The Inn

The Inn

Contemporary Luxury Meets Vintage Charm

Welcome to Franklin Street Inn

Franklin Street Inn is a Best of the Valley award winning Appleton bed and breakfast. Our utmost priority is your ultimate comfort. Contemporary Luxury Meets Vintage Charm by exceeding your expectations with the comforts of home and more. Experience “Where Royal Treatment Begins” when you sleep on our fine linens and pillow-top beds. Fluffy towels and plush robes combined with whirlpool baths and cozy fireplaces will keep you coming back for more. You will smell the appetizing aroma of our full home-cooked breakfast drifting up to your room or suite. Your delicious four course candlelight breakfast is waiting for you. In only steps away, you will enjoy downtown Appleton events and attractions. Feel like a short drive to Green Bay or Door County? Your concierge service is what we specialize in.

Welcome to Franklin Inn on Durkee

“Modern Luxury Meets Romantic Charm” welcomes you at arrival to your bed and breakfast experience in downtown Appleton. Your room or suite has been prepared especially for your ultimate comfort. For you, it is “Where Royal Treatment Begins” when you discover, fine linens, pillow-top beds, plush robes, fluffy towels, glowing fireplaces, and whirlpools. Escape into “Me” time as you explore the well-appointed international lodging. This personal invitation goes out to you, “Come and relax with us”. The professionally landscaped grounds with a romantic gazebo setting is only missing you! Your morning delight is the delicious candlelight four-course breakfast. Open our door to charm and hospitality so you will have the personal service that you know you deserve.

Our bed and breakfasts combine the comforts of a gracious home with authentic period décor offering the amenities of a full-service luxury hotel:

  • Complimentary off-street private parking
  • Private baths, suites also have whirlpools
  • Suites with fireplaces and in the guest parlor
  • Top-notch beds with pillow or feather topper styles
  • On-site massage therapy by advanced appointment
  • Wireless Internet access and surf center with a printer
  • Cable TV, CD players, DVD players, ipod docking stations
  • Complimentary Concierge Services
  • Comfortable sofas and easy chairs
  • Grounds: Enjoy our wrap-around porch, gazebo, and flower gardens.
  • Plush robes and towels
  • My Miracle Pillows and high quality linens
  • Central air-conditioning
  • Hairdryers, alarm clocks, iron and ironing board
  • Choices for complimentary beverages, snacks, wine, cheese & crackers or bedtime dessert.
  • Gourmet full home-cooked breakfast in our formal dining room or complimentary room service to your suite

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Call for more information: 920-209-9711

Our Breakfast

Do you want to come on over so you can?

  • Imagine the wonderful aroma of home-cooked food drifting up to your bedroom?
  • Imagine thinking while you eat, "I didn't know that food could taste so great?"

Life at our inn is oh so comforting because you can:

  • Sit a spell, linger at our dining room table with warm conversation.
  • Discover life at its best & enjoy my breakfast cooking from scratch.
  • Let time stand still & reflect on the elegance of the 19th century in our formal dining room.

Can I share two secrets with you on your next visit?

  • Ask me for my secret spice?
  • Ask me why my food is so heavenly?

The Inn has a very small kitchen but the size of the room makes no difference on the quality of the food for our guests.

What does make the difference, is my huge passion to share the best in what a seasonal breakfast could be.

During our dining experience, you may...

  • Eat family style in our formal dining room or in the privacy of your suite.
  • Socialize with others around the breakfast table because that is what many guests look forward to at our inn.
  • Hopefully be added to our growing testimony list soon?

Le Chef Judy

Comes from a long line of kitchen magicians; grandmother, mother, & myself, all with the love of cooking and baking.

But above all we offer hospitality and food to guests in our home so that memories can be made.


Fall Menu (September-November)

  • Breakfast Skillet & Muffins
  • Baked Apple with meringues or crumble topping
  • Wisconsin Four-Cheese Lovers' Eggs with Wisconsin Nueske Applewood Smoked Bacon or Falling in Love with Egg Bake
  • Cranberry Fritters, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with signature topping or Apple Dumplings
  • Icelandic Lemon Mousse

Winter Menu (December-February)

  • Warms you through & through Hot Cider Cranberry Drink
  • Slowly simmered crock pot spiced fruit medleys Oh So Good Hot Fruit
  • Featuring Wisconsin Door County dried cherries & apples Wisconsin Baked Oatmeal
  • Our signature creamy, cheesy egg delight with Patrick Cudahy Bacon from Cudahy, WI Blue Ribbon Eggs with a light touch of chocolate & caramel Turtle Toast Royale

