Ring in 2014 with Plymouth’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball!

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.    

(Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Feel the Holiday Spirit with the 16th Annual Old World Christmas Market

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.

16th Annual Old World Christmas Market - Photo Courtesy: christmasmarketatosthoff.com

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!

(Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Join Us for the 2013 Plymouth Holiday Gathering and Parade!

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 Holiday Gathering and Parade - Photo Courtesy: Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
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!

Plymouth Holiday Gathering and Parade - Photo Courtesy: Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

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.

 (Posted by Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

Need a Girls’ Weekend Away? Enjoy the Art of Relaxation in Plymouth, WI

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.

Need a Girls’ Weekend Away? Enjoy the Art of Relaxation in Plymouth, WI

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!

(Posted by: Jean Hayes of Inn on Hillwind)

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 harvestfesthalf.com 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!