Get Spooky this Halloween with Caper Company’s Ghost Walk!

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.

2013 Port Washington Ghost Walk - Photo Courtesy: Caper Company - Inn on Hillwind - Shebyogan WI

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!

(Posted by: Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Kettle Moraine State Forest: Many Ways to Enjoy the Beauty of Fall Foliage

While there is, of course, plenty to do and see all year long in Sheboygan, we have to say that the fall season is particularly special throughout this area. With a crisp chill in the air and all of the colorful foliage at the height of its beauty, now is the most ideal time to begin planning your next fall vacation in Wisconsin.  

Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin - Inn on Hillwind

The change of season, which normally starts the first of October and continues throughout the entire month, is showcased beautifully on the Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. That being said, if you are the type of person who craves being active, you’ll find a number of fun activities and events for everyone in the family right here. From fishing and hunting, to ATV riding and more, there is a seemingly endless list of adventurous ways to celebrate the fall season in this state park.

For those most interested in simply taking in seasonal foliage, we would highly recommend taking a hiking trip along the trails of Kettle Moraine’s Greenbush recreation area, which offers over 13 miles of hiking fun and gorgeous scenery. However, if you’re looking for more of a challenge, consider another option – the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which runs for long yet gorgeous 31 miles. Since there is so much to do and see in Kettle Moraine, you and your family can spend a weekend in the area and visit a different portion of the park each day.

An added bonus to all of this is the fact that the Inn on Hillwind is conveniently located only eight miles from the beautiful Greenbush Recreation area. Whether walking, biking or ATVing along the park’s trails, guests are never too far from being able to enjoy nature and revel in the changes of color that a Wisconsin fall season has to offer.

Treat yourself and your family to a weekend of fun, relaxation and celebration by visiting the Inn on Hillwind and Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Northern Unit this upcoming month. When you stay with us, you’re just minutes away from the splendor of fall! 

 (Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Experience Oktoberfest at the 10th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest Celebration!

What better way to welcome the fall season than with a great Oktoberfest celebration right here in Plymouth, WI! While you could certainly spend a fortune and book a plane ticket to Germany for this incredible holiday, the authenticity that can be found right here can save you all that hassle, while still making you feel like you’re right there in Munich!

The 10th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest will be taking place from Friday, September 20 to Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Plymouth Arts Center and is expected to see more than 3,000 guests this year! Presented by the Plymouth Arts Center, the event will be held from 3p.m. to 10p.m. on Friday and from 11a.m. to 7:30p.m. On Saturday and thanks to local business and community sponsors, admission is free.

So what sort of fun events can you expect this year? Well be sure to bring your dancing shoes and head out onto the dance floor on Friday for a bit of polka and waltz music from 3-6p.m., and then stick around because fan favorites, Copper Box Band are up immediately after from 6-9p.m. Food will begin to be served at 3p.m. on Friday, with the festival menu including Spanferkel, famous Johnsonville brats, hamburgers, German potato salad, sauerkraut and a selection of delicious desserts like German chocolate cake, apple strudel, kettle corn and much more. Most of the same foods can be found on Saturday afternoon as well, in addition to a grilled chicken dinner prepared by Three Guys and a Grill. All food items are available for takeout, so bring your appetite and save a little room for later!

Goodtime Dutchmen, and Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen will both be hitting the stage on Saturday, but if that’s not enough, there’s also something entirely new to the festival this year that you’re not going to want to miss. A special chainsaw woodcarving event will also be held on the second day of Plymouth Oktoberfest, so stop out and see these chainsaw artists transform old logs into incredible works of art!

All proceeds for this fun-filled event will benefit the Plymouth Arts Center, which is a non-profit dedicated to enlivening the spirit of the community and enriching the lives of all through art. If there were ever a weekend to plan a trip up to the Plymouth/Sheboygan area, it’s this one! Book a reservation at the Inn on Hillwind today and reserve your room before it’s too late!


Wisconsin Artists Paint the Town at Plymouth’s 4th Annual Paint the Town en Plein Air

The 4th annual Paint the Town en Plein Air, begins September 19th, and runs through September 27th, 2013 in Plymouth, WI. This week long outdoor painting event celebrates the fall season by highlighting some of the Plymouth area’s exquisite facades, historic buildings, murals and interesting landscapes. The event will also give the public the opportunity to view downtown Plymouth’s 21 new murals.

