16649 96th Avenue Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

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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!

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!

Will standing next to the metal sign he made for his new company

Will standing next to the metal sign he made for his new company

First I let Heather know I would be interested in purchasing 4 quarts of the maple syrup.  Purchasing by the quart insures the syrup stays as fresh as possible until we open the next bottle.  I asked if I could come out & and take a few photos of the operation.  So, one Friday afternoon I had a couple of free hours (thanks to the Covid-19 social distancing) and headed out to Wanish Sugar Bush.  It turns out they’re located just 20 minutes from Inn on Lake Wissota, we can’t get much more local than that!

How Will got started

As I pulled into the driveway the first thing I saw was the brand new shed with a very cool metal sign hanging on the side of it welcoming me to Wanish Sugar Bush.  What the heck?  This kid has been in business for just a couple of months and he already has a new pole shed and this cool sign?!!  I couldn’t wait to meet him and find out more.  Not long after I pulled in the driveway Heather and Will came out of the house to greet me.  I have to admit, when Heather was talking about her teenage son starting his own business, I was expecting to meet a 17 or 18 year old.  This young man is just 15 years old.

Initially Will was shy. After some prodding from his folks, he warmed up and was excited to share his new business venture with me.  I asked how he became interested in starting his own sugar bush. He said he has been helping his uncle tap 200-300 trees since he was 12 years old. Most 15 year old kids would be happy to work for their uncle and earn a few bucks on the side.  It turns out Will loves to work and has a great understanding of what it takes to run a small business like a sugar bush.  Only, he didn’t start out with 300 taps. Will wanted to make as much syrup as possible.  This meant a pole shed and expensive equipment.  No wood-fired boiler for Will. He wanted a reverse osmosis system to eliminate a good portion of the water content from the sap before they boil it down.  This shortens the amount of time required to boil down the sap into syrup.

Support from Family and Friends

So how does a 15 year old finance such an operation?  With a business loan of course. I can’t imagine there are many 15 year old’s who would qualify for a business loan. Will isn’t most kids and this kid has a plan. More importantly, support from his parents.  They were able to secure a small business loan from a local non-profit who offers low-interest loans to area businesses.  This meant Will had to have a business plan put together & sit in front of that board explaining his vision, how he would generate income and how his company would benefit the Chippewa Valley.

With the help of nearby family and friends they have run over 19,000 ft of line to tap maple trees and collect syrup.  So far this season, they have processed over 15,000 gallons of sap.  They won’t collect all of that syrup themselves.  Will estimates purchasing at least 1,000 gallons from several different suppliers.  Apparently there are folks who have a hobby of collecting sap but have no interest in converting the sap to syrup.    Negotiating skills are required for this. The purchaser and the supplier need to agree on the sugar content and the quality of the sap which will determine the price paid to the supplier.   Having this extra sap available to them will be a big help this first year so they can make enough syrup to send to market.  I asked Will how much sap he could convert in one day.  He said the day prior they had boiled down 2400 gallons and were hoping to do at least 1,000 gallons the day I was there.

A bottle of Wanish Sugar Bush Maple Syrup on the table next to an Inn on Lake Wissota coffee cup and a breakfast plate of pancakes and bacon

Sometimes a traditional breakfast is the best, Pancakes and syrup with some bacon!

Will and his dad, Todd, Wanish

Will and his dad, Todd, Wanish

Will’s Ingenuity

Will took a few minutes to show me a pump motor he created so they could pump the sap through even more lines.  The pump they had purchased was quite expensive, over $4,000.00.  So, to save money he made two more pumps that streamline their operation by saving countless hours of hauling sap from the trees to the tank.  I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am by this young man. It will be fun to follow up with him in 5 years to see what else he has accomplished.  Inn on Lake Wissota is proud to offer his maple syrup.

We hope you’ll come join us some day to sample their syrup and of course our fantastic view of Lake Wissota.  Enjoy the comfort of the Inn no matter the time of year. Delight in the gourmet breakfasts we serve each morning.  Until then, stay healthy and safe!  We hope to greet you soon as one of our guests.

 

A Cinco de Mayo Breakfast Celebration – Fiesta Frittata

 

 

Let’s face it, Americans love to eat Mexican food, which is probably one of the reasons why we love to participate in the Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  The U.S. has adopted this date to celebrate American-Mexican culture. Their cuisine, music and art has had an influence on American culture for hundreds of years. So, here is a way to get your day started with a Cinco de Mayo Breakfast Celebration – Fiesta Frittata.

Fiesta Frittata

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The Red Chair Travels meets Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast

In case you haven’t heard, the Red Chair Travels has made it to Wisconsin and stayed at Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast for several days.  So, what is The Red Chair Travels, you ask?

The Red Chair Travels

The Red Chair Travels showcases the view of Lake Wissota from the backyard at Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast

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