April begins sweetly around Baraboo, Wis., as nature’s elixir flows through the maple trees dotting the Baraboo Hills. While locals gather the sap, you can watch and learn how it’s boiled into luscious syrup at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center’s Maple Syrup Festival on April 5 from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in nearby Poynette, Wis.
You’ll find guided tours of the sugar bush, tapping and syrup making demonstrations, and interpretive discussions about how Native Americans and pioneers made maple sugar and syrup compared to today’s methods. Also, watch homemade ice cream being churned with an antique engine, the perfect medium over which to drizzle the amber syrup. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and live country music. The museums and native animal exhibit will also be open.
The Friends of MacKenzie group will sell refreshments, maple products and souvenirs. Admission is free though donations are appreciated.
Getting There, Watch For Spring Migrants
The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center is east of the Inn at Wawanissee Point, about a 35-minute scenic drive along Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River, an opportunity to spot birds returning in the spring migration. By the first weekend of April we should see waterfowl, sandhill cranes, red-winged black birds, turkey vultures, robins and Eastern Phoebes, among other early arrivers.
The Center’s 500 acres include an arboretum with more than 100 tree species, a nature study pond, interpretive trails through forest and prairie, an observation tower, conservation and logging museums, and infrastructure that enable it to teach more than 15,000 children a year about the state’s natural resources. Adjacent the Center is the State Game Farm where ring-necked pheasants are raised for the state’s restocking program. Both facilities are owned and operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Learn more about the Maple Syrup Festival and the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center here.
Choose from three musical performances in the evenings; details are below.
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Sweet Outings In The Area
April 4: Drumming With Bill Kehl at The Village Booksmith, historic downtown Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. Welcome the season by participating in a community drum circle. Bring a drum and a friend. Extra drums will also be available. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com.
April 4: Styx at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m.
April 5: Spring String Gathering at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. The Lively Arts Series concludes featuring Art Stevenson & High Water, Wisconsin’s best-known bluegrass show and favored throughout the Midwest since 1993. It released its seventh album, Twilight, in August 2013. Special guest is White Mule. More details and tickets, $17.00, at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.
April 6: Tour Downtown Baraboo’s Historic Churches, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Tour five churches learning about the architecture, artwork, stained glass and more. Watch Parable at the Circus World Museum at 1:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., a circus-inspired Lenten film made at Circus World and shown at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Call Manny Bolz at 608-393-2074 with questions.
Find more spring adventures around Baraboo at the Baraboo Area Chamber Of Commerce’s Web site www.baraboo.com.
As we conclude the third week of February with winter gripping the Baraboo Bluffs, we’re thinking about spring’s arrival in four weeks, March 20, 2014. Our neighbors spotted a small but hearty group of robins on Feb. 19, so we are hopeful!
Plan your final winter getaway now for the last snowshoeing, skiing and winter hiking. Our snowshoe special of $50.00 off your stay runs through March 31. With ample snow cover and no melting temperatures forecasted yet, we may still be snow walking as spring arrives.
A week before and after the March 16 full moon is the last chance to snowshoe by moonlight, a magical and peaceful experience. Use our snowshoes to explore for signs of spring.
- Sandhill cranes usually return before the spring equinox to begin searching for nest sights in the marsh across the road.
- Spring peepers usually first emerge from the thawing mud around the first day of spring, filling their air with a romantic chorus.
- Robins and geese arrive in the first wave of spring migration often before the spring equinox.
Whether we have snow or warming soil on our trails, mid March is a peaceful time of transition to recharge your batteries on the Bluff.
- Relax in our warm sunroom to watch the arriving birds and chasing squirrels at the feeders.
- Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park, the state natural areas or the Merrimac Preserve. Bring your boots or use our snowshoes!
- Drive Levee Road, which is Rustic Road 49 , nine miles northeast of Baraboo, to see cranes and other migrating birds stopping at the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area along the Wisconsin River, across the road from the Leopold Center. Bring your binoculars.
Join us in March for a winter farewell and spring break. Reserve a guest room today. Call us at 608-355-9899 to save $50.00.
March 13: Wings & Water Public Reception, River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. A national juried exhibition of 2D, 3D and mixed-media. Juror Martha Glowack selected 61 pieces to display from hundreds of submissions. Tonight she will announce the Best of Show award. Exhibit admission is free and artwork is for sale. Exhibit open for viewing March 7–May 6, 2014, school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. beginning March 22. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
March 14: Cosmographie at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Media performance for our time with live music, interactive video, audio mash-ups, poetry, dance and natural landscapes for a moving and thought-provoking event about earth and the environment. Tickets $15.00 at www.riverartsinc.org or by calling 608-643-5215.
March 15: Jerrod Niemann & Charlie Worsham at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 7:30 p.m. Niemann is an atypical young country artist and Worsham is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a unique modern country sound built around traditional acoustic instruments, www.crystalgrand.com.
March 17: Circus World Museum’s spring performance season opens weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 17 through May 16, 2014. Magician Tristan Crist offers live weekday performances of his Theatre of Illusion show at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also see the Circus Cinema giant screen theater, Ringling exhibits, circus poster gallery, and tour historic buildings. Learn more here.
March 21: Graminy at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 509 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. From Madison, Wis., this pioneering group fuses classical and grassroots traditions from Bach to bluegrass, Copland to Celtic, Gershwin to Native American and more. It composes and arranges all its music, including many quick changes, generous improvisations and occasional singing, calling this class-grass. Donations at the door are recommended to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more here or about the group at www.graminy.net.
