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Winter Outdoor Activities in Chippewa Falls

Winter Activities

The holidays have come and gone, and the cold weather continues to descend upon us here in Chippewa Falls.  We all know the winter months in the north woods can be brutally cold some years.  While I don’t particularly enjoy spending a whole lot of time outdoors when it is cold,  there are definite benefits of getting outdoors and getting some exercise.  You always feel better after spending some time in the fresh air.  Whether it’s just a 15-minute walk in your neighborhood or grabbing the snowshoes and going for a walk on the Chippewa River or through Lake Wissota State Park, you’ll never feel as if you have wasted your time – especially when you can return to the warm, cozy bed and breakfast.

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Breakfast Cowboy Hash Recipe

This savory breakfast skillet is adaptable to whatever you have on hand. Throw in your summer veggies from the farmers market or strip it down to the basics of hash, bacon, and eggs. 

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Key Lime Pie – Your New Favorite Summer Dessert

key lime pie on a countertop

Photo by Nathan Lemon

Nope, this isn’t a breakfast recipe, but it does embody the the Inn and what it stands for more than we’d like to admit. We believe dessert is best shared with friends (as long as you get plenty), and they should leave you with sweet sugary dreams once it’s gone. Prep this pie the day before and when everyone’s gathered you’ll look like Harry Houdini with surprise dessert! 

This recipe comes from Sobo, a restaurant surrounded by beaches in Tofino, Canada. Feel free to close your eyes and picture yourself eating this on a beach in the sun. We promise, it’ll make it even better. 

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3 Kinds of Inspiring B&B Guests

We’ve greeted a lot of guests here at the Inn on Lake Wissota, and we’re starting to see some trends. Our guests seem to always take the path that leads to adventure, we like to call them new experience enthusiasts. Whether they’ve stayed with us before or not, they’re often here for something new. Sometimes this is an activity, a brewery, or a new back 9. They’re stepping out of their zone, to explore new territory.

We think highly of our guests and their prioritizing of adventure. There are so many types of guests that make the Inn the special place that it is. Today we’re sharing three common types of Inn on Lake Wissota guests that could be you, or might inspire you as they’ve inspired us.

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5 Reasons to Travel Locally

Got the travel bug and feeling unable to scratch that itch? It’s time to set everything aside and hop in the car for a weekend getaway. With the ease of road trips and the spontaneity it allows, you don’t have to spend hours planning, just book a place to sleep, and hit the road. The memories are sure to make themselves. Here are 5 reasons to travel locally. 

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15 year old starts his own Maple Syrup company

I can’t wait to tell you all about Will Wanish and his entrepreneurial spirit!  Will’s mom, Heather Rothbauer-Wanish, and I both belong to Polka Dot Powerhouse (Please excuse the shameless plug). Polka Dot Powerhouse is a connection company for women.  At one of our meetings Heather was sharing with the group her teenage son was starting his own company. Will wanted to start a Sugar Bush, tap maple trees and make maple syrup.  Including local products in my breakfast dishes helps me to support other area small businesses.  I just had to check this out!

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The 5 Best Cross Country Skiing Trails in the Chippewa Valley

Couple cross country skiing in the woods. canstockphoto55798447

There are plenty of winter visitors to the Chippewa Valley who put Cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the top of the list for reasons to spend time in the area. What better way to experience the natural beauty of the region than to strap on a pair of skis or snowshoes and create your own adventure.  Although the terrain can be somewhat of a challenge to some, there are plenty of parks and recreation areas that offer groomed and ungroomed trails for your level of expertise and comfort.

Be sure to include Inn on Lake Wissota as part of your trip when passing through the Chippewa Valley.  We are a true Bed & Breakfast with 5 guest rooms.  With plenty of amenities to ensure your stay with us is unique.  This winter has brought plenty of snow and we are blessed with a winter wonderland without the bitter cold of 2019!  Find your own adventure at our Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast and book your room today!

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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry heart muffin

Strawberry Muffins are a fun treat to start out this special day. Photo by lareinamab

For those who have stayed with us at Inn on Lake Wissota, you know muffins are offered each morning to those who would like to start their day out with a little something sweet.  Is there any better way to wake up than to the smell of fresh coffee brewing and muffins baking?  The first Valentine’s Day we had the B&B I was in search for a special muffin recipe to commemorate this special occasion for our guests.  I happened to find a recipe submitted by Picky Jessica on allrecipes.com for Valentine’s Day Strawberry Muffins.  The fun thing about these muffins is you slice either end of the strawberries so they look like a heart.  You know, sometimes it’s just the little things in life that warm my heart, and these muffins are one of those things!  Anyway, this recipe is a keeper, so I thought I would share it with you.

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Don’t Miss the Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls

Photo taken by Andrea Paulseth of the entrance to the Christmas Village at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls

Photo taken by Andrea Paulseth of the entrance to the Christmas Village at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls

For those who enjoy a dazzling display of Christmas lights, you will want to be sure to get to Chippewa Falls this season.  The Christmas Village display is located in Irvine Park, on the north end of the downtown area.  Established in 1987, the Christmas Village has become a tradition for the citizens of Chippewa Falls and surrounding areas.  Preparation for the display begins in October and relies heavily on local volunteers to hang the lights and set up the various displays.  There is an amazing display of life size scenes from Victorian times, with references to local historical businesses and other organizations.  December 14, 2019 offers a great opportunity for folks to walk through the parks without any vehicles in the area from 5:00-6:30 pm. The display is open daily until 9:00pm, and on Christmas Eve, as a special treat, the display will be open until midnight!

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A No Stress Turkey Breast Recipe

Home Made Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing and green beans

Home Made Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing and green beans

Savory Turkey Breast

For years I had a monthly subscription to a Betty Crocker magazine.  Usually it contained about 20 recipes, most representing the upcoming season.  I found this recipe in that magazine and have loved it from the first time I ate it.  What I like even more about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare ahead of time, then warm up in the oven prior to serving.

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