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T. C. Smith Historic Inn

834 Dodge Street , Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA (Show map)
55 Reviews
$145 - $265
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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.

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

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.8

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55 Reviews

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Quite a gem!

5 on July 27, 2014

We had a wonderful visit in this historic Bed and Breakfast. Maureen was so helpful with suggestions of what to see and restaurants we might enjoy. We had never been to Lake Geneva before so all of her tips were appreciated. The Inn is filled with so many gorgeous paintings and pieces of art you could spend a day inside just viewing her things. The added bonus of it being a pet friendly Inn made it a perfect place for us to stay. Maureen's delicious breakfast with all homemade pastries was a special touch. I would highly recommend this Inn for anyone looking for a lovely, welcoming and pet friendly place to stay. It's location is perfect for easy access for all Lake Geneva has to offer.

Great Stay!

5 on July 21, 2014

My fiance and I stayed there for just one night but we had a wonderful time. Maureen was super helpful with places to eat or visit which was apprecieated. Breakfast was tasty and filling and a great start to our day. We loved our room and plan to visit again.

Innkeeper Response
Let me know when you are coming again. I will order even better weather and a bottle of wine to celebrate the wedding. See you in the late fall. Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the historic inn, Maureen

Love this place!!

5 on July 21, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary weekend. We loved it and our big dog did too!! The owner was very accommodating to make foods that my husband could eat, he's on a gluten free diet. Only 2 blocks from downtown, location is great!! We can't wait to stay again!! Free beach passes are also included with your stay which was a plus too!! Highly recommend!

Innkeeper Response
I'm so happy that you loved your anniversary weekend at the historic inn. I throughly enjoyed learning about all his classes to become a certified therapy dog.I loved having Bronx, your Akita. He was super. I really liked his gentle behavior. I have this new idea of posting the dog guests photos at the inn. When you have a moment please send me a photo by email so Bronx can be the first on the board. See you next time. Thank you for taking the time to review the inn, Maureen.

Wonderful place to stay!

5 on July 11, 2014

Rooms are beautiful, the bathrooms awesome. Had a Great Time!

Pretty place

3.8 on July 11, 2014

We stayed at the B&B for one night, fortunately, because the bathroom in the room has no door (I don't remember the name of the room). The innkeeper is very special, friendly and she's a great cook, the breakfast was very good! It's a perfect place for one night, max two.

First Time

4.0 on July 05, 2014

Thank you Maureen! Enjoyed the personalized breakfast and your pastries and soufflé. 2 blocks from downtown is a huge bonus. Your recommendations were very helpful for us too! Thanks again.

T.C. Smith Historic Inn

4.4 on July 01, 2014

I had no idea what to expect staying at a bed and breakfast since it was my first time. Maureen made this stay amazing. The fact that it was dog friendly was awesome. The entire family had a wonderful time.


4.6 on July 01, 2014

We will return

Perfect Little Getaway

3.2 on July 01, 2014

My boyfriend and I went up to Lake Geneva for a triathlon and were bringing our dog. There were only about three places that allowed dogs and this was one of them. Maureen was the innkeeper and she was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. She is very kind and hospital. The food for breakfast that she cooked was delicious. Her property is super close to the town which is a huge bonus and she's near some great restaurants. The room was clean and we enjoyed the historic feel of being back in time. We would definitely stay here again.

Perfect place for the pup!

3.8 on June 27, 2014

We wound up needing to spend a few days in Lake Geneva so we could visit my mom as she underwent surgery at Mercy Hospital there, and since we never go anywhere without our 10-year old Yorkie, we were thrilled to find a B&B right downtown that welcomed our furry little friend. T.C. Smith is truly dog-friendly. We and our pet were perfectly comfortable there, and appreciated being right in the heart of town, within easy walking distance of all the restaurants and shops, the beach and farmers market, a quick drive over to the hospital allowed us to see my mom every day. The Inn isn't posh - more like grandma's house and cooking than a five star resort, but that's part of what made it so perfect in this case. The Innkeeper Maureen was as adorable, kind and attentive as the best sort of grandma. We had plenty of fresh fruit, good coffee, and tasty breakfast treats to eat. Our pet was perfectly welcome to run around the place and had a blast. And we felt perfectly comfortable leaving her there for a few hours at a time, just as we would in our own home.

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Location Type

Beachside, City, Downtown, Small town


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

Directions to property:

Take W43 to Hwy 120, exit , turn left at the intersection. Continue South on 120 for 13 Miles to Downtown Main St. in Lake Geneva. Turn rightonto Main St. , drive west for one block to Cook St. , turn right and drive north for two blocks. Your destination on Southeast corner of Cook St. and Dodge St.

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, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Prior approval
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes dogs only with prior approval

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: usually for the summer & fall weekends as well as holiday wwkends
  • 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

1 Dog , none Others

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!

Details Diamond Collection

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

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