With so much history, it’s not surprising that towns across Wisconsin are full of historic old buildings just waiting for you to explore them. From charming Victorians to interesting cream city brick structures, these beautiful old buildings hold the secrets of our past and are just waiting to help transport you to a different time.
These charming inns and delightful bed and breakfasts offer all the comforts of home and a wonderful spot to serve s your home base as you travel around Wisconsin. By no means a complete list, here are 14 of our favorite charming Wisconsin inns:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Washington House Inn - Cedarburg
The Washington House Inn was founded in 1846, and the current building dates to 1886. It is built in the Milwaukee area's iconic cream city brick. Cedarburg is as quaint as quaint towns get, with a beautiful Main Street, tons of shops and an old mill. Located at W62 N573 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012.
2. Dreams of Yesteryear - Stevens Point
This restored 1901 Victorian home is a cozy Inn just blocks from the Wisconsin River. The Queen Anne style home is furnished with antiques and offers modern amenities with old-world charm. Located at 1100 Brawley St, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
3. Ringling Brothers House - Baraboo
Built in 1901 by Charles Ringling, this massive estate was in their family for a century and is just now being opened for public use. The house is full of stunning architectural details and the owners have done a wonderful job of preserving, restoring and documenting it all. Located at 201 8th St, Baraboo, WI 53913.
4. The White Gull Inn - Fish Creek
This charming building dates to the 1890s and is an iconic part of Door County. Located at 4225 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
5. The Rochester Inn - Sheboygan Falls
Built by one of the most influential families of the area in 1848, the bottom floor of this building likely served as the post office while the family lived on the second floor and the top floor was used as meeting space. Now it's a great place to use as homebase as you explore Kohler, Elkhart Lake and Sheboygan. Located at 504 Water St, Sheboygan Falls, WI 530.
6. Fargo Mansion Inn - Lake Mills
This 1881 building has been lovingly and painstakingly restored after falling into disrepair. It's now a founding member of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association, and folks rave about a stay here and the lovely hosts. Located at 406 Mulberry St, Lake Mills, WI 53551.
7. Blue Door Inn - Alma
This 19th century building used to be a single-family home that had a blacksmith shop below it. One of the oldest buildings in town, Blue Door is right in the middle of Alma's historic district and an ideal spot to access Wisconsin's Great River Road. Located at 331 S Main St, Alma, WI 54610.
8. The Holiday Music Hotel - Sturgeon Bay
Though not as old as some of the other spots on this list, staying here will definitely transport you back to a different time. This kitschy and wonderful spot is an awesome alternative to the new box hotels that pop up. Located at 30 N 1st Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
9. Brayton Bed and Breakfast - Oshkosh
Constructed in the Italianate style and from iconic cream city brick, this place dates back to 1867. In the early 20th century, it was used as bachelor's quarters. Now it's a stunning bed and breakfast in the Fox Valley and a great spot to start your adventures. Located at 143 Church Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901.
10. Christmas House - Racine
Built in 1893 by a former mayor's widow, this Inn has been a nursing dorm as well as the host of a Christmastime Cancer Benefit - thus its name. Located at 116 10th St, Racine, WI 53403.
11. The Stagecoach Inn - Cedarburg
Built in 1853 as an actual stagecoach stop between Milwaukee and Green Bay, you'll love the original wood beam ceilings, brick exterior and local amid all there is to do in Cedarburg. Located at W61 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012.
12. Livingstone Inn - Madison
Home to two of the city's first mayors and made of local sandstone that was shuttled across Lake Mendota and cut on site, this 1854 building is half a block from Lake Mendota. Located at 752 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703.
13. Stewart Inn - Wausau
Built by George Maher, a member of the Prairie School, the house dates to 1906 and is chock full of the amazing architectural details you'd expect from this designer. Located at 521 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403.
14. Lochnair Inn - Racine
Built on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this house was built in 1915 by a Scottish immigrant. Now it's a wonderful spot for water views, a conference or a weekend getaway. Located at 1121 Lake Ave, Racine, WI 53403.