West Bend $1000 Cache Bash

If you’re into geocaching, you are going to love our local West Bend $1000 MoneyCache Bash. Not only is it free—it’s the premier social event for geocachers in the world. We often see people and teams come from all over the country and beyond in order to compete in these events, including a raffle, searching for new caches, looking for established caches, and more. There are more than 1400 caches in just a ten-mile radius of West Bend, making this the idea place to hold a national meeting of geocache enthusiasts!

About the Event

The Cache Bash starts on Friday, the 7th of August and continues on to Saturday, the 8th. Last year, the event saw more than 710 teams in total, making it the perfect place to connect with people that are as interested in geocaching as you are. The schedule of events includes:

  • A tour of some of West Bend’s most famous or historically significant caches
  • A cash drawing for $1000 among other prizes and drawings
  • A Geocoin for sale specific to the 2015 West Bend Cache Bash
  • A costume contest on Saturday
  • A pirate-finding contest, that could earn you an additional prize
  • Geo-centric activities like bingo and golf
  • A cache contest
  • And much more!

There are simply too many activities to list here. You can see a more complete schedule on their website. In short, there is going to be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

If you want to attend the Cache Bash, the Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is only five miles from the event. With a range of great rooms to choose from and onsite activities and amenities galore, you can’t go wrong when choosing our B&B as your Cache Bash home base. This event is always so much fun and our inn is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring and activities.

Washington County Fair is a Great Place to Be!

i hope you get sickIs there anything we look forward to more than the Washington County Fair? This is one of the best events of the summer—and that’s saying something, as our county sees plenty of great events throughout the year. With a huge variety of activities to do, contests to win, and fun to be had, the Washington County Fair is ideal for families, kids, teenagers, and adults alike! With six full days of events, booked solid, you’ll never be bored. Whether you’re wandering through the animal barns or you just want to see some live music and eat some great food, be sure to get this event on your schedule.

Each of the six days of this fair has their own theme and schedule of events. You can see the full schedule and get more information on the website, but here is a general overview of what you can expect when you attend this fair:

  • Fireworks
  • Live music every night
  • Horse shows
  • Live performances
  • Lip sync contests
  • Dance parties
  • Livestock auctions
  • Archery demonstration
  • Cat and dog shows
  • And so much more!

There is so much going on—from the traditional 4H animal, craft, etc. exhibits to countless fun contests like rooster crowing and tractor and truck pulls. In addition to the more traditional events, the Washington County Fair has a number of awesome live music performances from the likes of Travis Tritt and Bret Michaels.

If you’re planning on attending the fair, you are going to want a comfortable and affordable place to stay near the event. The Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast will ensure you have a great nights’ sleep so you are fully rested for the day’s events. Our central location to fun and adventure cannot be beat!

A Road Trip With Your Harley

River side break, sport biking dirt roads..Summertime, the open road, not a care in the world, nothing on your mind except the scenery around you, the ‘rev’ in your engine and wind on your face as you are riding your Harley through the country, taking in all it has to offer, living in the moment, wishing it would never end. If you love your Harley (and we’re sure you do), you will love Wisconsin with its winding roads, crisp, clean air and magnificent landscapes. Wisconsin is a fantastic place to explore as you take a road trip with your Harley and stay with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast.

Not only will you love the scenic roads, if you are a true Harley fan, you also must take time to visit the incredible Harley Davidson Museum. The Harley Davidson website says it best, “It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion, showcased in a landmark building.” Visit this museum and you will see why it is one on Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations.  It is at this museum that you will find over 450 motorcycles, artifacts and memorabilia, dating back to Serial Number 1 which is the oldest known Harley Davidson motorcycle. You will find stories and history of the Harley Davidson culture. The design of this building alone is an artwork.  You will walk away with new information, memories to cherish and gifts galore when visiting the Harley Davidson Museum gift shop. They also have a restaurant, Motor, with exquisite food and a fun dining atmosphere!

The museum is broken down into several areas. They have a design lab where you will be able to get into the head of top designers, seeing how they came up with certain designs. This lab has information dating back to the 1940s.  The Experience Gallery is an interactive gallery, giving you the chance to site on these incredible bikes and envision yourself on the open road. There are videos to enhance this American road experience where you will feel like a kid once again.

Every Thursday evening bikers come together for Bike Night at the Museum. This gives you an opportunity to join other riders and features music, food and drinks and plenty of Harley Davidson testosterone to go around for all.

