About The Inn


 

The Oak Park Inn is located in a rural farming community in Western Wisconsin. Once the private estate of Johns “Harley” Hopkins, the inn is situated on 2.5 acres, with numerous gardens, aged Burr Oaks, and stately Jack Pines. The historic main house is now the lobby, breakfast room and private home of innkeepers, Linda and Steven.

Continental breakfast and conversation are served daily from 7:30 am to 9:30 am in the seasonally decorated breakfast room.

The Carriage House, adjacent to the main house is the location of our two room suites; each suite is pictured on the Property Map Page of this site. Click on the room location for a photo(s) and description of each room(s) amenities.

The Historic Motor Inn guest rooms have two queen beds each, private baths and entrances, microwaves/refrigerators and wireless Internet. Decorating themes are unique to each room and may be viewed on the Property Map page.

We pride ourselves on being environmentally conscious, and attempt to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. As members of Travel Green Wisconsin and Trip Advisor Green Leader-Gold Level we encourage guests to recycle and reuse, however it is not mandatory.

Whitehall is located just two hours southeast of Minneapolis, three hours northwest of Madison, WI and five hours northwest of Chicago. For a map and driving directions, go here. For things to do or see while visiting the “Coulee Region” please visit some of our local tourism sites:

 

Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

Trempealeau County Tourism Website

Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Area Aquatic Centers

 

 

For those of you interested in visiting the area and are not familiar with the unique geology that surrounds us here in the un-glaciated “Coulee Region” area, a coulee, rather than being just a valley, is a narrow valley between bluffs that gradually narrows and terminates at one end. Sometimes while you are out exploring the coulee region you will find these smaller coulees that act as cold air rivers – especially on the north and east facing bluffs. You will find these out on the roads when it is really hot out, you’ll feel a major drop in temperature in small, shaded, areas – great places to rest for cyclists to cool off.

“What strange forces saved one isolated section along the Upper Mississippi River from the repeated crushing and scouring effects of glaciers during the last two million years? And what pre-Ice Age throwbacks survived here in this unique geologic refuge that holds more Native American effigy mounds, petroglyph caves, strange geological features, and rare species than anywhere in the Midwest? These questions and more are answered in this captivating new documentary. A team of scientists embarks on a journey of exploration to expose both the science and threats behind three unique features of the zone – rare plants and animals, odd geological phenomenon, and striking remnants of a Native American pilgrimage like no other.”
– Written by Anonymous

Oak Park Inn proudly participates in these tourism programs!

Trempealeau Trails Trail Steward Program

Oak Park Inn has participated in the Trempealeau Trails since it’s beginnings in 1999. The Trail Steward Program recognizes individuals, groups, and businesses that play an active role in the Trempealeau Trails. The Trempealeau Trails in currently working on several massive projects one of which is to properly sign all of the loops in the trail system to provide both directions and safety out on the roads. Another is to create an online interactive map system that provides a tremendous amount of information to people wishing to come to Trempealeau County for any reason. Please check out the website for up to date maps, information, and resources www.tourdetremp.com.

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TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program

Your eco-friendly stay starts here. The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs, from budget to luxury – and they’re all committed to green practices like composting, recycling, local and organic food.



Travel Green Wisconsin

In the spirit of Wisconsin’s deep heritage of environmental stewardship, the Department of Tourism initiated Travel Green Wisconsin in 2006 to promote smart, environmentally friendly business practices. The program is the first of its kind state-sponsored sustainable travel green certification in the nation and has become a model for sustainable travel efforts both nationally and internationally. As more and more travelers like you look to make your life a little greener, we hope you’ll appreciate and support the tourism businesses that are working hard to reduce their own environmental impact.