Parkview Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1895, this Queen Anne Victorian home situated in the historic Park Street district across from City Park is reminiscent of days gone by with the amenities of today. It is one block from Reedsburg’s lovely, restored downtown with its small town charm.
Parkview Bed & Breakfast is located central to many activities such as biking, hiking, theater, historical sites, state parks, and more. https://184.108.40.206/
Your hosts, Tom and Donna Hofmann, can help you plan your stay in the area. From the time you time you step into the entry with its suitor’s window, we want you to feel at home.
After a restful night in one of our four guestrooms, enjoy a delicious, homemade breakfast served in our dining room with its beautiful built-in buffet. The full breakfast, featuring seasonal foods, that will not leave you hungry! idn live
Rooms & Rates
The Siefert Room was named after the first owners of the home. This room has a four-poster, queen-size bed plus a daybed.
One can see Main Street from this room. It has a maple floor and attached bath with a shower. It was this room that Dr. Groeneweg used for his chiropractic practice.
Price: $90 plus tax
One will find ivy and brass accents in the Brass Room that has a hardwood floor. The queen-size bed has a brass headboard. slot gacor
Another dresser from Tom’s family is in this room that has a view toward Park St. The attached private bath is the original bathroom of the home. It has a tub with a shower in it.A recent addition to the room is a fireplace.
Price: $90 plus tax
Another guestroom overlooking City Park with a view toward Main Street is the Garden Room . Donna made the sunflower quilt in this room. oxplay
The room has an antique oak bed and a dresser plus a hide-a-bed love seat for a third person. The bath is shared with the Groeneweg Room. This was one of the rooms used as a chiropractic room during Dr.Groeneweg’s practice in the home.
Price: $75 plus tax
The Groeneweg Room , decorated with blue and beige, is named after the second owner of the home, Dr. and Mrs. Groeneweg. He was Reedsburg’s first chiropractor and had his practice in the home from 1929-42. It has a view of City Park. It has a queen-size bed, a dresser from Tom’s family, and a hardwood floor. This room shares a bath with the Ribbon Room.
Price: $75 plus tax https://220.127.116.11/brand/slot88
-All rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to change. Each additional person is $15.
-A 10-percent discount is given for a 3-day stay or longer.
-Check-in is after 4:00 P.M. Check out is 11:00 A.M.
-Please inquire about children.
-No smoking and no pets.
-Rooms may be reserved with MC, Visa, or AmEx credit card or one night’s deposit.
-There is a one-week cancellation policy less a $10 fee.
-If reserving a room on Saturday night May-October, a two-night stay may be required unless the room is already reserved on Friday night. slot88
Art and Antiques
The RAZ Gallery is just one block away in the old Badger movie theater on Main Street. More than 70 artists have their work on display and available for purchase. The art varies from metal sculpture, jewelry, oil paintings and water color and much more. Becky Ziegler, who has the gallery is a high school classmate and friend of our two daughters. The third weekend of October is the annual Fall Art Tour. Visit the studios of artists from Baraboo to Mineral Point. There are two antiques stores in Reedsburg with more in surrounding communities.
The 400 Trail begins three blocks from Parkview B&B at the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce office located in the historic railroad depot. Bike rentals are available there. The 400 Trail follows the Baraboo River 22 miles to Elroy where the Elroy/Sparta Trail begins. Some of our guests like to ride all four trails, the 400, Elroy Sparta, LaCrosse River, and Great River Trail ending north of Trempealeau, a total of 101 miles. Bike4trails has information about the four trails. Shuttle service is available along these four trails by Out Spokin’ Adventures. Off-trail biking can be done in the area too. Ask us for suggested routes.
In 2001 the last dam was removed from the Baraboo River, and today the river runs free from its headwaters north of Elroy to the mouth of the Wisconsin River. It is a beautiful river to canoe and fish now. The communities of Reedsburg and Baraboo are working to revitalize this restored river. Canoe rental and shuttle is available from the Baraboo River Canoe and Bike Shop in Reedsburg. Dell Creek, Mirror Lake, and Devil’s Lake are popular places to canoe also.
