It’s that time of year that brings sausage lovers from all over the world to the Sheboygan area. That’s right – Brat Days is back and better than ever! The three-day festival will be held from Thursday, July 31st until Saturday, August 2nd this year and we don’t know about all of you, but those of us here at our bed and breakfast hotel can’t wait! Regardless of whether you consider yourself to be a Brat Days veteran or if this will be your first year attending, you’re sure to find something new and exciting to explore.
With the advantage of free admission, Brats Days is one event that is perfect for the entire family. While the kids will enjoy arts and crafts, pony rides and the Bulitz petting zoo, the adults will be happy to see the return of a few favorite musical artists, as well as a number of new entertainers! Not to mention all of the excitement in between, such as the Brat Eating Contest. Will Bobby Smith take home the first place title yet again this year? You’ll have to stop by to find out!
Now don’t worry – though you may not have entered to be a part of the Brat Eating Contest this year, there will still be enjoy of our town’s claim to fame to go around – and much more! Then, once you’ve filled up on all of the deliciousness that Brat Days has to offer, burn a little bit of it off by signing up to participate in the Brat Trot on Saturday morning. For more information on how to register, visit here.
The big event may be a little over a month away but due to its popularity, you don’t want to waste one more second when it comes to booking your stay with us here at Inn on Hillwind. Located at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI, our Inn is less than 20 minutes away from the event site, making it an easy commute to your weekend of fun!
Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199.
Honestly, who doesn’t love an opportunity to sample some of the freshest fruits and vegetables of a new season? One of the best things about visiting small Wisconsin towns like Sheboygan and Elkhart Lake during the summer is getting the chance to experience the local farmer’s markets. Not only do you get to purchase some of your seasonal favorites as soon as they’re picked from the soil, but you’ll also have an opportunity to sample new things and discover new ways to liven up your plate!
A lot of people may think to themselves, why check out a farmer’s market when I can just go to the grocery store for my produce? Well besides the fact that visiting a farmer’s market allows you to get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine, it’s also a great place to find a variety of fruits and vegetables that you may not even be able to find in a grocery store. At Elkhart Lake’s farmer’s market for instance, you’re likely to come across rare varieties of corn and tomatoes that don’t make it to the produce aisle simply because they either don’t grow in mass quantities or don’t travel well.
Then you do come across something new that you like, it’s a great idea to ask the farmer at the stand for their recommendations on how to prepare it. Due to the fact that most farmers will keep crop surpluses for themselves, they’ll likely have insider information on various ways to incorporate it into your meals. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch an interactive demonstration at the Sheboygan farmer’s market. Here you will be able to see how a dish is prepared, taste it and take home a copy of the recipe.
The 2014 Sheboygan Farmer’s Market will be held in Fountain Park every Wednesday from 10am-6pm and every Saturday from 7am-2pm from June until October. Not much farther away, the Elkhart Lake Farmer’s Market will also be held from June until October every Saturday from 8:30am-12:30pm in the Village Square next to the Historic Railroad Depot. The best part? Both farmer’s markets are located within a mere 15 miles of the Inn on Hillwind Bed and Breakfast Hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI!
With great food and an incredible atmosphere to be experienced at both markets, how could you possibly visit the area and not stop by? Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199.
The race is on for summer weather and all the fun and thrilling activities that go along with it. Get the season in gear by attending Elkhart Lake’s summer kick-off event, the AMA Pro Racing Subway Superbike Doubleheader! This annual weekend-long event is full of exciting doubleheader races as well as fan activities, making this a great event for adults and children alike. Best part? The raceway is just over ten minutes away from our bed and breakfast hotel on Hillwind Road in Plymouth!
This year’s Superbike Doubleheader will be held May 30 to June 1, 2014 with gates opening at 7 a.m. Various pricing options are available beginning at $20 for a day pass, making this a fun and affordable event for families who want to escape the indoors and enjoy some excitement.
Your day at the races includes more than just watching different Pro Racing classes; attendees will have the option to partake in various fan activities such as on-track motorcycle touring sessions and public karting! Guests can sign-up to test their own racing skills – who knows, you may be the next Pro Racer! Cost is $20 per racing session from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. No experience? Not a problem!
When you aren’t watching the racers on the fast and challenging 4-mile natural course, you can enjoy autograph sessions, family picnic spaces, live music and more during the weekend celebration! Just a hop, skip and a bike-jump away from the Inn on Hillwind, you can return to our boutique hotel after the races for some wonderful Wisconsin hospitality. Reserve your room today by calling 920-892-2199.
May is upon us, and the Osthoff Resort’s 12th annual Jazz on the Vine Festival will be here before you know it. The dates for the festival are May 9-11th and those in attendance will be entertained by many world-famous jazz musicians as the concert season begins in Elkhart Lake, WI. There’s absolutely no doubt that Jazz enthusiasts nationwide will be converging at this highly anticipated festival in our own backyard.
