The first two weeks of November are peak bird migration and a great time to visit the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast nestled in the Baraboo Hills Important Bird Area, which has essential habitat that hosts more than 135 breeding bird species and is a key stopover area during migration.
To conveniently experience up close the breathtaking spectacle of thousands of sandhill cranes gathering on the Wisconsin River’s sandbars and islands behind Aldo Leopold’s shack and farm, 20 minutes from the Inn at Wawanissee Point, don’t hesitate. For 2017 there are three new ways to experience the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Crane Congregation Tours in November and December at dusk as the cranes come in to roost, but access is limited. Registration began Aug. 4, 2017.
Plan an early fall getaway to the Inn at Wawanissee Point atop the color-changing Baraboo Bluffs to celebrate the sweet transition of summer to fall at the annual Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival in downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and its Bowman Park, Sept. 15–17, 2017.
Early September is the sweet transition of summer melding into fall and when warbler migration peaks. The Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast in Baraboo, Wis., is nestled in prime bird breeding habitat in the Baraboo Range, often called Baraboo Bluffs.
The red, wooden-chair traveling icon known as the Red Chair Travels www.redchairtravels.com visited the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast www.bestviewinwisconsin.com in Baraboo, Wis., June 16–20, 2017 to experience the area’s geologic wonder the Baraboo Range during its Midwestern leg of a multiyear, national awareness campaign highlighting America’s bed and breakfasts’ friendly and concierge-style travel accommodations in beautiful destinations. Innkeepers chronicle the chair’s experiences with photographs and articles. Here is Red’s Wawanissee Point story.
Relax during summer afternoons dining aboard the train riding through the Baraboo Hills at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, an outdoor living-history museum in the rural crossroads of North Freedom, Wis., seven miles west of Baraboo. Reserve tickets early for 11 dinner trains June to October 2017 from Cajun and Italian, beer and wine tasting, to the five-course Elegant Dinner Train.
Friday night fish fry at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., resumes June 2, 2017 and continues until Labor Day. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. enjoy a hearty supper under the towering oaks along Devil’s Lake’s north shore, or indoors in the historic Chateau if it’s raining.
Six Saturday evenings this summer 1940s big-band music will enliven the historic Chateau at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., when the Hal Edwards Orchestra returns for its 31st consecutive year of performing beside the lake at sundown.
Explore dozens of blooming native plants, some 6 feet tall, nodding in the breeze during guided hikes through restored prairie, wetlands and oak savanna, and rare remnants of tall-grass prairie at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., each second Saturday June through October.
If you’ve wanted to try kayaking come learn at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis., this summer. This 360-acre lake’s flat-water and no-motor-boat policy make it an ideal place to begin. And you don’t need to bring a kayak to try paddling five minutes from the Inn.
Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wis., begins its summer season May 19, 2017 with daily Big Top performances seven days a week through Aug. 27 by circus stars from around the world, under the 85-foot diameter European-style tent from the Royal Hanneford Circus.
Wisconsin Dells, Wis., welcomes summer with its downtown Taste of The Dells on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Sample fare from area restaurants serving ethnic and American cuisine in the Restaurant Test, and find more culinary delights in the Food And Beer Tent with Wisconsin microbrews. Walk off the extra calories during an afternoon guided-prairie hike, an evening kayak tour or strolling the lavender fields in bloom.
Mother’s Day weekend begins with downtown Baraboo’s Spring Fair On The Square May 13, 2017 amid spring’s glory in the Baraboo Bluffs, peak birding, a meteor show for star gazing by the fire and many events. Treat Mom to a refreshing getaway at the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast.
If you’ve wanted to explore deeper into Devil’s Lake State Park and the three state natural areas within it where there aren’t trails, the new guided Adventure Hikes are your chance. Register April 3, 2017 for five half- and full-day hikes April through October each limited to six participants to explore the park’s 10,000 acres.
Most of the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast’s guests come to explore the area’s spectacular natural landscape and find themselves engrossed in outside adventures. But they miss interesting indoor sites. Winter and early spring are good times to visit some of them.
Are you craving the palpable, enveloping solitude of the winter woods, when you only hear the wind whisper and your heart beat? Don’t let icy, snow-packed trails stop you. Use crampons when you can’t float in deeper snow with a snowshoe but want secure traction. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Here are some tips.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point www.bestviewinwisconsin.com is your private snowshoe resort with miles of picturesque, prairie and wooded trails here and next door, so close yet you’ll feel alone in the peaceful snowscape. We provide guests complimentary Redfeather Snowshoes to wear with hiking boots, and a simple lesson if it’s your first time snow walking.
