WISCONSIN SILENT SPORTS PLACES TO STAY
PRESENTED BY SILENT SPORTS MAGAZINE!
Amherst (Portage County)
At or near the Tomorrow River State Trail, Lake Emily, Thorn Lake, bike trail north of town, Central Brewery tours, museums, Standing Rocks Trails (biking, running, hiking XC skiing). More on standing Rocks: Link – https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/06/07/standing-rocks-history-and-new-trail-build-the-fat-bike-heaven-of-standing-rocks-video-by-brian-davis/
Artha Sustainable Living Center B&B 715-824-3463 • URL Link: https://arthaonline.com/bed-and-breakfast/ XC Skiing, FatTire biking, snowshoeing & more in sustainable beauty.
Artha sits on a lush 55 acre plot with rolling hills of wooded land and open fields. Spend some time in the pristine wilderness of Wisconsin. Just 10 minutes from the beautiful Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, guests have access to many wonderful out door activities. A 30 minute drive to downtown Stevens Point and just 10 minutes south of Amherst, Artha sits in the heart of central Wisconsin. Come, relax and enjoy this sustainable oasis. Have a family reunion or come to one of our many workshops and retreats held year round. We have high speed wireless internet and HD cable TV available. Artha is the place to stay if you are afflicted by chemical sensitivities, we use no VOC paint, no wall to wall carpeting and natural cleaning and laundering products.
Striving for a healthy environment our towels and sheets are made from organic cotton and all non VOC paint has been used throughout the home. The bathroom is equipped with a low flow toilet and low flow shower head. Because of COVID-19, we are taking extra steps to disinfect and create a safe environment and we are not serving breakfasts. Continental Breakfast available, will have some combination of granola bars, cereal bars, fruit, pastries, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, juice, milk, and make your own coffee and tea. Additionally, there will be butter, jam/jelly, cream, and sugar available. Bring your own ingredients and have full use of the kitchen to prepare your own meals.
We are proud that Artha B & B is powered by solar, both for the homes water and heating needs as well as electrical usage. Our home has been part of the Solar Tour of Homes and is certified as a Travel Green Wisconsin accommodation.
APPLETON (Outagamie County)
• Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast 920-209-9711 Link: https://www.franklinstreetinn.
Experience the comfort, beauty and warmth of the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in Appleton, WI, a restored Queen Anne Victorian. In the heart of downtown Appleton:
“Our priority is your comfort! Victorian Charm with Modern Comfort includes exceeding your expectations with the comforts of home and more. Experience comfort and elegance when you sleep on our pillow-top beds covered in fine linens. Fluffy towels and plush robes combined with whirlpool baths and cozy fireplaces allow you to relax in our elegant, yet comfortable rooms and suites. The appetizing aroma of our full home-cooked breakfast will drift up to your room or suite. Your delicious and elegant breakfast is waiting for you in the beautiful dining room.”
Baraboo (Sauk County)
At or near the fabulous Devil’s Lake State Park (500′ bluffs!), Vertical Adventure guides (rock climbing), International Crane Foundation (wildlife natural areas), Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen, Distillery tours, Bluff Winery, and a tour of A.I. Ringling Mansion, among the many options.
• Inn at Wawanissee Point 608-355-9899 • Link: http://innatwawanisseepoint.com. Enjoy 40 acres of groomed trails. Complimentary snowshoes. Adjacent to Devil’s Head Ski Resort & state park recreational facilities.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point is a luxury villa secluded on 42 wooded acres atop the Baraboo Bluffs in Baraboo, Wisconsin, with an extraordinary, 36-mile vista of the Lake Wisconsin valley and beyond. We are a perfect “adults-only,” romantic getaway. Located just a few minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park outdoor activities abound from hiking, padding and more. Just 20 minutes down the road is Wisconsin Dells.
Camping In The Woods Near Devil’s Lake
In August 1981, we, Dave and Trudy Holdener, purchased a 42-acre wooded parcel known as Wawanissee Point from Vaughn Conway of Baraboo, Wis. This property, perched 800 feet above the Wisconsin River valley, was across the road and east of the Holdener family’s acre of land where Dave spent his childhood camping. We constructed an access road to a lookout point and cleared a path to the free-flowing spring. The following year we relocated the Holdener outhouse from across the road, and from that capital improvement followed 17 years of camping, trail blazing, tree planting and memorable family gatherings.
Planning A Dream Home
The mid 1990s found us sketching our dream home, which had to accomplish two things: showcase one of the most picturesque settings in the state and accommodate family and friends. In June 1998 we held a private groundbreaking ceremony. Framing commenced during the winter of 1999, and as the 10,000-square-foot structure emerged we realized this was indeed going to be a unique place. So special we needed to share it with others. And so the Inn at Wawanissee Point was born.
There are many challenges when building into and on top of a hill. As Frank Lloyd Wright so profoundly wrote:
No house should ever be on any hill, or on anything. It should be of the hill…belonging to it, So hill and house could live together, Each the happier for the other.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
With this credo guiding us, we carefully blended the warmth and beauty of wood, the strength and nobility of indigenous quartzite, and the serenity of spacious interiors, then surrounded it with miles of private, manicured hiking trails. We think Mr. Wright would approve.
It took six years to complete our dream. There are two very special people who made this possible. Trudy’s father, Alois (Louie) Hastreiter, a Bavarian master cabinetmaker who came to the United States in 1956, hand-picked all the red oak he used to craft the 42 doors, numerous columns and the detailed crown molding throughout the Inn. His beautiful marquetry (decorative wooden inlay) portraits and thresholds are found throughout the main level. Louie, now 93, continues to visit and enjoy his contributions.
Dave’s brother Richard, also a master cabinetmaker, crafted the stairwell, barrel roofs, radius balcony and magnificent kitchen cook-top and hood. Sadly, Richard passed away suddenly in January 2003 before the Inn was complete.
We invite you to experience this unique place, built by very special people so you can feel the magic of Wawanissee Point.
– Trudy and Dave Holdener
• Ringling House B&B 608-356-4229 • Link: http://ringlinghousebnb.com. Relax, rekindle & relish your stay in this luxurious historic home.
The Ringling House Estate
The Charles Ringling Estate is a one acre site located several blocks from the business district of Baraboo, Wisconsin. The parcel contains four wood frame buildings: the Charles Ringling House, a carriage house, the Conway Cottage, and a small barn. The lot is planted with mature oaks and maples, mainly on the east and north side, and newer trees, replacing the original elms, on the street aspects.
The property is bounded by Eighth, Ninth and Ash streets with an alley passing behind the house in an east-west direction. The house stands by itself on the southern half of the property, all other buildings are contained on the northern half. The Carriage House is situated behind the main house, the little barn on the north-east side of the alley, and the Cottage north of the barn, facing Ninth Street on the north-east corner of the lot.
The Charles E. Ringling House Exterior
The Charles Ringling House is a large, wood frame, Georgian Revival residence built by the Isenberg Brothers of Baraboo in 1900. The house is two stories high with a full attic located under its hipped roof. Gables emphasize the central bays on the front and side elevations. The house rests on a rusticated granite ashlar foundation which rises in even courses to approximately three feet above ground level. The house is canary yellow with white detailing.
The principal facade of the house faces onto Eighth Street and is approached by a sidewalk. From here, wide steps lead up to a large landing floored in red tile and with rusticated granite surrounds. From the terrace four more steps lead to the one story front porch. Fluted, wood Ionic columns support an entablature with dentils and the porch’s flat roof. A turned wood balustrade runs between the columns, and is repeated on the roof of the porch. The porch extends across three bays of the ground floor facade, and defines the main block of the house.
