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Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

318 E Franklin Street , Appleton, WI 54911-5437 USA (Show map)

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Experience why the Franklin Street Inn is considered Appleton's premier B&B. Ideal for your next vacation, business travel, wedding/anniversary or weekend get away! Gracious hosts care about your comforts and ensure you have a wonderful experience. Four beautifully decorated suites feature private baths, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces for your relaxation and enjoyment. There are also four well-appointed traditional rooms with private baths. Guests also enjoy relaxing on our wrap-around porch or first floor parlor. Complimentary soda and snacks are provided in the guest refrigerator. Our 1898 Queen Anne Victorian is nestled in a charming historic neighborhood and is only steps from Appleton's finest restaurants, shopping, theater/cultural events, and Lawrence University. Our central location between Green Bay and Oshkosh provides easy access to many attractions and day excursions to Door County. Call for availability! The Franklin Street Inn is at the edge of the downtown area by parks, Lawrence University, History Museum at the Castle, Trout Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, specialty shops, and fine local restaurants and pubs are all within walking distance. A short drive lets you enjoy the Fox River Mall, Antique Malls. a Green Bay Packer Game, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, the EAA Annual Convention in Oshkosh, and many other exciting local attractions.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

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College Visit to Appleton

4.8 on March 15, 2015

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 accommodating all of our needs. The Inn was beautiful, comfortable, and very clean. Highly recommend staying here.

Great experience

5 on March 10, 2015

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

Relaxing and Enjoyable

3.8 on February 23, 2015

My mom, sister and sister-in-law, and myself met up at the Franklin Street Inn on Durkee for some much needed girl time and relaxation. Judy is amazing. We have many food allergies and she went out of her way to accommodate them all! Her rhubarb cheesecake was awesome! The Inn is extremely clean and beautifully restored. It's a must see. We hope to make this an annual event. Thank you Judy and Ron for your hospitality. Many blessings to you.

Husband's 50th Birthday

5 on January 28, 2015

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.

Great attention to detail

4.8 on January 27, 2015

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 we definitely felt well taken care of.

Needed Warm & Fuzzy and Got It!

4.6 on January 19, 2015

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 back to the B&B and relax. We were grateful for Judy & her husband and their warm hospitality. Judy's breakfast are simply AWESOME! They were so good that I purchased Judy's cookbook! We'll be going back there in March!

Top notch B&B

5 on November 05, 2014

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, and well decorated. Both Inns are beautifully restored 19th century homes. Judy is very welcoming and prepares wonderful breakfasts - great coffee and scrumptious entrees. We have always enjoyed our breakfast conversations with the other guests. It is a very pleasant place to stay. The location for is a perfect staging point for Lawrence University and College Avenue. We often walk from there to concerts and art exhibitions at Lawrence (as a conservatory they always have lots of performances going on), and it is only a couple blocks from the History Museum at the Castle, the Trout Museum of Art and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (all on College Avenue). Room Tip: There are several rooms set up for couples - our favorites are the Rhodes room and the Shangri-La... See more room tips

A pleasant surprise in Appleton WI.

5 on October 30, 2014

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 queen while staying in the Petit Chateau Suite. I highly recommend this sweet B&B to anyone staying in Appleton!

Victorian treat in Wisconsin

4.8 on October 11, 2014

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 special dietary requests. Conveniently located and charming, definitely a destination.

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

4.0 on October 02, 2014

The Inn was located in Downtown Appleton, which was very convenient. The rooms were comfortable and the service excellent.

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Rooms & Rates

Franklin Grand Suite

Old World romance beckons your call. Suite features a hand-painted wall mural and stained glass window. This luxurious well-appointed suite includes a top-notch pillow-top queen bed with ambient lighting. The private bath features an antique buffet with wash basin, two person whirlpool and shower. This suite has cable TV and WIFI, 2 comfortable arm chairs, fireplace and complimentary room service for full-home cooked breakfast from innkeeper's published cookbook. Suite for 2; additional guest $30 per nt.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $169.99 - $179.99

Nightly Rate: $169.99 - $179.99

Rhodes Room

Named after the original owner of the home. This quaint room features a Vintage Ivory Open Frame queen bed beside 3 large Turret windows. A beautiful stained glass window and radiant sunlight make this room bright and cheery. The private bath contains shower, toilet and sink. A mirrored vanity desk, chest, 2 comfortable chairs, and cable TV and WIFI complete this room. Friday-Sunday 126.99 per night Monday-Thursday $106.99 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

