Dreams of Yesteryear Victorian Bed & Breakfast

1100 Brawley Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
Innkeeper(s): Bonnie & Bill Maher
 
  • Introduction

    Dreams of Yesteryear was featured in Victorian Homes Magazine and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Dreams of Yesteryear Victorian Bed and Breakfast is just a couple of blocks from the banks of the Wisconsin River, and a few minutes stroll from historic downtown Stevens Point, in the heart of Wisconsin. The Queen Anne Victorian house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1901 by J.L. Jensen, it was designed by architect J.H. Jeffers, who is famous for having designed the Wisconsin Exhibit for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

     

    Dreams of Yesteryear Bed & Breakfast Living Room

    Come stay in the kind of place where Victorian dreams are made of! This beautifully restored Stevens Point bed and breakfast treats guests to the best of modern day luxury, while surrounded by the charms of Yesteryear.

    Dreams of Yesteryear B&B has been beautifully restored and each room is decorated with antiques and Victorian style. But guests will enjoy all the modern comforts, including wireless high-speed internet and cable television.

    No stay is complete without a delicious gourmet breakfast, including such delights as pecan - or strawberry-stuffed French Toast, blueberry pancakes, or eggs Benedict among other morning treats.

     

     

  • Special Events

    Dreams of Yesteryear music eventFrom time to time, special events are hosted at Dreams of Yesteryear.

    Here are some examples: 

    • Community Organization
    • Holiday Gatherings
    • Business Meetings
    • Ice Cream Socials
    • Victorian Teas
    • Mystery Parties
    • Catered Dinners
    • Receptions or Showers

    If you are interested in hosting your event at Dreams of Yesteryear, please inquire by contacting Bonnie.

  • 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 Bonnie Maher for sharing her secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers stay at Dreams of Yesteryear because they’ve chosen us as a destination for an interesting get away from their normal routine. Travelers also stay at our inn because they are in Stevens Point for an event, a healthful vacation, business reasons, or on route to another destination and Dreams of Yesteryear is a pleasant alternative to hotels. Guests are drawn to our inn when they scan our informative website with beautifully detailed photos and history of the house.

    What are you best known for? 

    Dreams of Yesteryear is best known for its award winning meticulous restoration, welcoming accommodating hosts, numerous antique furnishings, and wonderful gourmet breakfasts. 

    What makes your inn unique?

    Our inn is unique because we are only the second owners of this 112 year old house. It is also unique because it was designed by renowned architect J.H. Jeffers who also designed the Wisconsin Exhibition Building for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent example of the Queen Anne style of architecture. And, the hosts are unique in that although we did not intend to be innkeepers when we purchased our home in 1987, our 23 years as innkeepers has proven we love having guests. We never tire of sharing the photos, stories, and history with those that want to listen.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    It was always my dream to own an old house. I love the fact that my house is Victorian, my husband and I restored it ourselves, and did all our own research to get the house listed on the National Register. Restoring and researching the house ourselves we unveiled and learned first-hand the rich history of our home. I and my husband love and are amazed by the direction our lives have taken because of our old house. Our house needs to be shared, and we love to share it with guests. As I said, being innkeepers of a bed and breakfast was not our goal in purchasing our home, but becoming innkeepers has made it possible to meet people and accumulate friends we would never have met otherwise.

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

    The #1 reason to visit is to stay at Dreams of Yesteryear and bask in the comforts and hospitality we offer. Dreams of Yesteryear has become “a destination.” In addition, Stevens Point is a welcoming eclectic community made of several businesses, a university, a technical college, historic attractions, restaurants, biking/hiking/skiing trails, golf courses, and festivals. This city is located in the center of Wisconsin making it a convenient and interesting stopping point on the way to Door County, Twin Cities, The North Woods, or Illinois. Stevens Point is host to several great conventions—The National Wellness Institute, The Suzuki Institute, Iola Old Car Show, Midwest Renewable Energy Fair to name a few.

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

    I think the best compliment I’ve received is that our house is “so clean.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Ice Age Trail is located completely in Wisconsin and Stevens Point is on it. Central Wisconsin Watershed Project, The Sculpture Park, Rudolph Grotto and Gardens, The Farmer’s Market.

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

    Bike/hike all or some of our 36 mile Green Circle Trail, eat at our fantastic restaurants, go antiquing, visit the breweries, cheese factories, explore our museums, parks, gardens.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Green Circle Trail, Wisconsin River and parks, Historic Downtown Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College, Point Brewery, Antique shops, ice cream, lots of restaurants, Synagogue museum, art studios.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    I have many favorites-- Red Mill, Silver Coach, Sentry Insurance’s @1800, Sky Club, Hilltop Pub, Wooden Chair. My personal favorite food is the Greek Salad at the Water Street Grill.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    stevenspointarea.com/, stevenspoint.com/, americantowns.com/wi/stevenspoint

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have six rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No. Alternatives for pet bed and breakfasts: muckamoor.com/, thebarkinglotstevenspoint.com