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Inn on Hillwind Blog 2014

Ring in 2015 in Plymouth, WI With the Big Cheese Drop

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that no one does New Year’s Eve like Wisconsin! Famous for being the cheese capital of the country, anyone who chooses to visit always knows that they’re going to sample some tasty local cheeses and may even run into a few people wearing cheese hats on game day (go Packers!). However, if you’ve never been to the area during New Year’s Eve, you may be shocked to see one of our beloved traditions take place at the Plymouth Arts Center.

Rather than counting down as a shimmering ball slowly descends to the ground this New Year’s Eve, the people of Plymouth, WI will watch as a giant wedge of cheese drops for the 8th year in a row. It may sound strange to some, but it’s a ton of fun for the whole family and honestly, it’s one of those things that you won’t believe until you see it.

The highly anticipated cheese drop will take place in the parking lot right next to the Plymouth Arts Center, which is conveniently located five minutes from our bed and breakfast hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI. If you happen to be staying in the area for the New Year, stop on over and grab a complimentary cup of hot chocolate in the Art Center’s plaza and embrace the festivities! Trust us when we tell you that you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself!

For more information on the 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Big Cheese Drop, visit plymoutharts.org. Then be sure to head back to the Inn on Hillwind website to check our room availability, or feel free to call us at 920-892-2199 today!

Enjoy a Little Hilarity this Holiday Season!

There are just some things you have to see to believe, and as far as holiday entertainment in Sheboygan, WI goes, there’s nothing that embodies this more than “A Kodachrome Christmas starring John McGivern”. Every year around this time, a number of very traditional Christmas-themed events pop up. There are tree lighting festivals, choir performances, showings of The Nutcracker Ballet and so much more. However, if there was one word to describe the A Kodachrome Christmas show, “traditional” would not be it.

Taking place at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center from Thursday, December 11th until Sunday, December 14, 2014, A Kodachrome Christmas is a hilarious skit that takes place inside the “studio” of colorful cable access TV hostess, Earlene Hoople. Oh, did we mention that Earlene is actually played by actor and writer, John McGivern?

If you’re planning to be in the Sheboygan area during this particular week and are looking for something festive yet out of the ordinary to do, this is definitely the show for you! Join Earlene as she tapes her Christmas special and bakes cookies, shows off her hilarious family pictures and reads aloud letters to Mrs. Claus. She may even pull you from the audience to play a song on the hand bells with her!

For more information on A Kodachrome Christmas starring John McGivern and to purchase tickets, click here. Also, keep in mind that the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is only about 20 minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel here at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI.

Click on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199 today to make a reservation!

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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.

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!

The Nutcracker Ballet Makes its Return

The holiday season is officially upon us, and what better way to welcome it than with the annual performance of The Nutcracker? Once again, the Dancescape Ballet Company will deliver a spectacular showing of the traditional Tchaikovsky ballet at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan, WI. If you’re planning to one last trip to the area before Christmas Day, we would highly recommend making this your weekend of choice, as the town will be absolutely buzzing with holiday cheer.

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7, 2014, The Nutcracker’s return to Sheboygan is a clear indicator that Christmas is well on its way. For those who are unfamiliar, this traditional holiday ballet was inspired by E.T.A Hoffman’s story of The Nutcracker and the King of Mice.

Though certain details from the story have changed from what was originally written, the fundamental plot has remained the same; a young German girl is gifted a toy Nutcracker from her godfather and dreams of an epic battle between him and a Mouse King. Ultimately, the Nutcracker is victorious and is transformed into a noble prince, allowing him to run away happily with the girl. When the dream comes to an end, the girl wakes peacefully beside her Christmas tree with her toy Nutcracker in hand.

Even if you have never seen a performance of The Nutcracker, we’d be willing to bet that you have heard Tchaikovsky’s musical compositions for the ballet and have associated them with the Christmas holiday. For a refresher, take a listen here.

There will be three chances to catch The Nutcracker in Sheboygan; at 2p.m. or 7p.m. on Saturday or at 2p.m. on Sunday. Regardless of which performance you can make it to, tickets will cost a reasonable $21.

If you’re visiting from out of town, keep in mind that the Weill Center for the Performing Arts is a mere 20 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI.

Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199. We’d love to see you join us for the holiday season!

