The SpaceGuest Accommodations
Our home is an early 1900’s historic home and we have kept the flavor of that era in our restoration efforts. The house has original wood floors and woodwork, mostly antique furnishings and a claw foot tub in the bathroom.
The guest suite includes two rooms upstairs, a bedroom and living room space. The bedroom (the ‘Barn Room’) has a dresser and small table, and full size bed. The living space (the ‘Game Room’) has a desk, comfortable reading chair, fold out futon couch and games. We don’t have a TV in the house – as part of creating an unplugged atmosphere, but can set you up to watch DVDs on a small flat screen if you like.
Bathroom facilities include a full bathroom on the first floor (tub only - no shower), and a composting outhouse with a contemplative view. In the first floor bathroom you can kick back in the tub and soak with a view of the prairie.
Our shower is outside, with a wide open view of the prairie! We have shampoo, conditioner, a hair drier and towels for your use.
A country breakfast option is available any morning except Sunday and include: buckwheat pancakes (gluten free option available), scrambled eggs with veggies, locally made pork sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. $10 per person, let me know if you are interested in this option when you book.
LGBT owned and friendly home!
We have avoided logging our forest so that there will again be big (old growth) trees on this landscape. We are also restoring a remnant savanna, and have planted farm fields to prairie plants. Its working - we have lots of wildlife! You can see bears, deer, fox, fisher, raccoon, eagles, owls, fireflies, diverse insect species, and many more critters.
We invite you to come rejuvenate in the fresh air, bird song and beauty. Guest AccessYou are welcome to use the kitchen for cooking and there is a small fridge designated for guest use as well. The kitchen is stocked with the basic pots, pans and implements. Outside there is a grill and wood for grilling – we find the flavor from a wood fired barbecue to be outstanding.
The front porch is a classic for relaxing and playing music, and if you are a musician, there is a guitar and jembe drum available for your use. We have a small fire pit in the yard and wood available if you want to enjoy an evening fire. Interaction with GuestsWe are usually around working in the garden or tending trees in our small, start-up tree nursery, and are happy to give you directions or ideas for activities. When I am away from the farm I will provide you with a cell number to call in case you need anything. The NeighborhoodActivities in the Area - this area offers a unique blend of cultural and natural adventure possibilities!
OUTDOOR NATURE ACTIVITIES:
Tours of local wildflowers and/or birds can be arranged in advance.
The Chippewa River
The Chippewa River is a large and mostly wild river just 10 minutes from the homestead. A great way to spend a hot afternoon is canoeing or kayaking down the Chippewa. You can borrow our canoes or rent them from a local outfitter (which includes a pick up at your pull out point). Portions of the river travel through the Tiffany Wildlife Area (see below).
Tiffany Wildlife Area
The Tiffany Wildlife Area is one of the largest preserves (13,000 acres) in Wisconsin can be accessed from several locations with only 10-15 minute drive. It is an excellent area for hiking, birding, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing, and hunting. The Chippewa Savanna chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts hosts birding and wildlife viewing tours via a small train that runs through a section of the area. (URL HIDDEN)
We have many artists and musicians in our community and as a result there are opportunities to see hear live music and see local art. The following is a listing of some of the venues:
Liberty Tree Farm
Liberty Tree Farm is a rustic, relaxed event venue just outside the village of Stockholm, WI, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The main stage is built into the end of an old barn with a grassy meadow serving as the seating area. Benches and picnic tables are situated in the shade of the trees and warmth of the sun. The inside of the barn also has a stage and seating for rainy days and more intimate performances. Trails, dotted with sitting areas, meander through a wooded landscape, connecting open spaces suitable for all manner of celebrations. Concerts, large and small, give folks a chance to visit spring, summer and fall. For more information and concert listings see (URL HIDDEN)
Fresh Art Tour
June 3, 4 and 5, 2016
The 17th annual Fresh Art Tour features 16 studios and galleries throughout the villages and countryside of the strikingly beautiful Pepin and Pierce Counties of Western Wisconsin. Your spirits will be lifted and you will find artists' studios that are 'off the beaten track' as you travel along the Great River Road and wind through the hills. The tour is self-guided.
Stockholm Art Fest
July 16, 2016
For over 40 years now artists have been filling the lovely Stockholm Village Park overlooking Lake Pepin on the third Saturday each July. On Saturday, July 16 this year the charming little village of Stockholm will once again host one of the best art fairs around — over 100 juried artists with exceptional art including paintings, jewelry, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, leather, photography and more. Food vendors entice you with many locally made and unusual offerings such as wood fired pizza, portabella mushroom sandwiches, locally roasted coffee and a variety of food choices! Talented regional musicians perform onstage throughout the day, and there are activities for children as well. (URL HIDDEN)
Blues on the Chippewa
Each year, the first weekend in August, numerous musicians and music-lovers from all over the country gather in Durand, WI. 2016's Blues on the Chippewa will be held August 5-7.
The Wide Spot Performing Arts Center
WideSpot offer a wide variety of music, theater and performance art in a welcoming venue with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and recording equipment. From WideSpot’s signature productions such as Goin’ Coastal! Live Audience Radio Variety Show, WideSpot Players and WideSpot Junior Players community theater, to nationally- and regionally-known talents such as Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard, Sue Orfield, Mu Daiko and The Jimmys.
Food and Shopping
Nearby river towns have many excellent and unique restaurants.
The Harbor View, (URL HIDDEN) established in 1908, has a 5 star rating. They provide eclectic food in a congenial and casual atmosphere. High quality, fresh ingredients go into everything they make: from homemade soups and breads, to seafood, meat and vegetarian entrees, to show-stopping desserts.
Cuccina Cuci (URL HIDDEN) offers Italian fare,
The Pickle Factory (URL HIDDEN) is an excellent choice for Friday night fish fry or a burger, and on a deck with a great view of Lake Pepin.
Villa Bellezza (URL HIDDEN) is a new Winery in Pepin. where you can visit their tasting room to sample their wines.
The Pie shop (URL HIDDEN) is a fun old time country store setting for coffee, pie and lunch!
Bogus Creek (URL HIDDEN) offers excellent breakfast and lunch meals with either cozy inside seating or outside garden tables in the summer.
Hit the Smiling Pelican Bakery (URL HIDDEN) has unbelievable cakes, pies and cookies; also Quiche and sandwiches. Enjoy your food on their covered porch in a garden setting.
Check out the Six String Salon for live music. (URL HIDDEN)
When you book with us we will be happy to tell you about other opportunities in the area based on your interests. Other Things to NoteThe beauty of this place is the remote location, but that means it is also a drive to get to town if you need anything. A reminder to bring special food, medications, or other items you need to be comfortable.