In 1963, Allan and I went to Door County Wisconsin, Fish Creek, and stayed at the White Gull Inn for our Honeymoon. We stayed in what was known then as the "Honeymoon Room" (on the first floor) because it was one of the only rooms with a private bathroom.Our visit there was during the 2nd week of August, but it was quite cool. We used the fireplace each night.
Today, The White Gull Inn has a different owner, has been renovated, and all the rooms have private baths!
What has not changed over the years is quiet elegance, the delicious food, and the midwestern friendliness.
They still have the hearty breakfasts, the delightful lunches, and the quiet, candlelight dinners. In addition, they have kept the traditional "fish boils"
The White Gull Inn was established in 1896, and the owners have meticulously maintained the "look" of that era throughout their many renovations.
The White Gull Inn was a warm, hospitable Inn in 1963, and it still is that same friendly, warm place today.
Side Note: On our 20th anniversary, I purchased an artist's pen drawing of the White Gull Inn and gave it to Allan. It still hangs in our Great Room today.
The White Gull Inn was perfect for a honeymoon then; it still is today!
All rooms have private baths; most have fireplaces; many have whirlpool baths. All the rooms have lovely antiques, and the chosen fabrics for the bedspreads and drapes maintain the warm, "turn-of-the-centry" ambience.
The mattresses are firm; the rooms are air conditioned; all the plumbing is quite modern.
I do not remember cottages in 1963, but they have cottages (in addition to the Inn) today.
Jan and Andy Coulson have owned and run the White Gull Inn for 32 years, and they still greet their guests with great enthusiasm.
I took this photograph of my new husband (Allan) in 1963, as he stood outside the Inn by the "White Gull Inn" sign. At the time, he had a crew cut and was 23 years old!
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What a location! The resort is located on a bluff with fabulous views of Lake Como and the surrounding countryside. There is a nice outdoor pool that looks out over the lake!
In addition, there is a wonderful indoor pool that is all glassed in and toasty warm in the winter.
There is a wonderful dining room calledThe Lake Blufff Dining Room and a large lounge called The Woodshed Lounge. From both of these places, there are breathtaking views of Lake Como.
The resort has 144 spacious guest rooms and one and two bedroom villas. The rooms have either a King, a Seko Queen, or two double beds. The rooms include cable TV, VCR's, coffee maker, iron, full-sized ironing board, and movie rentals. The villas are fully furnished and has cable TV, VCR, full kitchen, dining are, fireplace, and one or two full baths.
Prices are for two adults sharing the same room. $10.00 extra for each additional adult .
There are special discounts of:AARP, government and corporate rates.
My favorite memory from The Interlaken Resort was when my girlfriend, Mickey Scales, and I took a long weekend in the middle of winter. (We were burned out from teaching at the time.)
We snowmobiled on the frozen lake, sang along with the entertainer in the Lake Bluff Room, drank delicious "Grasshopper" drinks for lunch, and had one of the finest meals ever in the Lake Bluff Room.
Besides an indoor and outdoor pools, Interlaken Resort also has a complete Country Spa. They boast that this spa pampers you at affordable prices. There is a sauna, private whirlpool bath, German skin conditioning oils, pedicures, manicures, full body massages. They offer aerobic classes and provide a fitness room. They have a hair salon also.
I have used these services on several different occasions, and I must say that they are excellent, especially the full body massage!
There are many activities offered such as volleyball, tennis, boating, parasailing, swimming, skiing, and snowmobiling on the frozen Lake Como.
Right up front, I want to say that Allan and I could not afford to stay at The American Club today. Our daughter Jill was about eight when we went, and she took a friend with her. It was a special deal.
The first thing that I noticed about The American Club is how much it values heritage and tradition. The lawns and gardens are artfully designed and maintained, and native prairie plants and elaborate foliage from English formal gardens are used. Every aspect of this lovely resort denotes gracious living.
Each room is different as is each bathroom. Since the Kohler family owns it, you can just imagine the bathroom fixtures. (For those of you who do not know, Kohler Company is foremost in bathroom fixtures.)
