Spring officially begins in 21 days on March 20, 2013. Join us at the Inn at Wawanissee Point for a weekend getaway to welcome and celebrate spring 2013. There is a nice array of area entertainment to refresh you.
Though we received eight inches of snow yesterday, our minds are thinking green. Experience assures us we can look forward to a number of changes in the next few weeks.
- Sandhill cranes usually return before the spring equinox to begin searching for nest sights in the marsh across the road from the Inn. (Last year they arrived Feb. 29, 10 days ahead of their typical arrival!)
- 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 as spring arrives, you are welcome to meander our gardens and woods to watch spring unfold. Take a spring hike on your favorite trails nearby at Devil’s Lake State Park, the state natural areas or the Merrimac Preserve. Bring your boots!
- Relax in the warmth of our sunroom and watch the growing array of entertaining wildlife at our bird feeders.
- Schedule an in-room couples’ massage to rejuvenate during your spring break.
Drive Levee Road, which 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. A breeding-bird survey here by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and volunteer citizen-scientists identified 117 breeding species and at least 40 migrating bird species. One of the nation’s distinguished ornithologists, Stanley Temple, called this area his favorite place to watch birds during spring migration. Though much of the land in this Important Bird Area is privately owned, you will find excellent birding along the 11 miles of Rustic Road 49. There is some public land where you can explore. Bring your binoculars.
Come early to enjoy Circus World Museum’s spring performance season open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 4 through May 17, 2013. 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 Siemor Bros. Miniature Circus, and tour historic buildings. Learn more here.
Join us March 20–24, 2013 for a spring break. Reserve a guest room today. Call us at 608-355-9899 or click Check Availability at the top of the page.
March 21: Joint Artist Presentation at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 6:30 p.m. Commercial illustrator and caricature artist Rick Nass, and Carrie Scherpelz, a Picasiette (mosaics) artist. Free admission but donations are welcome to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. More at www.riverartsonwater.org.
March 22: Camerata String Quartet at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. A four-person ensemble of local, professional musicians that has played at numerous noteworthy events. No advance ticket sales; donations are appreciated at the door to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Details at www.riverartsonwater.org.
March 22: Drumming With Bill Kehl at The Village Booksmith, 7:30 p.m., a locally owned bookstore in historic downtown Baraboo with new, used and rare books, refreshments and more. Details at villagebooksmith.com.
March 22: High Noon at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m., Tickets: $7.50. Part of the Theatre’s new Classic Western Series, this 1952 movie starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly won four Oscars. Tickets at www.alringling.com.
March 23: Nature Mapping: Birds at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Nature Center, five minutes west of the Inn, to learn how to use a nature mapping program to track wildlife in your yard or favorite park or hiking spot. The program concludes outside looking for birds that live at the park and collecting data. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
March 23: High Noon at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 24: High Noon at the Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, 3:00 p.m.