My husband and I wanted a quick trip for Labor Day weekend so chose Baraboo - 90 minutes from Milwaukee. We stayed at the Gollmar Guest House for three nights in the Isabelle Room. Sharon and Jon, the proprietors, were extremely friendly and accomodating-they were great. Sharon's gorgeous quilts were all over the house, including on the beds. They had a shared area for the guests with a small refrigerator and micorowave as well as tea, coffee, popcorn. There is a shared parlor upstairs where all guests can read, listen to music, watch TV , play chess, etc. There is a deck to the outside. The house was very clean and user friendly but not a hotel. (That was the idea). There is no hair dryer, shampoo, or big parking lot on a busy thoroughfare. There are, however, windows that open and birds that sing. You can smell the breakfast as it wafts up the stairs. Sharon knocks herself out for breakfast - we never needed lunch! Sharon and Jon say they don't, but I think they wait up for their guests. If you do not care for a whirlpool, I suggest the Meadow Room - more bathroom floor space and an easier to use closet. Isabelle Room, does however, has a great view of their yard. We did not see the Viola Room as it was occupied. (They do have air conditioning but we did not need it this weekend).
We met wonderful Russian guests during our stay. They have guests from all over the world in this quiet neighborhood a couple blocks from the square. Activities: We really enjoyed the Aldo Leopold Center, International Crane Center, Ringling Theater on the square, the Coffee Bean just off the square. Monks on the square is a bar/grill that is NUTS for the Badgers. The Grainery is a great whole food store. It is a great, intelligent little town an hour form Madison. Gollmar was a great stay. We look forward to returning-my husband wants to go fly fishing with enthusiast, Jon-proprietor.
Pamm & Phil
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