There are three areas around the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast in Baraboo, Wis., with groomed trails for classic-style, cross-country skiing, also known as track skiing. One also offers combination trails for skate-skiing and classic. There are also miles of hiking trails five minutes from here to blaze fresh tracks through picturesque landscapes into solitude. Rentals are available nearby.
If you crave flying down the slopes on skis, snowboards and tubes, we have two full-service ski resorts with instructors and rentals in our backyard. Come stay at our secluded, mini resort where we pamper you after you play in the snow.
Enjoy five winter-evening events at Mirror Lake State Park and Devil’s Lake Sate Park. Every winter in January and February the volunteers called the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park host a Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe And Hike at this 2,200-acre park between Baraboo and Lake Delton, Wis. They line two, one-mile trails with torches, one for skiers and the other for everyone else, for an enchanting evening trekking through the snow-capped woods and fields. The waxing moons further illuminate the trails. The Friends offer hot chocolate and cider, and sweet treats for an at-will donation by roaring bonfires they build beside the 137-acre lake fed by Dell Creek.
Come connect with the magic of the Inn at Wawanissee Point's Love Longevity Tree this Valentine’s Day. It’s a symbol of small gestures accumulating into significant results with a touching story, unique to our bed and breakfast www.innatwawanisseepoint.com/our-story.
For Valentine’s Day whisk your sweetheart into the early 1900s for a romantic evening on the historic rails. Reserve tickets now for the Feb. 11, 2017 elegant dinner Snow Train™ at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, an outdoor living-history museum in the hamlet North Freedom, Wis., seven miles west of Baraboo and 25 minutes west of the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast.
Stroll, sip, nibble and enjoy a spunky musical performance at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery’s Port Wine Celebration Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Prairie du Sac, Wis. Celebrate Wollersheim’s red and white Ports and the historic winery’s 45th anniversary. It’s a scenic 20-minute drive from the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast. A great way to lift winter’s doldrums!
Every November and December the Downtown Baraboo, Wis., Historic District, now a National Register of Historic Place, twinkles with the historic square decorated for Christmas and filled with song by strolling carolers and music broadcast into the streets. Come Dec. 9–10, 2016 for the Very Merry Weekend:
Avoid crowded malls and parking lots this Christmas season. Come to Baraboo, Wis., for the finest gift-shopping experience in a pretty, historic downtown where the festive atmosphere will uplift you.
Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Glittering lighted floats, equestrian units, marching bands and novelty units wind through the Downtown Baraboo Historic District, now a National Register of Historic Place, for about 45 minutes. Street vendors offer hot beverages and snacks. Afterward gather at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre's recently restored marquee where Santa will light the official Downtown Baraboo Christmas tree.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery in Prairie du Sac, Wis., releases its 2015 Ruby Nouveau wine on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Join viticulturalist and winemaker Philippe Coquard as he first taps the Ruby Nouveau 2015 barrel for a special toast to Wisconsin flavor by enjoying this young wine with Wisconsin cheeses.
At the end of each October the Aldo Leopold Foundation concludes the visiting season at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center northeast of Baraboo, Wis., with its Annual Art Discovery Day, Oct. 29, 2016. The Foundation invites different artists from the Midwest who find their inspiration for artwork from the land to highlight our connection to the natural world.
During the first two weekends in October each year, Inn at Wawanissee Point bed-and-breakfast guests enjoy exploring the Wormfarm Institute’s Fermentation Fest—A Live Culture Convergence, this year Oct. 1–9, 2016, in Reedsburg, Wis., 40 minutes from the Inn.
From Sept. 24 to Oct. 2, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Exhibit will be at the Flyways Waterfowl Museum adjacent the north shore entrance of Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wis.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery in Prairie du Sac, Wis., will host Concerts At The Cave Series, two summer-evening concerts in its wine garden with food, wine and cocktails, July 18 and Aug. 10, 2016. Relax and enjoy music amid the beauty of the hillside overlooking Wollersheim’s vineyards and its recently renovated, historic wine cave, built in 1847 by the winery’s founder, Hungarian nobleman Agoston Haraszthy.
Letting yourself drift into the rhythm, scents, sounds and views as you hike at your leisure the miles of wooded and prairie trails in the Baraboo Bluffs around the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast is stress relieving, nourishing and uplifting. And fun!