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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.

 

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Whether you are a first timer or you have stayed at two a year for the past 30 years, you may ask yourself what is the best way to get the most out of your stay at a bed and breakfast. Of course this can look different for each person, but I’ve put together a little list of ideas that you may want to try the next time you stay at a fabulous B&B

  • Relax. 
    • Find a spot – in your guestroom, on a porch, in front of a Relaxfireplace, or maybe a cozy spot in one of the common areas. Wherever it is, just chill. Get a book or magazine or just gander out the window and relax. At Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast our guests grab a cup of their favorite beverage and sit in the chairs by the large windows and watch wildlife. Or if weather is permitting they enjoy the deck out back or the porch swing in the front
  • Exchange stories with the innkeepers.
    • We find that our most satisfied guests are those that we have been able to get to know a little bit. Don’t worry, we do not want to use up your getaway time to chat endlessly with you, but a little chit-chat at check in and during breakfast can go a long way. Your stories are fascinating and unique and we’d love to hear them. Next time you visit please ask about the former hippies who met in the 70s. Great love story!
  • Pick the innkeeper’s brain.
    • Most of the innkeepers I know have lived in the area of their B&B for many years if not all their lives. Who better to ask about area activities, events and sites. Personally, we live in an area that has a lot available for our guests and we would love to share some of the hidden gems we’ve found through the years. And If we don’t know about something, we will find out for you!
  • Take advantage of the amenities the B&B offers.
    • Each inn is different and offers a variety of amenities to their guests. At Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast we have tried to give a guest plenty to chose from. Here’s some of what we offer right here at our inn- massages (individual or couples), hiking trail through our acres of woods, sport court (pickleball, basketball, tennis), billiard table, 24/7 Keurig machine, ice machine, microwave, large common area with great outdoor viewing. Our in-room amenities include a hidden TV, DVD player, Netflix, wine cooler, robes, mood lighting, comfortable chairs and more.

One quick story about making the best of your stay at a bed and breakfast – we had one couple who didn’t waste any time while staying here. They went biking and hiking in the morning on the nearby State Forest trails, kayaking in the afternoon on The Milwaukee River, used the two person jacuzzi in their room and then went out for dinner at a fabulous restaurant, the Poplar Inn, in West Bend. The next day they took a stroll on our hiking trail, came back for our gourmet breakfast, enjoyed their pre-scheduled couples massage by our licensed therapists and then relaxed and played some pool before they packed up and went home. Now that is a lot in one day, but they had a blast and enjoyed every minute of it.

So next time you head to a bed and breakfast, try a few of my suggestions. Some of them may be just what you are looking for and others might not be your thing. That is the beauty of bed and breakfasts, unique, personal and special.

Romantic Valentine Stories from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast

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Many of us have romantic Valentine stories we could share. This first paragraph comes from our own love story. I’m going to go way back, way, way back to high school because that is where our romance began. Chris and I were highschool sweethearts. I will never forget one of our first Valentine’s days. This particular Valentine’s day was a school day and I rode the bus about one hour to school. When we arrived at school the bus driver said to me, “Were all those signs along the way for you?” I had no idea what she meant, but she went on to explain that there were signs on the route (about 8 in all) that were brightly painted and said “Happy Valentine’s Day to Sally N.” My crazy boyfriend had placed them there to tell me, and the world, that he loved me. We are still crazy in love 35 years later and we are having a great time helping our guests create their own Valentine stories.

Last year was an epic Valentine weekend. One particular couple will be remembering their Valentine story for the rest of their lives. What can be more romantic than a proposal? This was something set up well ahead of time as a surprise to her. The couple arrived and he lured her up to our billiard room where he wanted to pop the question. It was his idea for Chris and I to be present to take pictures and record the event, so we pretended to be fixing and cleaning things when they came up to the room. We she turned away from all of us, Chris handed him flowers and he got down on his knee. I got out the camera to take pictures and Chris got his out to videotape the event. She turned around totally unexpecting what was to come. But there he was on his knee saying “I have a very important question to ask you…” “yes….” she answered as she covered her mouth to hold back her utter surprised and impending sobs. It was a touching scene as they embraced and he presented the ring and the really big question. They went on to enjoy a weekend of celebrating an anticipated happy life together and have even invited us to their wedding. The video is on our Hidden Serenity facebook page if you’d like to see it.