The Wisconsin Holiday Market

With Thanksgiving Day less than two weeks away, it’s hard to deny that winter is just around the corner. Despite how you may feel about the cold and snowy weather, at least it means that Christmas will be here soon! If you’re like us, you love the prospect of the holidays and everything that goes along with it – such as shopping and decorating for the season. That’s why we believe that the Wisconsin Holiday Market is something that should not be missed when traveling in the Kohler area during this particular time of year.

Taking place from November 21st through the 23rd at The American Club and the Kohler Design Center, the 34th Annual Holiday Market is a favorite amongst both locals and visitors alike. Countless vendors from all across the Midwest make their way into town to showcase tons of holiday-themed goodies. Stop through and chat with them as you browse through a selection of decorations, sweets, clothing and accessories, and so much more. From the moment you arrive at the market and take a look around, you’ll understand why most people find it extremely difficult to leave without having purchased something for themselves, or as a gift for a loved one.

Even if you don’t want to spend the entire day on your feet, shopping around – that’s okay! Once you’ve had your fill of the Holiday Market and have made your purchases, stick around and enjoy a meal at one of the many incredible restaurants throughout Kohler. Learn more about some of the top-rated restaurants throughout the area here or take the time to browse through various menus that we keep here at Inn on Hillwind.

For more information on admission and operating hours to the Wisconsin Holiday Market, visit The American Club website today, and keep in mind that the club is less than 20 minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel here at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth.

Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199. We hope to see you at the Inn on Hillwind soon for the holiday season!

Join us for the 9th Annual Women’s Expo this Weekend!

Okay, ladies – we know how it gets; every now and again, you just need a weekend away with your girlfriends to unwind have a bit of fun. Well what better way to do just that than with the 9th Annual Women’s Expo in Plymouth, WI this upcoming weekend? Created especially for women, this event is just what you need for a memorable girls’ weekend away!

Taking place on Saturday, November 15th from 10am until 3pm at the Plymouth Arts Center, this highly-anticipated event is not to be missed. No matter what interests you most, there is no doubt that you will be able to find a booth filled with products and services to capture your attention. Businesses from all over the area will be coming out to showcase what they have to offer, including various salons, fashion boutiques, fine arts and crafts professionals, jewelers, wellness centers and more. Walk around and browse, but don’t forget that there are also a number of workshops, demonstrations and mini lectures to enjoy, as well!

Lunch, refreshments and a cash bar will be available to event attendees and with admission priced at $3 per person, we would have to say that there really is no better deal around! So if you’re planning on making your way out for the big Expo, we would highly recommend trying to get there as early as possible, as the first 200 people through the door will receive an awesome goodie bag!

With The Plymouth Arts Center a mere five minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast Hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI, you won’t find a more convenient accommodation for this upcoming weekend.

Make a reservation online by clicking on Availability, or call us at 920-892-2199. We hope to see you and your girls at the Inn on Hillwind very soon!

Experience the Breathtaking Fall Foliage in Sheboygan

Practically everyone would agree that one of the greatest things about the fall season is watching all of the leaves change to gorgeous, vibrant colors. Here in Wisconsin, we’re lucky enough to boast some of the greatest fall foliage in the country, which makes now one of the best times to plan your trip to stay at our beautiful bed and breakfast hotel in Sheboygan.

While your visit will certainly be filled with plenty of fall scenery around every corner, if you are interested in taking it all in on a grander scale, we would highly recommend that you make time to check out the Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. This 29,268-acre forest is home to some of the most gorgeous views in the state. Regardless of whether you choose to hike or bike through the trails, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking sights at every turn. Plus, as the red and yellow colors of the wooded hills dance across the calm lakes dotted across the forest, you’ll feel like you’re getting double the beauty.

If you choose to make a day out of it, be sure to pack a picnic lunch and take your romantic hike through the State Forest to the next level in the Greenbush Recreational Area. You can even look into renting a canoe, paddleboat or kayak to get out on the water near Mauthe Lake and surround yourself completely by vibrant trees at all angles. Trust us when we tell you that there is no better sight!

Located at the beginning of the Kettle Moraine Northern Unit, the Greenbush Recreational Area also allows for a quick ten minute drive from our Inn at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI. We can’t think of a better daytime activity to partake in during your weekend trip. But don’t take our word for it; experience Sheboygan’s fall oasis today!

