We started our annual fall color change drive in Appleton, Wisconsin this year and stayed the night at the Appleton Inn (also known as the Quilt-N-Be Bed & Breakfast). Our first impression, as we walked up the stairs, was this B&B looks inviting, lovingly maintained, and somewhat eclectic--be sure to look closely at the gingko tree out front. .
We were warmly greeted by the owners, Carole & Gordon, who invited us to leave our shoes at the door (we do the same and felt right at home). They gave us a quick tour of the historic house that they have decorated in a Victorian style with bright colors and fabrics. Carol is a quilter and her handiwork is everywhere from upholstery to wall hangings. Our daughter was with so we stayed in the Red Hen suite on the second floor. This spacious area has two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and living room. There is also a room devoted to quilting for groups who want to hold a weekend retreat. We looked at the other rooms and all were nicely decorated and equally charming.
Carole and Gordie (as Carole refers to him) sleep in the refurbished attic. We suggest you ask for a tour to see how they turned this space from dusty attic to a dramatic loft. There's a garden outside the house where artfully positioned mirrors on the fence provide an interesting perspective of the flowers.
Carole is an adventuresome cook and we really enjoyed her chilled strawberry soup, fresh orange juice and strada. Afterwards Carole & Gordie took time to chat with us and we felt like family.
We've stayed in many B&Bs over the years both in the US and Europe. We think Carole and Gordie have the right approach and recommend a visit if Appleton is on your itinerary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a full service B&B opened in 1991 in a historic home in a historic neighborhood. All room have modern amenities, WIFI, private baths and wonderful homemade breakfast. We would like to be considered a home away from home with a twist. We wait on you and we enjoy your stay as much as you do. Come and see our beautiful city and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Carole and Gordie ... more less
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