March 22: Honeybees and Beekeeping, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Learn about these critical insect pollinators, their impact on our food supply and how to keep them. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
The second weekend in March welcomes silent-sport enthusiasts to Madison, Wis., for two of the largest adventure sport shows in preparation for spring’s arrival. March 7–9, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center you’ll find Bike-O-Rama, southern Wisconsin’s largest bicycle expo, and Canoecopia, the world’s largest paddlesport show.
This paddling and bicycling exposition weekend is a terrific opportunity to gear up for biking and paddling while enjoying the last of winter’s outdoor fun. The events run three days, Friday through Sunday, leaving time to play and rejuvenate at the Inn.
Seasons In Transition: The sandhill cranes usually return to the Baraboo Bluffs the first week of March. Some years geese, turkey vultures, robins and bluebirds do, too. Occasionally the roads in the Baraboo Bluffs clear enough from warming temperatures and an early rainfall for hardy bicyclers to enjoy their first ride, but we’ll have to wait and see if that becomes feasible. But with as much frost as we have in the ground and a decent snowpack, you can expect to enjoy what may be the last snowshoeing, skiing and winter hiking of the season.
Use our Redfeather Snowshoes to snowshoe the Inn’s 42 acres and numerous trails nearby, including at Devil’s Lake State Park. Rent skis at Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo or at Devil’s Head Resort to cross-country ski around the Inn, or at Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake State Parks.
Reserve your favorite guest room here for winter’s finale and a stop in Madison for bicycling and paddling mania. Call 608-355-9899 or click Check Availability above.
March 5: DOWNTOwN ABBEY at the Village Booksmith, 6:00 p.m., historic downtown Baraboo. Watch season four episode eight of this wildly popular British drama followed by a discussion. Bring a brown-bag supper. Cookies and beverages for sale. Admission is free. An eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit www.villagebooksmith.com
March 6: Date Night at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. For you and your sweetheart, $25.00 for a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, nuts and locally produced chocolates from Roots Chocolates.
March 7–May 6: Wings & Water, River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, open school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Beginning March 22: Saturdays 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. A national juried exhibition of 2D, 3D and mixed-media art. Juror Martha Glowack selected 61 pieces to display from hundreds of submissions. Exhibit admission is free and artwork is for sale. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
March 8: Explore The Winter Night Sky, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter, five minutes west of the Inn. Join the Madison Astronomy Society to learn about the night sky. Telescopes will be available to view the moon and winter constellations. Informal program, come anytime. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
March 8: Fabulous 50s Gala For Education, at the Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water St., Baraboo, 6:00 p.m. Chef Michael of Elite Catering & Bakery in Baraboo will serve an extensive and creative gallery of hors d’oeuvres. Business casual attire or in 1950s costume; prizes in several categories. Live and silent auctions. Tickets $50.00 in advance. Details at http://barabooccs.com.
March 9: Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market, at the Al. Ringling Mansion, 623 Broadway and the corner of Fifth Ave., Baraboo. Antiques, vintage collectibles, handmade items like art and crafts, farm produce and food, and live music. 30 vendors. For more info contact Mary via email: [email protected] or visit www.downtownbaraboo.com.
Welcome March and the earliest signs of spring while attending Wollersheim Winery’s annual open house Saturday and Sunday, March 1–2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Wildlife In Transition: As early as the first week of March we have seen sandhill cranes return to the Baraboo Bluffs, which we at the Inn consider the first sign of spring in Wisconsin. Yet, if the ground is still frozen and snow covered, there’s a great possibility of seeing bald eagles from Wollersheim’s outdoor eagle-watching shelter. And the winter birds will still be dining, and flirting, at our feeders below the sunroom.
Wollersheim’s two-day event highlights the modern and historic aspects of this 41-year-old winery in Prairie du Sac, Wis., one of the oldest in the country. Tour the underground aging cellars and the modern fermentation facilities, plus other production areas normally closed to the public. See bottling demonstrations and interactive displays, and take self-guided tours.
Winemaker Philippe Coquard will speak and give a grapevine pruning demonstration daily. Learn from chefs how to incorporate Wollersheim wines in your recipes during several cooking demonstrations. New this year is a presentation about cheese by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Sample wines and purchase wine by the case to take home. The local meat market and deli, Wyttenbach Meats, will sell lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. See the daily schedule and more details at www.wollersheim.com.
Join us in our Indigo Lounge for our wine and cheese hour where we always feature Wollersheim’s wines with Wisconsin’s finest cheeses, among other delicious nibbles.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point is the closest bed and breakfast to Wollersheim Winery, a pretty 15-minute drive through the Lake Wisconsin valley.
Reserve a guest room to enjoy the last of winter’s snowshoeing, skiing and hiking while watching for spring’s first sign of emergence as March rolls in.
Though some people say there is no such thing as bad weather to keep you from enjoying the outdoors, only the wrong clothing, for some of us temperatures around zero are too cold no matter the gear or pace we keep while snowshoeing, hiking or skiing. But what can you do when you feel the itch to venture out and change your routine?
At the Inn at Wawanissee Point you can enjoy seclusion within our warm home with fantastic views from every room. Watch the winter birds feeding, work a puzzle together, read by the fire, listen to favorite music, soak in the Bordeaux tub for two, warm in our sauna, snuggle in our robes and watch a movie, refresh in the Shiatsu massage chair, stargaze with the spotting scope from the best window seat in Wisconsin.
