Inn at Lonesome Hollow
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Located in the middle of the famed Southwest Wisconsin Driftless Area lies the picturesque Kickapoo River Valley. Situated in the heart of the Kickapoo River Valley lies the Inn at Lonesome Hollow.
The Inn at Lonesome Hollow lies half way between the villages of Gays Mills and Soldiers Grove Wisconsin. Life is different in the Kickapoo Valley - a little slower, much less hectic, similar to life in America 50 years ago. The counties around us are the most rural in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin. The landscape throughout the Driftless Area is one of continuous hills and valleys and is truly unique in the upper midwest. Trout streams are too numerous to count, and trout fishing is simply excellent. In reference to larger cities, we are one hour south of LaCrosse, one hour north of Dubuque, Iowa, and a little less than two hours west of Madison.
Our Inn is situated on 160 rural acres; about 100 acres are wooded, a hardwood forest mix of mostly oak and maple. About half of our property lies in our completely private valley, and the other half lies 300 feet higher in elevation on a ridgetop. Many gardens, four miles of hiking trails, a small vineyard, and a large pond are here for the use of our guests.
In the main Inn you will find three deluxe bedrooms, each with a private bath and gas fireplace; two of the inn's rooms have two-person whirlpool tubs for your relaxation. Wireless internet is available at the main inn. Most of the bed and breakfast's furnishings are locally made by Amish craftsmen in the Cashton settlement. Amish quilts cover some of our beds. Across from the main inn is the Cedar Cabin, a modern, two bedroom cabin with full kitchen, satellite TV, gas fireplace, air conditioning, and a wonderful deck and screen house. We welcome children and small dogs in the Cedar Cabin. Our newest house is located in the most private section of our valley. The Homestead features two separate two-bedroom suites. The suites may be rented individually or the entire Homestead may be rented for groups of up to 8 people - four bedrooms, two baths, two whirlpools, two fireplaces, full kitchen, total privacy - a great group facility.
We offer spectacular scenery, a remarkably peaceful setting, and some of the finest lodging accommodations in the region. We look forward to your visit. The Inn at Lonesome Hollow is a bed and breakfast situated on 160 rural acres just outside of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, a sleepy village located in the heart of the picturesque Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin. The Inn is about a one hour south of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 35 minutes northeast of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Mississippi River, the Wisconsin River, and the Kickapoo River all converge here to help form the character of the land near our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.
Lonesome Hollow Bed and Breakfast is only a short drive from some of these larger rural villages in rural Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa: Viroqua, Wisconsin, Richland Center, Wisconsin, Boscobel, Wisconsin, Marquette, Iowa, Lansing, Iowa and McGregor, Iowa.
The Inn's common area includes a dining table, television, phone, and reading area. All of the Inn is centrally heated and air conditioned. Full country breakfasts are offered in the morning for B&B guests. Wine and cheese are offered later in the day. Complementary soft drinks and ice are available during the open kitchen hours. Guests have a patio for enjoying the fresh country air and the lovely views. Wireless internet is available at the main Bed and Breakfast. Most of the B&B furnishings are locally made Amish oak furniture. Amish quilts cover some of our beds. We can direct you to local Amish crafts people if you wish to explore furniture, quilt, or crafts purchases for yourself.
Our B&B sits up on a hillside and offers a splendid view of our private valley. Besides our outbuildings, no other structures can be seen. Our little valley is a small subset of the much larger and grander Kickapoo Valley. We are surrounded on three sides by steep hills, three hundred feet tall, left standing here because the last great glacier skirted around this Driftless Area. The property extends up onto a ridge top and offers private hiking trails. The Inn is surrounded by hardwood forests. Mixed in with the oak, maple, and hickory trees are wild raspberry and blackberry bushes, white cedar, birch and aspen. The valley and ridge are home to deer, wild turkey, fox, red tailed hawks, and great horned owls. Our skies are completely free of light pollution and star gazing is superb.