The ground floor facade, lying some nine feet behind the columns, divided into bays by applied Ionic pilasters. The two outer pilasters terminate the porch. The two central pilasters rise behind the porch to the full two stories of the house. Together with pilaster corner boards, the tall pilasters provide visual support for a second dentilled entablature capped by a heavily molded cornice. The two tall pilasters also provide the base for a central pediment. In its center is a lunette framed with heavy molding. At the center of the porch is a double front door of oak with an egg and dart molding surrounding single, glazed panels. The door is flanked by 10 light side panels. The flanking bays each contain a large single sash window with an overhead fixed, two light panel. The second story fenestration is of double hung windows, in the center of each of the flanking bays, and paired windows in the central bay.
On the east side, the central bay, marked off by plain strips, is capped by a gable with a large double window surmounted by a lunette similar to that of the center front. In the left hand bay, a broad, high set tripartite leaded glass window is centrally placed under the flat roof of the second story porch. The west leg contains three square, leaded windows set below a shallow cornice molding.
The second story contains a single double hung sash window. The far left bay of the east leg is lit by two sash windows below and a single window above. The rear bay contains a large, Palladian motif window, framed in heavy molding. The roof line is also irregular; a large double dormer breaks the roof line at the rear bay. The elevator tower rises above the service bay and, although it was added later, the tower maintains the same materials, cornice molding, and corner pilaster strips found elsewhere on the exterior.
However, in contrast to the predominantly rectilinear windows elsewhere, those of the tower have arched tops giving the structure the impression of the belvederes of the Italian Villa style. Located within the U is a large porte cochere. A balustraded flat deck is supported by paired Ionic columns standing on a low granite wall. The columns are round and fluted, except at the corners where they become square piers with Ionic capitals.
The porch portion of the porte cochere provides two means of access. From the drive there is a high step to disembark from a carriage. Pedestrian access is provided at the side by a short flight of stairs. The door from the porch leads to the back hall. This door is glazed, set in paneled oak. A second, service door is located at ground level at the base of the service bay. On the west side of the house we return to a more regular plan.
As on the east side, there is a slightly protruding central bay with a gable lit by a double window surmounted by a lunette. The ground floor windows are large, corresponding to the entertainment functions of this side of the house. On the left is a bay window. At the center is a set of three windows and to the right single windows flank a central chimney.
BELLVILLE (Dane & Green Counties)
• Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn 608-424-6340 Link: www.cameorose.com
Four state trails converging near us: Badger, Sugar River, Military Ridge & Capitol City. Trails can all be accessed from the Cameo Rose as a starting point. Ideally situated minutes from vibrant Madison and the University of Wisconsin, New Glarus, Mount Horeb, Verona’s Epic Campus, and near four bike trails, the Inn offers affordable luxury lodging accommodations, distinctive fireplace, and rooms with whirlpools and the best beds and best breakfast in the Midwest. Experience a stress-free world of immense peace and beauty that awaits you at our Madison, WI area B&B retreat. Enjoy a romantic getaway, hike through our managed forests and relax in our country home nestled amidst rolling hills and picturesque woodlands. You’ll love the spectacular views, miles of private mowed trails, gardens, gazebos, hanging swings, serenity pond, soothing waterfalls and stargazing. As Jay Lerner once said, “Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.” Enjoy a genuine getaway in an elegant Southern WI bed and breakfast with Spring flower beds, Summer rose gardens, Fall foliage color and a Winter wonderland. Treat yourself to one of the most beautiful places to stay, a peaceful retreat and a Wisconsin green travel eco-friendly boutique B and B hotel – ideal for all seasons and for all reasons.
BIRCHWOOD (Washburn County)
Over 100 miles of scenic hiking trails wind through the pristine forests and along the beautiful lakes and rivers of Washburn County. Trails vary from short beginner trails to longer more difficult trails for the more experienced hiker. Washburn County’s excellent hiking trails include the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, Stone Lake Wetland Park, Trego Lake, Trego Nature trails and many more. Click on the following for a complete listing: washburncounty.org/what-to-do/hiking-and-wildlife-viewing. Dining in Washburn County (Pop. Approx. 15,000) (Link⇒) Washburn County Dining. Dining in Birchwood (Pop. Est. 350): (Link ⇒) Restaurants Birchwood Wisconsin
Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast 715-354-3494 Link: http://www.cobblestonebedandbreakfast.com
The lodging at Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast in Birchwood, Wisconsin is an ideal retreat. Come hide away at this bed and breakfast inn centrally located between Rice Lake, Spooner, Ladysmith and Hayward WI. Take a step back in thyme to this turn of the century country manor. Every season offers a reason to visit this enchanting bed and breakfast. Lilac, apple, cherry and plum trees blossom in spring, with scents of days gone by. On a lazy summer afternoon, stroll down to the beach for a dip, or sip a glass of homemade lemonade. Rustle through the leaves on a cool fall morning or sit for a spell on the front porch swing. Play the winter away at nearby Christie Mountain, or venture onto the Ice Age or Tuscobia trails and indulge in the “Great North Woods.” The Olde English-style lamps light your path along cobblestone walkways to the porch of this charming Birchwood WI B&B. The Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast is designed around the concept of simple comfort and elegance. The grounds of our beautiful bed and breakfast inn offer a perfect setting for a peaceful respite after a gourmet breakfast. Honeysuckle, lilac, and mature pines grace the grounds. The Community of Birchwood WI, where the Cobblestone Bed & Breakfast Inn is located, is equally unique, offering many activities to enjoy and sights to see during your stay. Birchwood is known as the “Four Corners” because it’s centrally located between Rice Lake, Spooner, Ladysmith and Hayward Wisconsin. “Around the Four Corners” written by Ethel Elliott Chappelle (know as Mrs. Birchwood) celebrates and narrates the history of our Great Northwoods also known as “God’s Country”. This book is available at our Bed and Breakfast. The Cobblestone Bed and Breakfast is open year round and has accommodations for up to 18 guests.
Cable (Bayfield County)
Home of so many notable silent sports races, such as the American Birkebeiner Ski Race and Trail Festival Run, and Fatbike/road bike races. But also the old Telemark trails, CAMBA (Cable & Seeley MTB trails) – so many hiking/running trails, Cable was named “Trail Town USA” by the American Hiking Association. Then there’s the nearby Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers for beautiful paddling and fishing, and over 950 inland lakes. After your silent sports, there’s the Redbery Book Store, the Natural History and Namekagon History Museums, and Forest Lodge Library, and eateries such as the Bird House Cafe and Catering, Velo Cafe, and the Ideal Market/River Eatery.
• The Start Line Inn 312-363-9823 • Link: http://startlineinn.com. Located mere yards from the Birkie and CAMBA trails. See Silent Sports article for the full, beautiful details – Link: Check out the complete story at: https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/07/09/start-line-inn/
Cudahy (Milwaukee County)
Milwaukee Nightlife and Dining, Lake Michigan beaches, South Shore Cyclery, Warnimont Park (cycling, trails, lake shore), Cudahy Nature Preserve, Sheridan Park, Dog-friendly parks.
Sheridan’s B&B 414-747-9810 • Link: http://sheridansbnb.com. Sophisticated, plush amenities… close to Downtown Milwaukee & Airport!
Green Lake (Green Lake County)
Located on the north side of Green Lake. Measuring over a quarter square mile of surface area, Green Lake is the deepest of Wisconsin’s natural inland lakes, with boat tours and water sports. Although its population is around 1,000, Green Lake offers a beautiful town square with the Thrasher Opera House. White River Marsh State Wildlife Area is a short drive away, and Green Lake itself offers several local hiking/ running trails maintained by the “Green Team” comprised of three groups working together. Wetlands, estuaries, lake shore, and more. Cyclists can loop the lake, a trail 24 miles around Green Lake’s perimeter on low or no-traffic paved trails. Off-road cyclists can enjoy the Ceresco Prairie Mountain Bike Trail at Ripon College, with switchbacks, climbs, and jumps, through forest and prairie. Fatbiking welcome in winter season.
• Greenway House B&B 920-379-0033 • Link: http://GreenwayhouseBandB.com. Classic Charm, modern amenities, whirlpool & fireplace rooms + more!
