Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast
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This Second Empire Inn located in the heart of Whitewater, Wisconsin is dedicated to providing excellence in comfort and personal service to the leisure and business travelers.
All Guest rooms include private, ensuite bath and complementary WIFI; most feature a whirlpool and or fireplace. Wake to a morning cup of coffee or tea in your guest room as you await your choice of a full breakfast served in the formal dining room by firelight or the added privacy of a full breakfast delivered to your guest room.
Sun filled parlors provide comfortable environment for reading, playing parlor games, or conversation by the fireplaces. Enjoy quite time together as a couple on the Gazebo porch.
Walk to downtown shops and restaurants and parks. We are a short drive to a variety of entertainment, shopping, and outdoor activities.
Just bring your clothes and a bottle of wine. Relax and unwind as the innkeepers take care of the details. Wineglasses, openers and stoppers; Picnic baskets and mugs; Hair dryer, personal amenities, iron, and ironing board; Books, games and music.
Enjoy the convenience of personal concierge services. We are happy to make dinner reservations for you or arrange for dinner to be delivered to your room. We are happy to assist in making arrangements for activities in the area. If we can do something to make your stay more comfortable, just ask; we will make every effort to accommodate all requests. Your imagination is the limit.
We stive to provide you with all the amenities you have come to expect at a Hotel with personal service, comfort and attention to detail that gives you the freedom to focus on what is important to your time away.
The candles and fireplace will be lit to welcome you into the dining room. Have a seat; savor your fresh breakfast as the innkeeper pours your choice of hot tea or coffee. Enjoy a leisurely conversation with the other guests as the innkeeper answers questions about things to do and places to go.
Your stay at the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast includes a full breakfast served at 9:00 a.m. in the formal dining room by firelight. Chef's choice of a hot breakfast is lovingly prepared fresh each morning. Breakfast consists of a hot entrée, meat on the side, fresh seasonal fruit, juice, coffee, tea, ending with a sweet treat. Saturdays are typically a savory fare with pastries to keep you powered up for a day of adventures. Sunday is typically a decadent sweeter entrée with a fruit dessert.
If you prefer the comfort and privacy of an in-room breakfast, we do offer this in select rooms for an additional fee. The in-room breakfast is a full hot breakfast delivered at a time that is convenient to you between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Advance notice is required to make arrangements. In-room breakfast is available in the Degas, Pissarro, Morisot, Cezanne and Monet rooms.
If your schedule requires you to leave prior to the formal breakfast, we will be happy to prepare a "to go" breakfast for you. We will prepare a continental sack breakfast and place it in the guest fridge the night before. It will then be available whenever you need it. Advance notice is required to make preparations. The "to go" breakfast typically contains muffins, fruit and yogurt.
We make every effort to accommodate diet restrictions. Just mention at the time of reservation to insure we are able to make adjustments to the menu for your specific needs.
- Full hot breakfast served by fire light in the formal dining room at 9:00am
- Options are available for alternate breakfast times and locations
- Afternoon refreshments
- Central air
- Off street parking, secure bike storage
- Common areas with fireplaces, gazebo porch
- Parlor games, CD collection, yard games
- Refreshment center with stemware, openers, stoppers, microwave, refrigerator, Coffee / tea machine
- Iron / ironing board
- Conceirge services
Guest Room Amenities
- Private bath
- Whirlpool, fireplace, and /or sitting areas in most guest rooms
- Cetral air
- Down bedding, Luxury towels and linens
- CD/MP3 player, candles, shampoo, soap, hairdryer
- Select rooms have robes
- In room breakfast available in select rooms
For an additional fee, you can include:
- In-room breakfast, available in select rooms
- In-room massage, available in select rooms
- Early arrival, Extended departure
- Anniversary, Wedding, Birthday, Romance packages
- Gift baskets
- Meeting space
Add an extra touch to your stay with our Special Occasion embellishments: Sparkling beverage with glasses. Basket of late night snacks, customized gift basket, spa baskets, romantic picnic, chocolate, fresh flowers, dinner certificates, in room dinner, in room breakfast, in room massage, extended departure time, early arrival time, meeting space, event space. One week's notice is requested to arrange for these services.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathleen Fleming for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Hiking and Biking in the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit State Park.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We focus on providing the space and privacy for couples to focus on each other; creating an experience that is meaningful to each guest.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Great location in the heart of all that is great about Southern Wisconsin.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"This is just what I needed to balance my busy life."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Start your stay by sleeping in late and indulge in breakfast in bed followed by an hour long in-room massage. Wander down town to stroll through our three art galleries and grab a bite at one of our lunch trucks. Make sure your stay includes a Thursday in the summer so you can take in the live music and a picnic at two city parks. Plan a day around visiting three local wineries followed by dinner at one of our traditional Wisconsin Supper Clubs. The must dos are a hike in the Kettle Moraine Forest, a picnic lunch at the Whitewater Beach, and Dinner at the Black Sheep.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are just blocks from Downtown Whitewater and the University of Whitewater; theater, music, art, great food, Lakefront park, festivals.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Black Sheep Restaurant – lamb ravioli, salmon, and chicken piccata
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 8 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
Pet free. Local boarding is available; www.amcww.com/
Looking for a Whitewater hotel while in the area for business? Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast is a Better Way to Stay. Reserve a room at the Hamilton House and wake to the smell of early morning coffee and a full, hot breakfast served anytime that fits your schedule. We offer rooms ranging from the basic; Bed, Shower, and TV to the Luxurious rooms; King bed, shower, as well as a leisurely soak in a large whirlpool bath or comfortable fireside lounging as you log on to your laptop and prepare for the next day's meetings. All rooms offer privacy, secure WI-FI and choice of television.
