Boutique Inn & Writers Retreat

The Water Otter Inn and Writers Retreat is a classic home in Washburn, Wisconsin's historical district. It is within walking distance of downtown shops, art galleries, and the Big Top Chautauqua shuttle stop. We are close to several lovely beaches and hiking trails and within 15 minutes drive of Bayfield, gateway to Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands.

Between the Chequamegon National Forest and Lake Superior, Washburn is a haven for fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, paddling, birding, swimming, and beach bumming. Paddle our waterways for possible sightings of otters, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and ice/sea caves.

Your Hostess

Like "Off The Beaten Path"? Colene is an avid outdoor person. She can advise you about the many different activities and attractions in the area and the best "Off The Beaten Path" favorite places to visit.

Colene Lee

Colene Lee

A Wonderful Inn! We stopped on our vacation and it was exceptionally clean. The hostess, Colene, was the most gracious we’ve ever met on our travels. She went above and beyond our needs and told us great places to hike. We highly recommend the inn. More reviews under reviews.
— Muskego, WI