Spring Menu (March-May)


  • My favorite time is to pick lilacs from our tree for the table & in your room!
  • Berry Good Smoothie
  • Fresh rhubarb from my garden Rhubarb Tapioca Pudding
  • Cordon Bleu Strata or Creamy Ham & Egg Cups
  • Strawberry Muffins with our signature cinnamon-honey butter or Apricot Cream Sconces

Summer Menu (June-August)

  • Fruit Crepes & Ham
  • Garden flowers on our table
  • Fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, nectarines, etc. enhanced by our signature Tangy
  • Fruit Dressing
  • Garden Veggie Quiche/with Jones sausage from Fort Atkinson, WI (all natural & gluten free) or Artichoke Ham Puffs
  • Fresh Blueberry Streusel French Toast or Strawberry Crepes
  • Refreshing Fruit Sorbet or Pretty Peach Soup


"Magic at the Franklin Street Inn" stayed on 6/7/2015

Dining Me and my girlfriend have now stayed here under the lovely care of Judy twice now, and each time there was no room for improvement! Here is how your typical stay would play out .. First you get out of your car and approach this beautiful Victorian... more

"Exceptional!" stayed on 5/6/2015

Dining We stayed in the Franklin Street Inn on Durkee while visiting Lawrence University. We also had the pleasure to tour the entirety of the inn as well as the inn they also own on Franklin street.The inns have been beautifully restored and updated... more

"Delightful in Appleton!" stayed on 4/11/2015

Dining We were in Appleton to visit Lawrence University. My son and I loved this inn. Judy's hospitality was exceptional! And on a tour of Midwestern colleges, the breakfast we enjoyed here was by far the best--absolutely delicious! If we are ever in... more

"College Visit to Appleton" stayed on 3/15/2015

Dining Came to Appleton with my daughter to visit Lawrence University. Location was perfect as we were 2 blocks from campus and yet the locations was very quiet and relaxing. Judy was a wonderful hostess providing us with delicious breakfasts and... more

"Great experience" stayed on 3/10/2015

Dining Never stayed at a bed and breakfast before so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a great experience. Great room and great breakfast. Very friendly... more

"Husband's 50th Birthday" stayed on 1/28/2015

Dining A wonderful stay. Judy treated Ray with a birthday treat upon arrival & continued to provide birthday hospitality to him & myself. Food & Room were just wonderful. Would return & recommend...more

"Great attention to detail" stayed on 1/27/2015

Dining It's the "little things" that made our stay so exceptional: from the slippers waiting at the door when we arrived to the coffee and cheesecake in the afternoon, and the delicious breakfast in the morning, our stay was very pleasant and... more

"Needed Warm & Fuzzy and Got It!" stayed on 1/19/2015

Dining My adult daughter & I spent 4 nights at The Franklin Street Inn in December of 2014. We were in Appleton to visit my 91 year old Mother who is in Assisted Living in Kaukauna. It was wonderful after spending stressful days in a care center to go... more

"Top notch B&B" stayed on 11/5/2014

Dining My wife and I have stayed at the Franklin Street Inn and its sister Inn the Franklin Inn on Durkee (the properties are back to back) four times and we plan to stay there many more times in the future. The rooms are immaculately maintained, clean,... more

"A pleasant surprise in Appleton WI." stayed on 10/30/2014

Dining Beautiful Inn, beautiful town. Judy was amazing and made us feel very welcome at the Franklin Inn on Durkee. She was super responsive to any request and even served us breakfast in our room! The whirlpool claw-foot tub is amazing and I felt like a... more

"Victorian treat in Wisconsin" stayed on 10/11/2014

Dining Our stay at the Franklin Street Inn in Appleton was a Victorian treat! The attention to detail and the the artistic flair made this a a very special location. The inn keeper was congenial and prepared one of the best breakfasts, mindful of some... more

"A night's stay" stayed on 9/28/2014

Dining Appleton, Wisconsin is really a beautiful town. The Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the downtown area of Appleton. The area is really beautiful with older homes, a beautiful park in which to walk, and easily accessible from the... more

"So welcoming and convenient to central Appleton" stayed on 7/25/2014

Dining Wonderful B&B with welcoming innkeepers who have created a superior overnight experience. Easy to relax in the public areas. Delicious breakfast. If you like to "buy local" think about "sleeping local" since the owners are... more

