Wisconsin October 30, 2017
Few People Know You Can Spend the Night In This One-Room Schoolhouse In Wisconsin
There are some truly awesome and unique places you can spend the night here in Wisconsin, but this one might be my favorite. Just south of La Crosse there’s a century-old one-room schoolhouse that you and your friends or family can stay in.
The Wilson Schoolhouse Inn was used as a one-room schoolhouse from 1917 to 1965. The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
This cozy and unique spot sits on 12 acres of woods, fields, and gardens. It feels far more rural and remote than it is, as it's just 10 minutes from downtown La Crosse.
This beautiful building sat empty for many years before the current owners bought it just to ensure its protection. They lived nearby and didn't want to see it demolished. The schoolhouse received its historic designation, but it took the owners a decade before they even hooked up electricity and water.
Now the place is all fixed up. The floor-to-ceiling windows are original to the building, and folks who stay here will find all kinds of amazing original details. Those big windows meant that the students actually watched films under the stairs - the only dark spot in the whole building!
There are numbered coat hooks, a blackboard and school desks in part of the wide open room to remind you of the building's roots.
This wonderful space is perfect for groups up to eight adults. Sure, you might find it a perfect spot for a secluded escape on your own ...
But this brilliant spot is used to the chatter of many voices and it's a great place to bring family or friends for a weekend getaway to the western part of the state.
It's just as gorgeous and welcoming in Winter as it is in the warmer months and there's still plenty to see and do.
The big wide open space and many beds make this a perfect spot for a knitting, sewing or crafting getaway.
Or plan to explore the Great River Road (and all the delicious wineries along it).
The schoolhouse was lovingly and painstakingly restored and the owners have done a ton of work in finding mementos of the building's former life. You'll find a scrapbook of the renovations as well as things like old class rosters and worksheets.
It's never easy to find a spot to take a whole group, which is part of what makes a stay here so appealing. But that you get to do it in such a beautiful, charming and interesting spot is really just the cherry on the sundae.
The Wilson Schoolhouse Inn is located at 5720 U.S. 14/61, La Crosse, WI 54601.
Looking for another totally unique place to spend the night in Wisconsin? Take a look at
this one-of-a-kind rolling B & B.