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A Romantic Getaway at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

For those looking for a quick reset before the holiday madness sets in, you’ll want to join us at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo for a relaxing and romantic getaway. The historic house was once home to the famed circus Ringling Family, and it still represents the feeling and atmosphere of that time. Step back to the days when life was a little quieter, but you’ll still have access to today’s modern conveniences—it’s the best of both worlds.

Our cozy Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast offers six glamourous guest rooms with historical furniture reproductions and antique furnishings, beautifully designed and comfortable; all the rooms offer private en suite baths, wi-fi, and pleasant seating areas. The rooms each tell the love story of an important couple from the Ringling Family—adding to the romance factor for those here with your special someone. We can’t wait to host you in Baraboo; book your next winter getaway today! Continue reading

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.

Book your room at one of the best places to stay in Baraboo, WI, today!  Continue reading

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.

Head over to our booking calendar and reserve 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

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

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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