The area’s artists will gather for an outdoor painting festival to showcase Wisconsin’s unique artistic talents and to compete for some amazing prizes. This is the perfect fall event for those who love innovative artwork and the spirit of competition. Art fans can bring their entire family to enjoy the fun and the local scenery!

The Friday evening start of the event includes a reception beginning at 6pm, along with a silent auction, live entertainment and a cash bar. All are encouraged to come on out and enjoy the evening until 9pm. For overnight vacationers and artists, The Inn on Hillwind Bed and Breakfast is nearby to provide accommodations, food and wonderful Plymouth hospitality.

Artists can register to paint and compete for one day or for the entire week long event on Thursday, September 19th through Wednesday the 27th from 8am to 9:30am. This week offers a wonderful chance for all to enjoy the history and culture of Plymouth and participating artists can choose whichever area of the Plymouth map they wish to paint. The artists receive the Plymouth area map at registration.

Artist’s prizes include a $1000 Purchase Award, $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place, as well as Non-Cash Merit Awards (3) and a Viewer’s Choice Postcard Award. The Viewer’s Choice Award is voted on by the public depending on which artist they believe represented downtown Plymouth the best. With the artist’s permission, their piece will then be made into postcards and the proceeds will benefit the Plymouth Arts Center’s Awareness Program.

The event is hosted by the Plymouth Arts Center and admission is free for the public. The Plymouth Arts Center is a great place to visit all year long with family and friends, to explore the unique arts culture in the Wisconsin area, so stop out and see us!

Sheboygan: the Bratwurst Capital of the World

With the famous Brats Days having come and gone earlier this month, we have a feeling that some of you may start to crave a few more of Sheboygan’s signature sausage soon enough. While others may attempt to imitate, most everyone knows that Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capital of the World, which makes it hard for brat lovers to stay away for too long. Luckily for you, though Brat Days is only one weekend out of the year, this town is frying up the best each and every day.

Taking a step back here for a moment, you may be wondering how this whole brat-epidemic came to be in the first place. Bratwurst can be found almost anywhere in the U.S. now, so what makes the Sheboygan bratwurst worthy of the “Best in the World” title?

Well after a heated battle against Bucyrus, Ohio in 1970, Judge John Bolgert made the official call, barring all others from using the title. Noted on August 14th of that year, the landmark decision stated that, “The citizens of Sheboygan, through their sausage makers, bakers and backyard chefs, have established their right to the herein litigated title, not only by virtue of claim, but also by virtue of performance.”

This hard-earned title is greatly due to a few key elements, but the most prominent of all may be the fact that once the brats have been cooked to perfection, they are then served on a delicious Sheboygan hard roll. As a special kind of semmel roll, the Sheboygan hard roll is the only way to eat a bratwurst, in our opinion. Though there may be a variety of recipes and different brands floating around the internet and in grocery stores across the country, none can truly pass for the real thing.

So in addition to our famous bratwursts, we find that a lot of Sheboygan visitors are also on the lookout for a few hard rolls to take back home with them after their trip has ended. If this sounds anything like you, we would highly suggest you check out Johnston’s Bakery on Superior Avenue for some of the best. Any Sheboyganite would be happy to rave about the superiority of our city’s brats, so if you’d like to know more, just ask us! We’d love to make your stay here more as enjoyable as possible by pointing you in the direction of the best meals outside of the Inn on Hillside walls.

Race Over to Sheboygan for the Harvest Fest Half Marathon and 10K!

One of the greatest attractions in Sheboygan, Wisconsin is Lake Michigan. Coincidently, there is one great event coming up in the area that will not only allow you to take in and enjoy some of the most scenic views of the Lake, but will also provide you with a fun opportunity to raise money for a couple of great causes. Book a trip to the area and sign up for the Harvest Fest Half Marathon and 10K today!

This great event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and it’s bound to be a ton of fun for all of you athletes out there! The Half Marathon is a total of 13.6 miles and begins and ends right on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Along the way, participants will have an opportunity to stop and refuel thanks to volunteers from the Above and Beyond Children’s Museum, a partner for the event that will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from your entry fee. The event will also have a hand in supporting an incredible organization called Oscar Mike Foundation, which is dedicated to helping injured veterans get on the move and utilize their full potential.

With the Half Marathon starting at 8am and the 10K at 8:10am, we would suggest booking a room at Inn on Hillwind for the whole weekend. Head out to Sheboygan on Friday, settle in and relax so that you can get a good sleep the night before the event, without having to worry about speeding to the start location the next morning. After the race, be sure to stick around for the awards ceremony and some festivities across the river at Harbor Fest! There will be plenty of live music, food, games and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Online registration only lasts until Tuesday, September 24, 2013 and early bird registration is going on right now! Head over to right now to sign up and then race back to the Inn on Hillside site to reserve a room for the weekend of the event!

