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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. 

What You’ll Need

2 lbs russet or yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
½ large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Bacon, chopped
4 large eggs
Fresh chives, minced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop 3 leftover baked potatoes (russet or Yukon golds) into ½” pieces. Also roughly chop ½ large white onion and red bell pepper.

  2. In a cast-iron skillet, cook a few slices of bacon (or desired meat) until crispy. Remove meat and set aside.

  3. Add in the onions and red peppers and saute over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until softened and the onions develop color.

  4. Add in the chopped potatoes and give a thorough toss, making sure the potatoes are evenly coated in fat. Press everything down into an even layer, and let sit over medium heat undisturbed for 2 minutes.

  5. Using a firm sharp spatula, dig under the potatoes and flip them before patting them back down into an even layer. Let sit undisturbed for another 2 minutes. Repeat this process about 4 times, until everything is cooked, crisp, and browned.

  6. Before the final flip, add in a couple finely minced fresh sage leaves along with chopped bacon from earlier.

  7. Give the hash a flip and thoroughly mix to combine before digging 4 small divots in the mixture. Crack in 4 eggs, one into each divot.

  8.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny.

  9. In addition to kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, finish the potato hash with fresh minced chives.

Original recipe courtesy of Basics with Babish

 

stairs to the Inn from the dock

Here at the Inn we’ve been spending a lot of time down on the water and we thought the view looking up at the Inn is worth sharing. Join us down by the water and drive right into mid-summer!

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Crustless Potato Quiche Recipe

 

This is a true fan favorite and a recipe we’ve had to write down and share with many guests. Use it to feed the family or friends in town OR simply because you deserve it – which of course you do. We hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as we do!

 

What You’ll Need

6 eggs, beaten
3 cups frozen hash browns (26 0z)
4 oz (1 cup) cheddar cheese
½ cup cottage cheese
1 green onion, chopped
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp pepper
6 slices crispy bacon, crumbled
sprinkle of paprika

 

Inn on Lake Wissota coffee mug

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Grease a 9 inch pie or square pan. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except paprika and bacon; mix well. Pour mixture into greased pan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until set. Maybe get yourself another cup of coffee. Sprinkle with bacon; bake 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

 

view of the lake from IOLW

Although we suggest eating this overlooking Lake Wissota during a calm water sunrise, it will taste delicious wherever you are. Try the recipe out and share it with a friend if you enjoy it!

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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. 

 

What You’ll Need

1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, melted
6 egg yolks
2 3o0ml cans sweetened condensed milk (2½ cup)
¾ cup freshly squeezed limes
3 cups Whipping Cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 tb powdered sugar

 

graham crackers on a table

Graham Cracker Crust

1¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie dish. In a medium sized bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar with the butter until it resembles wet sand. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom and sides of the prepared pie dish and bake in the center of the oven for 7–9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Leave the oven on. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Benigno Hoyuela

Pie Filling

6 egg yolks
2 3o0ml cans sweetened condensed milk (2½ cup)
¾ cup freshly squeezed limes

In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks lightly. Add the condensed milk and whisk to combine. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the key lime juice, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for 5–7 minutes.

Let the pie cool completely, then place in the fridge
uncovered for at least 4 hours to set. 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Kayli Hendricks

Whipped Cream

3 cups Whipping Cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 tb powdered sugar

Put whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl and whip until soft peaks form.

To serve, slice the pie and top generously with whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

 

 

This summer, there’s a million reasons to celebrate, and what is a celebration without dessert after all? Come find us on Lake Wissota down by the water, key lime pie in hand. We can’t promise we’ll share, but once you taste this recipe you’ll see why. 

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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.

 

1. The Escape Artists

These sly guests know just when to pack up and step away from the day to day for a refresher. We admire their loyalty to adventure. They focus on the rejuvenation of themselves, which looks different across them all. Some rejuvenate by sticking near the Inn playing board games and fishing off the dock. Others pack a day so full of activities and come back to the Inn, where they know the details are taken care of. Some of our escape artists actually live here in Chippewa Falls. Those guests are seasoned pros at the local entertainment and make sure to live like tourists in their own home town. Shouldn’t we all aspire to do this too?