"Wonderful Stay!" stayed on 7/20/2014

Dining We were just looking for a place to stay that was close to College Ave and the Franklin Street Inn was a perfect fit. Judy was very accommodating and the rooms were very beautifully decorated and themed. The breakfast was delicious and was the... more

"Loved it!!" stayed on 6/30/2014

Dining Gorgeous old house, personal attention to our needs, great food...more

"Relaxing and enjoyable" stayed on 6/3/2014

Dining Relaxing and enjoyable more

"Anniversary bliss" stayed on 6/2/2014

Dining Wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary with a beautiful room, delicious breakfast and friendly host, and a perfect location for walks to shops and restaurants! Can't wait to come back!!...more

"For hardwood floor and woodwork lovers, Franklin Street Inn is a beauty! " stayed on 5/2/2014

Dining Judy, the owner, is extremely warm and gracious! The proximity to Lawrence University is wonderful. I will definitely stay at Franklin Street Inn again!..more

"Lovely relaxing stay" stayed on 4/25/2014

Dining The Franklin Inn on Main is a gorgeous home in a beautiful neighborhood. Very comfortable bed, kind and attentive hostess and a marvelous breakfast. Highly recommended!..more

"Highly Recommended" stayed on 4/18/2014

Dining We needed a getaway, and the Franklin Street Inn was just the ticket. We have been wonderfully pampered and fed. Beautiful rooms, excellent service. Looking forward to staying here again soon!..more

"Nice time away" stayed on 3/13/2014

Dining The 2 story room was large, spacious and welcoming. The bed was comfortable but the sheets were a little too plush (blanket sheets). Our only complaint was that, as they are very "green", the hot water heater was kept low and the shower... more

"Great Getaway!" stayed on 3/3/2014

Dining A birthday gift for my wife turned out fantastic. Very nice, very very clean place, and the friendliest of hosts...more

"Amazing Experience" stayed on 2/27/2014

Dining Our experience in Franklin Street Inn was wonderful! The best night during our trip through USA. Warm welcoming, delicious and original food, beautiful and comfortable rooms. Especially I liked the super soft bedding and the fireplace, which created... more

"Excellent Value" stayed on 2/24/2014

Dining Our hostess welcomed as even when we arrived much earlier than expected. She gave us just the right suggestions for places to eat and things to do. Our breakfast even consisted of fresh tomatoes from her garden. Fewer signs instructing us what to do... more

"Great for a mini vacation" stayed on 2/22/2014

Dining Excellent guest service...... Outstanding breakfasts... Very quiet and pleasant.. more

"A wonderful experience" stayed on 2/2/2014

Dining My wife and I stayed here on feb. 1st. I wanted to surprise my wife for our 37th. anniversary. I chose The Franklin Street Inn and it was better than I could have asked for. They knew it was our anniversary and upgraded our room. Judy and Ron made... more

Media & Awards

2010 & Current

  • October 31, 2010...Franklin Street Inn was awarded Best of the Valley Post Crescent Readers’ Choice Awards
  • July 27, 2011...Judy Halma’s recipe for Top Notch Veggie Pie and inn article were featured in the Post Crescent article, "B & B’s Best"
  • October 30, 2011...Franklin Street Inn was awarded Best of the Valley Post Crescent Readers’ Choice Awards
  • March 20, 2012...Franklin Street Inn was featured in the "Women" magazine in a six page Spring Fashion article by Model Your Brand.


  • January 27, 2009...Interview of Ron and Judy Halma, inn keepers
  • February 11, 2009...Judy Halma preparing Chocolate Lover’s Muffins and two Valentines Day food presentations.
  • February 18, 2009...Live narrated tour of Petit Chateau Suite and Sea Breeze Suite.
  • February 23, 2009...Judy Halma preparing Beignets on Mardi Gras theme show.
  • February 24, 2009...Judy Halma preparing Paradise Parfaits.
  • March, 4, 2009...Judy Halma cooking and assembling French Crepes with cranberry, apple, and orange sauce.
  • April 21, 2009...Judy Halma, innkeeper, was featured in the "Women" magazine. The article with photos and interview was called, "9 to 5 B & B owners"


