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Castle La Crosse Bed And Breakfast

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About The Inn

The History of Castle La Crosse

Castle La Crosse opened in May 2017. This stunning property is well known throughout the city of La Crosse and the surrounding region. The Castle was originally built in 1892 for local lumber baron, Nymphus B. Holway, and his wife, Jessie, by noted local architects Hugo Schick and Gustav Stolze. They were intent on creating a home fit for a king!

The exterior of the home with its limestone facade imposes its superiority above the surrounding homes. Designed with a tower that raises the vertical length of the home, a feature of Richardson Romanesque, the house was built in the popular Queen Anne style architecture of the time.  It is interesting to note a number of Romanesque elements in the home as well, a feat that created a blend of the two styles.  

Unfortunately for Mr. Holway, he passed before the mansion could be completed. His widow Ms. Jessie Holway completed the structure and raised their children in the residence. Ms. Holway was very much involved in her local community and hosted many functions at her mansion, continuing a long tradition of business and philanthropy set by her husband. As we near 130 years since the house was completed, Castle La Crosse continues the legacy set by the original occupants to be a vital part of our local community.

Castle La Crosse

Ms. Holway lived at the mansion until 1920 when she sold the massive residence to the Diocese of La Crosse. The mansion then became the Bishop's Residence and was owned by the Catholic Church for the next five decades, becoming known to local residents as the "Castle on Cass."  

In 1976, the Carlisle family purchased the Castle and continued to reside in the house for 30 years. By 2006 the Wood family purchased the residence, working to return the Castle to a single-family residence through major renovations.


Historical Photo of Castle La Crosse (Holway House)

Today the "Castle on Cass" is known as Castle La Crosse; an award-winning Bed and Breakfast. The former Holway Mansion is a La Crosse landmark and continues to be one of the most photographed icons of the region. Castle La Crosse is the best-preserved example of high-style late 19th century residential architecture in the region. 

We are very proud of our home and welcome any questions you might have on its architecture and history.

We would love for you to stay with us! Just shoot us an email to check our availability or click the button below to check out our lovely suites.  Each suite has magic qualities all its own.  

Castle La Crosse Bed and Breakfast - Then and Now
Castle La Crosse - Then and Now


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About The Area

What Makes La Crosse So Special

Our region is blessed with four distinct seasons and much of its charm derives from the variety of activities available in the area.

Winter 2020

Discover: La Crosse and the surrounding region are blessed with many excellent bike trails. We enjoy plenty of winter activities here. Go skiing, tubing, sledding or snowmobile on hundreds of trails. Whether on frozen rivers or amid snowy landscapes, do ski, snowshoe or ice fish all winter long!

Winter: Maybe some indoor attractions are more your style. Then remember to checkout the art exhibitions at the Pumphouse Regional Arts Center or the Marine Art Museum in nearby Winona, Minnesota. La Crosse Community Theatre provides performances all year long, with special holiday-themed shows, be sure to checkout their calendar to see what is playing. 

Wisconsin's Driftless Region is a spectacular place for unique shopping opportunities. If you are looking for big name stores, try nearby Onalaska for the latest trends in fashion and accessories. Fine speciality shops, boutiques and antique stores are located in Downtown La Crosse, with many more independent businesses located in historic buildings.

Nearby Activities:

  • Lots to see and do!
  • Scenic Roadways
  • Bird Watching
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Coffee House
  • Restaurants Galore
  • Shops
  • Theatre
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