Lots of chocolate and flowers later, there are many couples who have celebrated with each other at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast. The Valentine’s Day stories have been taken home with them and have become part of their romantic stories to share with each other. Proposals, surprises, intimate moments and happy, smiling couples make Valentine’s Day or anyday exciting and rewarding for Chris and myself as we remember many special moments in our relationship and look forward to helping you create some memories too.

5 Snowy Activities Around Hidden Serenity B&B

SnowshoesOK, so it has been snowing and we are up to our knees, or maybe hips in the white stuff. Do you feel stuck inside dreaming about summer? Since science hasn’t figured out how to stop the snow from falling, let’s get out there and enjoy these 5 snowy outdoor activities found within 10 miles of Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast.

Snowshoeing – no lessons involved, just grab some snowshoes and head out onto the snow! If you don’t have the snowshoes, check out the rental options from Mountain Outfitters in West Bend. I’ve found this snowy activity to be a great outdoor cardio activity and a way to get into the woods in areas the typical trails do not go. Walk deep into the forest, stand there and listen and take in the serene surroundings, maybe hear an animal or two, breathe in the fresh crisp air and trek on farther. Just make sure you have the energy to head back to the warming shelter and get toasty again.
Cross country skiing – This snowy activity takes a bit more skill than snowshoeing and you may get a wet tush learning to do it, but once you have the hang of it you will absolutely love it! In our beautiful area of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest we are blessed to have both groomed and ungroomed trails for all types of cross country skiing that wind in, around, up and down the glaciated landscape through woods and fields, past lakes and streams. It is breathtakingly gorgeous. Some trails are even lit at night and in the early morning. Again, warming shelters provide the incentive to get to a destination! Rentals from Mountain Outfitters.
Downhill skiing/snowboarding – So, keep in mind that we don’t live in Colorado but we do have two very nice ski hills short distances away. Sunburst Winter Sports Park is only 7 miles away and offers lessons and various levels of skiing and snowboarding fun! Also a great place to test your skills and only a twenty five minute drive, Little Switzerland Ski Park is a great place to carve some snow. Skiing is definitely a snowy activity worth trying.
Ice Skating – This fun cold weather activity brings back some childhood memories! Bring your own skates and take to the ice at our only outdoor skating rink, Regner Park in West Bend. The warming house is open Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Saturday and Sundays all day. Best things is – it’s FREE! So why not skate for as long as your heart’s content (or as short!), change back into your street shoes in the warming house and head to one of the fine coffee shops in downtown West Bend.
Good old fashioned sledding! – who doesn’t have fond memories of hopping on that old sled, gliding down the hill, hoping not to fall off and bragging about how far you got out into the snow at the bottom of the hill? There are some great spots to relive these moments in our hilly part of the state. What you may not look forward to re-living is the trek back up the hill to start all over again. Here is the perfect solution…..Tubing at Sunburst Winter Sports Park! Get this – you don’t have to walk back up the hill. They have conveyor belts that take all the exercise and work out of it. Mostly you are there for the fun, right? It is a blast slipping down the chutes they have groomed just for tubing! You really need to try it.

Winter in Wisconsin can truly be enjoyed in multiple ways. I’ve taken 5 Snowy Activities that you can experience outside in the snowy weather to tell you about. But when guests come and stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast in the cold winter months they find enjoyment from these things as well as sipping on a hot beverage, sitting by the fireplace at Hidden Serenity and watching a glorious snowfall from the cozy indoors too. Whatever your fancy, we are here to help make your stay in our area during the winter as memorable as possible. Take a gander at our rooms and choose the one that suits you.

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.

Experience Fat Tire Bike Riding Near Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is right next to the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is a beautiful glaciated
terrain for fat tire bike riding, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. In fact, you will find many activities to enjoy nearby.