The Hamilton House offers a relaxed atmosphere with no interruptions, ideal for Offsite Business Meetings.
Your Business stay at Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast includes:
- Reduced rates for single occupancy reservations Sunday - Thursday nights
- 24 hour cancellation for Sunday - Thursday night reservations
- Secure Wireless internet
- Internet Television available upon request
- Most rooms have dest or alternate work surface. Parlors offer tables and desk for working as well
- Coffee available at all times
- Complementary meeting space in common areas
- Dinning room is available for private meetings of up to 20 people. Wireless connection, whiteboard, water, pens and paper provided for the convenience of your associates
- Use of Butler's Pantry with microwave and refridgerator
- Full breakfast available at your convenience
- Guest rooms feature private bath with shampoo, soap, hairdryer, iron, ironing board and CD player
- Personal concierge services
- State of Wisconsin In-State Lodging Contract
- Payment via American Express for our midweek business travelers only
Hamilton House is conveniently located two hours from Chicago, one hour from Madison, Milwaukee and Kenosha, and 30 minutes from Lake Geneva.
Business Rate Options: Available Sunday – Thursday with single occupancy
Extended Stay Business rate. For the midweek business traveler staying four or more consecutive weeks we have significantly reduced the nightly rate. By reducing select services offered we are able to offer the business traveler a rate of $58 per night. This rate does not include breakfast or daily housekeeping. Extended stay rate available in Manet or Renoir only. Must be paid in advance to qualify for extended stay rate.
Standard Business rate. Rate based on the State reimbursement rate for lodging only and does not include breakfast. Rate is available for single occupancy reservations Sunday – Thursday, lodging only. available in the Manet room. Other select room may be offered depending on availability.
Midweek Business Discount. For the business traveler who prefers a room with added amenities to enhance their relaxation we offer discounts on available upgrade rooms. Business Discount is approximately 15% with breakfast; 20% without breakfast. When reserving on line enter promo code c12 for rate to include breakfast; or promo code c20 for rate with out breakfast.
Whitewater is designated a Preserve America Community (one of only 15 in the State) as well as a Main Street Community–this speaks volumes about our town's commitment to preserving our heritage.
Begin by requesting a copy of Touring Historical Whitewater from the Whitewater Tourism Council. This free guide lists 77 locations throughout Whitewater of historical significance and contains photos as well as a detailed map. Whitewater's Images of America is also available at the Tourism Council for purchase and contains additional photos and history of the area.
Whitewater's Historic Train Depot was designed in 1890. In 1852 it was the first rail line to cross Wisconsin. The depot's scenic location on Cravath Lake makes this a must see and is open weekly as a museum. Call ahead as hours vary seasonally. Free admission.
In less than an hour you can tour one of the largest collections of effigy mounds in the country. Studies suggest that these mounds were a gathering place for several Midwestern Native American Tribes. Geometric and animal shapes range from 60 to 300 feet and were built between 800 A.D. and 1200 A.D. Look for sign off Indian Mounds Parkway. Free admission.
Pack a lunch and head just a couple minutes outside of town to Whitewater's Artesian Well. Hand dug in 1895 it has continued to flow ever since. On the way back, consider a stop at the Fuzzy Pig to peruse an interesting selection of gift items and antiques in a unique setting.
Interested in Civil War Memorabilia? Part museum, part shop, Lodgewood Manufacturing in downtown Whitewater carries a wide range of items including period clothing, weaponry, documents and medals. Well informed staff can answer all your questions. Call ahead as hours of operation can vary.
