Bed and Breakfast Madison WI

Madison, is a medium-sized city located in south-central Wisconsin. The state’s capital, and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the town offers more than you might expect for a city of it’s size.

Bed and Breakfast Madison WI
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Jail Hill Inn offers gracious lodging for a perfect getaway. A true gem, the inn delivers the ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations, and location. Tucked away, yet close enough to walk to Galena’s historic Main Street, the 135-year-old, 4-story brick building (which served as the county jail for nearly 100 years) has been lovingly transformed into Galena’s premier bed and breakfast inn by innkeeper Matthew Carroll. Each of the inn’s six uniquely appointed, luxurious three-room suites is an impressive 800-square feet and offers the finest of amenities. Every detail is attended to with genuine care ensuring Jail Hill Inn guests experience a getaway that exceeds expectations. Guests looking for ultimate pampering should consider scheduling a fully-customized, in-room massage. In an instant, your suite will transform into a tranquil spa escape. Every Jail Hill Inn guest has access to enjoy the inn’s first-floor lounge area, a ground level courtyard, and an expansive third level deck, which overlooks the beautifully landscaped yard. All common areas are ideal for sipping a glass of wine, gathering with friends, enjoying a morning coffee and relaxing during the nightly wine and cheese reception. In 2019, Jail Hill Inn was recognized as the #1 B&B/Inn in the USA (and #2 in the World) with a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® award! This incredible distinction reflects the impeccable hospitality and attention to detail every guest experiences at Jail Hill Inn.

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**Just a quick note regarding Covid-19. Being immaculately clean is nothing new to us. We continue to do so with even more focus on common touch points so you'll probably see us disinfecting railings, doorknobs, light switches, etc. more than normal. Additionally, being such a large house, we're able to accommodate social distancing when necessary. For meals and evening drinks, we'll be able to space people throughout the parlor, the dining room, the library, the screened in porch, and we're even happy to offer in-room breakfast if that makes you feel more comfortable! Lastly, out of consideration for our guests, you'll see us wearing masks while preparing/serving food and drinks, as well as when interactions prohibit us from maintaining the recommended personal distance. Being a big house in a small town surrounded by loads of outdoor activities and no crowds, Aldrich Guest House and Galena are a perfect pairing for you to relax and take a breath of fresh air. Let us be your happy place!** So you’ve been searching around for some lodging in Galena.  You’ve checked out hotels, motels, AirBNBs, and traditional B&Bs.  You’ve looked at websites and photos, you’ve read reviews, and compared prices.   Here you are.  On our listing, thinking about making us part of your visit to Galena.  Well, we’re flattered and thrilled to have you here! Allow us to introduce ourselves. Aldrich Guest House was built in 1845 and has been a bed and breakfast since 1984.  Abraham Lincoln hung out here in 1856. Ulysses Grant came to dinner quite often in the late 1800s. Between the two of us, we’ve been in hospitality for over half a century.  We’ve won awards for our home cooked breakfasts, our gardens, and our service. You work hard in real life.  Work, family, volunteering. Come stay with us and relax in an unpretentious, laid-back environment.  Be yourself and let your guard down. Enjoy tasty food that you don’t have to make yourself. Have drinks on us every evening.  Make us your homebase for exploring outdoor activities, shopping, or the history Galena is so well-known for. Let us take care of you. We could tell you that Aldrich Guest House is the best place to stay in Galena.  We could use all the typical worn out and empty words and phrases that you see on every B&B website…”we’re luxurious”, “we’re elegant”, “we’re the best”, “cozy”, “charming”.  Instead, we think you should just come and experience us yourself. Afterall - if you have to say that you’re cool, you probably aren’t.   Come relax with us.

