Meet the Innkeepers

Our Love Story & Destiny with the Crystal River Inn

Long before Paul & Shayna Cappelle became the Innkeepers of the Crystal River Inn is a story of fate, destiny and love.  Little to be known at the time, one wrong turn many years ago, would unfold into a remarkable story.

At the age of 17 Shayna and her boyfriend at the time were traveling from Appleton to enjoy a day at Hartman Creek State Park.  On the way, they made a wrong turn on Rural Road and started to travel past the Inn.  Shayna asked him to stop and pull over in front of the Inn.  Shayna approached the gazebo overlooking the Crystal River on the grounds of the Inn.  There was a magnetic pull and knowing like she never felt before.  Shayna knew that someday she would be married at the Inn in the gazebo on the banks of the Crystal River.

Fast forward 15 years…. Paul & Shayna started dating and decided to go away as a couple for the first time.  Shayna never told Paul the story of the magical connection with the Inn or at the gazebo that summer day in Waupaca so many years prior. Paul made reservations for the overnight getaway and sent an email with the details of the stay at the Crystal River Inn.  Shayna looked at the email and realized this was the place that she found many years ago.  When they arrived at the Inn the Innkeepers showed them to their room for the evening which happened to be the only room in the house that overlooked the river and the gazebo.  It was a winter magical evening with a full moon shining down on the river and snow gently falling.  They decided that evening that fate lead them to this special place and when they got married that they would have the wedding at the inn at the gazebo.

On May 28th, 2011, Paul & Shayna said their vows at the Crystal River Inn with their children, family and friends surrounding them.  The morning after their wedding Shayna approached the innkeepers asking them to stay in touch and when they wanted to retire that Shayna was interested in purchasing the inn.  This was much to Paul’s surprise!

Every love story has twists and turns and there were many of them in the years that followed.  However, in February of 2018, their dream came true as they purchased the Crystal River Inn.  Paul & Shayna absolutely love the Inn, being Innkeepers and being a part of the Waupaca community.

We welcome all to relax and experience the serenity, peace and magic that the Crystal River Inn offers all!