This year’s line-up reads like a who’s who in the jazz world. Just a few of the artists we will be seeing include RnR, featuring Rick Braun and Richard Elliot; Maysa; Global Noize/Sly Re-Imagined with Jason Miles; our festival host, Darren Rahn; Andy Snitzer and Maya Azucena; Nona Hendryx; Urban Jazz Coalition; Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, with Karen Briggs and Lao Tizer; Steve Cole and Marcell Guyton. You are sure to be treated to some amazing performances from these master jazz musicians!
As this is Jazz on the Vine, let us not forget our wines. You will have the opportunity to try over 100 wines, both foreign and domestic. The list foreign wines will come from Chile, Greece, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand and Spain, whereas domestics hail from California, Washington State, Oregon and many other states accredited with their incredible wine selections. As if that isn’t enough, Osthoff’s award-winning chefs will be providing you with sophisticated, unique and varied culinary delights.
The 2014 Jazz on the Vine Festival will be an experience you won’t soon forget. You can relax and unwind, forget the business of the day and listen to world-class musicians do their thing as only they can. You will be with jazz aficionados from all over the country and you are sure to make new friends as you share this time with other people who love jazz as much as you do. So, come and join us this year. Believe us when we say that you will want to return again and again!
The weather is finally starting to heat back up and we think it’s safe to say that spring is in full bloom! What better time than now to begin planning a weekend getaway? With over 425 events held at Road America each year, we’re sure that you will have no trouble finding a few races to peak your interest over a long weekend!
If you’re a bit unfamiliar with Road America, you’re probably amongst the minority, as the track is renown all over the globe as one of the greatest and most challenging road courses in the world. Each year, roughly 800,000 visitors make their way to the Elkhart Lake, WI area to enjoy the park-like ambiance, great food and thrilling races between the world’s fastest riders and drivers.
The 640-acre motorsports facility is home to a 4.048-mile permanent road course with 14 turns, and a 1-mile supermoto/karting track. As the brainchild of highway engineer, Clif Tufte during the early 1950’s after sports car races were banned from public roads, races have been taking place at Road America every year since 1955. Although countless improvements have been made to the entire facility over the years, the original 4.048-mile, 14 turn track has remained unaltered, allowing us to keep a sizeable slice of Elkhart Lake history alive and well.
Fortunately for all of you racing enthusiasts out there, you’ll find that there is some sort of event being held at Road America practically any day of the week. This makes it even easier to pick a time to head out this way for a little bit of fun! Remember that regardless of whether the race you’re interested in is taking place next month or three months from now, it’s never too early to book your stay with Inn on Hillwind!
Christmas day is only two weeks away and from there, we’re on the fast track to 2014. Have you figured out your New Year’s Eve plans yet? Well if you’re going to be around the Plymouth area during the festivities, then we would highly suggest that you check out the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. The events have proven to be a big hit for many years now and we guarantee that a great time will be had by all!
Hosted at the Plymouth Arts Center, which is a mere five minutes from our inn, the masquerade will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 7pm to 12:30am. Throughout the evening of masked fun, guests will be treated to a delicious buffet dinner catered by Millhome Supper Club, a complimentary glass of wine and cheese table, dancing to Smooth Groove Quartet and one very special display at midnight.
Now if you’re from around the area, you may have already heard about this, but all of our out-of-towners will be in for a big surprise when the countdown to 2014 begins. Rather than dropping a shimmering ball as the clock ticks down, Plymouth does something that can only be seen in the cheese capital of the country: the big cheese drop! This year will mark the 7th annual cheese drop and let us tell you – it is quite a site to see.
Dinner-dance tickets will be sold at $30 per person in advance and dance only tickets will be $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Dance-only guests will be invited to join the festivities at 8:30pm and costumes are optional for all attendees. For more information on the event, visit plymoutharts.org.
Once you’ve officially rung in the New Year, make the resolution to make it back to Inn on Hillwind real soon and bring your friends! Ask us about our gift certificates upon departure, which are available in any denomination and have no expiration date. Guest can also call us to order a gift certificate (920)-892-2199 or the can order a gift certificate on-line at www.innonhillwind.com.
We’re quickly closing in on one of our most favorite times of the year, which can only mean one thing: the 16th Annual Old World Christmas Market is just around the corner. With that impending chill in the air and Christmas décor beginning to pop up in a few select areas around town, everyone is eagerly looking forward to the warmth and merriment that is brought forth by this special event each year.
So if you’re not a resident, you may be wondering; what exactly is the Old World Christmas Market? Well, similar to the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child’s Market) of Nuremberg, Germany, this Elkhart Lake tradition is a place where local and international artisans can come and display their goods. Held this year at The Osthoff Resort from December 6-15, 2013, visitors will have the opportunity to wander the aisles of the heated tent and browse through the collection of hand-carved German nutcrackers, Russian nesting dolls, Czech blown-glass ornaments, fine apparel, exquisite jewelry, European delicacies and much more!
