The Jan. 30, 2013 storm covered the Baraboo Bluffs with nearly 12 inches of snow, slightly less below the bluff, restoring the landscape for winter-sport enthusiasts. Temperatures dropped as it snowed Wednesday, topping the moist snow blanket from earlier in the day with fluffy powder.
The snow coated the countryside like thick frosting, creating fun opportunities for winter photography. Piles of snow hinted tones of blue. Critter tracks are plentiful, especially now that coyotes are entering their breeding season. Click here for some winter photographer tips from a Wisconsin photographer.
The snow arrived in time to assure the candlelight ski, snowshoe and hike at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday, Feb. 2, and the guided snowshoe through Fern Del Gorge at the Park Feb. 16. And the Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Snow Train™ Valentine’s Day weekend will be even prettier. You’ll find details about these events in our articles on Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 18.
If you prefer the winter scenery from behind a window in warmth:
- Amble along Sauk County’s three Rustic Roads. Bring your camera.
- Soak up warmth in our sunroom while watching the winter birds feeding.
- Snuggle beside the fireplaces.
- Take a sauna.
- Ease your stressed muscles in our Shiatsu massage chair, or reserve an in-room massage.
Our snowshoes are ready for you to explore our 42 acres, through which we have three miles of trails with interesting points to ponder.
Within five minutes from the Inn’s door you’ll find trails for hiking (and critter tracking), snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at:
- Devil’s Lake State Park: more than five miles of groomed X-country ski trails beginning in the Steinke Basin meadow on county road DL
- Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve: 1,800 acres adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park with four miles of National Scenic Ice Age Trail
- State natural areas like Parfrey’s Glen, Pewit’s Nest, McGilvra Woods and 23 others in Sauk County.
Schedule a romantic getaway at our secluded mini resort in Baraboo’s winter wonderland. Reserve a room, gather your warm clothes and pack the camera. Call us at 608-355-9899. We’ll get the wine and cheese ready.