Each time new products come out, they are used in the constantly changing and updated bathrooms. Our bathroom was antique-looking with a top pull chain. The Shower was incredible with five different environments such as a rainforest. The room was large and lovely with quality antiques and impeccable taste.
What The American Club is most famous for is its restaurants and eating areas. (See Restaurant tip for specifics)
I will say, we were quite impressed with The Greenhouse that serves only desserts. It is actually like a greenhouse but made of stained glass. The philosophy is: "We keep the custom from the great manors and hotels of Europe who have a tradition of pausing after the entree. As if to separate two different experiences, dessert is delayed."
The American Club accommodates that custom by having a cloistered walkway that leads you to The Greenhouse. Inside, you are surrounded by beauty...glass, greenery, twinkling lights, dark oak, and black wrought iron. Within the courtyard gardens, amid the splendor of the stained glass, you are able to order delicious desserts. A truly decadent experience.
The American Club was constructed in 1918 as a residence hall for the single men who worked for Kohler Company, a leading manufacturer of plumbing products and generator sets. Most of these immigrants were from northern Europe.
Walter Kohler was the third son of the founder and also president of the company. He was the one who came up with the idea; he wanted it to help Americanize these men. And that is why he called it The American Club!
At that time, there were huge kitchens that prepared large quantities of food that were based on recipes from the homelands that were being served. The dining Hall is now The Wisconsin Room. The tap room then is now the Horse & Plow.
They had a bowling alley, reading rooms, player-piano and Victrola for the men.
In 1925, the north end wing was added for more sleeping rooms and a pub. This all worked well until about 1978 when it had "outlived its purpose."
At that time, it was placed on The National Register of Historic Places. It was empty, desolate, and rundown.
Then, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., grandson of the founder of Kohler Company, decided to turn it into a world-class resort. It took a long time because they wanted to ensure the historical integrity of this place.
Today, The American Club has earned numerous awards and has been placed on lists with the most reknown resorts.
Once again, it is a home filled with hospitality, good food, but now it caters to those who pursue a gracious lifestyle.
I consider the one time that we stayed there to be one of the most satisfying of my travel experiences.
While visiting Cedarburg, Wisconsin, we stayed at the lovely Country Victorian Bed and Breakfast called the Washington House Inn.
The Washington House was Cedarburg's first Inn, and it was built in 1846 on this same site. Then, in 1886, the original structure was replaced by the present Victorian Cream City Brick building. It existed as a hotel until the 1920's. At that time, it was converted into offices and apartments.
In 1983, it was purchased and renovated into the Washington House Inn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Then in 1994, a historic home down the street was purchased and renovated as a companion to the Washington House Inn. This lovely home is called the Schroeder Guest House. You have a choice of staying at one of the two places.
Late in the afternoon, wine, fruit, and cheeses are served as part of the daily social hour. A delicious continental breakfast is served, and it includes: cakes, muffins, breads, fresh fruit, cereal, scones, bagels, freshly squeezed juices, teas, and coffee.
All the baked goods are homemade and delectable. Recipes taken from an authentic turn-of-the-century Cedarburg Cook Book are used.
The room where social hour and breakfast are served is stunning. It has large, lace-covered windows, a fireplace, antique tables and chairs, lovely Bone China Dishes, and gorgeous linens.
You are surrounded with elegance, but it is not "stuffy". The staff is friendly, efficient, and so willing to make your stay memorable.
At the Washington House Inn, we stayed in the Conrad C. Horneffer Room on the second floor in the front of the hotel.
Each room is named after an important citizen from an early time period. The name is placed on a plaque on the outside door of the room to identify it. Our room is affectionately known as "The Window Room" because it has 7 tall windows that are covered with lovely cream-colored wooden shudders.
On the previous page, if you look at the photo of the Washington Inn and zero in on the second floor, four of those windows were ours; the other three are not in the photo. The room was 35 feet long and 14 feet wide! The windows are so long that they are divided into three sections for opening sections at a time. That windowed-wall is also painted that same cream color as the shudders.