Also, see the indoor sites you’ve been curious about when you were busy enjoying the outdoors.
- Flyways Water Waterfowl Museum adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance, five minutes west of the Inn, displays more than 60 bird mounts of species that migrate through the Mississippi River flyway, and has other things to see. Open Thursday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More at www.duckmuseum.com.
- Cooking classes at Bekah Kates Kitchen, Kids & Home in downtown Baraboo, most Thursday evenings in February and March. See the schedule and register here.
- Renew at Spa Serenity, Baraboo’s exclusive day spa, with one of many treatments, some for couples. Our guests receive a 10-percent discount.
- Tour the Van Orden Mansion, 531 Fourth Ave., adjacent downtown Baraboo, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. It’s the Sauk County Historical Society’s 14-room Tudor Revival mansion built in 1903, mostly decorated and furnished to its original period, with permanent and rotating exhibits of artifacts and memorabilia about Sauk County and its inhabitants. The Society also operates a History Center in its newly acquired and renovated Island Woolen Mill Office and Building, built in 1917, at 900 Second Ave., Wednesday–Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. There you’ll find a research history library, reading room and the lower level is gradually becoming museum space for many of the Society’s artifacts that have been stored. Learn more at www.saukcountyhistory.org.
- Visit the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, nine miles northeast of Baraboo, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m. This educational and interpretive facility is in a new, renewable-energy-powered building, one of the greenest in the world, near the Leopold shack. It has interpretive exhibits about Leopold and the family legacy, the writing of A Sand County Almanac, and the green building’s features. For $7 take a 42-minute, self-guided audio tour with an MP3 player about the building’s design and purpose. Plus art exhibits: Birds Of A Sand County Almanc by woodcarver Alan Bennett and a photography exhibit by Jill Metcoff and Carl Leopold, Changes In The Leopold Landscape: Photography Through Time. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.
- See the Sauk County Art Association’s member-artists’ work at the A.R.T. Gallery, Stage III in the Al. Ringling Theatre Complex, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Thursday and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays beginning in spring 2014. More than 20 local artists featured. Learn more about the Association at www.wi-scaa.org.
- Peruse the River Arts On Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac, where more than 30 artists, some local, display their work in an array of media, including edible art! Georgia Weithe’s jewelry is an artist feature through Feb. 3 and John Miller’s serigraph and giclee prints of water subjects in the Sauk Prairie area will be featured beginning Feb. 15. Learn more at www.riverartsinc.org.
Browse two temporary art exhibits school days from 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac. Admission is free. Exhibit details are at www.riverartsinc.org.
- Photography By Mike Murray: He’s a self-taught, international-award-winning field photographer of landscape and nature from Madison, Wis., whose work captures the beauty and mystery of Wisconsin’s outdoors. Visit to see his work of Devil’s Lake State Park. Exhibit open Jan. 24–March 2, 2014. More about Murry here.
- Wisconsin Regional Art Program: Is an annual exhibition of more than 40 local, nonprofessional artists’ work in a variety of media. The Art Program began in 1940 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to encourage rural artists to make and exhibit artwork. Meritorious works chosen from this and more than 20 other exhibitions like it around the state will be featured in the Annual State Art Exhibition in Madison, Wis., in September. Exhibit open Jan. 24–March 1, 2014.
Thursdays Are Date Nights at Con Amici, Baraboo’s new wine bar, 125 Third St., 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. For you and your sweetheart, $25.00 for a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, nuts and locally produced chocolates from Roots Chocolates. This classy yet comfortable bar sans televisions is designed to foster conversation and offers wines often found only in larger urban areas with an array of locally produced beverages and foods. An original 1907 piano from a one-room schoolhouse and restored hardwood flooring are among the creative furnishings that are part of this business’ sustainable approach. Named for the Italian phrase with friends, it is open Monday through Saturday afternoons and evenings. Learn more at www.conamiciwine.com.
Some February Fun
See our other articles below for more February events.
Feb. 9: Chili Dinner at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Five minutes east of the Inn! All-you-can-eat home-cooked chili, five kinds including at least one vegetarian. Enjoy an early evening of friendly fellowship and delicious fare that will warm your heart, soul and belly. Donations are appreciated and benefit the friends group that recently purchased and saved the Glen from development, to preserve its natural beauty and spiritual heritage. People of any faith are welcome to walk the scenic grounds. Learn more at www.durwardsglen.org.
Feb. 21: A Beth Kille at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. A blend of rock, country, folk and blues from her perspective has earned this solo artist and songwriter from Madison, Wis., who has a passion for performance, numerous awards. No advance ticket sales, but donations at the door are recommended to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more here.
Feb. 22: How Do I love Me? Let Me Count The Ways Art Journaling at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 125 Third St., 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. In the spirit of a taste of creativity, join us for an art journaling workshop by artistic therapy consultant Cathy Lawson. Admission is free, please arrive promptly.
Feb. 28: Pro Arte Quartet with guest artist Samuel Rhodes (previously with the Juilliard String Quartet) at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Performing a classical repertoire, this quartet was founded in 1912 and has a rich history, including performances at the White House. Tickets $15.00 at www.riverartsinc.org or by calling 608-643-5215.
Whisk away with your sweetheart for a long, romantic weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014 at the Inn at Wawanissee Point. It falls on a Friday this year.
Time stands still here at our mini winter resort atop the Baraboo Hills. The solitude you need to unwind and nurture your romance.
Play in the snow, keep warm indoors or pamper in seclusion, we have numerous options.
