Winnie’s Room is getting a makeover. We are working hard at it. Stay tuned for the final reveal.
The Forst Inn (not to be confused with the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast) located in Tisch Mills, WI about 10 miles north of Two Rivers, WI was originally owned by the Forst family from 1868 until 1990. Once a popular bar and dance hall in the early 1900’s, this historic building was converted to a quaint sandwich theater in 1990 where it hosted popular theater and musical productions until 2014. The Forst Inn has since re-opened under the direction of Michael Sheeks and Catherine Egger, where the venue presents a wide range of theatrical, musical and cultlural events throughout the year. Tickets include table seating with appetizer buffet and dessert. Check out their website at www.forstinn.com for a complete listing of scheduled performances.
We would like to offer a SPECIAL PACKAGE: Book a two night stay at the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast and get two tickets to any performance at the Forst Inn for the price of one ticket. (Buy one, get one free)
Please call me in advance for reservations at 920-793-1794 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It all started when I received an e-mail from Jason at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers Visitor and Convention Bureau asking, “Would you have a room available for a travel writer? Below is his desired information. Let me know. Thanks. Jason” In the past, I have hosted travel writers and was lucky to maybe get mentioned in the last line of the last paragraph.
Brian Clark, a travel writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel arrived. At breakfast he had asked me several questions about the history and architecture of the house. Then he was off to see more attractions in the area. One week later, the article was published in the May 29th issue of the Sunday edition featuring the Red Forest.
I was totally surprised to see that the entire article was about the Red Forest.
Interesting things happen when you have an article published. I heard from past guests and innkeepers that I haven’t seen or talked with for a long time. Of course lots of people calling for reservations because they saw the article. (Which is good!) I even had a guy in the military in Afghanistan call for a gift certificate for his parents. He said that his mother sends him interesting articles from the newspaper, and ours was one of them.
In the words of Elvis: “Thank You, Thank You Very Much!”
Red Forest Bed and Breakfast
This is a question I often get from our guests. Since summer is our busy time, we usually try to get away in the winter time – always seeking out a warm and sunny climate.
We just returned from this year’s vacation, which was a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Holland America ship the Westerdam. We visited the Grand Turks islands first. We sat on the beach, soaked up the sun, and admired the beautiful blue water of the Caribbean. From there we docked at San Juan, Puerto Rico and walked the “Old Town”. The next port was St. Thomas. There we took an excursion where we kayaked the mangrove lagoons, hiked the wildlife preserve, and snorkeled a marine sanctuary. Then on Saturday, when we got off the ship, we had time to kill before our flight. We took a bike tour with the Bumble Bee Bike Tours of Ft. Lauderdale, the “Venice of Florida” and saw Las Olas Blvd., the New River walkway, and the high rent neighborhoods with the mega yacht. We had a beautiful weather the whole trip and came back rested and renewed.
Since we’ve been back, I was thinking, “What type of excursions would people do here in our Manitowoc-Two Rivers area if a cruise ship docked in our port?” Here is a list of things I came up with:
1. We actually do have our own cruise ship that docks in Manitowoc. The S.S. Badger Carferry sails daily during the Summer from Ludington , MI to Manitowoc, WI. Not quite a “cruise ship”, but it is a fun cruise of Lake Michigan. (www.ssbadger.com)
2. Enjoy our beautiful beach at Neshotah Park in Two Rivers. It’s the place to be on a hot summer day.
3. Stroll through our downtowns and enjoy our local history museums. The Historic Washington House, The Hamilton Woodtype Museum, Rahr West Art Museum, and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
4. Rent kayaks and paddle the East & West Twin Rivers or the Manitowoc River. Rentals are available at Shipwreck Adventures (www.shipwreckadventures.com) in Two Rivers or the Manitowoc Marina (www.manitowoc-marina.com) in Manitowoc. Sample a taste of our own Eco Tourism!
5. Rent bikes and explore the Mariners Trail and the Rawley Point Trail. Enjoy the scenic views of Lake Michign and Point Beach State Park.
This is amazing!!! I can do everything here that we did on our trip to the Caribbean. Why would I ever leave home again? I will admit, a long winter does have something to do with leaving Wisconsin. Why not come and visit us this summer and enjoy all that we have to offer in our Manitowoc-Two Rivers area? Checkout the calendar of events at www.manitowoc.info for special events and activities in our area all summer long. Join us and “Coast For A While”
The last contractor finished this past Thursday. We started unpacking the boxes, filling the cupboards, and welcomed our first guests on Friday afternoon. Breakfast was served for the first time from the new kitchen on Saturday, April 18. 48 days from start to finish. Special thank you to Lakeshore Heating and Sheet Metal, Dale Zipperer for the after hour fix of the gas pipe configuration and to Schnell Electric for fitting me in their schedule for the final hook-ups. It was greatly appreciated! Since this was the first time that we have ever done such a big project, I’ve learned that there will be delays beyond your control, but if you try to line everyone up ahead of time to get on their schedule, things will go a lot smoother. Thanks also to Dan’s Plumbing for installing the farmhouse sink and my beautiful Kohler faucet. (Which my husband will never know how much I paid for it). A few more final decorating touches and we are done.
I love my new kitchen and would love to show you how we were able to bring a 108 year old kitchen back to life. Give us a call at 1-888-250-2272 or you can book online at www.redforestbb.com Hope to see you soon!
This past week the work continues…
Glass doors installed; counter top templated for soapstone counters; hardware knobs installed on doors; woodwork around door and windows started as well as baseboard.
The soapstone counter is coming from The Granite Company in Green Bay, WI. www.thegraniteco.com They came to template the counters on Thursday, and on Friday I went up to Green Bay to look at where the templates would be placed on the stone for layout. I’m really excited to see the finished product in my kitchen . It will be installed on Wednesday.
It’s been 31 days since the start of the kitchen renovation. Things are progressing? Things are progressing! Things are progressing…
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.
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 and maid’s pantry were located, and also where the white marble lined sink was. We also hoped that there might have been an original wood floor in the 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.
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
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 truly 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
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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