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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Escape Destination of the week: Spring Green, Wisconsin!


Make it a special getaway week, grab a friend, and go!

Grab to phone, share, tweet, email or JUST call in and use the coupon for yourself.




Find our best offers on FANMINDER


Follow us on Twitter - look for last minute offers here


Like us on Facebook - find more offers here

July's Offer

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What to Expect - Part II

Summer!


Fun time, trip planning, exploring Wisconsin River, history and architecture - Taliesin, American Players Theater, natural settings - State parks and nature preserves, caves and more... arts, rural life, cultural odds...


These will be just a few reasons we can have you travel in our region, oh... that driftless Wisconsin!


Although we are having several events during the summer you can check with us and find out more on our Blog; we really offer Special rates and more incentives online and have them listed everywhere.


Welcome to The Usonian Inn, welcome to Spring Green!



Where to look for our GREAT OFFERS/savings!


It is hard to be on the phone and start talking about our list of offers. It might give me a dry mouth quickly, that's why we have our offers listed online; they will be mostly in our BLOG, Facebook, and several link or even the Blog posts.
  • we try to list some offers in each post if possible  
  • check our blog page on the right column for links to more saving
  • see our rewards (red tab on the blog page - top right side)
             http://usonianinn.blogspot.com/

  • see what we list on Facebook, go to our business page and look for the Red tabs/REWARDS 

















  • Please Like us and we love to reward you back!


Get to know what's going in our community and what else can interest you, and what can you to do when in the area
  • We also list here on Merchantcircle, offers, newsletter, see review, some pictures..


S A V I N G S   C O N T I N U E S . . .
more FREE giveaways

What to do when in the area that will not cost you money - TIPS!
  • Walking - there is just a short distance to walk to our Spring Green's own  Nature Preserve
       (see more info on Spring Green Chamber of Commerce web pages or their facebook page
  • bike our trails along Wisconsin River and the River Valley Area, see maps
  • Bird watching is another fun activity you can do here, and if you know of any club - get involved and learn what Wisconsin offer best.
  • First Friday After Five  --The First Friday of the Month in Spring Green brings some little special treats, wine sampling, featured artist, music, or special sales when you visit our shops.  Open until 8 pm.  Stop in and enjoy shopping in Spring Green!
  • got here mid week? got the blues? enjoy a session at the Sh*tty Barn!  - live music and locally brewed beer!
    small fees apply
  • you can always enjoy our Village pool and tennis courts that are a walking distance from our motel 
  • canoeing this summer, check out rental places in Helena - 1/2 mile East of Spring Green - at Trader's Bar and Grill and Canoe rentals
  • also try Wisconsin Canoe Company


Come back and read more!












Saturday, June 16, 2012

On Your Side - Travelers Safety Tips

Staying safe in you trip is important and more important is your return home as you left, well and alive.


Once you reached your destination make sure to know the lodge personnel, set up (what's near) the lay out of the property as well - if it's an outside corridor or an inside one and who well lit the parking lot is at night.
  • Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who is it. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and tell them that (if) you didn't request any service and someone is standing by your door. 
  • When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the building; be observant and look around even before entering the parking lots
  • Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided
  • Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool or other places you shop, where they can be easily stolen
  • Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry
  • Don't invite strangers to your room
  • Don't leave valuables in your vehicle
  • Place all valuables in the hotel or motel's safe deposit box - do not write down and carry with you the code for that box
  • Check for any sliding doors or window or any connecting room doors to be locked
  • If you travel with friends staying at the same place and you go out together, be aware of their behavior regarding all these tips
  • If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observation to the management or, if that can not wait report immediately to the front desk personnel on duty
 You should prepare for the worst-case scenario. What is that could go wrong, have the awareness. 


Sometimes even the landscape around the building can play a role on neglecting the safety or rather emphasize it!
You worked so hard for a long time and planning http://www.listmyfive.com/d33b2294/The-Top-Five-Must-Have-For-Your-Vacation a vacation is an exciting event; you are all packed and ready to go, it is wise to it is wise to be informed and do some homework before your arrival at the hotel.  (http://voices.yahoo.com/travel-advisory-7996090.html?cat=16 )


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Escape to Wisconsin Campaign!

