Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast

220 E Franklin St , Sparta, WI 54656-1804 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Award-Winning and proud to be part of the -Diamond Collection - with BedandBreakfast. A Great Outdoors Destination with 4-seasons of Recreation. Be our guest at the Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, in the heart of Sparta, Wisconsin - The Bicycling Capital of America-. The bed and breakfast is located in the Hidden Valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin. It is very close to the Elroy-Sparta and other state bike trail, and opportunities for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, Amish Country, restaurants, theaters, golf course, shopping and more. We are a motorcycle-friendly bed and breakfast. We have INSIDE, LOCKED, Motorcycles. Our romantic retreat welcomes you at the door. Built in the early -c.1900s- by a Sparta Banker, Mr. W.G. Williams, this Queen Anne-style bed and breakfast features leaded stained glass window, fireplace, open staircase and other unique architectural features. Inside, you will find beautiful antiques, fresh flowers, wonderful woodwork and decor. Amenities include a scrumptious full breakfast, cookies and much more, inside bike storage and shuttles service is available. Book your stay in one of our four elegant and spacious guestrooms today and see for yourself why our bed and breakfast is one of Sparta's true treasures. The Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast is Proud to be on the - State and National Register as of January 2005-. We are AAA inspected and rated as Three Diamonds. We are also State inspected and professional lodging.




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

wonderful winter getaway

5 on January 13, 2016

Spent two nights here during a bitterly cold and dreary winter weekend. What a gem! The large Victorian was toasty warm, a wide variety of games, books and DVD's and two large common rooms to enjoy. Cute places to eat in town, a couple of wineries nearby, music at a local bar and shops to explore downtown. Such a beautiful area, would have liked to be able to explore more outside but this place is perfect to take away that winter chill. Breakfast is outstanding!

Beautiful, cozy way to spend New Year's Eve!

5 on January 05, 2016

Jennifer was so welcoming, and her cooking was fantastic! What a beautiful home, and our room was perfect. Couldn't have asked for a more cozy, relaxing way to spend New Year's Eve. The B&B is located on a nice corner in Sparta, and walking distance to good Italian food, and even a band (though we didn't stay for that). We very much look forward to staying here again! Thank you, Jennifer and Steve!

Great stay!

4.2 on November 12, 2015

The property is beautiful with excellent history, the rooms are really nice and the food was excellent. We stayed in the Master Bedroom and the only thing we found to be a negative was how soft and creaky the bed was. Other than that, everything was taken care of and it exceeded my expectations! Thank you!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time when life is so busy and writing a wonderful review of our B&B. We look forward to your return.

Outstanding Bed and Breakfast

5 on November 05, 2015

Loved the elegant Victorian decor,with all the modern conveniences! The breakfast were varied and delicious.

Great Stay!

5 on November 02, 2015

Our stay at the Franklin Victorian B&B was very nice. Jennifer (and yes...even Steve :-) ) made us feel very welcomed! The breakfasts were SO good and the bed sheets were the best I have ever slept on! The history of this B&B was nice to hear right when we walked in the door. Thanks, Dawn and Jason!

Franklin Victorian B&B - FABULOUS!

5 on October 27, 2015

We had the opportunity to stay at the Franklin Victorian B&B this past week and it was wonderful! The owner was very welcoming and was happy to share the history of the building with us. The building is a treasure with it's original woodwork, fireplaces & character. We enjoyed a fantastic breakfast as well.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review! We love doing whatever we can to make your stay here as relaxing as possible!

A Pleasant Retreat

4.0 on October 26, 2015

We enjoyed all the fall colors and the beautiful countryside. Good restaurants nearby for lunch & dinner. People were very friendly everywhere we went. The guests at the Inn were all very nice and interesting to talk with. Our gracious hosts were very helpful, informative and made us feel at home. We look forward to our next visit.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review! Fall season is so pretty around here and we are happy you were about to come and enjoy the color and you stay with us here. Hope you see you again soon.

Get away weekend

4.8 on October 26, 2015

Despite the rain and gloomy weekend weather our stay ant Franklin Victorian B and B was wonderful! The room was beautiful, clean,and there were so many little extras- candy, a little bottle of wine, homemade cookies, coffee in the room and in the hall. The breakfast was wonderful and so delicious and very hearty! The entire home is beautiful and so well cared for by the hosts. You can tell they really enjoy serving their guests. This was our second visit and we'd love to go back again!

Innkeeper Response
No gloom or rain will keep our guests from having a good time while they stay with us. Rain or shine we can keep you busy in the area and other towns in the area. Thank you for the nice review and taking the time out of your busy day!

