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

Sparta Weekend

3.8 on June 20, 2017

Wi-fi not working when arrived, was Later the same evening reset and working. Individual window air-conditioners. Very Clean. Breakfast was Excellent. Shuttle service to bike drop-off, very informative. Would stay again if in the area

Friend reunion

4.4 on May 01, 2017

It was a great place to gather together with childhood friends. Very comfortable room. Beautiful community space where we shared our photos. Delicious breakfast! We also enjoyed our walk around the covered bridges. I would like to return to use it as a home base for riding the Sparta-Elroy bike trail.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking a few moments to let us know how we are doing. We look forward to see you again.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

Spring break get away

5 on April 25, 2017

We were looking for a special place to stay while biking in the Sparta area during spring break. My husband, 15 year old daughter and myself definitely felt spoiled! We had requested a "cot" for my daughter and what a surprise when we saw a beautiful comfy mattress on the cot. Breakfast was amazing. So many little splurges throughout our stay.....comfy bathrobes, homemade cookies, beverages in the mini frig. Definitely would go back again

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind words and for giving us a high five for all that we do. It is truly nice to know that our efforts are paying off.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

April 6, 2017 visit

5 on April 10, 2017

This is a beautiful home. All of the renovations have been very nicely done. We had an over-size room with a king size bed, which doesn't always happen with historic age homes. The stained glass window on the landing is beautiful!! This is one of the nicest homes we have stayed at; and we do B&B a couple of times a year. The host was wonderful and provided a superb breakfast. Would definitely stay again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you and we are honored to have had the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to seeing you again.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

Weekend Away

5 on March 13, 2017

Breakfast was awesome, We had fun playing the relationship game that was in the room, it was very relaxing.

Innkeeper Response
We sincerely look forward to serving you time after time.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

2/4/17 stay

5 on February 08, 2017

The stay was great and service and breakfast was fantastic!

Innkeeper Response
We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve you. Thank you

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

An unexpected gem in Sparta, WI

4.6 on December 20, 2016

A wonderful and unexpected gem in Sparta, WI. Jennifer and Steve were gracious hosts and the breakfast was very enjoyable. Comfortable and well appointed rooms made our stay a pleasant break. Our only negative, and a very small negative, was that the plethora of printed material in our room eliminated any suspension of disbelief. In other words, there were so many "instructions", cards for posting Facebook selfies, advertisements, notices for things to do and businesses to patronize, etc. that it felt at times like a conventional lower end motel rather than a luxury B&B. Our advice would be to ditch the overload of printed material. The only thing I want to know is the wifi password and after that simply to believe that I am in my private, comfortable, and luxurious universe.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to share your opinion with others. Please come again.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

Wonderful B&B

4.0 on December 12, 2016

We arrived late afternoon and checked in. The room was very spacious and clean. It is in short walking distance of restaurants and parks. After dark we walked to the park and saw all the Christmas lights while it was snowing. The whirlpool tub felt very nice after being out in the cold. We had breakfast served in our room. It was awesome. I would highly recommend staying here.

Innkeeper Response
thank you for writing a nice review regarding your stay with us. We are happy that you had a nice stay.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

October getaway

5 on November 03, 2016

Loved this warm and inviting B&B. Great neighborhood and just a couple blocks from downtown with dining. Had a relaxing time putting together the puzzle set out for guests. We even got to sign the board for finishing the puzzle. What fun! I'm looking forward to visiting again in the near future.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your time in a review and we are so happy you had a great time. We did to, because we got to meet you! I am glad you finished the puzzle and are now part of the "Puzzle Finisher Club". See you back again!

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

Charming, Spacious, Historic

5 on November 02, 2016

What a treasure to find this B&B in Sparta! As beautiful as its surroundings, the extras were appreciated; from the fireplace in our room to the snacks and drinks available outside of breakfast, our stay was perfect. Breakfast was hot and fresh and Jen's dishes were creative and flavorful. I highly recommend this B&B!

Innkeeper Response
Wisconsin has many treasures and we are so happy you found us and are glad you had a wonderful time. Thank you for recommending us to others and we look forward to see you again.

- Jennifer (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Mitchell's Room

Queen Bed, Free WI-FI, Private Bath-shower with body spray, Sitting Area , All Season Fireplace.

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

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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

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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.
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Jennifer and Steve Dunn

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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.


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