BLUE DOOR INN

SPEND A NIGHT IN LIVING HISTORY | Check Availability

331 & 333 South Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin

Reservations: 608-685-9700  lodging@bluedoorinnalma.com

 


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

             
Step back into the 19th Century and the small river town
              atmosphere of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.
              A National Historic District Covering 346 Acres
 
 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Step back into the 19th Century and the small rivertown atmosphere


of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.  The BLUE DOOR Inn


is housed in one of Alma's oldest buildings.


 

  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




               WINTER RATES Are In Effect Early!

     $60 Nightly (Suites 1-4) | $80 Nightly Upper Apt






Alma, Wisconsin is a 19th century river town on the Mississippi River and was designated a National Historic District in 1982.  The Blue Door Inn is one of the oldest buildings in the historic district.  Boasting great views of the Mississippi River and the Alma bluff, the town is nestled in between these magnificent views.


PHOTO TO THE RIGHT by Jeremy Dale, photographer. From Lake Itasca MN to New Orleans LA, the Mississippi Million folks rowed the entire length of the Mississippi River In 2014 to raise $1,000,000 in support of Right To Play.  Of the many photos taken by Jeremy Dale along the River, six were made into large canvas prints and sold in a private auction as part of raising funds for Right To Play. The photo of the Blue Door Inn with their boats was one of the six photos!

The Blue Door Inn offers guests a unique atmosphere, great customer service and a fantastic historic building with quality furnishings.  Treat yourself to a stay away from the stresses of everyday life, explore Alma's historic Main Street, enjoy the views from Buena Vista and experience the natural wonders of the Driftless Area & the Upper Mississippi River Valley everywhere.  


Located across from the Mississippi River with great views of the river, eagles overhead and the Alma bluff.  Main Street is also Wisconsin State Highway 35 and known as The Great River Road, Wisconsin's only National Scenic Byway.   Drive the backroads of Buffalo County and revel that there is no traffic and Buffalo County only has one stop light ... just to let the folks from Winona, Minnesota come into the state.


2018 Upgrades:  Upper Apartment now offers a queen bed and new light & sound cancelling curtains in the bedroom and the addition of a full-size memory foam hide-a-bed in the family room.  Renovations are also continuing on The Cottage next door and we will be adding a living room (with hide-a-bed) to the Lower Cottage and adding another 1 bedroom apartment as the Upper Cottage, also with a hide-a-bed in the living room.  "Farm to Inn" sourcing of ingredients for our breakfast service, offered May through October, continues to grow.  In September we added a "Nightly Wine Reception" in the garden, offered May through October.  


Stay a night at the Blue Door Inn and join us!

NEW RESERVATION SYSTEM
NEW DEPOSIT & PAYMENT POLICIES

The reservation system we've used since the day we opened the Blue Door Inn was sold to another entity outside of the United States. As a result there was an opportunity to find a system that would be easier for everyone to use with more features. We've tested & tested but the proof is in your experience. Please call us directly at 608-685-9700 if you have an issue making your reservation.

NEW FEATURES

  • Multiple Room Bookings are now possible.
  • Taxes due are shown on your reservation page.
  • Deposits for all rooms are now the same, 50% upon reservation, refundable with at least 72 hours notice prior to 4pm on your date of arrival. The prior $500 deposit if you rent the entire Inn has been reduced to a 50% deposit.  More Information
  • Final Payment will be made against your credit card on file 72 hours prior to 4pm on your date of arrival, there will be no need to make additional payments when you check in.
"FARM TO INN" BREAKFAST 

BLUE DOOR Inn is a licensed Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast allowing us to offer fresh food options prepared in-house.  Breakfast is served from May 1st through November 30th but not offered as part of our Winter or Spring Rate Specials.  The 1857 Blacksmith Shop was revamped as the Breakfast Room for our free breakfast service.  More Info On Farm To Inn Breakfasts 


Focus on "Farm To Inn" has always been important at the Blue Door Inn but when we put the list together this year even we were amazed at how many breakfast ingredients we source locally.  More Info on Farm To Inn Breakfasts  


Mid-Week Basic Breakfast includes fresh fruit/berries with muffins, breads or scones baked in the early morning, farm-fresh boiled eggs, house granola, yogurt, juice, milk, tea & coffee.

  

Expanded Weekend Breakfast Saturday's offering is usually mini blueberry buckwheat pancakes.  Sunday is an egg bake, quiche, biscuits with sausage gravy or other "hot" choice. 


