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?
It’s a fun story about an innkeeper, Beth Colt, from Cape Cod, she runs the Woods Hole Inn. One cold November morning she took her kids ice-skating to the frozen pond on her property, took the chair along so the kids could sit on it to put their skates on. While out there she decided to take a photo. To make a very interesting story short, the photo has gone viral and the chair, sponsored by Bed and Breakfast.com, now travels to different Bed & Breakfasts across the U.S. The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has arranged for the Red Chair Travels to visit Wisconsin B&B this spring and summer.
For Beth Woods, “the metaphor of the red chair is the invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place. It is an open seat at the table of relaxation. It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature where you can lose and find yourself at the same time. It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds. We are all – on some level — lovers of destination, landscape, color.” We tried to honor that sentiment while the Red Chair Travels was visiting Chippewa Falls and took it on a tour of Pleasant View before heading out to the Chippewa Falls area to take a look at the sights.
We woke up on an April morning to a fresh coat of snow. While at first disappointed in the setback for the arrival of spring, I soon realized this was a blessing in disguise. The beginning of April, much like the most of March is what I like to call “Ugly Stick Season” We are still at least a month away from the trees leafing out and our flowers and shrubs blooming. The daffodils and crocuses were just budding, and now covered in snow.
Then I realized, the snow will make a beautiful backdrop and allow the Red Chair to shine here in northwestern Wisconsin during “Ugly Stick Season”. I wasn’t wrong…. I had fun taking the Red Chair around the property, taking photographs in the snow. For the first time I can remember, I enjoyed, hopefully, our last snowfall just as much as our first!
Our sign was covered with snow, but still looks extra-welcoming with the Red Chair in front of it!
The stairway to the dock was covered with snow and made a cool backdrop for a photo. The daffodils in northwestern Wisconsin have to be pretty tough to handle our spring snowfalls. The good news is, one week later they are blooming!
Once we finished a tour of the property it was time to take in the sights of Chippewa Falls, visiting the iconic places that offer our guests a chance to revitalize. The first stop on the Red Chair Travels agenda was at Irvine Park. Located in the heart of Chippewa Falls, they have so much to offer, quiet places for reflection, trails for hiking, and a free zoo for visitors. Irvine Park was established in 1906, and provides the citizens and visitors of the Chippewa Valley with quality opportunities for recreation and education. This free park offers a unique blend of activities and encounters with the natural world.
You’ll also discover pieces of Chippewa History memorabilia throughout the park. A stop at the Band Shell and a person can visualize a variety of bands playing, or, maybe back in the day, a stumping ground for local politicians. The Band Shell, designed in the 19th Century Romantic tradition and erected in 1924, stands as a memorial to “Our Soldiers and Sailors.”
Not far from Irvine Park is Leinenkugel’s Brewery & Leinie’s Lodge. Leinenkugel’s is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. Needless to say, they attract quite a number of people to the Chippewa Valley. They do a fantastic job with their tour, and of course, you can sample some of their beers while you are there!
Then it was off to the Old Abe State Trail and Lake Wissota Golf & Events. Both are located less than 1 mile from Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast. This paved 20-mile trail connects Lake Wissota State Park and Brunet Island State Park in Cornell.
The trail is on an abandoned railroad grade and winds through agricultural and forest land while following the undeveloped shoreline of the beautiful Chippewa River. The trail features an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty, with many historical sites along the way. Lake Wissota Golf Course is an 18 hole Championship course nestled amongst the natural setting of Lake Wissota and its rolling, wooded terrain.
Conveniently located near Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire, the widely acclaimed layout, stellar playing conditions and amazing staff makes Lake Wissota Golf Course the best value in the Chippewa Valley.
The last leg of our journey was visiting the local wineries. Chippewa Falls is blessed to have three of them close by. Each one very unique in how they approach wine making, we are fortunate to have a variety available to us in such close proximity.
First on the stop was River Bend Vineyard and Winery. With a growing passion for making wine at home, Al & Donna Sachs decided to place their wine into amateur wine-making competitions.
The results were very good, and they realized they could go the distance with their abilities. The decision was made to open River Bend Vineyard & Winery in 2009. The founding philosophy of making high quality wines featuring local grapes has proved to be a successful strategy. Several River Bend wines have won Gold, Double Gold, and even “Best in Class” designations in wine competitions across the country.
Next on the tour was Autumn Harvest Winery. Their wine is made from apples grown right there in the orchard that has been in the family since 1924. Chad and Jean are the fourth generation of McIlquhams to own the business.
Starting May 1, you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. July brings fresh-picked blueberries from their own patch. Beginning in mid-August over fifteen varieties of apples are available for picking or buying fresh.
The O’Neil Creek Winery is located north of Chippewa Falls, just outside the town of Bloomer. The Red Chair Travels enjoyed welcoming guests at the gate. Joe & Dorinda Wynimko built the
winery and use an assortment of fruit to create specialty wines that are crisp and refreshing, perfect for any time of the year. Located in a picturesque setting, you will enjoy the scenery along with the relaxing atmosphere while sipping their wine. We had so much fun with the Red Chair at the wineries we took quite a few photos and turned it into a video. Be sure to check that out on our Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast Facebook page. You can also see all of the photos taken while the Red Chair Travels was visiting on our Facebook Photo Album page.
As you can tell by the length of this blog, I had such fun touring the Chippewa Falls area with the Red Chair Travels! As Beth Woods put it, much more eloquently than I ever could, The Red Chair “is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds. We are all – on some level — lovers of destination, landscape, color.” I do know my passion for taking care of my guests exceeds my passion for touring with the Red Chair!
I hope to see you as one of our special guests at Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast sometime soon!