The other walls are papered in a lovely pattern with cream, green, and peach tones. The two beds have antique headboards (not matching) with two somewhat matching end tables. In addition, there is an antique wardrobe chest for a closet, an antique chest which opens up to view the television, a small dropleaf table with two chairs, an antique wooden cabinet with a sink, and a lovely cushioned Blue Velvet chair.
In the corner is a wonderful stand-up brass mirror that is ideal for checking your outfits.
I also liked the long, narrow hallway after you enter that leads into the main room because it gives much privacy.
The carpet is green with tan highlights, and the down bedcovers are green, cream, and shades of rose. There are antique scounces on the wall as well as two lamps, one on the small table, and one is a floor lamp.
But, my favorite source of light is the three crystal and brass antique hanging lights. In such a large room, all this light was delightful.
As I said, the sink is in the bedroom and right off the bedroom is a small bath with cream colored small tiled floor and a huge whirlpool bath with marble trim. The bathtub also has a great shower.
Luxurious towels and body products are provided as well as a heated, timed light.
The rates for the Washington House Inn range from $95.00 for a queen sized bed, standard tub/shower to $235 for a suite with a king-sized pencil post bed, fireplace, loft, tub room with oversized whirlpool bath and fireplace! These rates are based on double occupancy. $20.00 is charged for each additional person. And, of course, state and local taxes are added to that price.
From this description, wouldn't you agree that the rooms offer both comfort/convenience with the the charm/elegance of the past?
The great thing about this Inn is that each room is unique. All feature antiques, down comforters, phones and color TV/VCRs with cable. This three-floor Inn has an elevator and a sauna.
The Pfister Hotel is, indeed, the "jewel" of downtown Milwaukee. I have stayed there three times and always loved it. The most fun time that I stayed there was with my daughter Jill on her 18th birthday. We stayed two nights, ate the famous Sunday Brunch, had massages on the top floor, looking out over the city, and took advantage of the wonderful original portion of the hotel.
The Pfister was built in 1893, and for the last 111 years, it has been known as the "Grand Hotel of the West." It has a breathtaking lobby with old-world elegance and 19th Century architecture. Another interesting note is that the hotel houses the largest display of Victorian art found in a hotel of any in the United States! It is rated as Four-Diamond Hotel.
I especially liked the chandeliers, the sculptured ceilings, and the extraordinary antiques.
I would suggest staying in the traditional rooms rather than in the newer Towers.
The service here is remarkable and done with impeccable style.
The accommodations are superior with wireless, high-speed Internet access, round-the-clock personal service, and marvelous decor.
There are several shops in the Pfister:
The Emporium Gift Shop
Roger Stevens (Men's Apparel)
Janice Salon, Beauty and Personal Care
Private Gardener Floral Shop
The Pfister Hotel offers a wide variety of dining experiences:
Celia for fine dining.
Cafe at the Pfister is more casual.
Blu is a cocktail area on the 23rd floor with views over the city.
The Lobby Lounge has afternoon tea or cocktails with a pianist
Of course, there is 24-hour room service with a complete menu.
On our three-day family vacation, one night we stayed in Mequon, Wisconsin, at the Best Western Quiet House & Suites
. The hotel is located near two restaurants (walking distance) and several shops. It is the top of the line for the Best Western brand with very large rooms with a living room area and upscale decor in even the standard rooms. There are also large one-bedroom and loft suites, Whirlpool suites with four-poster beds, and theme suites that reflect the colorful history of the area.
A little history about The Quiet House:
In the late 1800s, Julius Vogt established the original Quiet House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it featured comfort and hospitality. Besides Mequon, there are Quiet House & Suites in Dodgeville, WI, Prairie Du Chien, WI, Red Wing, MN, Galena, IL, and Amana Colonies in Williamsburg, IA.
The Quiet House & Suites scores in the top 5% of all Best Westerns in North America for cleanliness and quality.
Jill and I used the Indoor/outdoor swim-thru pool that is open year round. It was wonderful and had a unique "snake-like" shape.
There was also an exercise room and a hot tub.
Continental Breakfast comes with the room.
There were donuts, muffins, toast, cereal, fruit, juices, coffee, and tea available.
Data ports, copy, fax, and free local calls were all available.
