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Archive for January, 2010

How much fun could one have cooking for others?  I get to try breakfast recipes and serve them to my friends to get their opinion.  I want my Amazing Innkeeper Relief breakfasts to be the best they can be, so perfect practice makes perfect!  I had my first gathering tonight with 3 friends I invited over for a breakfast sampling dinner.  The potato recipe I chose was from the Hillcrest Inn & Carriage House in Burlington, Wisconsin which I located in a  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article sharing area B&B recipes.  I served them with a monte cristo casserole recipe that also came from a friend who cut it out of the Milwaukee paper for me.  Both recipes received a ‘thumbs up’ from all the taste testers that evening.

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A beautiful, freezing cold January Friday in Wisconsin, but the sun is shining and no clouds in the sky made for a great drive to visit some B&B’s and tell them what Amazing Innkeeper Relief services are available.  The first on my list today was the Albany House in Albany, WI.  The Sugar River runs right through the middle of town and its rushing water was a pleasure to see when most other things are barren and motionless.  I pulled in to the off-street parking area and walked up on the large front porch to see if anyone was home.  A gigantic, stone home and a Craftsman-style cottage are available for guests.  Although no one answered this afternoon, I left  a card in the door to say Hello!  I will be back to introduce myself in the spring.

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Another town on my agenda today was the Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn in Belleville.  Since the sun was shining so brightly and the expansive views of Southwest Wisconsin’s horizon are breathtaking, I almost missed the last turn up to the driveway. What a neat spread they have as you drive around the corner, several gazebos and places to hang out are waiting for warmer weather for guests to relax in.  The front porch is rather large and wraps around the side.  Since I came by unannounced to introduce myself and Amazing Innkeeper Relief services to innkeepers Dawn and Gary Bahr, it’s not surprising that no one was home.  I did leave a note and promised myself to return when the weather turns warmer.

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My last stop of the day ended with a drive down to Mineral Point to check out Brewery Creek and  to meet Deborah and Jeff Donaghue.  The sun had already set, so I was sad to see that the Inn and brew pub were dark too.  I did not call ahead, so I simply drove around the building to get a good look at it.  There were lights in several rooms on upper floors of the beautiful building telling me there were guests settling in for another Wisconsin winter evening.  I must schedule a visit when Amazing Innkeeper Relief can share its interim innsitting services with the innkeepers.

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It was such a great day that I just kept on driving out to Spring Green to drop in on Kelly and Jay Phelps at Hill Street Bed and Breakfast in downtown Spring Green.  I walked up on the huge, wrap-around porch in front and rang the doorbell only to realize that no one was home.  Since I came unannounced, that’s okay.  I left a postcard between the front doors and headed south.

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I drove by the Walking Iron B&B today and stopped to introduce myself to Karisa and David Friske.  Since my folks retired to Mazomanie, I spent 15+ years in the area enjoying the Wisconsin River and the fabulous wildlife year round.  Unfortunately, no one was home, but I did leave a note on their front door and will contact them again soon to meet them and make sure they are aware of Amazing Innkeeper Relief and the value of an interim innsitter.  Especially one who lives nearby and is familiar with the area.

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On my journey today I met Marcia (pronounced, mar SEE uh) Helgerson at the Enchanted Valley B&B.  It ‘s located just outside of Madison and it was a gorgeous drive from the east side of town.  She was so kind to invite me in and allow me to introduce myself and the concept of amazing innkeeper relief to assist folks just like her if they ever need an innsitter to help them out.  She mentioned she has booked alot of her guests that come to visit area attractions, particularly in the warmer months.  I’ll be sure to stop and visit later this year when everything is in bloom.

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I met Annie Stuart today on my 2nd visit today at Annie’s Garden Bed & Breakfast on Madison’s Northeast side.  This beautiful home is on a quiet cul du sac and Annie was very gracious to speak with me briefly on this dreary, snowy and cold day in Madison.  Annie was very kind about sharing what other Inns and B&Bs in the area might need Amazing Innkeeper Relief!  I took her up on her suggestions and went to visit all of them!  I left her some of my baked goodies and will look forward to returning later in the year to see her breathtaking gardens and views!

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My last stop on this very snowy and windy Wisconsin afternoon was at The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast in McFarland.  I was so lucky to catch innkeeper Craig Wrobel out clearing the driveway one last time today.  He kindly invited me inside for a tour and to introduce me to several of his guests.  So much hard work has gone into this beautiful home and it shows!  It has such a warm, homey feeling and Craig’s easy-going style sure made his guests feel comfortable.  We had some tea in the gorgeous dining room and chatted about innsitting and Amazing Interim Innkeeping possibilities in the future.  We will be talking again in the near future about helping him out this summer.  This will be a great B&B to ‘innsit’ for and I’ll look forward to the opportunity!

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I stopped in today at Arbor House to introduce myself and was lucky enough to have Cathie Imes, owner/innkeeper meet me at the door!  She shared with me that they have been open for 15 years and have staff on board to fill in for them when they need time off, so she hasn’t had the need for Amazing InnkeeperRelief yet, but you never know!  Cathie gave me their business card and wants to stay in touch.  If you would like to view their beautiful Environmental Inn, to see for yourself, click here!

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