Come connect with the magic of the Inn at Wawanissee Point's Love Longevity Tree this Valentine’s Day. It’s a symbol of small gestures accumulating into significant results with a touching story, unique to our bed and breakfast www.innatwawanisseepoint.com/our-story.
Chores, work, children, clients, aging parents, health issues—needs and demands whisk us through our days so quickly. To keep up we sometimes set aside our significant-other relationship.
We believe our love’s foundation is strong enough to endure a little neglect. But relationships are living things, they need nourishment to survive and flourish.
Innkeeper Trudy Holdener’s parents, Alois (Louie) and Martha Hastreiter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 17 years ago. Martha pulled the curly willow twig from the bouquet Louie gave her for the celebration and put it in water. It grew roots. They potted it and tended it in their little two-story flat in Chicago, Ill., where they have lived since they immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1956. They transplanted it into increasingly larger pots. It continued to grow as much as it could indoors. A few years ago when Louie and Martha moved, Trudy brought the anniversary willow tree to Wawanissee Point and planted it at the base of the prairie hill, at the edge of woods. Trudy and her husband and co-innkeeper, Dave, have been trimming and caring for the tree, and it’s thriving.
Louie, a Bavarian master cabinetmaker, helped build the Inn and you can admire his wooden inlay flooring, marquetry portraits and more during your stay. Now Louie and Martha have imparted a growing symbol of their abiding love at this special outcrop in the Baraboo Range, which the Ho-Chunk named for its beauty, Wawanissee.
Trudy and Dave placed a curved bench beside the tree, at the start of the Inn’s private trail to Lake Louie.
Willows, especially a curly willow, are pretty in all seasons. Sit with your sweetheart before this tree of love and you will feel its magic touch you. Let it infuse a little spark into your romance this Valentine’s Day, or any time you can escape to Wawanissee Point, a place of enduring beauty and love.
Unwind and nurture your romance in Wawanissee Point’s solitude.
See our Specials & Packages page to surprise your sweetheart with fresh flowers or roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet chocolates, a decadent cake, champagne and/or a balloon bouquet.
Feb. 11: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Mirror Lake Sate Park, Lake Delton, 25 minutes north of the Inn, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. A guided hike along the snowshoe trails by moonlight. Meet at the beach parking lot. Bring a flashlight. Questions call 608-254-2333 or e-mail [email protected] Download a winter trail map here.
Feb. 11: Full Moon Candlelight Snowshoe at Devil’s Lake State Park www.devilslakewisconsin.com, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Rock Elm Shelter, five minutes west of the Inn. A self-guided snowshoe or hike through the park along a new and longer route this year, and then warm by the campfire and make s’mores with the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park. Dress for any weather. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions