Travel gift cards abound this time of year but here's one that's foolproof. It's the holiday gift certificate from the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association, redeemable at any of the Association's member inns, with an expiration of five years from purchase, and good toward a one-of-a-kind stay and a memorable breakfast. That's right, a tasty breakfast is included. All Wisconsin B&B Association member inns are inspected, insured and licensed, so both gift-giver and recipient will sleep easy with this purchase - that's where the foolproof comes in. Gift-givers can have the gift certificate emailed right to the recipient with a personal note or have it sent to their inbox for printing and presenting in person. For all travel-lovers on your list who seek unique lodging wherever they go, your shopping can be completed in the wink of an eye at www.WisconsinBandB.com, especially perfect for last minute shoppers in search of a gift that doesn't look last minute.
Booking Direct is the Way to Go
The Wisconsin B&B Association is encouraging gift certificate recipients to book directly with inns rather than booking through an online travel site. The rationale? You pay less and you'll have the most choices of available rooms and dates. There's also the good feeling that goes along with supporting small local businesses when you book direct. Book on the inn's website or call and speak with the innkeeper.
Wisconsin Inns Serve Up Holiday Hospitality
Here are five inns among dozens in Wisconsin that look straight out of a Hallmark holiday movie. Could make for a nice list to include with the gift certificate.
Tasty breakfast with Sheridan's B&B
Sheridan's B&B, Cudahy: This inn, just a stone's throw from Milwaukee, dates back to 1920 when it was The Sheridan Hotel and Palm Gardens Tavern. More recently it was called The Fountain Blue. The current owners, Jane Schliz and Lee Barczak, were happy to revive the Sheridan name. There are 12 stylish guest rooms and a cafe where visitors can enjoy the espresso bar or mimosas to start their day depending on their mood. The event space here is picture-perfect for holiday parties too.
A Winter wonderland at the Speckled Hen Inn
Speckled Hen Inn, Madison: The owners, Tom and Heather Shannon, love hosting Badger fans, parents of college students and couples looking to carve out some time just for the two of them. The setting is woodsy and wonderful, especially after a fresh snowfall.
White Lace Inn's Door County holiday beauty
White Lace Inn, Sturgeon Bay: Considered a landmark in Door County, this 18-room inn is decorated in Victorian style. Innkeeper Dennis Statz always has homemade cookies on hand and prepares a from-scratch breakfast every morning.
The gorgeous dining room of the Honeybee Inn
Honeybee Inn B&B, Horicon: Meet Kristen Murray, the new innkeeper who's carrying on the tradition of the previous longtime owners in serving an incredible breakfast, delivered in a basket to your room if you like. Choose from four amenity-laden guest rooms.
Feel festive and warm at the Katherine Holle House
Katherine Holle House, Watertown: This downtown B&B is cared for by Keri Klein and Pete Charles - Keri's a Wisconsin native and Pete is a happy transplant to the area - who purchased it after a bidding war. The turn-of-the-century property has been brought back to life thank to the two of them and the gourmet breakfast alone is worth the stay.
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