A Historic Bed And Breakfast Retreat In The Heart Of Green Lake Take a seat on the classic wrap-around porch. Feel the gentle lake breeze. Exhale. You’ve arrived at the Greenway House Bed and Breakfast, where classic elegance and traditional charm live in harmony with modern amenities designed for your ultimate comfort, enjoyment and convenience. Sit back, relax and enjoy your stay at our historic retreat in the heart of beautiful Green Lake, Wisconsin. Check out so much of what the area the Greenway House B&B is nestled within has to offer:https://greenwayhousebandb.com/locals-guide/ Hosts Candace & Paul are originally from California, and they have successfully managed properties in several different states by utilizing their love of travel, joy in exploring and getting to know new places, and appreciation of meeting and sharing life’s experience with new people. Both Candace and Paul are accomplished “chefs” and have a passion for creating sumptuous breakfasts using the freshest, preferably local, highest quality ingredients available. They have a proven track record of providing the ultimate in guest service and are dedicated to ensuring a memorable experience, which keeps guests looking forward to their next visit. The Greenway House Bed and Breakfast looks forward to having you as our guest to enjoy the gracious hospitality and delicious offerings, courtesy of Candace and Paul.
Hartford (Washington and Dodge Counties)
In Hartford you are near the Kettle Moraine State Forest, 678-acre Pike Lake Unit. Pike Lake itself is at 446 acres. With an observation tower, beach, hiking, running, and biking (with part of the Ice Age Trail coming through!), it’s no surprise there is also a naturalist program. Also nearby: Rubicon River Bike Trail, Druid Lake, and Glacier Hills County Park.
Westphal Mansion Inn B&B 262-673-7938 • Link: http://WestphalMansionInn.com. Lavish decor throughout, blending the ambiance of yesteryear with today’s comforts.
The Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast is a Local Historical Landmark site; in Hartford, WI. It is a restored, 1913 English Tudor mansion perched on a terraced triangular hill, overlooking Hartford’s Historic Downtown. It is located at the corner of 90 South Main St. and Branch St.(Hwy 83) in Washington County, Wisconsin. The Inn is 30 miles North of Milwaukee, 1 hour from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport and 2 hrs. from O’Hare Chicago Airport. When you go someplace special, you want to stay someplace special. And now, more than ever, during this unprecedented time, we continue to have a commitment to keeping travel safe. The Inn is the “Better & Safer Way to Stay” and the perfect escape for a romantic getaway, adult leisure, business travelers, small weddings, shower parties, family reunions, church retreats and performing artists; right in the middle of the beautiful countryside of the Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin.
Horicon (Dodge County)
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, with its Fourmile Island Rookery State Natural Area, Nitschke Mounds County Park, Mayville Park Pavilion, and Dodge County Ledge Park offer hiking/running trails and notable bird-watching. And the Rock River and Sinissippi Lake offer wonderful paddling opportunities. Then enjoy The Ice Cream Station, Gingers Hide Away, the Rock River Tap Bar & Grill, or China House.
Honeybee Inn 920-485-4855 • Link: http://honeybeeinn.com. Historic charm w/ modern conveniences; TripAdvisor 2019 5-Star Excellence Rating.
Wisconsin welcomes you to the beautiful and romantic Honeybee Inn Bed and Breakfast in Horicon! Honeybee Inn is just 45 minutes from Milwaukee, Madison, and Oshkosh Wisconsin. We are 25 minutes from West Bend, WI and 14 minutes from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. We are located about 8 blocks from the Horicon Marsh and just under 2 miles to the Wild Goose State Trail. The Honeybee Inn Bed & Breakfast in Horicon Wisconsin is the perfect place for romantic getaways, birding, reunions, business stays, anniversaries or just to enjoy the superb Horicon Marsh Wildlife area in Dodge County. No stay would be complete without visiting the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, the renowned Horicon Marsh. The 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh is a stopping ground to almost 300 species of birds, making this the Midwest’s top birding hot spot. Enjoy this “postcard” from the Horicon Marsh!
It’s always about the food! Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but in today’s fast-paced society, who has the time? Well don’t worry about that here, because breakfast is at your choosing, 7:00am to 9:00am. You tell us when you want to eat! We take breakfast very seriously here at Honeybee Inn, and we guarantee no one goes away hungry!
Hudson (St. Croix County)
Silent Sports galore! Located on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border on the shore of beautiful Lake St. Croix, this is a paddler’s paradise. Willow River State Park gives you 3,000 acres of hiking, running, biking fun, plus stunning waterfalls (200′-gorge drop), Lakefront Park with beaches and lifeguards. Brekke Park, Valley View Park, Brown’s Beach, Little Falls Dam, Perch Lake, Homestead Parklands- the list of fabulous water, beaches, parks, and trailways goes on.
Plus historic neighborhoods, concerts on the beach, cultural art centers and museums. Family and silent sporters can unite in enjoying all Hudson and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Phipps Inn 715-386-0800 • Link: https://www.phippsinn.com/. This Queen Anne style mansion along the river is close to shopping, the arts and many outdoor activities. Stunning inside and out.
The Phipps Inn is the premier Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast in the St. Croix River Valley of Western Wisconsin. It is located on Historic Third Street in the beautiful city of Hudson, Wisconsin where it is a short walk to downtown restaurants, shops and the river. Our guests enjoy our many common areas including a Billiards Room, the spacious front porch, and three parlors which are all welcoming, warm and elegant. We are known for our delicious multi-course breakfasts and our friendly yet unobtrusive hospitality. We specialize in the three Rs: Romance. Relax. Refresh. All Phipps Inn guest rooms have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, bathrobes, and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Our beds are made with Comfy sheets for possibly the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have. Soft drinks and filtered water are available at all times.
Biking, boating, skiing, and hiking are among the activities enjoyed by our guests. The Phipps Center for the Arts in downtown Hudson offers plays, concerts, and galleries. For additional entertainment, we are six miles from Stillwater and thirty minutes from the Mall of America and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. For those coming in from out of state, we are just a half hour drive from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. We’re close to home, yet a hundred years away. Let the Phipps Inn become your favorite escape for birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons or just quiet time away from your everyday life. Phipps Inn gift certificates are a great way to show someone how special they are and may be ordered on line or by phone.
A NOTE ABOUT YOUR STAY
With all the news about the COVID-19 (Corona-virus), we wanted to take a moment and update our future guests who have plans to travel to the Phipps Inn. We have always taken guest health and safety very seriously and have always had a very strict cleaning and sanitizing policies in place to protect your health. You should also know that a typical hotel cleaning staff has at most about 15 – 30 minutes to completely clean a guest room. But at the Phipps Inn, you will find much more attention to detail. Our housekeepers typically spend between 60 to 75 minutes per room, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting after every guest turnover. Below are some of the additional steps that are taken to keep you safe during your stay:
- Face masks are required at check-in and in common areas of the inn.
- Hand sanitizer is available in the common areas of all three floors.
- All room keys, bathroom fixtures, and room surfaces including doorknobs and light switches are disinfected after every guest.
- Breakfast will be served in the privacy of your guest room.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these changes or would like a description of other changes due to the virus that are not listed. We hope that you and your families stay well!
Hustler (Juneau County)
At approximately 200 residents, what could the Village of Hustler and its surrounding areas have to offer? To start, the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, at over 43,000 acres, is a short trip north. Miles and miles of trails with stunning views the whole way. Mill Bluff State Park, part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, is a short drive. Stunning bluffs to explore and hike to the top for more stunning views. XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, biking, paddlesports, and just seeing the sights. Avoid the crowds while still doing it all!
Fountain Chateau B&B 608-427-3787 • Link: http://fountainchateau.com. Natural vacation land w/ parks & trails for XC skiers & more.
