Unique Places to Stay in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, we ignore the one-size-fits-all approach — especially when it comes to vacation accommodations. We know every traveler is different and some, like you, prefer to pass up on a traditional hotel room for a unique option that represents the type of vacation you want to have. 

Are you visiting us for an outdoor family retreat? After a memory-filled day outside, return to a country barn or cozy bed-and-breakfast every night. Maybe you’re a history buff and would like to stay a couple of nights on a vintage train. All are options when you vacation in Wisconsin, where we celebrate the unique. 

Hop on Board

Hop on a mobile bed-and-breakfast or stationary caboose and enjoy some of the unique accommodations found here in our state.  

When you book the 1954 Coulee Junction Caboose, you will feel like a VIP on a luxury train. Situated a couple of miles from the Mississippi River in a secluded forest, the stationary caboose features two bedrooms, including a set of bunk beds and a double-sized futon, sleeping up to four guests. There is also a kitchen, a gazebo-covered hot tub, a grill and an outdoor deck perfect for the entire family.

Enjoy a romantic and leisurely ride along the Namekagon River on the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, a moving bed-and-breakfast on wheels perfect for an overnight excursion. When you hop on the restored train, expect dinner and cocktails in the dining car as you move past farms and the scenic river. After dinner, play board games and have great conversations with your travel partner and other passengers before heading to your sleeping cabin for the night.

Stay Afloat

Imagine waking up on the water every day on vacation. It is easily reality here in Wisconsin. Rent a houseboat and enjoy all the hotel-style amenities and, most importantly, time spent with family and friends.

Perfect for large groups, rent one of the houseboats at Anchor Point Marina on Wolf River near Fremont. For a Mississippi River excursion, reserve a houseboat with Fun 'n the Sun Houseboat Vacations. Before departure on any houseboat, guests receive a navigation tutorial and safety briefing. Stay for the weekend or the entire week and enjoy life on the river in a new and refreshing way. 

On the Farm

Bacon and eggs taste better on a farm but don’t just take our word for it. If you’d like to stay out in the countryside, you can book a night or three at a cozy barn or farmhouse in Wisconsin. 

Stay in bed late and wake up to the sounds of nature outside at the Lake Superior Barn in Maple. The more than 4,000-square-foot barn sleeps 20 or more of your family and friends and resides on the south shore of Lake Superior. When you’re not sleeping, go on an outdoor excursion to nearby hiking trails and bring your snowshoes if you’re visiting in the wintertime.

Located near La Crosse, the Rainbow Ridge Farms Bed & Breakfast serves farm-to-table breakfast in an 1800s-era restored farmhouse that will make you want to wake up early. The B&B, which has four guest rooms, is on a working farm, home to dairy goats, sheep and chickens. Guests there can enjoy regular goat yoga classes. 

From houseboats to farmhouses, you can customize your trip right down to your stay and create beautiful memories with your family.