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The Renovation Continues…

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It’s been 31 days since the start of the kitchen renovation.  Things are progressing?  Things are progressing!  Things are progressing…

Old and new cupboards going back in

To date the floor has been refinished, the cabinet frames are re-installed, the trim work has been started and the microwave and sink are in place.  Today, they are working on installing the doors on the cupboards and the dishwasher was delivered.


     Needless to say, things are still a mess and there is still a lot of work to do. The guys are working really hard and doing a great job. We are hoping that everything will be close to completion by April 15. Stay tuned.

Whitehaven Kohler Kitchen sink, Frigidaire Gallery Microwave

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Our New 108-Year-Old Kitchen

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We are at it again!  Totally renovating another room at the Red Forest.  This room has been pushed aside for a long time, mainly because it is not one of the rooms that the guests use. So after 25 years of operating as a bed and breakfast, the cook and innkeeper get a new kitchen.  That’s me!!!  I am thrilled that we finally decided to go ahead with the project.


I have been planning it in my head for several years, knowing exactly what I would like to have incorporated in this new kitchen. First and foremost it needed to be designed  to the period of the house which was built in 1907. (The current kitchen was redone in the late 60′s or 70′s.) We have original blueprints which shows where  the actual butler’s pantry, and the maid’s pantry were located also where the white marble lined sink was.  We also hoped that there might have been an original wood floor in the kitchen.

The late 60's-70's kitchen


In January, we contacted John De Noyer of De Noyer Woodworking, Manitowoc, WI

( www.denoyers.com).  We talked about the list of things I wanted to have incorporated in this new- old looking  kitchen. 1.  I wanted the cupboards to go all of the way to the top of the ceiling.  2.  I thought we could use the frames of the old cupboards to save some money because the layout was going to be the same.  3. I wanted the doors and drawers of the cupboards to be flush mounted with legs on the bottom. 4. I would like to have a soapstone counter top and a farmhouse sink,  5. and a wood floor!  The more I talked, the more John was understanding what I was trying to achieve, and said, “We can do that!”.  Then we decided to go a little further and replicate woodwork, wainscoting, and baseboards.


They started on March 2.  They removed all of the cupboards and took them to his shop where they will be adding a top bank of cupboards with glass doors and refacing the old .  After that, they will  paint and return.

The cupboards are removed

Original Maple Floor






On March 11 – March 16, our super fantastic wood floor guy

Joe Hauser, Simply Hardwood, Manitowoc, WI (www.simplyhardwoodfloorsmanitowoc.com) did his magic. Under three layers of linolium and one layer of partical board, we found the original maple floor.  Check out the before and after pictures.  It is amazing how he was able to bring this 108 years old floor back to life.  I would highly recommend Joe for any of your wood floor needs.







That is all I have to report for now, check back soon for another update on the kitchen. During the renovation, the Red Forest will be closed.  We will hopefully be ready to re-open by April 12.  We would love to take your reservations for this spring and summer by either online from our website at www.redforestbb.com or phone 920-793-1794.


Kay Rodewald, Red Forest Bed and Breakfast, Two Rivers, WI





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Red Forest B&B on the WBBA Directory Cover for 2015 & 2016

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What a nice surprise!!!  This past November at the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association convention Kris Ullmer called my name and unveiled the cover picture of the new WBBA Directory for 2015 & 2016. It is a picture of our foyer and stairway looking from the front door.  The funny part is when our photographer Greg from Paramount Pixels took the picture, I said, “Greg, I think that is the “Money Shot”, and I was right.  It is truely an honor to be selected to represent such a wonderful organization of Wisconsin innkeepers.  If you would like a copy of the 2015 & 2016 WBBA Directory check out your nearest visitor information center or request a copy at info@WisconsinBandB.com

Red Forest Bed and Breakfast on WBBA Directory Cover for 2015 & 2016



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A New Purchase at the Red Forest

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We recently bought ” two sets” . . .


Two sets of what?


2 TV sets? – No – We have flat screen cable TV’s and DVD players in every guest room plus a 40″ flatscreen in the common area.


