Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Historic Getaway

Being the time of year when we think of romantic things to do, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite spots to go for a weekend getaway with my husband--The Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Of course, one of the things that attracts me to the place is its history and the feeling of taking a journey back to a simpler time. 

Washington House Inn
Cedarburg, WI
One of the things that draws me to historic homes and buildings is the connection with the past that is evoked when in their presence.  It is almost as if the stories of those that went before us can be heard.  To me, it's like taking a journey into the past. I often find myself imagining what the daily lives of those that lived and worked in these places were like.  I guess that is one of the many reasons I enjoy staying at the Washington House Inn located in the Washington Avenue Historic District and listed on the National Register for Historic Places.  Walking the streets of this lovely town is like stepping back in time.  When you enter the Washington House Inn, there is for a moment a feeling that you have been transported back into the late 1800s.  This delightful inn was built in 1886--though its origins go back as far as 1846.  It is a peaceful place with beautiful, tranquil, and clean rooms decorated in Victorian or country themes.

Country Room
Washington House Inn
The present inn was built in the Victorian style and replaced an earlier frame structure.  It operated as a hotel until the 1920s and was converted into apartments and shops thereafter.  In 1983 the hotel was brought back to its original purpose and became a bed and breakfast.  The public rooms of the hotel are decorated in Victorian style.      

I personally like the country rooms, some of which are in the second floor of the Greek Revival building next door, with their walls exposed to reveal the old stone and mortar.  True to the Greek Revival architectural style, these rooms exemplify the simplicity of decorating and one is brought back to a simpler time.  Oh, and that's not to mention the comfortable beds--truly a modern amenity--and luxurious linens that make for a most tranquil of night's sleep.

Dining Room
Washington House Inn
The dining room is a peaceful and charming place to sit and relax.  There is a wine and cheese social hour in the evenings from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for guests staying at the hotel.  It is a lovely time to sit and chat and guests do often visit with one another.  Breakfast is served for guests from 7:00-10:00 a.m. with delicious home-made goodies, granola cereal (my favorite), various breads for toasting, and a delightful selection of juices as well as tea and coffee.  I must say that the dining room is one of my all-time favorite spots to just sit and relax. 

The staff is always friendly and most accommodating.  Recipes from breakfast are shared with guests so they can experience a little of the Washington House Inn even after they return home.  The innkeeper, Wendy Porterfield, makes sure that any special needs one may have is met on each returning visit.  It is these little touches that keep me coming back year after year.  If you're interested in staying at the inn you can find more information here  Enjoy your visit!

Cedar Creek Settlement
Cedarburg, WI
While staying in Cedarburg there are many historic sites to take in.  There are 216 buildings in Cedarburg  that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Of course the Cedar Creek Settlement, the location of the former Cedarburg Woolen Mill, is a wonderful place to visit.  There you'll find the Cedar Creek Winery with a wine tasting room and tour. You can also sit and look out at the river and dam while you enjoy lunch at the Creme and Crepe Cafe.   

While strolling down the street or along the river don't forget to take in all the beautiful architectural buildings and homes.  Many of the buildings in the historic district that were built between the 1840s and early 1900s were built in the vernacular style utilizing locally mined limestone and fieldstone. You will also find Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian architecture.  Shops, coffee houses, restaurants and businesses line the street.  I always stop at "From the Heart" to see her whimsical seasonal items.  Cedarburg is truly a historic treasure just a half-hour's drive from Milwaukee, WI.

This Looks Like Home!    

For more information about historic homes in the Fox River Valley contact:

Marian McCoy Boveri, Real Estate Consultant
Specializing in Historic Homes
Keller Williams Fox Valley Realty, 847-308-2424

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(An old Irish blessing.)