Category Archives: Manawa Wisconsin

Snowshoeing Mosquito Hill Style

January 19, 2014 by Judy Trull

snowshoeing and other fun 084This year I thought that instead of just blogging about things in the third person, it was time to get out and experience some of them for myself.  So with that in mind, the first adventure for my year of experiencing the countryside around us in a new way, was to snowshoe.  Mosquito Hill Nature Center, just outside of New London, Wisconsin is offering  Serious Snowshoe Sundays in January and February from Noon to 3 p.m., it seemed like a good beginning.  You can take the entire 8 week course, and to be honest as a newbie that seemed a bit daunting, so I decided just to go for one Sunday to see how it went. When we arrived, we paid our fee at the office and then after chatting with some folks around us, some were newbies and some had gone snowshoeing in the past, the class began. The word class sounds so formal, it was really Mary and Don talking to us about the trails, and the snowshoes, that it is important to stay well hydrated on the trail and to be dressed appropriately for the temperatures, followed by some light stretching to ready our bodies for the trail that lay before us.    After getting our snowshoes, then the task of putting on the snowshoes was at times a bit comical, but for the most part did rather well.  Within the small group of the 4 of us, we have varying skill levels, Diana and I who had never gone snowshoeing…ever, and Ann who snowshoes several times a season, and Barb who has been snowshoeing since 1999ish, and both Ann and Barb can snowshoe close to where they live as well.  Thankfully, Barb thought it might be helpful for me to have a set of poles, which Don kindly loaned me and adjusted for me as well.  I must say I think the poles made for more stability with the snowshoes.  Anyone who has walked beside me, knows that walking a straight line is a challenge for me with regular shoes, let alone snow shoes, so the poles were a welcome addition.  It was a brisk, bright day and the entire group (class) set off on the trail.  We kept to the back of the pack, so that we could visit with one another as we worked our way along the trail.  Deer tracks were plentiful and the day was beautiful and still, except for the folks snowmobiling on the river and the sound of our own voices, which all seemed so small compared to the gorgeous day in the woods.  The decision was ours as to how far we went on the trails and I believe we wound up doing approximately 1.5 miles of the trails, we were out on the trails about 1.75 hours.  There were those people who returned before us and those who came in after us.  There were light snacks and bottled water provided as well, so you could refuel upon your return.  We all enjoyed ourselves, and I would go again for sure.  Mosquito Hill has snowshoe rental available, so if you have thought you have to put a lot of upfront costs into snowshoes and gear, you really don’t.  So thank you Mary Swifka for checking on us on the trail, and thank you Diana, Ann and Barb….I had a blast and it was such fun! MHNC-SnowshoeTrails2010-11

Tammy’s Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback

February 4, 2013 by Judy Trull

When we purchased the Lindsay House 8+ years ago, I was excited to be part of a small community as well as part of a thriving business community.  I met Tammy through the Manawa Chamber of Commerce and liked her right away.  What’s not to like, she is a massage therapist and passionate about her client’s ultimate health and incorporating her extensive knowledge and she is hungry to learn more to be able to better assist them to that end.  Tammy and I have worked together off and on over the time that we have owned our Bed and Breakfast, we always want to offer a full relaxation experience and massage fits right into that philosophy.

Tammy talks to her clients’ regarding any areas of concern or pain that they have prior to beginning their massage, and many people may not know that she offers different types of massages as well.

Guests will sometimes request that the massages take place here at the Inn, and we set up a common area upstairs and screen it off so that it offers more privacy, and guests enjoy that Tammy will visit the Inn and give them their massages right here.

If you would like to add a therapeutic massage with Tammy to your stay at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, mention it when your making your reservation by phone, or when booking on-line just add it into the special requests field.

For those of you who are more local, contact Tammy at Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback give her a call at 920-878-0123 to schedule your massage.  Tammy Total Harmony-Massage & Biofeedback is also on Facebook, and you can visit her website at http://www.totalharmony.vpweb.com/.

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Swedish Massage

This is a very light effleurage over the entire body that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.  After a hard days work this is an excellent massage to receive to relieve the tension that builds up throughout the day. 

30 min. – $35        60 min. – $55

Neuromuscular / Deep Tissue Therapy

This technique is an evaluation of various muscles.  Depending on what is ailing you, Tammy is trained to use specific techniques to determine the most effective protocols to follow that will assist in your recovery.

30 min. – $50        60 min. – $65

Raindrop Therapy

Using 9 essential oils and“raining” them along the spine and using specific massage techniques these oils are blended into the skin, then, by applying heat the oils are activated to relieve deep muscle tension.

