My husband, 11 year-old daughter, and I stayed at the Lamp Post Inn for a few nights at the same time that Prof.D. was there with his wife. (I met him and can vouch that his review here is genuine.)
Mike and Debbie are the consummate hosts. I don't see where they get the energy to take such beautiful care of their house, yard, and guests, and still be active in the community.
If you love antiques and wonderful, fresh, creative breakfasts, this B&B is for you. And Mike makes a mean root beer float for hot afternoons.
If you can't stand cramped quarters (every surface is covered with wonderful things to discover), or if you must have a stand-up shower, then it's not for you. Furthermore, I wouldn't recommend it for young kids, because you'd have to watch them every second so they wouldn't break something (although Mike and Debbie would probably welcome them with open arms as they're so kind).
For my 11 year-old it was perfect. To the chagrin of my husband, who likes to set off early, she and I spent several mornings dressing up in the many vintage dresses, wraps, hats, costume jewelry, etc. (some of which I imagine may have been used at the Fireside dinner theatre). There are fascinating old magazines to peruse, and a Victrola and pump organ to play.
Activities in the surrounding area:
We skipped the highly recommended show at the Fireside because of the cost, opting instead for: strolling the beautiful restored prairie at nearby Lake Mills's Korth Park, where we began our...: bike-riding on the Glacial Drummond Trail - prairie, forest, and a few farms all the way west to Deerfield; canoeing and kayaking the Bark River - meandering and peaceful through farmland - with rental/transport from Two Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor in Fort Atkinson.
We also had a lovely swim at Sandy Beach, which also has a boat launch and beach cafe (Lake Mills), great coffee at Beauty and the Bean (Fort A.), and several very good meals at area restaurants: Try: Cafe Carpe and the Stage Coach Inn (supper club) - both in Ft. A.; the Water House cafe/bistro and El Mariachi in Lake Mills; and Wedl's burger/ice-cream stand in Jefferson.
Like much of rural America, the Fort Atkinson area is in an economic slump, but if you look closely you'll find a nice farmers' market (local sausages, cheeses, popsicles, etc.), an excellent local history/culture museum (Hoard), and a fascinating state park of the Mississippian culture with native american mounds (Aztalan in Lake Mills). And if you like bacon, don't forget the Jones Dairy Farm Store for great porky things at a bulk price (Ft. A.).