Brayton Bed & Breakfast
May 2nd - 6th, 2017
Oshkosh may be a fun name to say but after the time the Red Chair spent here, it can now say that Oshkosh is even more fun to visit! Our hosts, the Brayton Bed and Breakfast, were incredible the entire time and made Red feel right at home in this beautiful and historic Creme City Brick Italianate B&B. The first day Red began by moseying around the garden and taking some time to wave to passers-by next to the Inn's sign on the front lawn. Red wanted to see what Oshkosh had to offer so Red and the Innkeepers took a walk along the wild side (just kidding) along the nearby river walk, stopping to take in the sights of the bike path and boats going by on the beautiful May afternoon. Menominee Park was a must see as well with Lake Winnebago stretching out 28.5 miles. Red thought it would be fun to go back to school and visit with all the college kids at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where Red met Austin who said he was just our man if we needed a study partner. Red got the chance to learn all about the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) to read more check out our blog here. Since it was too nice of a day to stay inside, Red had heard the tulips were in bloom at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens so it decided take a walk in the tulips and relax on the back lawn of the mansion. Oshkosh is well known for bringing many events to the city, so the Red Chair just had to make a stop at the friendly Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau and pick up a few brochures for the future. As the day was wrapping up, it was time to say good by to the wonderful innkeepers of the Brayton Bed and Breakfast. On the way out of town, Red asked to stop and take a picture by the welcoming Oshkosh sign. Such wonderful spring memories were made here in Oshkosh, WI! The Red Chair Travels cannot wait to return again soon.
Franklin Street Inn
April 28th - May 1st, 2017
The Red Chair headed to the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, a charming Victorian inn full of comfort and elegance, for a wonderful long weekend at the end of April, 2017. The Red Chair checked in and relaxed in the parlor next to the crackling fire before retiring to the Franklin Grand Suite for the night. After a good night's sleep, Red Chair joined the other guests in the dining room for a full elegant breakfast. Red Chair then lingered over a freshly ground and brewed coffee from a local roaster and enjoyed the historic photos and original artwork throughout the inn. As the temperature warmed a little, the Red Chair found a chance to share adventures on the wrap-around porch with the innkeepers and other guests. The afternoon found Red exploring the City Park Historic District around the bed and breakfast. Red paused to admire many of the historic register homes in the beautiful neighborhood. Inn Keepers Keith & Lori provided the Red Chair with a walking tour map and descriptions to get the most out of the walk with City Park as one of the main points of interest. Red really enjoyed sitting by the City Park Fountain and although the fountain was not on due to the previous night's cool temperature, the sculpture of children playing together, entitled"The Ring", is certainly a beautiful centerpiece to the park. Upon returning to the Inn, Red Chair took a few minutes to enjoy the gardens and mural in the backyard at the Franklin Street Inn. Overall, Red Chair had a full but relaxing first day followed by a Friday night fish fry at one of the many great local restaurants. Over the next few days Red also spent quite a bit of time learning and exploring along the riverfront at Lutz Park on the Fox River. Read more about the Fox River here! Red had such a great time learning all about the history of this unique area and the innkeepers of the Franklin Street Inn were such wonderful hosts that it made it so difficult for Red to move onto the next stop!
Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast
April 23rd - 27th, 2017
In the heart of downtown Waupaca County, WI, sits a historic jewel called the Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast. The Red Chair knew right away that it was in for something special at this stop in Manawa, WI. The Lindsay House was inviting, comfortable, offered delicious breakfasts each morning and over all Red felt incredibly pampered through out this relaxing stay. From strolling around the grounds and gardens, sitting on the wrap around porch sipping tea and enjoying the view to exploring Manawa and learning all (and experiencing) why Manawa is also called Rodeo City! Walking and biking trails surround you, nearby wineries offer tastings of their delicious wines, exploring the Unionville Thresheree grounds, and plenty of scenic spots such as Bear Lake, offer a vista unlike anywhere else. The favorite part of Red's trip has to be gearing up in rodeo duds and checking out the home of the Mid-Western Rodeo, The Greatest Show on Dirt!
Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast
Chippewa Falls, WI
What a wonderful time to be in Wisconsin! The Red Chair was so excited to visit the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast in Chippewa Falls for early springtime. This quiet retreat had breathtaking views, especially from their breakfast room, of Lake Wissota and the home made breakfasts were outstanding! On day one, Red awoke to a fresh, cozy blanket of white snow and thought, "What a perfect morning for a stroll". Red found daffodils making their way up from a winter of sleep and other signs of life emerging around the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast. Throughout the rest of Red's stay there was plenty of downtime, yet there was always something to do when Red felt like exploring the nearby area such as visiting Irving Park with the iconic Band Shell and free zoo! Innkeepers of the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast explained to Red that there were some fantastic wineries nearby and so they spent one whole day wine tasting at the Riverbend Vineyard & Winery, Autumn Harvest Winery, and the O'Neil Creek Winery. They were all so delicious! The Red Chair also visited Lake Wissota Golf and Events with its beautiful stone bridge, Leinenkugel's Brewery & Leinie's Lodge, and spent quite a bit of time exploring on the Old Abe State Trail. Read all about the Red Chair on the Old Abe State trail here. All in all it was a perfect stay at the Pleasant View Bed and Breakfast! From amazing accommodations and wonderful hosts to having so many great wineries, breweries, shopping areas and loads of history nearby, the Red Chair found its recent stay to be pure perfection in early springtime.
Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast
April 4th-8th, 2017
The Red Chair's first stop of 2017 and first host in Wisconsin was the Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Hudson. On the morning Red arrived at this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian B&B, Red was welcomed with the most lavish homemade breakfast and it was delicious! After a tour of the property, Innkeepers MaryEllen and Rich took the Red Chair on a short walk into downtown where there were so many great restaurants and shops along the water. What Red found really unique was that the Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the St. Croix River Valley, the most western part of Wisconsin and right across the river is Minnesota! A few days of hiking and exploring as well as plenty of rest and relaxation was just what our Red Chair needed. What a way to kick off the next leg of the Red Chair Travel journey!