Situated in the bluffs of the Kettle Moraine overlooking Whitewater Lake, Heart Prairie Lutheran Church proudly stands surrounded by a pioneer cemetery. Built around 1857 by Norwegian pioneers, Norwegian was spoken exclusively in the church until 1902. The grounds can be viewed from the outside daily or you can take in a service during the months of June-August. Services are held Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 8am. Special oil lamp services are also held at 8:30pm the last Sunday of the summer months. Views of the lake can be seen from the pews. Parking is limited so arrive early.
Minutes from Whitewater you will find Old World Wisconsin and Hoard Museum. Old World is truly history come alive where a world has been re-created in which farmers, tradesmen and shopkeepers lead their lives the same way these settlers did. Bring the whole family to see, hear and smell the same things that filled the senses of those hardy souls who chose to build new lives in a faraway place called Wisconsin. Plan to spend the day. A local history museum with a big story to tell, the Hoard Museum is like no other. Here you'll meet the Sauk warrior Black Hawk and hear the story of the 1832 Black Hawk War. Find out what kind of soldier young Abraham Lincoln was and learn how "Fort Atkinson" came to be. Visit website for hours of operation.
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are widely considered the greatest acting team in the history of American theatre. The Lunts' passion for excellence and commitment to the art of live theatre was legendary, even at the beginning of their careers. Summer after summer, the Lunts came to Ten Chimneys to retreat, relax, and rejuvenate. Ten Chimneys is a landmark unique among our national treasures. Ten Chimneys' diverse collections and enchanting décor are comprised of the original pieces hand-picked by the Lunts in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. And the magic is undiminished. Located only 24 miles from Whitewater, Ten Chimneys is a must see for the true history buff.
Soak up local History 24/7 by staying in one of Whitewater's Historic Bed and Breakfasts. Hamilton House and Victoria-on-Main both provide superior lodging and a history all their own. Helpful innkeepers are quick to answer any questions you may have and may offer up a few surprises.
Lodging at the Hamilton House inn, you will be nestled in the heart of Whitewater. You can stroll the downtown shops and dine in a number of restaurants. Enjoy the Fireside Dinner Theater, The Irvin L. Young Auditorium or one of many University of Wisconsin cultural events.
Enjoy the Wisconsin Outdoors
The surrounding area provides you with some of the best bicycling, horseback riding, hiking or cross-country skiingin Kettle Moraine State Park. You will be less than 5 miles form the beautiful new Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Hang gliding is also a popular sport in the area and lessons are available. There are 4 lakes close by for water sports and the Lake Geneva tourist area is also near.
Other attractions include golf, Alpine Valley Music Theater and Resort, shopping in the many antique stores or a visit to historical Old World Wisconsin or The Elegant Farmer Market.
Hike the Ice Age Trail and Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit
Read reviews from fellow Hikers and Bikers on area trails.
Bicycles, snow shoes, ice skates and Cross country skis available to rent at sevel area sport stores.
Guided Wildflower hikes through the Kettle Moraine State Park Saturdays March - June.
Year 'round. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath – entirely within Wisconsin – that celebrates the legacy of the Ice Age. Hike past diverse geological features that rank among the finest examples of continental glaciation anywhere in the world.
Lagrange General Store
Cafe, Health food, and Bike shop. Rent bicycles, snow shoes and cross country skis.
Group Bike Rides, every Saturday, April through October, weather permitting. Departs at 9 am from LaGrange General Store. 30 to 40-mile bike rides. Bicycle the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. Explore the less traveled and scenic named town roads and and lettered country roads. We offer everything you need to make your outdoor adventure an experience of a lifetime.
Old World Wisconsin World's Largest Museum about Rural Life
Old World Wisconsin's historic farm and village buildings comprise the world's largest museum dedicated to the history of rural life.
Journey back to the past at Old World Wisconsin — a vivid re-creation of the working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants in America's heartland.
Discover teams of oxen and horses working in the fields, the farm folk preparing hearty meals over wood-burning stoves, and the heirloom plants in well-tended gardens. Stroll through the Crossroads Village and chat with the town blacksmith or the keeper of the general store. Discover the true spirit of early Wisconsin.
Various workshops and events through out the year.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
See where good food comes from! Enjoy delicious farm-fresh food, discover the delights of the gardens and have lots of fun. Whole Farm Community workshops provide a hands-on introduction and teach you practical usage for these every day farm life skills and more! Whether you're a busy parent or grandparent, an amateur gardener, a student or you're looking for a new hobby, these workshops can give you an easy jump start to using traditional farm life skills that provide healthy alternatives and are viable (and fun!) in our busy, modern lives.
