331 South Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin

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Step back into the 19th Century and the small river town
atmosphere of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River. 




















Step back into the 19th Century and the small rivertown atmosphere

of Alma, Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.  The BLUE DOOR Inn

is housed in one of Alma's oldest buildings.

















20% Midweek discount reflected for stays between Monday and Thursday!  Visit Alma's National Historic District, see the Bald Eagles & beauty of  the Upper Mississippi River.

Alma, Wisconsin is a 19th century river town on the Mississippi River and was designated a National Historic District in 1982.  The Blue Door Inn is one of the oldest buildings in the historic district.  Boasting great views of the Mississippi River and the Alma bluff, the town is nestled in between these magnificent views.

PHOTO TO THE RIGHT by Jeremy Dale, photographer. From Lake Itasca MN to New Orleans LA, the Mississippi Million folks rowed the entire length of the Mississippi River In 2014 to raise $1,000,000 in support of Right To Play. Contribute here:

Of the many photos taken by Jeremy Dale along the River, six were made into large canvas prints and sold in a private auction as part of raising funds for Right To Play. The photo of the Blue Door with the boats was one of the six photos!

BLUE DOOR INN -- 2014 & 2015 Best Of The Midwest TRAVEL by Midwest Living

Blue Door Inn offers "a sense of history settling around guests as solidly as their 1853 rock walls".  
Alma, Wisconsin was listed as an "instant itinerary for a perfect weekend getaway". 
For scenic drives, the Wisconsin Great River Road was a "WOW Moment!"
Midwest Living's 2014 Best of the Midwest Travel, pages 202 and 203.

Officially the Blue Door Inn is not a "bed & breakfast" we are a "hotel".  We do not have a commercial kitchen so some of our options are limited.  We do make every effort to bring you a FREE continental breakfast delivered to your room that offers products from local resources. 

   -- In season local fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & apples)

   -- Locally made breads & baked goods

   -- Special treats we discover on our sourcing trips

There's nothing better than enjoying breakfast in bed!

Great inn, great innkeeper!
The most beautiful place in Wisconsin....So much history....So much character....So relaxing.....I wish I could have stayed forever....Kathy has done the most precious thing by restoring the Blue Door Inn....Thank You Kathy!!!!
I recommend the Blue Door Inn. By far the best place to stay in Alma, Wi. I just stayed there and an amazing transformation of one of the oldest buildings in Alma. Very quaint with lots of antiques. I will definitely return. Thanks Kathy!


The Wisconsin Great River Road offers two wine tasting adventures with 14 wineries along their 250-mile route.  More info ...

From La Crosse north to Prescott, the Northern Adventure offers 7 wineries/vineyards with "vine to bottle" wine production by vineyards growing grapes locally and wineries producing local wines. 

Danzinger Vineyards & Winery, located in Alma, is in the heart of the Northern Adventure and the Blue Door Inn is the perfect place to spend the night.

The Southern Adventure offers another 7 wineries/vineyards from La Crosse south to Kieler.

Blue Door Inn was reviewed for the on-line edition of Midwest Living. The original 1853 one-room stone house is 161 years old.  Thanks to everyone for all of their great comments on the Inn.  We appreciate each and every one of our guests and can't wait for your return.
Restoration project is coming to an end but now we have to maintain our work and some of those original improvements are scheduled for maintenance.   Buildings 139 to 160+ years old need TLC ... forever!!!


Video compilation of Waterfowl on the Buffalo River, click the picture to the right ... all were taken along the Buffalo River or the point where it empties into Rieck's Lake.

Birding is a favorite pastime in Alma, Wisconsin any time of the year.  Bring your camera and stay at the BLUE DOOR Inn and we'll send you out to our favorite photo spots.


For train buffs Alma, Wisconsin is one of the best viewing locations along the Mississippi River for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe line.  Lock & Dam #4 bridge over the railroad tracks is a favorite viewing spot in Alma.


But the views from the upper porches of the BLUE DOOR Inn are spectacular with a clear view of trains heading north or south backed by the Mississippi River.  CAUTION: You will hear trains but we provide ear plugs.


Video compilation of Bald Eagle photos, click the picture to the right ... most were taken just across the street from the BLUE DOOR Inn


Many opportunities for nature photography (professional or amateur) can be found in the Alma area.  We've learned to have our camera with us at all times ... you never know who might fly by or stopover!


You can't beat the Alma area for great paddling opportunities.  Mississippi River backwaters, national canoe trails, sand islands in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge ... all make for a perfect experience.

The staff of the BLUE DOOR Inn can help you with local canoe trails and paddling spots.  Equipment is available through Riverland Outfitters.

BLUE DOOR Travels Blog

BLUE DOOR Inn, a four-year restoration project.  A 19th century single-family home with a blacksmith shop below and later a hardware store, the home has gone through a massive transformation.  Today your lodging options range from a choice of SUITES to full APARTMENTS.  All rooms have access to two 65-foot outdoor porches, patio with barbecue gas grill & fire pit, river views and great gardens.

The Inn is located across from the Mississippi River with great views of the river, eagles overhead and the Alma bluff.  Main Street is also Wisconsin State Highway 35 and known as The Great River Road, Wisconsin's only National Scenic Byway. 


Enjoy the river, Lock & Dam 4, lots of train activity, views from Buena Vista, birding opportunities and history everywhere.  Drive the backroads of Buffalo County and revel that there is no traffic and the county only has one stop light ... just to let the folks from Winona, Minnesota come into the state.