Powered by the wind and sun.
A visit to Inn Serendipity is more than a typical night's stay at a Bed & Breakfast. At Inn Serendipity, we're creating a magical, creative environment where you can play, explore, create, relax, learn . . . and return home with a refreshed perspective on life. Sketch under the willow tree, philosophize around the campfire, enjoy a hearty vegetarian breakfast with organic fruits and vegetables from the Inn's gardens, or lose yourself in a book from the eclectic library. Open your soul to serendipity and relish the abundance and spirit of all life.
Featured in ABC News, MSNBC, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Associated Press, Vegetarian Times, New York Times, and in numerous other media, Inn Serendipity is located on a five-acre organic farm in the rolling green hills of southwestern Wisconsin, a short drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, Dubuque and Madison.
In 2002, Phase 1 was completed of an active solar heated straw bale greenhouse, added to provide year-round cultivation of papayas and other tropical plants. On May, 2003, a 10kW Bergey wind turbine was completed to generate electricity for the homestead. A 680-watt photovoltaic (PV) system replaced a 480-Watt PV system, used to generate electricity from sunlight for use on the farm. The old 48-volt PV modules serve as a solar "recharging station" for the all-electric 1974 CitiCar used for local commuting.
The farm and B&B is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and serves as an educational site for fossil-fuel free and "climate neutral" -- or carbon-neutral -- living, addressing affordable climate change and global warming solutions today, not someday in the future.
Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast was recognized by Natural Home magazine (Jan/Feb. 2005) as one of the "Top 10 Eco-destinations in North America," selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of 13 national ENERGY STAR Small Business Network Award recipients for 2004, designated a "5 Green Stars" eco-hotel by Eco Hotels of the World, and certified by Travel Green Wisconsin and Green Routes. The Inn is also featured as a "Platinum" Green Leader for Trip Advisor, "demonstration home" for Real Goods, "Gold" level Green America Business, and a "best practice" (download as a 5MB PDF file) with the Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative.
The farm is a part of LocalHarvest.org and FamilyFarmed.org. If you're looking for fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce, consider purchasing direct from our farm. The farmstead has also been the base for new upstart sustainable agricultural businesses though the Cooperative Enterprise Program launched in 2000 by Inn Serendipity and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
Wander through the grounds of our turn-of-the-century farmhouse, mortaise tenon (wood peg construction) dairy barn, and extensive perennial flower gardens. Step into a by-gone era . . . but with a few modern-day twists. The Inn is a Co-op American Business Network member, serving as a showplace for energy conservation and more sustainable living and business practices. An overview of the many renewable energy systems, "green design" approaches, natural building projects, and conservation measures employed at the Inn are summarized in a fact sheet and detailed in the innkeepers' books: Farmstead Chef, Rural Renaissance, ECOpreneuring and Edible Earth. You can read Lisa's blogs on the Farmstead Chef Facebook page. You can read John's blogs on our ECOpreneuring book Facebook page. Visit our Inn Serendipity Facebook Page.
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