Although we had some early heat waves in March in Wisconsin, then closer to normal temperatures during the month of April and May, we are fortunate to be on the cooler side and enjoy the climate as normal; strange weather twists iare taking over the nation, and we are experiencing EXTREME weather patterns everywhere from South to North and so is the West and the East.

What's happening in our neighbors yard! see ABC video on Yahoo.
http://news.yahoo.com/video#video=29660993

We got it so good yet!
The 7 days outlook seems to be gorgeous and bringing us the much needed rain relief!
http://www.wkow.com/weather


Plan right and Travel to Wisconsin this season!
IT's summer, bring on the FUN to Wisconsin!



Find our Historic property's info on google listing or on our web page, get to explore the area before you are here!

We have an app for your mobile device and offer online booking as well.


Monday, June 4, 2012

What to Expect - Part I

What could YOU expect from our property


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Physical location and the building
  • conveniently located on the North side of Spring Green village
  • situated on a park like setting
  • walking distance from downtown, shopping area and restaurants, nature conservancy
  • near state parks, close driving distance
  • simplistic architecture, USONIAN style (if not familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright's style, this is a different design then your usual buildings)
  • building sits on the N side of Hwy 14 and the intersection of county Road 23 South;
  • office situated in the middle of the building, has 5 rooms on the West wing, left to the office (rooms 1-5), and 6 rooms on the East wing, on the Right side of the office (rooms 6-11)
  • renovated - bathrooms designer makeover, recently accomplished
  • green sustainable property
  • patio furniture
  • simplistic furnished but with taste
  • country settings/rural area
  • bicycle trails start from our property edge to take you to your destination
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Personnel
  • great personnel on duty 7:30AM - 10PM (exceptions on Saturdays/Sundays when we close earlier as time )
  • prompt service
  1. emails are looked at and replied to, a few times a day - at least by the end of each day
  2. phone messages - we call you back as soon as we are free to do so; if we are not able to answer your on the spot, leave a message - 
  3. if secondary line rings please feel free to leave a message, we will be treating those with the same promptitude
  • we treat you with respect, and wish you have a great, relaxing, restful experience with us
  • room service by request
  • wake up calls
  • special arrangements for late check in
  • we do reserve the right to have meals and close the office for lunch or brakes
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Online access services

  • we've gone MOBILE!
  • you can access our page 24/7 - easy ways to navigate ( read more then just the WELCOME page to find answers to  MANY of your questions)
  • provided - pictures from our property- photo gallery with interior/exterior and surrounding area, (off "Contact Us" tab on our web side pages)
  • interactive bar 
  1. for questions, email, to set up meeting time for a return call or more
  2. online reservations access (see schedule and rates), online booking is FREE
  3. notifications and last minute updates
  4. FIND us/LIKE us on Facebook or follow us twitter
  • FREE WI-FI
  • rooms have coffee makers, refrigerators and microwave, operable window for cross ventilation
  • Online offers
  • there are some offers almost on every page, read, search , find and take advantage when booking online (Space provided on the Form to list the offer you found) or by phone
  • property policy - a PDF format, under Room and Rate/Amenities page
  • access to our gift shop items, see sample, customizable item shop
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MISC


  • a non-smoking and pet Free environment
  • DirecTV noncommercial movies, sports packages
  • Policy/Rules  "Rules are made NOT to be broken; accept the fact that we mean what we say and we need you to respect what is written."
  • We are a Family Owned & Operated Small Business! (for more info, click on the link) 
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Accolades



Like our business Facebook page for many more good tips! 
Warmly, Carolina




Sunday, May 27, 2012

What does it mean? - This is a Family Owned & Operated Small Business!

"This is a Family Owned & Operated Small Business"


If you see this note in a lodging property web page, read on, you might want to know!


What does it mean?


