Cottages, Farms and Historic Hotels: Five Mississippi River Getaways
Last Updated: 10/8/2013
One of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and engaging natural features is the Mississippi River. Outlining the state’s western border and cozied up against a series of diverse towns and cities, the Mississippi provides Wisconsin with excellent recreational and ecological opportunities. Home to dense forests, towering bluffs and gorgeous flatlands, hikers, fishers and nature voyageurs of all sorts often flock to Wisconsin’s Mississippi shores. Plus, with flocks of birds present—hundreds of species in fact—the area around Wisconsin’s Great River Road and Mississippi River are perfect for birders. Yet, while nature lovers love the outdoors, part of Wisconsin’s Great River Road area uniqueness comes from the array of treasured cottages, farms and historic hotels that house visitors.
Great River Bed & Breakfast – Stockholm
A pioneer Swedish stone structure, this lovely B&B gives you a one-room cottage all to yourself. Built in 1869 and possessing an antique charm that emanates relaxation and comfort, Great River B&B is the perfect place to retreat to after a long day along the Mississippi. Kick up your feet, enjoy a good book or take a trek on the property’s forty-five acres of lawn, woods and fields. Whatever you do, you’re sure to have a memorable stay at Great River!
Hotel de Ville – Alma
Made up of three historic buildings constructed from 1867-1869 and 1932, Alma’s Hotel de Ville douses Wisconsin’s scenic river setting with French elegance. Armed with a picturesque garden adorned with bronze sculptures and fountains, an ice cream and coffee shop and cozy sleeping rooms, Hotel de Ville is a quaint, down-to-earth getaway that’ll be your home away from home. Plus, close to both Buena Vista Park and Riek’s Lake Park, Hotel de Ville is perfectly situated for nature explorers and ornithologists.
Neumann House – Prairie du Chien
A Civil War-era house with three room options – Peach, Blue and Pink—Neumann House is a lovely home waiting to invite you in from your Great River Road journeys. Planted in Prairie du Chien’s old-fashioned downtown and nearby a host of delicious restaurants and shops, Neumann House provides small-town hospitality while remaining close to birder havens, Wyalusing State Park and St. Feriole Island.
Room to Roam Farm – Fountain City
If you’re looking for a more non-traditional stay, settle in at Room to Roam Farm where you lodge in a farmhouse and experience all the daily operations of the farm. From feeding calves and working in the fields to exploring the 400 foot bluffs along the river, this unique vacation option immerses you in the nature and culture of Wisconsin’s Mississippi border.
Historic Trempealeau Hotel – Trempealeau
A survivor of a terrible 1888 fire, the Historic Trempealeau Hotel stands tall to this day and takes its patrons back in time with a rustic spirit and home-style comfort. Famous for its restaurant, bar and scrumptious Walnut Burger, the Hotel is a multi-faceted small community that links good eats with historic rooms. Come stay at Hotel proper or check out other local establishments like the Pines Cottage, Doc West House Luxury Suites and the Kingfishers Motel!