McConnell Inn

497 South Lawson Drive, Green Lake, Wisconsin 54941
Innkeeper(s): Scott and Mary-Jo Johnson
  • Introduction

    McConnell InnGreen Lake, Wisconsin. The deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, water sports abound. Superb restaurants, unique shops and scenic country roads for bicycling and hiking. Green Lake is centrally located 1 1/2 hours from Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay - all that Wisconsin has to offer is easily accessible. Once you arrive at McConnell Inn, you may leave your worries and your car at the curb - great restaurants, unique shops and scenic country roads for hiking and biking are all within reach.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Scott and Mary-Jo Johnson for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at our inn because it is a destination to a resort community.

    What are you best known for?

    We are best known for relaxation and great breakfasts.

    What makes your inn unique? 

    What makes our inn unique is that my husband and I have been running our inn for over 29 years and still love it!

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Easy walking distance to all Green Lake has to offer.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The lake and the people.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    When a guest tells me they want to send their friends and family for a visit to our inn.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Oldest resort community west of Niagara Falls, Green Lake knows how to treat guests.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Hiking, biking, golfing, birding, music venues, water sports, antiquing, Amish community, and great restaurants.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    As I mentioned above, everything in Green Lake is within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    One of our assets is that there are many great restaurants to choose from in Green Lake.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    No, but an alternative is Kritter Kastle.


  • Breakfast

    BreakfastEach morning enjoy the company of fellow travelers in the dining room, enhanced by leather wainscoting and a crystal chandelier. Wake to the aroma of pastries baking in the oven. Mary-Jo, an experienced pastry chef, prepares a full breakfast for our guests, served family style. Fresh fruit, granolas, juice and specialty coffees are served along with a variety of entrees. House favorites include apple cheese pancakes, stuffed french toast and breakfast souffle.

  • Amenities

    • Full breakfastDining
    • Fireplace in 2 rooms
    • Jacuzzi in 2 rooms
    • Lake view from 3 rooms
    • Wi-fi
    • Open year round
    • Mastercard / Visa / Discover accepted
    • Central air conditioning
    • Private baths
    • Queen and king beds
    • Five beautiful rooms to choose from
    • Parquet floors
    • Italianate marble coal burning fireplace
    • Lace curtains accenting leaded windows
    • Non-Smoking Inn
    • Walking distance to dining, shopping, the beach parks and boat landing
  • Guest Comments

    Exterior View of McConnell InnHere are some of the kind thoughts we have received throughout the years:

    "Thank you for the great room, great service, outstanding food and for making our vacation so comfortable." - Brent & Charlene

    "It was hard to leave - was so relaxing and breakfast was great." - Ron & Mary

    "Your home is so inviting - we have never been more realxed. The food, service, and hospitatlity were fantastic." - Janine and John

    "I've biked across the country... as well as across the state and have stayed at dozens of places, but your place was one of the best." - Dean & Rachel

    "Breakfast will never be the same for me again." - Jodie

    "You made our first B&B experience fantastic." - Chuck & Julie

    "This was a wonderfully relaxing place for us to spend our honeymoon." - Karlie and Mark

    "Thank you for the secluded time away we received. It was just what we hoped and more." - Meredith and Dave

    "Have not experienced such wholesome breakfasts with great variety at any other B&B." - Jayne

    "Your hospitality and good food warm the spirit." - JoAnne

    "You really know how to make people feel at home, but special at the same time." - Jack and Eileen

    "You have done a wonderful job on your renovation and the atmosphere is so "homey" and warm." - Jean and Gary

    "Your marvelous restoration, cullinary expertise...really make "the Inn" a great escape." - Chrissy

    "With all the "newness" of being married, you have made our stay here so very comfortable & safe & warm. Your cooking was wonderful." - Lesa and Elmer

    "Thanks so much for your hospitality. Your suggestions really helped make our weekend get-away enjoyable." - Cindy and Gar

    "Your home is beautiful and breakfasts were delicious!! These are only outdone by your warmth." - Sandy and Jerry

