Pederson Victorian B&B is an 1880 treasure, located in rural Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Our uniqueness has intrigued the adventureous traveler since 1990. Why? Because we've integrated earth-friendliness with historic charm! Imagine -- line-dried linens (even in winter), full vegetarian breakfasts (as organic as possible,given the season),hand made quilts, front porch with swing, cozy parlor, four artfully decorated guest rooms, the absence of noisy whirlpools, and Scandinavian hospitality, for starters. Come visit, we'd love to have you.
Profile and Credentials
We opened our doors in 1990 and never looked back. Our lovely Victorian home is warm and inviting with a cozy parlor, sunny dining room where breakfasts are served each morning, period antiques, organic coffee and teas, great books, the absence of television in guest rooms, two rescued cats named Flossy and Freya, and a house ghost named Maggie. Giant walnut and maple trees, together with younger hickory, white ash, cedar, white pine, and spruce trees grace the grounds, along with many perennial gardens. Hence guests tend to feel tucked in during winter months and cool and breezy during summer months.
Philosophy and Comments
As mentioned, we are an earth-friendly B&B. This means that almost all our lights are compact florescent or high presure sodium, our eggs are from local farmers, as well as our honey and maple syrup. Yup, in 15 years, we've never purchased an egg from a farm factory! We are fortunate to have Nokomis Farms Bakery just 10 miles away, where they bake certified organic sour doe breads as well as some yeasted thrice per week. We compost everything and have a host of country critters feasting out back daily. In winter they literally make a trail I can easily see. We feed the birds and have many species come to visit the year round. All products, laundry, cleaning, etc. are earth friendly. We recycle and reuse as much as possible. In other words, we go the extra mile to provide a healthy, comfortable environment for our guests. One last thing -- the innkeeper drives a hybrid, Toyota Prius. Another part of the original vision for this property was/is Singing Wolf Center, a cultural change workshop center, where hundreds of erudite presenters have offered leading edge workshops since 1990. More information can be found at www.singingwolf.com
Work Hours and Fee Schedule
We're open 365 days per year and our rates range from 95 per night to $130. Generally, we have a two night minimum on weekends. Checkin is usually between 4 - 11 p.m. and we accept Visa/MC and Discover.
In a traditional bed & breakfast, the innkeeper plays an integral part in the over all operation. So perhaps you'd enjoy knowing something about her. Kristi Cowles is a Wisconsinite, born and raised in a small town up north, and is proud of her beautiful home state. The name "Pederson" was chosen because it's her mother's maiden name. Krist's a cultural pioneer, deep-ecologist, educator, innkeeper, and professional singer/songwriter. She's produced 3 CDs and is working on her fourth (information about the music can be found on www.singingwolf.com. Kristi holds an M.A. in East/West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, and is also proud of Alverno College in Milwaukee, where she did her undergraduate work in psychology and philosophy. Peacemaking, sustainability, love, cooperation, compassing, and respect and reverence for all sentient beings are some of her primary values.
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