Travel is all about discoveries and memorable experiences, and the Midwest offers a variety of off-the-beaten-path, hidden treasures to fill your vacation days. From expansive state parks with lush forests and trails to the astounding number of picturesque lakes and rivers, nature lovers will feel right at home.
For those seeking relaxation, cultural attractions, and culinary adventures, fantastic spas, award-winning restaurants, and curated museums and art galleries abound—and some of the best are found in the charming small towns that lie just outside the major metropolitan areas.
Visiting the great states of the Midwest—including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin—is a fantastic vacation option for those seeking a unique and authentic American experience. One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself is by staying at locally-owned Inns, small-scale Bed and Breakfasts, and Boutique Hotels. Not only will you experience this region’s rich history and stunning landscape, but you’ll find the warmest hospitality and personalized service.
Many lodging properties in the Midwest are consistently ranked as the best places to stay in this area for their historic architecture and luxurious amenities—only adding to their charm and character. Comfortable rooms with unique decor, gourmet and home-cooked breakfasts, and friendly Innkeepers available to provide recommendations are all to be expected when you choose to stay small.
Thankfully, an impressive collection of independent Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and Boutique Hotels in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin offers all of this and more!
Each state in the Midwest has its draw. Illinois—home to the vibrant city of Chicago—offers a long list of charming small towns and natural wonders like the Shawnee National Forest. Wisconsin, America’s dairyland, is also bursting with outdoor recreation opportunities. Neighboring the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes,” Minnesota is dotted with lively cities, quaint towns, and welcoming residents. And nestled between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, Iowa, known for its agriculture, often surprises visitors with its beautiful scenery.
All four of these Midwest states surround the Driftless Region—a fascinating expanse untouched during the last Ice Age.
There’s so much to explore in this often underrated part of the US! Whether you join us for a quick weekend getaway or a longer extended vacation, once you discover the magic of the Midwest, your first visit won’t be your last, especially when you experience the excellent hospitality at these locally-owned lodging properties in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
There are plenty of fun adventures waiting for you in the Midwest this summer, especially when you get out on some of the best bike
There’s far more to Illinois than the wonders of the Windy City of Chicago. And while undoubtedly it’s a fantastic destination for culinary enthusiasts, museums, and the arts, Chicago can also serve as a jumping-off point for further explorations and adventures into the lesser-known areas of this great state.
Chicago is, after all, the famous starting point of Route 66, which gives travelers an easy excuse to venture west, where you’ll find incredibly charming small towns, historic sites, and breathtaking scenery.
Perhaps one of the most underrated destinations in the Midwest, Iowa is home to fascinating historical sites, cultural events, and delicious cuisine. It’s also an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with ample hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities.
Iowa is the only state in the nation bordered by two navigable rivers; the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. And the Great Lakes Region in Iowa is home to the state’s largest natural lakes. On a trip here, you’ll relish slowing down and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.
Minnesota offers visitors hidden gems at every turn, particularly in its smaller cities. Most people have heard of, and maybe even experienced, the many delights of Minneapolis/St. Paul, but that’s just the start of this fun, friendly, and beautiful state in the Midwest!
As a state nicknamed the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes,” it’s no surprise that nature enthusiasts flock to the forests and waterways for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and more. From the shores of Lake Superior to the one and only Mall of America, you’ll find an array of things to do in Minnesota.
Nebraska, often overlooked, boasts an understated charm that appeals to diverse interests. Nature enthusiasts revel in the Sandhills’ rolling dunes and the breathtaking beauty of Chimney Rock. History buffs find intrigue in pioneer tales at the Homestead National Monument and the iconic Oregon Trail.
The vibrant capital city, Lincoln, offers cultural gems like the Sheldon Museum of Art and the lively Haymarket District. As the Cornhusker State, Nebraska embraces its agricultural roots, showcasing bucolic landscapes and farm-to-table culinary experiences. Beyond the stereotypes, Nebraska’s authentic hospitality and varied attractions make it a hidden gem worth discovering.
Though it’s true that Wisconsin is one of the largest cheese producers in the US, that’s just a small piece of what you’ll find here. Four seasons of outdoor adventure, a fantastic mix of small-town charm and urban activities, stunning natural scenery, and a rich, abundant history are just the very start!
While Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison bring a lively cityscape, if you explore further west, you’re bound to discover the natural beauty and welcoming hospitality of this area in no time. And eat some delicious meals while you’re at it!
Historic charm with modern conveniences. Be pampered in a beautiful setting with scrumptious, full breakfasts. Your host, Kristen, invites you to come and be immersed in pure luxury and impeccably clean accommodations! We are only blocks from Horicon Marsh, the birding mecca of the midwest! So whether you are canoeing or birding at the Horicon Marsh, hiking or biking the Wild Goose State Trail, skiing down the slopes, or shopping at the nearby huge antique mall, there is something here for everyone. Honeybee Inn is just 45 minutes from Milwaukee, Madison and Oshkosh. 30 minutes from Fond du Lac and West Bend, 10 minutes from Beaver Dam, and 5 minutes from Mayville. Stay in luxury while attending the EAA in Oshkosh.
Pure indulgence and luxury is yours when you reserve a room at the Honeybee Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Located in the southeast corner of Iowa, The Olde Rectory B&B was built by Dr. Powell in 1901 in an Edwardian style. No expense was spared in the beautiful maple and quarter sawn oak pocket doors, pivot doors, columns and staircase. With two parlors, a library and formal dining room this was early 20th century elegance. Waking up to a gourmet breakfast is a hallmark of staying at a Bed and Breakfast. You can start your day with coffee or tea, fruit and a fresh baked pastry such as a scone or muffin served on the second floor foyer. A three course breakfast will be served at 9:00 consisting of a savory egg dish, a fruit side and sweet treat and of course a mimosa.
Come join us for a relaxing stay exploring our stores, the many events hosted by the town or catch up with old friends and family. The Olde Rectory B&B is the perfect location for planning your activities.