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Warm, Indoor Fun Around Baraboo

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.

Indoor Pleasures

  • 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.

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