The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

From Japan to Madison: The Tradition of a Thousand Paper Cranes

IMG_0526[1]For our guests, as well as family and friends who have visited our home, most know we have a number of paper cranes throughout The Livingston Inn. They appear here and there, changing places, all in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. We always offer to guests the opportunity to adopt one for their journey home at the end of their stay with us. So, some of the cranes have now found new homes. A guest or two has also made one themselves with some paper they had with them (most anything will do), and we have been the fortunate recipients of their gifts.  Continue reading

Turn on Johnson: Shop Til You Drop

The Turn on Johnson website has a countdown.  It’s the number of days until the Johnson Street construction is finished.  As I write this blog, the countdown says 103 days.  I’m sure many of the neighbors, commuters, and area businesses will be grateful when that number approaches zero.

At the same time, our neighborhood campaign asking residents and visitors to “turn on” Johnson Street during construction and patronize our small business community entreats us not to be controlled by the future.  Instead, we should embrace the present.

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Fall Forward

Fifteen years ago, Peggy and I moved to Madison.  We came for a variety of reasons that made sense for our family.  We left Breckenridge, Colorado — where we had met when we both worked in the hospitality industry there — the first week of November, right between the summer and winter seasons. Continue reading

Ghost Stories

The Livingston Inn at Halloween

Halloween is coming!

In case you didn’t know, the Furlan family loves all of the holidays, and it’s especially fun being in such a beautiful, elegant, historic home.  Peggy is such a wonder at decorating, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have such a fabulous canvas to “paint” on, decoration-wise.  Look at the fantastic Livingston Inn with its Halloween costume on: Continue reading

Connections and Reunions

As mentioned in last week’s post, The Livingston Inn was honored to have hosted a reunion for the Harman sisters on Sept 16, 2012, exactly one year to the day from our Grand Opening celebration.

This was indeed a special afternoon.  When you talk to Gail and Jacquie about The Leitch House and what it’s meant to them, you get such a warm and friendly feeling about their family, and what a fun, welcoming role this historic home has played in so many Madisonians’ lives. Continue reading

Connections and Beginnings

Peggy and I love owning this historic home.  We’ve often said that we consider ourselves stewards of the building and its history, so we’ve been very gratified by the positive reaction from our neighbors and the greater Madison community since we moved in.  There has been a good amount of positive press about the inn and about our wonderful Grand Opening, just over a year ago.

The Livingston Inn Grand Opening Sept 16, 2011

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Food for thought

A good friend of ours recently loaned us a copy of A Taste of Old Madison.  The cookbook was first published in 1974 and is a delightful who’s who of notable figures in Madison history.  Our friend brought us the cookbook because it features a photograph of the William T. Leitch house, the landmark designated name of The Livingston Inn.  Along with the photo, there is a recipe provided by Marie Minor (Mrs. Bertran) Doyon.  Marie Doyon was the daughter-in-law of Moses Doyon, Madison mayor from 1888-90 and owner of the house from 1881-1902. Continue reading