    "As busy as our lives are I can't help daydreaming back to the weekend we stayed at your bed and breakfast. ...The "feel "of the McConnelll Inn was very welcoming, yet private enough for us to share quality alone time." - Kara and Jeremy

    "This was our first experience at a B&B and I think it will be difficult to find another that will compare." - Frank and Mary

    "Thank you very much for the wonderful breakfasts & beautiful, restful place to stay." - Paul and Beth

  • History

    Winter SceneMcConnell Inn today - beautifully restored to its original grandeur

    The McConnell Inn is named for its original owner, John McConnell, who built the home for his family residence. It was completed, after two years of construction, in 1900. When the tradesmen who crafted the woodwork and leaded glass passed away, per the rules of their trade guilds, the plans and tools that they used were destroyed. The original painters signed their work on a beam in the third floor, which guests can view today.

    Over the years, the house was bought and sold several times. At one point it was used as a rooming house. Then, in the 1970's, several Ripon College students bought the home and it became known locally as the "Men's Club"

    We bought the McConnell Inn in 1985 and opened it as a Bed and Breakfast in June, 1986. We knew from the very start that this home would make an ideal and very cozy B & B. Within our first six months, we renovated the interior, from new plumbing to refinishing woodwork to hanging wall paper. We have refurbished this Green Lake landmark to its Victorian grandeur - including preserving the leather wainscoting in the dining room, the hand-tooled parquet floors in the foyer and formal parlor and all of the original leaded windows.

    The Inn's exterior has been rejuvenated by stripping-off over a dozen layers of old paint and repainting in historical colors. The Inn is one of the very few of its kind remaining in Green Lake. Throughout the renovations, we have taken great care to ensure that the original design was not ltered, but stands as a reminder of a very affluent past. Of course, we are always making minor improvements to meet the changing needs of our guests, including the addition of Jacuzzis and fireplaces.

    The rockers and swing on our large front porch invite you to unwind, relax and "watch the world go by." Inside, guests enjoy reading, playing games or watching movies in our two first floor parlors.

    As members of the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association and the Wisconsin Innkeeper's Association, we maintain a high quality Inn. The McConnell Inn is known for its warmth, wonderful hospitality and delicious, homemade breakfasts.

    We are proud to celebrate our 27th year and we look forward to welcoming you to a delightful respite at the McConnell Inn.

    - Mary-Jo and Scott Johnson

  • Activities

    GolfWater Sports

    Green Lake offers the very best water sport action in the area during anytime of the year.

    • Action Rental,
    • Green Lake Marina,
    • Dennis Walker's Guide Service,
    • Norton's Fishing-Hunting Adventures,
    • Shoreline Boat Center,


    The Green Lake area offers four major golf courses within minutes of each other, that offer 81 holes of very challenging golf.

    • Lawsonia Country Club,
    • Tuscumbia Country Club,
    • Mascoutin,

    Outdoor ActivitiesHot air Balloon

    If you enjoy the outdoors, Green Lake is the place for any season.

    • Biking and Hiking Trails
    • Action Rental,
    • Wisconsin's Majestic Balloons, Ltd.,
    • 4M Bison Ranch
    • Bloch's Farm,
    • Nordic Mount Ski Area,


    Special Events

    The Green Lake area has many traditional annual events. See the events calendar for the dates of these events during this year.

    • Thrasher Opera House,

    Local History

    If you are interested in the rich history of Green Lake, you can visit the Dartford Historical Society at Mill St. and S South Lawson Drive which is only one and a half blocks from the McConnell Inn.

    • Dartford Historical Society,

    Additional information is available from the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

    Phone: (800) 253-7354 or (920) 294-3231

    Web Site:


    Green LakHikinge is noted for being the "Oldest resort community west of Niagara Falls". Being the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, water sports abound.

    The area boasts superb restaurants, unique shops and scenic country roads for hiking and bicycling. A golfer's paradise, 72 challenging holes are within minutes of the Inn.

    Pamper yourself to a quiet winter getaway nestled in the Inn, or explore miles of groomed cross country ski trails ambling through nearby woods.