- Soak together in the massage-therapy tub for two in our Bordeaux room.
- Watch the birds and turkeys feeding below the sunroom, and Bird’s Nest and Secret Garden guest rooms. Look for pine siskins, redpolls and red-breasted nuthatches amid our hearty winter inhabitants.
- Snuggle in our robes with favorite love songs playing, enjoying each other in your favorite guest room.
- Pamper together at Baraboo’s exclusive day spa, Spa Serenity. Our guests receive a 10-percent discount.
- Rejuvenate in our sauna, hot tub and Shiatsu massage chair, especially after frolicking outdoors.
- Cozy by the fireplace with a book, in our Great Room or Secret Garden guest room.
- Full Moon Valentine’s Day Snowshoe, an enchanting and serene experience. We’ll provide the shoes and you add the romance.
- Snowshoe our 42 acres and endless trails nearby, including Devil’s Lake State Park. Use our Redfeather Snowshoes.
- Sled down our prairie hill, it’s exhilarating! Try it during the full moon!
- Downhill ski next door at Devil’s Head Resort or over the hill at Cascade Mountain.
- Cross-country ski at Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake State Parks. Rent skis at Wildside Adventure Sports.
Add Some Treats
Surprise your sweetheart with fresh flowers or roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet chocolates, a decadent cake, champagne and/or a balloon bouquet. See our romantic add-ons on our Specials & Packages page.
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Feb. 7: A Celebration Of Wine And Chocolate at Bekah Kates Kitchen, Kids & Home and Spa Serenity, Baraboo, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of decadence sampling a variety of chocolates and hand-made chocolates, plus lavish petite spa treatments. Tickets $10.00, available at either location. More details here.
Feb. 8: Cabin Fever Comedy Show at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m. Three great comedians: headliners Sean Morey and Ryan Dalton of the Bob & Tom Show, and introducing Mike Cody.
Feb. 9: Photography By Mike Murray Public Reception, at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. A self-taught, internationally award-winning field photographer of landscape and nature from Madison, Wis., whose work captures the beauty and mystery of Wisconsin’s outdoors. Visit to see his work of Devil’s Lake State Park. Admission is free. Exhibit open Jan. 24–March 2, school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Exhibit details at www.riverartsinc.org and artist information here.
Feb. 13: Date Night Appetizers & Wines Class, Bekah Kates Kitchen, Kids & Home , Baraboo, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Make fun and tasty appetizers together and learn to pair them with wines for a fun and different date night. Tickets $75.00 per couple. More details here.
Feb. 14: Stand Up Dads at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. Comedy for parents by parents. A comedian from San Francisco pairs with a Midwestern broadcaster and comedian for an act that appeals to a range of tastes and sensibilities. Tickets $24.00 at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.
Feb. 15: Featured Artist Reception at the River Arts On Water Gallery, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac, 5:00 p.m. John Miller will display his serigraph and giclee prints of water subjects in the Sauk Prairie area, and two new artists will also be introduced. Learn more here.
Feb. 15: America at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m. 44th Anniversary of this perennial class-rock favorite.
Feb. 15–16: Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s 39th Annual Snow Train™. Standard and first-class services, and a dinner train. All include a 55-minute ride in restored cars heated by steam or coal-fired stoves along seven miles of the former Chicago & North Western Railroad line that meanders through the snow-covered Baraboo Hills, seven miles west of Baraboo, Wis. Tickets and details at www.mcrwy.com.
The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park in Lake Delton, Wis., 20 minutes north of the Inn, will host its last candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe of the season on Saturday night, Feb. 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
There are two, easy one-mile trails lit by torches, one for skiers and one for everyone else. The Friends will have bon fires roaring and you can purchase warm food and goodies, if you wish.
If you’d rather stay close to our winter retreat, use our Redfeather Snowshoes, made in La Crosse, Wis., on our 42 acres with three miles of wooded and prairie trails, and endless side trips between.
Or, five minutes from the Inn are miles of trails and acres to explore in the Riverland Conservancy’s 1,800-acre Merrimac Preserve, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Devil’s Lake State Park.
- Rent snowshoes and poles, and cross-country ski sets from Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo, Wis.
Book your guest room here. Or call us at 608-355-9899.
- Jan. 30, 2014: Winter Hike And Snowshoe, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. Hike or snowshoe through the Park’s campsites. Bring snowshoes if you wish. We’ll have a few pairs of snowshoes to loan, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
- Jan. 30, 2014: Wisconsin Regional Art Program Public Reception at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. An annual exhibition of more than 40 local, nonprofessional artists’ work in a variety of media that runs until March 1, 2014. The Art Program began in 1940 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to encourage rural artists to make and exhibit artwork. Meritorious works chosen from this and more than 20 other exhibitions like it around the state will be featured in the Annual State Art Exhibition in Madison, Wis., in September. Details at www.riverartsinc.org.
- Jan. 31, 2014: University of Wisconsin MadHatters at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. A men’s a cappella group of 15 vocalists and one vocal percussionist founded in 1997 that tours the globe performing songs of decades past to the current Top 40. The Sauk Prairie Bowtones will open this performance with a few numbers as an added bonus. Tickets $15.00 here or by calling 608-643-5215.
- Jan. 31, 2014: Madison Bach Musicians at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. Using period instruments to recreate the authentic sound of the best music of the Baroque, Renaissance and Classical periods, this ensemble offers an evening of sparkling classical music in America’s historic, prettiest playhouse. A vocal quartet with continuo harpsichord and cello. Tickets $7.50, matinee $5.00, at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.
