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Our Approach

Our vision is all about you enjoying your stay in luxury and enjoying a breakfast you won’t forget. We are all about having fun but also being able to get away and relax in a spa like setting. We have many things to do at our Inn such as Yard Games, Kayak, Bike Ride, Hike, Splash in the Creek, Fishing, Lounge near the Creek, Enjoy Music or a Cocktail when our Speak Easy is open, sit in the Beer Garden, Play games in the Breakfast Room, Read a book in the Library, get some work done in the Business Center, book a Massage, Facial, or Sauna in the lower level Spa, Relax in a rocker and enjoy company or quiet on our wrap around porch, Host an event or party, get Married or retreat to your room and enjoy your private Whirl Pool and pillow top beds.

History

The year was 1865 when an enterprising barrel cooper from Milwaukee named William Thompson journeyed to Mazomanie and began building this stately home.

Financed by his success with the Mazomanie Flour Mill, Thompson constructed this impressive Italianate home.

In 1899 Dr. John Kester bought the house and opened his Practice with Dr. Pinckerton. He also raised race horses in the Carriage house in back. He died in 1923 leaving his wife Lenora to live in the house a total of 55 years. She lived in the house from 1899 until age 90 in 1954. She was a teacher at Richland County before she married Dr. Kester in 1888.

Our town’s name, Mazomanie, comes from Chief Mazomani, a leader of the Sioux of Minnesota.  His name translates to “The Iron That Walks,” or “Walking Iron.” Our town was named by Edward Brodhead, a superintendent of the railroad during the 1850’s.

Chief Mazomani was described as a firm friend of the whites. He was wounded on September 23, 1862, in a battle between a band of Indians led by Little Crow, a Sioux chief, and the U.S. Army near Yellow Medicine River, Minnesota. Chief Mazomani had sought a flag of truce, but was shot while running toward the Army’s lines. He died several days later.

One hundred and thirty-one years later, David and Karisa Friske became the new owners, and the monumental task of restoring the home to its original grandeur became their goal.

Watch their video of “If Walls Could Talk” segment featured on HGTV.

 

The owners began a full-scale restoration in 1996. Three years later the doors were open. They raised their children here.

Over the years they have restored the carriage house and converted it into their personal residence. It was built in 1909 and was converted into an art studio in the early 1980’s. Cathedral ceilings and oak beams blended with the rustic decor make their home a real contrast to the Victorian splendor of the main house.

Fast forward to 2019 when Justin and Jennifer Martinez purchased The Bed & Breakfast. The Bed & Breakfast will not only accommodate guests but will host Weddings, events and parties. Have a Speak Easy open to the general public 4:00-10:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights with yard games, a beer garden, and  frequent live music. We will have a lower level Spa for guests which includes a Sauna, Massage, Facial & Wrap Room, plus a guest Work Out Room. We will rent out Kayaks, Bikes, Snow Shoes, and Fishing Poles. We will continue to keep the house in its grand restored fashion as we are lovers of history, antiques and architecture.

Our Story

Jennifer and Justin have been married 25 years and had a life long dream of running a Bed & Breakfast. Finally this dream has come true after they raised their children. They have 2 girls Anastasia age 18 and Aurora age 24. They have owned several businesses the past 25 years including a Heirloom and Heritage Breed Organic Hobby Farm, a Preschool/Childcare, and a Wellness Studio. Currently Jennifer still runs a Wellness Studio in Middleton, WI and Justin is an Electrician.

Meet the Team

We are here to serve you and make your stay as enjoyable as we can. We put our whole heart and soul in this Inn and hope you make many memories and visit often.

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Justin Martinez

Owner, Inn Keeper and Chef

Justin is a self made gourmet chef, enjoys hosting events and loves to brew beer, wine and cider.

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Jennifer Martinez

Owner/Inn Keeper and Spa Owner

Jennifer is a decorator at heart, loves to host parties and company and is a Wellness Advocate.

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Aurora Martinez and Anastasia Martinez

Children of Inn Keepers

Anastasia and Aurora are the children of the Inn Keepers.

Aurora is an ICU Neuro nurse at St. Lukes in Milwaukee and a Real Estate Agent.

Anastasia is a senior at Middleton High and is very involved at the Inn.

 

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