T. C. Smith Historic Inn

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


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 availa



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Another Terrrific Stay

5 on June 23, 2015

Thanks Maureen for another great stay at the Inn. Our stay this time was another prefect end to our weekend get away. The Inn was a welcome and comfortable stop for us on our way back home from a weekend in Door County. It is really great to have a place we can stop and rest for the journey back home the next day. I as always am looking forward to our long vacation in the Fall. The Inn remains our favorite place to start our long vacation to Wisconsin in the Fall and a great place to end the vacation on our way home. You have always made these vacations great. We are looking forward to our 18th year of coming to Wisconsin the coming Fall. Thanks for making all of our trips to Wisconsin a great place to start. I could have chosen to stay anyplace in Lake Geneva, but I have zero desire to stay anywhere else in Lake Geneva other than T.C. Smith Inn. Thanks to you and all that you have done for us when we have been at your Inn Maureen. Vi Lighthall and Max(dog) Lighthall Vi Lighthall and Max(dog).

Innkeeper Response
AS always, thank you for all the compliments to the inn and myself. This year was special too since I was able to join you for dinner. Max is like one of my grandchildren that comes to visit me several times a year. You know sometimes he does not want to even get in your vehicle to go home. am so much looking forward to your arrival in the fall again to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Some weekends, I have so many people celebrating anniversaries that I could have named the inn "The Anniversary Inn". See you in a few months. Until tenh, take care, Maureen

great place to stay

5 on June 16, 2015

Great place the rooms were clean and comfortable The food was great Maureen was very friendly and informative and accomidating I would highly reccomend this place to any one

Excellent Lake Geneva B&B

5 on June 04, 2015

We could not have asked for better accommodations -- everything was top-notch! A charming property within easy walking distance to the downtown and lakefront. Our room was beautifully decorated with a nice spacious bathroom. Breakfast was superb and put the finishing touch on an extremely relaxing weekend. We highly recommend and will DEFINITELY be back. Thanks, Maureen!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the Top Notch rating. My goal is to have all my guests feel welcome and comfortable in every season of the year.

Lovely B&B !

5 on May 19, 2015

Hospitality and charm! The room we stayed in was darling and we will be back. We had a lovely stay!

Perfect in every way!

5 on May 18, 2015

The location of this B&B is ideal. A close walk (2-10 minutes) to good food, shopping, and the lake! The Inn has a welcoming, warm, comfortable feeling. Our room was beautifully decorated with Victorian furniture, clean, quiet, relaxing and it felt very private. Breakfast was fresh fruit, juice, pastry, and Maureen's special egg dish. Delicious! If you're looking for a place to stay, look no further, this is it!!!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank You for you great review. I especially enjoy the reviews when my guests enjoy the antiques and fine art at the inn. When you return I will be making the homemade bread for the French toast. The weather will be warm so you can enjoy the gardens too.

T C Historic Inn

4.4 on April 27, 2015

Very friendly excellent service and accommodation. Relaxing setting. We recommend and will probably return in the future

T.C. Smith Historic Inn

5 on April 20, 2015

Have been in B&B around the world, and this wonderful experience at this inn can only compare with European luxuries, sterling silver, china, fine artwork, wonderful food. Simply fabulous.

Innkeeper Response
Happy to hear that the finer amenities are appreciated by my recent guests. See you again very soon.

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

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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 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


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.




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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!


Hot Deal

Great Weather ! Super breakfast !

Regular Rate: $195 now $150 (23% Savings:)

Whirlpools for relaxation after walking and shopping and dining the historic downtown. Please contact the inn directly at 1 2622481097 to redeem this deal.

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