                             60 min. – $75

Cranial Sacral Therapy

This technique is working with the subtle stimuli of the cranial rhythms and how they affect the cranial bones, soft tissue and fascia.  With no more pressure than the weight of a nickel, this work is light and gentle yet very effective.

30 min. – $50        60 min. – $65

Stone Therapy

Hot and cold stones, along with essential oils are used in this technique. It is a one of a kind massage that takes 1 ½ to complete. The rocks that I have collected come from rivers and the ocean and they have a rhythm of their own that will bring your body into a harmony of wellness.

                             90 min. – $120


Romance….Manawa style!

February 3, 2013 by Judy Trull

You Have My Heart, Sweet Valentine LoveThere are a few things happening in the Manawa area for this season of love. Perhaps your planning on celebrating on the day, or maybe the weekend before or the weekend after.  Whenever you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share with you some offerings in our area to help with the celebration.

Smith’s Manawa Steak House, who we have mentioned on our blog in past posts, and also they are our restaurant of choice when offering our Romance Packages.  To that end that they are offering the following specials for Valentine’s Day.  If you’ve never experienced a meal at the Steak House, just let me say, the conversation is lively, the portions are large and they offer awesome service.

24 oz Rib-eye for Two

8 oz. Tenderloin & 6 oz Lobster for Two

Seafood Alfredo for Two

Ribs & Shrimp for Two

Shrimp Feast for Two- 2 Stuffed, 8 broiled, 8 battered, 10 skewered shrimp

Tammy’s Total Harmony – Massage, & Biofeedback is offering champagne and strawberries to be enjoyed while you relax with a thirty minute massage for each of you ($70.00 total).

The Flower Pot offers beautiful arrangements and of course the quintessential red roses for that special someone.

Here at the Lindsay House we have a few special things planned…..chocolate truffles and a long stemmed rose awaiting you in your room.   In the morning, a beverage tray outside your door and prelude to a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room, complete with candlelight and soft music.

Enjoy Valentine’s day in beautiful Manawa, located in the heart of Waupaca County!

“Life is moving fast…if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile…you could miss it”

November 9, 2012 by Judy Trull

I have been thinking quite a bit about how life can change in an instant, in those moments your life becomes something new, perhaps something you never even planned on, but there it is all the same, not good, not bad….just different.  The thing is, is that in those moments, when all we want to do is return to what is familiar, that change can be the most challenging.  Those people in your life, family, friends, acquaintances that come along side you in those moments are such a blessing.  To know that even in some of the dimmest places we are thought of, cared for and loved…that is truly amazing.  I challenge you to stay connected or reconnect with those you love.  You may be thinking that your as connected as you have always been, and you might be right.  Perhaps it’s simply having friends over for dinner for no reason at all, unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of the day, meeting a friend for coffee to catch up on their life.  I always think a bed and breakfast can be a part of reconnecting, a weekend or even an evening away from the to do list can be just what is needed.  Whatever you choose to do….remember…..life is moving fast…if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile…you could miss it!

 

 

*title of this blogpost is taken from a hilarious movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Lights….Camera…….Action!

September 27, 2012 by Judy Trull

 

We recently have had the opportunity to work with the New London Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of a benefit that they offer to their members (that would be us!).  It is an introduction of sorts, introducing you and your business to the New London area via the video, interview process.  Now I have to tell you, I have never been thrilled with the idea of being on camera, however, am stoked about getting the message out there about our Bed and Breakfast and what we are about, and dispelling some of the myths and preconceived ideas that people have about bed and breakfasts.  So here is our video, I would like to thank Laurie Shaw, the New London Chamber Director and also to Dick Johnson and the City of New London for getting the word out about the businesses that are affiliated with the New London Chamber. So please put your trays and seat backs in their upright positions and get ready for take off…and please remember to keep your hands and feet inside the moving car!  And let the show begin!

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Peak Fall Color in Central Waupaca County a.k.a. What the “leaf peepers” saw!

September 15, 2012 by Judy Trull

 

 

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year already for the annual fall colors, and here in Central Waupaca County they are magnificent.  This has been an odd year for weather to say the very least, which does impact the fall colors, how early or late they change and how brilliant they are as well.  There are several sources to find out when the fall colors will be at their peak http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report is a great resource to utilize for travel any time of year.

Also http://www.foliagenetwork.net/ for travels not only within the State of Wisconsin, but also for any “leaf peeper” travel throughout the U.S.  There are country roads with brilliant colors on either sides of the roads meandering through quaint small towns and villages, dotted with coffee shops, bakeries, the quintessential supper club and parks, rivers, lakes, bike trails and much, much more.  Come out and explore all that Waupaca County has to offer, stay with us right here in Manawa, located “in the heart of Waupaca County” at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, where the joy of living is served daily.