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

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11th Annual Plymouth Oktoberfest

Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer and greet the falls season with open arms. Although most of us are sad to see the sunshine and warmth of the summer season go, keep in mind that there are plenty of wonderful things about this cooler season to look forward to. One thing in particular happens to be an event that people all over the world wait all year for. That’s right – we’re talking about Oktoberfest!

This particular German festival is a favorite amongst many and will be taking its 11th annual return to Plymouth in just a couple of weeks. If you plan to be in town on the weekend of Friday, September 19th to Saturday, September 20th, make sure that this is one event that you do not miss! The fun takes place from 2:30pm until 9:30pm on Friday and from 10am until 4:30pm on Saturday, which means you will have plenty of time to celebrate.

The festival is sponsored by Masters Gallery, the Plymouth Arts Center and Sargento, and will feature musical stylings from bands like Polka Potion, Copper Box, and the only High School German Band in the U.S.: Plymouth High School’s Junge Kameraden. When you’re not busy tearing up the dance floor to their songs, don’t shy away from sampling all of the tasty foods and homemade desserts! Then once your thirst gets the better of you, be sure to check out the beer garden – or “biergarten” – and sip on a bit of German and domestic beer!

Admission to this year’s Oktoberfest is free and will take place rain or shine. Plus with the drive to the Plymouth Arts Center being a mere five minutes from our bed and breakfast hotel at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t choose to stay at the Inn on Hillwind!

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend

One of our town’s greatest summer traditions is back again for another year and we couldn’t be more excited! Will you be joining us for the 2014 Sheboygan County Fair? Well if you’re not familiar with the area, you probably don’t know about all of the amazing things to be seen and done at the County Fair, but that’s okay – that’s what we’re here for!

The 2014 Sheboygan County Fair will be taking place from Thursday, August 28th until Monday, September 1st and is the perfect way to bid farewell to the summer season. Given that the Fair will only be taking place for a total of five days, it’s surprising to hear how many great events are packed into what seems like no time at all. However, that just means that you will never be at a loss for fun and exciting things to explore during your trip out!

Amongst a few of a new things that Fair-goers can expect to see this year is the World Champion Lumberjill Show, the Amateur Wine and Beer Making Competition and – what we’re most looking forward to – the Extreme Bull Riding & Barrel Racing Competition. Knowing that these are just a few events we’ll see amongst the 16,000 exhibits, games and grandstand shows ahead of us is enough to make anyone want to pack up the car and head to Sheboygan for the last few days of the season!

For more information on daily events and ticket prices, visit the official Sheboygan County Fair website, then head back here to book your reservation at our bed and breakfast hotel! Located at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI, the Fair is just over five minutes away – you couldn’t ask for better accommodations!

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

Experience a 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.

18th Annual Sheboygan Area Garden Walk

Can you believe that we’re already in the 18th year of the Sheboygan Area Garden Walk? Here at Inn on Hillwind, we’ll be the first to tell you that there are so many beautiful gardens to see while exploring the town. Just take a walk through the Sheboygan area and you’ll be able to see for yourself! But have you ever wished that you could get a closer look at some of the gardens you come across? Ever wonder if there are any other hidden gems nearby that you just haven’t discovered yet? Well now’s your chance!

The Sheboygan Garden Walk is quickly approaching, taking place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9am to 4pm. The cost of participating in the walk is a mere $10 and will include access to nine different private gardens throughout the area.

Hosted by the Ivy League and the Lakeshore Garden Club, this event was first brought about in an effort to stimulating interest in the art of gardening, landscape design and home/civic beautification. Additionally, both groups hope that with events like this one, more people will become aware of the importance of protecting and conserving natural resources, wildlife and horticulture.

The proceeds for the walk go to benefit a number of local non-profit organizations with a “gardening connection.” In the past 16 years alone, the walk has been able to raise nearly $100,000 for these organizations and both Ivy League and the Lakeshore Garden Club have high hopes that this year will be just as much of a success as every other year.

Rain or shine, the Sheboygan Area Garden Walk will take place in just a week and a half and we hope to see you there! If you’re planning to travel in from out of town, don’t forget to book your stay with us here at our bed and breakfast hotel, located at N4922 Hillwind Road in Plymouth, WI.

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

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Brat Days 2014 is Just Around the Corner!

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.