- Feb. 1, 2014: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m., Sauk Prairie. 50-minute guided eagle watching bus tours, $5.00 per person. Reservations are required; tours fill quickly. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve. (Saturday mornings Jan. 4–Feb. 15, 2014)
- Feb. 2, 2014: Jazz: The Sauk County Honors Project at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 2:30 p.m. Featuring high school honors bands and jazz ensembles from Baraboo, Reedsburg, River Valley, Sauk Prairie and Wisconsin Dells. Tickets $4.00, or box seats $40, at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864.
- Feb. 3, 2014: Dorf Haus Bavarian Smorgasbord, 8931 County Road Y, Sauk City. 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Call 608-643-3980 or more details or visit their Web site.
Plan a winter getaway to enjoy Wollersheim’s renown Port wines, bald eagle watching and fun in the snow Jan. 24–26, 2014.
Wollersheim Winery’s Port Wine Celebration is Jan. 25, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See how Wollersheim makes its red and white Port wines, sample them and hear insights from winemaker Philippe Coquard. Enjoy live music and light refreshments. Admission is free.
Wollersheim’s vineyard along the Wisconsin River is one of seven designated eagle-viewing areas in Sauk Prairie.
Consider a guided eagle-watching bus tour at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 25, hosted by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers. Call the Sauk Prairie Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve a seat for $5.00 per person. The tours fill quickly, so call early.
You’ll find volunteers to answer your questions as you peer through the spotting scopes at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook in downtown Prairie du Sac, Wis., on Saturdays and Sundays in January from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Located 15 miles northeast of Sauk Prairie, the Inn at Wawanissee Point is the closest bed and breakfast to Wollersheim Winery.
Book your favorite guest room today. Click on the Check Availability above or call us at 608-355-9899.
We have ample snow for terrific downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing around Wawanissee Point! Use our snowshoes to snow walk through our 42-acre winter paradise.
- Jan. 24, 2014: Photography By Mike Murray, exhibit opening at the River Arts Center in the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac, open school days 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. A self-taught, internationally award-winning field photographer of landscape and nature from Madison, Wis., whose work captures the beauty and mystery of Wisconsin’s outdoors. Visit to see his work of Devil’s Lake State Park. Admission is free. Exhibit details at www.riverartsinc.org and artist information here. Exhibit runs through March 1.
- Jan. 24, 2014: Hot, Hot, Hot by the Wisconsin Singers at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 7:00 p.m. A concert of American popular music from the last 40 years, with explosive song and dance, laugh-out-loud humor and big-band sound. Tickets $15.00 at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864, or at Corner Drug or by calling Don Finseth at 608-886-6801.
- Jan. 25, 2014: Bird Watching 101: Bird Songs, Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn. A winter afternoon learning who is signing in the woods. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
- Jan. 25, 2014: Rope (1948) at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A witty and suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock film starring James Stewart that turns Chicago’s infamous old Leopold-Loeb murder case into something approximating drawing-room comedy. Two Manhattan socialites murder their friend as an intellectual challenge to commit the perfect murder, then devise and elaborate and arrogant way to display the stuffed body at a dinner party. Tickets $7.50, matinee $5.00, at www.alringling.com or by calling 608-356-8864. Repeats Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m.
- Jan. 25, 2014: Snowflake Ball sponsored by the St. Clare Hospital & Auxiliary at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center, 626 West Pine St./Hwy 12, West Baraboo, 7:00 p.m. Live music by Class Act. Spend an evening where everyone is king or queen. Tickets $25.00 by calling 608-356-1430 or at Unique Boutique at St. Clare Hospital or the Clarion.
- Jan. 25, 2014: Rodney Carrington at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 7:30 p.m. Comedian, actor and writer. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point atop the bluffs in Baraboo, Wis., is your private snowshoe resort for a romantic winter getaway. Join us to walk on snow, our favorite winter sport. Try it for the first time here; we’ll provide you with a brief lesson.
- Seek solitude in the quiet of winter.
- Explore breathtaking scenery full of new dimensions from snow frosting and winter’s long and low light.
- Discover natural areas not easily reached in other seasons.
2014 Snowshoeing Special
Stay with us Jan. 2–March 31, 2014, except Feb. 14–16, and receive $50.00 off your stay. Print this page and present it when you check in. Dates and room selection are based on availability. Specials may not be combined.
- Use our Redfeather Snowshoes, made in Wisconsin, on three miles of wooded and prairie trails through our 42 acres. Depending on how many times you stop, or trek off trail, you can spend two to three hours here.
- Rent snowshoes and poles, and cross-country ski sets, by the day at Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo, Wis.
Spend a few hours or days snowshoeing on and off miles of picturesque trails adjacent the Inn yet feel like you’re alone in the wilderness. The Baraboo Hills section of the Ice Age Scenic Trail traversing through and connecting the Riverland Conservancy’s 1,800-acre Merrimac Preserve, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Devil’s Lake State Park is your starting corridor. Explore freely then follow your tracks back to the trail you departed.
What To Bring:
- Foot ware: comfortable and warm winter boots, or waterproof hiking boots, with wool socks is the best combination.
- Leg ware: Gaiters keep your lower legs dry, but aren’t necessary. Waterproof snow pants are nice.
- Upper body ware: wear three layers to shed as you warm. Against your skin, wear wicking long underwear of wool, silk or synthetic materials, never cotton. Fleece or wool are ideal in the middle because they breathe, and insulate when wet. A zippered top helps you regulate your heat. On top wear a lightweight jacket that blocks the wind, preferably with water resistance to keep you dry if it’s snowing.