We're always experimenting and adding new breakfast items.  Watch out we've been known to serve apple pie, strawberry shortcake and even sweet corn on the cob when they're in season!

FAMOUS FOR OUR BALD EAGLES  

Video compilation of Bald Eagle photos, click the picture to the right ... most were taken just across the street from the BLUE DOOR Inn

 

Many opportunities for nature photography (professional or amateur) can be found in the Alma area.  We've learned to have our camera with us at all times ... you never know who might fly by or stopover!

BIRDING ALONG THE

BUFFALO RIVER

Video compilation of Waterfowl on the Buffalo River, click the picture to the right ... all were taken along the Buffalo River or the point where it empties into Rieck's Lake.


Birding is a favorite pastime in Alma, Wisconsin any time of the year.  Bring your camera and stay at the BLUE DOOR Inn and we'll send you out to our favorite photo spots.

TRAINS, TRAINS & MORE TRAINS

For train buffs Alma, Wisconsin is one of the best viewing locations along the Mississippi River for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line.  Lock & Dam #4 bridge over the railroad tracks is a favorite viewing spot in Alma.

 

But the views from the upper porches of the BLUE DOOR Inn are spectacular with a clear view of trains heading north or south backed by the Mississippi River.   We have train photographers book Suite 3 each year to capture the views.  CAUTION: You will hear trains but we provide ear plugs.

RIVERBOATS ON THE
UPPER MISSISSIPPI
Enjoy a close up experience watching a riverboat pass through Alma's Lock #4.  Riverboat season is July through October with several boats weekly.  Hear the calliope play.  Great views from the BLUE DOOR Inn's upper porch too!

KAYAK OR CANOE, PADDLING IS GREAT

You can't beat the Alma area for great paddling opportunities.  Mississippi River backwaters, national canoe trails, sand islands in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge ... all make for a perfect experience.


Staff of the BLUE DOOR Inn can help you with local canoe trails and paddling spots.  Rent equipment at nearby Merrick State Park or choose a guided paddle trip from Broken Paddle.

GUEST COMMENTS & REVIEWS
Blue Door Inn offers "a sense of history settling around guests as solidly as their 1853 rock walls".   Midwest Living Magazine

"Great inn, great innkeeper!"
 
“If you’re into historical venues - this place is right up your alley. It’s been completely renovated but Katherine has left all of the historical charm intact. From exposed brick to claw foot tubs it’s straight out of an HGTV show. The outdoor space is beautiful with multiple decks and bonfire pit. It is also a short walk away from amazing local shops, food, and entertainment. I’ll definitely be back!”

"The most beautiful place in Wisconsin....So much history....So much character....So relaxing.....I wish I could have stayed forever....Kathy has done the most precious thing by restoring the Blue Door Inn....Thank You Kathy!!!!"

"Best quiche I ever had!"
 
“This has to be the best BnB that we have stayed in! Very comfortable, beautifully decorated, everything a traveler would want and more! We had our choice of suite and each one was special in its own way! Katherine made us the most fabulous breakfast - all showcasing the local farm to table ingredients. The building has a very interesting past which adds to the charm! If you don't stay here, you have missed out on a very special experience!! ”

"I recommend the Blue Door Inn. By far the best place to stay in Alma, Wi. I just stayed there and an amazing transformation of one of the oldest buildings in Alma. Very quaint with lots of antiques. I will definitely return. Thanks Kathy!"
RESTORATION OF THE BLUE DOOR INN
BLUE DOOR Inn, a four-year restoration project.  A 19th century single-family home with a blacksmith shop below and later a hardware store, the home has gone through a massive transformation.  Today your lodging options range from a choice of SUITES, an APARTMENT or the WHOLE HOUSE.  All rooms have access to two 65-foot outdoor porches, patio with barbecue gas grill & fire pit, great views and great gardens.
Awarded 2014 through 2018
NIGHTLY WINE RECEPTION
Guests are invited to join us in the Garden for our Nightly Wine Reception featuring wines from Danzinger Vineyards from 5:30-6:30pm.
NEED AN EXTENDED STAY?
Are you an artist or writer looking for a retreat? A traveling nurse or professional needing lodging for 30 days or more?  The Apartments at the Blue Door Inn in Alma WI are available from November 1st through May 31st.    EXTENDED STAY INFO
NEED A SMALL MEETING ROOM?
The Breakfast Room at the Blue Door Inn can accommodate up to 12 people for a small group meeting.  We provide free coffee service, WiFi access and a large screen television for projection.

RATE:  $10 an hour, $40 minimum per day
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