Fat Tire Bike Riding is enjoyable at any time of the year!

Many of our guests choose to stay with us, because they enjoy coming back to a place of luxury.  After a day of activity, Hidden Serenity provides the perfect place to relax. We are hidden in the woods and offer a quiet stay. Many of our guests come here to seek out new adventures and get away from their responsibilities.

Experience Fat Tire Bike Riding Around Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast

One such activity that people enjoy here is fat tire bike riding. This type of biking allows riders to get across difficult trails in the North Kettle Moraine and similar trails. Fat tire bikes are an up and coming activity enjoyed by bike enthusiasts of all ages.

What is a Fat Tire Bike?

A fat tire bike, also known as a fatbike, is designed to go off road. It has oversized tires that are normally 3.8in or bigger. The rims are 2.6in or wider.

This type of bike has a wider tire which makes it much more versatile than road or mountain bikes. With these tires, you can ride on troublesome terrains. Softer, unstable terrains, such as mud, sand, bogs, or snow, are no problem for the fat tire bike.

Other Benefits to Fatbikes

In addition to being able to ride on soft terrains, there are other benefits to this fat tire bike riding. Since the tires do not have to be inflated as much, it provides greater comfort to the rider. That also means that the bike is easier to balance, and makes it easier for inexperienced riders to get around.

Another benefit to flat tire bike riding is that there is that it requires little maintenance. There are few parts that can break or be in need of repair. It is a sturdy design that will take you places other bikes cannot.

Where to Rent Fat Tire Bikes 

While you are staying with us here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, you can find local shops to rent fatbikes from.

Zuzu Pedals– located in Port Washington which is about 25 minutes from here.

Pedal Moraine– this shop is located on Main Street in West Bend

Where to Fat Tire Bike in the Northern Kettle Moraine

Many of our guests come to Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast to take advantage of the trails in the Kettle Moraine. There are many different trails that you can ride on in the state forest. These trails are ideal for fat tire bike riding. Here are three of the most popular:

*Please note that a state trail pass is required for bikers that are 16 or older

Greenbush — Greenbush is about 2.5 miles north from State Highway 67. This trail has two trail systems that offer a challenge to fat bike riders. There is a total of 9 miles that is made up of 5 intersecting loops. Take note of the bike trails, as they are different than the ones designated for hikers. Also, be aware that this trail can only be used as a bike trail during the warmer months. They close off the trails during the ski season.

Lake to Lake Bike Trail — This is a limestone paved trail that is 6.5 miles in length. It connects the Mauthe and Long Lake rec areas. Also, the trail passes through Dundee, a tiny village that is home to the best ice cream place around. This trail is a great choice for less experienced riders.

New Fane Loop System Trail — The New Fane loop system trail is 1.5 miles east of Kettle Moraine Drive. It has a total of 5.5 miles of bike trails that have 4 loops. This is a moderate trail to ride.

Book Your Luxury Stay Today

If you are ready to find adventure, return to comfort, come away refreshed- book your luxury stay with us today. In addition to our cozy rooms, complete with a fireplace, there is a homemade, gourmet breakfast that is provided to you each day. It is a pleasure for us to make your stay as well as your excursions memorable. Contact us today to find out our availability.

Our Most Popular Room — Kettle Moraine Suite

IMG_9580(FINAL)(WEB)When you are looking for a room to book for your couple’s getaway in West Bend, WI, Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is the right choice for you. We offer several luxury suites that our guests enjoy. Our popular room is the Kettle Moraine Suite. This room has many different features that people love to take advantage of —

The amenities for all the rooms include:

  • Wine cooler
  • Pillow top bed
  • HD TV (concealed behind a 2 way mirror)
  • private bathroom with a shower and other features depending on the room
  • Free wireless internet
  • USB charger
  • Assortment of beverages
  • Bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners
  • Fireplace

Amenities For The Kettle Moraine Suite only:

  • Keurig machine
  • High powered binocular on a tripod
  • Record player with several different albums
  • Double slipper Tub
  • Large windows looking out to the woods
  • Snacks

The prized amenity of this room is the incredible view of the woods from your bedroom window. This scene is sure to allow you to feel at ease while you are resting after a fun day in the area. Two comfortable, wide chairs are situated next to the windows so sit back, relax and enjoy!

