Experience why the award winning Victorian Franklin Street Inn is considered Appleton’s Premier Bed and Breakfast. This Queen Anne home is an approved member of the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association.
We are centrally located within the Fox Cities. We are only a few blocks from all the downtown attractions on College Ave: the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, History Museum at the Castle, and the Trout Museum of Art. Perhaps you will want to include our downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, specialty shops, fine restaurants or night life on the Ave. The College Ave Convention Center is only a short five block walk for our guests attending meetings.
Don’t miss the many special events at Lawrence University! Our guests appreciate walking only one block to campus. Our location eliminates a need for car rental or looking for parking during your stay.
In the Appleton City Park, only steps away, guests enjoy relaxing beside an impressive bronze sculpture fountain. Numerous walkways go through the beautiful flower and tree landscaped park. The park is bordered by numerous historical record Victorian homes.
We are located within walking distance of the bus depot for Grey Hound and the Valley Transit. The Appleton airport is only 4 miles west of the inn. Interstate 41 and 441 conveniently connect our location for your arrival or departure. Guests like to walk or ride bikes along the scenic Fox River only 4 blocks away. Appleton is connected with bike trails starting right in front of our inn.
Our Appleton, WI bed and breakfast inn features four elegant theme guest rooms and suites. We offer well-appointed rooms and suites with period antiques and modern amenities. Here are the following brief descriptions of each to help you make the best decision for your needs:
Turret Suite Royale-be the king and the queen of this full floor castle with a queen bed, fireplace, whirlpool, private bath, vaulted ceiling with skylight, dining in the tower and living room…it is as enchanting as it suggests...tis your crowning experience…and they lived happily ever after!
Franklin Grand Suite-a romantic retreat to experience today’s luxury life style with a queen bed, fireplace, whirlpool and private bath, in-room dining...all in the elegance of the nineteenth century.
Rhodes Room-a quaint and cozy queen bedroom with hand painted furniture and desk. The three turret window area radiates the morning light which makes this room oh so cheery! This private bathroom includes a shower.
Lawrence Room– provides Victorian charm while offering a choice of bed set-ups to suit the guest’s needs: two twins or king. The original maid’s bedroom offers one incredibly deluxe private bathroom with a two person shower, soaking tub, vanity, bidet, and a full wall of mirrors.
The pleasant aroma of food radiates through the inn because some type of food is pretty much always being prepped, cooked or baked in our kitchen...welcome treats, bedtime snacks, the innkeeper’s supper, or our guest’s many course breakfast.
We are very proud of our kitchen, small, but cheery. Three of its best features are the original pantry cabinets, the two etched glass windows, and the Italian tumbled marble wall of tiles with Raphael angels. One couple about eight years ago gifted the Franklin Street Inn with this art. Our goal is to always live up to the theme of "heavenly" food creations!
Our rates include a full home-cooked gourmet breakfast. We want to accommodate your schedule as much as possible for when you want breakfast. We offer the guideline of breakfast between 7:30 and 9:30. Suite guests will select a complimentary room service time for their romantic breakfast for two. Any guests wishing to be served in the main floor formal dining room will be assigned a time suited to those guests. Our guests will often remark how the fellowship with others around the breakfast table really added to their stay. To us as innkeepers, it is music to our ears to hear laughter and a stream of conversation just filling the dining room. Each breakfast day is unique with what is on the menu and who will be around the table.
Guests can look forward to breakfast selections from the innkeeper’s self-published cookbook. Find a sample of a few guest favorites on our website recipe page. This cookbook is for sale for your take home pleasure. At registration time, we ask if you have any special dietary needs, please inform us well in advance of breakfast so we can do our best to prepare for you.
Early morning coffee and tea are available on the hallway buffet. In season, guests even like to sit out on our wrap-around porch. Enjoy your first cup of coffee and watch the world go by, relax or read.
Do consider a stay at the 1897 original home of William and Florence Rhodes! Discover that our inn is Appleton’s best kept secret. Appleton is a city that can make your dream a reality. Often when guests have so very much enjoyed their stay because it was just what they needed at that point in their life, then we hear, "We love it here so much, we could just move here!" Yes, your one stay can create a thousand memories.
We want your stay to not just be any old getaway place, but an enchanting experience. The Franklin Street Inn welcomes you to our come home feeling:
Let your stay experience surpass the ordinary! We open our door of charm and hospitality to YOU! Our goal is YOU may enter as a stranger, but YOU leave as our new friend/s!