- Head and hands: a wool or synthetic hat plus waterproof mittens or gloves. Water- and windproof glove or mitten shells over an insulating liner, instead of the all-in-one gloves, let you remove a layer if you’re overheated. Pack your sunglasses for sunny days to prevent the snow glare from annoying you.
- Fanny pack: If you want to spend half a day or more on the multitude of trails within five minutes of the Inn, you’ll want to carry a water bottle and a snack. A fanny pack is great if your coat pockets aren’t big enough.
- Poles, optional: trekking poles reduce some of the weight and strain encountered on steep terrain and help if your knees aren’t in the best shape. For most of the trails around the Inn, they aren’t necessary.
After Snowshoeing Treats
After your relaxing or invigorating snowshoeing, pamper each other.
- Rejuveniate in our Shiatsu massage chair
- Relax in the sauna
- Warm beside the fire in the Great Room.
- Indulge in a private in-room massage in the Bourdeux and Secret Garden guest rooms.
Full Moon Shoeing
Skimming the trails on a clear night under a full moon’s light with the snow sparkling like diamonds is a serene and moving experience. Everyone should try it once!
Plan a visit a week before or after a full moon to experience this special winter opportunity:
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Feb. 14, 2014
- March 16, 2014
Book a guest room now! Call us at 608-355-9899 or click on the Check Availability above.
Sauk Prairie will hold its 27th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 17–18, 2014. The River Arts Center at the Sauk Prairie High School, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac, Wis., serves as event headquarters. There you’ll find an array of presentations and displays.
More details of the weekend’s program will be forthcoming at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s Web site. You’ll also find a map there of the best spots to view the eagles.
The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook, in the municipal parking lot in downtown Prairie du Sac next to the Ruth Culver Community Library at 560 Park Avenue, is one ideal place to view the majestic birds. The Council often has volunteers there on weekend mornings to answer questions.
Wollersheim Winery on highway 188 along the Wisconsin River is one of seven designated eagle-viewing areas.
Eagle Watching Bus Tours
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings Jan. 4 through Feb. 15, 2014, Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers will guide 50-minute eagle watching bus tours. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Call the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve a seat. Tours are popular and fill quickly.
Humans have a rare opportunity to be unusually close to eagles in Sauk Prairie along the Wisconsin River, sometimes only 100 feet away, but the eagles only tolerate our presence because they are hungry. Whenever possible, use your car as a blind and stay inside it to view them. Close car doors softly and be quiet. A frightened eagle may leave its perch and return to its evening roost with an empty stomach.
The Inn often sells all four of its guest rooms for this event. Reserve early if you plan to watch the eagles with us. If you cannot make it Jan. 17–18, you can still enjoy great eagle watching during all of January and February.
Call us at 608-355-9899 or reserve your favorite guest room here!
Jan. 16 Full Moon Snowshoeing
Snow walking on a clear night by moonlight with the snow sparkling like diamonds is a serene and moving experience. Everyone should try it. After eagle watching, use our Redfeather Snowshoes along our three miles of trails for a fleeting but unforgettable winter experience.
Cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike—you choose for the fun jaunt through Mirror Lake State Park in Lake Delton, Wis., on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Candlelight shimmers along a one-mile trail, one for skiers, the other for everyone else.
The Friends of Mirror Lake State Park will have two bon fires roaring and you can purchase food and refreshments, if you wish.
The Park is an easy 20-minute drive north of the Inn at Wawanissee Point. Meet at the beach picnic area. If you have questions, call 608-254-2333 or e-mail them to [email protected]. Remember to get a new annual park admission sticker or a daily pass beforehand or as you arrive.
Traversing the snow-draped wooded and prairie landscapes under the reflective light of a full moon or a torch-lit trail creates sparkling scenery and an enchanting experience. Venus, the brightest planet, will still be shining brightly in the southwestern sky about 1.5 hours after sundown around New Year’s Eve. Venus will not be as brilliant in the night sky until 2021.
Come play in the snow with us, by day and night. Use our Redfeather Snowshoes along our three miles of trails.
- Five minutes from the Inn are miles of trails and acres of solitude to explore.
- Rent snowshoes and poles, and cross-country ski sets from Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo, Wis.
Reserve a guest room today. Call us at 608-355-9899 or click on the Check Availability box at the top of this page.
More Winter Fun Around Baraboo
- Jan. 1, 2014: First Day Hike at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Celebrate the new year outdoors with America’s State Park’s First Day Hikes. Join us for a twilight hike and snowshoe through Roznos Meadow. Meet at the parking lot on Highway 113. Bring a flashlight, and snowshoes if you wish. We’ll have a few pairs of snowshoes to loan, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
- Jan. 2, 2014: Date Night (Thursdays) at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. For you and your sweetheart, $25.00 for a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, nuts and locally produced chocolates from Roots Chocolates. Monthly exhibits featuring local artists to enjoy.
- Jan. 3, 2014: Wrannock at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Sauk County’s Mossman family—Mike Mossman, Lisa Hartman and their son, Angus—returns to play traditional Celtic music with an array of instruments and share their travels tales from the British Isles, especially the Scottish Islands of Orkney and Shetland. Angus returns home from college for this reunion, and share what he’s learned while playing with fine Celtic and contra dance musicians out East. No advance ticket sales, but donations at the door are recommended to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more at www.riverartsinc.org.
