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Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast

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

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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
  • Services4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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Overnight stay in Sparta

4.2 on July 22, 2014

We spent one night in Sparta on our way further north, and made reservations at the Franklin Victorian B&B......a VERY nice start to our vacation. A beautifully maintained home and our room was excellent! Jennifer's breakfast the following morning was wonderful too. Again a good way to get us going on our way north. I would recommend this B&B to anyone looking for an outstanding B&B experience. MB

Chocolate covered strawberries

5 on July 21, 2014

Only stayed one night but were made to feel welcome. showed the house and history and had a garage for my motorcycle. handmade chocolate covered strawberries were outstanding.

Birthday Getaway

4.2 on July 17, 2014

What a great B&B!! My husband & I enjoyed our stay. We will plan on coming back again. Lots to do in the area, hiking,canoeing,biking. Jennifer makes you feel welcome and she makes a great breakfast!! The house is beautiful inside and out. Our room was very nice. Good conversation with other guests.

Wonderful B&B to stay at after biking the Elroy-Sparta Trail

4.6 on July 17, 2014

This was my first experience at a bed and breakfast. This restored Victorian home was impeccably decorated! Great attention to details! Enjoyed a good breakfast with 3 other couples who also biked the Elroy-Sparta trail. My boyfriend and I especially appreciated the whirlpool tub in our suite after the ride. Our B&B host had an assortment of sundries, reading materials, music, treats, and games for us. It was a wonderful place to stay and I recommend it highly:)

Wonderful stay - we will return!

5 on July 16, 2014

This was our first stay in a bed and breakfast and I can't imagine a better place! The house and yard are beautiful and immaculate, the innkeepers friendly and gracious, and our room was cozy and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious and our vegetarian needs were expertly met! Everywhere you turn there is something to nibble on, read, or comfortably sit in. We were planning our next stay there on our drive home. The Franklin may have spoiled us for future stays at other bed and breakfasts.

Exceptional B&B

5 on July 11, 2014

Charming Victorian B&B, reasonably priced, good location for anyone travelling the bike trails, friendly service, delicious breakfast, the owners provide lots of special touches that make your stay a completely wonderful experience.

The BEST B&B I've stayed in

4.8 on July 11, 2014

I've visited quite a few B&Bs and this is the best one I've stayed in yet. This beautiful, historical property is immaculate and full of beautiful antiques. The hosts are helpful and professional. I like that they are adept at taking cues from guests as to how much chit chat guests would like. And the breakfast was like a 5 star restaurant. We booked the last available room and it was the smallest. My husband is a tall guy so we'd choose a bigger room next time. That is not to say that the room wasn't great - it was. Again, very clean and comfortable. There's a fridge, cookies, tea, etc. available for guests to help themselves, and early morning coffee as well. Oh, and the bedding was so luxurious that I ordered all new bedding for our home! I highly recommend Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast! We are already planning our next trip to this Inn.

Most excellent accomodations and hosts

5 on July 10, 2014

I spent the weekend at Franklin B&B after researching places to stay closest to Neilsville, WI (about ~50min drive north) to visit Levis-Trow Mound mountain biking trail system. I'm very pleased with my decision to stay here despite the drive. Very bicycle friendly due to proximity to the Sparta-Elroy trail, clean/quiet/comfortable rooms and common spaces, breakfast is fantastic and health-conscious. The beds/bedding are extremely comfortable- be prepared to purchase a set of the sheets for home from the innkeeper. Definitely will be back and would absolutely recommend to family and friends.

Very Nice!

3.8 on July 07, 2014

Nice informational desk in foyer with activities in area, places to eat etc. Had a nice storage garage for bikes with a pump for tires. All in all, we would definitely stay here again.

Luxury and attention to detail!

5 on July 02, 2014

We stayed here for a night after a long day of biking. We had the Franklin Suite which included a luxurious queen size bed and an adjoining e suite bathroom with sitting area. We relaxed in the jetted tub and enjoyed the complimentary wine, cookies and sodas from the refrigerator in the hallway. We had the option of using cotton robes afterwards and were greeted with comfortable bedding. The house itself was gorgeous and we loved hearing about the history. The breakfast the following morning was very elegant and delicious. We had strawberry soup, egg bake, fresh fruit, bacon and mini blueberry muffin loaves. Overall the innkeepers did a great job.

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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

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

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 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

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00- 8:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: 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!

Check Dates




  • 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

Get a free $20 gift card with every $100 purchase