Lake Ripley Lodge Bed And Breakfast

N4376 Friedel Avenue , Cambridge, WI 53523 USA (Show map)


Lake Ripley Lodge, a Madison, Wi area Bed and Breakfast where you can escape to a By-Gone Era at a charming lake front inn at quaint Cambridge (20 miles east of Madison and 50 miles west of Milwaukee). Enjoy a serene setting with beautiful gardens and the romance of a sunset on the Grand Porch swing or lawn glider with lingering lakeside breakfasts. Retreat to lakefront rooms with luxury beds, whirlpools, fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Relax in the Grand Room or on the lakefront pier or lawn glider with fire pit. Amenities include Air Conditioning, Free WI-FI, swim/fish pier, kayaks, and canoe. Last of the Grand Resorts on historic Lake Ripley, home to Ole Evinrude and Harley Davidson. Glacial-Drumlin state bike and hike trail nearby, bike rental, Cambridge winery and pottery shops in adjacent unique Cambridge with eateries. Historic Lake Ripley in Cambridge, WI in Southern Wisconsin where the Innkeepers will trade home roasted coffee for fish stories.




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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Absolutely Great

5 on June 15, 2017

Great nature, leisure, and service!!!! The Lake Ripley Lodge is the quintessential Wisconsin experience! Would recommend to anyone!

Wish we could have stayed longer!

3.8 on July 31, 2014

Janice and Jim work hard to maintain an historic and beautiful property - and it shows! Thanks for a most relaxing and restful stay. The porch was our favorite spot.

Wonderful place to just get away and relax....

5 on October 20, 2013

Lake Ripley Lodge Bed and Breakfast is a real find!! My husband and I could not have been happier to find such a great b and b!! Even thought the weather did not cooperate, the front porch with the view to the lake is awesome. Janice and hubby are the perfect hosts. The feeling of truly being at home is what you experience at Lake Ripley! The food, conversations, and the views all added up to a wonderful getaway!! We will be coming back and the next time we want to include our daughters in the next trip!! Thank you Janice and Jim for a truly wonderful experience!!!

Relax and Recharge

4.4 on September 10, 2013

Lake Ripley Lodge Bed & Breakfast was absolutely wonderful. We had such a warm welcome by the owner. She was very gracious and promotes local business. We had dinner in Lake MIlls one night and the other night in Cambridge. We had 5 in our group and we felt at home the entire time. We were there to visit the annual Quilt show in Madison. We will be back next year! My favorite place was the front porch sitting in the porch swing relaxing after walking around at the show. Others of our group jumped in the Lake and another was swinging on the patio. All in all it was an awesome place to relax and recharge.

Reaxing & Peaceful

4.4 on July 22, 2012

Awesome placr to relax. People, food, & hospitality were great. Loved the area for bike riding. I would go back if in the area.

A Great Getaway

3.4 on November 15, 2011

Our first stay here - we found it a great place to get away for a few days. Our room was very nice with a great view of Lake Ripley. The food was excellent and our hosts were very gracious. Will definitely stay here again.

Great Escape

4.6 on July 24, 2011

Just returned from a three day weekend at the Lake Ripley Lodge. It's a wonderful place to stay. When we were not biking, we spent time either outside or on the large 1200 ft screened porch. We watched the sunset both evenings sitting on the pier. We also enjoyed both the porch and outside swings. Food was excellent!

Loved it!

4.0 on September 24, 2010

We recently spent four nights at the Lake Ripley Lodge and loved every minute of it! We were looking for a peaceful place to kick back and relax, and relax we did! The home is very welcoming, clean and comfortable. Our hosts, Jim and Jane, were extremely welcoming and helpful, recommending many restaurants and things to do/see in the area. We took their advice and were not disappointed! Being able to relax on the front porch and in the front yard was just what we needed and the view of the lake, the friendly passers-by and the serenity of the area did not disappoint. We would highly recommend the Lake Ripley Lodge as a getaway spot!

relaxing retreat

3.6 on August 31, 2010

Our stay was truly relaxing and gave us a chance to just sit back and forget work for awhile. The room, though small, was very clean and comfortable. I would love to have a screened porch like this at home. The breakfast was just right, with plenty of great coffee! We would definitely consider visiting again.

Clean, fabulous views, friendly Hosts!

5 on August 23, 2010

Stayed four nights in Lake Ripley Room and loved every minute. Excellent biking and hiking nearby, swimming in lake. Quiet, cozy, romantic and clean!

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Rooms & Rates

Lakeside Lodge Room

Your own lakeside north woods room on ground floor with comfy new luxury Queen bed, glider chair, 32" TV/DVD, fireplace and private bath with step in shower. A gorgeous lake view with private entrance and easy access to the Grand porch through French doors. A smaller lake front room with hardwood floors, Free WI-FI and Air Conditioning.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $189

Heritage Room

More Details Step into the relaxing summer cottage suite of former owner Charles Dawes, a US Vice President. Comfy, Luxury KING BED, wrought iron fireplace and private bath with double French doors to your own side of the lake front porch. 32" TV, DVD, A.C., WI-FI. Linger with comfy chairs on your own side of the porch with lake view, Ground floor room with private French door entry.

