, there are helpful tourism websites and even TV shows that help highlight some of the “must-see” places here in Wisconsin.

One of the more popular shows is DISCOVER WISCONSIN.

In 1986, Dick Rose created the idea of showcasing Wisconsin’s many great vacation treasures on a television show dedicated to Wisconsin tourism – appropriately named Discover Wisconsin. Discover Wisconsin Television was born in 1987, becoming the first public and private sector partnership under Governor Tommy Thompson’s Administration.

The Discover Wisconsin show is broadcast to a loyal weekly audience throughout the Midwest on a combina

tion of network, cable, and satellite stations. Additionally, through the advent of satellite broadcasting, Discover Wisconsin is regularly viewed on cable stations all around the United States.

With the wide popularity of the TV show, Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast was honored to learn that we had been chosen as one of six B&B’s that were going to be showcased in Wisconsin.  A couple of months ago, we had the pleasure of playing host to several production people from Discover Wisconsin that were here to film for the upcoming segment. During their 2-day stay here at Hidden Serenity, the filming crew was able to experience all our B&B had to offer. They got some great footage, as well as some interviews, and we are all excited to see the finished product when it airs in October of this year.

Discover Wisconsin has created a companion website (Discoverwisconsin.com). It has become a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, online tourism resource that coincides with the content of the Television and Radio programs. The purpose of Discoverwisconsin.com is to provide additional information about the destinations they feature and the best the state of Wisconsin has to offer vacationers. The Discoverwisconsin.com site also features a “calendar of events” that gives you a breakdown of things to do in Wisconsin. It is a great reference for fairs, festivals, parades, concerts and tastings that are happening all over Wisconsin. They have an on “online calendar” feature that allows you to browse their Wisconsin calendar of events by month. Once you have found something you are interested in, you can add that event directly to your online calendar so you have it available for future reference.

The Discoverwisconsin.com site has a “Destinations” category that lists all the places they have featured on both TV and radio. They are organized alphabetically by city name and we are excited to soon see Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast added to the website. The Discoverwisconsin.com site really has a wealth of information for those traveling in Wisconsin. Check out their “Events” tab to see some of the top draws of WI and when they occur.

Be sure to check your local listings and keep a look out as October approaches to make sure you catch our segment on Discover Wisconsin. We are so honored here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast to have been chosen as a featured B&B when there are so many quality establishments located here in Wisconsin.

Our thanks go out to the friendly crew from Discover Wisconsin. We know they enjoyed their stay here as much as we enjoyed having them.

Get back to Nature at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast

ThistlesThe heady scent of pine trees, the slight rustling sound the leaves, the quiet babble of a nearby brook . . . these are all things found in nature and, for many people, provide a calm relaxing environment in which to spend your time. If you’ve spent any time in nature, you’ve probably noticed that you feel happier in it. Nature provides the perfect place to find our “center”.  In nature, you are focused on the setting around you and on what you are doing—whether you are walking, climbing, or simply enjoying the beauty Mother Nature has to offer.  When we spend time outdoors, enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of the earth, time seems to melt away. Gone is the urgency that we normally face in the daily routine of our lives. There are no deadlines in nature. Things work on a clock all their own.  And, the further we venture in to nature, the quieter our minds become. The noise of our normal hectic lives fade, and our minds are left free to experience the silence and stillness around us.

It is a beautiful thing.

One of the most beautiful places to get back to nature is Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s glacial history provides hiking trails for those looking for adventure, as well as peace and quiet.  Wisconsin is home to the Ice Age Trail, a series of interconnected hiking trails that bisect the state in a wavy path that follows topographical features created by the advance of the last glacier. The nicest stretch of hiking is a 32 mile stretch of trail in the Northern Kettle Moraine Forest, starting from Kewaskum and ending in Green Bush, WI. This trail passes by many lakes and is heavily forested. The Northern Kettle Moraine is interesting in that it has some of the most uniquely formed terrain created by the ice age found anywhere in the world.

The Kewaskum segment of the Ice Age National Scenic trail travels through the area just south of Kewaskum, WI, connecting the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern unit with the West Bend segment of the Ice Age Trail. The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world’s best examples of glacial formations you will ever find.

The trail is a great way to enjoy nature but also animals as well. Numerous species of mammals can be seen along the trail, including red fox, American red squirrel, white-tailed deer, porcupine,  and raccoons. Some of the more colorful birds seen along the way are various woodpeckers, cardinals, orioles, grosbeaks, and many more.

Remember that becoming more at one with nature is something we inherently strive for as human beings. The experience will leave you feeling comfortable in your own skin as you experience quiet peace and awesome strength at the same time. Spending time in nature will bring you closer to your “inner self” – your true you.  In nature, we can drop the masks that we present to the outer world and realize what is truly important in life.

Start your journey back to nature with a stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. Check out the “Quest for the Best” package on our website, “Hiddenserenity.com”. The name Hidden Serenity truly describes the atmosphere at this gem in the woods. What a great place to sit back and relax.

Tour a Submarine at Wisconsin Maritime Museum

USS Cobia, Manitowoc WIWhen on vacation it is fun to try something new and create an experience like you have never had before. If you were offered the chance to explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine, stroll through the streets of a 19th century shipbuilding town and sail a boat down the river . . . all in one day! . . . Would you do it?