  • February 7, 2008...Good Day Wisconsin News Show with the reporter Amy Hanten featured a tour of the Petit Chateau Suite and with preparation of Magnificent Mimosas for Two. Next, came the tour of the Sea Breeze Suite and with preparation of Tropical Parfaits.
  • May 28, 2008...NBC Channel 26 broadcast Judy Halma on the local Today Show. Judy was interviewed. Next, she shared the spring seasonal local garden Wisconsin favorite of Rhubarb Tapioca Pudding.
  • October 30, 2008...Franklin Street Inn was awarded Best of the Valley Post Crescent Readers’ Choice Awards




Floor Plans

Gift Shop

Franklin Street Inn Signature Coffee Mugs- $16.00 each or 2 for $30
Enjoy your morning brew in a hand-thrown stoneware Franklin Street Inn  logo mug in a choice of 2 different colors (white with turquoise highlights or maroon). Designed by Deneen Pottery, Minnesota.

Champagne Flutes or Wine Glasses- $18.00
Celebrate your stay with personally engraved glasses. A souvenir keepsake to use for many special toasts in years to come.

"Come on Inn to my B & B for Breakfast & Tea"
Cookbook Collection of the guest's most requested favorite recipes, helpful hints & words of wisdom.  This cookbook is Judy's first cookbook featuring the Franklin Street Inn on the cover.

"Frankly the Best"- $18.95

Cookbook Collection of the guest's most requested favorite recipes, colored inn photos, helpful hints & words of wisdom. Judy's book, "Hospitality Inn-Style" is also part of this volume.
Gift Shop Items

Franklin Inn Street Robe- $99.00
Our signature beautifully embroidered logo plush chenille robe. Sizes S-XXL

Franklin Inn Street Robe- $60.00
Our signature beautifully embroidered logo micro-fiber robes with a soft terry cloth lining can be yours to enjoy in your home. Sizes S-XXL

Comphy Micro-fiber Sheet Sets- Twin $129.00 Full $135.00 Queen $143.00 King $149.00
No iron, stain release, 18½" deep pockets, looks & feels like 600 count cotton, designed to improve your sleep (test results available). Colors: Chocolate, Cream, White, & Tea. We offer 10% discount if 2 or more sets are ordered. 

Franklin Street Inn  Signature Wine/Champagne Crock Chiller- $39.95
Hand thrown stoneware with inn logo for multiple other uses: kitchen utensils, flowers, ...

Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Cookbook- $18.00
Most Requested Recipes from Wisconsin's Unique B & Bs and Country Inns.

Franklin Street Inn Afghan- $125.00
Our signature beautifully embroidered logo plush afghan.

Franklin Inn Street CD- $15.00 each
Soothing piano music by Neal A. Topliff, a mid-west pianist & composer. Choose from a collection of three and each includes recipes and inn photo. This relaxing mood-setting music captures the essence of a romantic B & B getaway. Enjoy this music played at our inn as the backdrop to your wonderful B & B experience. Next, take your experience home to preserve those memories.

Franklin Inn on Durkee Signature Coffee Mugs $16.00 each or 2 for $30.

Enjoy your morning brew in a hand-thrown stoneware Franklin Inn on Durkee logo mug in a choice of 2 different colors (dark blue or gold). Designed by Deneen Pottery, Minnesota.  

Franklin Inn on Durkee Signature Wine/Champagne Crock Chiller- $39.95

Hand thrown stoneware with inn logo for multiple other uses: kitchen utensils, flowers, ...

Franklin Inn on Durkee CD- $15.00 each

Soothing piano music by Neal A. Topliff, a mid-west pianist & composer. Choose from a collection of three and each includes recipes and inn photo. This relaxing mood-setting music captures the essence of a romantic B & B getaway. Enjoy this music played at our inn as the backdrop to your wonderful B & B experience. Next, take your experience home to preserve those memories.

Gift Certificates

Franklin Street Inn or Franklin Inn on Durkee gift certificates are perfect for someone who needs pampering, enjoys the finest entrees for their breakfast experience, and wants lodging with ambiance. The inn experience is a unique gift to help someone celebrate or just getaway. Order a gift certificate over the phone and we'll do the mailing. If you wish to tour the inn, before you purchase the gift certificate, then please call and stop in. Maybe someone is difficult to shop for. A stay at our inn is a gift that will long be remembered not only for their experience at the inn, but for your caring thoughtfulness as the giver. Let us help you with that perfect gift. The bed and breakfast memories will mark your gift as top notch!