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Things to do at Devil’s Lake State Park This Winter

One of Wisconsin’s most beautiful nature areas is the ever-popular Devil’s Lake State Park, and just because the temperatures drop and this stunning landscape gets covered in snow doesn’t mean the activity slows! There are so many fun things to do at Devil’s Lake State Park in the wintertime. So bundle up, grab your snowshoes, and head to the park!

From snowy hikes and snowshoeing to cross-country skiing and ice-fishing, there’s no shortage of fun to be hard at Devil’s Lake State Park this winter. While the park is open for all of these activities, it is advised that people use caution and wear the proper, weather-appropriate gear, and get the conditions before heading out. When there is snow, the Steinke Basin Loop trail is periodically packed for more accessible travel—it is open to all non-motorized users, including skiers, hikers, and snowshoers.

The only thing better than exploring out in the snow at Devil’s Lake is retreating back to our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast after your chilly adventure. The historic Ringling House B&B is such a lovely getaway, only about ten minutes from the park entrance. While the park is known as a popular camping destination, why not secure yourself a charming suite with a cozy bed, electric fireplace, and a beautiful breakfast, homecooked with care each morning? Start planning your next perfect winter getaway, and book your room today! Continue reading

The Best Things to do at Devil’s Lake State Park in 2023

If you want to reconnect with nature and find the best outdoor recreation in Wisconsin, head to Devil’s Lake State Park near Baraboo this year! Devil’s Lake State Park, which is just minutes from our Baraboon Bed and Breakfast, is one of the most popular state parks in Wisconsin for a multitude of reasons. However, the most popular pastime is exploring the nearly 30 miles of hiking trails, many of which are easily accessible for all fitness, skill, and experience levels.

Devil’s Lake State Park is the most sizable in Wisconsin at 9,217 acres. This also means the list of things to do and see in this scenic year-round recreation destination is long! Pack a picnic and enjoy along the lakefront, stroll the sandy beaches, take up bird watching, break a sweat rock climbing, paddle on the calm waters, hike into the backcountry, and soak up nature at its finest.

After you’ve had your fill of wilderness, pop back to our charming Baraboo Bed and Breakfast. Our historic Inn was once home to the famed Ringling family; to this day, you’ll see remnants of the past. Each guest room is tailored for relaxation with comfortable beds, seating areas, and en suite bathrooms. Our breakfast service is included in your lodging cost and is the absolute best way to start the day with wholesome ingredients and flavorful preparations. Start planning your next getaway and book a room at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Dining at the Best Baraboo Restaurants for 2023

One of the biggest attractions in our area is Devil’s Lake State Park—an outdoor lovers’ haven of hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing adventures—and there’s not much better than a post-hike meal at one of the local Baraboo Restaurants. In Wisconsin, it’s no secret that we love to eat! And many of our state’s signature dishes include extra meaty and cheesy ingredients. These are the best kind of meals to enjoy after a long day in the fresh air, burning those calories.

You’ll find everything from casual diners and brewpubs to elegant establishments overlooking the Baraboo River and wineries with lovely food options. The menus around town often highlight produce from nearby local farms and artisans—so you’ll know you’re supporting our community when dining out at these Baraboo restaurants.

Thankfully, as a guest at our historic Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, your first meal of the day is on us. We’ll treat you to a beautiful breakfast each morning, including sweet and savory options prepared with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. It’s also a bonus that you’ll take your meal at our historic Ringling family dining table, a gorgeous antique that’s hosted thousands of wonderful people over the years. We can’t wait to host you; book a room at our Bed and Breakfast in Wisconsin today! Continue reading

The Ultimate List of Things to do in Baraboo, WI

The Wisconsin Dells is an outdoor lovers’ paradise, so it’s not a surprise that most of the best things to do in Baraboo, WI, revolve around taking in the stunning scenery, hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park, canoeing on the glassy surface of Mirror Lake, and birdwatching at Palfrey’s Glen. Though that doesn’t mean there isn’t an incredible selection of things to do in Baraboo, WI, that happen indoors, often with a delicious spread of beautifully prepared food and crafted drinks.

Why this area has such a big draw for nature enthusiasts has a lot to do with its geology. The Nature Conservancy designated the Baraboo Hills as one of the “Last Great Places” due to the collection of rare rocks, minerals, flora, and fauna. These features were formed millions of years ago in the last ice age when strong currents from the melting glaciers carved and sculpted the gorges, peaks, unique rock formations, and winding rivers. Exploring these interesting geological areas is by far one of the best things to do in Baraboo, WI!

Before you start filling up your itinerary, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast is in the ideal location for outdoor and indoor fun. The majority of our favorite things to do in Baraboo, WI, are within a quick (and scenic) drive from our historic B&B. As a guest, you’ll love our comfortable accommodations, antique appointments, bountiful breakfast, and welcoming service. Read on to learn more about all the exciting things to do in Baraboo, and book your room today! Continue reading

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.

Join us in Baraboo—one of the best small towns in Wisconsin—and book your stay today! Continue reading

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

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

Dine Out at Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen

Located just outside the north entrance of the incredible Devil’s Lake State Park, Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen is the ideal place to grab a much-deserved drink and delicious meal after a day of enjoying the outdoors. This Baraboo restaurant and brewery has an open-kitchen concept while maintaining an intimate experience. There’s leather chair seating near a large, cozy fireplace, lots of space at the bar top, and a giant outdoor patio on a beautiful two-acre property in the Baraboo Bluffs.

Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen is just a quick, scenic drive from our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast. Just about five minutes by car, and you’ll be there! The location of our charming historic Inn is truly one of the best reasons to stay with us; we’re close to everything but set back on a quiet corner for complete relaxation. Our six guest rooms, each named for a couple within the famed circus family, will immerse you in the Ringling history with antique appointments and touches paired with today’s modern conveniences.

Start planning your next getaway to Wisconsin and book your 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

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

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