It could have several meanings... and or all listed bellow
  • we are smaller properties operated by self employed family members (only - most likely)
  • We are not a chain name hotel/motel
  • we work with limited personnel on duty (obvious reasons)
  • schedule may vary - if not set time for lunch, we would still close the office briefly to have meals
  • don't be surprise to find the office closed with a note on the door        (accept the fact that the note might be hand written - I don't see          anything wrong with that)
  • if close briefly for lunch hours that doesn't make it a rule for an everyday matter at the same time
  • don't always believe that we can bargain rates just because we are independent, we still need to make a living
  • We guarantee anyone a room to be ready for rental at 3PM; we make exceptions but we are not obligated to check anyone in earlier
  • check online system for availability and rates, it's just a click away! we pay for this Virtual assistant to free up some time to give full attention to those checking in or those on premises that need our assistance 
  • ***there are so many free amenities to you or programs at your disposal - however, WE have to pay for those.
  • Rules are made NOT to be broken; accept the fact that we mean what we say and we need you to respect what is written.
        We do appreciate your participation all together...

  1. allow yourself enough time in the morning to check out on time
  2. don't clean out your car of garbage you collected your entire trip at such small places
  3. don't use hotel properties to fill in for what you missed packing for your camping trip, outdoor adventures, etc... 
  4. participate in recycling if property requires

  • We would love you to have a great time and enjoy your stay with us!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Press Release We've earned a 2012 Certificate of Excellence award

It's not that everyday we  receive such great news! But TODAY was one of them; unexpectedly? yes.


"TripAdvisor is proud to congratulate The Usonian Inn LLC on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award. 


Our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognise your 4 rating as an exceptional achievement. 
Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence — display yours proudly in a place where your guests can see it."


See the press release attached, our badge is on the WELCOME tab on our Web Page too!



CONTACT: Carolina Dursina                                                                           
BUSINESS NAME The Usonian Inn LLC       
                                     
PHONE NUMBER: 608-588-2323
EMAIL: reservations@usonianinn.com


TRIPADVISOR PR TEAM
mediarelationsta@tripadvisor.com                                                                            
The Usonian Inn LLC                
EARNS 2012 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE


Honored as a Highly Rated lodge as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
Spring Green – 05.24.2012 – The Usonian Inn LLC today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor®
Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to
establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
The Usonian Inn LLC is pleased to receive a “TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Carolina
Dursina/owner, Hotel Operator at The Usonian Inn. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor
travelers a great customer experience.”


About The Usonian Inn LLC
The Usonian Inn is Spring Green's first original Talliesin inspired inn. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
apprentice, J C Caraway, it was built in the 1950’s and provides green accommodations of the 21st century needs. NOW listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and National Historic Register under the original name - Rest Heaven Motel.
The Usonian Inn, originally named the Rest Haven Motel, was the first Highway lodging between Madison and LaCrosse WI on US Hwy 14. Our Hotel was conceived in 1950, open for business in 1952, refurbished in 1992, and went through a designer makeover in 2008.
The Usonian style, as conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright, is "architecture for everyone," combining readily available materials and straight-forward construction in harmony with the natural settings; nowadays known as green, sustainable concept. We are one of the very few, if not the only, Usonian motels in the world.


About TripAdvisor
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 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors.


TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor's travel media brands 
include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com,
www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com,
www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com,
www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com,
www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.


*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 2012
©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.
SOURCE TripAdvisor

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Special place like no Other - Spring Green, WI

Although a smaller size village - Spring Green is charming and rich in history as is on Architectural design buildings and unique style, very effervescent!

The World famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright name this village his hometown. 

There is always so much going on here; music, food, and outdoor activities by Wisconsin River and State parks are going to keep you busy for a while; and there are many more man made and natural attractions.
Entertainment is at its best with local breweries, and several music bands, it is hard at times to know 
which event to attend!

Annual Art Fair event, the quilt and the car show bring to the area people from across the Nation. Then, the international tourism is drawn in by Taliesin East, House on the Rock, and outdoor sports, golf courses, water activities like canoeing, paddling, fishing and boating. 


The boutiques, specialty craft shops, book stores and Cafes have their charm and wealth of items you rarely find anywhere else. 

Our Outdoor Shakespeare Theater known as APT (American Players Theater) and the River Valley Players is performing plays summer and winter. 