Lawrence Room

Perfect for the budget conscious travelers without compromising comfort. This room with beautiful stained glass window and birds-eye maple hardwood floor can feature a king size bed with 7 layers of bliss or two extra long/wide twins. This room's amenities include Cable TV, WIFI, small table, 2 comfortable chairs, and dresser. It has an elegant private bathroom with stained glass window, a 2 person mirrored shower, bidet, vanity, and Japanese soaking tub, located only a few steps across the hall(bathrobes provided). Friday-Sunday $126.99 per night Monday-Thursday $106.99

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

Turret Royale Suite

Romance fills this luxuriously accommodated entire 3rd floor castle theme suite. The suite with its own exterior deck/exit boasts a pillow-top queen size bed, cozy in-room fireplace beside 2 throne comfortable chairs, double whirlpool tub, and queen sofa sleeper in living room area with cable TV and WIFI. Enjoy complimentary room service for your full home-cooked breakfast in the 8 sided turret dinette overlooking our historic neighborhood. Relax in this suite's plush bathrobes. Suite can sleep up to 7 guests with additional upcharge beyond 2 of $30 per person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 7
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $209.99 - $219.99

Nightly Rate: $209.99 - $219.99

Petit Chateau Suite

A suite with a king size canopy bed(or two extra long twins), the glow from the burning fireplace and the music with tributes from the city of romance only add to the perfection of an evening in Paris tonight. Monsieur or Mademoiselle may relax on the French country-style love seat or melt stress away in the two-person, vintage-style whirlpool. There is a private sidewalk café style breakfast nook with a view of the city and an opportunity to plan a day of adventures in the Fox Valley. Escape to the city of love for a panache experience that is definitely oo-la-la. Cable TV and WIFI.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $179.99 - $189.99

Nightly Rate: $179.99 - $189.99

Sea Breeze Suite

Soak up the tropical pleasures and exotic ambiance in this spacious two floor paradise with a private bath, whirlpool, fireplace, king bed or two extra long/wide twins, (optional separate bedroom with full size bed),queen sofa sleeper,flat screen TV, WIFI, refrigerator, breakfast table, and sleeping area for up to eight people by adding additional full size roll-away. Rattan, wicker, and bamboo are the featured furniture. Rate based on 1-2 person occupancy, upcharge for $30. per additional guest per nt.

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $209.99 - $219.99

Nightly Rate: $209.99 - $219.99


This room has a private balcony, private bath, 2 comfortable chairs, flat screen TV, WIFI, vanity, and queen size four poster bed beside a wall mural of beautiful Italy. The plush area rug with the grape cluster border design and carefully selected Italian artwork and sculptures make this setting a complete Italian experience. Complimentary room service for our full home-cooked breakfast is offered on the balcony weather permitting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $120.99 - $135.99

Nightly Rate: $120.99 - $135.99


Stay in this Asian theme room with its private bath, antique vanity, desk, chest, cable flat screen TV, WIFI and queen size bed for a passage to your own secret haven of peace and serenity. Beauty and grace flow from the Feng Shui décor in this room. The botanical bedspread and green walls give you the hushed calm of a garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

Nightly Rate: $114.99 - $129.99

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown


Green Bay, WI (GRB-Austin Strauble Field) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Hwy 41 to Appleton. Exit on College Avenue Exit. East on College to Drew (Close to Lawrence University). North on Drew for 2 block to Franklin Street. Turn West on Franklin. Our Inn is 2nd house on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking only outside on front porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please, no children under 6.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit plus sales tax is required when reservation is made. The deposit can be mailed or provided by a credit card # on the phone.
  • Cancellations: If cancellation is necessary, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 handling fee, provided a 14 day or more advance notice is given. If the reservation is cancelled in less than 14 days, the deposit will not be refunded unless the room is rebooked by another guest.



Judy and Ron Halma

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  • Time Served: 8:00- 9:30 (flexible)
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Caramel French Toast
Our most requested recipe for repeat guests is texas toast dipped in a batter and then baked in a caramel sauce. The toast is served with hot chunky cinnamon apples on top.



318 E Franklin Street , Appleton, WI 54911-5437 USA (Show map)

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