Discover Wisconsin Bed Breakfast
by Joel Jacobson
If you’ve never been to a Wisconsin Bed Breakfast before, you’re missing something special. It’s a great way to discover Wisconsin unconventionally. Instead of staying at a Best Western, or some other chain type of lodging, staying at a bed breakfast is unique, it’s fun, and it can make your trip that much more enjoyable.
Many a Wisconsin Bed Breakfast is located in an older building from a bygone era. Lovingly restored, these buildings take on a richness, character, and a flavor all of their own. They all seem to have the same theme as the surrounding area.
Wisconsin Bed Breakfast are broken down into eight different are locations within Wisconsin. Some area specific guides are:
- Great Northwest – this area serves the upper Northwest portion of Wisconsin. Savor nature and its beauty; enjoy winter sports, hiking, biking, fishing, and the lure of the world’s largest body of fresh water, Lake Superior.
A very cool and unique place located between Hayward and Cable is The Forest Moon Bed and Breakfast Log Home in Hayward, WI Built with logs and stones gathered from the property, this B&B has been called a “mini-lodge” by some.
- North woods – this area serves the upper Northeast portion of Wisconsin.
Enjoy pristine lakes and rivers and miles of forests and trails.
Recently voted “Most Romantic” Wisconsin Bed Breakfast by Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Sil’s Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast makes you feel as if you escaped to an English garden with beautiful gardens and a short walk to Lake Minocqua.
- Western Wisconsin - this borders the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers with our neighboring state, Minnesota. Explore friendly small towns along the scenic river, spa retreats, and horse drawn sleigh rides.
Situated on the banks of the St. Croix River, St Croix River Inn, located in Osceola was built of stone in 1908 and restored in 1984. It offers spectacular views of the river and has a beautiful and comfortable ambiance.
- Central Wisconsin – central Wisconsin River Country offers year-round opportunities to explore. Historical, cultural, outdoor and family are all waiting to be explored.
Home of the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright you will find the graceful Victorian Hill Street Bed and Breakfast. All handcrafted woodwork and 7 guest’s rooms will enchant the visitor. Nearby is the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Taliesin.
- East Wisconsin waters / Door County – rich in maritime history, the peninsula offers many shops to explore, county parks, charming towns and villages. Not to mention the excellent fishing opportunities in both Green Bay and Lake Michigan for the avid angler.
Nestled in the center of the Door Country peninsula is Fish Creek, and The Thorp House Inn. Gracious antique filled guest rooms, guest library and fireplace parlor greet the lucky visitors of this charming B& B.
- Northern Kettle Moraine / Greater Milwaukee – a rich mix of cultures and cuisines are evident in the festivals and restaurants in the area. Rustic roads take you on a scenic journey through the area left by the glaciers. Hiking / biking trails abound. Or head into the city for some nightlife.
With over 10,000 square feet and 11 fireplaces, ornate woodworking, The Lake View Mansion in Sheboygan is a sight to behold indeed. It offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Sheboygan harbor.
- Southern Gateways – friendly cities, villages, shopping, and lots of lakes welcome visitors to this quaint area to explore and enjoy.
Being an Oconomowoc resident, I get the chance to pitch a local
Wisconsin Bed Breakfast, The Inn at Pine Terrace.This stately old mansion was featured in Milwaukee magazine “Best of Milwaukee” section. Its ornate wall coverings, woodwork, and architectural details make it a wonder of the Victorian era.
- Southwestern Hidden Valleys – naturally abundant in scenic beauty, the high cliffs and bluffs overlook the Mississippi River. Narrow passes connect to beautiful vistas. Watch bald eagles, cross country ski, hike, bike, canoe.
If you’re looking for more of a rustic get away, try looking at
Justin Trails Bed & Breakfast in Sparta may be just what you are looking for. It’s a mini-resort specializing in recreation, relaxation and romance. There are a ton of activities that this B&B has to offer.
There are some excellent resources online as well. To get more information on any of these accommodations, check out:
These are just some of the many wonderful Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts that are out there to choose from. So get out there and enjoy all that Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast have to offer!