Once you’ve gotten tired on shopping, feel free to take a break in the Old World Food Court and enjoy all of the delicious German dishes that are offered. With everything from Nuremberg bratwurst, hot gluhwein, sauerbraten, dumplings and Wiener Schnitzel, to potato pancakes, red cabbage, pulled pork and apple strudel, we’re sure you will have no trouble finding something that you like!
Admission to the Christmas Market is $6 per adult, a free for children 14 and under who are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Discounted ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more so feel free to visit the official Old World Christmas Market website for more information.
The 10-day event is open daily from 10am-5pm so be sure to make this a must during your next trip to Wisconsin!
A weekend getaway in the countryside of Sheboygan is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors this holiday. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities, fine dining and entertainment in this scenic area. A great holiday opportunity you should be sure not to miss is the Plymouth Holiday Gathering and Parade on November 29th! Book a weekend stay at the Inn on Hillwind and experience all this holiday weekend has to offer.
Plymouth, Wisconsin is the ultimate spot to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and take in the beautiful hillside scenery. Start your Christmas shopping early at the Plymouth Holiday Gathering as you peruse the various merchants who sell trinkets for everyone on your shopping list. There will be other various festivities such as silent auctions, the Christmas cookie sale at the Plymouth Historical Museum and the annual Chili Cook-off, where you can taste and vote on your favorite chili!
The fabulous, holiday spirit-filled day will end with the Holiday Parade at night. This enchanted, illuminated parade is a staple in Plymouth, bringing together people from all walks of life and every age. You and your loved ones will get to experience bands and chorus groups as the parade travels through the village. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and will begin and end on West Main Street; don’t forget to bring your toys, as Project Angel Hugs will be collecting them throughout the parade for children touched by cancer.
Your escape to Sheboygan does not have to end there. There is plenty to see and do throughout the region, including shopping in many of the unique gift shops or simply relaxing at our inn. Give us a call today to book your stay at Inn on Hillwind just in time for the festivities.
No matter what age you are, sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls! Often times, we just get so wrapped up in work and tending to our houses, our husbands and our kids that there isn’t enough time in the day to think about ourselves. No one understands this better than Inn on Hillwind, which is why we are inviting all of you ladies to come stay with us next month as you take part in the 7th Plymouth Arts Women’s Expo.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Plymouth Arts Center in the downtown area from 10am to 3pm. What can you and your ladies expect to find there, you might ask? Just about everything you could ever hope for on a girls’ weekend. Over 40 therapists, consultants, stylists and vendors will be in attendance, so we’re sure you won’t have too much trouble finding enough activities to preoccupy yourself with for hours. From massages and dream consultations to hair care, cosmetics, jewelry and more, what’s not to love about an event that is specifically tailored around all of the things women love?
Throughout the day, enjoy a number of workshops, demonstrations and consultations, and get a feel for different services as you shop around. With both door prizes and free samples available, you’re guaranteed not to go home empty-handed.
Admission to the Plymouth Arts Women’s Expo is only $3.00 and café dining and cash bar will be accessible. So what are you still waiting for? Call up your girls and start planning your weekend getaway! Then head back here to Inn on Hillwind to book your reservation. We can’t wait to see you!
In some minds, the arrival of fall means one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. Not only do we get excited for costumes and copious amounts of sweets, but deep down there is a part of all of us that enjoys the thrill of being scared. Halloween brings ghost stories, haunted houses and all of that kind of chill-inducing stuff that many of us wait all year for and we just can’t wait to get our fix. If this sounds anything like you, then you definitely need to check out the Port Washington Ghost Walk during your next trip to the Sheboygan area.
About a 35-minute drive south of Sheboygan, Port Washington is a charming New England style village at first glance. Once you peel back its layers however, you’ll find that this area is extremely rich in haunted history. The 2013 Port Washington Ghost Walk is presented by Caper Company and will take place at various times on both Friday October 25th and Saturday October 26th. Tour-goers will explore some of the town’s most historic downtown haunts and the ghostly necropolis by candlelight for approximately two hours, and we’d be truly surprised if you walk away having not seen something a bit spooky!
Walk-ins are welcome at $16 per person, but we would highly recommend that you pre-order your tickets and reserve your spot for $13, as each tour takes a maximum of 20 people and you don’t want to miss out. All tours will begin at the Wisconsin Chair Company historical marker at the marina, so meet your tour guide there and be sure to wear comfortable shoes and layers, as the entire tour will take place outdoors.
By the end of the night, you’ll likely be ready to get out of Port Washington and rid yourself of the chills! Hop back in the car and meet us back here at Inn on Hillwind where you’re safe from all of the ghouls, goblins and spirits that you may have encountered on your tour! We’ll leave the light on – just in case!