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Inn at Pine Terrace
Ranked #1 of 1 Oconomowoc B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed March 20, 2011

John & Ruth are great! The Inn is a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and the accommodations are quite comfortable. Don't miss John's breakfast - it's wonderful!

We enjoyed the short, leisurely walk to town for dinner. It was a great way to get outside, see Lake Fowler, and enjoy the historical town of Oconomowoc.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Antioch, Illinois
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

The owners John and Ruth are super nice. The rooms were all unique and clean. This is a vintage hotel from the late 1800 hundreds that's full of charm and character. The bed was comfortable and we really didn't even hear any other guess all night. It's really a great get away for adults looking to escape and reconnect with each other. The setting brings you back to a time when life was less hectic. Enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gurnee, Illinois
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

I truly enjoyed my stay at the Inn at Pine Terrace. The Inn is a beautiful, charming, historic building. It is with in walking distance to the lake and just a short drive to the town. Our room was comfortable and cozy. The owners, John and Ruth, were a delight to meet. I hope to return again this summer!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

A midweek excursion pre-Valentine's Day weekend to enjoy our four-year anniversary was absolutely wonderful. John, the new owner since November, is terrific! He is friendly and social; yet stays away and is not in your privacy when you wish to simply enjoy the place! Breakfast was outstanding--a European recipe from a family friend was shared with us--and fresh fruit and healthy granola/Greek yogurt start to our three-course meal was excellent! Room was quiet and clean and gorgeous. We didn't have champagne glasses packed--no problem! Congenial and welcoming and a refreshing change to the neighborhood! John acted as concierge and made our dinner reservation at the historic Red Circle Inn after our mentioning we wished to dine there. We will return and think you will love it!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

We stayed here in December and had a great stay. We had the Peter Schettler Room which is a beautiful whirlpool suite. Our hosts, John and Ruth owned another B and B in Mequon, WI, so are very experienced and highly rated. The Inn was decorated for Christmas and was warm and welcoming.
Breakfast was yummy, too. We had homemade waffles for breakfast with a plethora of choices of toppings. The coffee was strong and the orange juice fresh. John and Ruth sat with us for a time and gave us the history of the Inn and had great stories. My husband went cross country skiing at nearby Lapham Peak and I went shopping.
We would highly recommend a stay here and wish John and Ruth all the best! Thank you for a needed romantic respite before Christmas.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

This review is cross-posted on other review sites. My apologies if you have seen this before.

My wife and I stay at the Inn at Pine Terrace at least once a year, usually as a January getaway.

The first time we stayed (years ago) it was run by a great guy named Rich. He had a desk staff person named Shirley who was just a joy to chat and do business with. They put out wine and cheese in the evenings, offered excellent buffet breakfasts and just made you feel at home.

Then about mid 2000s Rich decided to retire and sold the business to Mike & Kristen. We immediately felt the warmth disappearing from the Inn.

Wine and cheese reception went from stingy to non-existent. Servicing of the rooms went downhill. Same with breakfasts. Instead of a buffet style breakfast, it was doled out in stingy pieces, waitress style.

One time the maid service confiscated the Yankee Candles we brought for the jacuzzi and left a somewhat nasty note that "management does not allow candles in the rooms". Wha?

They hounded Shirley until she threw up her arms and quit.

Mike seemed to be enjoying his role as innkeeper but it was apparent that Kristen was barely tolerating it. These were folks from the left coast trying to run a B&B for the first time. I had hoped that they would grow into their new career but, sadly they remained rank amateurs.

Now we have veterans of the trade taking over in 2011. It was an unexpected treat to hear that we'll be seeing new innkeepers when we stay again in Feb. 2011. I look forward to meeting John and Ruth.

If I have one piece of advice for them it is this: find Shirley and get her back behind that desk!! I believe she still lives in Oconomowoc.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed December 14, 2010

We were surprised to find that the Inn had new owners. They were charming and welcoming. We enjoyed the breakfast and our visit with the new owners, John and Ruth, and the other guests. The history of this old mansion is very interesting. We look forward to our next visit to Oconomowoc and the Inn at Pine Terrace. We would also recommend dinner at a local class A restaurant, the Golden Mast.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inn at Pine Terrace
Address: 351 E Lisbon Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066-2838
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Oconomowoc
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Oconomowoc
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at Pine Terrace 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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