For nature-loving moms, celebrate spring and motherhood in Baraboo, Wis., May 9–11, 2014. You’ll find birding, frogs singing, nature hikes, train rides, and arts and crafts. Make gift plans now to treat mom to a weekend of fun and relaxation at the Inn at Wawanissee Point.
- Collaborate with dad to surprise mom with a romantic weekend you’ve arranged for Mother’s Day.
- Create and print a custom gift certificate here for mom to plan her getaway.
- Bring the family for an adult retreat to celebrate with mom.
At the Inn mom can:
- stroll our garden paths in bloom
- relax on the terrace to soak in sun overlooking the southern prairie
- watch colorful migrating birds return to our feeders like indigo buntings, scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles, humming birds and more
- hike our private wooded and prairie trails
- celebrate at evening wine and cheese before dinner at a nearby restaurant
- savor Trudy’s gourmet breakfast served overlooking the expansive valley
Splurge for pampering services at Baraboo’s day spa 10 minutes from here, Spa Serenity.
Open for the season by then are the Aldo Leopold Center, International Crane Foundation, the Mid-Continent Railway Museum and the H. H. Bennett Studio. The Baraboo and Sauk Prairie Farmers’ Markets will be open with bedding plants, new-crop maple syrup, early produce and more.
Reserve mom’s favorite guest room here or call us at 608-355-9899.
Events To Enjoy
May 9: Rising Stars at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Sauk Prairie High School choir director brings his brightest students for an unforgettable house concert in which he performs. No advance ticket sales, donations are appreciated to benefit the River Arts Inc. programming. Learn more here.
May 10–11: Mother’s Day Brunch And Dinner Trains at Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom. May 10 coach and first-class service at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and dinner train at 5:30 p.m. May 11 brunch service at 10:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and coach and caboose service at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Reservations and details at www.mcrwy.com.
May 10: Birding The Leopold Memorial Reserve, Aldo Leopold Center, E13701 Levee Rd., Baraboo, 7:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Experience the ornithological diversity of the Reserve, learn to identify birds by sound and develop an understanding of bird habitat relationships. Begin with an outdoor listening session; then work in the classroom. Instructor Yoyi Steele, Wis. DNR and Wisconsin Important Bird Area coordinator. Admission $25.00 ($20.00 members). For reservations and questions contact Jen Simoni at 608-355-0279 ext. 32 or [email protected]. Learn more at www.aldoleopold.org.
May 10: Annual Faire On The Square in downtown Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, farmers’ market, Eat Street food court, live music and more. Visit www.downtownbaraboo.com for details.
May 10: 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 SusanA.Johans[email protected] with questions.
May 10: Frog Safari at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn, to hike the Johnson Moraine Trail to the park’s kettle ponds where we’ll listen for spring peepers, and chorus and wood frogs, plus other night sounds. Bring a flashlight and wear shoes that can get muddy. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
May 11: Mother’s Day at International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 15 minutes north of the Inn. Moms receive free admission. Guided tours and nature hikes. View all 15 crane species, or grab your binoculars to enjoy birding on the nature trails winding through restored prairie, wetland and oak savanna ecosystems. Visit www.savingcranes.org for more information.