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Beauty & Comfort Abound! Relax in our famous & historic Victorian B&B where your enjoyment and comfort is always our priority. Home of The Groundhog Day Movie filming location. A NOTE on Covid 19 changes. We always upheld stringent cleaning practices. We have added sanitizing high touch surfaces on doorknobs, switches & railings several times each day. We have ample space to socially distance & make new friends. Please use hand sanitizer at the front door before entering. Mask when in halls if sharing space with other guests. Private whole house rentals can mask to your own comfort level. Breakfast trays available to take to your room, or breakfast is served throughout our spacious first floor rooms or wrap around porch, weather permitting. We do not enter your room during the stay. If you need linens, we will provide them or do a full cleaning upon request. Private bathrooms in each suite ensure your space is always as safe as when you arrived. You have access to over 5,000 sq ft of beautifully appointed rooms and wrap around porch. On the second floor we have 4 guest suites and an additional suite on the first floor with a private entrance. Grab a tea and relax in our lovely parlor in front of the fireplace with several seating areas and views to choose from. A full breakfast served at 9 am daily. We tie in locally sourced food from our weekly farmer's markets & vendors. Big delicious breakfasts are prepared by our tallented owners. The self-serve bistro has snacks, coffees and teas locally blended and available anytime you like. Wines, cocktails & charcuterie available to order. Small weddings and events up to 25 guests possible year round. Larger events are limited. Holiday whole house rentals preferred. Each beautifully appointed guest room has a private bathroom, Smart TV, Wifi, Alexa and DVD player with a copy of the movie of choice here; Groundhog Day. You may recognize this house from the iconic 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray's character stayed. And before you ask... Yes, you always get a hot shower & no, we don't serve espresso or cappuccinos, but I can spell them! We have movie memorabilia on display in the parlor. The entire movie site is the town of Woodstock, IL where we are located just a few blocks from the square and plaques of the scene locations. A huge 4-day celebration happens here every February. We hold tours for charity. Although we enjoy the movie buffs, anytime of year is a great time to visit for countless events and activities in town or to simply rock away the day on our wrap-around porch. Many came because of the movie for their first visit, but return regularly for fabulous food and company.

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Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Madison WI

You can look forward to cultural opportunities, many wonderful restaurants, and fabulous shopping. Madison is surrounded by beautiful countryside and five distinct lakes which  offer abundant recreational activities. Water activities are popular,  and the city is exceptionally nice to explore by bicycle. Live music,  craft beer and a robust theatre scene will give you plenty to do in the  evening as well.

Staying in a Madison WI bed and breakfast is a perfect option for a romantic getaway, but it can work well for almost any type of traveler.  Ranging from country estates to historic victorian homes in downtown, bed and breakfasts offer a comfortable and luxurious place to stay as you explore the sights and sounds of Madison. Some Madison BnBs are located along the lakeshore, offering beautiful views to enjoy  from your holiday home. Others are located outside of town in the more  rural areas, but all of the bed and breakfasts in Madison provide you with a nice place to stay while you explore the region.

    Food and Drink

  • Madison has long had a strong German heritage and as such, there are a number  of German-inspired restaurants around town. You’ll find them serving up  brats and burgers during the day, but many will convert into bars at  night. Beer is a big deal in Madison, and the town’s microbrewery scene plays testament to its importance. Make sure to stop in and try a locally crafted brew. As Wisconsin has a reputation for being the heart of America’s dairy industry,  you’ll find a number of dairy-focused favorites such as local cheeses,  fried cheese curds and frozen treats such as custard and ice cream being  served up all around town .

  • History

  • Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Madison area. Between the years of 300 and 1300 CE, they built thousands of  effigy mounds in the area. By the time Europeans arrived, the Ho-Chunk  nation was settled here and remained  camped near Madison’s lakes until the 1940s. In 1836, the city was made the capital of Wisconsin, and named after the country’s 4th president, James Madison. Over the years, many immigrant groups settled in the area, especially those from a German background. Madison has long been the center of the state’s political and cultural life.  Civil War soldiers trained at Camp Randall and later, the city was the  center of anti-Vietnam activity.

  • Natural Features

  • Madison is located on an isthmus, so the city is surrounded by water. Water  sports such as kayaking, swimming, stand up paddle boarding and canoeing  are all available in abundance. The city has many beautiful parks with  lake views. If you want to experience nature but don’t want to get out  of the city, the University of Madison Arboretum is a great place to visit. You can walk or bike it’s trails  as you check out different ecosystems including forests, savannas,  prairies and wetlands. The area surrounding Madison consists of rolling countryside and beautiful woodlands. It’s a nice  area to take a drive out into the country and see what you might  discover.

  • Activities

  • Since there are so many lakes in Madison,  many of the best activities in the city center around the water. In the  summer, watersports are popular, but even in the winter, activities are  happening on the lake as attentions turn toward ice fishing and other  winter activities.

    A visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a fun activity any time of year. There, you’ll be able to enjoy  local flora and fauna at fifteen indoor and outdoor gardens and a  tropical conservatory. The Henry Vilas Zoo is a free zoo owned by the county which features a good selection of animals and play areas for the kids. The Madison Children’s Museum is a great cold-weather or rainy day activity for families, while those who are interested in art might prefer the Chazen Museum of Art’s rotating exhibits.

    While visiting Madison, you can also watch a University of Wisconsin college football game at Camp Randall Stadium, or a college basketball game at the Kohl Center. The Kohl Center also hosts concerts and other events.

    The area surrounding Madison is especially noted for its agricultural production. Farmer Markets are  a fantastic place to pick up some locally produced cheese or fresh  vegetables picked from local farms. The Dane County Farmers Market is the biggest of its kind in the country, and is a great place to visit any time of year.

