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May 23, 2009
We 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.
We 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”.
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 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 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.
The Audubon Inn
45 North Main Street
Mayville, Wisconsin 53050
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 PM