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Explore the Haunted Places in Wisconsin with Baraboo Tours

It’s that time of year when there’s a crispness in the air, pumpkins appear on front stoups, and Halloween is just around the corner, which is also the best season to explore all of the haunted places in Wisconsin. It also just so happens that Baraboo is well-known in the paranormal community—for otherworldly circus spirits, a bar with eerie sightings, and phantom elephants.

The best way to learn more about the haunted places in Wisconsin is with Baraboo Tours, which offers an informative and spine-chilling walking tour of the ghastly hot spots in downtown Baraboo. And for those who want to immerse themselves in the historic surroundings of Baraboo fully, then you’ll book a room at the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast—the former mansion turned Inn was the family home to the famed circus family in the early 1900s.

The mansion has been completely restored and maintained to keep the architectural details and old-time atmosphere as if the Ringling family could still be seen sitting around the dining table. In fact, the beautiful table where we serve our scratch-made morning meal was the original to Henry Ringling when he outfitted the house. Join us this fall at our historic B&B in Baraboo and come explore one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. Book your next getaway today!

Haunted Places in Wisconsin

Explore the Exciting Haunted Places in Wisconsin

Grab your hat, scarf, and courage before you head out on these spooky tours in downtown Baraboo and beyond. Here are the best ways to explore the haunted places in Wisconsin in our charming circus town of Baraboo.

  • Baraboo Tours, Haunted Downtown Walk: Plan on this leisurely, one-hour walking tour of downtown Baraboo and hunt for the ghosts that put the “boo” in Baraboo. Not only will you hear fascinating stories of the famed phantom elephant ghosts and other circus-related fun, but you’ll learn a lot more about our charming small town in the Wisconsin Dells. If you can’t get enough of the haunted places in Wisconsin, grab a copy of the Paranormal Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo by Chad Lewis—a great vacation read!
  • AL. Ringling Mansion Tour: Prepared to be scared: this tour is not for the faint of heart! Guests have reported seeing apparitions, ghostly figures, and things from the corner of their eyes. You’ll walk through the famed AL. Ringling Mansion after dark with a guide and have the chance to connect with the resident spirits in real-time. Haunted tours are by appointment only at 8:00 pm. Call ahead to book your spooky tour (608) 448-7455.
  • Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike at Mirror Lake: Head to this beautiful Wisconsin State Park for a self-guided hike through the dark woods on the trails lit by torchlight. There’s a party game where guests harness their detective skills to guess who the Mystery Guest will be at the amphitheater. Follow the four clue boxes along the path for cryptic riddles. After the quiet and unsettling hike, hit the campfire to warm up with hot chocolate and sweet treats.
  • Old Baraboo Inn: Belly up to the bar and order a beer at one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. As they say, “stop in for spirits with the spirits.” The historic landmark was built in 1864 by German immigrants, and many intriguing and spooky events have occurred over the centuries.

Haunted Places in Wisconsin

The Historic Ringling House Bed and Breakfast

Our intimate six-room Inn is the perfect backdrop for those interested in paranormal explorations, novice ghosthunters, or history buffs. Each guest room and suite at the Ringling House offers a different glimpse into the life and experiences of the Ringling family and circus culture. In every room, you’ll find a beautifully appointed private bathroom with fluffy towels, a super comfortable king, queen, or double bed, complimentary wifi, and a mix of antique and recreations of historic decor. You may sense energy from the past with so many rich stories and love affairs in the Ringling family. But not to worry, all of our encounters have been friendly and playful!

Plan your next getaway exploring one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin, and head to Baraboo today!

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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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

Get Your Tickets to Circus World Museum this Year

The Ringling Brothers put Baraboo on the map, so it’s no surprise that the Circus World Museum is a big attraction here. It’s so big that it encompasses a collection of buildings, including the remaining structures of the original wintering grounds of the Ringling Brothers Circus, a big top where they host live performances, and an entire library dedicated to circus-centric history books, archives, and photographs. You’ll also find outdoor areas with circus wagons and other significant memorabilia.

The Circus World Museum is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving interesting locations and historical places all around the state. A trip through the exhibits, the big top, and the circus wagon display is a nostalgic experience for many. Some may say it harkens back to a simpler time when entertainment wasn’t directly available to us at every minute of the day.

There’s no better Baraboo lodging option than the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast for those planning a trip to the Circus World Museum. Built by Charles Ringling in 1901, the Georgian Revival home near the downtown Baraboo, WI, remained in the Ringling family until 2015 when Innkeepers Julie Hearley and Stuart Koehler bought the property. They are dedicated to maintaining the intricate architecture and history of the home while making it a comfortable and welcoming place to stay for the ultimate getaway to Baraboo.

