Historic Washington House

The historic Washington House is an ice cream parlor and museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

We made a trip to visit family camping in Two Rivers and on our way back, my husband spotted ice cream. Ice cream is his Achilles heel. His truck stops at all the new places he finds. So, off to tour this establishment.

Today’s special was a rhubarb sundae and they were delicious!

General Info

General:The ice cream parlor serves Cedar Crest Ice Cream. The sundaes run $4.00., cash only. The museum was a self-guided tour with interesting period paraphernalia.
Address:622 Jefferson Street Two Rivers, WI 54241
Google Map Location:Google Map Location
Cost:FREE Museum (Donations appreciated)

Just A Taste

Well, it’s full of antiques and old stuff. I’m in! Ever want to know how much it cost to have a baby in 1957? Look at the invoice. Crazy!!


Cherney Maribel Caves County Park  

Cherney Maribel Caves County Park 

I love exploring Cherney Maribel Caves County Park it is a 75-acre county park along the West Twin River in Maribel, Wisconsin.  If you have never been there it is a site for the senses.

General Info

General:The park and trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Hike the 3-mile loop along the river, explore the dolomite rock formations and check the calendar of events to see if there are any cave tours happening.
Address:Address: 15401 County Rd R, Maribel, WI 54227
County:Manitowoc County
Google Map Location:Google Map 

There Are So Many Facets To This Park

The property has some wonderful dolomite rock formations to explore around. The rock formations were exposed during the ice age.

During the ice age, glaciers exposed sinkholes and rock crevices for water to get into. Creating fabulous rock formations and underground caves. It is a ton of fun to climb inside and out of the little rock holes.

Explore The Rock Formations

You could navigate inside and out of those rock crevices and fill up an Instagram account!

Spelunking is Cool

Our family took advantage of the free guided tour of one of the caves. On our visit, we purchased an optional patch that helps fund exploration and work on additional caves within the park.

They have one tour date per month during late spring and summer. Otherwise, the caves are closed off to visitors of the park.

You can and do get muddy during the spring because getting into the cave you have to crawl before it opens up. And, yep, we saw bats.  Once inside the cave, they do have some lighting so you can see the wall.

3 Mile Loop

The loop is beautiful. Follow along the river and see some of those tree trunks and sprawling roots,  The river was also carved out from the glacier age. Weaving inside and out of the trees is a blast. You will find native plants, bugs, rocky landscape, and of course scenic stop-offs.

Fresh Water Natural Spring

Freshwater springs once fed bottling operations. There is one spring in the very back of the park that you can still see and drink from.

Bottling House

This is a bottling house where the bottling of the spring water took place. The backside of the bottling house can be seen from the park property, however, the bottling house is on private property that butts up to the park.

if you want all the stories, real and facts about this property read this post

Spring House

Makes you want to visit this park, huh? Heck, it does for me!


Maribel Hotel Hell

Maribel Hotel Hell

What is called by many as Maribel Hotel Hell is located on the same street as the Maribel Caves on County Road R in Maribel, WI.  The hotel remains are located on private property, so viewing them from the road is a must.

The Stories of Maribel Hotel Hell

There are so many stories about this place that have been told. Below are a few.

Story 1

The hotel has burned down three times.  Each fire happened five years apart to the night. 1920, 1925, 1930.  

The fires claimed the lives of all the sleeping occupants each time. After the third time, the hotel was not rebuilt.  
The skeletal remains of the victims remain on the hotel’s third floor.

Story 2

The property was owned by Al Capone and used as a spa for movie stars and the wealthy.  Al Capone used the outbuildings to make moonshine and bottle the water from the spring during prohibition. There was a trap door that lead to the underground caverns and Maribel Cave system. (Doesn’t every good story start with the name Al Capone?)

Story 3

A hotel guest was brutally tortured then killed all the guests. There are remains of blood on the walls and the tortured souls remain confined to the hotel and land.  If you listen closely at night, you can hear the victim’s screams.

The list goes on and on to the stories that people have told over the years. Some stories have different versions, but they are all that, just stories.

What Is The Real Story?

Sorry to say that the real story isn’t as interesting as what the stories surrounding it are. Pieces and parts were taken from the real truths; and expanded.  

The hotel was built in 1900, by Austrian immigrant Charles Steinbrecker and did hold a therapeutic spa and spring water bottling plant.

Travelers had the natural spring water pumped to their rooms and could bathe in it and enjoy the medicinal uses of the mineral water.

The Springhouse

The picture to the right is a side shot of the old spring water bottling building on the property.

The building was used to bottle spring water from the natural spring on the property to sell to restaurants.

You can see and actually fill your water bottles at the park that is next door to the property.

Destruction Has Followed This Buiding

1985 Fire

Reports from the locals state that during the ’70s and early ’80s the property was purchased and it became a popular bar run by a gentleman with the last name of Miller. In 1985 the interior was claimed in a fire. Rendering the property a total loss.


In 2006 the interior of the building was cleaned out, leaving only the rocky limestone exterior shell.


2013, a tornado came through and destroyed most of the building.  Leaving the outside structure, unstable.

No Tresspassing

Respected their wishes and viewed from a distance. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a trespassing ticket. Or, worse.  Get yourself killed due to Structural Safety and become a real-life story of a life claimed by Hotel Hell.


Even though I struck out being able to get permission for an up-close and personal look of Maribel Caves Hotel Hell, it is most certainly an amazing structure to view.  All the stories that surround the property are interesting, to say the least. What story do you want to believe?