Lindsay House dates back to 1892
By Jane Myhra
While the term “share economy” may be fairly new, the notion of experiencing a destination “like a local: can be traced back many years to bed and breakfasts.
The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association has become a national voice in promoting B&B inns as the best way for travelers to make a connection with the local culture.
To further the message, WBBA invested in a feature TV segment on the nation’s longest running tourism TV program “Discover Wisconsin” boasting a broadcast network of 500,000 viewers across the upper Midwest.
The hosts of the program visited a variety of B&Bs around Wisconsin, ranging from classic Victorian to modern villa, even a farmstead inn, highlighting unique amenities and services typical of WBBA member inns. The episodes can be accessed at DiscoverWisconsin.com.
“Getting to know a community through the eyes of the innkeeper and treading lightly on the earth while doing it are hallmarks of B&B travel dating back decades and generations,” said Kerri Thiel, of Waupaca, executive director of WBBA. “The Discover Wisconsin program is one more way to spread that word while extending the invitation that is our association’s theme – ‘Seek the Unique.’”
“It is an exciting opportunity to partner with Discover Wisconsin and feature B&Bs throughout Wisconsin and the unique travel that bed and breakfasts offer,” said Judy Trull, owner/innkeeper at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast, in Manawa.
The Lindsay House was built in 1892 for lumberman Arthur Lindsay, president of the Little Wolf River Lumber Company and vice president of Lindsay Light & Power. The 16-room Queen Anne Victorian house was designed by W.W. DeLong.
Operated as a B&B since 1989, the Lindsay House has been owned by Judy and Tim Trull since 2004.
Sylvia and Roger Mckellips were the first innkeeper/owners of what was then called Victorian Acres Bed & Breakfast. The next owners were the Gage family, from Appleton, who called the inn Gage’s Gardens & Gables.
The property again changed hands with the arrival of the Burckhart family from Omaha, Nebraska. They gave the inn its current name, the Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast.
The one-of-a-kind inn is known for its Victorian architecture, gourmet breakfasts, warm hospitality and being located in the center of Waupaca County.
All four guest rooms feature queen beds, private baths and air conditioning. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the inn.
“I enjoy assisting our guests in having a unique and fun experience based upon their interests,” Judy Trull said. “Local points of interest, year round activities, festivals and events are all part of the uniqueness that is travel in Wisconsin and bed and breakfasts such as ours fit that description to a ‘T.’”
The Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast is located at 539 Depot St., Manawa. For more information, visit www.lindsayhouse.com or call 920-596-3643.
The WBBA was established in 1987 and is one of the largest B&B associations of its kind in the United States, with 125 member properties. Every member inn is licensed, inspected and insured.
For a listing of WBBA member inns, visit www.WisconsinBandB.com.
CORRECTION: The original headline indicated that Lindsay House had been featured on the show. It was not among the five B&Bs featured on the Discover Wisconsin TV show.