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Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast

220 E Franklin St , Sparta, WI 54656-1804 USA (Show map)
366 Reviews
$100 - $125
per night

Check Dates Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified


Award-Winning and proud to be part of the "Diamond Collection" with BedandBreakfast. The Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast is Proud to be on the "State & National Register as of January 2005". We are a AAA-Travel property and AAA and State inspected. A Great Outdoors Destination with 4-seasons of Recreation. Be our guest at the Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn, in the heart of Sparta, Wisconsin “The Bicycling Capital of America”. The bed & 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 host Murder Mystery Weekends November thru April. The warmth of 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 & breakfast features leaded stained glass window, fireplace, open staircase and other unique architectural features. Inside, you’ll find beautiful antiques, fresh flowers, lace window treatments, 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 & breakfast is one of Sparta’s true treasures.


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

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

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

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

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

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366 Reviews

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Outstanding value,,,,,,,

5 on September 18, 2014

We stayed three nights; everything about our stay was perfect.


5 on September 17, 2014

Everything about the B&B was outstanding from the time you open the door every detail made you feel at home. The home is beautiful, the owner was very helpful and the breakfast was delicious.

Enjoyable Stay

4.2 on September 05, 2014

Very professionally run B&B in a beautiful home. We stayed in the Master Bedroom Suite. The room was very clean and the hosts have thought of everything. The Franklin offered in-room breakfast in our room, but we chose to eat breakfast in the dining room with the other guests. The breakfast was fantastic, as was the company. Note to motorcycle travelers: We greatly appreciated the use of the shed to store the bike overnight, especially as it rained during our stay. They also offer this space for bicycles for those in town to ride the nearby trails. There were only two very minor issues with our stay: The bed was a bit soft for our tastes (and backs), and there are very few places to dine in Sparta on a Sunday evening. That said, we ended up at a very unique pizza place called 'Slice of Chicago' and were happy with the fare. If we're ever in the area, we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review and we are so glad you had an enjoyable stay. We loved having you stay with us over the Labor Day holiday. With many small town restaurants over the holidays or Sundays can be sometimes a challenge, but some will be sure to be open. But eating at the “Slice of Chicago” is one of our highly recommended restaurants all the time and we were glad they were open to serve you. We wish for everyone our mattresses would be the best fit, sometimes that is hard to do, but they are first class and new. When you hop back on your motorcycle, please come back into the Drift less region of Wisconsin, we hope to see you again soon!

Best B&B we ever stayed at.

5 on September 02, 2014

We came here for a 3 day bike trip and had a great time. This B&B is delightful.The owners are friendly.The home is immaculate with spacious rooms of authentic period furnishings. Jennifer has done an amazing job of restoring and furnishing this beautiful old home. The Breakfasts are gourmet with beautiful table settings of china, crystal and linens. Beds and bedding are super comfortable and luxurious. We loved the area and will come here again if we get up this way. We have already recommended it to several friends.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice 5-star review of your stay with us. We are glad you got your bike trip in and we are glad the Elroy-Sparta bike trail was a great trail for you. We hope for you to come back soon and we thank you for the referrals.

Best B&B I've ever stayed at.

5 on September 02, 2014

This B&B was wonderful! It is beautifully restored and is immaculate! The bed was super comfy with the best sheets ever. Every little detail was thought of...cookies and snacks in the afternoon, a fridge stocked with beverages, and early morning coffee. The front porch allowed a great way to enjoy the weather. And the breakfast was divine. Jennifer is a perfect hostess...friendly and welcoming, but not obtrusive. The location is perfect. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you're planning on biking.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the 5-star review and we are so happy you enjoyed staying with us! We know our guests are on vacation when they stay with us and we want to make sure we are available to you if needed, but you also have your privacy. Our little details are you’re to enjoy and to make your stay with us rememberable. Remember the sheets when you want some of your own to just give us a call and we can help. Thank you so much for the referrals and we look forward to you staying with us again soon!

Elegance and grandeur

3.6 on August 28, 2014

Impressive craftsmanship and nicely restored and appointed rooms throughout. Very accommodating owner.

A great place for a relaxing time!!

5 on August 27, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend in a very clean and comfortable suite..We biked, visited several Amish farms and came back to a very pleasant "home away from home." We look forward to recommending FVB & B to friends and returning again ourselves!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much. Please come see us again soon!

Oasis from driving

4.6 on August 25, 2014

This was an Oasis for us from driving across country to the west from the east. Wisconsin is beautiful and we wanted to ride the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail. It is worth every mile we drove to ride the trail and to stay at this B & B. We'd do it again if we go that direction. The food was outstanding, bed very comfy and the time there very relaxing. Great experience.

Beautiful bed and breakfast

4.8 on August 22, 2014

This is a gorgeous home. The room was very pretty-the bathroom is a bit small but not too small. There was a formal dining table set for breakfast which was generous and delicious. We would love to return.

Simly... outstanding!

5 on August 20, 2014

What a pleasant surprise to find such a beautiful home in small town USA. I could not have had a better sleep or breakfast. Thank you so much.

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Location Type



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

Directions to property:

I-90, East

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, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Library, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , We are a Certified Travel Green WI Destination, We offer 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, Internet Service, 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, Murder Mystery Weekends, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming pool, 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 Smoking policy in our facility, porches or grounds
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children Must be 12 and Older
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We are unable to accommodate pets.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends
  • 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: 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 cancellation. 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


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

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free

Signature Dish

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



Special Package

Summer Specials

Attention Bicyclist- Receive Two Free Bike Passes & Two Free Bike Bottles! Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 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).

Summer Specials

Attention Bicyclist Stay Three and Save – Receive Free Bike Shuttle Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 Stay with us Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Three (3) nights in the same room and enjoy a free bike shuttle and see what Wisconsin has to offer along the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, discount, or Holidays/weekends).

Sports Specials

Attention Bicyclist- People & Bicycle Shuttle Service – $ is for two people Dates: May 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 This is an add-on available for being our biking guests. We will shuttle your bicycles and you to either Elroy, Kendall or Wilton along the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. Full or Half trail price is available. Then you can enjoy the bike trail, wonderful tunnels and ride back to the bed and breakfast! Set up with the innkeepers for us to shuttle you at the time of your reservation.

Ongoing Discount

AAA Members ~ We are pleased to offer a -$5 discount to current AAA members on New 2014 reservations. Membership number required at time of reservation, must be valid for date of stay. Must show proof at check-in. (Offer is not valid when using any gift certificate, other special, or Holidays/weekends).

Frequent Stay Programs

EARN A FREE NIGHT! As if a night at the Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast isn’t 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 & your “Pillow Points” card.

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Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

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