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Friday, May 9, 2014

The talk of the town

Oh, the beauty of the month of May! after all we have 5 weekends!

Time to celebrate Spring and the whole revival of nature; we've been enjoying the many birds' return and their morning singing, the yards are green and many of the trees show their buds.



The changes we had are looking good. New Director of the Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce took over and the new web page came to live about 10 days ago. Visit the page for schedule of events and more.



We would highly encourage everyone to visit our community page! You will find links for many local businesses and events. 


Most restaurants offer - a Special Brunch for Mother's Day; see more on the Spring Green web page.





Mother's Day weekend is approaching and not only that but on May 10th there is something new going on!
Wings over River Valley announces a local event this Saturday. 


Most likely our independent store are offering live music every weekend.



Farmer's Market is opening the weekend of May 17th

the same weekend there is a special event in Muscoda, people visit from all over the states
- Morel Mushroom Festival
At the same time at the Shed there is the Literary Festival Plays Out Loud event on the 18th.



Wisconsin River Friends: Wild Harvest Gathering is hosting their event on May the 23- 25 

Also see if this page will run any program of your interest in the area - summer recreation activities

It looks like we have our busy schedule here; what's left for you to do is plan your travel right, stay with us for the night and enjoy the fun in the Valley







Friday, April 25, 2014

MAY - our anniversary month!


Let's talk about the making of this establishment, originally known as Rest Haven Motel, DBA doing business as The Usonian Inn LLC, we are trying to preserve all its original elements and features. Here is a brief history of facts!

The talk and planning, all that, started in 1948.

Carry Caraway, formerly of Taliesin and living in Clyde at the time was the architect for the building.
Back then, it took longer to have a property design and build then in the 21st century. Kraemer Bros.  of Plain was designated to take on the project of building.

Here is a picture of the construction crew





The motel known as "Rest Haven" will be completed in 1952 and in operation by May 15th

The motel was the first highway lodging place between Madison and La Crosse on Highway 14.  That is a big stretch of 126 miles.

"Spring Green's Newest business enterprise, a modern, 10-unit motel near the intersection of Highways 14 and 23 a half mile northeast of the village, has been completed and was opened last week by the owners, Mr. and Mrs John Michels"

"A tow-story home for the Michels family forms the center of the structure, and long, low wings on either side house the motel units." 
                                                             Home News Spring Green WI May 15,1952

Once, an architect told us that the architecture of the structure looks worm and makes it very welcoming, like tow open arms ready to hug you!

    "The long, flat roof of the motel can be used by the Michels family as a terrace for outdoor living. 
     Each spacious room of the motel has its own bathroom, indirect lighting, radiant heating, and furnishing of modern design.
     Within a week after it had opened for business, the motel owners had accommodated visitors from six states, and one of their overnight guests was Bob McGrath who plays with the Brooklyn Dodgers."
                                                            Home News Spring Green, WI May 15,1952



Home News - Page of the Spring Green newspaper; May 15, 1952






 Frank Lloyd Wright - 1952 photographed by Fred Stein


 And here is the original street sign with the original name!






Saturday, July 20, 2013

How we stand out

We are very different!

Lately we read on the media about this renovation on a "Frank Lloyd Wright inspired property" or about this other real estate for sale that is just a "Frank Lloyd Wright inspired house"...

If you think about it, our property was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice. The Design is a perfect Usonian style - a true signature style of the renown architect, more or less an architectural distinctive design used for the architect's famous Usonian homes. ***It was erected while Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive and the construction went on under his watchful eyes. This should speak volume! 

It's perfect for Frank Lloyd Wright's fans, it's charming, build with the organic concept in mind, a sustainable property with green practices that combines the ambiance and nostalgia of the old era with a touch of modern and personalized services of today's lifestyle's expectations and comfort of your own home. 

***Now the Motel 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. ***

The historic recognition has to do with the fact that the Motel was the FIRST LODGING PROPERTY built on Highway 14, between Madison and LaCrosse, WI a long stretch of 125 miles.
At the same time the architectural influence is of great significance and the location itself!


 The property - THEN
 The Property NOW!
                                  


We are looking to offer experiences where upscale is approachable and homey at the same time. We would like you to still be in a cool environment and be comfortable.

The Little Things/Amenities you don't think about much!

Adjustable bar for height and comfort while in the shower; although the shower head is low flow, some people might think is defective, - that had several setting for massage or strength/presure and such.

At least those tall individuals are expressing their appreciation that, for once, they can stand under the shower head and don't feel weird using our showers system.

Before remodeling, hot water would be available after a 5-10 minute run - on the other hand now we have installed the instant hot water pumps and the wait time should be just a minute and no longer.


Along with that, in the effort to save the environment, we offer abundantly a commercial grade of shampoo and body wash to be used in a soap dispenser system (as shown in the picture bellow)

Early on we took the initiative to improve our property by promoting it as a green establishment - so, we are a Travel Green Wisconsin certified lodging


Unlike some people that tried warning you that we do not supply soap in the bathroom, maybe some should just get familiar with what a soap dispenser look like! She wrote: "Nice, new bathroom, but bring your own soap and no hair dryer"

If you prefer soap bars, we do have that; if you need a hair dryer - we noted on our web page we supply those by request - it's not hard to ask; we are a small property and all room are on the ground level , office is situated central.

We are here to meet your needs!


Enjoy your own vista window from any of our rooms; the outer box is true to the original architectural design by J.C. Caraway - Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentice that design this property - originally named - The Rest Haven Motel






 When we brew some coffee for you is a high grade and excellent quality we serve to our patrons











We don't have to say it - because we offer comfortable beds in all our rooms; also darker window treatment for your comfort even if you booked a room with us on the East wing - in the sunrise view







JUST COME STAY WITH US AND EXPERIENCE THIS PROPERTY IN YOUR OWN AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER!