By Mel Grau
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Some vacationers seek out Bed & Breakfasts for their history, homey amenities or top-notch hospitality. But for the true foodies out there, B&Bs also offer a culinary getaway you can’t get at just any restaurant.
Wisconsin’s B&B’s win the farm-to-table trend, with a few inns actually located on picturesque working farms. Other B&B hosts double as award-winning chefs or bakers, with no detail left untouched from the first course to the last.
Explore one (or all!) of these Wisconsin destinations that put the “breakfast” in B&Bs.
You’ll get a blue ribbon-winning breakfast served however you please at the Honeybee Inn. You can devour freshly baked cinnamon rolls on your veranda or ask for coffee cake to go if you’re in a rush. However, we recommend eating by candlelight in the dining room to enjoy every last bite of the gourmet spread available.
Foodies will also love the inn’s small, but scrumptious, touches: warm cookies when you arrive and fresh popcorn at night.
Everything about Journey Inn is sustainable, revitalizing and natural, including the food. You’ll marvel at the seasonally-inspired gourmet brunch made from organic, whole food, and sourced from local farms. You might have zucchini cheese cornmeal squares in the fall or a flavorful frittata made with winter greens and root veggies.
Work off your full stomach exploring the 66-acre grounds, including a restorative prairie labyrinth, or bike near the Mississippi.
Farm-to-table is not a trend at Wellspring; it is the way of life. Wellspring is a CSA (community shared agriculture) farm, B&B and ecological retreat. Casual and community-based, Wellspring invites guests to learn more about seasonal, local food in cooking classes and workshops.
Breakfast at the B&B features farm fresh eggs and organic produce grown on the farm. After breakfast, wander the greenhouses, gardens, hives and even chicken coops to see what all went into your meal.
Named to honor the cyclists who pedal the Glacial Drumlin State Trail nearby, Pedal’rs Inn seeks to replenish the hungry visitor. You’ll wake to a four-course breakfast on weekends, starting off with sorbet and finishing with homemade dessert. The courses in between are creative combinations of locally-sourced fare and award-winning recipes, like the Cherry Cordial Panna Cotta.
You’ll wonder how you can sneak back in so you can enjoy breakfast again and again.
Channel your inner Brit at the McCormick House. With an English breakfast served on iconic Wedgwood white bone china, you’ll feel as though you were dining in historic high society London.
Ingredients like imported English spices, Wiltshire cured bacon and bangers add authenticity to the traditional meal. If that’s not enough, the meat is prepared by a British butcher in the U.S. Delight in the hearty meal, then stroll around McCormick’s English gardens to savor the whole experience.