Get Back to Basics with A Wade House Christmas

The holiday season is finally upon us! Around this time every year, most everyone across the country is consumed by getting the best deals on their Christmas lists, keeping up with the Jones and their decorations, and countless other trivial things. Sometimes, it just makes you wish that you could go back in time to when there was no such thing as Black Friday. Believe it or not, there was a time when the holidays were more about spending quality time with loved ones, rather than skipping Thanksgiving dinner to be the first in line for those deals.

Get Back to Basics with A Wade House Christmas | Inn on Hillwind

Each year, the “A Wade House Christmas” event in Greenbush, WI takes us back to that time. Taking place this year from 10am-4pm on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7, 2014, all those who attend will experience all the delight of a 1860s Wisconsin Christmas celebration. Guests will be greeted at the main door of the Wade House Stagecoach Hotel by costumed staff and welcomed in to enjoy all of the holiday fun.

Decorated in 1860s fashion, the candlelit Christmas tree will serve as the major focal point of the evening as guests make their way through each floor of the 27-room hotel. There will be period crafts and games for all to partake in, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides outside and food, drinks and live music to enjoy at the Butternut Café. This truly is a good old-fashioned way to enjoy the simplicity of the holiday season like a real Wisconsinite.

If you’re hoping to attend this event when visiting the area, remember that the Wade House Stagecoach Hotel is located roughly ten minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI.

Make a reservation online by clicking Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199. Happy Holidays!

Experience For Yourself What It’s Like to Ride on Road America!

There’s always something fun and exciting going on at Road America and this August is no exception! Every year, people from all over the world make their way out to the raceways to watch others go head to head on the track and fantasize about what it would be like to be down there with them. Well thanks to one incredible upcoming event, you don’t have to dream about it anymore – you can be right down there in the action.

The Sunset Cruise will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 and is a great opportunity for people to experience first-hand what it’s like to ride on one of the greatest racing circuits in the United States. However, this activity is not for those who are seeking a high-speed thrill. All participants in the Sunset Cruise are limited to three guided laps on the 4-mile racecourse at low speeds to make sure everyone has a safe, fun time.



Sound like something you may be interested in? Well space is limited so make sure that you register soon! The opportunity is open to people of all ages who possess a valid driver’s license. Since you will be required to drive your own vehicle in this event, all you need to ensure is that your car is no taller than 8 ½ feet and has a at least a half a tank of gas when you pull onto the track.

The event will begin at 6pm but participants are asked to arrive at Road America no earlier than 5pm and no later than 5:40pm. The cost is set at $20 per car but in our opinion, the experience itself is priceless!

Luckily for you, Road America is only about a 10 minute ride from our bed and breakfast hotel located at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI. With a commute that quick, why would you ever think about staying anywhere else?

Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199.

(Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Race to Reserve Your Room for the Superbike Doubleheader

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.

(Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)


Race Out to Road America This Summer!

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!

(Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

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.

Hearthside Dinner Set For April In Greenbush, WI

Sheboygan WI HotelExactly one month from today, on April 13th, the Hearthside Dinner will take place at the Wade House in Greenbush, WI. Guests will enjoy a meal of a bygone era, participating in the special Hearthside Dinner program.  You’ll go back in time to the 1860s, working together to prepare a meal in the kitchens of the Wade House stagecoach inn. On Wade House’s website they describe the event as, “The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as stove and fireplace fires are lit and guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their midday meal as Betsey Wade routinely did for stagecoach travelers a century and a half ago.”

The event is a unique opportunity for visitors and guests to enjoy a much different and simpler time. “At the conclusion of the day, everyone pitches in to clear the table, wash the dishes (19th-century style), and sweep the hearth to end a satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin’s past.”

The Wade House is an 1860s style stagecoach inn. It was built to tell the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family in the 1800s during the Civil War era. On the Wade House grounds, you’ll also find an authentic sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation, as well as the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum.

The whole event and location is a great experience in the Sheboygan, WI area, and one of the many great attractions in Plymouth.  The cost is $45 per person with a minimum of ten and a maximum of 20 people.  You can call 920-526-3271 for reservations or visit their website here for more information.  You can also give us a call with any questions you may have.

Hitting The Slopes Near Sheboygan Wisconsin

Even during these cold winter months, Sheboygan County offers plenty of activities and a weekend retreat. The Inn On Hillwind is only a short distance away from two area ski resorts where you can spend a nice weekend away from Milwaukee or Green Bay. After spending the day on the sloes, come back to the Inn and cozy up in one of the private suites with a whirlpool, fireplace, large beds, and private baths.  We can provide a great retreat after a long day of skiing in Wisconsin.  


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Sunburst - Sunburst hosts a variety of trails including beginner, advanced, and expert levels and 3 terrain parks. They offer night skiing and boarding 7 days/week on all runs with snow tubing also available. They are typically open till March , but depends on weather conditions.  Sunburst is only 30-40 minutes away from our B&B in Plymouth.

Little Switzerland – Opened in 1941, Little Switzerland is one of the oldest resorts in the Midwest.  Mix in millions of dollars of improvements and you have an historic resort with a first class customer experience.  While a few key ingredients of the lodge remain, such as the Swiss style and one of the big fireplaces, the lodge has been gutted and completely remodeled.  Highlights include a beautiful new bar and game room upstairs in the all-new Swiss Chalet.  The lower level will house an all new pro shop, new ticketing area, completely redesigned rental designed to maximize efficiencies and minimize time spent inside, a new ski patrol room, and an all-new cafeteria.   This is a little further of a drive, clocking in at about 1 hour southwest of Plymouth.