A Summer Getaway to Remember in Kohler, WI

During our last post, we talked about some great events that were happening in Sheboygan, but there is still so much fun to be had in the surrounding areas! For example, Kohler, which is a mere ten minutes away from us here at Inn on Hillwind, has quite a few events lined up for the latter half of the month.  This would be the perfect time to take that little getaway that you’ve been talking about for the past few months.

If you consider yourself a foodie, or if you’re simply interested in taking in some of what makes Kohler such a great place to be, make your way out this way on Thursday July 25, 2013. The Wisconsin Room Farm-to-Table Series: BBQ on the Patio event will be held on this day, beginning at 6pm at The Wisconsin Room Restaurant. Here, you’ll be able to sit back and relax as they enjoy some local favorites fresh off the grill. You’ll even get a chance to speak with the chefs as they prepare mouth-watering dishes such as barbequed ribs, smoked chicken, house-made brat patty sliders, grilled pineapple and bacon wrapped asparagus. Don’t forget to try some of our favorite comfort foods, like baked cheddar ale mac and cheese and some delicious peach cobbler!

The price of the event runs at $38 per person plus tax and gratuity and guests are encouraged to wear their resort casual attire. Call The Wisconsin Room today to make your reservations!

After you’ve been well fed, gear up for a weekend of shopping! The Shops at Woodlake Kohler Summer Sidewalk Sale will be held from Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th, where shoppers can expect to find savings of 25-75% on selection fashions, furnishings and more. The sales take place on Friday from 10am-6pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm so you ‘ll have plenty of time to browse and see what catches your eye. Check out all of the great deals from a variety of stores, such as Intentions, Kohler Golf Academy Winter Studio, Yoga on the Lake, Kohler Gardener, Wisconsin Trader and much more!

Because these events are both so close to the Inn on Hillwind, there’s no better place to rest your head between the fun. There are still rooms available but be sure to book your reservation soon, as space is bound to fill up quickly! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Summer Events to Look Forward to in Sheboygan, WI!

While there are of course a ton of great activities to enjoy during the cooler months here in Sheboygan, there’s something really special about spending time here during the summer. For one thing, there are always plenty of family-friendly events going on around town, so don’t think that just because the holiday celebrations end in a few days that the fun stops there. In fact, there are two amazing festivals coming up in just a little over a week on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

First off, we have the Mill Street Festival, known for being the largest festival in the historic town of Plymouth. Due to the celebration, you should make note that Mill Street will be closed to vehicles on Saturday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. as friends and family get together for live music and entertainment. However, seeing as the event is a mere six minute drive from the Inn on Hillwind, our guests should have no problem getting there early and finding parking somewhere nearby. Greeted with over 100 vendors and merchants with delicious local food and drinks for you to enjoy, as well as a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids, this is seriously one event you don’t want to miss out on!

Another event to consider during your stay here would be the Town of Sheboygan Lions Fest, which is also being held on Saturday, July 13th. Being held at the Lions Club, all proceeds for this festival go towards the development of the town Firehouse Park.  Come enjoy burgers, brats and beer as you listen to live performances from a few great bands, including Copper Box.

The 4th of July celebrations around town may be short lived as we all return to work on Friday, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the summer fun has to end. Give yourself something to look forward to in the near future; book a stay with us at the Inn on Hillwind and enjoy the Sheboygan summer festivities!

Road America’s Exciting Month of June Racing Calendar

The month of June is full of fantastic racing events. Elkhart Lake’s Road America AMA and June sprints are happening the entire month, and fans are looking forward to the occasion. The June schedule is full of exciting races, and here is a list of what’s to come to the amazing and challenging Road America roadways.


  • Beginning May 31st -June 2nd, the Subway Superbike Doubleheader and Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing begins. Road America’s 4.05 mile natural road course will be the arena for the annual Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road races in early June. It’s one of the most challenging tracks on the AMA schedule. This two-wheel race war draws quite a huge crowd, and includes a weekend of double headers in four different Geico racing classes. Fans are able to participate in open karting and drag racing demos.