Cultural & Historical Attractions
One of the favorite activities of our guest and ours too is to attend plays at American Players Theatre in Spring Green about one-half hour away. The plays run from early June through the first weekend of October. It is an outdoor theatre with five different plays performed by professional actors, Since APT is outside, one dresses causally and for the weather. APT does provide mosquito repellent but the whippoorwills often provide natural sound effects to the plays! A popular thing to do is to bring a picnic with a bottle of wine to enjoy before the play. There are plenty of picnic tables and gas grills available. Meals may be ordered in advance from APT’s office.
Very near APT is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. Tours are available to walk the grounds or to enter some of the buildings. Three Sundays in the late July and early August, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society perform classical concerts in the theatre of the Hillside School there. Donna and three of her innkeeper friends also attend one of these wonderful musical performances.
Wollersheim Winery is located about 35 miles from Parkview. The winery is known for its award-winning wine, Prairie Fume. Tours are available. The first weekend of March is their spring open house. The first weekend of October is their annual fall festival with a grape-stomping contest and of course, wine sampling. Their vineyard is on the slopes of the Wisconsin River near Sauk Prairie.
Children of all ages enjoy the Circus World in Baraboo. See not only the big top show, but learn about the history of circus and its importance in Wisconsin in the past.
The Mid-Continent Railway Museum is located between Reedsburg and Baraboo in the small community of North Freedom. They have special rides during October’s fall colors and February’s snow train. Railroad buffs really enjoy this place!
There are many fine golf courses in our area. The Reedsburg Country Club is open to the public and is a challenging course. There are several golf courses in the Wisconsin Dells area as well as courses in Plain, Spring Green, and Baraboo.
Nature & Wildlife
One of favorite places to send our guests and to visit ourselves is the International Crane Foundation between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells. It is the only place like it in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes. Did you follow the story of the whooping cranes trip to new winter grounds in Florida to their return to Wisconsin? Be sure to visit this most amazing place!
Another one-a-kind place to tour is the Nanches Elk Ranch between Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells. Learn about Wisconsin’s elk ranching and visit a unique specialty shop.
Are you a fisherman? Tom is and he would love to tell you about some of his favorite fishing spots and share fishing stories with you. Dutch Hollow Lake, Lake Redstone, and the Wisconsin River are some of his favorite places to fish close to home. The third week of June he likes to go Canada on a fly-in fishing trip.
If you enjoy quilting, Quintessential Quilts is a must see store. In this converted home you will find rooms of fabric organized by colors. Some of the fabric from this store has been used in quilts in guest rooms at Parkview. There are quilt stores in Spring Green too.
Many of our guests enjoy one of the state’s most popular state parks, Devil’s Lake. Two glaciers met there to form its beautiful lake and bluffs. No gas boats are allowed on the lake and scuba diving is one of the many activities people enjoy here. There are canoe rentals available in the park, It has wonderful hiking trails ranging from easy to areas for rock climbers. Winter time cross-country skiers use the groomed trails of the park. Mirror Lake is another nearby state park. The Seth Peterson cottage designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located here and is open to the public the second Sunday of the month from 1-4 p.m. for a $2 admission. One of our favorite canoe trips is to start below the park in Dell Creek, canoe through Mirror Lake and up to the dam at Lake Delton. There are some beautiful sandstone bluffs along the way. Many people participant in cross-country skiing here in the winter.
Breakfast at Parkview is one of the delights of guests’ stays. Donna, a home economist, is always searching for new and interesting recipes to use in the breakfast menus. The menus change with the seasons and are tailored to guests. In the spring, menus may include rhubarb from the garden, Strawberry French Toast, or Morel mushrooms if Tom has been successful finding them! Summer menus may include locally grown blueberries, raspberries, and cherries. In the fall and winter, cranberries, pumpkin, and apples are commonly used. Breakfast includes juice, seasonal fruit, a main egg dish or pancakes, waffles, or French toast, and meat. Donna tries to prepare foods one wouldn’t usually prepare for one’s self.