Lonesome Hollow offers hearty hot breakfasts, served family style, for guests who stay in our B&B rooms. Beginning in 2011, guests may choose their preferred breakfast area – B&B common area, main upstairs dining room, private sun room setting, or outdoor dining on the front patio or at our pond gazebo.
Coffee and tea are available 24/7 at our coffee buffet. Here you will also find an afternoon cookie or scone as a reward for walking our trails. Soft drinks and Brita filtered water are available anytime in the common area refrigerator.
Hot breakfasts always include coffee & tea, juice, fresh fruit, and a hearty main entree. Meat is either served separately or is included in the main dish. Warm pastries accompany many of the breakfasts. A wide variety of French toasts, surprising casseroles, and quiches are included in Nora’s repertoire. She uses fresh ingredients, locally grown if possible and often organic.
We have become avid fans of Organic Valley, the nation’s largest organic food cooperative. Organic Valley’s world headquarters is located in the Kickapoo Valley only 30 minutes north of us. Many of our neighbors are organic farmers and suppliers of wholesome foods to Organic Valley.
Do you have a special dietary need? We take pride in our ability to accommodate guests with food allergies and dietary restrictions or preferences. Please just let us know what your special dietary needs are at least a couple of days before your stay at Lonesome Hollow.
Breakfast is not the only reason to gather in the morning at Lonesome Hollow. We love to see a group come together, talk about the day ahead, learn about the splendid offerings of the Kickapoo Valley and the Driftless Area. Meals are a time to fill the mind and the soul as well as the body. Please join us.
How To Find Us
The Inn at Lonesome Hollow is located about 100 miles west and north of Madison, Wisconsin. From Madison take Highway 18 west to Fennimore, then Highway 61 north to Crawford County Road X (about 20 miles north of Boscobel). Go west on County X and proceed 3.5 miles to Vance Road. Turn left on Vance Rd - we are located one half mile from County X at the end of Vance Road. The road construction on Hwy 18 west of Dodgeville has been completed. We suggest the above route as the fastest and the best for night driving.
We suggest this alternate route for those who are willing to take a bit longer (perhaps 15 minutes) and enjoy nicer scenery. From Madison take Hwy 14 west through Spring Green and Richland Center. About 10 miles west of Richland Center pick up Hwy 171 west. Hwy 171 is windy, but the pavement is good and the scenery is excellent. Go west on Hwt 171 to Hwy 61. Go north on Hwy 61 only a few miles and then take County X west for 3.5 miles to Vance Rd. Turn left on Vance Rd - we are located one half mile from County X at the end of Vance Rd.
The Inn is located in rural Crawford County, Wisconsin. We are approximately 100 miles west of Madison, 60 miles south of La Crosse, only 15 miles east of the Mississippi River, 20 miles north of the Wisconsin River, only 2 miles east of the Kickapoo River. Our area is dotted with small dairy farms. We are home to a growing Amish population. This area is criss-crossed by dozens of spring fed streams. Trout fishing (fly or spinner) opportunities are endless and some of the best in the country.
Here in the heart of the Kickapoo Valley our Inn is right in the middle of several small, scenic communities. All of the following villages are within a half hour drive of Lonesome Hollow: Viroqua, LaFarge, Viola, Readstown, Gays Mills, Ferryville, Lynxville, Richland Center, Boscobel, Wauzeka, Seneca, and Eastman. These towns and villages all exhibit there own delightful, rural Kickapoo Valley character.
Canoeists and kayakists can explore the Wisconsin and Kickapoo rivers. The Kickapoo River is especially well suited to novice canoeists, and several local outfitters rent canoes for the day and will pick up their customers at a downstream location.
Here are some other area attractions, all within an hour's drive of Lonesome Hollow Bed and Breakfast and Soldiers Grove, WI:
- Hundreds of miles of scenic, rural county roads
- Antique shops
- Cross country skiing
- Amish furniture and quilt shops, many located at the artisan's farm
- Wisconsin's largest area of apple orchards
- Farm and antique auctions
- Biking on the Elroy-Sparta trail
- Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and museum
- Dozens of local festivals and county fairs
- Several local golf courses
- Cabelas Prairie du Chien outdoors store