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10 Fun Things to Do Near our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast This Winter

Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast is the perfect jumping-off point for a winter adventure! Winter is a wonderful time to spend in Wisconsin, and Baraboo is one of the most wonderful places in Wisconsin, if only for its colorful history connected to the hometown Ringling Brothers Circus. Though there’s a whole lot more to Baraboo! After all, it was named one of America’s top five small towns by Smithsonian magazine, in 2013.

And that means that the best place to stay while visiting Baraboo — and beyond! — is our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, the Ringling House, in the heart of Baraboo. Charles Ringling, one of the five famed siblings, built this Georgian Revival structure as his personal home in 1901, and today, after many changes of hands and remodelings, it tastefully blends historical ambiance with modern amenities to meet the wants of needs of today’s guests. Plan your Wisconsin winter getaway, and start by booking your room today at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast!

10 Great Winter Things to See and Do In and Around Baraboo

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling or warmer ways to pass the time like fine dining, shopping, and sightseeing, Baraboo and the surrounding Wisconsin Dells region has something to please every preference — and all not far from our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.

There are plenty of Things to do in Baraboo at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast this winter

Here’s a look at some of the more interesting activities to be found in reasonably close proximity to our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. (Of course, check first to see how each place is adapting to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, as well as for what permits and passes you’ll need for park entry).

  1. Cross-country skiing. Mirror Lake State Park is the preferred location for this activity, with 18 miles of combination skate- and classic-groomed trails. Devils’ Lake State Park also has about 17 miles of groomed trails. You can rent skis here.
  2. Snowshoeing. Devil’s Lake State Park is the preferred location, with 23 miles of groomed trails, more than half of which are on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. You can borrow free snowshoes there, too!
  3. Snowmobiling. There are about 21 miles of snowmobiling trails in Sauk County, and you can find a map and more info here and here. Look for snowmobile rentals here.
  4. Ice skating. In Baraboo, you can skate outdoors at Langer Park, or indoors at Pierce Park Pavilion or Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.
  5. Day trips. Highly recommended is the Baraboo Hills Scenic Drive, a loop of around 30 miles that offers some spectacular high river-bluff views, among other things to happily gawk at.
  6. Covered and wooden bridges. This requires a bit of a drive, but if you’re a photo enthusiast or the sort of person who likes to keep your Instagram account well-fed, this 62-mile northwest journey toward Sparta is worth it. A great way to get a window into Wisconsin history.
  7. Wisconsin cheese. There’s no better way to dive into Wisconsin’s unique culture than through its dairy-made delights. Tour Sauk County’s cheesemakers here. Especially recommended is Carr Valley Cheese‘s factory and retail store in nearby La Valle and Sauk City.
  8. Baraboo shopping. Simply stroll through this charming downtown and see what catches your eye, or pick and choose your shopping destinations here.
  9. Baraboo dining. Baraboo isn’t big, but you should have no trouble finding something to your taste here.
  10. Baraboo beer and wine. As part of the Ringling family, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Al Ringling Brewery Co., which offers some great beer flights along with quality pub grub, notably its beer cheese soup.  Tumbled Rock Brewery & Kitchen offers great house brews along with good food, as does . Recommended wineries included Baraboo Bluff, Balanced Rock and Von Klaus.

There are plenty of Things to do in Baraboo at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast this winter

Stay at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast for Your Winter Outings

There’s no better way to begin and end your day of winter adventure in and around Baraboo than at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. We’ll make sure your day starts off right with a great night’s sleep in one of our six comfortable guest rooms, each of which combines old Midwest charm with every modern amenity you could want or need, and we’ll send you on your way with a delicious breakfast with options for every dietary need and appetite.

When you return, your innkeepers will be happy to offer our recommendations for nearby food and drink, and our common rooms — the parlor, library, and music room — make for great lounging while you sip something warm and rest from the day’s activities. And you can do everything with the knowledge that your innkeepers have gone the extra mile to ensure your safety.

So make your plans today for winter fun in Baraboo and beyond — and begin by booking your guest suite at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast!


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