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Your Guide to Mirror Lake State Park this Fall

One of the best Wisconsin State Parks is just 15-minutes from Baraboo. With a stunning reflective lake at the center. Mirror Lake State Park offers some of the most beautiful scenery for hiking, canoeing, or birdwatching. The slim reservoir covers 137 acres within the 2,179-acre state park in the Wisconsin Dells region. This unique area is known for its fascinating geology, with rock formations and gorges dating back to the last glacial period of the ice age. It’s the perfect place to take in the bright Wisconsin fall foliage!

A visit to Mirror Lake State Park is listed in the top five things to do in Baraboo on TripAdvisor—most reviews point out that this lake follows a strict no wake rule, so only person-powered boats are allowed, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere, which you’ll experience throughout the park. Whether you’re paddling along the glassy water, sitting atop the sandstone bluffs under red pines, or exploring the deep wooded acreage, you’ll feel at one with nature at Mirror Lake State Park.

Before you start filling your itinerary with hikes and kayaking adventures at Mirror Lake State Park, you’ll want to book your lodging. Our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast is a one-of-a-kind historic space with elegant guest suites, a bountiful breakfast service each morning, and the warmest hospitality. The house, originally designed and built by the Ringling Family of circus fame, has been meticulously maintained and modernized for a comfortable stay.

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The Best Things to do in Baraboo WI this Summer

Summer is one of the best times to visit the midwest, and there are so many fantastic things to do in Baraboo WI. Our charming, small, historic town is perfect for a weekend getaway or leisurely vacation during the warmer months. Located only 10 minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park—one of the most visited parks in Wisconsin—outdoor lovers will have their pick of adventures to explore in the wilderness. For those who enjoy beer and wine, you’ll find a host of local breweries and wineries serving some of the best adult beverages around. We also love to eat in Wisconsin, so the restaurant choices are decadent and delicious.

And those are just a few of the fantastic things to do in Baraboo WI, this year! Before you start packing your itinerary with activities, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast is the ideal space to stay. The Ringling House is not just a place to keep your bags and rest at night; our historical Inn becomes a big part of your adventure. The beautiful mansion has been meticulously restored; the guest rooms are divine and still represent the charm of the original space, but with added modern amenities for the ultimate getaway to the midwest.

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Head to Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

Spring is the perfect time to find some gorgeous wildflower hikes, and Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is a beautiful spot in the Wisconsin wilderness for these strolls. Located in the Northeastern end of Devil’s Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is known for its glen cut in a deep sandstone gorge. These ancient stone walls are made of quartzite, pebbles, and boulders, creating magical walls lining this hike. They actually generate protection for some endangered flora and fauna species of the area.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be a scenic 15-minute drive from Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. It’s a lovely day trip out to stretch your legs, view some stunning scenery, and get into the fresh Wisconsin air. You’ll want to join us in the dining room before you set out for hot coffee and a home-cooked meal with seasonal ingredients—included every morning of your stay! We’ll be ready to welcome you back in the afternoon as well for a treat before you head out for dinner at one of the nearby Baraboo restaurants. Head on over to our availability calendar and book your next stay today! Continue reading

Your Guide to Devil’s Lake State Park this Spring

Devil’s Lake State Park is situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and offers dazzling views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. The park clocks in at 9,000 acres but is surrounded by more than 27,000 acres of preserved woodland and other natural areas open to public recreation in Sauk County. So it comes as no surprise that millions of visitors flock to the beautiful cliffs and pristine waters at Devil’s Lake State Park.

Devil’s Lake State Park is the most sizable in Wisconsin, and comparable in size is the range of things you can see and do in this stunningly scenic year-round outdoor destination. You can enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy beaches, bird watching, rock climbing, boating, hiking into backcountry solitude, and much more.

And there’s no better way to begin and end a day’s adventuring in Devil’s Lake State Park than at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful nearby town of Baraboo. You’ll be rested and fresh to hit the trails in one of our luxuriously appointed guest rooms, and we’ll send you off on the right foot with your choice of hearty and delicious breakfasts. Our historic Inn is well known in the area due to the connection of the infamous Ringling circus family. We can’t wait to host you in Baraboo; book your room today! Continue reading

10 Things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin in the New Year

There are so many things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin, all year round! Wintertime brings fresh snow and cold weather sports; Spring and Summer are ideal for hiking and biking at our beautiful state parks, and Autumn means bright fall colors and crisp afternoons in the sunshine. It’s truly an outdoor lover’s paradise here—most of the things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin involve nature, but always best finished with a tasty beer and a hearty meal.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to explore the outdoors at Devil’s Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, and Parfrey’s Glen. Thankfully, we’re also nearby the historic downtown Baraboo area, where you’ll find breweries, restaurants, charming shops, and interesting museums and attractions. There are so many things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin, for an action-packed getaway!

Firstly, check out our upcoming availability in the new year, book your stay, and let the planning begin! Continue reading

Scenic Drives to Enjoy Fall Colors Near Baraboo WI

One of the best ways to enjoy fall colors near Baraboo WI is from the warmth and comfort of your own car on scenic drives through the area. There are miles of winding highways and backroads cutting through the gorgeous forested landscape of Wisconsin. The diverse mix of trees brings some of the most vibrant oranges, golds, and red hues to our area. The maples, oaks, dogwoods, and poplars are in abundance putting on a show for scenic drives through the countryside.

