Fall photography and I’m a B&B convert

21 Oct

This weekend was one of the most relaxing ones we’ve had in a while. We headed out on Friday afternoon after finishing up for the week and arrived at Canyon Road Inn in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. I found this B&B through a blog post I read a couple of months ago. The blogger mentioned how nice the owners, Patti and Turner were and the beautiful area surrounding the property. We were so excited to see that this place lived up to everything I’d read.

The inn is tucked away in the heart of Turtle Lake, a small town northwest of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and very close to the Minnesota state line. As we turned the corner to drive up to the inn, it looked almost like a storybook scene.

DSC_0442_2We were greeted by Patti when we arrived Friday evening. She showed us around the inn and gave us a quick tour of the common areas and our room. We stayed in the Homestead suite, which I selected when I booked the room. It looked exactly like the photos on the inn’s website and was even more comfortable than I expected. After seeing the grounds around the inn, I was convinced our room also had the best view of the lake and all the fall colors on the trees. 

Patti and Turner really paid close attention to details when decorating each suite to fit its theme. Turner explained to me that the brick fireplace came from a man in southwest Wisconsin who repurposes brickwork. The mantel looked like it was made for this room and the fire burning in the fireplace was great for the extra chilly evenings. There were lots of little touches around the room, like a handmade quilt on the bed and window frames made of old barn wood.



DSC_0385_2Of course, there were modern features as well. The double whirlpool tub, Keurig coffeemaker and private balcony with a view of the lake made for a very relaxing stay. Patti’s homemade chocolate chip cookies hit the spot, too 😉

It rained most of Saturday, so we decided to head to Brickyard Pottery & Glassworks in Cumberland, Wisconsin for the morning. From Brickyard’s site:

“Brickyard Pottery is housed in the old Brickyard School. Originally a one-room schoolhouse, it was built in 1921 to replace the wood frame schoolhouse that had burned down at the same site. The name “Brickyard” came from the fact that all of the bricks in the building were donated by one of the two large brickyards that flourished in Barronett in the early 1900’s. A part of the Shell Lake school district, the school closed permanently in the mid 1960’s. Brian and Mary Dosch purchased the building in 1977, and the business opened in 1980. The Dosches live, work, and sell their work at the Brickyard.”

We bought a few gifts and a mug for me….you know…for my personal coffee breaks and all. Then, we headed over to St. Croix Falls for some lunch. We ended up at Wineries & Grille and ordered the elk burger. Neither of us had ever eaten elk, so we decided to give it a chance. It was not as tasty as a juicy angus beef burger, but it wasn’t bad either. I’m glad we tried it. I mean, how often do you get a chance to eat elk burgers?

After lunch we made our way over to Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard for wine tasting and a tour of the winery. The wines were good, but it was fairly crowded and I don’t really recommend the tour itself. There wasn’t much to the tour, besides seeing a few of the machines used to bottle the wine and ferment the grapes. Since the midwest is not exactly grape country, we were told that most of the grapes are ordered from California. If we go back to this area, we plan to go to another winery nearby that has organic wines and does have its own grapes. The Cheesehead White on the counter in the photo below was one of my favorites from the tasting.

DSC_0431After the tour, we headed back to the B&B for a little R&R. We wanted to enjoy some of the lake and view since the rain had passed and the sun was out again. I knew I could get some great photos if I could catch the light on the leaves from the sunset. As it turns out, I think it was the perfect time of day to get some beautiful shots.




DSC_0513_2The colors were some of the most vibrant I’ve ever seen. I noticed that the leaves from the large tree in front of our balcony and window was losing it’s leaves by the hour. This morning, we woke up to temperatures in the 30s and a forecast of the first snow of the year. After enjoying Patti’s savory breakfast and a piece (or two!) of coffee cake, we knew we’d better hit the road. {This was a have to moment, not a want to.} We could have stayed there the whole week.

Our first experience staying at a B&B was even better than we thought it would be. I have always wanted to get away for a weekend and check one out, and this experience may have just converted me. We’re already trying to figure out when we can go back to Canyon Road Inn!

Do you enjoy staying at B&Bs? Have the fall colors peaked in your area yet? 

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Photography, Travel


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