Silver Star B&B Inn

3852 Limmex Hill Road, Spring Green, Wisconsin 53588
Innkeeper(s): Jean Langer
  • Small intimate weddings feel grand at The Silver Star.

    Small intimate weddings feel grand at The Silver Star.

  • Grand sitting room

    Grand sitting room

  • The deck is ideal for relaxing, or social gathering.

    The deck is ideal for relaxing, or social gathering.

  • Covered porch serves as a breakfast area where you can be mesmerized by dozens of hummingbirds.

    Covered porch serves as a breakfast area where you can be mesmerized by dozens of hummingbirds.

  • Our new back patio with gas grill and fire-pit. Feel free to bring a picnic.

    Our new back patio with gas grill and fire-pit. Feel free to bring a picnic.

  • We strive to prepare healthy, delicious and varied breakfasts to start the day right.

    We strive to prepare healthy, delicious and varied breakfasts to start the day right.

  • The dining area is perfect for private intimate dining or as a special gathering place.

    The dining area is perfect for private intimate dining or as a special gathering place.


# 1 The Stieglitz-Steichen

$159.00 / $162.00 night

Honoring Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Our largest room with foyer entrance, whirlpool bath/shower, sitting area, four poster mahogany queen bed, antique writing desk, vintage dressers, hard oak floors, and sofa pullout (sleeps 4).

Edward Steichen was born in Luxemburg in 1879 and was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steichen submitted photographs to the institute of Chicago for exhibition and were accepted by a jury that included Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz was impressed with a photograph entitled "The Pool," which he later purchased and called "a masterpiece." He later purchased many pieces from Steichen, paying him $50 to $100 in 1902.

Alfred Stieglitz founded the Photo-Secession, a photographic organization, in 1902, which published a magazine, Camerawork, and in 1905 opened a photo gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue, NY. The Gallery, which was referred to as "291" was designed by Edward Steichen and directed by Alfred Stieglitz. Many photographers, most notably Edward Steichen, Clarence and Alvin White, Gertrude Kasebier, John G. Bullock, and many others, joined the Photo-Secession and exhibited at "291." For the next twelve years, photographs by its members vied with paintings and drawings by Matisse, Marin, Harlley, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Picasso, Braque, and O'Keefe.


#2 The Szarkowski

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring John Szarkowski and the MOMA. White shutter style bed, Bob Timberlake comforter, large bathroom w/shower, and antique curtains.

John Szarkowski has long been one of the most compelling and influential figures in the photography world. As director of the photography department at The Museum of Modern Art since 1962, his exhibitions and writings brought new prestige to photography. He defined trends and discovered important photographers such as Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand, setting contemporary photography on a track it would maintain until the late 1970s.


#3 The Aperture

$153.00 / $156.00 night

Honoring Minor White founder of Aperture Magazine. Queen canopy style bed, sofa pullout (sleeps 4) large bathroom w/vanity, shower, and antique dresser

Founded by Minor White in 1952, Aperture, a periodical, provides working photographers, teachers, students, and intellectuals the world over with reviews of photo-related books and exhibitions, articles
on current developments in photography, and portfolios of current work, with a special emphasis on emerging talents. There are many fine issues available for our guests to enjoy in the library and several are on display in The Aperture.


#4 The Cameron

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring Julia Margaret Cameron & women photographers. Queen bed, vintage deco dresser in oak, and tub/shower.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was endowed with a combination of eccentricities, energy, and inspiration that prompted her to photograph great Victorian personalities and enabled her to reflect their spirit, power, and character better than any portraitist. She concentrated on their heads, revealing their depth of mind as she revealed her own depth of feeling about them. It was the soul of her subject she was after.


#5 The Brady

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring Mathew Brady & the Civil War photographers. Ginny Lind style twin beds, quilts, antique dresser, and tub/shower.

To photograph the civil war was Mathew Brady's ideal and it burned fiercely in his heart. Brady took many of his best men with him into the field; by war's end he had financed twenty teams which had covered practically every major engagement in every theater of war. Each was equipped with a wagon of photographic material which the soldiers dubbed a "what-is-it" wagon. Alexander Gardner and his son James were with the army of the Potomac; Timothy H. O'Sullivan was at Gettysburg and Richmond, and others were remembered with given credit for pictures published after the war.

It took great strength of purpose and disregard of danger to coop oneself up in a wagon which invited a marksman's bullet, and prepare glass plates in the semi-darkness for cumbersome cameras like the 8x10 inch view camera. To slow to stop action, Brady and his men trained themselves to see and take grim still-lifes that reflected the action frozen in death.


#6 The FSA

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring Roy Stryker and the FSA photographers. Queen bed, quilt, antique oak chair, small dresser and shower.

Roy Stryker's, head of the Farm Security Administration, objective was to investigate and record the human problems that beset millions of people living on impoverished, drought stricken land. He turned a spotlight on the lowest third, the third that President Roosevelt had referred to as "ill-housed, ill-clothed, and ill-fed." The FSA existed for 8 years with more than 200,000 photos in its files.

Roy Stryker inspired the photographers "to give their fraction of a second's exposure to the integrity of the truth."