  • The AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) Vintage Motorcycle Classic gets underway on June 7th through the 9th. The race features vintage motorcycles from the 1920’s through the early 1970’s. AHRMA also showcases vintage superbikes from the 80’s and 90’s. AHRMA has dedicated its organization to the preservation of the heritage of motorcycle racing. The Road America track is a favorite for vintage riders because of its four-mile course, multiple turns and the rise and fall of the terrain. Fans will be entertained by cross-country and trial competitions.


  • The Weathertech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints starts on June 13th and runs through June 16th. These sprints highlight everything from showroom stock cars to highly modified purpose-built racecars. The event hosts ten race groups in four days, filled with practice, qualifying, and competition. Road America’s trackside views are amazing and offer delicious food for drivers and fans.


  • Nascar Nationwide and ARCA/Trans-Am comes to the Road America tracks June 20th-22nd. Fans will experience ARCA and Trans-Am Qualifying rounds and wheel-to-wheel racing. Fans also get the opportunity to watch Nascar’s future star drivers test their road skills on Road America’s famous four mile, fourteen turn track. This challenging circuit separates the good drivers from the great drivers and fans get to watch all of the excitement.


  • The end of June hosts the Optima Face-Off at Road America on the 23rd. On this high-speed weekend, Optima Batteries holds one of its Optima Ultima Streetcar qualifying events. This end of June event includes autocross, road course, and braking and acceleration challenges. The Optima Face-Off also wraps up the June races and sprints month with an exciting style competition and road rally that fans will not want to miss.


The month of June gives avid race fans the chance to enjoy all styles of racing and high-speed competition; from vintage bikes to custom-built racecars. There is something for everyone craving speed at the Road America tracks this summer.

Jazz on the Vine

Next month, the 11th annual Jazz on the Vine Festival will take place at the Osthoff Resort, where world-renowned jazz musicians, dynamic concert performances and music enthusiasts from all over will kick off the concert summer season. Along with great music and food, guests will also be able to sample and array of over 100 wines from all over the world. Tickets to the event will sell quickly and accommodations are first-come, first served.

Here’s a look, and a few samples, at some of the artists and entertainers who will perform at the event from May 10-12.

Fourplay – On May 11th at 6:15 PM this jazz quartet will hit the stage with two decades of contemporary jazz experience.  They bring a unique style with the combination of varying elements of R&B, pop and other jazz foundations. Six of their recordings have climbed to the top of the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts.  In 2010, new guitarist Chuck Loeb joined founding members Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason. The new group has brought a renewed energy and passion to the stage, pushing the limits of jazz once again.

The Larry Carlton Quartet – Larry Carlton is a nineteen-time Grammy nominee and a four-time winner. After studio credits with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt, it’s safe to say he is one of the most respected artists in jazz. You can find the Larry Carlton Quartet on stage on May 10th at 7:15 PM.

Acoustic Alchemy – Following Larry Carlton, Acoustic Alchemy will play at 9:15 PM on the 10th. This group, originally from the UK, brings 25 years of experience since their first recording. The bring an interesting and talented blend of acoustic guitar along with its electric counterpart. They’ve toured the world and now stop here at the Jazz on the Vine.

Michael Lington with Special Guest Bill Champlin – Formerly of Chicago, Bill Champlin with join Michael Lington on Saturday, May 11th at 8:45 PM. Lington moved to the US at the young age of 21 and 2012 marked the 15 year anniversary of his released self-titled debut. Since the 90s, he’s continued to put out top ten hits and passionate performances with his sax. 

Shilts – Visiting from London, Paul “Shilts” Weimar will hit the stage early on Friday evening at 5:15 PM. His 30-year career has spanned all forms of jazz, funk, soul and pop music, touring all over the world.  In total, five albums have been released, each one better than the last. His fun attitude and desire to produce good music makes for an entertaining performance.

Cindy Bradley – On Saturday afternoon at 1:45 PM Cindy Bradley will hit the stage.  After her debut album in 2009, she won best new artist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards and named Debut Artist of the Year by the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and Smooth Jazz News.

Matt Marshak – He released his seventh major album in 2012, Color of Me. He’s an appealing new face in contemporary jazz, with a blend of jazz, blues, rock, pop and funk. Smooth-jazz radio station in New York named him one of the best new smooth-jazz artists. His fun and certainly entertaining show will hit the stage at 3:45 PM on Saturday afternoon.

Marcell Guyton – May 10th through 12th at Afterglow and Jazz Brunch, this keyboardists will perform. “I enjoy watching the crowd and how they respond to the music we are playing. My musical style is most influenced by Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel.”


For more information on the Jazz on the Vine Festival, click here.