Take Time To Refresh …Come to the Fountain Chateau. The Fountain Chateau Bed and Breakfast Inn, a historic inn, located in Hustler, Wisconsin. A traveler’s haven in a quiet historic town, set amidst rolling hills and beautiful bluffs. Select from eight unique guest rooms, each reflecting the cultural ambiance of travel, art, music and literature. Our area was carved out of sandstone bedrock some 18,000 years ago, Forming lakes, rivers, and streams, blessing Juneau County Wisconsin with year-round adventure…
Paved Biking Trails, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Groomed Snowmobile Trails
…and beautiful spaces to renew your spirit!
The Omaha Bike Trail:
This beautiful trail was originally the Omaha Railroad. The bike trail connects right next door to the Fountain Chateau B&B, where you can take a walk or a bike ride all the way to the Elroy and the world-famous Elroy Sparta Trail and the 400 State Park Trail. Whether you are a serious cyclist or someone who enjoys a leisurely pace, ride on a secluded trail, you will love this 12 mile, seal-coated bike trail that features an 875′ tunnel.
The Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail:
“The trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along it’s 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall. The Elroy Sparta Trail is the property of the State of Wisconsin and is part of its State Trails System run by the Department of Natural Resources and supported by the Friends of the Elroy Sparta Trail.”
– Provided by the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail. For more information, click here.
Lake Mills (Jefferson County)
68 trails with a total of 705 miles to choose from, there isn’t anything lacking for runners, hikers, and bikers. At the shores of Rock Lake, and Bean Lake nearby paddlers have a paradise to ply their paddles and take their photos. Beaches aplenty for swimmers and children to play on. Glacial Drumlin state Trail-West (52 miles!), considered one of Wisconsin’s best bicycle trails, is right there. Aztalan State Park, 172 acres along the Crawfish River, a designated National Historic Landmark since 1954, is a quick drive. Come learn about its historic platform mounds. Plenty of dining to choose from, including the Grist Bar & Table, Hering’s Sand Bar & Grill, Aztalan Bar & Grill, Cafe on the Park, and more.
Fargo Mansion Inn 920-648-3654 • Link: http://fargomansion.com. Weekend packages featuring a private wine-tasting available.
The Fargo Mansion Inn is a Queen Anne Classic structure listed on both the national registry as well as the state level of historic places. With its inviting wrap around porch and intricate fret work, situated on almost a one acre lot, the Inn certainly makes a statement of its own. The Fargo Mansion Inn is perfect for your get away no matter the reason. A romantic anniversary, a birthday celebration, visiting family, riding the Glacial Drumlin Bike trail, or to just relax and unwind. Located in the city of Lake Mills, just a half hour from Madison, one hour from Milwaukee, and two hours from Chicago, the Fargo Mansion Inn is conveniently located in Wisconsin’s Southern Gateway. Nestled on the shores of Rock Lake, one of the state’s cleanest freshwater lakes, while you are at the mansion enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, skiing or sailing. The city also offers shopping, dining and an extensive calendar of year long events.
Legendary Lake Mills in beautiful Jefferson County Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From the mysterious waters of Rock Lake to the scenic Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail to historic Aztalan State Park and Museum to the picturesque downtown shopping and dining district, Lake Mills has something for everyone!
Why are the waters of Rock Lake so mysterious? Many tales have been told of stone structures reported to be found on the bottom of Rock Lake. One such legend says that after suffering a long and terrible drought, natives appealed to their gods for help by building and using sacrificial pyramids. In answer to their prayers, great waters soon covered the pyramids and created the beautiful lake the Native Americans came to call Tyranena meaning, sparkling waters.
Legends aside, Rock Lake is a crystal clear 1,371-acre recreational oasis, beckoning fun-seeking visitors and residents to its cool waters and tree-lined shores. The lake is surrounded by five parks which offer fishing, swimming, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, water-skiing, or a leisurely sunset cruise, all part of your next legendary experience.
Lake Mills lies on the shores of Rock Lake just 25 miles east of Madison and 55 miles west of Milwaukee. Take I-94 exit #259. If you’re traveling from the north or south, Hwy 89 is our Main Street – what could be easier!
Check out the following video to take in the Silent Sports and other amenities joy of Lake Mills
Madison (Dane County)
With the University of Wisconsin, the State Capitol, UW Arboretum, and a domed observatory, the arts, concerts, and great eateries thrive, and provide plenty of great touring opportunities for families. And being the home of the MadNorSki Ski club, you know there are trail opportunities in abundance, such as Elver Park, Odana Hills, Yahara Hills, and Cheroke Marsh South Conservation, and more. Runners, hikers, and bikers can have their day when the snow is gone, and also at the Military Ridge State Trail (for an easier ride), but also difficult trails called Sandy Bowl and Drop Zone, and many more such as Pleasant View, from easy to moderate to difficult. Paddlers have a field day with the twin lakes of Mendota and Monona, with direct access to the Yahara River, at the doorstep, and Capitol Springs Recreational Area on the shores of Lake Waubesa. With abundant swimming, biking, and running opportunities, it’s no wonder that Madison is home to the world class Ironman Wisconsin!
• The Livingston Inn 608-238-6317 • Link: http://livingstoninnmadison.com. Beautiful guest rooms w/modern-day amenities
The Livingston Inn is a 160-year old Gothic revival house and a historic landmark, one that we are thrilled to call our home in a city that we adore. Madison is one of the most eclectic cities in North America, one that has everything we want in a place to live, and to run a Bed and Breakfast. Madison has beautiful four-season weather, and is home to the Wisconsin Film Festival, fantastic museums, botanical gardens, and other fantastic activities that make Madison a top destination (⇐Link)for explorers and laid-back travelers alike.
Antiques and history surround you, but with the modern day conveniences that make life easier. We provide all guests with a full breakfast daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, and online movies. Close to the airport, downtown, the State Capitol, State Street, and the UW-Madison campus, The Livingston Inn is an ideal location for any traveler. Discover The Livingston Inn—a Madison bed & breakfast as unique and friendly as the city itself!
We are a Trip Advisor Award-Winning B&B in Madison, Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s award-winning bed and breakfast, The Livingston Inn, is a charming Gothic revival historic home located in the heart of Madison. Situated on Lake Mendota, the Inn is the perfect place for your next Madison trip. Five well-appointed suites are open for booking year round, and we’ll tailor your stay as much or as little as you’d like. Get dining recommendations or take a peak at our Madison current events calendar for vacation inspiration. Get a better feel for our place by browsing our photo gallery, or check out our reviews on Trip Advisor!
• Speckled Hen Inn 608-244-9368 • Link: http://speckledheninn.com. Rooms w/ fireplaces and jetted tubs! Winter rates=book & $ave!
The Speckled Hen Inn Bed & Breakfast was named #20 Best B&B in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in 2017, Best B&B in Wisconsin by the LA Times in November 2017, Best of Madison Winner in 2018 & 2019, and recommended as a Must Stay in Midwest Living Travel Guide and received the 2018 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award for Certificate of Excellence Awards 5 years of running! The Speckled Hen Inn features 5 uniquely different Guest Rooms, offering private baths with whirlpool jetted tubs, and fireplaces. Guests may enjoy the lounge, library and dining room as well as the large gathering room with a guest galley kitchen, theater room, game/puzzle table, computer, and piano. The 20–acre property features pastures with sheep and llama, grassland and wetland areas, two creeks, spruce and pine plantations, orchards, walking trails and flower and vegetable gardens. There are many sitting areas, an outdoor picnic table, a temperature controlled gazebo, and a fire pit for our guests to enjoy. You will also see a number of happy free ranging Speckled Hens that produce wonderful eggs that are available for purchase!
News from the Inn
- In addition to being voted #20 Best B&B in the U.S. in 2017, The Speckled Hen Inn has received a 2018 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award, the 2018 & 2020 HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence and the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Best of Madison , the 2014-2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. and 2017 & 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award. Conde Nast Traveler lists The Speckled Hen Inn as the place to stay in Madison in 2020!
