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Proposal Destination Catered to You and Your Special Someone

EngagementWe just love to see couples get engaged! We have been married for 31 years and counting and seeing others share in their new found love is one of our favorite parts of being innkeepers. Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is becoming one of the premier proposal destinations!

Hidden Serenity- A Romantic Setting For Proposals

Our luxury Bed & Breakfast is without a doubt the perfect romantic setting for proposals. We aren’t the only ones that think that either. In the month of February, we have been a part of two different proposals.

It is such an honor to have our inn be used for a once in a lifetime event.

The Best Proposal Destination in Wisconsin

Why are we the best proposal destination in Wisconsin, you ask? When it is time to pop the question, you want the best possible atmosphere to propose. This is a time in your life that you will look back on again and again. Why not make it as memorable as possible?

Celebrate Your Event in a Peaceful Setting

We are nestled in the woods near West Bend, WI. People come to this area to vacation all of the time. It is a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those that love to shop in quaint places. Here at Hidden Serenity, we offer a naturally quiet place to stay. We are off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle of life. When you are ready to get engaged, we provide an intimate, peaceful setting for you to make beautiful memories.

Make a Weekend Of It

If you really want to blow the socks off of your fiance’, consider making a weekend of the whole proposal. Book as many rooms as you need for friends and family to be a part of this special occasion. Having your engagement with us will give you the space needed to have those important people at your event. For those that want to have a secluded proposal, we are also a great choice for that. There are many beautiful locations to ask for your lover’s hand in marriage. Here are a few ideas – the romantic wooden swings in the woods, a secluded spot in the woods, the Jacuzzi tub, in front of your personal fireplace or in the garden. All of these locations and more are right here on Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast property.

We Will Help You With Your Proposal

However you chose to propose to your significant other, our team can help you. We are very accommodating to those that book with us. If there is something that you would like to have as part of your proposal, both Chris and Sally will work with you to make it happen. We find so much pleasure in being a part of events such as this. Be sure to contact us today and find out what dates we are available for your event. We will work to make it a time that you will never forget.

Skiing Little Switzerland While Staying at Hidden Serenity

Snowboarding and skiing funNot everyone comes to West Bend, WI to visit the North Kettle Moraine. Many love to go to Little Switzerland to go skiing, snowboarding and more. It is located about 15 miles from Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. This area is full of fun outdoorsy things to do.

What Are the Attractions in Little Switzerland?

There are great things to check out in Little Switzerland. Some of the top attractions include:

  • Switz Bike Park- when there isn’t any snow on the hill, you can take advantage of the amazing bike park that they have. There is a lift that takes you up the hill to get to it.
  • Skiing and Snowboarding- Little Switzerland is a great place to go skiing and snowboarding. They make sure that the slopes are full of snow. The trails offer a place for both beginners and advanced skiers to enjoy.
  • Freestyle Terrain- this is an area of the park that allows people to practice their tricks. Take advantage of the approach zone, take-off zone, maneuver zone, and landing zone to practice and perfect your latest moves.
  • Snow School- you can take ski and snowboard lessons while you visit. You pay by the hour of instruction, so take as many hours at a time as you would like.

This location is great for those that enjoy being in the great outdoors. People come from all over to take advantage of what this ski park has to offer.

Return To The Comfort of Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is a premier place to retreat to after a long day on the slopes and trails. We have created a welcoming place where you can warm yourself up.

Whether you are used to skiing a lot or not, you will want somewhere that you can rest your tired muscles. Our comfortable beds and spacious facility makes for a comfortable place to unwind.

We also offer different massage packages at our spa for your convenience. You can book your massage with us when you pay for your room. It is completely worth it to relax on the tables and let our masseuse help work out the tension you’ve built in your body from a day of activity.

Don’t Forget About The Amazing Gourmet Breakfast We Serve

Sure, you can book a hotel here in West Bend, WI, but you won’t have as luxurious of an experience. We have comfortable rooms and the best gourmet breakfast around. Our fabulous breakfast is put together with you in mind. You will feel absolutely spoiled after your stay with us.

If you are looking at skiing or mountain biking in Little Switzerland, be sure to check out our room availability. We would love to host you for your vacation! We look forward to welcoming you to the best Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.

Book Your Romantic Stay Now For Valentine's Day

Valentine´s DayValentine’s Day is right around the corner and it is time to get plans together to wow your sweetie! Staying at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast makes for a great place to take your lover for this awesome day.

Romantic Things to Do Around Hidden Serenity

Simply staying in our luxury bed & breakfast will provide you with a wonderfully romantic trip. However, there are plenty of other things you can do with your love to celebrate the holiday.

