Eagle Centre House Bed & Breakfast
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In the mid-1800's, because of the sighting of an eagle in this vicinity, the area that is now called Eagle, Wisconsin was platted and named Eagle Centre.
At that time a "house" was an inn offering food and shelter to weary travelers...Today's traveler seeks respite too, from the stresses and demands of highly structure lives. Our guests can relax and enjoy the best that life had to offer a century ago. Eagle Centre House is an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek Revival style stagecoach inn.
You're welcome to walk our kettles and moraines crested with towering oaks and lush with an abundance of native prairie plants and wildlife. Or just sit...choose a porch or a parlor where our collection of period publications might catch your eye.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Riene Wells and Dean Herriges for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Visitors are drawn to the area for two dominant reasons. One reason is to visit the State Historical Society's Old World Wisconsin, a 600-acre outdoor living history museum portraying the ethnic diversity and lifestyle of settlement times in Wisconsin. Therefore, if folks like history and antiques, they will enjoy staying in the atmosphere created at Eagle Centre House Bed and Breakfast as it is an accurate replica of an 1846 Greek Revival Stagecoach Inn furnished in authentic antiques of the period and an extension of the visitor experience at Old World Wisconsin with the advantage of modern ammenities. The other important reason to visit Eagle is for a visit to the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest. Guests come to hike, bike,horseback ride, snowshoe and ski or otherwise enjoy the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest and the natural areas in the area. Eagle Centre House is 3 miles from the Forest headquarters and the land that the Bed and Breakfast is situated on is in Conservancy. There is a hiking path on the property for guests to enjoy.
What are you best known for?
Our historic ambiance, authentic period antique furnishings, spacious rooms with modern amenities that still provide the feel from an era pas including whirlpool tubs that are truly large enough for two.
What makes your inn unique?
~~The fact that we're a "true" bed and breakfast meaning it is our home and we've been here (same owners) for 24 years.
~~Our land (12 of 20 acres) is in conservancy. Some native prairie plants such as kittentail are rare. the pasque flowers are always a treat to see in the spring.
~~The antique furnishings are really antiques and appropriate to the time period and style of the building. Breakfast is served on antique ironsone "Tea Leaf" pattern china c:1850-1900.
What do you love most about your inn?
I love sharing history and our antiques with guests. What I love most about the house is that we built it, literally, with our own hands, yet I never feel like I live in a "new" house.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Old World Wisconsin. Outdoor History Museum and the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest Headquarters, both in Eagle.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Of course, we always appreciate the compliments about our cleanliness and hospitatlity, but my favorite comment follows:
"A stay at Eagle Centre House is the closest you'll get to New England in the Midwest." -C. A. Arndt, Minnesota
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The quiet and the night sky
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Minimally spend one day at Old World WI. Another "must see" is a tour of Ten Chimney's National Historic Site in Genesee Depot, add a stop at the Kettle Moraine Forest Visitor's Center to tour the complimentary museum and view the video explaining the geographical area and how it was formed by glaciers. Next visit the East Troy Railroad Museum and ride the trolley from East Troy to Mukwonago and back again. Cross the tracks and enjoy an ice cream at Lauber's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor that is truly old fashioned! For the antiqueres, Wales has a wonderful antique mall and there are 3 historic houses to tour within a 45 minute ride from Eagle.
The newest Wisconsin State Historical Society site, Black Point on Lake Geneva, is only 20 miles away. The Lake Geneva Boat Tours are fun too! Downtown Milwaukee is 45 minutes and the Milwaukee Art Museum is a must see. Madison is about an hour and fifteen to thirty minutes away and the State Capital Building, the Veteran's Museum and WI Historical Museum are well worth the trip. There is also an outstanding antique mall in Madison. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, skiing and snowshoeing are all a part of the Kettle Moraine Forest.
There are several popular golf courses in the area including the oldest golf course in the State, Eagle Springs Golf Course. It is a 9-hole course that is quite a challenge to play and is located "right around the curve". Or, canoe to Lake Lulu, a nature preserve in Eagle.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
It's not a great idea to walk from the bed and breakfast as we're a rural site and the walking would be on a State Highway for about a 1/4 mile to get to sidewalk.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Several great restaurants are nearby. Holy Cannoli, (towards Elkhorn, Union House, Genesee Depot is top of the "gourmet" list, Heaven City, Mukwonago has quite a history, Ivan's in East Troy and Corner Stone in Genesee Depot both offer a bistro type atmosphere, and Fork in the Road, Mukwonago is always good and fun too! All the restaurants mentioned are within a 10-mile radius.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Kettle Moraine State Forest, State of WI Historical Society, Eagle Business Association
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have four spacious bedchambers. Two have two beds each and one chamber can sleep 4, the other can sleep 3. The whirlpool chambers each have one bed and sleep two people. A 5th bedchamber has two beds and can sleep 3, but may only be reserved by groups or for multiple day stays with advance reservations. We can accommodate groups of up to 14 persons.
Do you accept pets?
We are pet-free; however, there is a kennel with a very good reputation just a few miles north of us. It is Sky Dance Pet Lodge, Hwy 67, Dousman, WI.
Highlights Of Our Inn Include:
- Double Whirlpools - truly large enough for two people...they're not the 3/4 size tubs.. plus fireplaces.
- Eagle Centre House B&B sits high on a hill amidst 20 scenic acres in Southern Kettle Morraine...truly a peaceful rural setting.
- The full breakfast is served on antique "Tea-Leaf" patterned ironstone china
Breakfast is another part of the romantic journey into the past. A full breakfast consisting of seasonal fruit and juice, pastry, and a hot entree of eggs or a syrup dish is served by candlelight on antique Tea Leaf China (c. 1850-1900). Regular or decaf coffee, a wide array of tea choices, and milk are also available. Take your time … eat hearty, it will be a memorable experience. Dietary requirements: Please advise of special dietary needs when making your reservations.
"Old World Wisconsin," a unique outdoor museum of living history, is one-half mile from our door. About three miles west, you'll find the headquarters of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit. Both "Old World Wisconsin" and the Kettle Moraine State Forest offer miles of hiking and cross country ski trails. Downhill skiing, sledding, biking, shopping, antique hunting, golfing, lakes for fishing, boating and swimming, plus several riding stables are all nearby.
Our location puts us only...
- 45 minutes SW of Milwaukee
- 30 minutes N of Lake Geneva
- 60 minutes E of Madison
- 13 miles South of I-94 on Hwy 67
We are featured in numerous publications such as:
Country Living Magazine
Wisconsin Trails Magazine
Midwest Living Magazine
Romantic Homes Magazine
Chicago Home & Garden Magazine
Recommended Country Inns by Bob Puhala.