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Monday, May 13, 2013

History in the making - Room 11 contemporary remodeling

What's new!

Spring has sprung and this is an excellent season for refreshing our property; the approach was - small area remodeling. 

Although we are always looking after our customer desire and comfort, it might not be for everyone.

So, this spring we worked hard and definitely achieved the final product to our likings. 
We so hope that everyone will enjoy the room remodeled style and our choice of new contemporary furnishing.

The description of the remodeled room in my own words will be: simple, create more homey atmosphere, make it looks more spacious, airy,... attractive and best, quiet and secluded!

Room 11 - corner view
With hard work and more time spend then we wished, room 11 is ready to rent.

Here is an array of pictures for the renovation in the making...

Room 11 Remodeling in The Making Slideshow: Carolina’s pics in Spring Green was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!

When do you plan to stay with us?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day surprise Nomination!

What a nice surprise for the Earth Day celebration! April 2013

This is what Trip advisor email read!

"Congratulations, The Usonian Inn LLC
You are a TripAdvisor GreenLeader!
Your property successfully achieved Bronze status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. Your new GreenLeaders badge appears on your property listing and on search results for hotels in your area. Plus, as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader, you're entitled to receive a free framed certificate to display at your property. Request your new certificate today!"

You can now see our badge on our web home page, and here is the press release!

See our nomination green leaf by the main picture!

We achieved GreenLeaders Bronze level! Here is the press release!

  Spring Green,  USA – 04.22.2013 THE USONIAN INN LLC today proudly announced it has been accepted as a GreenLeaders, Bronze level into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.
 TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.
 Where History Meet the Green Future!”
 Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.
 “TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”
 The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit
 About TripAdvisor
® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, January 2013
©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. SOURCE TripAdvisor

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Carolina Dursina - Hotel Operator

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Escape to Wisconsin Campaign Part II - Re-discover Wisconsin!

We are here, always waiting for you! 

Not planing for a big vacation this season? 
Why not travel within your own state. So far everyone loves South central Wisconsin.
There is a rich list of options for you to get involved in the area; the driftless area, it's just spectacular for a drive, explore Wisconsin River for canoeing, boating; bike paths, parks for hiking, our Spring Green nature preserve, that will reveal some secrets well kept; there are so many unique attractions - architectural landmarks - Taliesin, - the greatest architect summer residence that just celebrated 100 years in 2011, great indoors to escape the heat - like The House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds.

The list can go on and on! 

Give yourself 2 days in the area and Discover Wisconsin

We don't create the travel industry, We SERVE it!

As a Historic destination we also provide the 21st Century green amenities and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts and be certified by Travel Green Wisconsin.

Come on and come all; traveling from south or North, East or West, we'll meet you in the middle.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Green enhancement!

I am working on Travel Green Wisconsin application and that will provide you easier ways to find more information about our property!

I am looking forward to have the account activated with them within the next couple of weeks!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Other news

We decided to have an account for the Inn on Facebook, if you are a fan, - feel free to sign and join the conversation; see link on the right side of our blog page

Along with that see the latest pictures of Spring Green village and we would love to have you add your pictures, if you have some.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Yard Sale for special Items

We will have some items for SALE the weekend of May 29, and 30.

In the effort to recycle and reuse older items that are in a very good shape, we decided to have a Yard Sale
scheduled as follow:

Friday 10AM - 6PM
Saturday 10AM - 4PM or as long as we have any items left.

Items list:

Light fixtures
Bathroom mirror with shelf
Smaller size Sink with Faucet
Closet Door with mirrors and trimming frame
Air Conditional Units - all operating

and more FREE items.....

Thank you for helping the community stay SUSTAINABLE!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Odd Jobs and Spring Celebration

We are celebrating Spring in STYLE!

There are a few odd jobs to do too; some painting, some garden work; always that routine maintenance and a little more planning then just Spring stuff.

We are getting excited for being able to celebrate the birth month of the business shortly in May; , there is that and mid month is the FAMOUS MOREL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL close by.

If you haven't visited with us in a while, even on line, make sure you are looking for our calendar of events and our special promotions.

See more info on our Merchantcircle Blog Page. So far the weather is great and we like you to take advantage and stop by early this spring!

Usonian INN Liquor License APPROVED!
April 15,2009 (Page 8) Home News (Local paper news article)

• Liquor license for Usonian

Carolina and Teofil Dursina, of the Usonian Inn on Highway 14, requested approval
for a Class B beer and a Class A retail liquor license. In a letter to the board, they
said they plan to enlarge the current hotel lounge for use not only as a breakfast bar
but a cafe with internet access. Beer would be sold during business hours for
consumption on the premises.
The Class A license includes selling hard liquor, which hotel guests would consume
in their rooms. The Dursinas intend to serve breakfast in the lounge and also serve
items such as panini sandwiches at lunch and during the evening.
In a letter to the board responding to the license request, Alan Pecham, village
attorney said under a Class B license the licensee might sell beer for consumption
either on or off the premises. With a Class A license, the licensed operator may sell
all liquors including wine and beer if consumed off premises or in the hotel rooms.
Wendy Crary, village clerk treasurer, said a hotel room is considered a private
residence when rented and occupants may consume beverages purchased at the
Usonian Inn or from other sellers. Hard Liquor could be sold but not consumed in the
motel cafe.
Village police chief Kevin Wilkins recommended the licenses be granted and the
board voted approval.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Travel - renovation and a competitive advantage!