  • Museum of Wisconsin Art– This museum is full of interesting pieces of art. You can spend some of your time viewing the beauty that comes from brilliant minds. Every three months, the exhibits change, so you can always see something new when you visit.  It is small enough to go through and not eat up the entire day.
  • The Norbert– You can catch some dinner at this great restaurant. They have excellent food and live music at times. It would make for a great casual dinner out where you can be serenaded by the local talent.
  • Savoring Thyme Gift Shop– If you are looking for a one of a kind gift while you are in town, be sure to check out this unique shop. You are sure to walk away with something that will remind you of your romantic getaway.
  • Hidden Serenity Gourmet Breakfast- Don’t forget to come down to the dining room for our hand crafted gourmet breakfast each morning that you stay with us. You and your lover can enjoy your breakfast in the comfort and elegance.

These are some of the different things you can experience while you are here. In the winter, many people come to go cross country skiing or snowshoeing at North Kettle Moraine. Even if that is not your passion, you can find other things that will make the trip worth it for you. Even a trip over to Lake Michigan at this time of year can be quite romantic.

Why Stay in a Bed & Breakfast for Valentine’s? 

We think that your significant other deserves a wonderful and relaxing time to get away from the busyness of life. What better place than a luxury bed & breakfast. For a lover’s holiday, it is worth it to do something out of the ordinary with the one you care for. Bringing them to one of our suites is sure to help you both make memories you will never forget.

What if I Can’t Stay on Valentine’s Weekend? 

Not everyone has the ability to celebrate Valentine’s on the weekend. If that is the case for you, then consider purchasing our gift certificates and giving them to your significant other. When you purchase the gift certificates, you can use them as cash when you book the rooms. This will give you the time to put together the perfect weekend for both of you to take off and enjoy time together.

We look forward to serving you and your love for a romantic weekend getaway.

End Your Day in The Snow at Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast

Winter Forest 1700m Above Sea LevelMany people come to the northern part of Kettle Moraine in our area of Wisconsin to go cross country skiing and snowshoeing and other winter acitivites. Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is very close to many of the trails and areas to enjoy these activities. Our luxury establishment is perfect for those that have been out enjoying the winter snow all day.

What is There to Do in Northern Kettle Moraine?

The Kettle Moraine State Forest is open throughout the entire year. In the warmer months, you can hike and ride the trails. People can go horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming, and do other fun summer activities.

In the winter months, those trails are covered with snow and the winter activities take over. People come to the area to snowshoe, ice fish, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. We even have a two down hill skiing/snowboarding/tubing areas close by.

What is The Name of the Trail Used For Skiing and Snowshoeing?

If you decide to ski in The Kettle Moraine State forest, you can ski on the Zilmer, New Fane, Greenbush Trails. Our bed and breakfast is located on Shalom Drive in West Bend, Wisconsin. We are about 10-25 minutes away from the trails in the Northern Kettle Moraine, depending on which one you choose. It can get pretty cold here in Wisconsin, which makes it all the better to have a luxurious place to return to at the end of the day. It is our pleasure to create an environment that will help you relax after a long day on the trails. But, get this- Zilmer and Greenbush have warming houses or fires going to warm you up! You can’t beat that

The Greenbush is a recreation area that has 25 miles of groomed trails that has daily updates of the condition of the trails. At night, the 1.2 mile Brown Loop at Greenbush is lit up for skiing at night. This awesome features allows people a longer day in the snow.

The Zilmer Trail gives those that want to ski or snowshoe 11 miles to trek across. The volunteers from the Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club help to keep the trail groomed for the ease of skiing.

New Fane trails are ungroomed trails that people go cross country skiing on. The trail is 7.7 miles in length.

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is a luxury establishment that prides itself in offering the best rooms and gourmet breakfast around. Many people stay with us because they enjoy the comforts of home while they are traveling. When you stay with us, you can check in between 3pm-6pm. This gives you time to get situated before you head out for the night. You can get a good days worth of activity in before check in but don’t forget that you can use some of the trails in the evening.
On the morning that you are departing from your coxy room, you will checkout by 11am after you enjoy the hot gourmet breakfast that we offer every morning. This is great to keep you going for your next day of activities.

We are open year round to accommodate travelers from all over the country with many different interests. Whether you are a winter outdoor enthusiast or you like to cuddle in the warmth of our Bed and Breakfast, There is something for you to enjoy at Hidden Serenity B&B.