People love to stay at our inn, because we add to the experience of being off the beaten path. With luxury rooms like the Kettle Moraine Suite, you can play hard all day and come back to a quiet room. Where you chose to stay can make all the difference of the restfulness of a trip. We pride ourselves on providing a wonderful environment for you and your guests to feel calm and relaxed.

As part of your stay with Hidden Serenity, you can enjoy our gourmet breakfast. Each morning, we get up early to start the breakfast preparations. Much of what we serve is made by hand with fresh ingredients. The coffee that we serve in the morning is made using a French press. And we offer freshly brewed tea varieties as well. This choices of morning brew to suit your needs and desires.

We are always trying to think of the small details that will make your stay memorable and meet your needs while you are here. Book this room soon, it’s one of our most popular.We look forward to having you stay with us on your next trip away from home. Whether you are a local looking for a place to have a special event, or a guest from out of town, we can accommodate you.

Be sure to check out more about the Kettle Moraine Suite on our room rates page. You will also see all of the different rooms we offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

May We Suggest the Poplar Inn?

foods2We love to provide our guests with the best possible stay here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. It is a privilege for us to team up with the owners from Poplar Inn in West Bend, WI. Mike and Dee are wonderful hosts for this remarkable restaurant.

Poplar Inn has quite a history! The building was built in 1858 and was owned by a Union Civil War Captain. Over the years, it has served many different purposes. In the 80’s, it was retrofitted to serve as a restaraunt. And remains a successful eating establishment to this day.

In the restaurant there are plenty of places to dine. You can choose between the:

  • Upper level
  • Lower level
  • Bar
  • Patio

Each area of the restaurant is exquisite and pleasing to the eye. The lighting casts a romantic glow and makes for a wonderful dining experience. They switch out their wall decorations depending on the season and provide eloquent table linens. It is an establishment where you can dress up for a special night out or go business casual if you’d like.

What is on the Menu?

Their chefs prepare and serve an assortment of delicious meals. They offer several dishes prepared with surf and turf items. Also, they have wonderful salad and other sides. Whether you like steak or seafood, you are sure to find something that is appealing to your taste. With their professional chef, you can feel confident your meal will be incredible. For those that love a good tasting wine, they have just the menu for you. Their wine and beer list is ever changing as they incorporate guest’s favorites into the rotation. The wait staff is great at suggesting just the right pairing with your meal.

We have a great announcement to make! We have been talking with Mike and Dee, the owners, about going in together to create packages for our guests. The full details of the packages are not completed yet, but we plan to offer a $50 voucher to the Poplar Inn. We think that this partnership is perfect for us, because Mike and Dee run a luxury restaurant and are attentive to their guests, just as we are at Hidden Serenity. Hospitality is of utmost importance.

Not only can you make reservations to stay here at Hidden Serenity, but you can also make reservations at Poplar Inn for your dinner. If you are planning a special getaway weekend, this is perfect. When you place the reservations with us, you can do the same with them and make sure that your night goes smoothly. What a wonderful weekend you can create when you stay in one of our luxury suites and then dine at Poplar Inn.

Don’t forget that we serve a gourmet breakfast each morning. You will walk away feeling completely spoiled and relaxed! Be sure to get in touch with us to find out about our room availability. It is never too early to plan your trip.

Wellness for a Healthy Body and Soul

Unfazed By GraceWe are passionate about helping our guests get away from their busy lives and enjoy time in the woods feeling rejuvenated and healthy. Here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, we have a strong partnership with the Inochi Clinic. This is a natural health and wellness center that works with their patients to reach their health goals. We realize how important a healthy body and soul is.

Inochi Clinic in Kettle Moraine

The Inochi Clinic offers a wide array of natural health care options and alternative medicine practices. Often, people come to see them when they are looking for an alternative or complement to traditional medicine. They are passionate about developing a relationship with their patients and working with each individual’s needs to reach their health goals.

