Scarlett House Victorian B&B
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Nationally plaqued State historic property located on Court House Hill, close to the Rock river and Main street. Five minutes from Ice age trail and Rotary Gardens. A few hours drive from Chicago or Milwaukee but a world away. Come spend the night in another century with us at Scarlett House Victorian B&B in Janesville, Wisconsin.
The home's first owner was family named Baack who were clothiers and had a shop on Main street. Frank Blodgett and his family lived in the home from 1907 to 1949. He was the Great Grandson of Caleb Blodgett one of the area’s first European settlers & founder of Beloit and the College. Frank continued to run the Blodgett flour Milling Company located on the Rock River. Two other families owned the home from the 50’s-90’s.
Innkeeper-owner Michelle Scarlette purchased the home in January, 1997, and has been lovingly restoring it through present. Since it opened as a Bed & Breakfast in August of 1999, hundreds of satisfied guests have come through our doors and “Spent the Night in Another Century."
The City of Janesville has a population of approximately 65,000 and is the county seat. It was founded in 1838 by Henry Janes, whose original homestead is eight blocks from the Inn, where his ferry service was located. The Rock River runs through our downtown area parallel to Main Street, where antique shops and restaurant/bar and grill establishments are plentiful.
We boast over 2000 acres of parkland, including a portion of the Wisconsin State Ice Age Trail for hiking. Our old Armory has had a rebirth as a dinner theatre with three restaurants and casts that include Broadway actors. Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum, is a half hour drive, and so is The Octagon Milton House, part of the Underground Railroad. The Lincoln-Tallman House is right in town. You may be also be in the mood for the Rotary Botanical Gardens with its spring-fed lake or a few holes of golf choose from one of four courses or simply relaxing on the porch swing after a walk to the farmers market.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Michelle Scarlette for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Convenient midway point between Minneapolis and Chicago, close to Milwaukee and Madison too.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The historic nature the beauty of the turn of century architecture, unique wallpapers and paint, antique furniture.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
"City of Parks," Rock River, Rotary Gardens, Lincoln Tallman House, and Aqua Jays waterski.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Rotary Gardens and Farmers Market.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Drive out to visit New Glarus Swiss town, then up to Madison to see capital and State St. Back to JVL to stroll thru Riverside Park watch our National Champion Water Ski team practicing in the Evening. Take in a Concert on the Square a few blocks to courthouse square for music under the stars. Take in Farmers Market on Saturday and hit some of the resale shops along Main St. Eat out at one of our many fabulous family run restaurants.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Main Street taverns, diners Resale shops, coffee shops, Saturday farmers market, fair grounds, Rock River, Court House, Library, concentration of High Victorian Architecture .
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Duck Inn, O'Rileys Pub, Cozy Inn oldest Hunan restaurant, Citrus Cafe, Prime Qtr Steak, and Hometown Buffet.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Janesville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
Our parlor room is available for tea parties, birthday parties and bridal showers.
"The Decor was beautiful, and rooms were very spacious (larger than they look in the photos). Room appeared spotless with snow-white towels and the most luxurious linens. The Innkeeper was welcoming and available, with suggestions of where to go and what to do. Will definitely return, hopefully for a longer stay to enjoy the lovely surroundings."
Tea Party afternoon:
- $100 for rental of Parlor, Dining room and Kitchen space for four hours
- All dishes and serving trays provided
- Call for menu details