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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.

Join us in Baraboo for wine tasting and 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

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

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

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

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

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in Wisconsin this Spring

Spring is here, and it feels like it’s finally the time to start planning your next weekend getaway in Wisconsin. We want to help you with that! Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, the historic Ringling House, is the ultimate spot for your lodging on your weekend away. While at our Inn, you’ll feel immersed in the history of the Ringling family and surrounded by beautiful spaces for outdoor adventures.

Our Wisconsin Inn is situated right in the heart of downtown Baraboo, a charming small town with local boutiques, historical buildings, and amazing wineries and breweries. On your stay with us, you’ll also be within 10 minutes of Devil’s Lake State Park, one of the area’s most popular attractions. There are so many things to do in Baraboo for your weekend getaway in Wisconsin, that you’ll want to come back again and again.

On a weekend getaway in Wisconsin, instead of choosing a big chain hotel for your home base, it’s more exciting to stay at an elegant and unique Inn. This helps to make every minute of your time away special and memorable. Thankfully, when you stay with us, we take care of your morning meal with a hearty selection of sweet and savory options. Start planning your weekend getaway in Wisconsin today and book your room! Continue reading

The Best Birdwatching Near our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

On any trip out to the Baraboo area of Wisconsin, exploring the natural beauty of this part of the country is a must. Birdwatching is a wonderful way to feel like a part of nature, not to mention, it’s a quiet, relaxing and calming pastime out in the fresh air. And we can all use a little bit more of that in our lives these days.

According to the Audubon Society, Wisconsin is a great birding state due to its forests, wetlands and lake shorelines. Baraboo Hills is known as a birdwatching hotspot due to the hardwood forests that grow around ancient rock formations. This is the perfect landscape for safe nesting. Many varieties of Warblers, Cuckoos and Woodpeckers call the area home, and if you’re super lucky you might catch sight of a Peregrine Falcon.

Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast is only 10 minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park, a very popular birdwatching destination. More than 100 species of birds nest in the park and during migration season that number goes up immensely. We’re also in the vicinity to many other main birdwatching areas—this guarantees some successful sightings and nature outings when you stay at our Wisconsin Inn. Start planning and book with us today! Continue reading

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