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T. C. Smith Historic Inn

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

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REKINDLE YOUR SPIRIT WITH SPACIOUS HEATED WHIRLPOOLS, BACK MASSAGES, STEAM BATHS and SPA SHOWERS BY GROHE. FIREPLACES warm & cozy! Built in 1865 as a private home, the 1865 historical Inn is 2 short blocks north of downtown Lake Geneva. For over 29 years, our family has graciously opening our doors for all guests to experience the luxurious warmth and ambiance of the Grand Victorian era. Each room features a fireplace and whirlpool.All rooms exhibits Fine 19th Century antique furniture and fine art 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 and 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. Late Arrivals are O. K. too. All guest rooms have a large flat screen color TV, VCR, radio and an alarm clock in each of the rooms. A large video library of over 600 selections is available at no cost. Enjoy the daily buffet of over eight various fruit choices, homemade coffeecake, pastries and breads, and a hot egg and meat entree. Menu changes are made for vegetarians and gluten free. BREAKFAST IN BED is available to guests if requested at check-in time.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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An exquisite experience!!!

5 on March 09, 2015

All the previous reviews regarding this place drew us to the Inn. What a beautiful romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful towns in the state of Wisconsin. Every modern amenity is available and you will feel like you have the home to your self. Walking distance from every bit of shopping and entertainment available. Quite, cushy King size beds with 5 star linens. A large jet tub, WIFI, cable, I could go on and on! We are going back in Autumn 2015 for our wedding anniversary and we are actually going to look to buy property there for our summer home! Maureen the Mistress of this Victorian Home is very sweet kind and gentle and does a 5 Star breakfast as well. YOU WILL BE ENCHANTED! Some pluses... Whirlpools Fireplaces Period rooms Very close walk to the beach of a 5500 acres crystal clear Lake GENEVA! 5 Star Italian Restaurant & 5 Star Breakfast Restaurant 1 block away 2 ski resorts nearby

Innkeeper Response
I am so happy that your winter experience of the inn was all you hoped for and more. The weather was beyond cold so you had lots of time to enjoy the amenities at the inn. Looking ahead to celebrating your anniversary with you in the fall. Take care .

Lake Geneva Vacation

4.8 on March 02, 2015

My husband and I have stayed at many bed and breakfast inns throughout the years and truly consider T.C. Smith Historic Inn as one of our favorite.The location is perfect with nearby shops and excellent restaurant one block away.The owner Maureen made our stay a wonderful experience. It is wonderful get-away close to Chicago. Winnie and Rich

Innkeeper Response
It is always great to see you both again. Although the winter trip was rough, you had a super anniversary weekend. I promise the weather will be so much better near the end of May. I really appreciate your compliments. Thank you so much.

Three Days Away at T.C. Smith

4.4 on December 16, 2014

My boyfriend and I wanted three days away from Chicago, and to try new things. So we went to Lake Geneva, after researching a few B&Bs, I came across T.C. Smith. The location is great, the house was beautiful, and the food was delicious! Maureen was a great innkeeper!! She was waiting at the door for us and very friendly! The inn had a vintage feel with updated features. We stayed in the Belle Marie Room, which featured a king size bed, double sized jacuzzi tub, and separate shower. The bed was very comfortable with a lot of pillows as well as blankets which was a nice touch. Since we went in winter not knowing all of the shops close around 5 pm, we were in our room earlier then we are used to, we were happy she did have wifi as well as cable as to some inns didn't have these options. The breakfast she made was so good! She changed things up each day and made everything from scratch! With my boyfriend being a chef he really appreciated that!! She allows you to pick your breakfast time so we were able to sleep in, and she had fresh fruit, hot coffee, and orange juice everyday on the table before we came down. She made egg soufflé one morning with three different meats, and five different cheeses as well as pastries. The second morning she made french toast and sausage, as well as pastries, that she makes herself. When we checked in she also checked to see if we had any dietary restrictions. She also adds great conversation during breakfast! Over all great experience and would love to come back!! Maureen was a wonderful innkeeper, who made us feel welcome and comfortable!! She gave us both a big hug and said she would love us to come back in summer!! That we will!

Innkeeper Response
I'm so happy you had such a great experience at the inn. All your compliments are well received and appreciated especially since you work in a type of business that caters to visitors in the Chicagoland area. See you again in the summer.Take Care, Maureen

Charming B&B

5 on October 31, 2014

Delighted with the T.C. Inn and Innkeeper Maureen! The home is very cozy with lovey antiques all throughout the home! Super clean and breakfast was scrumptious. Egg Sou-flee. I had two they were so good. Delicious "homemade" coffee cake. Felt very at home in Maureen's charming B&B.