The dining room has recently been redecorated using the creative talents of Donna’s sister. Together they wallpapered and sponge-painted the walls for a striking effect. The real treasure of the room is the large, built-in oak buffet. One might even see some of Reedsburg’s black squirrels eating at their feeder while you are enjoying breakfast and conversation at the dining room table.
Approximate Travel Times from Various Cities
Twin Cities:3-4 hours
Reedsburg is located sixty miles north of Madison, WI and fifteen miles off Interstate 90/94 on highways 23/33. Parkview is on Park Street that intersects with the Main Street a block north of the business district.
From the Interstate take Hwy 23 exit to Reedsburg. Once in Reedsburg at the fourth stoplight take a right onto Park Street. Go one block and Parkview is on the corner to the left.
From Spring Green take Hwy 23 North which will bring you into Reedsburg. Once in Reedsburg turn left at the second stop light onto Park Street. Go one block and Parkview is on the corner to the left.
Tom and Donna have lived in the area for more than thirty years. Both are former teachers, Tom, a math teacher and Donna, a home economics teacher. In 1988 they moved to Reedsburg when they purchased the home on Park Street in Reedsburg. With the help of their three children, Brad, Brenda, and Becky, they worked to bring back the beauty of the home both inside and outside. In 1989 when Parkview opened the children helped out in the business. Brad graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May of 1999 and is working as an assistant superintendent of the Songbird Golf Course in Hartland, WI. Becky, our web master, graduated from UW-Platteville May, 2001 and is working as a structural engineer for Strass-Maguire in Brown Deer, WI. Brenda graduated from UW-Eau Claire May, 2001 in math education and is teaching math at Verona High School.
Tom enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He is the manager of the produce department of a nearby grocery store. His inside tips into the best produce is very helpful in planning menus! Tending to the small family garden in the summer is another of his interests.
Donna enjoys cooking and searching out new recipes and ideas to use in the B&B. She has done the decorating of the B&B. Taking care of the flower gardens is something that Donna enjoys in the summer. Drying some of the flowers and using them in arrangements in the B&B is another of Donna’s interest. Remodeling the kitchen at Parkview in the spring of 2000 was a dream come true for Donna. It is so much more convenient now to use.
When time permits, Tom and Donna enjoy traveling and staying in other B&B’s. In April of 1998, they traveled to southern France to visit their two daughters who were studying in Aix-en-Provence and Toulon. While there, they experienced the hospitality of French B&B’s. In January of 2002, they spent fifteen days in the Turkey visiting their daughter, Brenda.
The Hofmanns’ home was built in 1895 by August and Ida Siefert, prominent citizens in Reedsburg’s early days, who emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1873. August Siefert was Postmaster and later Vice-President of the Citizen’s Bank. He helped organize the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce and was on the library board. The home was the first home built on this block.
In 1929 Dr. and Mrs. Lester Groeneweg purchased the home. Dr. Groeneweg, the first chiropractor in Reedsburg, along with his brother, also a chiropractor, used a portion of the home, which included two of the guestrooms, for their office. The Hofmanns have heard stories about some of Dr. Groeneweg’s patients being carried up the stairs or crawling up the stairs to be treated by Dr. Groeneweg! One of Dr. Groeneweg’s hobbies was to build lawn ornaments and ponds in the yard using stones and shells. The ponds, windmill, and lighthouse are still a part of the lawn decor. The two-room playhouse still on the property was built for their oldest daughter.
There have been several other owners between the Groenewegs and the Hofmanns, who purchased the home in 1988. After months of redecorating and restoring the home to its original beauty, Parkview Bed & Breakfast opened in 1989 with two guestrooms rooms. Over the years, two additional bathrooms have been added. There are now four guest rooms.