#7 The F64

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring Ansel Adams & other “F64” photographers. Queen bed, Queen Ann dresser, octagon bath window, antique chair, and shower

The vision represented by group F/64 dominated serious photography during the 1930s. The aesthetic beliefs of Americans exhibiting at "Film and Foto" were written up for the official catalogue by Edward Weston. Those beliefs were stark honesty in the use of materials and equipment, absolute control over composition and tonal range, and reality so keenly sensed and so meticulously re-created that it was like seeing the world for the first time.

Some of Weston's followers and a newcomer, Ansel Adams, who later gave these artistic imperatives detailed, quantitative expression, formed "Group F/64" to promote Weston's vision of photography.


#8 The Talbot/Daguerre

$135.00 / $138.00 night

Honoring Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Daguerre & Joseph Nicéphore Niepce. Antique brass queen bed, primitive armoire and side table, retro 50's western comforter, and shower

Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, in 1822, made the first photograph, a permanent image. He called these images caught in the camera obscura "points de vue." In 1827, Niepce met with affluent prosperous Louise-Jacques-Mondé Daguerre, twenty years his junior. They became partners in 1829, after Daguerre convinced Niepce not to publish his process even though he felt he couldn't improve it any further. Daguerre's letter reads "...there should be found a way to get a large profit out of the invention before publication, apart from the honor you will receive."

Although Daguerre did not invent photography, he did make it work, made it popular, and made it his own. Within a year after its announcement in 1839, his name and his process were known in all parts of the world. Honors were showered on him and wealth and security was his. However, the name of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce was practically forgotten. Daguerre's principle of development of mercury vapor was original, a workable process based undoubtedly on knowledge he gained from Niepce. Niepce, however, contributed nothing further to the invention after 1829.

Daguerre's process could not be multiplied or printed in unlimited numbers, as positives can be from a single negative; the negative-positive principle of photography was the invention of Henry Fox Talbot. It was Talbot's invention of a paper negative from which multiple prints could be made that became the foundation of modern photography.


#9 The Eastman

$146.00 / $149.00 night

Honoring George Eastman. Wheelchair accessible with oak floors and private deck; Queen bed, tub/shower

Through continued experiments, George Eastman developed what he called "American Film." Its greatest virtue was its flexibility. A roll holder could be fitted to any camera. In 1886, Eastman designed and patented a box camera with a standard roll holder for 48 4x5 inch negatives, a focusing lens, and shutter. A perfect amateur camera was developed and Eastman coined the word that has been synonymous with "camera" ever since -- "Kodak." It was George Eastman's slogan, "you press the button, we do the rest."


#10 The Magnum

$140.00 / $143.00 night

Honoring Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson & all Magnum photographers

Two full beds and sofa pullout (Sleeps 6) exterior and interior entrances, desk, shower, tile floor, and braided rugs Children and pets welcome

In 1947, Robert Capa, David Seymour 'Chim,' and Henry Cartier Brisson co-founded Magnum Photos. Magnum is owned as a co-operative by its outstanding photographers, who supply illustrated journals and magazines of all the world with single photos or complete picture essays.

Kid Friendly
Pets Welcome
  • Policies

    • Reservations must be accompanied by a deposit equal to a one night stay, for guarantee retainment of room.
    • Payment may be made by credit card or by check.
    • A single night reservation must be paid in advance.
    • Deposit will be credited to the last night of reserved time and will be forfeited in case of early departure.
    • A charge card receipt will be included in a mailed confirmation if time permits.
    • A two night minimum stay is required with a Saturday reservation between June 1st through October. Please check with us for any single Saturday availability. There is a three night minimum for some holiday weekends.
    • Room rates are for double occupancy and range between $138 and $162. Please add $20.00 for each additional person.
    • No discounts given for single occupancy during peak season. Rates or policies are subject to change without notice. Rates do not include WI sales tax of 5.5%.
    • A $25.00 fee applies to all cancellations. This fee will be either charged to your account or deducted from your  deposit refund. Cancellations received 14 or more days prior to arrival will receive a refund minus this fee.
    • Cancellations with less notice will receive a refund only if the room can be resold without loss of revenue to the inn.
    • Check-in time is between 4:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Earlier or later check-in times are by prior arrangements.
    • Check-out time is no later than 11a.m.
    • Payment by cash or check is preferred. A $3.00 discount will be deducted off the regular room rate if you choose to pay your balance with cash or check. We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover cards.
    • Gift certificates, not purchased from the Silver Star, may not be used on Friday or Saturday from the last weekend in June through the last weekend in October and holidays
    • Breakfast is complimentary and is typically served between 8-9a.m. If necessary, other time arrangements may be made in advance. Please inform us of any special diet restrictions at check-in time.
    • We welcome children and pets but limited rooms are available so please inquire. Pull outs and roll away bed for rooms #1, #2, #3 or #4 is $10 extra.
    • Pet fee is $10 for one night and $15 for two or more nights.
    • As a courtesy to all our guests we have a no smoking, Inside the building, policy.
    • Wireless Internet access is available in most building areas. Courtesy portable phone is located on the first floor.
    • Rooms are Phone and TV free for the ultimate in relaxing getaways! (Phone, TV, fax and WI FI internet are all available on premises.)
  • Kid Friendly

    We welcome children but limited rooms are available so please inquire.