10 Best Things to Do in Appleton

Recently I came across an article from on online vacation magazine. The article noted what their writers consider to be the Best Things to Do in Appleton. Based on conversations with our Franklin Street Inn guests the past few years, their writers agree with our guests. Below we cover our guests 10 Best Things to […]

Appleton, ‘One Great Place’ in March

There’s a whole lot to do in Appleton all year long. The City of Appleton works hard to offer an array of experiences for both its residents and its visitors.  We’re off to a good start in 2020!  After several successful plays, concerts, athletic events, and shows in January and February, here are some of […]

The Outlook for B&Bs

When you are running your own small business it is sometimes hard to keep up with cutting edge information. Our slower times in the Wisconsin winter allow more time for reading, reflection and planning.  I recently re-listened to an InnSpeak podcast from my friend Ben Lloyd at Odysys. The podcast originally aired in Spring of […]

Franklin Street Inn Parlor and window seat with winter decorations

Hygge (Hoo-guh) and your Weekend Getaway!

by Lori Hansen, Owner/Innkeeper What is Hygge? Recently I was sitting in the parlor of our wonderful inn, fireplace crackling, Christmas tree lit, and snow covered the ground outside.  My view was similar to the winter window seat picture featured above. What a wonderful feeling of peace and comfort.  In Denmark they call this feeling […]

Holiday Activities in Appleton

There are several activities in Appleton that take place every holiday season.  Starting with the Christmas parade just before Thanksgiving, and running through the 1st of the New Year! We have enjoyed several of these events over the few years we have lived here at the Franklin Street Inn.  Although some of these events have […]

A Time to Be Thankful

Since Thanksgiving is this week, we wanted to take a moment to be thankful for the many blessings that have come our way.  Just over three years ago we started this adventure of becoming the owners and innkeepers of the Franklin Street Inn Bed & Breakfast. Although we had much experience and background to draw […]

Snow covered City Park, Appleton, WI

How to Have a Good Snow Experience!

I was going to write this post in a few weeks, but given the recent, and early, snowfall this year, I decided now was a good time to share my thoughts on experiencing the snow here. Recently I received an email from a couple in Florida. They had visited the Franklin Street Inn Bed and […]

Fall in the Fox Cities

September 1, 2019 marked our 3rd anniversary as owners and innkeepers at the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We continue to enjoy this chapter in our lives. This year also marked the 25th anniversary of the Franklin Street Inn! Thank you to all of the guests, prior innkeepers, former staff, supporters and business partners […]

Rhubarb – A Year Round Delight!

We love rhubarb!  When it arrives in late spring we know summer is just around the corner. Lori eagerly awaits the first harvest of the season. Lots of red stalks waiting to be picked and eaten. There are many recipes one can make with this seasonal plant…pies, breads, muffins!  One of our guest favorites at […]