- NEWS from The Speckled Hen Inn!
- Yes, it’s TRUE! Our rooms have FIREPLACES & JETTED TUBS
- The Speckled Hen Inn has FRESH EGGS FOR SALE
- Infusion Chocolates now available in our Romance Package
- Picking up or dropping off your student at the University of Wisconsin? Why not stay with us and treat yourself too!
- Need a getaway close to home, yet feels like you’re away from it all?
- Visit the Dane County Farmer’s Market and see our blog for insider tips!
- See why booking direct on our website will SAVE $$$$
- Madison is a great place to visit – check out our Blog for day trips
- Want a romantic getaway? Our suites have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs!
- Corporate Meeting Space, Retreats or Christmas Parties? Call for details
- How about a friends getaway this winter? Check out the property photos.
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Manitowoc (Manitowoc County)
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, Manitowoc offers paddling opportunities galore, but also the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (visit a submarine!) and West of the Lake Gardens. With a population over 33,000, Manitowoc offers plenty of fine and casual dining, plus concerts at the Capitol Civic Center. Twenty-six parks in the city offer boat launching and trails, including Mariners Trail and Rawley Point Recreation Trail, which provides 6-miles of uninterrupted hiking, biking, and pedaling trail views of Lake Michigan, at 6 miles, the longest in Wisconsin. And the Ice Age Trail goes through as well. Plenty of snowshoeing, XC skiing opportunities nearby, and Two Rivers close by to the north.
Reedsburg (Sauk County)
Along the Baraboo River, with a walkable, historic college campus, and at or near the fabulous Devil’s Lake State Park (500′ bluffs!), Vertical Adventure guides (rock climbing), International Crane Foundation (wildlife natural areas), Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park. Reedsburg is also the terminus of the 400 State Trail. Twenty-two miles made as part of the rails to trails program. Along the winding Baraboo River to Elroy, take the trail and find eleven bridges and five trail towns. Want more? The trail connects to the Hillsboro, Elroy-Sparta and Omaha bike trails. Afterwards, enjoy the BC Arts Gallery. Railway Museum, and horseback riding. Plenty of fine and casual dining opportunities.
Valley Springs Farm B&B 608-495-1096 • Link: http://valleyspringsfarmbb.com . Your peaceful, quiet, tranquil & relaxing getaway.
Valley Springs Farm Bed and Breakfast, your hotel alternative, is located in rural Reedsburg, just minutes from the 400 Bike Trail, Award Winning Cheese Factories, Amish Artisans and the Wisconsin Dells. Your Valley Springs Farm Bed & Breakfast experience in Wisconsin, takes you out to the tranquility of the farm where the only noises you’ll hear are the sounds of farm animals and an occasional tractor. No matter the season – springtime smells of fresh tilled earth, fresh cut alfalfa hay in the summer, brilliant autumn hues surrounding the valley or winter’s snow covered blanket – it will take you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Innkeepers Don and Dorothy Harms welcome you to a relaxing getaway at their farm home.
Farm to Table is not just a trend – it has been a way of life at Valley Springs Farm. A country-style breakfast is served everyday from 8:00 -10:00 am. There is nothing like a home cooked, farm-fresh breakfast to start your day! Food Restrictions?- Just let us know in advance of your stay. We cook with fresh produce, fruits, meats, and eggs sourced from local farms when possible.
Reedsburg Area Attractions
- Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce (start of the 400 bike trail) – 7 miles
- 400 Bike Trail – 7 miles
- Reedsburg Historical Society Pioneer Village – 9 miles
- Reedsburg Country Club – 7 miles
- Antiques on Main – 7 miles
- Lake Redstone & Dutch Hollow Lake (boating & fishing) – 9 miles
- Devils Lake State Park (hiking, swimming, cross country skiing) – 20 miles
- Mirror Lake State Park (hiking, cross country skiing) – 15 miles
- Carr Valley Cheese factory – 6 miles
- Cedar Grove Cheese factory – 20 miles
- International Crane Foundation – 17 miles
- Circus World Museum – 20 miles
- North Freedom Steam Train – 20 miles
- LaValle Art & Antique shops – 6 miles
- Baraboo Bluff Winery – 17 miles
- Wollersheim Winery – 30 miles
- American Players Theater – 35 miles
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin – 35 miles
- New Life Lavender Farm – 20 miles
- Narrows Creek Winery, just 3 miles away
- House on the Rock Spring Green – 35 miles
Mount Horeb (Dane County)
• Sunniva Inn 608-437-4427 Link: http://www.sunnivainn.com
A relaxing, tranquil stay in a beautifully restored 1903 Victorian Four Square Home! Rob and Jill’s dream of owning a B&B has been many years in the making. In their lives outside of Sunniva, Rob is a self-employed CPA, specializing in work with nonprofits and small business to meet their mission and goals. Jill is an IT professional at a local healthcare organization. after working 11 years at Epic. Both grew up in small towns and enjoy the outdoors—including gardening and prairie restoration—so they love life in Mount Horeb. Since they love to meet new people when they travel, Rob and Jill frequently stay at B&Bs. Interacting with hosts and other guests has given them a deeper understanding of their work as innkeepers and rich experiences that they hope to share, in turn, with Sunniva Inn guests. Our goal is always to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. From homemade breakfasts to local recommendations, get ready for the Sunniva Experience. Steps away from Main Street Mount Horeb and just 30 minutes from downtown Madison, Sunniva is ideally located for any kind of visit to Southwest Wisconsin. At Sunniva, the rooms are spacious and there are plenty of cozy and comfortable places to relax. Play a board game in the front parlor or people-watch from the front porch. When you’re here, you’re home.
Spring Green (Sauk County)
Along the Baraboo River, with a walkable, historic college campus, and at or near the fabulous Devil’s Lake State Park (500′ bluffs!), Vertical Adventure guides (rock climbing), International Crane Foundation (wildlife natural areas), Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park. Reedsburg is also the terminus of the 400 State Trail. Twenty-two miles made as part of the rails to trails program. Along the winding Baraboo River to Elroy, take the trail and find eleven bridges and five trail towns. Want more? The trail connects to the Hillsboro, Elroy-Sparta and Omaha bike trails. Afterwards, enjoy the BC Arts Gallery. Railway Museum, and horseback riding. Plenty of fine and casual dining opportunities. Trails to hike in Spring Green: Hiking Trails; Restaurants in Spring Green: Eateries; Come visit & tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin! (You will not be disappointed!): www.taliesinpreservation.org/; So much to do in Spring Green! Attractions/Activities.
• Silver Star Bed & Breakfast 608-935-7297 www.silverstarinn.com
Fantastic year round silent sports opportunities through exquisite scenery. Welcome to The Silver Star Inn We are a secluded country-style log lodge inn that has been offering a home away from home to guests since 1995. Antique, vintage and contemporary furnishings are artfully blended to create an interesting and casual environment. Situated on nearly 70 beautiful acres near Spring Green, Wisconsin, the inn offers the perfect venue for a special event, retreat, or romantic getaway. The Silver Star is only a few minute’s drive to American Player’s Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, and the unique House on The Rock. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking at Governor Dodge State Park, Tower Hill State Park, and the Spring Green Preserve. Our Guest Rooms include Ten uniquely decorated rooms await your arrival. You will be greeted by both antique and contemporary furnishings, full log walls, and spacious private bathrooms. Each guest room promises a peaceful retreat from the outside world. Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast is complimentary with your stay and served from 8-9AM in the dining room or outside. If necessary, other time arrangements may be made in advance. Please inform us of any special dietary restrictions prior to arrival. Children: We welcome children but please call or email in advance of booking to discuss with Elise. Infants and children under 4 years of age are limited to the lower level rooms. Please advise the innkeeper in advance of booking by calling 608-935-7297. Pets: No animals except service animals are allowed. Smoking: As a courtesy to our guests, we have a no smoking policy inside the inn. You are welcome to smoke outside, ashtrays available upon request. Internet: Satellite internet access is available in most areas of the inn. It is reliable, but don’t expect lightning fast speeds, and streaming videos or movies is discouraged.
