September 21, 2022

Autumn in Appleton – 2022

September 1, 2022 marked our 6th anniversary as owners and innkeepers at the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast,  it's hard to believe we have been here that long.  We continue to enjoy greeting guests and taking care of this grand old Victorian home. We survived the worst of what COVID brought our way the past couple of years, and the past 12 months have seen a rise in reservations!  Thank you to all of our guests, both new and returners, who have contributed to the Inn’s success this year!

Fall Fun

Trees in various autumn colors at City Park with Franklin Street sign on traffic light/street light post

Lori and I are always thrilled to celebrate our business anniversaries in our favorite season: Fall!  To us, there is nothing better than grabbing a warm mug of  hot chocolate, apple cider, or our fresh ground and brewed coffee, and sitting on the elegant wrap-around porch of the inn, taking in the crisp autumn air.  We enjoy watching the leaves change, and the Fox Cities definitely has plenty of leaves!  As an avid baseball fan, Keith sometimes takes a radio or iPad out on the patio or porch. He enjoys catching the games as teams play their way into and through the playoffs to the World Series.  With the Milwaukee Brewers still vying for a wild card spot this year, it should be an exciting final few weeks of the season.

Another great highlight of Fall is the start of the football season.  Watching the college games on television is where you will often find us on Saturday afternoons while we wait to check in guests.  We cheer on the Wisconsin Badgers and our alma maters, and sometimes tune in to other good college games.

Lori standing in front of Vince Lombardi statue with Lambeau Field football stadium in background Of course we are Packer fans as well. With Appleton so close to Green Bay, much of the local buzz is centered on the Packers.  We are grateful for the fans who stay with us, both Packer fans and rival fans. They come for the games, to see Lambeau Field, and to have a Green Bay experience, but also enjoy the charm of the Franklin Street Inn and the city of Appleton.  Most fans enjoy the traditional Packers' tailgate parties of brats, beer, and lots of cheese. Occasionally, we serve a Wisconsin Brat and Cheese strata for breakfast on game day, who can resist! We especially enjoy meeting the variety of football fans from all over the country, and even have had Packer fans from Germany, Canada, and Brazil stay with us!

Fall Festivals and Events

Speaking of brats, beer, and cheese, Appleton and the Fox Cities communities have begun their annual series of Fall Festivals and events.  Some of our local festivals and events in Appleton and the neighboring communities include:

Late September
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  • Capital Credit Union Houdini 10K - Sat, Nov 5 (9 am) -
  • Appleton Christmas Parade – Tuesday, Nov 22
  • 12th Annual Turkey Trot (Fun Run & Walk) - Nov. 24

This is a very short sample of the many events in Appleton and the Fox Cities this Autumn.  Please visit The Fox Cities Visitors Bureau  website events calendar at and Appleton Downtown, Inc.'s website at for more events and information.

A Fall Poem

I shared my Fall Poem a few years ago and thought it's time to share again. I hope it helps capture some Fall feelings:

The leaves are now turning, the greens getting duller

Gravel path running vertically from bottom of picture through tall brown grasses up to colorful fall trees in background
Hiking path at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve
Photo courtesy of Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

Changing to fall’s more beautiful color
We’ll relish to taste of fall’s pumpkin spice
Apples, brats, cheeses and other delights

The wind is shifting, now more from the north
A nip in the air is now coming forth
Halloween too, soon will be here
Goblins, ghosts, witches and ghouls striking fear

Football has started, some games are fantastic
While baseball wraps up with the yearly Fall Classic
So please enjoy autumn before winter’s snow
While  local fans chant:  "GO PACK GO!"

The Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast wishes you an awesome autumn!