Fall is a beautiful season to visit for color leaves change and Apple Festival in the vicinity; Fall Art Tour is where artists have open house for tourists to see their work place. 
Don't forget the Country Christmas Celebration in early December and the Craft and Arts show for gifts for the special ones in your life.


One of the Historic Places in town is  The Usonian Inn Motel, our porperty - a great architectural, historical significant marker and open year round. 


For the outdoor obsessed there is the Frank Lloyd Wright bicycle trails and cross country skiing trails in the area as well.

No wonder that Spring Green is known as the place where Art and Nature meet!

NOTE: for more info check here:  www.springgreen.com/

Friday, April 6, 2012

Anniversary Items collection

A brief history note and pictures


"The Usonian Inn LLC, originally named the Rest Haven Motel
was the first Highway lodging between Madison and LaCrosse WI on US Hwy 14. Our Hotel was conceived in 1950, open for business in 1952, refurbished in 1992, and went through a designer makeover in 2008.

The Usonian style, as conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright, is "architecture for everyone," combining readily available materials and straight-forward construction in harmony with the natural settings; nowadays known as green, sustainable concept. We are one of the very few, if not the only, Usonian motels in the world."

"***Now the Hotel was listed - under the original name of Rest Haven Motel and registered on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and on the National Register of the Historic Places as well. ***"
(From the business web page)


It's been a life time since the building was established here; immediately after construction it made history and for more then one reason.

Designed by one of the most famous architect of the world Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentice - J.C. Caraway - a prairie style, the building was a landmark for many on the road.


Also, it was the first Lodging on the US Highway 14 on a big stretch between Madison and La Crosse, Wisconsin. The distance amounts to 127 miles.


The building went from being called Rest Haven Motel to a more appropriate name to reflect the design influence and the origin or the style - was renamed The Usonian Inn.



When we took ownership of the property all we can think about was - green, sustainable, environmentally friendly; we needed some substantial finances and with hard work, we were able to replace windows with a great R value/double pane system. It's not easy to make a historic place green; we had the inn listed on Travel Green Wisconsin and featured on ABC news, our WKOWTV channel 27 

Here are some of the before renovation pictures

Since the property got an upgrade, the much needed - one of a kind - designer makeover; Bathrooms have been remodeled/upgraded also we made room for new flat panel TV sets




Even more significant things happened and one of them is that in 2005 was listed on the Sauk County Registrar of Historic places;  with more paper, patience and fees we we able to accomplish a greater nomination -so the property was listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places


The establishment changed many hands of ownership a few times but now it's our time to celebrate!
60 years in business; what a great time for us to be here and enjoy these type of achievements! 






We would like to invite you to be part of our joyful time and try to preserve history with us.

We like to present our anniversary items and we hope you enjoy some items from our memorabilia collection! Visit our Design on line page on facebook; to see our full collection click here


Thank you for being  part of our business journey!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Fanminder - Social Offer Page

Fanminder - Social Offer Page

Make your Anniversary day the best to remember; stay at our Historic Inn and SAVE!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A few Important Updates

Spring by the Inn is beautiful - Tourist submitted photo
Spring is here, no doubt about it! We love the weather being in the 76s and 70s even and we are welcoming you to a Fresh rich season of Celebration and more fun in the area. 


Stay in touch and get ready for more exciting news on our next post. (that will be on our business best Seasonal Offer) - see and example here 



Many Businesses already have a "spring" start with different events; see more listed on our Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page!


First Friday of the month is still a strong motif for people to visit our unique community, reach in architectural landmarks, and a great variety of artists, and special shopping, cafes and more.
  • New business in town is Lexington Fitness, they also offer a 1 (one) day pass to our travelers that need to stretch while in town! (soon to have a new website)
We made a few updates on our web site:
  • Along with that our  Inn's Policy has been reviewed and there is a link on our Amenities/Room page now available for you to read with a click of the mouse!
  • We are working on our Special Offer for our 60th Anniversary since the operation of the business started.
  • Please review our Welcome/Home web page for Special of the Week  OFFER.
  • We are trying to update our Facebook business page with the area Business Events as well.

Spring by the Inn, very green indeed