What Services Are Offered at Inochi?

There are several different natural healthcare methods that the staff at Inochi use with their patients. After a full consultation appointment with you, they will recommend a treatment plan to help you. These are just a few of the things that you can take advantage of at this healthcare clinic:

  • Detoxification Therapy– Throughout our everyday lifes, our bodies can harbor harmful toxins. Inochi’s team will recommend a detox plan that will help your body rid itself of this waste.
  • Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS)– This is a non-invasive procedure that will help detect health imbalances.
  • Iridology– The doctor uses information gathered from your iris to determine areas of weakness in the body.
  • Infrared Light Sauna– A natural way to relax and sooth sore muscles and other ailments.
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy– With a light touch, they will press on certain pressure points to relieve pain in the body.
  • Massage Therapy– The body can benefit deeply from different types of massage therapy.
  • Blood Microscopy– A drop of your blood is placed on a microscope and examined by the doctor to determine health concerns you might be dealing with.

Here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, we are able to provide a retreat and refuge for people from their daily lives. We give them a chance to re-connect with nature and get in tune with their bodies in our quiet environment. Just like Inochi, we take a holistic approach to living. Many people are in need of deep rest and the amount of stress they are under takes a toll on their body. When staying at Hidden Serenity, you are able relax and get the rest that you need.

We have a great relationship with Inochi, because we both believe in getting away from the norm and give your body a break. Your body has the ability to heal itself of many things, and getting the best rest will aid your body in that.

Be sure to give us a call to find out about our room availability. When you come to stay with us, we hope you will visit the Inochi Clinic for alternative healthcare. Great for a healthy body and soul.

B&B Offers Comfort, Warmth After Outdoors Adventures

Mug Again [42/365]Getting outdoors during the winter months in the Northern Kettle Moraine provides you with great activities! Many people come here to go cross-country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing on the beautiful terrain.

Here at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, we invite people to pursue outdoors adventure during the day and then retreat to the comforts of our rooms at night. After a fun filled day in a winter wonderland, why not book a place of luxury to help yourself unwind and relax? Check availability here,

Find Adventure in Northern Kettle Moraine

It isn’t hard to find outdoors adventure in the Kettle Moraine State. Whether you are a snowshoeing enthusiast or a beginner, you are going to find a challenge that is right for you. People enjoy cross-country skiing in this area as well. There are a number trails to pick from that will provide a different experience. Doing things with your friends and family helps you to bond and go deeper in relationship. Making plans to explore the countryside together will get your heart pumping and help you feel more alive.

Return to Comfort at Hidden Serenity

After spending your day exerting yourself outdoors, you are going to need a comfortable place to unwind. Here at Hidden Serenity, we aim to create a stress free environment that allows everyone in your group to connect.

There are several reasons why you are sure to feel at home and relaxed here.

It’s Naturally Quiet Here

We are a Bed & Breakfast that is nestled in the woods. It is just naturally quiet here and makes for a great escape from your normal life. The house itself is ¼ mile back in the woods and surrounded by those quite magnificent trees.

We Offer Messages in Our Spa

When you book a room with us, you have the option to schedule messages in our spa room. We offer Swedish, therapeutic, head, hand, and foot massages as well as an hour long couple’s massage. Be sure to make your massage reservations when you book your room.

Gourmet Breakfast

Every morning that you stay with us, you won’t want to miss our gourmet breakfast. Our chef creates delicious breakfasts that leave you feeling satisfied and happy. If you have a special diet, no worries, just let us know ahead of time and we will accommodate your needs.

Come Away Refreshed

How many times have you gone on a vacation and felt like you needed another vacation to recuperate? When you stay here at Hidden Serenity, you will feel relaxed and refreshed after your stay. We are so much more than simply a place to lay your head. Your innkeepers, Chris and Sally, have worked very hard to create a home away from home for you and your family. Staying with us is as relaxing as staying with dear friends. If you are ready to book with us, we would love to have you! It is our passion to provide our guests with a tranquil and relaxing experience so that they can come away from our cozy woodsy place feeling totally refreshed. Plan your getaway now.