Prefect engagement weekend

5 on October 24, 2015

We picked FV based on other excellent reviews and were not disappointed. Jennifer helped plan the extra details which made this marriage engagement weekend even more special. Jennifer and Steve are very kind and suburb hosts in their beautiful house.

Innkeeper Response
WOW were we excited too! We were glad to help and see you back on an Anniversary!

Met expectations

3.6 on October 21, 2015

Host was very helpful in giving details on local attractions

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review!

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Rooms & Rates

2-Master Bedroom Suite

King Bed, Free WI-FI, Private, full bath has a shower and body spray, Sitting Area, Fireplace A privately served breakfast is available in room, Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

3-Country Room

KING Bed (note: foot board on bed has been removed since this photo), Free WI-FI, Private Bath-tub and shower, “All Season” fireplace, Sitting Area. Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page. Specials for two and three night stays available

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

4-Mitchell's Room

Queen Bed, Free WI-FI, Private Bath-shower with body spray, Sitting Area , All Season Fireplace Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $120

1-Franklin Suite

Queen Bed, Free WI-FI, Private, en-suite deluxe full bath has a shower and an Ultra Bathâ, air jetted whirlpool tub, Sitting Area, A privately served breakfast is available in room, Click On "Enlarge" for more photos. Single Person Discount Rate: next page, Specials for two and three night stays available

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

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Location Type

Close to La Crosse and Onalaska, Small town


La Crosse, WI (WSE-La Crosse County) 30 miles

Directions to property:

I-90, Exit 25.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, Fort Mc Coy, Kickapoo River, Canoeing, Warrens Cranberry Fest, Wisconsin Cheese Stores, Wineries, Amish Country, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, University, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Library, Movie library, Parking, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer , We are a Certified Travel Green WI Destination, We offer free inside secure Bicycle & Motorcycle storage during your stay, DVD's & Players, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Bike Shuttle Service for guests.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Elroy-Sparta State Trail, Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Wildcat Mountain State Park, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00- 8:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No No No Smoking policy in or on property
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children Must be 13 and Older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We are unable to accommodate pets.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends but not all
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations: To secure a reservation, need a valid credit card hold. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Final payment with credit/debit card, cash or personal check.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations are difficult, but we do understand that unexpected situations arise. Please call the Inn if you need to cancel or reschedule your stay. Seven days notice is required for cancellations. Cancellations made less than 7 days will be refunded in the form of a gift certificate. No-shows, cancel day of, and early checkouts are responsible for payment of the entire reservation.



Jennifer and Steve Dunn

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We moved to Sparta, Wisconsin in 2002 and are enjoying running an award winning bed and breakfast ever since. Jennifer wanted to own and run a bed and breakfast. With her interior design background, it only seemed natural. Both Jennifer and Steve had grown up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Because of their love of the Midwest and their family ties in Wisconsin, they wanted to return to their roots. We love what we are doing, so come visit we would love meeting you!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Wild Rice Quiche
The guests Favorite! See our website for more wonderful recipes.



Special Package

Girlfriends' Getaways

Cool Color Package- All For Color, All For Fun, All For A Goodtime then Come! Reserve time at the Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast with your closes friends or come and meet new people. Reduce Stress, take time to relax and chill out! 2016 you want to slow down, unplug, or just take a moment and stop and enjoy! Come for a one night or two night stay with us. Yes, we will surprisingly bring out your creativity, when mixing and matching colors by coloring. Turn to coloring as a way of relaxing during your stay. No beds to make or dishes to do! No meals to plan or prepare. We will provide you lots of privacy for the time you are here. So, surprise? Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. You need a night to unwind and reconnect with friends or make new friends. Package Special includes your stay with us, a wonderful breakfast, wine & cheese, a Coloring Book you get to take home with you, so you can keep on coloring. We will provide the crayons, markers, and colored pencils. *Call for more information.

Ongoing Discount

$5.00 OFF when you purchase a stay in your Birthday Month! Spend your Birthday Month with us and let us know at the time of your reservation and we add discount after showing valid ID. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other specials or packages, discounts, or Holidays/weekends). Birthdays are always special and we want to make yours too!

Summer Specials

Attention Bicyclist- Receive Two Free Bike Passes Dates: May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016 Stay with us anytime Sunday through Thursday for Two (2) nights or more in the same room and enjoy what Wisconsin has to offer and ride the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, discount, or Holidays/weekends).

Frequent Stay Programs

EARN A FREE NIGHT - As if a night at the Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast is not wonderful enough, now you can reward yourself even more. Sign up for - Pillow Points. Stay six nights and get the seventh night FREE. There are no fees or expiration dates, and your nights-stayed do not need to be consecutive. Just earn credit toward your free night whenever you visit. Ask innkeeper for details and your - Pillow Points - card.

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