Sturgeon Bay (Door County)
Well, the entryway city into Door County, from golfing to cherry wine (and pit spitting contests), everything awaits you! With Lake Michigan to the east and west of you (and north!), you’ll find the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Shop Canal Preserve. Crossroads and Big Creek offers stunning views in winter and summer, with hiking, running, and XC skiing available. Then there are over 1200 acres of trails and views at Potawatami State Park, a bayside area for hiking and camping. Sunset Park, Bayview Park, the list goes on. Cave Point County Park features underwater caves, hiking trails, and limestone cliffs to take you on a tour of Lake Michigan beauty. In wintertime, many of these parks satisfy the cross country skiers among you.
White Lace Inn 920-743-1105 • Link: http://whitelaceinn.com Whirlpools, fireplaces in an elegant Victorian atmosphere.
Welcome to your wonderfully romantic Door County Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn.
The White Lace Inn has 18 inviting guest rooms in four turn-of-the-century neighboring homes furnished in antiques, queen or king size Victorian beds, oversize whirlpool & fireplaces. We invite you to experience our world of gracious elegance, sincere hospitality, and attention to detail and quality in cozy rooms and extravagant suites. Explore Sturgeon Bay, Door County from your luxurious Bed and Breakfast hideaway. Wander garden pathways surrounding and connecting each of the four turn-of-the-century homes that make up White Lace Inn. When evening comes, climb into a canopied plantation bed, or ornate Victorian Bed, luxuriously dressed in soft linens, a down comforter, and lots of pillows…watch the fire in the fireplace weave its relaxing magic…pour a glass of champagne and step into a bubbling whirlpool bath for two as you listen to your favorite music on the stereo.
Meet the Innkeepers:
It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1981 Dennis was a mechanical engineer in Indianapolis and Bonnie was a jewelry designer and a batik artist. What they both wanted was to work together in a business that combined their special and complementary talents. During a trip through Kentucky, they toured an old mansion and seeing the possibilities in that old house sparked an idea of creating a bed and breakfast and becoming innkeepers.
After a search through New England failed to produce the right house or the perfect town, they returned to the Midwest. They visited Michigan, but didn’t find anything there either. Finally, some friends from Wisconsin suggested that they return to their home state of Wisconsin and investigate Door County. In early 1982, Dennis and Bonnie walked through a dilapidated Queen Anne Victorian in Sturgeon Bay and knew they had found their dream house and location.
They closed on what is now the Main House on April 22, 1982. Less than three months later, on July 1, 1982, the White Lace Inn opened its newly painted doors to its first guests. Dennis and Bonnie enjoy telling the story of their opening day. They got their license at 5:00 PM that day and rented their first room – Room 2 – that night. The next evening they rented Rooms 1, 2, 4 and 5. And the rest, as they say, is history.
On July 22, 1983, Dennis and Bonnie purchased an 1880’s house that was about to be torn down and moved it to their property – literally parking it in their backyard where the gazebo now stands. They set the house on its new foundation in November of that year. In January of 1984 they embarked on a major renovation. In the ensuing months, they rebuilt the house, filled it with wonderful antiques and rich wallpapers and fabrics and opened the Garden House on June 28, 1984. The Washburn House with its three large rooms and one suite was added on August 15,1986. Finally, the Hadley House was finished on July 4,1996, adding four large suites and bringing the total number of rooms to 18.
Much of the mature landscaping which is so much a part of the Inn’s charm was started in 1988, including the plantings and white picket fence that run along the front of the Main House. In 1989, the white picket privacy fence behind the Garden House was constructed.
And in 1990, Dennis & Bonnie added a lovely white gazebo which, amid the backdrop of the lush gardens and pond, has been the site of intimate weddings.
Somewhere in the midst of all the remodeling, maintenance, decorating and gardening, Dennis and Bonnie have also found time for a full and rewarding family life. Their children, Zane and Alexa are familiar faces at the Inn as they help out on occasion during breakfast or delight the guests with a tune on the antique Steinway piano in the parlor.
Watch the following video – the creation of a B&B neighborhood! Four historic homes that are the White Lace Inn!
Two Rivers (Manitowoc County)
For complete details on Two Rivers’ trails, beautiful parks and beaches, and silent sports things to do/family & cultural activities, please link to the following story: Destination Two Rivers, by Michael McFadzxen, in Silent Sports Magazine: https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/07/10/destination-two-rivers/
Village Inn on the Lake 920.794.8818. Views of Lake Michigan. Plenty for children and families to do onsite, access for paddlers, hikers, runners, bikers, and XC skiers. Good customer reviews. Link: https://villageinnwi.com.
Make your stay at Village Inn on the Lake what you want it to be! At Village Inn on the Lake it’s a getaway with an abundance of options:
- Stay in a room overlooking our indoor pool area, choose a room with a view of Lake Michigan
or get away to the tranquility of a Woodland Suite.
- Our Woodside Suites, easily accommodate a family with its spacious living areas, dining areas, and full kitchens.
- For extra peace and relaxation, you may want to retreat to one of our Whirlpool Suites, also providing comfortable and spacious living areas faces beautiful views of Lake Michigan while enjoying the serenity of the woods and dunes to its back.
- Stay and play on our 18-hole mini-golf course, splash around in our indoor pool, relax in our hot tub, or have a drink at our poolside bar.
- Enjoy an evening with family at our group firepit, playground and basketball area.
- Village Inn outdoor beer garden is a great space for midsized group gatherings. Contact us for rental availability today!
- When you are ready, explore beautiful beaches, trails, museums, and festivals just minutes away.
Staying in Two Rivers, WI offers access to a whole host of fun and entertainment. Check out the Local Sites in the Two Rivers / Manitowoc area.
- Stay in a room overlooking our indoor pool area, choose a room with a view of Lake Michigan
Red Forest B&B Inn 920.794.8818.920-793-1794 Link: https://redforestbb.com/ Catering to your needs with four elegant rooms to choose from with all the modern amenities. Tasty breakfast and desserts to enjoy before heading out on your silent sports adventures in Two Rivers.
At the Red Forest Bed and Breakfast Inn we will always take the time to answer your questions and give you ideas about how to make your stay in Two Rivers, Wisconsin a memorable experience. Guest Amenities include:
- Coffee & tea, water, after dinner candies, and chocolate available on guest self-service hallway dresser. Specialty cookies may also be found there
- Evening welcome showcasing local offerings may include strawberry shortcake in season, specialty cheeses from local dairies, Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Amish pies or cheesecake and local wines
- Queen size beds in each room with luxurious linens, private bath with spa toiletries available and hairdryer
- Wireless high-speed internet throughout the inn
- Flat-screen TV with DVD player and Roku in each guest room. Netflix, Pureflix, Youtube and History Vault are paid channels available to guests
- Air-conditioning and ceiling fans in each guest room
- CD/Radio players with CD selections available in each room
- Relaxing common areas with fireplace and TV with Roku
- Many options for outdoor seating. Porches & the patio surround you with beautiful flowers
Watertown (Dodge and Jefferson Counties)
Located midway between Milwaukee and Madison, Watertown is encircled by trails silent sporters recognize. Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit, Wild Goose State Trail, Aztalan State Park, and Cushing Memorial State Park along the Glacial Drumlin Trail to name a few. Sure to keep hikers, runners, cyclists, and XC skiers happy. In town for the family, Deer Trail, Brandt-Quirk, and Tivoli Island National Parks with the Watertown/Oconomowoc Interurban Bike Trail will keep the kids and dog happy. Then visit the Octogon House, Hoards Historical Museum, Glacier Rock Farms, and Watertown Bowl. And paddlers have the Rock River traversing Watertown on three sides, and can enjoy the annual Watertown Riverfest after docking.
