By Anna Thomas Bates

WALKING IRON BED AND BREAKFAST is not your typical small town inn. “This beautiful and meticulously restored Italianate home offers authentic decor with modern luxury. Feel connected with the home’s history and the fascinating people that once walked the hallways, while you enjoy contemporary comforts—thick, cushy pillow top mattresses, flat screen televisions and luxurious bath amenities.

Proprietors Karisa and Dave Friske are celebrating their 15th anniversary as innkeepers this year—not to mention their own 25th wedding anniversary and the fact that the inn building itself is 150 years old.

Nestled amidst scenic bluffs, woodland and green Wisconsin pastures, Walking Iron is close to some of the area’s most popular destinations. Just down the road in Spring Green you can attend a play at the American Players “Theatre, admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece Taliesin or sift through treasures at the House on the Rock. Local dining options range from traditional Wisconsin supper clubs to bistros and diners, including “The Old Feed Mill, housed in a historic building. Active guests can hike into the Mazomanie Bottoms State Natural area—where several uncommon birds nest and the forest hosts thousands of migrating birds. Or they can fly fish in Black Earth Creek, canoe the nearby Wisconsin River or stroll the local Wolf Run Trail.

After a day exploring, cozy up in one of five tastefully decorated rooms, each featuring a brass or iron bed and private bath with whirlpool tub. Come mornings, choose a breakfast served in-room or a continental breakfast basket left at the door, or embrace the communal spirit of a B&B and join other guests in the formal dining room for the Friskes’ famous orange cinnamon French toast, eggs and pasteries.

Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast is close enough to Madison for a romantic date-night getaway. Couples also can hold full wedding ceremonies and receptions on the large grounds; currently the Friskes are creating several outdoor venues on the property, with walking paths and arbors along Black Earth Creek, for a unique outdoor wedding setting that is romantic or natural and rustic, Click Here!.

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