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Justin Trails Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Sparta B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
wisconsin
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44 reviews
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“Great hospitality!”
Reviewed May 31, 2011

THis was my second stay at Justin Trails. The first was about 10 years ago and it is even better than I remember it. This time, we opted for camping. They have three campsites on the property - (be advised there are no shower facilities and only composting toilets - this is made clear on the website so we were not surprised and planned accordingly). Donna offered us hot water to wash up with. We actually declined, opting for cold water because it was so warm out! Just a note: if you are planning on camping, be aware that at the campsite by the pond, the frogs are very loud at night. In addition, there may be lots of bugs in the summer months. You might want to opt for one of the other two sites. On the other hand, the pond site is more secluded, so if you're looking for privacy, perhaps the frogs singing will grow on you as it did us. Despite the fact that we camped, we were offered breakfast for an additional $10 per day. WELL worth it! Homemade granola. yogurt, fruit compote and muffins...followed by choice of eggs, pancakes or french toast and delicious bacon! Donna was a great hostess, offering advice on activities in the area and which bike trails would be best to suit our needs. She even helped our ailing legs with a chi treatment after the end of our 60 mile ride one day! I can't say enough good things about this place. We WILL be back and I will be sure it isn't 10 years between visits this time!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Madison, WI
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

My fiance and I stayed at Justin Trails during a weekend getaway planned to help us forget about the stresses of wedding planning. Justin Trails and the Sparta area met our needs wonderfully. The Justin Trails property is simply gorgeous. Field after field of wild flowers, springs, and rolling hills. We did not play disc golf but they have 36 holes available right on the property. Don and Donna were gracious hosts and the breakfast was delicious and endless: homemade granola and yogurt, french toast, eggs, bacon, muffins, and fresh fruit. We stayed in the Garden Suite, which was perfect for the two of us. The bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom and seating areas were sufficient, and the porch was perfect for reading a book or chatting. We are unable to have a dog at home due to apartment restrictions, but Don and Donna let us take their huskies, Heidi and George, for a walk through the meadows. We were able to feed their llamas and do some bird watching as well. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend and will return as soon as we can. Thanks for everything!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Portage, Wisconsin
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

Outstanding location, lots of open space! Stayed in Presidential Suite, very nice. Bed extremely comfortable, whirlpool very comfortable. Don and Donna very hospitable. Breakfast was great! Don played different selections for us on the player piano, and Donna was more than willing to show us all the different accomodations they have to offer. They have tons of choices from smaller rooms with no hot tub to large cabin with multiple beds and full kitchen for groups. 2 disc golf courses with tremendous elevation changes if you are into that. My wife and I went for a walk on the grounds and enjoyed the fresh air. Also have two beautiful Siberian Huskies that are very friendly and two llamas that you can feed as well, which was just a great touch! We also enjoyed a trip to Sparta and enjoyed a stoll through downtown. We were very impressed by the friendliness of everyone we encountered.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

Photos on website are very deceptive as cabins are very small and way over priced. Also had flying beetles common in the fall that we had to fight off. Breakfast was so so as I am not a big fan of deer sausage.

The location is great, not too far from town yet nice rural setting. They need to start over and build bigger, nicer cabins.

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Coralville, IA
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

Our Scout troop biked the Sparta-Elroy Trail for the 50 miles segment of the cycling merit badge. The tent camping area of Justin Trails was just the right spot for us. Easily located and ideal for a large group, this camping spot offers privacy and beautiful surroundings that would make any back-to-basics camper appreciate the eco-friendly ways of the Justin family. My only regret was that I could only stay one night and not two as the others of our group. We don't get to see stars like this in the city! The campsite was away from the main action of the Justin property, but close enough in case of emergency. THank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed July 2010
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fun5
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2010

Every place has its good an bad. This place's good definately outweighs its bad. We had a wonderful stay and had lots of fun and relaxation. I will go ahead and list the good and bad for you to see. (We stayed in the Paul Bunyon cabin for 3 nights with our 3 children and 2 dogs.)

Good:
-The cabin had enough beds for us all and they were all comfy
-The whirlpool bath in the master room fit 2 people and the jets worked wonders on our sore bodies after spending long days outside
-Don and Donna were super friendly and helpful
-Donna's homecooked breakfasts always included some little treat we all enjoyed
-Our dogs were able to go tubing with us and walk around the property
-The hill for tubing was the fastest hill we have tubed down
-Donna gave us all some great cross country skii lessons and even our 7 year old had a great time!
-The resort has lots of beautiful property and is small enough where we were not crowded during any of our winter sport activities

Bad:
-The owners had family in the weekend we were there and catered to them instead of us (like when we wanted to do some of the winter sports things that were included in the resort we had to wait until their family was going to do those activities because they didn't want to do them at two seperate times)
-They asked what our favorite breakfast choices were upon check in and then ran out of them our second day!
-They told us one price when we booked the place, then told us a lower price at check out and we gladly paid it. A few days later they called us to apologize for their error and charge us the initial amount.
-The cabin's kitchen was a little cramped, and was only really meant for maybe 3 people to eat in.
-The bunk beds top bunk had a direct view of the bed in the master room (so don't count on any privacy!)

But I would definately recommend this resort to family and friends. I just don't like to give a review of only the good or bad....I like to give a fair review of both aspects so people know exactly what to expect.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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mkenngen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2010

Spent two nights in the Presidential Suite. Picked Justin Trails because it was so pet friendly on its website. I had my two dogs with me and there were areas where I could go cross-country skiing with them. (The rules for dogs were really reasonable so don't worry if you're not a dog person - they aren't running loose everywhere).

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Justin Trails Resort
Address: 7452 Kathryn Ave, Sparta, WI 54656-3697
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Sparta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Sparta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Justin Trails Resort is an eco-luxury getaway offering day trips, camping, bed and breakfast suites and log cabins in Wisconsin. We are the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing getaway from city life, and we host beautiful Wisconsin Elegant Barn Weddings May through October. Our Sparta, Wisconsin bed and breakfast is family and pet friendly ($25/pet/day). Accommodations offer great amenities, including private decks, Whirlpool tubs and cozy fireplaces. A farm-to-table breakfast is included with lodging. Our 200 acre farm and resort offers unlimited options for outdoor fun! We've created recreational trails through woodlands and meadows for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. We also have two championship disc golf courses and great sledding hills during the winter. Plan your escape today to our Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Inn. ... more   less 
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