Innkeeper Response
It is great to hear from business travelers too. During the week , there is more time to relax after a busy day working hard. I know I'll see you again as soon as your next month schedule is set up. My favorite part of being an innkeeper for business travelers is meeting new guests to make comfortable when they are traveling away from their home.

Lake Geneva Comfort

4.4 on October 25, 2014

We loved staying in a place with such history. Maureen was very gracious and shared much of the background about the inn. The room was filled with wonderful antiques and pictures. Thanks for being so interesting and giving us a wonderful breakfast.

Fun Overnight

4.4 on October 16, 2014

My husband and I recently spent a night in Lake Geneva at T.C. Smith House which is perfectly located for walking anywhere in town or along the beautiful lake shore. Maureen was a gracious host and served an outstanding breakfast. This is a very clean, quiet home.

The Perfect Place for a Couple of Nights in Lake Geneva

5 on September 22, 2014

We stayed at T.C.Smith mid week at the end of July, 2014. We were blessed with excellent weather. Lake Geneva was hopping and fairly crowded at that time, but never uncomfortably so. T.C. Smith has the perfect location! Three short blocks from the center of town -- an easy walk to everything in town, and painless on-street parking at all times. We stayed in the Belle Marie room. Every amenity was thought of. The bath with large whirlpool tub was just perfect. The room, and the house in general is filled with antiques and fine art. Maureen, the owner and hostess, lives on site. We have stayed at seven B&B's now, and we have found this much preferable to B&B's where the owner is not around. The room, and the house in general is filled with antiques and fine art. Maureen has been collecting for a long time, and she has a story about every item. Maureen has also been operating a B&B in lake Geneva for many years, so she is full of history and other useful information about the town and surroundings. Maureen is the perfect concierge. She steered us to some great eating places. Maureen's breakfasts were just great, and got us started off so well, we had no need to explore some of the well reviewed breakfast places in town. We couldn't have had a better hostess. We have no hesitation thinking of coming back again, or in recommending T. C.Smith to you.

Innkeeper Response
I'm so excited that you enjoyed all the fine art and antiques at the inn. The greatest part of owning a historical inn is to live in and enjoy the daily routines of meeting new people as well as caring for the building and preserving it's history. I have had so many wonderful experiences with the guests for over thirty years. Thank you so much for all your compliments. I'll be seeing you again very soon.

My stay at the T.C. Smith B&B

5 on August 26, 2014

Thank you for everything good food and good service


5 on August 25, 2014

I loved this little quaint diamond in the rough. Wasn't familiar with B&Bs in general and found TC on yelp. Saw the great reviews and booked that day. Maureen was amazing and misty was super friendly. Food was great! Mmm! And last but certainly not LEAST! the rooms were adorable and romantic. My boyfriend and I WILL be returning! Beats ANY other accommodation by a landslide! -Xenny & Eric

Innkeeper Response
I'm so excited after hearing from young guests that usually book a room at a hotel to finally convert to a new and great experience at a B & B. Monday morning was a super day for visiting with both of you. I know you are returning soon. Take care until I see you.

TC Smith Historic Inn

4.2 on August 23, 2014

We spent one night at this B&B and were very pleased with all but one aspect of our room. There was no chair or table or dresser top where we could put some of our belongings. This included the bathroom. Two pieces of furniture in the bedroom were totally covered with "stuff". It was inconvenient to have our suitcase on the floor. The place was very clean, our breakfast delicious and the owner-host is a charming woman.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. I'm still looking for an artful luggage stand for the rooms.By the time you visit next time, I should have my idea in place.

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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

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 double 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


Location Type

City, Downtown, Oceanfront, Small town


Milwaukee, WI (MKE-General Mitchell Intl.) 40 miles

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, 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, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, 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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  • Check In:: Noon to 5 pm
  • 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 quaranteed 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 14 days prior to the arrival date, there is a processing fee of $20.00 per room PER NIGHT. Any cancellation made within a 14 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.




Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dogs , none

About the innkeepers

Art History and Art collections, Architecture, Traveling throughtout Europe, Medicine and Health, Rescue of dogs and cats, Antique Car collections, antique and Porcelein collection. Gourmet cooking

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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!


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

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