I would highly recommend the Best Western Quiet House & Suites in Mequon, Wisconsin (between Milwaukee and Cedarburg)
Note: price is per person. There were three of us, and we paid about $140.00 with the tax.
Since my husband and I own a Time Share, we frequently trade in that time share for other places to stay. In addition, we are able to pay a minimum amount [less than $150.00 for one week] to rent a condo somewhere we wish to go. This November, to celebrate Allan's birthday, we used that ability to go to Lake Geneva, Illinois, to the area of the Grand Geneva Resort at Orange Lake Condos. We let our daughter's family use it for three nights before we used it.
The one bedroom villa had a view of the golf fairway, which you could see from the living room and from the balcony. The living room had a sofa which made into a queen-sized bed, two chairs, a coffee table, lamps, and a television set. There was a small kitchen with an oven, refrigerator, sink, and a micro-wave oven.
The bedroom had a king-sized bed, large TV, end table, and wardrobe. The large bathroom included a washer/dryer, spa tub and shower, and a large sink area.
The unit that we had was on the second floor and was clean, well equipped, and attractive.
The villa/condo was located at the Grand Geneva Resort. A shuttle is available to travel to all the facilities available such as the golf courses, water parks, pools, gift shops, spa, and restaurants.
Besides all these activities, there is also a Fitness Center, tennis, downhill skiing, hiking paths, hay and sleigh rides [seasonally].
We were especially impressed with the wonderful restaurants at the resort. [see restaurant tip]
While here at Orange Lake and Grand Geneva, you are also able to visit the lovely town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with its historic homes, a beach, restaurants, galleries, and shops.
Tastefully decorated & lovingly kept to it`s original design. Rooms are spacious & well equipped.
One thing I did not like is, after reading the visitor`s book, the owners seem to have made this house warm & inviting, but now it is managed by the hotel on the opposite side of the street. To us, the house seems to have lost it`s heart.
As we were there for a couple of days, it would have been nice to have had our bins emptied, bed made, coffee topped up & clean towels supplied !!!!
Central location in Bayfield & very comfortable.
Clean & comfortable. Stayed for 2 days.
Mike Rasmus, the Inn Keeper, has only been here since January & is renovating the whole motel, doing it room by room.
The only criticisms we have are the coffee maker was in an awkward place (with only 1 coffee satchet in it), under the tv, with no electric socket for it & the towels were far too small.
I think a continental breakfast would have made the motel more enjoyable too, just a feeling of lack of that "personnal touch" which Mike should add if he wants a Victorian feel to the place.
Otherwise, a great place.
(Yes, I know I`m critical of the places we visit).
What a gem of a place. Wish we could have stayed longer.
The rooms are bright & airy with really comfy beds.
The hosts, Steve & Kathy keep the place immaculately clean. Didn`t meet Kathy, but Steve is very enthusiastic & has a wealth of local knowledge.
The continental breakfast is top class, well presented & Steve keeps the coffee pot full.
I also noticed that Steve was up early cleaning all the car windscreens. He really tries hard to make your stay memorable. WE`LL BE BACK.
The Midway Motel, in addition to regular rooms, has rooms with 3 beds and rooms with 4 beds for larger families. They also have rooms with fully equipped kitchens and rent by the week and by the month. The lady running the place, and her young daughter, were nice and I had an enjoyable conversation with them. Worth a try.
Designed by architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright School, this low-slung Prairie-style hotel is 15 minutes west of Milwaukee.
Everything was awsome about it. Great rooms, comforatable, with great staff and room service. Has several specials due to location is out of the city. I will stay everytime I come thru.
The spacious guest rooms and suites at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-Pewaukee offer such luxurious touches as huge dual-head marble showers. BOSE Professional Wave Radios, thick towels and robes. Other in-room amenities at the Milwaukee hotel include High-Speed Internet Access, coffeemakers, ironing boards, data ports and direct-line telephones with personalized voicemail.
We stayed with sister in law and her husband in their home.
Their house is an old country schoolhouse. They are adding to and remodeling.[they had just moved in and part of the utilities were not installed until later that afternoon.
The price is right. FREE to in-laws.
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