 

Tellock’s Hill Woods

September 2, 2012 by Judy Trull

Hepatica nobilisTrillium with Bishop´s CapDutchman´s Breeches

 

We have learned of a spot within several miles of our bed and breakfast that is a true “climax” forest.  The climax forest is the final growth stage showing the most mature trees.  As the trees grow older, they die and topple to the ground, which adds more layers to the already thick decaying matter on the floor of the woods, which gives life to the next round of flowers and trees.  The trees can range up to 120 feet high and 200 years in age, and beneath the trees lay beautiful woodland wildflowers. Trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, the Trout Lily, Hepaticas and Bishops Cap to name a few.   There are rare tree frogs, and red backed and blue spotted salamanders as well. Tellock’s Hill Woods was designated a State Natural Area in 1972 by the Tellock family. Another treasure in our own backyard, what else will we discover just over the next hill or around the next curve right here in our own Waupaca County?

 

Things to think on

August 3, 2012 by Judy Trull

I haven’t blogged in awhile as have been busy with work, life and the Inn, not necessarily in that order.  That got me to thinking about our guests and friends and family and how crazy busy their lives get as well.  What a unique situation we find ourselves in as Innkeepers, in that we are able to help people to reconnect and unplug….we can only help them if they will let us.  I have often said that reconnecting and relaxing are becoming harder and harder to come by these days.  Oh sure, we have the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and all manner of ways to keep in touch with those we care about.  That one on one, face to face time is what is seemingly lost through our life.  I believe that people are looking for that way to reconnect, even if they don’t think that is what is missing.  That time to unwind with those we love and care about, and just chat about the things that are happening within our world and our lives.  A Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place for just such reconnecting, we offer a calm, quiet place to do just that.  Whether it’s sitting on the front porch, laughing and enjoying the evening, or it’s having a friendly game night in the parlor or watching a movie together, it is all time well spent.  You also have space to get away by yourself and hang out and rest.  All of that, plus snacks and a full gourmet breakfast and what a wonderful time can be had.  I also wanted to share with you some musings from an email that I received from a very dear friend.  These thoughts are those of 90 year old Regina Brett, these are just some of the 45 lessons that life has taught her, something to learn from those around us for sure.

1.  Life is too short, enjoy it!

2.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

3.  Don’t compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.

4.  Take a deep breath, it calms the mind.

5.  Whatever doesn’t kill you, really does make you stronger.

6.  It’s never too late to be happy, but it’s all up to you and no one else.

7.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, never take no for an answer.

8.  Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie, don’t save it for a special occassion, today is special!

9.  The best is yet to come.

and finally…..

Believe in Miracles!

 

I hope you make it a great day!

 

Lobsterfest

June 20, 2012 by Judy Trull

 

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So you have to admit, the thought of being able to attend Lobsterfest in a small town in Central Wisconsin, is a pretty unique thing.  Yes of course, we all know that there are other Lobsterfest’s around the country, and even national chain restaurants have them occasionally.  Shaunie B’s,  in Ogdensburg ( affectionately called “The Burg” in these parts) is going to be having their first annual Lobsterfest July 14th, from 4 p.m. to ?.  There will be live music, a corn roast, steak and the stars of the show, steamed and grilled fresh, whole, Maine lobsters and I am sure plenty of delicious, melted Wisconsin butter for dipping.  I will also say that Maine lobster is absolutely succulent and flavorful and just downright yummy, the thought of it is making my mouth water.  Enjoying it in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere is also part of the fun.  Bring your friends and come on out to Shaunie B’s on July 14th and relax with a lobster and a brew, and not necessarily in that order, after all this is Wisconsin!

*Contact them at 920-244-7816 ,they are located at 408 Main Street in Ogdensburg

 

Little Creek Music Festival

June 7, 2012 by Judy Trull

You have to love any event that is associated with the phrase “the music goes on forever, the party never ends”.  This is the mantra of the Little Creek Music Festival, this Saturday June 9, 2012, from Noon until Midnight.  See The Arkdale Ramblers, Loose Strings, The Heartland String Band, and of course my personal favorite, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, which is such a great name and who else would or could put out their latest CD “Pig Tails and Coffin Nails”! Little Creek Music Festival is held at Steingraber’s Farms located at N7098 Bestul Road just outside Manawa.  Even some local favorites, Jeanne Bauer, Tammy Drath, Bourbon Creek, John & Cindy Evans. There is “rough camping” available for $5.00 per person, please call in advance if possible 920-596-3607/920-538-2072 or send an email to steinray@wolfnet.net.  Bring a chair, bring a friend to The Best Little Music Festival and enjoy some wonderful music and time to sit and enjoy the beauty of Central Wisconsin.

 

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