Franklin Inn on Durkee Bed and Breakfast

310 N Durkee Street , Appleton, WI 54911-5437 USA (Show map)


Experience why the Franklin Street Inn is considered Appleton's premier B&B. Ideal for your next vacation, business travel, wedding/anniversary or weekend get away! Gracious hosts care about your comforts and ensure you have a wonderful experience. Four beautifully decorated suites feature private baths, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces for your relaxation and enjoyment. There are also four well-appointed traditional rooms with private baths. Guests also enjoy relaxing on our wrap-around porch or first floor parlor. Complimentary soda and snacks are provided in the guest refrigerator. Our 1898 Queen Anne Victorian is nestled in a charming historic neighborhood and is only steps from Appleton's finest restaurants, shopping, theater/cultural events, and Lawrence University. Our central location between Green Bay and Oshkosh provides easy access to many attractions and day excursions to Door County. Call for availability! The Franklin Street Inn is at the edge of the downtown area by parks, Lawrence University, History Museum at the Castle, Trout Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, specialty shops, and fine local restaurants and pubs are all within walking distance. A short drive lets you enjoy the Fox River Mall, Antique Malls. a Green Bay Packer Game, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, the EAA Annual Convention in Oshkosh, and many other exciting local attractions.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Loved it!

5 on October 13, 2016

We have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before and were pleasantly surprised. This house is amazing, beautifully done. Judy thought of every little detail! It was clean and the bed was super comfy. Breakfast was outstanding, again Judy didn't miss a beat. We came for the Packer Game and Judy hooked us up with a shuttle within walking distance, it was perfect! We have friends coming to a game and told them about the Franklin Inn. We can't wait to come back!

Trip Back in Time

5 on June 20, 2016

It was an absolute pleasure to stay here. I had lived here from birth to 5th grade (50's-early 60's) so I was excited to see if it was how I remembered it. Wow! The owners have kept it much like I remember it except they have made it better! They have obviously put their heart into restoring this house into an showpiece of Victorian history with antique, period furnishings. We stayed in the Turret room which was, as I remember it, nothing more than your typical attic. They have turned it into the crown jewel of the house complete with a whirlpool tub. The view from the turret is wonderful. My late parents would've been happily astounded at what the Halma's have done to the place. It brought back a lot of great memories walking thru the house. By the way, their home made breakfast (served in your room) was delicious!

Outstanding First B&B Experience

5 on June 06, 2016

Great location, easy to find, very nice accommodations, friendly owners, and amazing food! They are very helpful with recommendations if you are new to the area, too!


5 on February 15, 2016

My husband and I was there on the 13 for valentines and we had a nice and relaxing night wonderful breakfast and the hostess was very pleasant to talk with I would recommend going there again and we will be bringing friends

Clean and Delicious

5 on November 30, 2015

Our room was VERY CLEAN! Judy was welcoming. She made a gourmet breakfast in the morning. I am dairy and gluten free so she even made a special breakfast for me. Would stay again.

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

5 on November 11, 2015

The setting was perfect and provided easy walking access to shops and restaurants.

Extraordinary Experience

5 on September 24, 2015

Judy was awesome! She made delicious breakfast and provided valuable guidance and help during our stay. We enjoyed our stay and had a wonderful time there and will surely stay there once more if I visit Appleton again.

Home Away From Home

4.0 on August 19, 2015

I am 82 and for the past 10 years one of my sons has always planned a trip for the two of us. It is always special as was the stay at the Franklin Inn. I love the B&B experience in the states and in Scotland , where it is a way of life. Our time at this Inn has made it my favorite.. Judy is the warmest, sincere, and caring "Inn Keeper" I have ever met. It was really hard to leave. Enjoyed the tasty breakfasts so much I had to have the cook-book, which is much more than a cook-book. Kira McIntosh

Magic at the Franklin Street Inn

5 on June 07, 2015

Me and my girlfriend have now stayed here under the lovely care of Judy twice now, and each time there was no room for improvement! Here is how your typical stay would play out .. First you get out of your car and approach this beautiful Victorian house, and as you reach the front door you see your names on the welcome sign. After feeling special for a moment the most lovely and welcoming person in the world greets you and talks you through any details necessary. After that you get brought up the gorgeous stairs to your beautiful and comfy room. This lAst time we stayed in the Turret sweet which was breathtaking ! Comes with your very own couples jacuzzi(which I would recommend) a very comfy bed, chairs for the king and queen, and slso a private delicious breakfast served right in the turret for you and your sweetie!:) please stay here and avoid hotels at all costs! You'll be glad you did!

Wonderful Stay

3.8 on June 03, 2015

Room was clean & comfortable. Food was delicious

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Rooms & Rates

Franklin Grand Suite

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

$169.99 - $179.99

Rhodes Room

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

$114.99 - $129.99

Lawrence Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

$114.99 - $129.99

Turret Royale Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 7
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 1 Twin

$209.99 - $219.99

Petit Chateau Suite

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

$179.99 - $189.99


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

$120.99 - $135.99


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

$114.99 - $129.99

Sea Breeze Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 2 Double

$209.99 - $219.99

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown


Green Bay, WI (GRB-Austin Strauble Field) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Hwy 41 to Appleton. Exit on College Avenue Exit. East on College to Drew (Close to Lawrence University). North on Drew for 2 block to Franklin Street. Turn West on Franklin. Our Inn is 2nd house on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking only outside on front porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Please, no children under 6.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit plus sales tax is required when reservation is made. The deposit can be mailed or provided by a credit card # on the phone.
  • Cancellations: If cancellation is necessary, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 handling fee, provided a 14 day or more advance notice is given. If the reservation is cancelled in less than 14 days, the deposit will not be refunded unless the room is rebooked by another guest.



Judy and Ron Halma

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8:00- 9:30 (flexible)
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Caramel French Toast
Our most requested recipe for repeat guests is texas toast dipped in a batter and then baked in a caramel sauce. The toast is served with hot chunky cinnamon apples on top.