2 sets of sheets or towels? – No – Not this time.  Even though I am constantly upgrading the linens.


2 sets of dishes - No -I have plenty of those.


It’s a very important part of every bed and breakfast.  Without it, you only have “breakfast”.  Did you guess?


Yes,  we bought 2 new sets of matresses from Verlo Matress Company, in Manitowoc, WI


 I felt since the bed is half of the “B&B Experience” , I needed to make sure they are all top notch comfort.  In our 24 years of operation, all of our matresses have been replaced.  Do other B&B’s replace their matresses?  I’m not sure, you might want to ask .  This is our way of assuring our guests that they will be sleeping like a king and queen.


We would like to invite you to stay and see for yourself when I say, “Experience the Charm, Feel the Difference”


Call me at 888-250-2272 or go to our website at www.redforestbb.com to make a reservation online.


See you soon,


Kay & Alan

Red Forest Bed and Breakfast

Two Rivers, WI

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Riding With Friends

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Rawley Point Light House Point Beach State Park

We took the last bike ride of the season along the Rawley Point Bike Trail with our good friends Ken & Carol Sitkiewitz, Ken Krueger and my husband Alan.  This was our first bike ride with our long time friends.  It was a beautiful crisp fall day.  After stopping at the Rawley Point Lighthouse for a photo opt,  we headed to Port Sandy Bay for pizza and a beer.  Where we joined our other friends Fred & Carol Thomas, and Barb KruegerPort Sandy Bay is conveniently located a short distance from the bike trail.  As usual, we had a great afternoon with our friends and look forward to the next time we get together.  Aren’t “Good Friends”a true blessing of life!  Thanks guys, we love you!  

Biking with Friends




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The First Blooms of Spring …

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To me the First Blooms of Spring is like the “First Gift of Christmas”.  This has been a  unusually cool spring which has put everything in my flower garden at least two weeks behind .  This is June 20, and my Lilacs  are still in full bloom. The beautiful aroma  of the Lilac flowers as you walk past the bush  makes me stop for another smell.  I said to my husband Alan, “I think this is what Heaven smells like”.   Typically, because of our location,  being close to Lake Michigan also helps to delay our season.  I’m guessing a few warm days will get everything in full bloom.   

If flowers and flower gardens are your thing,  stop by at the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast to see my garden.  Also check out the beautiful West of the Lake Gardens in Manitowoc.  This 6 acre estate of the late Ruth and John West was created in 1934 and features rose garden, Japanese sunken and formal gardens with more than 900 feet of herbaceous borders with colorful annuals.  The garden is located along Lake Michigan’s coastline and the Mariners Trail.  Sit back and

    “Coast for awhile”


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Check out the Final Results of our 2013 redecorating!

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The last picture has been hung, and we are ready for a busy summer of welcoming guests.  We have a refreshed Dinning Room with a new Pottery Barn rug Adeline .  Old carpeting removed from the hallway, stairs and foyer area and replaced with carpet from Carpets Plus, Manitowoc.  Hardwood floors refinished by Joe Hauser, Simply Hardwood, Manitowoc.  The large rug in the foyer (which I love and was my inspiration for the whole redecorating) is Pottery Barn rug Cecil.  The fireplace furniture is from Ashley Furniture – Wilkins-Canyon.  The paint and wallpaper is from Sherwin Williams .  The wallpaper border in the living room is Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers – Natural Arcadia.  The living room couch and love seat is Broyhill from Bitter Neumann, Manitowoc


 My other inspiration piece is a print of the Christmas Tree Ship – the Rouse Simmons  entitles “Yuletide Cargo” by maritime artist Eric Forsberg. I love it, Thank You Eric!  A piece of Two Rivers History lives on.  The Rouse Simmons was transporting christmas trees from Upper Michigan to Chicago.  They were caught in a bad storm and sank off of the shores of Two Rivers in Lake Michigan on November 23, 1912.


