BLUE DOOR INN

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331 & 333 South Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin

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Step back into the 19th Century and the small river town
              atmosphere of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.
              A National Historic District Covering 346 Acres
 
 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Step back into the 19th Century and the small rivertown atmosphere


of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.  The BLUE DOOR Inn


is housed in one of Alma's oldest buildings.


 

  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




           MIDWEEK SPECIAL, Tuesday-Thursday

              10% Discount, Suites 1 through 4




UPCOMING EVENTS in Alma and the Surrounding Area

Part of the fun of visiting Alma, Wisconsin are the events throughout the year sponsored by local and regional community organizations.  Most are free, some have a small admission fee.  For more information check out websites of the sponsoring organizations.

EAGLES ON ICE

January - March

Celebrating bald eagles in Alma, Wisconsin. 

Speakers, presentations and lots of bald eagle viewing.

Sponsored by Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center

More info @ http://www.wingsoveralma.org

 

Bald eagles are prolific in Alma, Wisconsin and you can view them all year.  During the winter the Canadian bald eagles migrate down the Mississippi River to spots of open water.  In Alma this is below Lock & Dam #4.  Throughout winter you'll find great eagle viewing opportunities with hundreds of bald eagles sitting in trees and fishing in open water.

100 MILE GARAGE SALE

1st Weekend in May

Sponsored by Mississippi Valley Partners

More info @ www.mississippi-river.org/100-miles-of-fun/sales/

 

Travel along the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin Great River Road searching for the best garage sales in small quaint river towns.  Lots of treasures to be found!

SPRING BIRDING BY MINI TRAIN

Saturday in May, 7am to Noon

Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch and some of the best birding guides around)

Sponsored by Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center

More info @ http://www.wingsoveralma.org/natureeventsresources/birdingbyminitrain.html

 

A rare treat!  Birding by mini-rail car through the Tiffany State Wildlife Area and the Chippewa River Bottoms.  Riding the Chippewa Valley Motorcar Association's Mini-Train with a guide through the Tiffany Bottoms during the spring or fall migration is an unforgettable experience. 

SPRING FRESH ART TOUR

June 3rd-5th

More info @ www.freshart.org

 

The Fresh Art Tour is a self-guided road trip to 12 of the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valley areas of Wisconsin.  Offering a spring & fall tour each year, the event guides you to artists’ studios that are off the beaten track.

JUNE BLOOM WINE FEST

June 4th & 5th, 11am to 6pm

$30 per person

Danzinger Vineyard & the wineries of the Great River Road Wine Trail

More info @ www.greatriverroadwinetrail.org

 

Base your wine tour in Alma, Wisconsin at the Blue Door Inn ... you'll be right in the center of the wine trail. 
 
Enjoy a long weekend of romance and adventure on the Great River Road Wine Trail! This special event presents ample opportunities to sample fine food and wine, from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Each winery on the Great River Road Wine Trail will feature their award winning wines and ciders paired with an array of local foods designed with gourmet flair. In addition to local foods, some wineries will also feature live music by local talent.

STOCKHOLM ART FAIR

July 9th

Stockholm, WI (just 30 minutes from the Blue Door Inn)

More info @ www.stockholmartfair.org

 

For over 40 years artists have been filling the lovely Stockholm Village Park overlooking Lake Pepin on the third Saturday each July. The charming little village of Stockholm will once again host one of the best art fairs around—over 100 artists with exceptional art including paintings, jewelry, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, leather, photography and more. Food vendors entice you with many locally made and unusual offerings such as wood fired pizza, portabella mushroom sandwiches, locally roasted coffee and a variety of food choices!  Talented regional musicians perform onstage throughout the day, and there are activities for children as well.

SWISS HERITAGE DAYS

August 13th & 14th

Fun activities all along Main Street, live music, Swiss food, contests, showing of the movie Heidi, "Swiss Miss" Contest

More info @ www.swissheritagedays.com

 

Get your "SWISS" on and visit Alma during Swiss Heritage Days!

GRAPE STOMP

September 3rd

Danzinger Vineyards

More info at www.danzingervineyard.com

 

Dress up like Lucy Ricardo of "I Love Lucy" to be eligible for prizes.

 

This is the start of the harvest season for the vineyard, and like many local wineries, they hold the grape-stomping event to commemorate fall's arrival.  "Its the celebration of the end of one season, and the beginning of the harvest," Danzinger said. "We want to get new people out here to have fun and experience our vineyard."

ALMA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

September 4th

Alma Beach on the Mississippi River

Sponsored by the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce

More info at www.almawisconsin.com

 

Take a day from your Labor Day weekend and come to Alma, Wisconsin for annual Alma Music & Arts Festival.   One of the favorite summer events on the Upper Mississippi River!

 

The festival is set on the banks of the Mississippi River in Alma, Wisconsin and there isn’t a better way to end your summer.  Held Sunday of Labor Day weekend at the Alma Beach & Marina on the tree-lined shore of the great Mississippi River in Alma, Wisconsin; you can come by car or by boat.  

