T. C. Smith Historic Inn

834 Dodge Street , Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA (Show map)

About

REKINDLE YOUR SPIRIT WITH SPACIOUS HEATED WHIRLPOOLS, BACK MASSAGES, STEAM BATHS and SPA SHOWERS BY GROHE. The FIREPLACES are warm & cozy! Built in 1865 , the Historic Inn is 2 short blocks north of downtown Lake Geneva, in the Maple Park Historic District. EXPERIENCE the Grand Victorian era. Each room features a wood fireplace and an inviting whirlpool. Enjoy all the rooms which exhibits exquisite 18th & 19th Century furniture, fine art and antiques , and grand Oriental rugs in keeping with the historical significance of the home. The Inn, noted for architectural, historical, and artistic significance is a landmark pre-Civil War home with blending elements of Greek Revival and Italianate in High Victorian Style. The fabulous private baths have GROHE whirlpools, spa showers, massage systems and steam bath units along with many over sized towels, thick robes, custom made spa soaps, bath salts and creams. Accommodations are fully appointed as a luxurious inn plus many of our own fine touches as a surprise. All rooms have hair dryers, curling irons and even CANDLES. Arrival can be as early as NOON. This a great FEATURE that gives you an extra afternoon for enjoyment. Arrivals are scheduled for your convenience. Planned late arrivals are OK too. All guest rooms have a fireplace, flat screen TV, VCR, radio and an alarm clock in each of the rooms. A large video library of 600 selections available free.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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

We are repeat visitors

5 on June 08, 2016

This is a great B&B. We love it also because we can bring our dog. We happened upon this place about 3 years ago while looking for 'pet friendly' lodging in Lake Geneva. We keep going back. Maureen is a great hostess and our dog, Chip, loves her. It is also a great place to stay because it is walking distance to the downtown area.

Innkeeper Response
Surely it wad great to see you both as well as Chip. He is about the cutest little fella. Your visits seem all to short. Chip believes I'm his grandmother. In a couple more months you'll be back for a few days in the late summer. I'm glad you had a super time again. There are many days still open for during the week , so, see if you both can sneak away from the busy city. See all of you very soon. Maureen


galena trip

2.0 on April 13, 2016

Maureen was very friendly and nice. When we went to our room there was half a pot of cold coffee from previous people and one cup.. The back massage in the shower was broken and could not be used. The advertised whirlpool was the bottom of a shower with a door not really suited for adults. There was a noise in the wall that kept me up most of the night. Only one chair in the room for two people.. Breakfast was not as described. Pastries were a few slices of coffee cake,some fruit and small egg dishes. For over 200 dollars Ive had better breakfasts of biscuits and gravy,waffles, bagels,cereal etc complementary at hotels for less than 100 a night. Would not go back!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank You for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry you were not happy with your visit to the inn. When you were here you seemed happy with everything. I have called you today to reach out to you to offer you a complimentary visit to the inn. I hope to hear from you soon, although there is not a time limit on the offer to stay at no charge. We did have a real nice visit at breakfast. I was so surprised you were so unhappy with the breakfast. I could have prepared anything you asked for at the time. I would like to add a response to some of your other issues. I'm sorry about the coffee pot issue. I had a guest in that room the night before who checked out late from your room. In my haste in completing all the cleaning I failed to go over my daily checklist before your early arrival. The whirlpool is a standard size whirlpool and standard size door within the elaborate bathing system that is shown on the website. The massage system was not broken. I pointed it out to you that I had recently changed the caulk and mentioned that I would prefer if you did not use the back massage because of a possible leak. So sorry about the single chair in your room. I hoped you would have relaxed in the dining room or the sitting area. I am unaware of any sound in the wall. The rooms are occupied quite often and this is the first time I have heard this. I suspect it was something that I was unaware of. I was home through the day and evening and hoped you would have told me about the noise. The breakfast buffet I served you was 2 egg souffle each, 7 different fruits served individually so you could choose your favorite, yogurt, nuts and a larger tray of pastries consisting of three different types of specialty breads and homemade pastries, choice of juices and coffee . All the food we prepare at the inn is homemade and baked from scratch. The many choices of fruits are always organic. I was unable to serve the asparagus as I usually do because it was unavailable at the three markets I shop at. I always cook from scratch in our kitchen and ovens. Also, we never serve pre-prepared food items like frozen waffles, pancakes and biscuits with gravy. When you make your date to come for your complimentary stay, I will prepare what you request at the time you make your reservation. While you were here you seemed happy with your stay. Next time you return for your complimentary visit I will give you the Belle Marie room which has a king size bed and the huge whirlpool with the separate marble spa shower. That room has a fireplace, television and movie player as well. I am sure you both will be very happy . Talk to you soon. 262-248-1097 Take Care, Maureen