Baraboo WI is a particularly colorful area in autumn and our location to Devil’s Lake State Park is a huge boon for scenic drives. Devil’s Lake State Park is the most popular park in Wisconsin. The park is 10,000 acres of untouched wilderness with lush, dense forests and unique rock formations surrounding the mile long lake as the centerpiece. There are specific scenic drives that include parts of Devil’s Lake State Park, that are great routes for fall foliage.

Our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast is in the ideal location for these stunning scenic drives. We’re only ten minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park making the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast the best place to start and end your adventure. We’re also right near downtown Baraboo for dining, historical tours, and nightlife. Our elegant guests rooms serve as lovely spaces for a special getaway in Wisconsin. Check out fall availability and book your stay today!  Continue reading

Where to Find the Best Wisconsin Fall Colors Near our Bed and Breakfast

Some of the absolute best Wisconsin fall colors can be found right near our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast. Autumn is such a magical time here. For starters, the weather is just amazing, as summer comes to a close and a soft cool breeze comes in the evening. The leaves really begin to change in late September, but the height of the Wisconsin fall colors is in the third week of October. It’s good plan to starting booking now!

Wisconsin is known for its abundance of state parks, rugged wilderness, and forested areas. This makes our state one of the most ideal in the midwest for fall foliage viewing. Some of the boldest and brightest Wisconsin fall colors can be seen at Devil’s Lake State Park, which is a mere 10 minutes from the front stoop of our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast.

Since Autumn is a popular time to visit, you’ll want to book your trip now. Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast is in a perfect location for scenic drives, hiking trails, and lookout points to take in the best of the Wisconsin fall colors in our area. A stay at our historic Inn is one you won’t soon forget, as you’ll be lodging where the famed Ringling Family once called home. Start planning your trip for the Wisconsin fall colors today and book with us! Continue reading

Kayaking & Canoeing in Mirror Lake State Park This Summer

Mirror Lake State Park

Imagine gliding across smooth, calm water as it casts reflections of the surrounding trees, sandstone cliffs, and vibrant plant life. Mirror Lake State Park is named after its beautiful body of water, known for its mirror-like surface. Steep sandstone sides jut up to fifty feet in some areas, creating a natural wind barrier, resulting in some of the calmest waters you’ll every see.

This narrow reservoir covers 137-acres within the 2,179-acre state park in Southern Wisconsin. Part of the Wisconsin Dells region, this area is known for its interesting geology, with unique rock formations peppering Mirror Lake State Park and the surrounding wilderness. On a visit here, you’ll want to experience the water first hand, via kayak, canoe, or paddle board.

As a guest at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be less than a 15 minute scenic drive from the beauty of Mirror Lake State. There are numerous options for recreation here, from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and mountain biking. Join us for breakfast at the Inn before heading out to an adventure at Mirror Lake State Park. Check our availably and book your room today!  Continue reading

Great Wildflower Hikes in Wisconsin Near Us

Discovering a big field of bright wildflowers or a wooded path lined with trillium are small joys, but memories that stay with you for a long time. Thankfully, there are some really great wildflower hikes in Wisconsin right near our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast. The Southern part of the state is particularly beautiful this time of year, and planning to take the best hikes in Wisconsin for wildflower viewing is a great addition to any vacation or weekend getaway to our neck of the woods.

Our location in Baraboo is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Luckily, we’re surrounded by State Parks and designated Natural Areas. Devil’s Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park are two of the most popular spots for hikes in Wisconsin, and they’re both within 15 minutes from our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast. Both of these parks offer a diverse landscape within the park itself, from lakefront recreation and plant life to mountainous, rugged rock formations and wooded areas.

The Ringling House Bed and Breakfast is a bit of a hidden gem in Wisconsin. As a guest here, you’ll not only be able to explore and enjoy the gorgeous countryside, but take in the lovely architecture and history of our Colonial Revival home that once belonged to the renowned Ringling Family. Each guest room tells a story, the antique appointments are timely, and you’ll feel fully immersed in the days of yore. Check our availability and book your next getaway to Baraboo today! Continue reading

Two Great Wisconsin State Parks to Explore Near our B&B

There are two great Wisconsin State Parks to explore within 15 minutes of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. With a world of outdoor activities to choose from! You could spend weeks with us and still not accomplish all there is to do here in Baraboo. And sure, you could camp at these Wisconsin State Parks, but why not have these amazing wilderness activities during the day, paired with an elegant and warm stay at the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast?

Devil’s Lake State Park is Wisconsin’s most popular State Park with more than 3 million visitors each year. When you stay at our B&B, it’s only a quick 10 minute drive to all the action. You’ll find beautiful beaches and swimming areas, boat rentals, and hiking trails. For the most adventurous there’s some amazing and daring rock climbing. For those who prefer keeping both feet on the ground, birdwatching is an excellent past time at this Wisconsin State Park.

Additionally, Mirror Lake State Park is only a 15 minute jaunt just north of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. The 137-acre lake is the centerpiece. Due to the high sandstone rock sides, the lake is shielded from the wind, creating a smooth, glassy surface. Perfect for a quiet kayaking excursion, swimming on the sandy shores, and exploring the forests in the surrounding area.

On a stay at our Baraboo Inn you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of these Wisconsin State Parks and still have the luxury of a cozy suite and pristine bath at our Bed and Breakfast. The historic Inn creates a lovely atmosphere with antique appointments, rich historical connections, and home cooked meals shared in our dining room. We can’t wait to host you; book your room today!  Continue reading

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