When planning your road trip with your Harley, make sure to check their calendar as they host a lot of other fun, entertaining events for all adventurous bikers and fans of Harley Davidson.

Whether you are a rider or a fan of Harley’s, you won’t want to miss this incredible museum and the experience it has to offer. Go there once and you will be back again bringing your riding buddies with you.

As you are enjoying your scenic ride through the northern Kettle Moraine, another great stop is the Cabela’s Store.  Cabela’s is a nature lover’s dream store. Whatever hobby or love you have for nature, you can be sure that Cabela’s will offer the support whether you need equipment, clothing or just want a fun place to roam and see all it has to offer. They offer gear for hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, camping, ATV and Auto, cabin, bird watching (which let’s just admit, Wisconsin has some of the best bird watching), slingshots, rock hobbies, climbing, drones, electronics…you name it, they probably have it!  On top of all of the equipment, they have fantastic clothing for men and women adventurers and nature lovers as well as footwear. It’s a novelty in itself just to walk around and look at the displays in the store and we are sure is something you will want to add to your list of ‘to-do’s’ while staying with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast!

Schedule your reservation today!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome to God’s Country- The Kettle Moraine State Forest

Tree by the LakeWisconsin has been described as “God’s Country” and, if you have had the opportunity to visit, you are more than likely to agree. Pristine lakes, forests thick with a gorgeous mix of pine and hardwood trees and, of course, miles of river meandering through it all.

One of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets is the Northern Kettle Moraine area. There is something to see and do no matter the time of year. This area is a “must-see” for every nature lover and a sure bet for those that are looking to find an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of the first stops on your itinerary should be the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Here you can hike leisurely through winding trails on almost 30,000 acres of rolling hills, lakes, forests and grasslands. This unique forest is internationally known for its unique glacial features. There are three swimming beaches to enjoy as well as charming eateries and an interpretive center. Be sure not to miss one of the parks highlights . . . Parnell Tower. This 60-foot wooden observation tower offers a panoramic view of the forest and surrounding farmlands. On a clear day, you can see for about 25 miles!

More exciting nature experiences can be found at Horicon Marsh- the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US! Horicon Marsh is famous for its migrant flocks of Canada geese but is also home to more than 305 different varieties of birds. Enjoy the many walking trails, visit the nature center, or take one of the guided tours offered daily.

The next stop on your list in Kettle Moraine is the Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary. This is ranked as one of the top attractions in Washington County. Here you will find over three miles of winding trails where you can observe deer, elk, bison, wolves . . . just to name a few! Tour the Indian Artifact Museum during your visit to learn more about those who inhabited the area before us.

In the mood for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat after your nature-filled day? Explore the streets of downtown historic Cedarburg for a quaint, small-town feel that offers surprises around every corner. You will find over seventy specialty shops, boutiques and galleries located in the downtown historic district. Once you have worked up an appetite, choose from the many charming restaurants, cozy pubs and coffee houses- many of which are housed in restored historic buildings.

If you are looking for a bit of sport while in Kettle Moraine, check out Erin Hills or the Whistling Straits – both of which are top-rated golf courses. There are many other quality golf courses sprinkled across the area very much worth trying. Golfers will be in golf heaven!

There are many options for a comfortable place to spend the night while visiting Kettle Moraine but none as peaceful and relaxing as Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. Our gorgeous B&B is nestled snuggly in the woods. The décor (including antique fireplace mantles in each guest room) provides the perfect ambiance to compliment your stay in a nature-lovers paradise. This B&B also offers a mini-spa where you can indulge yourself with a therapeutic massage, head & foot massage or even a couple’s massage.

Make sure you plan your next vacation for the Kettle Moraine area. It will quickly become a favorite you will want to return to time and time again. With all there is to do, you will find a new adventure each time you visit. Hidden Serenities motto says it all – Find adventure, return to comfort, come away refreshed!

West Bend Farmer’s Market Voted #1

Radish, Lettuce and HerbsSpring and Summer…a fantastic time of the year where you see so many people enjoying the outdoors. One of our favorite things to do during these months is visit the Farmer’s Market in West Bend. There’s nothing like the taste of fresh produce locally grown by farmers!