T. C. Smith Historic Inn

4.0 on March 07, 2016

The room was spotlessly clean and breakfast was delicious. Would have liked a common seating area, though.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the inn. Please tell me more about a common seating area you would of liked to enjoy at the inn. I'm not quite sure what you meant. Maybe I can improve on that idea. Thank You for your suggestion. Talk to you soon. Maureen


Wonderful warm and cozy place!

5 on February 23, 2016

There was no onsite dining, but we found a great place to eat less than a block away. The room was clean and comfortable and had lots of blankets and pillows, the fireplace was a nice touch but the room seemed to be the perfect temprature. The bed was comfortable and the shower hot and hard. Breakfast was great and the innkeeper was very friendly and chatty. It was peaceful and quiet which was very nice. We would definitely visit again. My wife and I had a very nice time here and really enjoyed our stay.

Innkeeper Response
I'm happy to hear you had such an enjoyable time on your getaway to the Inn. The weather has been great this year, chilly during the week but a nice warm-up each weekend. What Fun! The fact that the Tuscan Bar & Grill is only 1/2 block East is marvelous. Most of the guests enjoy at least one dinner during their stay at my favorite place to eat away from home. A super place to relax with a short stroll back to the Inn. It was fun telling you about all the places that you wanted to see in the town. After your next visit , you will feel like the Inn is your own second home. See you next time. Take Care, Maureen


Cute Historic Inn with Spectacular Service

4.2 on February 08, 2016

Came up here with my girlfriend for a one night getaway. The inn is of very cool construction from the 1800's, and Maureen (the proprietor) was an absolute delight who continues to keep the inn in great shape. We spent a lot of time talking and getting to know more about Lake Geneva while enjoying the myriad artwork and decorations throughout the space. The William and Mary Room we stayed in had an awesome steam shower, plus a sweet, old Victorian style tub. Unfortunately, we didn't get to use the tub or whirlpool due to an issue with the water heater, but she's been having some work done on it. Before we checked out, Maureen cooked us a delicious breakfast with a full fruit spread, then gave us some deals to local spots to check out before we left. All in all, it was a lovely experience and we would love to stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Anyway I'm glad the steam bath work well for you. Of course, like you said , now you will always want a steam bath. No more baths. The plumbers came on Monday, found and removed the little tiny stones that were blocking the filter on the hot water for the whirlpool. They put in a variation of a separate clean out so I can check myself on a regular weekly basis so the little stones or sand don't clogged the filter. As you can see I'm still learning new ideas of providing great service even after 30 years at innkeeping . The next time you both come to the inn, I am upgrading you to the Belle Marie room so you can go swimming in the enormous whirlpool in that suite. I hope you use all those Groupon certificates I gave you for the Milwaukee area As you said, see you very soon. Take care, Maureen


Tc smiths B and B

5 on February 08, 2016

The items in this home are amazing, a beautiful collection! The room William and Mary room was tremendous!! The barroom shower state of art with the charm of the claw foot rub- the owner pays so much attention to detail!! Everything you could want ice bucket with other accessories and coffee maker extra bathroom and bedroom linens provided all in the room!!!

Innkeeper Response
I love to hear that my guests love all the historical items at the Inn from the man's collar box and stays to the linen sheets and pillowcases. How marvelous it would be if we could really return to owning the finer things in life rather than polyester. OK! LOL Actually I'd have trouble getting all the linens pressed since I do not own a mangle. Many of the guests would not know what job a mangle actually does.See you again soon. Maureen


Very nice and cozy and accomodating

3.6 on January 18, 2016

Went for a weekend overnight stay for a break from work and typical routine.