Hooray for the "Breakfast" part of "Bed and Breakfast"

SyrupThere are many great reasons to choose to stay at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast in Wisconsin over a hotel. Some choose us for our comfortable rooms and environment. Others use our establishment as a lover’s getaway. Or could it be the breakfasts…

Families, couples, and individuals book our Luxury Bed and Breakfast when they want to visit the North Kettle Moraine and surrounding areas, just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or want to take their loved one to someplace special. Regardless of the reason for staying with us, we offer a serene place to sleep and relax away from home. It is so important to us to give you the best possible experience while you are in West Bend, WI. That is why we have put together an incredible experience for you and your loved one at our inn.

In addition to making sure our luxury rooms are elegant, relaxing and romantic, we bring you the best options for your first meal of the day. When you first get up in the morning, you will be treated to a gourmet breakfast straight from our kitchen. We make our breakfasts by hand from the freshest ingredients available to us. We have taken a lot of time and energy to ensure that you will love your meal.

What you can look forward to at breakfast at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast:

  • Homemade maple syrup– We serve this with our pancakes and special side items.
  • Freshly ground Starbucks coffee- Each morning, we grind up coffee beans from Starbucks and use a French press to make you the most magnificent coffee to wake you up.
  • Tea from the garden- When you order a cup of our fresh herbal tea, you are drinking a blend that is straight from the plant when at all possible. Our other teas are brewed from lose leaf teas, not the bags.
  • Hand crafted meals- You are invited to our hand crafted breakfasts that we make from scratch every morning. This is dining at its finest.

Some thing to keep in mind when you are considering a bed and breakfast over hotel – do you want to thoroughly enjoy breakfast in a quiet, romantic setting. Stay at your table as long as you please, leisurely stroll to your room as you pass by windows looking out to the woods. Oh, and you might even spot a deer while you are sipping your coffee or tea.

 

Great Gift Idea — Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are a great idea for your Christmas Holiday shopping because the ways in which to use them are so many! In the case of Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast, gift certificates can be applied toward a couple’s massage or an Anniversary Package. The options are endless!

Imagine all the things that a Hidden Serenity gift certificate will allow you and your special someone to do together. First, you will be staying in one of the most romantic and luxurious rooms in Southeast Wisconsin. Beyond that, you will have access to some of the more spectacular sight-seeing this state has to offer. Building memories as you experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature will be something to remember forever.

Our website makes it easy to purchase gift certificates! Simply go to: www.hiddenserenity.com, click on gift certificates and choose the denomination that would best fit your needs. Gift Certificates come in amounts of $100, $150 or $200 or your own custom amount. Simply add the denomination and quantity you would like to your online “cart” and you will be prompted to enter who the gift certificate is for and also who it is from. You also have the option of including a special note to the recipient of the certificate. You can have the gift certificate mailed to a specific address.

If you would like to make your stay even more memorable, you will be provided options during the gift certificate check-out procedure. You can choose from couple’s massage, in-house massage, early arrival, or late check-out. We also have special touches that can be added like: A dozen roses placed in your room or fresh seasonal flowers placed in your room upon arrival.

For those special occasions, you could add an Anniversary Special to your gift certificate. Our anniversary special is set up to assist you in making your anniversary memorable and romantic. Start out with fresh flowers and gourmet chocolates in your room. Call ahead of time and we can work out details such as dinner reservations, a romantic movie ready to be viewed in your room, and other additions you have in making this anniversary like no other. Your spouse will be thrilled at how much thought you put in to making your anniversary special! (It will be our little secret that we do the prep work for you! Shhhh . . . )

Or perhaps you would like to celebrate someone’s special birthday with us? If so, choose the Birthday Special during check-out and you will receive the gift of a memorable day. We will have a festive balloon bouquet waiting in the room along with some non-alcoholic bubbly and gourmet chocolate that is out of this world! We’ll be happy to make dinner reservations at an area restaurant so that all you have to do is arrive and enjoy.

A gift certificate is a “promise” to make memories but without the commitment of a specific time/date. A gift certificate allows you to give them a gift but then also enjoy finalizing the plans for your trip together.

There is so much to do here at Hidden Serenity that we have allowed you to add the option of “Super Early Arrival” or “Extended Departure” to your gift certificate purchase. These options allow you to arrive early and get settled in before you head off to experience a fun-filled day. And, at the end of your stay with us, you can relax in your room a bit longer before starting the long journey home.

A gift certificate to Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast is an excellent gift for any occasion, whether celebrating an anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement, or just to get away! Gift certificates are good towards any room on any night (subject to availability and minimum night restrictions). They are the perfect gift for a coach, teacher, family member or anyone you want to have an unforgettable experience.

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.