The history of the inn and the background of the innkeeper will make your stay that much more interesting. Your hosts, Tom and Donna Hofmann, have over 20 years experience as innkeepers, which makes them among the first innkeepers in the state of Wisconsin. Hospitality is paramount in the B&B industry and Tom and Donna delight in helping to make your stay exceptional.
The Parkview Bed and Breakfast was built in 1895 by August and Ida Siefert, prominent citizens in Reedsburg's early days, who emigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1873. August Siefert was Postmaster and later Vice-President of the Citizen's Bank. He helped organize the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce and was on the library board. The home was the second home built on this block.
In 1929 Dr. and Mrs. Lester Groeneweg purchased the home. Dr. Groeneweg, the first chiropractor in Reedsburg, along with his brother, also a chiropractor, used a portion of the home, which included two of the guestrooms, for their practice. The Hofmanns have heard stories about some of Dr. Groeneweg's patients being carried up the stairs or crawling up the stairs to be treated by Dr. Groeneweg! One of Dr. Groeneweg's hobbies was to build lawn ornaments and ponds in the yard using stones and shells. The ponds, windmill, and lighthouse are still a part of the lawn decor. The two-room playhouse still on the property was built for their oldest daughter.
Your hosts, Tom and Donna Hofmann purchased their historic Victorian with the purpose of operating a small, home-like B&B and raising their family. After months of redecorating and restoring the home to its original beauty, Parkview Bed & Breakfast opened in 1989 with two guestrooms. Over the years, two additional bathrooms have been added. There are now four guest rooms. Tom and Donna now have over 20 years behind them and look forward to more years and many more wonderful and interesting guests.
Tom and Donna Hofmann, owners of Parkview B&B have lived in the area for more than 40 years. They can tell you about off-the-beaten places to visit. Former educators – Tom, a math teacher and Donna, a home economics teacher decided in 1988 to move to Reedsburg where they purchased and restored the home that is now the Parkview B&B. Their three young children helped them during the restoration process, which took place both inside and outside the home. The children also helped with the business of running a B&B, learning it from the ground level up. It was a family affair. All of the Hofmann children have since gone on to professional jobs away from Reedsburg, but every once in awhile their daughters still fill in for their parents as innkeepers when Donna and Tom travel, often staying in B&B’s. Tom enjoys hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He tends the small family garden in the summer and after working about 20 years in the produce department of grocery stores, he is now retired. His eye for produce helps Donna as she plans the breakfast menus for their guests. Donna enjoys cooking, searching out new recipes and ideas, decorating, tending the flower gardens and offering sincere hospitality to their guests.