Innkeeper Response
the weather, I can turn up the outside temperature so you can enjoy more of our great city and the fabulous gardens of the historic inn.


Wonderful experience

4.0 on January 03, 2016

Beautiful house, Maureen is fantastic. Food was incredible.


30th wedding anniversary

4.8 on November 17, 2015

Had a very lovely stay. Maureen was very friendly and made a delicious breakfast. We will be back again.


Wonderful experience!

5 on October 24, 2015

We loved our experience at T.C Smith Historic Inn! A charming haven in a tourist town- delightful for a great get-away experience. Wonderful host, incredible price, perfect location. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a B+B in Lake Geneva area.


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Rooms & Rates

Belle Marie Room

Relive Noble Elegance and Romance with Resplendent French Satinwood Furniture, Ornately Carved Chairs, and a Tabriz Oriental. Accommodations are fully appointed as you can expect in a luxurious hotel plus our personal touches for a surprise! Standard amenities include fabulous private baths with showers, steam units, massage system, double heated whirlpools, color television, VCRs, large movie library, and clock radios. Fine linens, abundant oversized towels, and robes grant additional comfort. Hot entree buffet-style breakfast with fresh coffee and newspaper. Breakfast in bed available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $265

William and Mary Room

Fabled 18h century grandeur. Exquisite black walnut furniture inlaid with 32 varieties of wood in a floral Marquetry Design. Burled walnut German bas-relief carved armoire. Romantic Jacuzzi bath. Standard amenities include fabulous private baths with showers, steam units, massage system, double heated whirlpools, color television, VCRs, large movie library, and clock radios. Fine linens, abundant oversized towels, and robes grant additional comfort. Hot entree buffet-style breakfast with fresh coffee and newspaper. Breakfast in bed available.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Alexander Room

Enjoy American walnut antique furniture amidst several landscape paintings. New shower bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Maple Park Historic District, Downtown, Lakefront, Lakeview, Small town, Wine country

Airport

La Crosse, WI (WSE-La Crosse County) 40 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Fine Dining, Yerkes Observatory, Spacious outdoor environment, Snow- boarding, Wine tasting, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Childcare, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Spa, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Casual use of Designer Kitchen, Microwave, Refrigerator, Stove

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Sauna, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Museums, Antiques, Fine Art, Dining, Live Entertainment, Historical Tours, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: Noon to 8:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Within the spacious courtyard.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Prior approval
  • Childcare Provided: Yes available with prior arrangements
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes dogs only with prior approval
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: usually for the summer & fall weekends as well as holiday wwkends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Please understand all reservations need to be guaranteed with a credit card, cash or check. Reservations made within a 14 day cancellation period may require full payment at the time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: Although Cancellations can be made up to 21 days prior to the arrival date, there is a processing fee of $20.00 per room PER NIGHT. Any cancellation made within a 21 day period of the reservation will be charged 50% of the total charge or the minimum of a one night visit plus tax. Reserved guests that do not arrive are charge 100% of their stay. ANY CANCELLATIONS must be made with MAUREEN through a telephone conversation. Fax and emails are only used for informational purposes. E-MAIL and FAX CANCELLATIONS will not be accepted for any reason.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Maureen

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Art History and Art collections, Architecture, Historical Preservation Traveling through out Europe, Medicine and Health, Rescue of dogs and cats, Antique Car collections, antique and Porcelain collection. Gourmet cooking

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Meals

Breakfast

service in your guest room

  • Time Served: choose bet 7:30am and 10:30am
  • Serving Location: summer & fall in the garden, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Picnic Lunches, Late Night Snacks


Signature Dish

Maureen's Egg Souffle
After having breakfast at the Inn, you can probably skip lunch or snack until 2:00 pm. The Souffle is the perfect combination of egg, ham, turkey as well as six blended cheeses topped off with the perfect touch of selected spices. There is no portion control system here so if you would like more than two souffles , just let us know. Calories are served on the side! Buffet of many fruits, homemade pastries and breads Super French Toast made with homemade glazed, cinnamon raisin bread Yogurts, Cheeses and Cereals on request