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Strawberry fest has come and gone, Summerfest is right around the corner

Over the weekend I was able to visit Strawberry fest in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  The experience was great and it seemed like everyone there was enjoying themselves. Who wouldn’t when they’re around fresh food, great music, and freshly picked strawberries?  Most people tend to visit with family and friends and pack the car full to come to famous Washington Street in Cedarburg, WI. Over the two day event more than 100,000 people stop in the quaint historic town.

Although Strawberry fest has come and gone, Summerfest is right around the corner. Summerfest starts on June 27th and ends July 8th with a break on July 2nd.  Almost one million people visit summerfest per year for the amazing music and if you were looking for something larger than Strawberry fest, here it is.

Strawberry fest was, in my opinion, a smaller scale Summerfest. For people looking for that smaller town, more local feeling this would be it. There were many local artists that proudly shared their work. There were many different sculptures, paintings, and drawings, as well as craftsman  in woodworking, glass and fiber art.  Throughout the length of the festival there were many options for food along the way, but some unique, catch-the-eye options were worth noting. The strawberry brat, strawberry chicken wrap, and strawberry brat corndog were among those.  Although less unique, the strawberry lemonade was extremely good and I had to indulge in a chocolate covered strawberry. Needless to say the food offered was wonderful!  In addition to the amazing food, there were a plethora of local musicians playing throughout the weekend that provided some music with good vibes which really put the “strawberry” on top for this experience.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during this festival season that is out of the hustle and bustle, yet still within reasonable traveling distance, Hidden Serenity will give you everything you’re looking for.  Our five luxury rooms offer amenities such as small in-room refrigerator, robes, snacks, beverages, fireplaces, private baths with tubs and showers and excellent luxury sheets.   Start the day with a freshly ground, french-pressed coffee or Sally’s famous fresh herbal tea, as well as a gourmet breakfast before heading out to your destination.  There is no lack of things to do unless that’s what you’d like.   If you are ready to book with us, we would love to have you! It is our passion to provide our guests with a relaxing experience so that they can leave feeling totally refreshed. Plan your getaway here and indulge.

 

Artist Daniel Gerhartz, a Wisconsin Gem

Daniel Gerhartz - In Her CareWhat does Wisconsin have that is more than just special? Daniel F. Gerhartz, an impressionist artist that creates absolutely stunning works often featuring women clothed in simply fantastic beauty. Realistic and expressive in nature, gathering inspiration from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Alphonse Mucha, Joaquin Sorolla and Nicolai Fechin, Dan draws much of his inspiration from romanticism and symbolism, something one can easily pick up on as you view his wide portfolio.

According to his website, “Dan has drawn upon his home and community in Wisconsin, including family and friends. His sense of intimacy and honesty with regard to his subjects are a direct result of his closeness and proximity to them.” His paintings are vibrant, emotional, fresh and inviting. Backdrops for the subject can be the beautiful rolling hills of Wisconsin and it’s brilliant nature or a wonderful interior of a home. He reminds us of another time yet keeping us in the present with each powerful stroke.

We are very proud to have him a part of our lovely Wisconsin heritage. Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast has seen several artists through our doors as they come to enjoy the peaceful serenity that we have to offer, taking their canvas to capture the nature of beauty and all it entails. Make sure to book a reservation with us soon so you can experience all we have to offer with hiking trails in our backyard, luxury beds and private baths as well as featuring a hot breakfast in the morning as you wake up to the quiet sounds of nature.

Take a step back from the chaos of everyday life, bring your paints and canvas and seek out that beauty that Daniel Gerhartz sees every day. Inspiring something within yourself. Make a reservation at Hidden Serenity today.

Cedarburg Winter Fun Near Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast

Cedarburg Winter funDuring the winter months, many people are coming to West Bend, WI to relax, some come to enjoy some winter fun, others are visiting friends or relatives. At Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, we welcome all visitors that are looking for a place to stay for whatever reason.

In addition to the snowshoeing, skiing, and other winter fun activities, people like to come for the Winter Festival in Cedarburg. Where is Cedarburg, Wisconsin? One thing Cedarburg is known for is it’s annual festivals. It is a city in Ozaukee County Wisconsin; about 20 miles north of Milwaukee and close Lake Michigan. It’s been named on the National Register of Historic Places and has an incredible historic district full of interesting architecture and quaint shops.

To get to Cedarburg from Hidden Serenity B&B, it will take you about 25 minutes. It is a close drive through the country and completely worth it.

What is The Winter Festival? All throughout the year, Cedarburg hosts different festivals. In late February, they put on the annual Winter Festival to get us out there and enjoy some winter fun.

Here are some things you need to know about the 2016 Winter Festival:

Dates for the event- February 20-21

Events lineup for Saturday

  • Restaurant Chili Contest- have a chance to vote for your favorite restaurant through this taste test.
  • Individual Chili Cookoff- those that want to try their hand at cooking up a pot of chili can enter into the individual contest. The winners will be determined by our “Celebrity” judges.
  • Live music from 1:30pm-4:30pm- go check out Joey LaVie
  • Cool Brew and Tunes- those that are 21+ can enjoy a night of craft beers, wine and appetizers as well as live music.

Events Lineup for Sunday

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament- this part of the event is sponsored by the Dad’s Club of Thorson Elementary School.
  • Old Fashion Brat Cook-Off- enjoy sampling many great brats cooked by the local restaurants.
  • Live music from 12pm-3:00pm- Joey LaVie will be back to perform a second time.

Other Things Taking Place

  • Dog Pull Competition
  • Kid’s Egg Hunt
  • Snow Bowling Tournament
  • 4th Annual Cool Notes Musical Talent Competition
  • Winter Festival’s Grand Parade
  • Ice Carving Contest
  • IceBurg Open Golf Tournament

Needless it to say, there is plenty going on at this year’s festival that you won’t want to miss. There are also many small shops that you can visit while you are walking around the festival. You are sure to find something unique in one of the 25 shops that are nestled in the surrounding area.

Book your weekend At our Bed & Breakfast. Here at Hidden Serenity, we take pride in providing a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere for all of our guests. With our cozy rooms and gourmet breakfast, you are sure to have an incredible time while taking part in some winter fun.

If you want to find out the availability of our rooms for the 2016 Winter Festival in Cedarburg click , If you have questions be sure to call us today at 262-623-0148. We would love to hear from you and get you set up! Don’t miss out of the fun!

Visit the Museum of Wisconsin Art

Wisconsin ArtMost people who come stay at our charming Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast are looking for a quiet escape from the city.  Located just 35 minutes from the bustling metropolis of Milwaukee, our bed and breakfast is a quick and easy escape into another world.  Here, you’ll find a world where the pace of life is slower, where your surroundings are quiet and peaceful, and where you can spend the time focusing on things that truly matter in life.  An escape to the quiet solitude found at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast is the perfect time to reflect and reconnect.  While we believe these reasons alone are enough to draw you to our charming corner of Wisconsin, there are also some wonderful activities nearby to enjoy.  For example, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, heralded as one of the top regional art museums in the country, is found just down the road in West Bend, Wisconsin.  Book your stay at our luxurious Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast today, and experience a unique and special winter getaway at your home away from home.   Continue Reading