The Katherine Holle House 920-253-2444 • Link: http://thekatherinehollehouse.com. Afternoon wine and snacks, a full breakfast and unparalleled hospitality.
The charm and hospitality of yesteryear, with touches of modern luxury and convenience. We welcome you to our beautiful Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Watertown, Wisconsin. We strive to provide a unique experience during your stay. You will find luxurious accommodations, plush robes, full gourmet breakfasts, and unparalleled hospitality. We are proud to have met the standards for membership established by the WBBA. Their motto “Seek the Unique” aptly describes the bed and breakfast experience…each one is different, and each one offers a chance to experience a more personal way to travel. We know that people look for different things in their lodging choices. Some find our cozy rooms, fireplaces and quiet spaces perfect for their romantic getaway; others may find biking, kayaking, hiking, or a historic walking tour invigorating. Shopping is another fun way to discover a new town, and our historic 9-block Main Street will offer an abundance of choices. Don’t forget about the food. Everyone enjoys a good meal, and Watertown’s vast dining options are sure to please any palate. Come join us!
Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day! When you stay with us, we love to serve a big breakfast with a variety of foods. Most times, we will serve an egg dish, skillet potatoes with sausage, peppers and onions, fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits, and bacon. On Sunday mornings, we love to have a Belgian waffle bar with lots of yummy toppings, including my hot cinnamon apples. When you check in, we go over the breakfast menu, and we can discuss any dietary restrictions as well.
Watertown offers an eclectic assortment of fun things to do. From our bowling alleys and skating rinks, to art classes and theatre productions. From library events to the Civil War Era 1st Brigade Band, Watertown has it all! The Katherine Holle House partners with many local businesses to provide exclusive discounts and coupons for our guests. We can even organize painting classes, cooking classes, behind the scenes tours, wine and whiskey tastings, and so much more for your visit!
Video: Explore Watertown!
Waupaca (Waupaca County)
Waupaca presents a silent sports paradise. From waterways such as the aptly named 22-lake chain Chain O’ Lakes, 62.8-mile Waupaca River, to in-town Mirror Lake and Shadow Lake with their shared South Beach park area, paddlers and swimmers can keep busy. Bikers, hikers, and runners have at their doorstep Portage County Ice Age Trail, Hartman Creek State Park (another pass-through of the Ice Age Trail), Swan Park, and Hartman Creek
Apple Tree Lane B&B. 715-258-3107 • Link: http://appletreelanebb.com. Enjoy all the natural beauty and tranquility of Waupaca and the Chain ‘O Lakes area.
We are open and look forward to welcoming guests after having been closed due to the COVID-19 Wisconsin Stay at Home mandate.
Welcome to Apple Tree Lane, a Waupaca, Central Wisconsin, Bed, and Breakfast. Come and see why we’re rated #1 in the area on TripAdvisor! Located in a historic Victorian farmhouse, updated and remodeled, the Inn sits on 7.5 acres, set among historic apple orchards, along 400 feet of beautiful Crystal River frontage. The Apple Tree Lane offers guests the best of both worlds: a warm and welcoming place to simply get away from it all and a convenient location to the best that the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes area offers: Quaint downtown, shopping, restaurants, parks, golfing, paddling and water adventures on our pristine lakes and rivers, and more! With our local’s view, let us help you plan your adventure experiences.
We have been busy preparing for our guests as all non-essential travel can begin again. Please read our Updated COVID-19 Policies & Procedures for what to expect with cleaning standards, self check-ins, breakfast, social distancing, and our cancellation policy in the coming months. The wellness and peace-of-mind of our guests is our commitment to you, always.
While you are staying with us during your Wisconsin vacation, there are plenty of things to do and see. Throughout the year, our area is host to a number of special events such as the Iola Car Show, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), Waupaca’s Strawberry Fest, Chain O’ Lakes Blues Fest, and the EAA Fly-In at Oshkosh.
A night out on the town might include a casual dinner in a local pub or a romantic table for 2 with a lakeside view. Whatever you are craving, see what our local restaurants have to offer.
Waupaca has something to offer everyone, no matter what your hobby: ice fishing, shopping, biking, hiking, dining, antiquing, or just relaxing. Just outside The Apple Tree Lane’s front door is the Crystal River that flows from the Chain ‘o Lakes. Take a canoe trip down the river, fish in the lakes, or take a part in any number of water sports from boating to swimming. Enjoy winter skiing at Hartman Creek State Park, Iola Winter Sports Club, Nordic Mountain or the Granite Peak Ski Area, or visit during any season to experience the Ice Age Trail. This national scenic trail provides a number of activities throughout the year.
The local Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce has many listings for upcoming activities.
Also, check out Explore Waupaca for more information on our area.
West Bend (Washington County)
• Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast 262-623-0148 Link: http://www.hiddenserenity.com
We embrace comfort, quality & your private space. Nestled in the woods at the edge of Wisconsin’s gorgeous Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hidden Serenity is an excellent place to stay all seasons of the year. Experience our own hiking trails, or go adventuring down one of the nearby public trails while you are here. Take in the picturesque Lake Michigan, or visit one of our region’s local wineries. Relaxing right here at our bed and breakfast is something our guests love to do as well. With five well-appointed luxury rooms, all with private custom designed baths and large common areas, our guests can enjoy the quiet, relaxing indoors or head outside for a brisk game of pickleball on our private lighted court. Finally, wake up to a delicious hot gourmet breakfast prepared especially for you in the morning. It’s the perfect fuel before another exciting day in Wisconsin.
So nearby and wonderful:
- Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary – This one of a kind animal sanctuary is only one minute away. A must see!
- Kettle Moraine Forest – The beautiful Kettle Moraine Forest is located just 5 miles away, where you’ll enjoy trails, lakes, charming eateries, and an interpretive center.
- Lake Michigan – Located 17 miles away, the perfect place for hiking along sandy beaches, visiting a nature center and walking on the breakwater.
- Horicon Marsh – Bird watching, a nature center, walking trails, and guided tours are found here, just 25 miles away.
- Historic Cedarburg – Historical tours, shopping, museums, eateries all within walking distances in a quaint small town.
- Individual or Couples Massage in a dedicated spa room
- Tesla Destination Charger Convenient for our guests
Westby (Vernon County)
Nestled among the untarnished valleys of the Driftless / Hidden Valleys Region of southwest Wisconsin, Westby is a small town/big nature photographer’s paradise. For runners, hikers, cyclists, XC skiers, etc., taking pictures with your mind’s eye is ideal within Sidie Hollow Park, Jersey Valley Lake, and Davidson Park. Of course the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Root River State Trail are among the 11 trails with nearly 180 miles of silent sports beauty. Eateries include the Old Towne Inn Supper Club, Borgens Cafe, and the Driftless Cafe, among others. Take a tour, too, of Branches Winery and the Nordic Creamery, and, when the snow flies, come watch the ski-jumpers at the Snowflake Ski Club.
Westby House Inn 608-634-4112 • Link: http://westbyhouse.com. Minutes from state park trails & wineries.
History, Comfort, and Hospitality in One of the Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin: A Restful and Relaxing Alternative to Hotels in the Westby or Viroqua Wisconsin area and a short drive from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Return to simpler times and indulge in modern luxuries in our beautiful romantic bed and breakfast in Wisconsin. Our inn is complete with three separate buildings that offer nine guests rooms. Unlike traditional Westby, WI hotels, each of our Westby, Wisconsin, accommodations feature their own style and atmosphere. All rooms come equipped with many conveniences that you would find in a hotel or motel but with all the comforts of home. Choose from the Historical-Style Home, the Guest House, or our Guest Lodge. No matter where you stay, all are beautiful buildings located on our property. No matter which of the lodging (⇐Link) options you choose at our luxury Wisconsin bed and breakfast, you will be met with the best!
