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Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC
Ranked #2 of 8 Waupaca B&B and Inns
Galesburg, Illinois
2 reviews
“A very welcoming, relaxing place.”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

This picturesque B&B provides the quintessential retreat. The rural setting includes a lovely river view, prairie, beautiful outbuildings, a labyrinth, area hiking and boating opportunities and scores of birds. We feel right at home in this cozy inn, and so will you. The owners, Deb and Robert Benada, are gracious hosts and fabulous cooks, catering to our numerous dietary restrictions. The Benadas are health and energy conscious, serving local foods and caring for the earth in responsible ways. We love this place, and have returned many times. You will want to visit again and again.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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RobertandDeb, Owner at Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC, responded to this review, 16 January 2014
We loved having you two stay with us! Thanks for your kind words, too. Having you here gives us joy and we're grateful to live here and have this lovely place for you to relax and be at home. We look forward to seeing you in a few months!
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

What a great hidden gem! B&B is a great location in the tiny community of Rural, WI. The meandering Crystal River flows past the inn and provides a great sense of tranquility.

Deb and Robert are great hosts and made us feel at home. They were very mindful of dietary needs in preparing breakfast. Speaking of breakfast.....it was awesome. Locally sourced ingredients including some of their own garden items.

We stayed in Helen's Summer Room. Great room with lots of space, fireplace, and the cutest little porch that looks to the river.

We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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RobertandDeb, Owner at Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
You two are hearty Wisconsinites to brave the cold while enjoying the beauty of Rural, WI! We were glad to hear you had a good time cross country skiing at Hartman Creek. We too appreciate the nearness as well as wonderful resource of the State Park. We're happy to be able to make a breakfast from foods locally grown for you and were delighted to have you stay with us! Happy New Year!
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

This was by far one of the most beautiful B&Bs that we have visited. The Crystal River runs through the grounds and we had a fabulous view of it from The Canopy Room. The room was lovely and we enjoyed the whirlpool. Robert and Deb, the innkeepers, make you feel welcomed and at home and the breakfasts were fantastic! We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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RobertandDeb, Owner at Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
What a delight to have you two here! Thanks for staying with us AND for sharing your rhubarb cookie recipe. We have so many other guests who love rhubarb that we look forward to spring and fresh garden produce. Actually, we do enjoy the peaceful transition to winter - another beautiful time of year here. Peace be with you.
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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Rural, WI is a place like no other, I've never seen a river that winds around so many properties in one tiny village. The Crystal River Inn is friendly, inviting, warm and unique. We stayed in the French Country Cottage--a great little romantic nest. The breakfast was easy going and meeting some of the other guests was comfortable and interesting. The grounds are really beautiful and the inn is so welcoming. After only two days we felt like family there, and look forward to a return visit. Hartman Creek State Park is just down the road--it's a beautiful park!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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RobertandDeb, Owner at Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
What a joy to see how guests appreciate the wonderful setting - Rural is indeed unique and we also appreciate it every day! We're grateful for your kind words. We smile to each other when we hear laughter and relaxed conversation around the breakfast table. Thanks for being a part of it all!
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

This was our 2nd stay at the Inn. As always, Deb and Robert were wonderful hosts. This time we came for a gathering of friends to celebrate 20th wedding anniversary. We rented the Woodland Suite and it was very roomy, quaint and accommodating to be able to serve a meal to our friends (party of 8) and dine out on the back porch. Our friends were really impressed with star gazing and seeing the Milky Way, which is a rarity for us city dwellers! Our friends enjoyed their lovely rooms inside the Inn and Sunday morning breakfast was divine! Very yummy quiche with homemade bread and jams plus fresh fruit and tomatoes from their garden. Crystal River Inn is a very tranquil and romantic place - we will definitely be back!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We have stayed at many B & B's over the years. Crystal River Inn would be at the very top of the list. Deb and Robert do an outstanding job making you feel at home. The rustic setting makes the Inn even more unique. The breakfast were very well prepared with many homegrown organic items.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

The Crystal River Inn is clean, charming, and comfortable. It is located in a quiet, verdant and historic setting. The Crystal River runs nearby. Deb and Robert are thoughtful hosts and the breakfasts are not just good, they're amazing. There is more privacy than in many B&B's. Much to do nearby on the Chain of Lakes area. Great place to wind down with long walks and lake activities. Good restaurants in the area also. There is a great bookstore for browsing in downtown Waupaca too. I highly recommend the Crystal River Inn for a get-away!

Room Tip: We like the 2nd floor rooms in the house, but all are fine.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC

Property: Crystal River Inn B&B, LLC
Address: E1369 Rural Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981-8246
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Waupaca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Waupaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 1853 farmstead in the historic village of Rural on the Crystal River is a welcoming place for all to feel at home. The setting fosters rest and refreshment of body, mind and spirit! Travel Green Wisconsin Certified. Wild Ones, Audubon, National Wildlife Federation members. Full breakfast with Southern touch; wildlife/bird habitat; grass labyrinth; foot paths; bicycle friendly. Cabins for families. Wisconsin government rate. ... more   less 

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