The most beautiful place on earth! I know this to be true because my father always made that comment when we returned home from summer vacations. Rembrandt and Rutabagas B&B is located on my family farm where I grew up. It is situated in a valley on Horse Creek, just four miles north of Richland Center, Wisconsin. My road, Galway Road, was named for the Walsh family, an Irish family who settled here in the 1800s, because the large green hills reminded them of their homeland in Galway County, Ireland.
Rembrandt and Rutabagas is a different kind of Bed and Breakfast. The name, itself, points out the contrasts in my life – serious art (Rembrandt) and women friends who just want to have fun (Rutabagas). I am the “Boss Queen” of the Rutabaga Queens of Richland Center, Wisconsin, one of more than 2000 chapters of the Sweet Potato Queens based in Jackson Mississippi. The history of the Kintz farm which has been in the family for over 60 years is in juxtaposition with the white stucco International Style home that is the B&B. There is no “farm house” on the property, though you will see farm outbuildings, cattle and crops on this 200 acre farm. The house is an unusual sight in this countryside!
It is the unexpected that defines this B&B. I am an artist and art teacher who enjoys seeing the smiles on visitors’ faces as they notice the humorous details in my decorating style. An abundance of color is the first thing you will notice as you enter and you will continue to find an eclectic mix of furnishings and collections which evoke a sense of whimsy. The rooms each have different styles of design and accessories including Art Deco, 1940’s, Mid-century, Moderne, 1960’s, 1970’s, as well as family heirlooms.
If you are an artist, writer, photographer, animal lover, athlete or naturalist you will be drawn to this B&B. If you are into making your own art my farm offers 200 acres of beautiful vistas to sketch and paint. (Stay tuned for the opening of The Flying Cat Artist Studio in the summer of 2012. Classes and workshops in the arts are being planned.) Roam the 200 acres of hills to find a special peaceful spot to meditate, observe nature, write or take photographs. The deer and turkeys are in plain view most mornings and evenings—but not to worry! No hunting is allowed on this property! The wildlife find a safe haven here. You will enjoy walking or biking the beautiful and sometimes challenging back roads around the B&B or strolling through my flower beds.
Richland Center is the hometown of world renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The A.D. German Warehouse was designed by Wright and is located in downtown Richland Center. The Red Door Gallery is a great place to view and purchase work by local artisans. Richland Center’s latest store, Area 51 Vintage Interiors sports a large array of vintage modern furnishings, lighting and accessories, (1920’s-80’s) including Art Deco, Moderne, Arts and Crafts, industrial design, Mid Century and mod styles and various odd unidentified objects. Auditorium Antiques, located in the state’s first Municipal Auditorium, offers an eclectic selection of antiques. Visitors to Richland Center will also enjoy checking out the various specialty shops and restaurants.
Richland Center is halfway between Madison and La Crosse – only one hour from each city. It is also between Chicago and Minneapolis – only a little over three hours from each. Spring Green which boasts Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the American Players Theater, is only 25 miles from Richland Center. Fall brings the harvest at our local apple orchards and the Center Color Fiesta celebration is the first weekend in October. Come see Richland Center’s very own Rutabaga Queens dance in the Canyon of Lights parade starting at 7:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of October.