- Jan. 4, 2014: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, 10:00 a.m., Sauk Prairie. 50-minute guided eagle watching bus tours, $5.00 per person. Reservations are required; tours fill quickly. Call the Sauk Prairie Chamber Of Commerce at 800-683-2453 to reserve. (Saturday mornings Jan. 4–Feb. 15, 2014)
- Jan. 4, 2014: West Bluff Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the south shore boat launch, five minutes southwest of the Inn, for a winter view of the lake upon hiking up the south end of the west bluff. This is a challenging and steep hike, 1.5 miles to 2 miles. If it’s too icy we’ll hike Tumbled Rock trail, which is an easier hike. Bring snowshoes if you wish. We’ll have a few pairs of snowshoes to loan, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
- Jan. 4, 2014: Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.
While you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu and holiday shopping, remember that New Year’s Eve weekend is five weeks away. Treat yourself to rest and relaxation after the holidays with a long weekend at Wawanissee Point to ring in 2014, Dec. 27–31, 2013.
Our Great Room window offers a warm skybox view of Devil’s Head Resort’s midnight fireworks. Celebrate in our Indigo Lounge with us and other guests, or bring your friends for the weekend for a private party. Reminisce beside the warm fireplace, tap your favorite tune on the baby grand piano and enjoy the Inn still dressed for the holidays.
We can suggest a restaurant for dinner or arrange a catered meal for you to enjoy in our dining room.
With winter temperatures upon us, Devil’s Head has started making snow, so come prepared to downhill ski. If nature provides it, use our snowshoes to walk on the snow on our private trails.
We look forward to welcoming 2014 with you.
Call us at 608-355-9899 or click on Check Availability above to book a guest room.
Dec. 27, 2013: Wrannock at the Village Booksmith, historic downtown Baraboo, 7:30 p.m. The Mossman family performs traditional British Isles music and shares tales of their travels at this eclectic, used bookstore with used, new and rare books and more. Fellowship and refreshments. Call 608-355-1001 for more information.
Dec. 31, 2013: Date Night at Con Amici, Baraboo’s wine bar, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. For you and your sweetheart, $25.00 for a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, nuts and locally produced chocolates from Roots Chocolates
Dec. 31, 2013: New Year’s Eve Party at the Village Booksmith, downtown Baraboo, 8:00 p.m. Live music begins at 8:00 p.m., bring a dish to pass for a potluck supper at 9:00 p.m., and enjoy an evening of fellowship in the cozy, candle-lit bookstore. Call 608-355-1001 for more information or visit its Web site.
Jan. 1, 2014: First Day Hike at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Celebrate the new year outdoors with America’s State Park’s First Day Hikes. Join us for a twilight hike and snowshoe through Roznos Meadow. Meet at the parking lot on Highway 113. Bring a flashlight, and snowshoes if you wish. We’ll have a few pairs of snowshoes to loan, too. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
Did you know that Baraboo, Wis., is home to a wonderful, locally owned toy store known for its eclectic array of children’s games and toys? Just Imagine Toys is one of many treasures in Baraboo’s historic downtown square where you will find quality items and unique gifts offered by local merchants.
The folks at Just Imagine Toys take having fun and making people happy seriously, and they strive to be different. This tiny shop is packed floor to ceiling with uncommon toys and games that are engaging, challenging and sure to create fun, and none are mass marketed.
A stroll through this lively store whose employees have the most infectiously happy spirits and quick humor makes even curmudgeons leave smiling. And that’s the owner’s mission.
If you have grandchildren or nieflings on your shopping list, shop at Just Imagine Toys, next to the Al. Ringling Theatre. They also provide beautiful gift-wrapping for free.
Round out the fun gifts for your youngsters with books from the children’s sections at The Village Booksmith—a locally owned store with new, used and rare books, and more—and Book World. Both are in the downtown square.
Stay with us in November for the best holiday shopping and numerous events for fun and relaxation. Click on the Check Availability box above or call 608-355-9899.
- Victorian storefronts beautifully decorated for the season
- Merchants welcome you with warm drinks and treats, and once-a-year sales on Nov. 29.
- Strolling carolers and free horse-drawn wagon rides
Visit www.downtownbaraboo.com to learn more about holiday shopping in downtown Baraboo.
See our two articles below for area events in November. Here are a few more:
Nov. 14: History of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home, River Arts Center, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Historian Keiran Murphy leads a discussion about the history of The Taliesin and preservation work by Taliesin Preservation Inc. to keep the property as Wright intended. Also see a new exhibit of stained glass creations by area fourth-grade students. Admission is free. Call 608-643-5215 with questions.
Nov. 16: Twlight Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn, for a guided nature hike to tune your senses into the early evening sights, scents and sounds of the Park’s wildlife active at night. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
Nov. 23: Gingerbread Bazaar Craft & Book Fair, St. Joesph’s School, 300 Second Street, Baraboo, 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Hourly door prizes, Santa’s Snack Shop and Granny Ginger’s Wonderful Bakery.
Nov. 23: Parfrey’s Glen Trail Trek, Merrimac, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Meet at the Parfrey’s Glen parking lot, two minutes south of the Inn, for a guided nature hike. Wear shoes that can get wet for stream crossings. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
The Inn at Wawanissee Point will be open to host guests for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday holiday shopping, the days after Thanksgiving 2013. We’ll be busy dressing the Inn for the holiday season while you enjoy the finest gift shopping in Baraboo, Wis. By evening have fun at a number of area shows.