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

Nightly Rate: $180 - $199

Lake Ripley Room

Enjoy a glistening Lake view in our lighthouse Master Suite with Double Whirlpool. Large Bath with skylights and step in shower. Romance waits with a comfy, new luxury KING bed, flickering fireplace, 32" HD TV, Free WI-Fi, comfy chair, Central Air conditioning and heat.. View lingering sunsets over the lake. This is a lake side room that can accommodate an additional person ($50) Grand porch available to all rooms.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $199

Garden 2 Room Suite

[Corner Photo: Garden Room] [Main Photo: Second Room] More Details Escape to a magnificent Lake view room with a cheerful Garden feel with comfy new luxury KING BED, chairs,& large fireplace. Desk with lamp, 42" Flat screen HD TV/DVD. Enjoy a 2 room Garden suite connected by bath with skylights and tub/shower. Second room has bed & sofa bed with own entrance. A.C., Free WI-FI. Feel the breezes of the lake. Room rate is for 3 or less guests. Extra person charge $40. Maxi

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $169 - $209

Nautical Room or Cottage Nautical 2 room Suite

Lake Front Nautical room for 1 to 4 or make it a 2 room suite with 4 beds, sleeps 6. Ideal for workshops, girls getaway, family travel. This Suite is 2 adjacent rooms( Cottage and Nautical Rooms): 1 KING, 1 Queen & 2 twin beds. Each room has private entrance to hall. One tub/shower bath across hall for these 2 rooms. Rate for 4 guests. Additional guests $35 each per night. Maximum 6 guests. Air Conditioned refrigerator and microwave on each floor. Free WI-FI. TV/DVD on request for this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

Cottage Room

Linger at our Martha's Vineyard Cottage Room surrounded by greens & pinks with lovely view of the glistening lake & tall pines from your KING BED & lake view table & comfy side chairs. Double casement windows open to the lake. Private bath across from room. Free WI-FI . A.C. See the ripples of the lake reflecting on the wall and hear the waves lapping on the shore.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

Evinrude Room

Feel the serenity of a lakeside retreat in our Ole Evinrude Room, a tribute to our Cambridge native who invented the outboard motor. Our smaller ground floor lake front room with lodge pole luxury queen bed, fireplace, private bath with step in shower, TV-DVD, free WI-Fi, and air conditioning. Enjoy the lake & pine tree view through French doors or step onto the porch from the French doors.

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

Nightly Rate: $139 - $179

Garden Room only

Escape to a cheerful Garden feel with a magnificent lake view through double casement windows opening to the lake. Enjoy new luxury KING BED, chairs, fireplace and desk. The private bath has skylights, shower and tub. 42" TV/DVD. A.C.,Free WI-FI throughout lodge, dresser. Guest microwave and refrigerator in Hall. Hear the waves lapping on the shore and feel the cool breezes of the lake.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $185

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Location Type

1 mile from a uniqe small town of Cambridge, Countryside, Lakefront, Lakeview, Small town, Wine country


Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional) 20 miles

Directions to property:

Adjacent to Cambridge-1 mile. Just off US 12 between Madison and Fort Atkinson, Whitewater and Lake Geneva Between Madison and Milwaukee. 20 from Madison, 50 minutes to Milwaukee, 2 hours from Chicago

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Private swim,fish pier, Microbrewery , Glacial Drumlin State, Glacial Drumlin State Bike/Hike Trail, CamRock County Park bike/hike trails,bike rental,boat,kayak/canoe rental, Swim Beach with disc golf, tennis, basketball, snacks, Johnson Creek Outlet Mall 15 minutes, University of Wisconsin, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Boat, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Sports equipment rental, TV Video games, Telephone , lake, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, Coffee/Tea facilities on site, soap/shampoo in rooms, ironing board and board games on site, some rooms with fireplaces, whirlpools,TV/VCR, microwave/refrig on site

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Private lake pier, kayaks, canoe, boats, bike rental, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 to 7
  • Check Out:: 11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking not allowed in lodge or porch. Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited call on child policy
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Coffee only option in week day rates. First nights payment is required to reserve rooms; longer stays require payment of 50% of entire stay.
  • Cancellations: Because we are a small inn, cancellations affect us significantly. Changes or cancellations of 1 or 2 room reservations require a 14-day advanced notice. A $25 cancellation fee per room will be charged to your card. ​ Changes or cancellations of 3 or more room reservations require a 30-day advanced notice. Any deposits are non-refundable. ​ No-shows and early departures will be charged the total amount of your reservation.
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Janice and Jim Hoiby

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

No resident pets

About the innkeepers

Janice and Jim are eager to make your stay safe and memorable. They are Cambridge natives and former teachers who love to share the history of Lake Ripley and the surrounding area. They enjoy fishing, kayaking, golf, innkeeping, local history, and travel.

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  • Time Served: ask
  • Serving Location: Lake front Porch, Lake Front Grand Room, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Blueberry Cream cheese Coffeecake
Mouth watering pastry!

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