Interior makeovers give historic buildings new life as hotels

Historic buildings that evoke the elegance of a past era are finding new lives as modern, instantly iconic hotels.

One benefit of the reuse, recycle mindset that has developers creating fabulous new properties in the shells of once-grand buildings is that elegance and glamour are returning to interior design.

This is just an informative article for our customers.


The development of capital replacement budgets and the setting aside of reserves for replacement are long term strategies that keep a property fresh and competitive in the marketplace. If an organization has reserves for replacement set aside, now may be a good time to implement needed renovations which will allow the property to emerge stronger when the economy improves.

The accelerated price of energy earlier this year suggests that renovations related to energy efficient technology would yield future returns. If the property is experiencing reduced occupancy, renovation disruptions will be minimized relative to the guest experience. So, I think we did very well for the past year!

A native of Germany, he says this is a European sensibility. "In America you think, 'It's bigger, it's better,' but many places in Europe you didn't have the space, so you made very small jewels."

This is exactly how we think about our property as a "JEWEL" - that is!

Renovation, staying in business in tough times and meeting the "GREEN" guidelines


and just another 'Green" fun link!


Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring is in the Air!

It might not be that Spring had arrived yet, but, we get the feeling of the whole nature returning to life and getting ready to revive, to bloom, to challenge the entire environment (atmosphere) with all kinds of fragrances! ... with those birds songs, geese are lined up in the sky and started migrating....

The sun is on the ski mostly every day, all day, sometimes all week. It's long since we had any forecast,'s like we need that, and we are awaiting for something to happened, maybe some rain,...

Leaves will grow fast and will enhance the sound of winds in the area, coming through and going by and again, carrying life and beauty along to perfect our enjoyment and fulfilling what is usually missing those winter months.

This winter it wasn't as long and dragging, I was busy with different projects. I managed to take a short vacation.

With spring coming there are some other events we are celebrating this time of the year!

Starting with St Patric's Day, then is Earth day - we do have a special event for that date!

Then there is a proposed "GREEN" Open House and Busness Fair on the premises planned for last weekend of March and 1rs in April. More to be listed in details on our Calendar on the web page. We are remembering the Customer Appreciation date as well - now called "Sprint into Spring," so, visit us and enjoy shopping in our great area.

Keep an eye on our calendar of events! (Off my web page - it's constantly being updated)


Saturday, February 7, 2009

TWO Successful Years

When I look back to the last two years, - I realize, we had a great success!
Many things there have been said about the place, our service and we managed to get this place finally to meet our own standards.

“We must make sure customer service culture is established early and deep,” I said,
“If we are not doing it better than anyone else, we are not getting the best return on investment on our hotel.
In this poor economy you have a real opportunity to take customers away from the competition, while also moving the needle on customer service upward.
Every incremental increase will create additional process by capturing new and retain customers."

It’s possible to fix most any problem before a guest’s departure, thereby ensuring their stay is a memorable one. Also, by addressing customer concerns, I am convinced it will make the difference in capturing repeat business hotels would otherwise lose.

We are extracting the negative from the guest before they leave. This is not a money-back guarantee; this is good operations and common sense.

The renovation we approached this past year was a great success and we get compliments all the time.

This is an exciting time in our business.

We are on the move and we, the hotel owners have achieved our goal quickly, we got into the spotlight on the local news paper, the TV station, and being awarded 3"Green" leaves out of 5 on; it is going to be proven that quality in customer service, comfort
and cleanliness is what matters.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Usonian Inn Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

With all what's going on here, approaching our "Green" transformation Phase I to an end, I received a great message I am attaching bellow


For more information contact:Carolina Dursina at 608-588-2323, or by mail at

Spring Green's The Usonian Inn Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

The Usonian Inn has earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating this week by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by - the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

Spring Green, WI December 17, 2008 - The Usonian Inn becomes the 1st lodging property in Spring Green, WI to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently The Usonian Inn is first of the
hotels in Spring Green ( Green/st/WI) to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Great" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of states: "Simple changes helped The Usonian Inn earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become the 1st Spring Green lodging property rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel."

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: low energy lighting initiatives are in-place - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays- eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - recycle containers are located inside guest rooms - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - environmentally friendly detergents are used for laundry - environmentally friendly chemicals are used for carpet cleaning - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guest rooms - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at The Usonian Inn Environmental Self-Audit (

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the The Usonian Inn is the 1st Spring Green property to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is anticipated that many other properties in the area that are promoting eco-friendly initiatives also will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about The Usonian Inn contact them at 608-588-2323 or visit To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit

About The Usonian Inn:

The Inn is Spring Green's first original Taliesin inspired inn. It was built in the 1950’s but provides the accommodations of the 21st century style. It's perfect for FLW's fans, it's classic, comfortable, quiet, and combines the ambiance and nostalgia of the old era with a personalized service of today's life style.


The Usonian Inn

With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 3,000 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it's easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare "Green" lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good "Green" things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.


Richard Varner