Good Nights in Wisconsin: 15 Favorite B&Bs, Hotels & Resorts | Midwest Living

Good Nights in Wisconsin: 15 Favorite B&Bs, Hotels & Resorts

Check out some of Wisconsin's great places to stay, whether you're headed to the city, the country or the water.
  • McCormick House Inn, Hayward, Wisconsin

    McCormick House Inn, Hayward, Wisconsin

    A refined British sensibility and traditional English breakfasts stand out in a North Woods town known for its fishing. At this 1887 Victorian, patrons enjoy pillow-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, preprogrammed iPods, original artwork in the rooms, a reflecting pool and an English-style garden.

  • Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Stately Queen Anne architecture meets modern amenities on a hill overlooking Lake Superior. The exquisitely plush guest rooms seem to go on forever, and the dining room takes simple, seasonal dishes and infuses them with sophisticated flavor.


  • Spider Lake Lodge, Hayward, Wisconsin

    Spider Lake Lodge, Hayward, Wisconsin

    The lodge, built in the 1920s as a rustic fish camp, authentically mimics the style of century-old New York Adirondack camps with log construction; stonework; and a long, low roofline. Now run as a bed-and-breakfast, the lodge is beautifully furnished in North Woods style. Gorgeous views of Spider Lake and access to the docks remind you why the remote location is part of the charm.


  • The Charmant

    La Crosse, Wisconsin: The Charmant Hotel

    Housed in a former candy factory downtown, The Charmant is the sweetest stay in La Crosse. Guests receive a free chocolate upon check-in, stay in rooms with milk chocolate-color wall accents and can buy chocolates from a 24-hour sweets bar. A classy rooftop bar serves cocktails and wood-fired pizzas, while a French-inspired restaurant with an industrial-chic vibe plates entrees like Parmesan chicken and vegetable tajine.

  • Journey Inn, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

    Journey Inn, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

    Set on 66 acres, this modern farmhouse uses solar heating, aromatherapy, local food and organic decor to create an earth-friendly escape. Guests stay in four guest rooms and a one-bedroom cottage; weekend brunches feature dishes such as a zucchini-egg-cheese frittata and edible nasturtiums, plus fresh blueberry pie.


  • Photo Courtesy of Layne Kennedy/Canoe Bay

    Canoe Bay, Chetek, Wisconsin

    What is most noticeable at Canoe Bay near Chetek, Wisconsin, is what's missing. Kids. Traffic. Cell phones ringing. Few sounds break the spell of this 280-acre retreat surrounded by North Woods. Couples come to hide away on honeymoons or rekindle relationships in 23 rooms and cottages around Lake Wahdoon. Fresh flowers, baked goods and steaming coffee discreetly delivered each morning add to the atmosphere at this getaway.


  • Inn at Cedar Crossing, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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    Inn at Cedar Crossing, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

    An on-site bakery churns out locally famous morning buns, and guests have them with muffins and eggs Benedict. The food keeps coming all day: chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon, excellent dinners and popcorn in the evening.


  • The Stewart Inn
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    The Stewart Inn, Wausau, Wisconsin

    This stucco mansion was designed in the Prairie style by noted Chicago architect George Maher and completed in 1906. Public rooms feature original details such as a stunning fused-glass fireplace, while the five guest rooms offer a blend of past (claw-foot tubs, Arts and Crafts-replica beds) and present (organic bath products, fine linens).


  • Photo Courtesy of The Delafield Hotel

    Delafield Hotel in Delafield, Wisconsin

    Cherry accents, Colonial-Era art and Kohler spa tubs give the 38-room Delafield a swanky, country-club vibe. The luxury lodging provides a great base for a weekend getaway; within easy driving distance are Madison (about 50 miles west), Milwaukee (30 miles east), the acclaimed Erin Hills Golf Course (20 miles north) and the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest (15 miles south).


  • Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells

    Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells

    For adults only, this resort has 26 suites and 12 villas primed for romance and relaxation. The resort, named for the Sanskrit word for beautiful, hides among tall pines on a winding side road outside Wisconsin Dells. Float through a seamless series of hot tubs, steam rooms and heated towels. Though Sundara provides free chauffeur service to area entertainment, you might not choose to leave.

  • Milwaukee: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

    Milwaukee: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

    Beer-lovers and history buffs, this one’s for you. The former brewhouse in the late-19th-century Pabst Brewery Company complex found new life as a hotel, with 90 guest rooms in "steampunk" decor surrounding six enormous copper brewing vats. Rooms are comfortable, you get free Wi-Fi, and the hearty Continental breakfast showcases kringle, a Danish pastry stuffed with fruit. Prost!

  • White Gull Inn, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
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    White Gull Inn, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

    The elegant Fish Creek inn, opened in 1896, features sweeping porches and antiques-furnished rooms. The inn hosts fish boils four nights a week during the summer (and on Fridays the rest of the year).


  • Mansion Hill Inn, Madison, Wisconsin

    Mansion Hill Inn, Madison, Wisconsin

    This luxe B&B in Madison's pretty Mansion Hill district is within walking distance of downtown, including Wisconsin's capitol. Ten airy rooms in the 1857 home feature plush linens and gas fireplaces. Breakfast is served buffet-style.

  • Honeybee Inn Bed and Breakfast, Horicon, Wisconsin
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    Honeybee Inn Bed and Breakfast, Horicon, Wisconsin

    Bird-watchers visit Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge then come to this Victorian to relax on four-poster feather beds and in showers with wall-mounted jet sprays. If you skip breakfast for early-morning birding, you can get fresh, hot muffins to go.


  • Wild Eagle Lodge, Eagle River, Wisconsin

    Relax along the shores of the Eagle River chain of lakes, where you can stretch out on the lodge's sand beach or take to the water in a kayak, canoe or rowboat (complimentary with your room). A playground, sand volleyball court, indoor pool and tennis court also are on the grounds. Family-friendly lodging ranges from one- to three-bedroom condos, all with living rooms and kitchens.

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