2. The First Timers

These newby’s come in many ages but they all have a common thread – spontaneity! We love when guests choose our Inn as their first B&B experience. We get to see them experience it through fresh eyes. It always makes us reminisce on our first B&B experience, too. They often make the absolute most of what Chippewa Falls and the Inn have to offer, renting kayaks or our boat. They seem to fall in love with the custom experience that comes with B&B’s and often times we get to greet them again! It takes going outside the norm to do something new, and we try to hone The First Timers gusto in everything we do.


3. The Gatherers

We often find the Inn as a meeting ground for larger groups. These type of guests always bring such joy with them. They remind us to reach out to our friends and family for gatherings more, too. Seeing family or old friends is something we cherish yet isn’t always on the top of our very full day to day lists. Yet for something that brings us so much joy, we don’t do it enough. May The Gatherers inspire you as they’ve inspired us. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to greet you all here at the Inn.

We don’t choose our guests, but we’re so grateful that they’ve chosen us. Cheers to all the fire pit laughs and coffee chats we’ve shared with our guests. The stories we hear and the people we meet make this Inn the special place that it is.

To all our guests we’ve greeted, thank you for shared memories and kind reviews. To the trailblazers we have yet to meet, we look forward to showing you the Inn and all she has to offer. Whatever kind of guest you may be, we can’t wait to greet you here at the Inn to relax, renew, and refresh.

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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. 

1. Skip the travel days that eat up precious vacation time.

Driving to the airport, flying from one plane to the next, to then drive some more, and finally check-in. While these getaways have perks of their own, you can utilize those travel days to instead be sipping Cab Sav at River Bend Vineyard, or hitting balls on the back 9 at Lake Wissota Golf. Sounds much better, don’t you think?

bakery

2. Allows for sponteneity

When you’ve got your car, a pal, and good spirits, those roadside stops can become the most memorable part of the trip. Feeling hungry? Time for a stop a local bakery. Time to stretch the legs? Check out the nearest State Park. These laid back drives will make your 14 year old self proud. We all know we told ourselves we’d do this. 

3. Explore your home

Why should tourists get to experience the best of your area when you haven’t capitalized on all it has to offer? Fall in love again with your area, rent a canoe and find a water access beach for a picnic. These plans are always within reach near home, but we might not make it happen enough. Find that waterfall you’ve seen friends photos of, and enjoy the local scenery on the way.

passing box from 1 hand to the next

4. Keep the $$ to yourselves

By travelling locally you’re able to keep the money within your community, knowing exactly where it ends up. You might get a chance to meet some of the latest entrepreneurs and make some new community connections.

the girls laughing together

5. Travel more frequently

Vacations are known for providing a sort of reset that rejuvenates us to our cores. Spending all your vacation fund on one trip can be grand, but the short and frequent trips might leave you feeling like your cup is more full.

Make a list of all the things you’d like doing near you. I bet there’s a lot you haven’t done yet. Set some goals to cross some of these things off and see how it feels. We can almost guarantee you won’t regret it.

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The 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!

5 Great Cross-Country Ski Trails in the Chippewa Valley

Folks from Wisconsin and surrounding states love to spend time outdoors.  Since we have long winters here in the upper Northwest portion of Wisconsin, we love to spend time with the elements, even when it’s cold.  Strapping on a pair of skis and hitting the trails is an invigorating experience, one that gets folks hooked on immersing themselves in all the beauty and magic mother nature has to provide this time of year.  Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Couple skiing near pine treesLowes Creek County Park

Just minutes south of Eau Claire, experience 250 acres of cross-country ski and snowshoeing bliss. The two-way trail system separates skiers from snowshoers, and has many loops and shortcuts giving you a wide selection of route variety.

Irvine Park

Just 5 miles from Inn on Lake Wissota, Irvine Park offer trails that are easy to navigate. Woods trails above the zoo area double as ski trails. Loop back down and visit the zoo afterwards. Trails also go past Glen Loch Lake.

