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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

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

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!

Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival

five strawberies one star,  passion of  fruitStrawberries.  I don’t know about you but this beautiful fruit is one of our favorites!  And what better way to experience and enjoy strawberries than to go to a Strawberry Festival!!  Just a short country drive away from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast, you will find a wonderful town, Cedarburg.  It’s in this very town that the 30th Annual Strawberry Festival takes place June 27th and 28th, 2015 and we couldn’t be more excited!

At the Strawberry Festival there are incredible food vendors that include everything and more that has to do with strawberries, including the “Original” Strawberry Brat, Chicken Strawberry Wrap and we can’t forget the incredible Strawberry Shortcake!  And then of course there are chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry crepes, and strawberry pie (Oh my!)!  You may enjoy a strawberry slushy or want to taste the Cedar Creek Winery’s Strawberry Blush Wine!

Don’t worry, it’s not just about Strawberries (although would that really be a bad thing if it was)?  There is plenty of entertainment to add icing to the cake (or should we say Strawberry Pie?).  The Gruber Law Office Main Stage will feature American Idol superstar Hannah Mrozak, Life in a Tree and The Latchkeys.  On Sunday the cover band Our House will be on stage featuring local 9 year old music extraordinaire Jaid Ruffing!  These are not something you will want to miss!!

On top of all of this fun, 250 of the best local and Midwest artists will be bringing their masterpieces for you to see which will include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media and photography, all being featured on the Arts on the Avenue.  No matter your taste in art, we are sure you will find something you love!

Make sure to book your stay with us that weekend soon so you don’t miss out on all of the fun!  We only began to touch on all of the activities for the week.  Check out their website for more!  By the end of the weekend you will be dreaming of strawberries and waiting in anticipation for next year’s festival!

Fun Festival Facts:  Some say that fresh juice from a strawberry has a cooling effect on feverish patients.  Try it next time you are feeling a bit hot!

CedarBrew Fest in Cedarburg

Little beersSummer is so much fun!  It’s all about festivals, sunshine, long walks and hikes, BBQ’s and making memories.  Well, here’s another way you can make wonderful memories with friends and loved ones while visiting us at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast! Not too far from us is the CedarBrew Fest in Cedarburg, full of craft beers, delicious wines and tasty treats from local restaurants!  Bring your appetite and salivary glands with you and be prepared to enter food and drink heaven.

The newest festival added to the already long list Cedarburg puts on, is happening May 8th from 8-10pm.  A fantastic way to begin your weekend stay with us, enjoying time away from the hustle of every day life.  There will be something for all to enjoy!  Live music entertainment will be taking place featuring Mitch Cooper and the Sonic Funk Blasters! The shops in historic downtown Cedarburg are sure to impress all different types of shoppers. The shops will be open for extended hours on Fridays starting that weekend. Take a walk by the river, do a little shopping, enjoy the live music and brews.

You won’t want to miss this!  Make sure to mark your calendars and give us a call to book your stay today!  The weekend is fast approaching and we have your room ready and waiting just for you!

Fun Festival Facts:   Did you know that Festivals make a significant contribution to the economic viability and health of downtown Cedarburg and the surrounding area?  Working with over 90 Cedarburg merchants, for many, Festival weekends are the most profitable weekends for the entire year! (credit to

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

lions den 005If spectacular views are what you are longing for, you must put Lion’s Den Gorge Nature

Preserve at the top of your list. This jewel is a short 30 minutes from Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast in Grafton, Wisconsin, boasting of 70-plus gorgeous, eye-pleasing acres of ecological beauty. This wonderful preserve features areas known as a Natural Area that has remained untouched since before the European settlement of Wisconsin, laying along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. There are several educational opportunities as well to add to the enjoyment of the views.

Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve consists of grasslands, wet meadows, and bluff areas of which some have 100 foot bluff tops with incredible views of Lake Michigan. They also offer great views of wildlife as well as birds for all of you enthusiastic bird watchers. There are gravel and boardwalk trails taking you through forests, wetlands and the Gorge. It’s a great place to hike, picnic and fish or relax and enjoy the views along Lake Michigan.

Call us today to reserve your space at Hidden Serenity Bed and Breakfast! Spend part of your stay exploring one of the many natural areas in our part of the state.

Wisconsin Fun Fact: Wisconsin is known for several ‘firsts’. The first typewriter and the first hydroelectric plant as well as the first in production of cranberries, snap beans, oats, carrots, maple syrup and sweet corn.