We stayed at the Lake Orchard Farm B&B July 26-28 in Doris' Room. The drive along Lake Michigan was beautiful -- coming from Milwaukee, I forget all the lush green space Wisconsin has to offer!
Pulling into the Lake Orchard B&B, the first thing you see is a very well maintained working farm. The cows are grazing or peeking out from the barn. Checking into the main house you find a lovely seating area and then the community room which has a small bar, refrigerator/freezer and pool table. We met Mary who was very warm and welcoming. We briefly met Nate who was very friendly.
Walking into Doris' Room, I was pleasantly surprised at how big, spacious, clean and comfortable the room was. I instantly went "ahhhhhh". This room was sooo much cleaner than my own house!! :) We spent the first hour or so driving around a golf cart and played a few holes of "farm golf" -- an unique and very cool and fun idea!! Especially for people like me who are horrible golfers -- it was truly fun! We had a bottle of wine with us and it was a blast! I especially loved getting close to the gorgeous cows on one of the holes.
We wanted a "true Wisconsin fish fry" experience and Mary recommended Rupp's on Washington - what a GREAT recommendation. The restaurant/bar was exactly what I love most about Wisconsin - friendly people, good drinks and many laughs. Buzz the bartender makes a mean brandy old-fashioned! We both had the fish fry - the cod and the perch - the cod was especially delicious, but so was the perch.
Our first night's sleep was pretty heavenly. The sleep number bed was very comfortable, and the bedding plush and soft. And not a noise could be heard!! It was sooo quiet!! We woke up, grabbed some coffee from the community room and waited anxiously for our first breakfast. Mary delivered to our room some really good farm cooking -- I have to say she has some mad cooking/baking skills!! Sometimes "breakfast included" means some stale danish, or some cereal -- not at Lake Orchard! Each morning we had a freshly-baked egg bake with veggies and cheese and herbs! We also had some brulee'd grapefruit which is my new favorite thing in the world, some watermelon and fresh raspberries. AND don't get me started on the coffee cake!!!!! Each morning, a different slice of warm, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth coffee cake -- truly made with love and great ingredients.
Saturday, we went into Sheboygan and it was too cold to kayak but there was plenty to do. Prior to going to dinner, we enjoyed a soak in the lovely hot tub with a bottle of wine, listening to music -- it was awesome!!! We had dinner at Trattoria Stefano which was very very good, but I must visit again to explore the menu some more.
Saturday night we got a solid 10 hours of sleep - woke up refreshed and enjoyed another delicious breakfast. Then Maggie the dog joined us on a walk down by the lake. She's a very friendly dog and made missing my 2 dogs at home easier. We also were chaperoned around by Pepper the little black/white cat - we love animals so didn't mind the furry escorts at all.
Then, we had to check out and say goodbye to Lake Orchard B&B. I HIGHLY recommend this B&B for long weekend! We came back so relaxed and recharged and loved spending some quiet time together.
Thank you Mary and Nate for opening your home/farm to us! We hope to visit again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our sixth generation farm is your perfect couple's retreat. Our historical, picturesque setting will put your mind and body at ease. With opportunities for recreation on site and nearby, you can reconnect and recharge however you see fit. ... more less