The Driftless Area:
Known as one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin, Westby House Inn is in the middle of the best things to do in Westby, Wisconsin. We are only minutes from the Kickapoo River Valley in Southwest Wisconsin. Westby is also a short 23-mile drive Southeast of the many attractions in La Crosse, and a ten-minute drive to the many things to do in Viroqua, Wisconsin. (⇐Link) There is something for every kind of vacationer to enjoy while staying out at our Wisconsin bed and breakfast.
There are a number of things to do in Westby, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas of La Crosse and Viroqua. You will find the Westby, Wisconsin area to be unblemished, unencumbered, unmistakable and mostly undiscovered. Deep in the peaceful valleys and high atop the ridges are breathtaking vistas of this part of Southwest Wisconsin known as the Driftless Area of the Hidden Valleys Region. This area is where you can have fun in the outdoors in every season, find arts in abundance, and history on display in the land and buildings. Celebrated rivers, rolling hills, miles of farmland, and tranquil back roads are the perfect venues to renew, rest, and visit. With the diverse local arts and crafts, ethnic culture, the silent sports of fly-fishing, biking, hiking, and canoeing, quaint towns and villages, sighting bald eagles, and the people that you will be inspired by during your visit are just a few of the reasons why this is the heart of the Driftless Area. This is the best place to find the most exciting things to do in Wisconsin!
Start the day with a bike ride on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail with the starting point located in the old train depot. For bike rental stop in at Speed’s Bike Shop in Sparta. Bike to the tunnel or through to the next town. When you return to the depot head into downtown Sparta for lunch and shopping. Stop in at Ginny’s Cupboard on Water St. where refreshments from the 1957-soda fountain or the espresso bar awaits you.
A sizeable Amish settlement in Vernon County focuses on family, community hard work and faith. After your breakfast at the Westby House, drive out to the Cashton settlement where you will find a large assortment of authentic Amish goods at specialty shops and farms. You will find hickory bent wood furniture, hand-made quilts and rugs, baskets, custom oak and cherry dining and bedroom furniture, candies, jams, maple syrup and produce.
The scenic and switchback curves to the top of Wildcat Mountain State Park makes you think “there’s gold in them thar hills!’ From Cashton, Highway 33 will lead you to this jewel of outdoor recreation. This is the perfect area for hiking, bird watching, picnic, horseback riding, and canoeing. Following the Kickapoo River begins at State Highway 131 in Ontario. The scenic drive will cross the river several times as it winds between the bluffs, thereby known as the crookedest river.
Travel this historic highway and pause to browse through museums, enchanting village shops and antiques. Enjoy restaurants and local culinary delights. Hike, bike, fish or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Your trip to the Great River Road will begin on Highway 14/61 from Westby with your first stop at the city of La Crosse. It is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River and on the east by 600-foot high bluffs.
Weyauwega (Waupaca County)
Just east of Waupaca, you can scroll up to read the Waupaca information, then come back to Weyauwega knowing you have access to all that and small town atmosphere. Weyauwega has the plus of giving you direct access to Weyauwega Lake, a significant widening of the Waupaca River, which it partially surrounds. A paddlers paradise! Also, the Waupaca County Fairgrounds is within its borders. After your bike, hike, run, swim, or ski, enjoy the beautiful Weyauwega shores while dining at the Hitching Post Bar & Grill or Gill’s landing, and devour ice cream at the Wega Dairy Barn or cheese at the Weyauwega Star Dairy. Add yes, there is an opera house in town, Gerold’s, for concerts and shows.
Willow Pond B&B 920-867-2493 • Link: http://willowpondevents.com. A masterpiece of nature awaits for any special event, weddings & more. High customer satisfaction!
Halfway between Appleton and Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, snuggled amidst the Willow trees, is a masterpiece of nature awaiting your visit. You’ll stay in one of five bedrooms of a large farmhouse, built in 1901. Each of these rooms is decorated with exquisite antique furnishings.
Many people using Willow Pond for their Weddings and Receptions were looking for a place to stay overnight. The farmhouse, built in 1901, has been a showcase for Renee’s antique furniture collection. Joe & Renee took on the task of restoring the home to it’s original design. Wanting to make the farmhouse available for the public to view and provide a place for people in the area to stay, Joe & Renee decided to make five of these rooms available for the public to rent. The Bed & Breakfast is the newest feature available at Willow Pond.
WILLOW POND BED, BREAKFAST AND EVENTS, WI makes lodging in Weyauwega accessible to everyone. Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience in the desirable location of Weyauwega, WI. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming and accommodating for all individuals, including those with hearing, vision or other disabilities. We have built our site with ADA compliance in mind and have utilized available tools such as achecker.ca and Google Chrome’s ADA compatibility diagnostic tools. If you have difficulty navigating our website or booking a room at our inn, we ask you to contact us via telephone or email and our helpful staff will be happy to assist you.
We work very hard to provide an easy-to-use online experience for all guests. We believe all of our website visitors should be able to easily research online on http://www.willowpondevents.
Whitewater (Walworth and Jefferson Counties)
Located near the southern portion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, John Muir Trails, there are plenty of easy to difficult, beautiful trails to hike, ski, run and bike. Paddlers, swimmers, and sightseers can have amazing days on or at the shores of Tripp Lake and Trippe Lake Park. Or a bit south to Whitewater Lake. Burnt Village Park to the north, Lima Bog State Natural Area to the west, and Ice Age Trail access at Bald Bluff make this area another true silent sports paradise. Whitewater is also the home of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, so there are plenty of cultural arts and concerts to enjoy. These include the Whitewater Art Alliance, Greenhill Center for the Arts, Roberta’s and Crossman Art Galleries, Studio 84 Performing Arts, and Young Auditorium. Delivery, fine dining, and “cheap eats” lend numerous choices, such as Fanatico, the Sweetspot Cafe, and Casual Joe’s. The kids can play at the Whitewater Aquatic Center, and, if you’re truly adventurous, check out Hanglide Wisconsin. Yes, to hang glide!
Hamilton House B&B 262-473-1900 • Link: http://BandBHamiltonHouse.com. Excellence in comfort & personal service. Whirlpool & fireplaces.
Welcome to the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast! Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast will tend to the details so you can focus on making the most of your time together. Let us pamper you with outstanding personal service and attention to detail. Whether you stay with us for leisure, romance, family, sports or business, we will work our magic allowing you the privacy and comfort you need to create lasting memories. From owner Gloria Marie: “Welcome to our community, our city, our house, the Hamilton House. Built in the 1800s the Hamilton House was saved by the residents of Whitewater from being torn down during the late 1980s. With the help of its city, residents, and area businesses, the Hamilton House was saved and restored to its historical charm and beauty. Through the years, the Hamilton House was blessed with wonderful, caring, and inspiring innkeepers. It is now my turn to protect, guard, manage, and keep the Inn. Born and raised in upstate New York, as was Dr James Trippe, who originally purchased the land in 1841, I frequently visited friends in Whitewater, fell in love with the area and well let’s just say the rest is history. For generations my family has always worked, in some capacity, in the hospitality industry. As a 1984 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, I am passionate about the art and science of food. Your stay at the Hamilton House includes a full creative gourmet breakfast inspired by different regions of the world, selections such as Mediterranean Style Eggs Benedict, Mini Quiches, Cheese Souffles, Sweet Orange Maple Ham, Chai Spiced Pear Bread, and Lemon Scones, For a lighter start to your day, try one our creative refreshing smoothies. If you are going hiking on the Ice Age trail or challenging yourself to mountain biking in the Kettle Moraine, I will be happy to prepare a delicious wholesome picnic lunch for your adventure. Come sit in the grand parlor and join us for complementary tastings of wine from area wineries and, of course paired with Wisconsin cheeses. Whether you’re celebrating something special or just want to get away for a weekend “be our guest” and let me have the privilege of hosting you as I become the next guardian and keeper of the Hamilton House.”