Tower Ridge 

Tower Ridge is the largest cross-country ski trail complex in both Eau Claire County and in west central Wisconsin. It is located on Eau Claire County forestland in the town of Seymour off CTH L. It has approximately 12 miles of trail with terrain of varying degrees of difficulty offering something for all levels of skiers. The ski trails include wooded, rolling terrain, and are groomed and tracked on the highest priority basis of the four ski trails offered by the county. The recreation area includes a Chalet with flush toilets, additional pit toilets, approximately 3 km of lighted trails and a snowshoe trail adjacent to but separate from the lighted ski trails. Tower Ridge requires a winter vehicle entrance pass.

Lake Wissota State Park

Lake Wissota State Park is located just 2 miles east of Inn on Lake Wissota.  Several trail options go through woods, meadows, lowlands, marshes, and Lake Wissota’s shoreline. Scenic lake trail is also a highlight. Daily and annual state park vehicle admission passes vary in price. Located on the northeast section of Lake Wissota.

Beaver Creek Reserve

A 30 minute drive in your car and you can spend an entire afternoon in the quiet beauty of the woods. Beaver Creek Reserve has a number of wooded, groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Rental equipment is available there, as well.

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Inn on Lake Wissota Potbelly coffee mug sitting on the breakfast table

After you’ve filled your day with outdoor winter adventures, you’ll want a beautiful, cozy place to sit back and relax.  Inn on Lake Wissota is waiting for your arrival!  Innkeepers Beth & Roger have years of experience greeting guests and helping them to relax, easing away the cares of the day.  The aroma of fresh baked cookies wafts through the air upon your arrival.  In the morning you will wake to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and enjoy a bountiful gourmet breakfast.  Book your next winter getaway at Inn on Lake Wissota today.  We hope to greet you soon.

 

 

Winter Outdoor activities in Chippewa Falls

Thanksgiving has come and gone, the cold weather continues to descend upon us, and most of us are anxiously awaiting the Christmas holiday.  We all know the winter months in the north woods can be brutally cold some years.  It seems the older I get, the longer the winter seasons last, as I don’t particularly enjoy spending a whole lot of time outdoors when it is cold.  I do, however, realize the benefits of getting outdoors and getting some exercise, despite the cold weather.  I do always feel better after spending some time in the fresh air.  Whether it’s just a 15 minute walk in my neighborhood or grabbing the snowshoes and going for a walk on the Chippewa River or through Lake Wissota State Park, I never feel as if I have wasted my time when I return to the warm, cozy bed and breakfast.

So, if you feel the need to take a little break this winter and want to get away for a few days, we hope you’ll consider Chippewa Falls.  Winter in the Chippewa Valley is breathtakingly beautiful, with the snow covered rolling hills, the vast white expanse of frozen Lake Wissota, and the serenity of the meandering Chippewa River.  There are plenty of outdoor activities for you partake in some adventure and help keep those winter doldrums at bay.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing with Roger

My husband prefers to go ice-fishing. I have often stated he loved fishing long before he ever met me.  I’ll admit, I don’t understand the allure of sitting in an ice shack waiting for a fish to bite your lure.  But, he has all the gear for it and really enjoys his time on the ice. As far as ice fishing goes, the main portion of Lake Wissota doesn’t get much activity, only when there has been plenty of sub-zero temperatures and we have several feet of ice on the lake do we see ice fisherman out there.  This is due to the fact there is no open public access to the main lake during the winter months.  The majority of ice fishing takes place on Little Lake Wissota and Moon bay.  Chippewa County has several access points on both Little Lake Wissota and Moon Bay at no charge. Lake Wissota State Park also has access to Moon Bay.  There are also plenty of smaller lakes in the area that offer great fishing.

 

 

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

The Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire areas have lots of opportunities for snowshoeing.  Lake Wissota State Park has approximately 10 miles of open snowshoe trails and 8 miles of cross-country ski trails.  On January 19, 2019 be sure to come out to Lake Wissota State Park to ski, hike or snowshoe on beautiful candlelit trails. Campfires will be provided, but please bring your own provisions for hot dogs or s’more’s. Hot chocolate and hot cider will be available.

Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer

The Chippewa Morraine State Recreation Area doesn’t groom their trails, but they are open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  They have 3 self guided trails that start at the Interpretive Center and take you past a variety of glacial features.  Tower Ridge in Eau Claire may seem challenging at first, but don’t let the mounds of snow keep you from exercising; Tower Ridge is a great place to enjoy the snow and workout, offering cross-country and snowshoe trails. There are hilly and flat groomed trails for all levels. There are about 3 kilometers of lighted trails and a warming shelter that allows for night outings, a nice precursor to a warm fire. If you don’t own a pair of snowshoes and would like to try out the sport before you make the investment, Lake Wissota State Park & Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls both rent snow shoes.

Snowmobiling

Well let’s face it, the snowmobilers are certainly at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to enjoying their sport, especially here in the north woods. In the past 4 winters that Roger & I have owned Inn on Lake Wissota we have had snowmobilers stay with us only one weekend.  There just hasn’t been enough snow over that time period for the trails to be open.

Snomobiler

But, when the trails are open, Chippewa County offers snowmobile enthusiasts over 500 miles of snowmobile trails to ride on. The variety of landscapes that the trails cover is what makes them so fun and exciting. While riding our trails check out the glacial formations, rolling hills, and the beautiful wooded forests. This trail system travels through Chippewa County and connects with many other county trails with the opportunity to travel by snowmobile statewide. The Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization maintain and groom the trail system and keep the trails in excellent riding condition during the snowmobile season.

 

No matter what kind of winter sports you enjoy – or if even if you prefer to just curl up by the fireplace with a good book, we hope to greet you soon as one of our guests.

 

7 Ways to Enjoy the Chippewa Valley this Spring

For those of us who live in the upper Midwest spring can be an elusive season.  It is the time of year we start to feel cooped up and long to spend time outdoors without having to wear hats and gloves.  There are days we look out the window to a beautiful sunny day, only to step outside and discover it is all an illusion.  Even though the sun may be out, the temperatures are not spring-like at all and the wind gusts remind us of the wind chills we experienced in January and February.  It seems every year at the beginning of April I come to the same conclusion, for hearty Midwesterners, spring is more a state of mind than a season we can count on to spend time comfortably outdoors.  We are between seasons, there is no snow for skiing, snowmobiling or snowshoeing.  Fisherman need to wait another month or so before they are able to fish for anything other than pan fish, and baseball season is just beginning.  For the extra-hearty die-hard Milwaukee Brewer fans, their home opener is April 4th with projected high temps in the mid-30’s.  Call me a wimp, but that isn’t my idea of fun.  Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball, but if I am going to a game, especially at an outdoor stadium, I much prefer temps in the 70’s.  I guess that just speaks to the hardiness of most upper Midwesterners.  I have no doubt the Brewers will have plenty of support on April 4th, despite the cool temperatures and my absence.  So what does all of this have to do with having fun in the Chippewa Valley this spring?  Well, dress accordingly, because we have plenty of things going on indoors and outdoors!! Continue reading

It’s Official – Wisconsin has the best Cheese!

 
 
 
Well, I am proud to say a Wisconsin Cheese has won the World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, WI earlier this month.  We offer up hearty Congratulations to Emmi Roth USA for it’s winning entry of  Roth® Grand Cru® Surchoix cheese.   Even though the contest is held in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, the judges are a well rounded panel of cheese experts from around the world.  In fact, the last time any cheese from the U.S. won the Grand Prize was in 1988.  I don’t claim to be a cheese expert or connoisseur, but, I do appreciate a variety of cheeses.  In fact, I would go so far to say that many of us Wisconsinites have a tendency to complain when we travel to other states and find the selection of cheeses to be lacking.  I believe this is a reflection of how fortunate we are to live in a place where excellent cheese makers abound. Continue reading

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