The Fountain Chateau is the perfect place to stay if you have plans to ride the great bike trails in this pretty part of Wisconsin. The old building has been beautifully restored, and our room (the Elizabeth Barrett Browning) was spacious, well appointed, and very clean. For breakfast, we were served a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage links, and strawberries topped with sour cream and brown sugar. I thought the price ($136 total, including all taxes) was very reasonable.
Like me, you have probably never heard of Hustler, Wisconsin. It is a small town, but it's less than a ten minute drive to reach Interstate 90. There is a bar next to the inn that serves food; we saw some folks tossing horseshoes out in the back. There is also a bowling alley in town where you can eat. Those are the only dining choices, but you have lots of choices if you want to go for a bike ride.
The Fountain Chateau is just a stone's throw from the Omaha Bike Trail. This is a beautiful trail with lots of rocky outcroppings and a cool tunnel. We saw some sandhill cranes feeding in a field just off the trail south of Hustler. If you ride north for three miles, you'll be in Camp Douglas. If you ride south ten miles, you will be in Elroy, where you can pick up the Elroy-Sparta Trail, the 33 mile-long granddaddy of Rails To Trails bike paths. The 400 Trail also originates in Elroy, and you can ride it all the way to Reedsburg. It's only a twenty mile drive from Hustler to Elroy, if you want to start your ride there.
The best thing about the Fountain Chateau is the innkeeper, Susanne. She is a truly sweet person, friendly but not overbearing. We really enjoyed talking to her. As we left, she told us to come back sometime. I told her that we would, and I plan on keeping my promise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you choose Fountain Chateau Bed & Breakfast you will experience the ambiance of culture through travel, art, music and literature in one of our thematic rooms. An atmosphere where everyone is welcomed and no one has to search for serenity. A place nestled in a quiet, peaceful environment, a small library sitting room that will enhance the rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Your time at the Fountain Chateau will be an experience well remembered, and one that ensures you will be our guest time and time again. ... more less