This farmer’s market is open every Saturday from 7:300-11am and a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, walking through the downtown West Bend area. Featuring over 70 vendors AND voted #1 of the top 10 farmer’s markets in the world by Vogue Magazine in 2014, you won’t worry about being disappointed! This is not your average farmer’s market!

The vendors feature produce, fruits, maple syrup, meats, eggs, baked items, spices, soaps, herbal products, prepared foods and so much more! There are even plants to buy to grow your own produce. Each week there is entertainment and the atmosphere completely spells out FUN! People in our area are very friendly and you will feel like you have made a few friends by the time you leave.

While staying with us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, this farmer’s market is a great option to start your Saturday! Just add it to the list of many things to do while staying here.

Fun Wisconsin Fact: The state dog is the American Water Spaniel. Never heard of that breed before? Google and check it out.

Feel Like a Kid Again at Hidden Serenity

When is the last time you actually got on a swing and soared? How about sitting on a smooth wooden seat Four or eight years latermade for an adult, out on a limb next to the one you love, also on a smooth wooden seat, swinging and talking and enjoying the woods and each other.

When was the last time you had fun? Really had fun? Be honest here: our lives as adults can be way too serious for our own good. That’s why you need a getaway here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. Not only can you relax and rejuvenate – and we’ll even get you to feel like a kid again.

You see, we remember when we were kids and had our own tree swing. It was fun. But now that we’re adults, we’re a little large for kiddie swings, which is why we’ve decided to install some adult swings in the woods. Remember what it was like to soar on a tree swing? Well, now you can do it and have fun again!

Have you’ve been a little too serious lately? Check out our new tree swings for adults at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. You may have even more fun than you had when you were a kid.

Old Fashion Fun with an Old Fashion Picnic

Al Castello di Masino (Torino) col FAIJust in time for spring, local B&B Hidden Serenity is offering an old fashion picnic excursion. What could be more romantic than a classic picnic in a secluded and beautiful spot in the West Bend area? With so many gorgeous lakes and parks in the area, the land is practically begging for picnics. Best of all, Hidden Serenity will set you up for a perfect picnic by preparing everything, including a classic basket, blanket, delicious food, and even some retro toys to create an incredibly fun afternoon. After receiving directions, you’ll take an easy walk out to a secret picnic location. Then you’ll set the scene by laying out a large checkered blanket, and you’ll have the whole day to enjoy the contents of your basket and, even better, relaxed time alone with someone special.

Hidden Serenity’s picnic isn’t just any picnic; it’s a total old fashion picnic, complete with a basket-full of retro items to fully create a perfect retro scene. You’ll honestly feel as if you’re in a romantic movie scene. Hidden Serenity will provide you with colorful retro candy, a kite, a Frisbee, and other surprise old fashion items. You’ll smile as you pull each item out of your picnic basket and then have a blast reliving the days of a bygone era. The old fashion picnic transports you for an afternoon to a simpler time, when all you have to do is enjoy the sunshine and the company of someone you care about.

Your picnic basket will be filled with delicious goodies, courtesy of the great cooks at Hidden Serenity. Every picnic basket is different, but you might enjoy some homemade baked goods, fine cheeses, fruit, or other yummy surprises. Hidden Serenity is happy to accommodate any food allergies or diet restrictions, so don’t worry about having a picnic basket that suits what you like to eat. You’ll also find a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly to celebrate your day in style. Of course, your picnic basket will contain everything you need in terms of plates, glasses, silverware, and napkins. You can spread your bounty out on a big checkered blanket and recline comfortably while you eat and drink. By the end of your picnic, you’ll be convinced there’s no better way to eat a meal than relaxing on a picnic blanket in gentle sunlight, enjoying delicious homemade goods and retro candy.

What really sets PicnicHidden Serenity’s picnics apart is their secret picnic hideaways. Hidden Serenity hosts have combed through the local area to find the most perfect picnic spots. The staff members at Hidden Serenity are huge wildlife experts, and in their time exploring they’ve managed to find the most beautiful picnic spots complete with comfortable places to sit and room to frolic with your kites and other nostalgic items. You might be in a flower-filled meadow, on a grassy knoll overlooking a lake, or on the bank of a stream. We guarantee you’ll be surprised by how beautiful our secret spots are, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a picnic spot as perfect as the ones we’ve sought out. After your picnic, you’ll be sworn to secrecy about the location of Hidden Serenity’s secret spots, adding to the fun of being somewhere truly special.

