The minute you enter this 1853 Cedarburg inn, you feel at home. For starters, you'll probably park behind the inn and enter via the back door, which takes you through a small hallway and into the dining area/bar, just as you would at Grandma's or a good friend's home. Then you'll probably be greeted by innkeepers Liz or Brook Brown or one of their friendly, longtime staff members, who will treat you like a long-lost cousin. From there, it just gets better.
The inn was built as a stagecoach hotel serving the route between Milwaukee and Green Bay. It has 10 guest rooms ($95-$140), all with private baths; three more suites ($140-$150) are located in the property's Weber Haus annex across the street. Guests are offered wine in the evening, plus a Continental breakfast in the morning, which features an assortment of home-baked goods, fresh fruit, yogurt and boxed cereals. Complimentary Wi-Fi is in all the rooms, and the signal strength is great, even on the third floor. Rooms are comfortable and clean but not too posh, which fits in with a place that's more than 150 years old and has the creaking floorboards to prove it. (Make sure when you walk upstairs you notice the grooves worn in the steps from decades of use by weary travelers.) In a front room across from the dining room/bar—the latter of which is open to the public but never crowded—is Beerntsen Candies. The independent candy shop sells a wide assortment of mainly homemade chocolates, brittle and even homemade candy canes at Christmastime. All of it just feeds the inn's homey appeal.