Apple Tree Lane Bed and Breakfast


Welcome to Apple Tree Lane, a Waupaca,Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. Located in an historic Victorian farmhouse, complete with gingerbread trim, the Inn sits on 7.5 acres in a park-like setting along 400 feet of beautiful Crystal River frontage.

We hope you visit our blog often!  We will share information and pictures with you on special happenings at the Inn and in the Waupaca area, recipes, events, seasonal fun, updates and much more.

Winter Festival Time in Waupaca WI--January 24-26, 2014

Hartman Creek State Park Candlelight Trail
There is nothing better than to bundle up and head outside to enjoy the great outdoors in a scenic winter wonderland.  Planning to coincide it with a fun winter festival and a candlelight trail event at a state park is even better.

Head to Waupaca, WI for the weekend of January 24th.  Start with being a spectator (or contact the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce to see about availability to be a participant) at the second annual Wintervergn├╝gen Pond Hockey Classic.  It is being held in Waupaca's  South Park on Shadow Lake.  This is also where the Waupaca Area Triathlon is held in August and is located on south Main Street.   Experience the game the way it was meant to be played.  Teams will square off against their opponents, and the winter elements, in a spirited competition. Each team is guaranteed three games with the first puck dropping Saturday morning.

Wintervergnugen Hockey Tournament

Not only will you enjoy some fun hockey action, but there will also be a number of other winter activities such as kayak sledding and snowshoe demos, organized by Adventure Outfitters.  If you want to get warm and toasty and have a hot chocolate or some lunch, a heated tent will be located on the ice near the rinks just off the shore of Lower South Park, for your enjoyment.
After an afternoon of winter fun, come and check in at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast, located a short 2 miles from the Wintervergnugen festival site.  Relax in the Inn's common area's and get toasty by the fireplace as you sip a hot chocolate and put your feet up.  Then, warm up your cross-country skis or snowshoes on the Inn's 7.5 acres to get you ready for the  Hartman Creek State Park's annual Candlelight trail.  It is being held on Saturday, January 25th from 5-8pm.  It is an enchanting event. 
After a full day of winter fun, you can look forward to a restful night back in your luxury accommodations at the Inn.
Don't count the days to summer---embrace winter in Waupaca!  See you soon!
Apple Tree Lane B&B Winter Wonderland

New Year's Eve Package at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast ~ Waupaca, WI

Although I love big New Year's Eve parties, sometimes, I just want to spend a quiet romantic New Year's eve alone with my sweetheart.

The holiday season can get busy and time alone together may not always happen as frequently as we hoped or planned.

If this is the case, the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast has a wonderful New Year's special package.

We will have awaiting in your guest suite, a complimentary chilled bottle of champagne or sparkling cider and some wonderful chocolate dipped strawberries.  Stay two or more consecutive nights, and we will also include a small vase of beautiful fresh flowers.

With our complimentary concierge services, we can help you with dinner reservations, taxi service, area happenings, or perhaps a catered Inn-room New Year's picnic dinner!

Staying in and cozy for the evening is fun to do at the Inn.  Each room has plush robes, cable TV/DVD player, CD player, library of music and movies, gas or electric cozy fireplaces, wifi, and more.

We hope you take some special time together to toast the New Year with your special someone at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast. 

Happy New Year everyone!

Spencer Lake Hosts Taste of Christmas 2013 in Waupaca WI

Sure, decorating the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast to get ready for the holiday season is a sure way for me to start getting into the Christmas spirit.  I always put on the Christmas music and pour a cup of hot chocolate--marshmallows and a candy cane a must! 

A newer tradition for me that I enjoy, to help kick off the Christmas season, is to go to the Taste of Christmas at Spencer Lake.  This year it is held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 10am-5pm.  I love to spend a part of my day in this very festive atmosphere.  It is a lovely setting, right on the shore of Spencer Lake in Waupaca, WI, and if there is some softly falling snowflakes, even better!

Don't miss the live nativity and petting zoo, festival of trees and the holiday treat shoppe.  If there is a little chill in the air, you can head to the bonfire, where yes, you will find marshmallows and plenty of music.

What makes the Taste of Christmas even more special is that the event benefits many local charities. 
Merry Christmas!

Classic Christmas 2013 ~ Shopping in Waupaca, WI

If you want to start off the holiday shopping season in an enjoyable, no stress, and less hurried way than what the mall shopping and big box stores offer, plan to see what Waupaca, Wisconsin's, "Classic Christmas" is all about.  The small town charm, welcoming and helpful storekeepers, twinkling lights, music, unique specialty items, treats, specials, discounts and more, will not disappoint and will fill you with the Christmas spirit. 

Always hoping for a little snow during Classic Christmas
Historic & quaint Main Street Waupaca

The last two weekends of November and the first weekend of December, you will find a unique and festive shopping experience throughout the Waupaca, Chain 'o Lakes (King), and in between area.

From clothing, jewelry, home decor, books, antiques, holiday items and more, it is wonderful to explore.

Grab lunch at Little Fat Gretchen's or the Secret Garden Cafe downtown or The Freckled Frogg while in the King area of Waupaca, some of my personal favorites!

I love it when the stores offer complimentary gift wrapping, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, which many of them do!

Wonderful finds at Embellishments in downtown Waupaca

What is really fun is when a group of friends decide to make an event out of Classic Christmas and spend the night at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast.  Time with friends is a wonderful present to yourself.

