16649 96th Avenue Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

RESERVATIONS

Lake Wissota

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!

Subscribe to our newsletter to see things like a list of our favorite restaurants in Chippewa Falls, upcoming events, local park reviews, and more.

Book your next escape

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!

Subscribe to our newsletter to see things like 8 Must Do’s This Summer in Chippewa Falls, upcoming events, local park reviews, and more.

Book your next escape

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. 

Book your next escape

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.

Book your next escape

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.

Book your next escape

Inn on Lake Wissota will be reopening Friday, April 24, 2020!

IOLW Backyard view of Lake Wissota

IOLW Backyard view of Lake Wissota

After being closed for more than 3 weeks we are excited to be welcoming guests back to the B&B!

Spring is in the air, Inn on Lake Wissota is here to provide you a safe, socially distant Staycation!

How Inn on Lake Wissota can provide a safe Staycation during the Covid-19 Precautionary timeframe

A view of the sunset over Lake Wissota from the deck at Inn on Lake Wissota

Sunset from the deck at Inn on Lake Wissota

  • A 60ft deck allows for acceptable social distancing while watching the sunsets.
  • A new wood burning fire pit in the yard allows for a warm fire on a beautiful spring evening.
  • We will accept no more than 4 rooms for any given night.  The maximum number of people in the B&B won’t exceed 10, including Beth & Roger.
  • Complimentary room service provided, no need to come down to the dining room.

 

 

Why Stay at Inn on Lake Wissota?

1)  Impeccable Cleanliness

As many of you know, Inn on Lake Wissota is our home and not just a place of business. Roger and I have been passionate and committed innkeepers for more than 5 years and are grateful for the opportunity to serve our guests.  We have always had strict sanitizing and cleaning procedures in place.  In addition to those standard policies we have added procedures to clean and sanitize surfaces that are touched often not only by guests but by B&B staff as well. We believe our cleaning and sanitizing procedures exceed the top industry standard.

2)  Check-In/Check Out Procedures

With social-distancing now being the norm, we are offering alternative self check-in and out for those who do not want to interact with anyone.  Just let us know in advance that you would prefer a self check-in and we will be happy to send you the directions on how to use the keyless entry and where to find your room.  Check-out is easy enough, just give us a shout that you’re leaving so we know we can get in and clean the room.

3)  Other Social-Distancing  

While we have temporarily eliminated the plate of cookies in the common area and the airpot of coffee in the beverage nook, there are still treats and beverages available.  We will leave cookies in your room prior to arrival and for those who long for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning we can arrange to have a tray of coffee delivered to your room at a designated time.

There is one local restaurant that delivers to Inn on Lake Wissota and most other Chippewa Falls restaurants are offering take-out.  Each guest room has either a table or a set of tray tables for dining.  Need plates, silverware and napkins?  We can provide those on request.  There is always the option to eat on the deck or at the picnic table in the yard.

Beth is always available by cellphone if you need to be in touch without being face-to-face.

The common area features a gas fireplace, comfy seating and a breathtaking view of Lake Wissota.

The Atrium

4)  Breakfast  

Beth is a certified ServSafe Food Protection Manager and follows all of the best practices of the trade so you can be rest assured the food she prepares for you has been done so not only with love, but all necessary safety requirements and precautions.

For those who prefer the privacy of dining in their guest room, complimentary room service is available. There may be some folks who would rather  eat in our beautiful dining room overlooking Lake Wissota, we can offer staggered dining times to accommodate those guests.

5)  B&B Versus Other Lodging Types

Guests who have stayed with us at Inn on Lake Wissota find comfort  in the smaller size of our B&B as there may be less of a chance of exposure to other people. The small size is easier to ensure cleaning efficiently and completely through the day too.  There is plenty of room at the Inn, both indoors and outdoors, to rest, relax & renew.

Need a place where the whole family can stay?  Inn on Lake Wissota rents out the entire B&B to famililes and/or friends.  Give us a call for more details (715) 382-4401.

6)  Cancellation Policies

Inn on Lake Wissota has worked with all of the guests who were scheduled to stay with us during this pandemic.  For those who requested a refund, we granted those without any penalty.  For those who wanted to reschedule, but weren’t sure when that would be, we issued gift certificates.  We would like to especially thank those guests, as it really helped our small business during these uncertain financial times.

What can we do while visiting Chippewa Falls?

While indoor recreation is difficult to come by these days, there is plenty of outdoor activity and the weather is warming up.  Now is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy all mother nature has to offer.  Would you prefer to spend time indoors?  Bring your favorite book and cozy up in the common area.  We have plenty of board games to keep you occupied.