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
During your adventure a story of nature and history unfolds before you while you experience the exhilaration of zip-flying from tree to tree. Everyone is guaranteed to walk away with memories to last a lifetime. Our unique setting combines a bit of knowledge about the flora, fauna and local history with heart pumping fun and excitement.
Jump into fun in the Rock River / Lake Koshkonong Recreational Area.
Whether you want to catch some fish, or catch some rays, you'll have a blast exploring our waters. At over 10,000 acres, Lake Koshkonong is one of the largest lakes in Wisconsin, and when combined with the adjacent Rock River, you'll have over 25 miles of navigable waterway to explore and enjoy. Whether you love skiing and tubing, fishing or kayaking, there's plenty of elbow room on the water for everyone to enjoy.
Boating and fishing in Wisconsin's fresh water
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the wide range of freshwater choices. Purchase your Wiscsonsin fishing licence on line and learn about the local hot spots and from local fishing bloggers.
When you purchase a fishing license, you're helping to protect, preserve and enhance the sport of fishing for today and for generations to come.
License fees help pay for fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species programs, fishing and conservation education, lake maps and other publications, and many other valuable programs.
Historic Sites and Museums
Wisconsin's historic sites connect you with the past by inviting you inside the very places where history happened. So chart a course to the past and begin exploring three centuries of Wisconsin history.
Irvin L. Young Auditorium
Experience the Artstanding entertainment that abounds at UW-Whitewater's Young Auditorium. Young Auditorium presents world class entertainment from Broadway's Best Musicals to Russian Ballet, from Ensemble Galilei to The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, from The Capitol Steps to 1984, plus wholesome family events with enough variety to please everyone. The 1,300 seat performing arts venue offers exceptional acoustics, pre-show discussions, an eclectic gift shop, dinners or cocktail buffets before selected events, and prior to most events a delicious selection of dessert, beverages and piano accompaniment in the Fern Young Terrace. Young Auditorium is more than a performance, it's an Arstanding experience!
Whitewater Cultural Art Center
402 West Main Street
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Local Gallery showcasing variety of artforms. Located next door to the Hamilton House
Greenhill Center of the Arts
The College of Arts & Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater produces a varied menu of arts events taking place on campus. The Greenhill Center of the Arts houses the Theatre/Dance Department, Department of Music and Art Department as well as the facilities for those departments. Light Recital Hall, Barnett Theatre, Hicklin Studio Theatre, and Grossman Gallery are places where you can find arts events happening on campus.
The self-guided and free Sculpture Whitewater Walking Tour offers art lovers and walking enthusiasts the opportunity to stroll the beautiful UW-Whitewater campus and the historic Whitewater downtown while viewing an impressive collection of public art works. These works of art (many funded through the Wisconsin Arts Board "Percent for Art" program) reflect varied styles and highlight the work of local and regional artists.
Sculpture Whitewater Tour brochures are available at the Greenhill Center of the Arts and at the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center.
Alpine Valley Resort - Ski the Best in the Midwest
W2501 County Road D | Elkhorn, WI 53121 | 262-642-7374 | 800-227-9395
One of the largest ski resorts in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The only resort In the Midwest with three high speed quads and four wonder carpets.
Multiple trails. New high speed quads. Lessons available. Ski, Snow board
- Elegant farmer
- Cherry Orchard
- Staller Vineyard
- Apple Barn
- Ice Age Trail
- Nature Land County Park
- Kettle Moraine Southern Unit
- Whitewater Lake Recreation Area
- Irving Young
- Armory of Janesville
- Performing Arts
- Cafe Carp
- Sweet Spot
- Central Coast
- Evergreen Golf
- Prairie Woods
- Whitewater Country Club
Weddings & Gatherings
Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast is delighted to host your intimate wedding of up to 50 guests. We offer a variety of options to suit the style you desire for your ideal wedding experience. Imagine being escorted down the formal staircase as a string quartet serenades your guests. Your groom awaits your arrival under the floral lined archway. Up to 50 of your loved ones are seated, anxious to witness your union to the love of your life.
Following the ceremony, you can celebrate your marriage with 20 of your guests at a formal sit down, catered dinner. If you prefer, up to 50 of your guests can mingle throughout the gardens and parlors while enjoying elegant hors d'oeuvres. the end of the evening, up to 20 of your overnight guests can retire to the eight finely appointed guest rooms.
For your convenience, Hamilton House offers a list of florists, caterers, musicians and photographers who are familiar with the house and have successfully assisted in previous events at the Hamilton House. Relax and enjoy your special day as innkeeper, Kathleen, sees to every detail for you. Call or email for current pricing and availability.