There is a place within an hour’s drive of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast that provides all of this entertainment. . . and much more.

Are you intrigued yet?

In Manitowoc resides the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Here you will experience exhibits, hands-on learning programs, submarine experiences as well as many special events throughout the year.

Did you know that 28 submarines were built in Manitowoc during World War II? Although USS Cobia is not one of the 28 submarines built in Wisconsin, she is a National Historic Landmark and an International Submariners Memorial. For more than 40 years Cobia has been a fitting memorial to the thousands of men and women who built submarines and the brave men who served on them.

The USS Cobia is the most intact World War II Submarine in the nation and is home to the oldest working radar in the world. At the WI Maritime Museum you can take a 45-minute guided tour that will teach you how submarines operate and what life was like aboard a “pig boat” with 79 other men. While touring this fully restored WWII submarine from top to bottom you will get a feel for life aboard a sub. See the bunks where men slept above torpedoes, learn why most of the crew showered with their clothes on and hear why submariners were the best fed members of the military.

A great compliment to the tour of the USS Cobia is the museum’s exhibit, “USS Cobia: Below the Surface”. The interactive exhibits, simulator, and theater will help you learn about  Cobia‘s six war patrols, the important role that US Navy submarines played in World War II, and how Manitowoc came to build 28 submarines during the war. You can pick a crew card to learn about the life of a particular crew member and find out where he worked aboard Cobia. You can look through the periscope of a Manitowoc-built submarine and see the inner workings of a Mark 14 torpedo in the USS Rasher Concourse before stepping onboard Cobia.

While at the museum be sure not to miss the “Nook & Cranny Tours” of the USS Cobia. These smaller tours will last approximately two to three hours and will give guests a chance to see areas of the submarine not seen on normal tours. (This tour does include ladders and smaller spaces and you must be 16 or older to participate) A free bottle of Torpedo Juice (non-alcoholic) is included for a mid-tour break in the Crew’s Mess. (Space is limited so reservations are required)

After touring the USS Cobia, you can explore the streets of old Manitowoc where shipbuilders, sailors and traders walked more than 150 years ago. You will step back in time to the 1840s and learn how shipbuilding and shipping were some of the first industries in the newly-formed state of Wisconsin. Imagine buying a ticket at Goodrich Transportation Co. and traveling on the whaleback steamer Christopher Columbus.  Peer into a replica cross-section of the schooner Clipper City and learn how Wisconsin shipyards contributed to our nation’s growth during the 20th century and its defense during World War II by building ships and submarines in Manitowoc and northeastern Wisconsin.

Other popular exhibits at the museum are the model ship gallery and car ferry exhibits. Scale models, half-hull models and quarter boards tell of Great Lakes sailing ships and freighters, past and present, in the Model Ship Gallery. Learn about Lake Michigan car ferries such as City of Midland 41 and City of Saginaw 31. These unique ships transported passengers and railroad cars between Michigan and Wisconsin ports year ’round, through storms and heavy ice. View a shipwreck diorama featuring the Edmund Fitzgerald as she looks lying deep in the waters of Lake Superior.

A must-see exhibit is the Wisconsin-built boat gallery. Wisconsin boat builders have a tradition of craftsmanship that goes back 150 years. In this exhibit, you will get a close-up view of actual boats that helped build that tradition. The 44-foot luxury yacht Lady Isabel, built in 1907 by Burger Boat, and 33-foot Palmer-Johnson sailboat Skybird, built in 1947, highlight the collection that also features many examples of Wisconsin-built boats, outboard motors and hunting craft used for pleasure and sport throughout the Great Lakes region.

Your day at the museum will be one to be remembered and, afterwards, you can return to your room at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast where we pay close attention to the details and unique amenities need to make your stay as special as possible. You can share your newly made memories over a delicious gourmet breakfast overlooking the woods. The perfect ending to a perfect getaway.

 

Enjoy Our New Pickleball Court

FullSizeRender-3With all that Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast has to offer, it’s no surprise that we also have a Sportscourt located on our property. Our patented Sportscourt allows for the playing of multiple games including two basketball hoops and a short game of tennis. What is more exciting is that we have now added the game of Pickleball to our lineup. If you have not yet heard of Pickleball, then you are in for a real treat!

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis – all in to one game. In this sport, two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball (similar to a Wiffle ball) over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, but with a few modifications.

Pickleball was actually invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has only more recently gained popularity across America. The game was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find the shuttlecock. They improvised with a Waffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.

The pickleball court is similar to a doubles badminton court. The court is striped like a tennis court, with no alleys; but the outer courts, and not the inner courts, are divided in half by service lines. The ball is served with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level) in an upward arc from behind the baseline, diagonally to the opponent’s service zone. A game consists of 11 points, and only the serving team may score.

Pickleball has been gaining serious steam in the past few years. The number of people that play this game has tripled since 2010 with current estimation of over 150,000 active players today. These players are often called “picklers”.

If you are ready to join the league of “picklers” and have a ton of fun, make your reservation at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast today. You can enjoy a relaxing massage in our spa after your thrilling game of Pickleball.