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The Best Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo, WI, for 2023

The Wisconsin Driftless area is one of the most beautiful regions in our county. At the heart of it, there’s a small town with a fascinating history dating back to the early 1800s, and our Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo, WI, is one of the best places to stay. Our Inn has the perfect blend of historic charm and modern conveniences to make your getaway relaxing and refreshing. The Ringling House is a beautiful example of preservation—the Georgian Revival home offers a look into the past with restored architectural details and antique furnishings.

Each of our beautiful guest rooms makes you like you’re a part of the living history of the Ringling family; every room has a backstory and is named after a famed pair who once resided there. This only adds to the romantic air, and couples can fully relax, reconnect, and relish in the quiet and privacy of our bed and breakfast in Baraboo, WI. The pampering continues in the morning with a delicious homemade breakfast served at the Ringling Family’s historic dining table. It’s the best way to kick off your adventures in Wisconsin!

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Baraboo is One of the Best Small Towns in Wisconsin

There’s something cozy and special about visiting the small towns in Wisconsin. And Baraboo, located in Sauk County, offers visitors a lovely combination of museums, excellent dining options, and outdoor recreation at the nearby Devil’s Lake State Park. Baraboo was put on the map by the famed Ringling Family, who settled the circus headquarters here in the early 1800s. Today, you can learn all about the history of the Ringlings and their empire at the World Circus Museum in downtown Baraboo.

This is one of the small towns in Wisconsin that has its traditional downtown tree-lined Main Street with local shops and cafes, welcoming residents, and surrounding areas that are a nature lover’s paradise with stops along the Wisconsin River, the amazing rock formations of Devil’s Lake State Park, and the glassy calm waters at Mirror Lake State Park. In fact, the Baraboo Hills is classified as one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy due to the collection of rare rocks, plants, and animals.

Another perk of making the charming small towns in Wisconsin your getaway destinations are the intimate and unique lodging accommodations you’ll uncover. Our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast happens to be one of those options! The Ringling House Bed and Breakfast is not only in the ideal location in Baraboo for exploring all of the best things to do, but we also have a solid connection to the founding of the town, as our Inn was once the family home for the Ringling Brothers.

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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 Driftless Glen Distillery in Baraboo WI

If you’re in the Baraboo area, you must check out the Driftless Glen Distillery—a one hundred percent grain-to-glass distillery most known for producing bourbon and rye whiskey, but with a portfolio that also includes brandy, vodka, and gin. You’ll find a few experiences at Driftless Glen Distillery: tours, tastings, cocktails, and a full lunch and dinner restaurant serving flavorful and creative dishes. They offer indoor seating in the airy, modern space or an outdoor patio area overlooking the Baraboo River.

The Driftless Glen Distillery first broke ground in 2012, with its first barrels in 2014. Owned by husband and wife team Brian and Renee Bemis, who are passionate about creating locally made and smooth spirits. Since the inception of the Driftless Glen Distillery, its products have received top accolades, including “Wisconsin Distillery of the Year” by the New York International Spirits Competition. The restaurant on site also holds the number two spot as the best restaurant in Baraboo, WI.

Before you make your reservation for dinner and tour at the Driftless Glen Distillery, you’ll want to secure your lodging in Baraboo. Our historic and charming bed and breakfast is just the place! Not only will you be within walking distance to the distillery, but your lovely guest room will be the most welcome addition to your getaway. You’ll love the architecture and stories that make our space unique and memorable. Check out our upcoming availability at Ringling House Bed and Breakfast and book 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.

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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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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!

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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

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