Enjoy biking on the Old Abe trail, less than 1/2 mile from the B&B

Couple biking

  1. Biking on the Old Abe State Trail.  Bring your bikes and hit the trail located just 1/2 mile from Inn on Lake Wissota! As of March 24, 2020 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has waived all fees for the parks and trails it oversees.
  2. Hiking or biking at Lake Wissota State Park.  Located just 2 miles east of Inn on Lake Wissota.  The park has over 11 miles of trail open to off-road biking, 7 miles of horseback riding trails, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, picnic areas, fishing, hunting and trapping (based on regulations, 8 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for traditional stride and skate skiing, and 5 miles of snowmobile trails.
  3. Walking in Irvine Park & Zoo.  In 1906 William Irvine had a dream. The dream was to establish a reserve that would enhance and protect the Chippewa Valley environment. The park has grown through the years with the help of many generous residents. This park on 318 acres includes walking trails, cross country skiing with the winter months, a band shell, preserved schoolhouse and log cabin, zoo, petting zoo, bears, hyeanas, cougars, tigers, and a overlook of Glen Loch Dam.
  4. Walking or fishing in Erickson Park. A 15-acre park with 400 ft of shoreline. Amenities include a handicapped-accessible boardwalk and pier perfect for fishing, a handicapped-accessible boat launch, a bike trail, and a bridge that connects Erickson and Irvine parks.

    Erickson Park Bridge. Photo taken by Stacie Stafford Hansen

    Erickson Park Bridge. Photo taken by Stacie Stafford Hansen

  5. Fishing. Chippewa County has 449 lakes totaling 20,027 acres and ranging from 1 to 6,300 acres. Most lakes are small, unnamed pothole lakes located in the scenic moraine area in the northern part of the county. Many smaller lakes do not support a substantial fishery but offer solitude and serenity for those wanting to get away from the crowds. Chippewa County also provides 81 miles of trout fishing opportunities in 24 classified trout streams, most of which are class I trout waters. Trout populations have good to excellent reproduction, thus no trout stocking is conducted in streams.
  6. Biking or hiking at Brunet Island State Park on the Chippewa and Fisher rivers, offers more than 1,300 acres of scenic beauty, wildlife and recreational opportunities. Quiet lagoons and channels are excellent for canoeing and wildlife watching. The landscape in Chippewa County is a product of the most recent Ice Age. The rolling terrain carries a wide variety of forest types and is home to a multitude of wildlife.
  7. Hiking in Beaver Creek Reserve.  With more than 400 acres of diverse habitat including upland woods, river bottom forests, wetlands, and savannah areas, Beaver Creek Reserve is home to a multitude of flora and fauna. Our nature reserve is bordered by the Eau Claire River and two trout streams that run through the property.
  8. Hiking at Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Unit.  Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Chippewa  [Location] Moraine State Recreation Area offers unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and many glacial features. The Chippewa Moraine is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Hiking, snowshoeing, outpost camping, fishing and bird watching are popular activities.
  9. Hiking or biking Riverview Reserve Trail.  Paved and unpaved two mile trails that criss-cross through the Reserve and provide great viewing opportunities of the Xcel Energy Dam. This trail connects to Duncan Creek Parkway Trail and the Old Abe State Trail and is located east of Seymour Cray Blvd and south of County Highway I.
  10. Sightseeing: 9 Unique Wisconsin Foot Bridges in Eau Claire You have to see. Eau Claire, nestled in the rolling hills and valleys of the Chippewa Valley in Northwestern, WI, lies in a region known as the “Driftless Zone.”  This is an area of twisting rivers, deep gorges and large hills, which creates a setting for a beautiful Midwestern town.  Eau Claire’s downtown area forms along the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, which have been encased with parks and trails for recreational purposes.  Crossing these rivers are numerous bridges, many varying in age.  These bridges create strong connections in the community, carrying a rich history and incorporating it into a diverse future.  The entire region played host to a strong railroad economy, which led to the numerous railroad bridges in town, almost all of which still exist today.

We hope to greet you soon!

A breakfast of smoked sausage served with blueberry french toast bake. Maple syrup is being drizzled over the french toast.

Blueberry French Toast bake with smoked sausage

Whether you come for some quiet time at the Inn or to explore the scenic outdoors of the Chippewa Valley, Inn on Lake Wissota is here to help you with that experience and create some Springtime 2020 memories you’ll never forget!

We hope to greet you soon as our guests!

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.

 

Snowshoeing Near Lake Wissota

Many of the guests that come to stay at Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast are outdoor enthusiasts.  The Chippewa Valley offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, and the B&B is close to many of them.  Since we are located on Lake Wissota, it is easy to get outside and enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer. Continue reading

Scroll to top

Always book direct for lowest rates & easy cancelation.