AFTER A FEW MONTHS of being cooped up at home, who wouldn’t want a change of scenery? We’ve rounded up a few inns and B&Bs within a 3-hour drive of Milwaukee that make for a great weekend getaway — with plenty of outdoor activities nearby to allow for social distancing.
4072 CHERRY RD., STURGEON BAY
The Chanticleer Guest House offers an idyllic, socially distanced getaway. The property includes a guest house and barn as well as several guest cottages, each with a private pond. With 70 private acres of wilderness, you can get your fill of the outdoors without even leaving the property.
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W61 N520 WASHINGTON AVE., CEDARBURG
The Stagecoach Inn dates back to 1853, and each of its nine rooms features period antiques that show off this history. Located in the center of the Cedarburg Historic District, the Stagecoach Inn is just a few minutes away from the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, a former railway turned bike trail that’s perfect for a weekend outdoors.
W5740 GARTON RD., PLYMOUTH
If you’re looking for something a little more rural, Pine Lodge Country Inn just might be the destination for you. This log home has four rooms available: two have their own private porches, one is ADA accessible and all of them are sure to provide a cozy retreat for your weekend away. Plus, the inn is just a few minutes from both Elkhart Lake and the Kettle Moraines, so you’ll have an abundance of biking and hiking trails to explore during your stay.
1215 N. 10th ST., MILWAUKEE
If you’re hoping to stay closer to home or if you’re visiting from out of town, the Brewhouse is conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee. The building dates back to 1844, and it was the original home of Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. Much of the original architecture — like exposed Cream City brick — has been restored or preserved, adding to each room’s historic charm. Plus, several of the rooms provide a view of Milwaukee’s gorgeous skyline.
4192 MAIN ST., FISH CREEK
The Whistling Swan has a rich history as the Door Peninsula’s oldest operating inn — it was built in Marinette in 1887 and was moved across Green Bay by horses a few decades later. Fish Creek is also home to Peninsula State Park, Nicolet Beach and several other parks and trails to complete your vacation.
8152 STATE HIGHWAY 57, BAILEYS HARBOR
Also located in Door County, the Blacksmith Inn offers a beautiful view of the water from each of its 15 rooms. During your stay, be sure to check out some of the natural areas in Baileys Harbor, from Kangaroo Lake to the Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin’s first land trust.