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Head to Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

Spring is the perfect time to find some gorgeous wildflower hikes, and Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is a beautiful spot in the Wisconsin wilderness for these strolls. Located in the Northeastern end of Devil’s Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is known for its glen cut in a deep sandstone gorge. These ancient stone walls are made of quartzite, pebbles, and boulders, creating magical walls lining this hike. They actually generate protection for some endangered flora and fauna species of the area.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be a scenic 15-minute drive from Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. It’s a lovely day trip out to stretch your legs, view some stunning scenery, and get into the fresh Wisconsin air. You’ll want to join us in the dining room before you set out for hot coffee and a home-cooked meal with seasonal ingredients—included every morning of your stay! We’ll be ready to welcome you back in the afternoon as well for a treat before you head out for dinner at one of the nearby Baraboo restaurants. Head on over to our availability calendar and book your next stay today!

Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area: Waterfalls and Wildflowers

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is a part of Devil’s Lake State Park, which is an enormous protected nature area in the Baraboo Hills. Devil’s Lake is one of the most visited parks in the area, hosting millions of visitors year-round. While we, of course, suggest you plan a hike here, picking smaller destinations within the park, like Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, can feel less overwhelming for those newcomers to the area.

The main trail is an out and back route clocking in under two miles. Generally, this trail is considered easy to moderate, but paved road turns to gravel and dirt, then eventually into the stream bed. So expect wet feet and uneven terrain. The hike ends with a beautiful waterfall for those who continue past the marked trail end. This is an enjoyable route for those who might be just getting into bouldering, as there are some areas where you can try your hand. You’re bound to see some beautiful blooms among the ferns and mossy rocks this time of year.

For more wildflower viewing, head to the main area of Devil’s Lake State Park. As you meander your way along one of the many hiking trails here, you’ll come across Hepatica Flowers (small purple blooms), violets, trout lilies, marsh marigolds, Dutchman’s breeches, and more. Your best bets are the West Bluff and East Bluff Trails for spring bloom spotting.

Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area

Historical Lodging and Charming Accommodations at our B&B

There are a ton of perks included with your stay: off-street parking, wi-fi, snacks, beverages, and the use of common indoor and outdoor areas. The best complimentary amenity has to be our home-cooked seasonal breakfast, served at the historic Ringling Family dining table. All of our rooms have ensuite bathrooms, updated electrical, antique appointments, and air conditioning. Guests that choose to stay with us for multiple nights receive a five percent discount. Due to our flexible lodging accommodations, like adjoining rooms in most of our suites, our Inn is ideal for visiting with family or friends.

If you have an affinity for the past, remember, by staying with us, you are helping us maintain this historic property while enjoying this stunning home and making some friends along the way. Not to mention you’ll be nearby some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces, including Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area. Book your next stay at the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast today!   

 

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

One of the Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin

Are you on the hunt for a future getaway at one of the unique places to stay in Wisconsin? Well, you’ve found it! The Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo, WI, has such a rich history and a huge connection to the famed circus family, the Ringling Brothers. Our 1901 historic Inn was built by Charles Ringling, one of the founders of the Ringling Circus, who then sold it to his brother Henry in 1915.

The Georgian-revival-style mansion remained in the Ringling family for decades until we purchased the home in 2015. From the moment you arrive, you’ll see that this house has been treated with love and care. While we’ve introduced modern amenities over the years, the intricate woodwork and original architectural details are meticulously preserved, maintaining the spirit and charms of the past.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be taken back into time from your first step through the double front doors. Welcomed by the warm wood tones and colorful stained glass windows, you’ll feel completely at ease to call our space your home away from home for the duration of your vacation. We’re one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin, not only due to the beauty of our Inn but also our kind hospitality. We can’t wait to host you in Baraboo; book your stay 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

Wine & Wisconsin Cheese: Where to Find Them Near Baraboo, WI!

In Wisconsin, we proudly wear our badge as “Cheeseheads,” so it’s no surprise that our state leads the nation in cheese-making. We produce more than 2.5 billion pounds of Wisconsin cheese each year! But that doesn’t mean we don’t also appreciate the finer things in life, like wine—and we promptly pair each varietal with our favorite cheeses. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing wineries and cheese shops near Baraboo WI for sips and nibbles galore.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to enjoy the bounty of Wisconsin cheese and wine in our area. There are four awesome Wisconsin wineries all within 15 minutes of our Inn, many of which have some great food options as well. Additionally, there are three Wisconsin cheese shops within 20 minutes of our Inn, offering a large selection for you to try on your visit.

You could make a whole day of exploring the Wisconsin cheese shops and wineries in and near Baraboo. We’re happy to offer tips for the best route and places not to miss on your stay, just ask! Head on over to our availability calendar and start planning your next getaway filled with culinary delights in Baraboo WI. Book your room 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

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

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