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Review of The Audubon Inn; Mayville, Wisconsin

Audubon InnWe were honored to spend the night at The Audubon Inn, located in Mayville, Wisconsin, one of the gateways to Horicon Marsh. We only wish we could have stayed longer!!

We easily found The Audubon Inn after a day of intense birding around Horicon Marsh. Right in the heart of downtown Mayville, The Audubon Inn has an immediate elegant, historic feeling. The surrounding buildings have similar architecture, but the Inn definitely stands out. Originally constructed in 1896, the building shows its age but in a most appealing way.

Audubon Inn

Audubon InnWe were immediately welcomed by the nice young lady in the lobby and were quickly directed to our rooms. We had two rooms: “Snowy Owl” and “Blue Jay Suite”. Each of the 18 rooms have bird names, cable TV, double whirlpool baths, and Audubon bird prints.

Custom made four poster queen-size beds are in each room and were extremely comfortable. Modern amenities like the aforementioned cable TV and wireless internet help blend the historic feel while still staying “connected”.

Audubon Inn

The whirlpool was greatly appreciated after a cold, windy day of birding.
Audubon Inn

The bedroom of the suite
Audubon Inn

The hotel was constructed in 1896 by Jacob and Anna Mueller, editor of the Dodge County Pioneer, one of the important German language newspapers for southeastern Wisconsin. The weekly newspaper continues to operate today as The Mayville News.

The bay window futon is an excellent place to relax with a bird book or recount the day’s sightings
Audubon Inn

The Audubon Inn also has an attached restaurant and pub. The bar is fully stocked with lots of good stuff. Unfortunately, the restaurant is only open for supper. We were a little bummed about this as we were hoping to have a hearty breakfast to get us going for another day of birding. However, a continental breakfast is offered but with “non-birder hours” from 8-10 on weekends and 7-9 on weekdays.

The Bar
Audubon Inn

Looking down from the third floor. The skylight leads into the bar, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
Audubon Inn

The bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 PM to close and the restaurant from 5-9 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

We highly recommend staying at The Audubon Inn. The National Historic Landmark has won many accolades, and deservingly so. This is the perfect place for a birding couple or for any birder looking for a spectacular stay at the gateway to one of the world’s top birding locations.

If you’ve never been to Horicon Marsh you’re missing out on a lot of great birding. Check out some of our posts from the numerous trips to this epic birdspot.

Audubon Inn

The Audubon Inn
45 North Main Street
Mayville, Wisconsin 53050

Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 PM


  1. May 23, 2009    

    A beautiful old lady of a hotel, If only I could still fly I’d be ove like a shot.
    Lovely post.

  2. May 23, 2009    

    I’ve stayed at this hotel as well. Simply a great place and close to the marsh. Horicon Marsh doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The place is amazing and worth a visit in any season.

  3. Amy Amy
    May 23, 2009    

    That looks like a lovely place, thanks for the review. I’ll try to convince the hubs to stay there when we visit Horicon. 🙂

  4. Vicki ~ FL Vicki ~ FL
    May 26, 2009    

    Great shots of a lovely Inn.

  5. Sue Ruka Sue Ruka
    August 16, 2010    

    Another great place even closer to the Horicon Marsh is Honeybee Inn B&B, right in Horicon. Gorgeous place, great amenities, and breakfasts to die for.

  6. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    August 17, 2010    

    Sue – cool . . . I’ll have to check it out. It’s actually been awhile since I’ve visited the marsh . . . too much going on 🙂

  7. May 2, 2014    

    Check-out the ‘BEFORE’ pictures above…

    Now see the ‘AFTER’ @

    New restaurant NOLA North Grille open! Menu on our website!

    Coffee Shop ‘NOLA North Cafe’ open every morning 7-11am 🙂 Birders, you can take your coffee to go with you…

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