Serendipity (noun): That quality which, through good fortune and sagacity*, allows a person to discover something good while seeking something else.
18th Century Writer and based upon the Persian folktale, "The Three Princes of Serendip"
* Sagacity means personal alertness, awareness, and understanding
(we looked it up, since we didn't know ourselves).
Inn Serendipity serves as an incubator for land stewardship, ecologically-based design and living, ecopreneuring, exploration of "right livelihood," and more sustainable approaches to agriculture and forestry. Inn Serendipity is completely powered by 100-percent renewable energy. Based on how we operate and through participation in various carbon offset programs, all aspects of our business -- including our hospitality business, speaking related to our books, marketing consulting and freelance writing -- result in us operating as a "carbon negative" business, sequestering more carbon dioxide annually than we emit from our business operations and our lifestyle.
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. Inn Serendipity has been featured in ABC News, MSNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, Vegetarian Times, Conde Nast Traveler and numerous other media.
We love straw bale construction. Inn Serendipity's conversion of an old granary/corn crib into an active solar heated straw bale greenhouse has allowed us to grow papayas and other tropicals in the past; now it's used for starting transplants in the spring and curing garlic and onions. Garlic is one of our main cash crops.
Our calendar of events offers activity ideas and on-farm happenings. Or try out a few of our summer recipes. You can read Lisa's blogs on the Farmstead Chef cookbook Facebook page. You can read John's blogs on our ECOpreneuring book Facebook page. Or become a fan of Inn Serendipity on Facebook. If you're looking for fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce, consider purchasing direct from our organic farm.
outside Monroe, WI (in Green County)
Powered by the wind and sun. The award-winning Inn Serendipity has been considered among the "top 10 eco-destinations in North America." Inn Serendipity features vegetarian cuisine with ingredients harvested mostly from the Inn's organic gardens. The Inn is a "Platinum" Green Leader for Trip Advisor, "demonstration home" for Real Goods, "Gold" level Green America Business and Energy Star Small Business, serving as a showplace for energy conservation and more environmentally and socially responsible living. The Inn is certified as a Travel Green Wisconsin and Green Routes accommodation.
outside Hillsboro, WI (in Vernon County about two hours northwest of the B&B in Browntown, Wisconsin)
Our conservation and environmental stewardship efforts have led us to Inn Serendipity Woods, an evolving 30-acre wildlife sanctuary and rural cabin located near Hillsboro, Wisconsin, in Vernon County (it's 2.5 hours away from the B&B). Located within an hour's drive of the famous Elroy to Sparta bike trail and Wisconsin's most crooked river, the Kickapoo, the cabin is ideal for families, a small group or a couple looking for a private getaway in nature. The 2.28 kW PV system at the cabin produces more electricity than is used annually. Available for rental from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Six weeks advance booking required.
We believe in the power of commerce to support "right livelihood" without compromising the environment or human rights. Available for purchase are some of our books, including:
Gift certificates to Inn Serendipity, artisan-crafted Inn Serendipity mugs and super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) lights are available from our B&B and Greenhouse Store.
At Inn Serendipity, we are trying to pioneer a different way of doing business, one which strives to value "natural capital" and respect all life on Earth. Based on how we operate and participation in various carbon offset programs, all aspects of our business -- including our hospitality business, speaking related to our books, marketing consulting and freelance writing -- result in us operating as a "carbon negative" business, sequestering more carbon dioxide annually than we emit from our business operations and our personal lifestyle. We've formed partnerships with both non-profits and for profits that share our interest in stewarding the land, fostering diversity and inspiring social change.
Inn Serendipity is known for some of its environmental and social innovations. This page also includes a few listings of other articles about several projects with which we are involved.
Conservationist-Author-Innkeeper-student-teacher-spouse-muffin baker-bioneer...While we wear many different hats, we're both fueled by passion and commitment to leave this planet a better place.
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