Hamilton House is the perfect setting for an intimate gathering of friends, family or associates. Let Hamilton House make the arrangements and prepare the space. You arrive with your guests to enjoy time together or make the most of a productive meeting. You bring the event, we will provide the space.
We can accommodate most needs: Intimate Weddings, Baby Showers, Retirement Party, Off-site Meeting, Business Reception, Crafting Event, Family Reunion, Gather space for family throughout the days surrounding funeral.
Celebrations: Musicians greet your guests as they enter the grand hall. Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres set up in the dining room by the flickering fireplace. Wine will be served to your guests as they meander through the parlors and porches mingling with each other. You will enjoy your party while we tend to all the details, care for your guests and do the clean up. A wonderful evening will be had by all.
Meetings: Sit down to hot coffee and refreshments during a management meeting. Your group will enjoy a productive meeting with no distractions. Let the quiet ambiance inspire your group to be creative. We will provide whiteboard, pens, paper, water, and catered lunch.
We have contacts for catering, flowers, musicians, ministers, massage therapist.
We will provide space, dishes, linens, service staff, clean up, and event planning.
Meet The Innkeepers
Welcome to our home. We want you to truly feel like your guest room is your home away from home during your stay with us. It is our hope that you relax and enjoy your loved one while we take care of the details. We endeavor to see that the details have thoughtfully been attended to. If we can do something to make your stay more comfortable, just ask. We will make every effort to accommodate all requests. Your imagination is the limit.
We moved to Whitewater in 2000 to open an inn and escape the corporate life in the suburbs of Chicago. We enjoy the quiet slower paced life of small town living, where we feel connected to our community. We want to share a little piece of that experience while you are visiting our town.
As long as I can remember, I have wanted to operate an inn. It is nice to be in a place in life where our life dreams have come true. My two passions in life are my children and hospitality. Running the inn has given me the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and a business woman at the same time; the best of both worlds. Now that my children are in college, I have more spare time to read a good book or enjoy a leisurely walk through the area's nature trails. I often can be found in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. In the future I hope to run a country store at the family farm or open a tea shop at the inn.
My husband Jim now works outside of the inn but enjoys helping out around the inn as much as possible. Ask him about the history of the House. He enjoys sharing the fascinating chapters of the house's past. In his spare time, Jim enjoys developing his family's sustainable, organic farmette just south of town.
The history of our Second Empire Victorian mansion began long before the entrance of its name-sake, Herbert Hamilton. The diverse and interesting history of this home has been traced back to when the land belonged to the government. Dr. James Trippe purchased the land from the government on March 25, 1841. After the land passed through several hands, Dr. Greenman, the local dentist purchased the land in 1861. The home is said to have been completed in 1868. This is assumed due to a significant tax increase on the property in that year. Dr. Greenman and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in the home until 1880.
The Van Gieson / Posey family purchased the home on August 20, 1880. Van Gieson's daughter, Sarah was married to Oliver P. Posey (initials in the entry hall window). In 1881 major additions were made to the home. Four rooms were added to the east side of the home, the bay windows were added or enlarged, doors and windows were upgraded, Queen Ann style porches were added and the main stairs were changed. Sarah gave art lessons from the home. Her hand painted tiles can still be seen inlaid into the woodwork of the grand staircase.
The home changed hands again several times before Herbert Hamilton purchased the home on October 19, 1903 for $5,000. The Hamilton's were the first Whitewater natives to own the home. Herbert lived here with his sister Ella, a librarian at the Whitewater library for 25 years. After the death of the last Hamilton, the home was sold in 1950.
Since 1950, the home suffered greatly. It changed hands many times, almost being torn down twice to make way for a library parking lot, serving as a rooming house, Sorority, Fraternity, doll museum, antique store, office building, and finally a family residence and Bed and Breakfast.
September 29, 2000, the current owners, the Fleming / Witham families, purchased the inn with the intent of returning it to its original grandeur and operating a luxury bed and breakfast. A year long construction project was begun upgrading the amenities including additional baths, opening the parlors for guests' use, and redecorating. After a season of operation, another construction project was started to build out a cozy, three bedroom innkeepers' quarters in the basement. This enabled the opening of two more rooms. The Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast now boasts eight guest rooms, all with private baths and most with fireplaces and/or whirlpool tubs.
After moving in, the innkeepers began to hear rumors of the existence of secret tunnels leading to other homes and the train depot. These tunnels are believed to be a part of the Underground Railroad. We anxiously await further investigations and stories that gradually find their way to us as the mysteries of Hamilton House unfold.