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Your Guide to Mirror Lake State Park this Fall

One of the best Wisconsin State Parks is just 15-minutes from Baraboo. With a stunning reflective lake at the center. Mirror Lake State Park offers some of the most beautiful scenery for hiking, canoeing, or birdwatching. The slim reservoir covers 137 acres within the 2,179-acre state park in the Wisconsin Dells region. This unique area is known for its fascinating geology, with rock formations and gorges dating back to the last glacial period of the ice age. It’s the perfect place to take in the bright Wisconsin fall foliage!

A visit to Mirror Lake State Park is listed in the top five things to do in Baraboo on TripAdvisor—most reviews point out that this lake follows a strict no wake rule, so only person-powered boats are allowed, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere, which you’ll experience throughout the park. Whether you’re paddling along the glassy water, sitting atop the sandstone bluffs under red pines, or exploring the deep wooded acreage, you’ll feel at one with nature at Mirror Lake State Park.

Before you start filling your itinerary with hikes and kayaking adventures at Mirror Lake State Park, you’ll want to book your lodging. Our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast is a one-of-a-kind historic space with elegant guest suites, a bountiful breakfast service each morning, and the warmest hospitality. The house, originally designed and built by the Ringling Family of circus fame, has been meticulously maintained and modernized for a comfortable stay.

Book your room at one of the best places to stay in Baraboo, WI, 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.

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.

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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! 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

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

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