 

This is a fun family event featuring live music all afternoon, storytelling by Kenny Salwey, and fine arts & crafts from local & regional artists.  Many children’s activities are offered including games & pony rides.  Local community organizations offer great food at their booths with a wide variety and affordable options.

OLD TIME FARMFEST

Labor Day Weekend

Fountain City, WI (just 20 minutes from the Blue Door Inn)

Sponsored by the Fountain City Lions Club

More info @ www.farmfestlions.com

 

Showing old and new farm tractors and machinery brought in by local folks and collectors.

LAURA DAYS

September 10th & 11th

Pepin WI (just 20 minutes from the Blue Door Inn)

More info @ www.lauradays.org

 

Pepin, Wisconsin celebrates its distinction as the birthplace of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder and the setting for the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House in the Big Woods" every September during Laura Ingalls Wilder Days!

FALL BIRDING BY MINI TRAIN

Saturday in September, 7am to Noon

Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch and some of the best birding guides around)

Sponsored by Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center

More info @ http://www.wingsoveralma.org/natureeventsresources/birdingbyminitrain.html

 

A rare treat!  Birding by mini-rail car through the Tiffany State Wildlife Area and the Chippewa River Bottoms.  Riding the Chippewa Valley Motorcar Association's Mini-Train with a guide through the Tiffany Bottoms during the spring or fall migration is an unforgettable experience. 

FALL FRESH ART TOUR

October 1st & 2nd

More info @ www.freshart.org

 

The Fresh Art Tour is a self-guided road trip to 12 of the finest studios and galleries in the Lake Pepin and Chippewa River Valley areas of Wisconsin.  Offering a spring & fall tour each year, the event guides you to artists’ studios that are off the beaten track. 

QUILTING BY THE RIVER, Annual Quilt Show

October 15th & 16th

Sponsored by the Alma Historical Society

More info @ www.almahistory.org

 

As always, the show is a celebration of a true American art form.  Quilts are from local and regional quilters.  Included in the show are applique quilts, crazy quilts, art quilts, sampler quilts and traditional patchwork pattern quilts.  In addition to new quilt projects, the show also includes restoration projects of antique and vintage quilts. 

 

Quilts have evolved from a necessity to keep warm in the cold Wisconsin winters to works of art that are cherished and passed down from generation to generation.  Many can recall the soft colors, comforting designs and warmth that came from hugging an old family quilt.  Visit the Quilt Show and step back to that familiar time and stand in awe as you have the opportunity to view the craftsmanship of our local quilters.

SPAGHETTI ON THE BLUFF, Annual Fundraiser

October 16th

Sponsored by the Alma Historical Society

More info @ www.wingsoveralma.org

 

Enjoy a great spaghetti dinner at Danzinger Vineyard with terrific views from the bluff and help raise funds to support the work of the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.  Raffle, silent auction and artists in house.

FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL

October 19th-23rd

Alma, Pepin & Stockholm WI

More info @ www.flywayfilmfestival.org 

 

Base your stay in Alma, Wisconsin at the Blue Door Inn ... you're right in Alma for showings at Big River Theatre and only 20-30 minutes from Pepin & Stockholm.
 

Flyway Film Festival takes place on the beautiful shores of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin.  Featuring over 50 films, dozens of visiting filmmakers, panel discussions and workshops.  Thursday night Kickoff Gala with food, filmmakers and live music in Pepin.  All this in an intimate and interactive environment along the banks of the Mississippi River.

HOLIDAY HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

November 12th & 13th, 11am to 6pm

$30 per person

Danzinger Vineyard & the wineries of the Great River Road Wine Trail

More info @ www.greatriverroadwinetrail.org

 

Base your wine tour in Alma, Wisconsin at the Blue Door Inn ... you'll be right in the center of the wine trail. 
 
Enjoy a long weekend of romance and adventure on the Great River Road Wine Trail! This special event presents ample opportunities to sample fine food and wine, from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Each winery on the Great River Road Wine Trail will feature their award winning wines and ciders paired with an array of local foods designed with gourmet flair. In addition to local foods, some wineries will also feature live music by local talent.

CHRISTMAS IN ALMA

Every Weekend From Mid-November Through December

Danzinger Vineyard & the wineries of the Great River Road Wine Trail

More info @ www.almawisconsin.com/christmasinalma.html

 

MAIN STREET Christmas Shopping Events
Of course shopping for Christmas gifts is a highlight of the Christmas season.  Enjoy the many shops and galleries on Main Street offering special holiday sales and unique one-of-a-kind items.  Alma businesses offer several weekend Christmas Main Street Shopping Events.

Festival of Trees, silent auction
here you can make a silent auction bid for a decorated Christmas Tree to take home.

Christmas House Walk, experience historic homes and buildings of Alma decorated for Christmas.

Christmas Open House hosted by the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce with a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, Christmas movies and a showcase of  Festival of Trees.
 
Alma Community Christmas Tree Lighting 
on Main Street followed by caroling and refreshments at Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.