You are welcome to come and see for yourself the newly redecorated Red Forest Bed .  We love working with our old house and transforming it to show it’s true beauty of select woods and stained glass.  Hope to see you soon!



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Re-decorating Update

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Original Oak floor

Oak Stairway minus the green carpeting






Livingroom primed and ready for wallpaper

Things have been moving at a good pace.  It has been about four weeks since we started this project.  The old carpet is out.  The  red oak floors in the three rooms will be refinished starting Monday, March 18.  This weekend Alan and I will be wallpapering the livingroom.  Usually, whenever we attempt a wallpapering job, my Mother is our referee. Unfortunately, she is still in Arizona.  She offered to send a roll of tape.  Not sure if it is for my mouth or Alan’s.   Wish us Luck! 


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A Redecorating Facelift for the Red Forest

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Alan patching


My Husband Alan’s famous words: “But we did that already” and my answer, “Yes, but that was 23 years ago”.  The plaster cracks needed to be repaired and the carpeting needed to be replaced, so we are at it again!  Alan is on the ladder patching and painting.  Trying to get it done as soon as possible so it doesn’t interfer too much with his ice fishing plans.  We are in the middle of redecorating the dinning room, reception room and stairway, and living room areas.  We will be lifting up carpet and having Joe at www.simplyhardwoodfloorsmanitowoc.com  refinish the wood floors in all three rooms.  Re-carpeting the stairway with a runner and exposing the oak steps.  Paint in the dinning room and reception room. 


 When I look at the challenge of redecorating a house that is 106 years old, I always try to imagine how it might have been originally.  After pulling a burlap type covering off of a section of the ceiling, I was pleased to find that the color I had picked out for the walls in that area was the same color that was under the paper.  Bingo, right on target!  We will also be re-wallpapering the living room area.  In this room, I am using a Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper(www.bradbury.com) boarder call ArcadiaBradbury & Bradbury wallpaper is known for it’s original Arts and Craft historic designs. 

Dinning room repainted

I know several repeat guests that are familiar with the B&B will  say there wasn’t anything wrong with it the way it was.  I can guarantee it will be even better than before.  So, If you are curious and interested in our progress, stay tuned.  I will keep posting pictures of our progress.   Once we are done, I would like to invite you to come and see us at the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast and let us know how we did.

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Our Pilgrimage to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, Mill Run, PA

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Falling Water, Mill Run , PA



August 2012, I took a few days away from the inn and traveled with my daughter Jody, and friend Kris to Mill Run, PA to see the infamous Falling Water” www.falllingwater.org   The Frank Lloyd Wright house built as a vacation home for the Kaufman family from Pittsburg, PA.  The house is a true Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in art and architectureIt was amazing

Sunset at the Historic Summit Inn Resort, Farmington, PA





While we were there, we stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort, Farmington, PA  www.summitinnresort.com Built in 1907 this historic inn with grand verandas looking down upon a beautiful valley with the  most spectacular sunsets imaginable.  I highly recommend the trip.


Through the years, we’ve traveled to other FLW properties throughout the country.  Now, it is your turn to travel to our Manitowoc-Two Rivers Area to get your fix of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Running from June 9 – August 4th the Rahr-West Art Museum  www.rahrwestartmuseum.org  will have an exhibit entitled Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior.  This is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses often considered his greatest architectural accomplishments. 


By the way, did you know that Two Rivers is the home of a Frank Lloyd Wright house?  The Bernard Schwartz House, “Still Bend, www.theschwartzhouse.com  built in 1939 after  an article published in the Sept. 26, 1938 Life magazine featuring the design.  If you would like to tour  “Still Bend”, here is the 2013 Tour Schedule.  Sunday, Feb 3, 3:00, Sunday, April 17, 3:00, Sunday, June 2, 3:00, Saturday, June 15, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00, and Saturday, June 22, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00.   Admission is $10.00 per person and the tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.  Please call in advance for tickets.  Also, check out my website at www.redforestbb.com under specials for my “Wright Way Package” .   


We hope that you will include the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast in your vacation plans as you plan your trip this summer. 


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