Come to the Inn after a day of Christmas shopping and dining, get into our fluffy robes, finish wrapping presents in front of the fireplace and pour yourself a hot cider while visiting and sharing Christmas plans and ideas. 

Hope to see you in Waupaca for Classic Christmas.  The holidays will soon be here! 
Friends enjoying the Apple Tree Lane B&B

Deer Widow Weekend ~ Arts, Crafts, and More in Waupaca, WI

Oh, it is not just the hunters that look forward to the opening of the Wisconsin deer hunting season.  The Deer Widows Weekend, beginning November 22nd, is the time to leave the hunters in the fields and head out for some fun, friends, and festivities.

Tradition states that art and craft sales are usually an important part of this weekend.  If this is true for you, Waupaca should be your destination!  If you go to our Chamber website listing/brochure/map of all the art & craft sales in the area, it will give you all of the information to plan your weekend. 

In addition to spending some great time with friends, it is a great way to jump start your holiday shopping.  You will find many wonderful handmade one-of-a-kind items for that hard to find person on your shopping list.

A favorite in the area that you should not miss is the Scandinavian Christmas boutique.  This is located in Waupaca's Fox Valley Technical College.  There you will find art & crafts but also live demonstrations, woodworking, rose maling, treats, and more.

There will be plenty of bake sale items to purchase throughout the area, so you can pick up some goodies to enjoy with the venison that your hunter will be sharing with you?!

Why not make a weekend out of it with your friends and stay the night at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast.  Enjoy some complimentary beverages and appetizers alongside a warm fire when you return from shopping, and let us recommend some great places for dinner (or order some pizza and stay in!).  Get a restful night sleep in one of our comfortable rooms with nice amenities, and let us serve you a full homemade breakfast in the morning, before you leave to enjoy the next day in the Waupaca area!  Happy "hunting" everyone!

Frosted Apple Bar Recipe

Wolf River Apples from our Orchard
The Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast in picturesque Waupaca, WI, has both Wolf River and Macintosh apples on the property.  As a matter of fact, our historic 1880 homestead used to be one of the regions largest running apple orchards! This year we have experienced a bumper crop of apples, so I have been baking a lot of apple treats for our guests.

I tried a new recipe last week that several guests have asked for, so I thought I would share it with all of you via this blog.  It is simple and delicious.

The Wolf River apple is a terrific baking apple, so it works very well in this recipe.  I think any apple would work just fine though.

The recipe comes from a recipe book I received as a gift from one of my guests, called "The Joy of Apples", and I adapted the recipe just a bit. 

Frosted Apple Bars

2 1/2 cups flour
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt

1 cup vegetable shortening
2 egg yolks plus enough milk to measure 2/3 cup (save the whites for later in the recipe)

10 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (but not to thin!)
1 cup sugar, mixed with 1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon (try Penzeys Spices, Vietnamese Cinnamon-Extra Fancy  It has a wonderful flavor)
2 egg whites

1 cup powdered sugar
3-4 t. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix first three ingredients in a medium bowl.  Cut in shortening.  Stir in egg yolk mixture to form dough.  Roll out half the dough on a lightly floured surface; place onto a 15x10x1-inch jelly roll baking sheet (note it does not fill the entire sheet).

Arrange apple slices evenly over dough (leaving enough of dough edge to pinch closed).  Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mix.  Roll out remaining half of dough; place over apples.  Pinch two ridges of crust to seal. Beat egg whites in a small bowl until frothy; brush lightly over crust.  Bake 1 hour.

Whisk powdered sugar with water and frost cooled bars.  Slice bars in squares.  Refrigerate leftovers. 

Enjoy making these Frosted Apple Bars or just plan on coming and having your apple treats this autumn while you stay at the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast!  Hope to see you soon!

The Historic Red Mill in Waupaca Wisconsin

Covered Bridge Crossing Over the Crystal River at the Red Mill
The Red Mill, Covered Bridge, and Chapel-in-the-Woods, located on the Crystal River in Waupaca, is one of my favorite places. 

Yesterday, I took a glorious bike ride to this site, from the Apple Tree Lane Bed & Breakfast, enjoying the back-country scenic roads early in the morning, before the week's heat wave took over the day.  

Although only several miles from the Inn, taking a more interesting ride, I turned it into a wonderful 15 mile adventure.  It is located on County Road K. 

It is a peaceful and tranquil spot, where the Crystal River bends and twists slowly, and calls for you to sit at its bank, and just relax for awhile.  I had no problem listening, as I found a swing, and just  watched the river and the surroundings.  It really is lovely. 
The Chapel-in-the-Woods at the Red Mill
The grist mill itself, was built in 1855 to grind grain for the farmers in the area.  This Crystal River Mill ran for over 100 years.  This 24 foot water wheel is purely decorative today and is a reminder of the history of that time.
Nelson Park near the Red Mill
Nothing says Americana like a Covered Bridge
The 2.5 story frame Crystal River Grist Mill built in 1855
Although the covered bridge was built around 1970, it is picturesque, and brings you across the Crystal River to the Chapel-in-the-Woods.  Walk along its path to the backside of Nelson Park and back again is a short, but nice walk.  In Nelson Park, is an adorable little bridge, bringing you to a small island.  I have always wanted to do a picnic there.  I will have to do that next time!
Love this Covered Bridge at the Red Mill in Waupaca
I never get tired of exploring the Waupaca area, as I continue to find hidden treasures and slices of Americana.  The Red Mill is a special place to spend a bit of time and I shall ride my bike back there often.  I seem to see something new in nature, each time I go.