  • Things to do

  • Since it’s the state’s capital and a college town, Madison has many exciting things to do and cultural attractions. You can take in an improv show at Atlas Improv comedy club, or check out a theatrical performance or opera at the Overture Center. Each summer, weekly concerts by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performances are held on Capital Square, but live  music is often found at venues all around town. Pick up some local  produce at the Dane County Farmer’s Market while you’re visiting. The market is the largest of its type in the  country and all items are produced locally. It’s held outdoors in the  summer and moves indoors when the weather turns chilly.

  • Weather

  • Madison’s climate is relatively humid and sees large variations in seasonal temperatures. Summers are warm and somewhat rainy. Madison is somewhat warmer than Milwaukee, Chicago and Duluth due to it’s  inland location away from Lake Michigan’s cooling breezes. At times, the  area can see heat waves with daytime temperatures in the 90s, but highs  in the mid-70s to mid-80s are more common. Summer nights are relatively  cool. Winter is very cold with lows around 10 degrees on average but  frequently dipping below zero. Highs typically do not get much above  freezing. Snow-covered streets are common throughout winter. Visitors  who decide to travel during winter should use caution when driving and  plan to dress warmly when going out as frostbite and hypothermia are  real concerns.

Bed and Breakfast Madison WI FAQ

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  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Madison WI?

    Whether you are planning a romantic getaway with someone special or are looking for a family-friendly weekend getaway, choosing a bed and breakfast for your stay in Madison offers a number of benefits. You’ll gain the unparalleled benefit of  having a friendly host who will offer their own personal touch to your vacation rental. They’ll be able to help you, not only as you settle into your room, but as you venture out to explore Madison. Many of the bed and breakfasts in Madison offer convenient locations within easy reach of the University of Wisconsin, the Kohl Center, Capital Square and Camp Randall Stadium.  You’ll never be far from the things you’ll want to do, but at the end  of the day, you’ll be able to settle into a comfortable, and charming  property, with a history all its own.

  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking a Madison Bed and Breakfast?

    When you book a Madison Bed and Breakfast, you can expect a comfortable and relaxing stay from check-in to check-out. You won’t have to forego technology during your visit as WiFi is considered standard at bed and breakfasts these days, and most will have free WiFi in the rooms or guest house. Some will have hot tubs, or whirlpool tubs in the rooms. Enjoying a full breakfast is something you can really look forward to during your stay as most bed and breakfasts in Madison offer a delicious, home-cooked meal to start your day. Many of the BnBs  in the area take advantage of the rich agricultural land around the  city and source ingredients from local farms.

  • How can I get around Madison WI?

    Dane County Regional Airport is located about 15 minutes by car from downtown Madison.  The airport offers daily flights to regional hubs such as Atlanta,  Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and Denver as well as nonstop service to a  number of cities. Milwaukee is a bit over an hour away and Chicago  O’Hare airport is 2 hours and fifteen minutes away. Badger Bus,  Greyhound, Lamer’s and VanGalder bus companies all have buses that stop  in Madison from other cities around the region. You can get around downtown Madison pretty easily by using the Metro bus system, but it becomes more and  more difficult the further from the city center you are. Therefore, a  car is recommended if you wish to travel outside of downtown. Rental  cars are available at the airport. There are four major cab companies in  Madison, as well as ride-sharing services. Madison is also consistently ranked among the best cities in the US for biking.  Bikes are available to rent from companies and self-service stations  around town.

  • What Are the Different Types of B&Bs in Madison?

    Bed and Breakfasts in Madison offer visitors a range of options, from countryside retreats to lakeside properties near downtown.

    The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast is located just outside Madison on a 20-acre country estate. Relax and enjoy the outdoors with walking  trails, gardens, creeks, orchards, berry patches and pastures with  grazing sheep and llama awaiting your visit.. The inn’s namesake  Speckled Hens roam freely throughout the property. Their eggs are one of  the star features in the inn’s outstanding farm-to-table breakfast,  made from many ingredients produced right on the property.

    The Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn is one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Madison, WI.  Located on 120 acres of rolling countryside and peaceful woodlands,  this country estate is still only about 10 minutes from downtown Madison. The eco-friendly boutique hotel also serves a memorable farm-to-table breakfast each morning.

    The Buckingham Inn offers luxurious rooms right near the University of WIsconsin-Madison campus and has worked to make their property and services accessible to  individuals with disabilities. The convenient location, well-appointed  rooms and homemade breakfast has led it to be one of the best bed and breakfasts in Madison, WI.

    The Mendota Lake House Inn occupies the historic Collins House near downtown Madison.  The inn offers visitors a lakefront stay on the shores of Lake Mendota.  The property boasts five relaxed rooms with private bathrooms and  relaxing views of the lake. Meanwhile, it is only a short walk away from  the Capitol.