Nov. 29 Black Friday Shopping In Downtown Baraboo
Start your holiday shopping in the festively decorated historic downtown with more than 20 merchants offering once-a-year sales.
Nov. 30 Is Small Business Saturday
Downtown Baraboo is a great place to join millions across America to support small, locally owned businesses while you shop for holiday gift giving.
- Beautifully decorated Victorian storefronts and merchants offering warm drinks and treats.
- Saturdays: horse-drawn wagon rides around the square, Nov. 23 through Dec. 21, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Free.
- Carolers strolling the downtown serenade shoppers.
Learn more about holiday shopping in downtown Baraboo at www.downtownbaraboo.com.
Nov. 29–30 A Country Christmas Third Annual Arts & Fine Crafts Fair
A five-minute drive from downtown, visit the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in West Baraboo, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday. You’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts by local artists and craftsmen, including natural, recycled arts and fine crafts. Call Boni at 608-356-8172 for information.
Nov. 29–30: Santa Express at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, seven miles west of Baraboo, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ride restored 1900s train cars dressed for the holidays and heated by steam or coal-fired stoves. 55 minutes along the seven-mile former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Special visit by St. Nick.
Nov. 30: Wollersheim Winery’s Vintage Christmas, Prairie du Sac, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Old-world Christmas charm envelopes you as you taste their wines paired with festive foods, shop for unique gifts and enjoy Christmas carolers. Bring your camera for a family photo in the vineyard.
Nov. 29–Dec. 1: Dorf Haus Dinner Theatre, Sauk City. Nov. 29 6:30 p.m., Nov. 30 1:00 p.m., Dec. 1 12:00 p.m. RAVE productions of Baraboo will perform the comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight written by Jeff Daniels. The Yooper classic peers inside the Soady Deer Camp, which erupts into chaos with bright lights, aliens and possessed DNR wardens to help Reuben Soady break his curse and get his first buck before opening day closes. Choose from five entrée choices. Tickets $38.00 for dinner, show and gratuity. Reserve tickets here or call 608-643-3980.
Nov. 30–Dec. 1: Maggie Mae Christmas at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Country artist. Tickets at crystalgrand.com.
Dec. 1: Tinsel & Twang: A Merry-Cana Christmas at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 1:00 p.m. Starring Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins and The Dang-Its for a concert to benefit the new Baraboo Zoo river otter exhibit. Tickets $25.00 at the Baraboo National Bank main and west branches or the Corner Drug Store. Call Kandie Beckwith at 508-477-3767 for information.
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See more holiday shopping events below.
The diverse combination of locally owned gift shops and galleries in the historic downtown square in Baraboo, Wis., offers an ideal holiday shopping opportunity. By mid November the merchants decorate their restored Victorian storefronts for the Christmas season and then fill the square with festivities for five weeks of the most pleasurable holiday shopping.
Find unique gifts from children’s toys and games, kitchen and home appointments, books, antiques, artwork, yarn and knitting supplies, custom leather accessories, gourmet coffees and teas, beer- and wine-making supplies, and more. Shop Baraboo for memorable gifts while you avoid the crowded malls and have fun, too.
Join us in four weeks, Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2013, for the holiday shopping season kickoff.
Nov. 23: Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Open House
- Beautifully decorated shops offering warm drinks and treats, and promotions.
- Free, horse-drawn wagon rides under a warm blanket around the square to help you select your next stop. Saturdays, Nov. 23 through Dec. 21, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Strolling carolers serenade shoppers throughout the downtown.
Learn more at www.downtownbaraboo.com.
Nov. 21: Wollersheim Winery’s Ruby Nouveau Release Day, Prairie du Sac, 11:00 a.m. Join winemaker Philippe as he taps the Ruby Nouveau 2013 barrel and for a toast with Wisconsin cheese and wine. Ruby Nouveau is Wisconsin’s version of a Beaujolais Nouveau, traditionally released the third Thursday in November. Wollersheim uses its estate-grown Foch grapes and Winemaker Philippe follows the traditional methods of whole berry fermentation. More details at www.wollersheim.com.
Nov. 22: Sauk Prairie Holiday Light Parade, Tree Lighting & Fireworks Extravaganza, Marion Park, Sauk City, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. The magical evening begins at the Sauk Prairie Middle School where the parade commences along Sycamore Street, Grand Avenue, First Street and concludes at Marion Park where the tree lighting event begins at 7:30 p.m. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, local youth talent and fireworks. Refreshments for sale.
Nov. 23: Holiday Craft Bazaar, Legacy Building & Design, 707 Water Street, Sauk City, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Nov. 23: Wollersheim Winery’s Ruby Nouveau Tasting, Prairie du Sac, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Taste the first release of the new vintage Wollersheim Ruby Nouveau 2013 wine and other Wollersheim wines paired with Wisconsin artesian cheeses. Ruby Nouveau is an estate-grown, dry red with enticing, fruity flavors and a zesty finish made to be enjoyed young. It complements holiday foods perfectly. Visit with a cheese expert, enjoy live music and a glass of wine. The restored historic hillside cave is now open, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Nov. 23: 14th Annual Downtown Baraboo Christmas Light Parade, 6:00 p.m. Glittering lighted floats, live entertainment, equestrian units, marching bands and novelty units. Hot beverages and snacks. Afterward gather at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre where Santa will light the official downtown Baraboo Christmas tree. Then enjoy a magic show by Circus World Museum’s illusionist Tristan Crist. More at www.downtownbaraboo.com.
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