If you’re interested in Hidden Serenity’s old fashion picnic excursion, you can send them an email at info@hiddenserenity.com.

EAA AirVenture 2015

When Smoke Fills the AirWhile most of EAA AirVenture’s events will center on planes and flight, there are also a number of events rolled into the week that anyone, even those less interested planes, will find exciting. Sunday night, AirVenture is hosting a movie night. On Monday, there will be an aerobics class, and there will even be church services and nightly concerts.

Of course, there will be workshops about welding, the best kind of metal for building planes, how to restore vintage aircraft, and just about anything and everything else having to do with both commercial, personal, and military planes. Events will display new technology, updates to old technology, and inspire and amaze aviation buffs, former pilots, current pilots, and anyone who loves to fly! Tours, classes, and speakers provide a variety of experience for those who want to learn and also be engaged in the topic. The air shows that happen throughout the event will amaze anyone!Fireworks above the NAS Oceana Air Show.

Hidden Serenity is located south of the event and a not so long drive. When you’re through touring vintage airplanes, learning how to build your own, or watching the air shows, you can come back to your home for the week and enjoy a walk through the peaceful woods or a nap on our ultra-comfortable beds.

Here at Hidden Serenity, we love EAA AirVenture. The variety of events planned draws people from all over the country, and the entire week is as fun as it is educational. For more information about the schedule of events check out their website www.eaa.org

Mother Earth News Fair 2015

World for Edit-Earth DayOne of West Bend’s favorite bed and breakfasts, Hidden Serenity, is pleased to host guests for the upcoming Mother Earth News Fair. This year, the fair will be in West Bend from August 8th to August 9th, bringing with it a huge variety of speakers and workshops on topics ranging from keeping chickens to making cheese to solar power to home remedies, and so much more!

Experts from around the country will converge on West Bend on this weekend to impart their knowledge about sustainable lifestyles and Hidden Serenity is the perfect place to stay for this event. With four different types of rooms to choose from, at a range of prices, from the very affordable to the very lavish, there are no better accommodations for those attending the Mother Earth News Fair than those available at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. This is by far one of the most popular events of the year, so we encourage guests to book their rooms early!

Whether you are just starting a sustainable lifestyle or you have been living one for decades, this fair has classes, workshops, and speakers catered to you. There are going to be a multitude of great workshops to take when the fair comes to town—a list of all the available speakers can be found here. It will be difficult to choose between learning how to save your own seeds and solar cooking classes and the huge variety of other workshops coming with the Mother Earth News Fair this year. Natural farmers, DIYers, and eTierra Santanergy-conscious builders alike will be able to find something to enjoy at this fair.

We know that there are other nice accommodations in the area, but we love that this fair is happening in our county, as we believe wholeheartedly in the concepts that it espouses. Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is proud to say that when we built the house 18 years ago we did much of the work ourselves and used wood from our property for almost all of the interior wood including lots of flooring. Among other things, virtually all of our lighting is LED, being very energy efficient.

Our B&B is the perfect place to return to after a long day of hands-on learning at the fair. Your days will undoubtedly be filled with activities already, but in the mornings and evenings, there are plenty of things to do at and around the inn—including woodland paths for walking, and biking, museums, golf courses, zoos, etc. Many of our guests enjoy relaxing and listening to the sounds of nature on our large deck.

Don’t miss this great event or your chance to snag one of our unique, luxurious rooms!

 

Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour

handsThe fun never ends at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. If you’re looking for something to do in June, stay with us for the Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour, presented by the Plymouth Arts Center. This self guided tour will take place on June 5th and 6th from 10 am to 4 pm each day. The Art Tour presents amazing works of art in historic buildings, artist studios, and the Plymouth Arts Center and is designed to increase the visibility of artists working and living in Sheboygan County. The Art Center wishes to encourage the appreciation for the role that artists play in our communities.

You’ll see work by 35 artists which includes painting, pottery, metalwork, printmaking, leather work, furniture, photography, and much, much more. Stick around June 5th and attend the opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Plymouth Arts Center. The best part is that the reception and tour is completely free! The PAC is publishing a free map booklet with directions to each participation site.

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is just a 15 minute drive to the southern most artist on the list, Silver Creek Pottery and Forge. We have a few pieces from this artisan right here at out bed and breakfast. Don’t miss the Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour. Book a room and enjoy a relaxing weekend with a touch of art!

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