Le Chateau Bed & Breakfast’s new owners hope to honor legacy

Rachel Stormoen poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Le Chateau Bed & Breakfast in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.  Stormoen and her husband, Mike, recently moved back to the area and purchased the bed and breakfast.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – A new family is adding to the 134-year-old legacy of the Arpin house on First Street North in Wisconsin Rapids.

Mike and Rachel Stormoen are the new owners of the house and have continued operating Le Chateau Bed & Breakfast at 840 First St. N. in Wisconsin Rapids. The previous owners – Bill and Faye Collier – owned the house since 2015 and opened its doors as a bed and breakfast in 2016.

While both Mike and Rachel grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, Rachel was always drawn to the historic three-story house with a wrap-around porch that stood along the river. But it wasn’t always the brown-and-tan house that people recognize today.

Rachel said she grew up in the neighborhood and would go for walks with her mother. She said she remembers walking by the house that had been painted “an ugly green color” with a huge teddy bear looking out a third-floor window, and she told her mom, “I’m going to own that someday.”

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