Get ready to get your tickets to the 2022 season at the Circus World Museum, and be sure to get your lodging on the books today! Continue reading

Head to Balanced Rock Winery for Tastings and Tours

One of our favorite things to do in Baraboo is head for a wine tasting at Balanced Rock Winery. This Wisconsin winery is named after a landmark rock in Devil’s Lake State Park, a boulder that has stood the test of time against the natural elements. For the husband and wife team, Matt and Kristin Boegner, this ancient stone represented something they were looking to find in their busy lives.

Thankfully, in 2015 they achieved that goal with the Balanced Rock Winery in Baraboo, WI. Set back in the rolling hills of Sauk County, they constructed a modern 6,000 square foot winemaking facility with hopes of planting their own vineyards. Currently, Balanced Rock Winery acquires grapes from regions near and far, some from the Columbia Valley in Washington State, the Finger Lakes Region of New York, the Lake Michigan Shore, and local Wisconsin vineyards, too.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll only be a quick five-minute drive from Balanced Rock Winery. We always recommend that our overnight guests head up for a tasting flight, and you’re lucky they’ll catch some live music. You’ll love to arrive back at our Inn to our romantic accommodations; we have six fantastic guest suites, all with a rich historical backstory and lovely, updated amenities.

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One of the Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin

Are you on the hunt for a future getaway at one of the unique places to stay in Wisconsin? Well, you’ve found it! The Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo, WI, has such a rich history and a huge connection to the famed circus family, the Ringling Brothers. Our 1901 historic Inn was built by Charles Ringling, one of the founders of the Ringling Circus, who then sold it to his brother Henry in 1915.

The Georgian-revival-style mansion remained in the Ringling family for decades until we purchased the home in 2015. From the moment you arrive, you’ll see that this house has been treated with love and care. While we’ve introduced modern amenities over the years, the intricate woodwork and original architectural details are meticulously preserved, maintaining the spirit and charms of the past.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be taken back into time from your first step through the double front doors. Welcomed by the warm wood tones and colorful stained glass windows, you’ll feel completely at ease to call our space your home away from home for the duration of your vacation. We’re one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin, not only due to the beauty of our Inn but also our kind hospitality. We can’t wait to host you in Baraboo; book your stay today! Continue reading

Get Cozy at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast This Winter

Wintertime is one of the coziest times to visit our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. And there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in the snow right nearby our Inn at Devil’s Lake State Park and beyond. After a day playing in our winter wonderland, there’s no better place to retreat to for a cozy fire, warm beverages, and quiet time together. The blanket of white surrounding the Ringling House makes it feel even more romantic.

Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast has a rich history within the Baraboo WI community. Charles Ringling, one of the five famed siblings, built this Georgian Revival structure as his home in 1901. Today, after updates and remodeling, you’ll find we’ve tastefully kept all of the historical ambiance paired with modern amenities to accommodate the wants of needs of today’s guests. From the moment you step foot into this impressive mansion, you’ll feel transported to a different era.

If you’re heading to our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast with romance in mind, each of our six guest suites pays tribute to an extraordinary love story within the Ringling Family. Named after these famed couples, you’ll find our rooms the perfect place to rekindle or nourish a relationship with your special someone. Join us this winter for a lovely getaway to Baraboo WI, for a peaceful retreat. Check our availability and book today! Continue reading

Wine & Wisconsin Cheese: Where to Find Them Near Baraboo, WI!

In Wisconsin, we proudly wear our badge as “Cheeseheads,” so it’s no surprise that our state leads the nation in cheese-making. We produce more than 2.5 billion pounds of Wisconsin cheese each year! But that doesn’t mean we don’t also appreciate the finer things in life, like wine—and we promptly pair each varietal with our favorite cheeses. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing wineries and cheese shops near Baraboo WI for sips and nibbles galore.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to enjoy the bounty of Wisconsin cheese and wine in our area. There are four awesome Wisconsin wineries all within 15 minutes of our Inn, many of which have some great food options as well. Additionally, there are three Wisconsin cheese shops within 20 minutes of our Inn, offering a large selection for you to try on your visit.

You could make a whole day of exploring the Wisconsin cheese shops and wineries in and near Baraboo. We’re happy to offer tips for the best route and places not to miss on your stay, just ask! Head on over to our availability calendar and start planning your next getaway filled with culinary delights in Baraboo WI. Book your room 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

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