Top Picks For Valentine’s Weekend Around Baraboo


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

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.

Book your Valentine’s Day weekend-getaway room today HERE. Call us at 608-355-9899.

Unwind and nurture your romance in Wawanissee Point’s solitude.

Our Picks For Valentine’s Fun Feb. 10–12, 2017

  1. Reflect on the bench at the Love Longevity Tree.
  2. Snow walk our 42 acres, on or off the trails, to invigorate in the crisp, fresh air with our new Redfeather snowshoes.
  3. Full Snow Moon snow walks here or at Devil’s Lake or Mirror Lake State Parks, event details below. If skies are clear you can trek at night without a flashlight five days before and after the Feb. 11 full moon.
  4. Soak away stresses together in the Bird’s Nest and Bordeaux massage-therapy tubs.
  5. Feb. 11 join the one-hour Eagle Watching Bus Tour around Sauk Prairie at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers. Great views of the majestic bird with stops at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Public Overlook (with spotting scope), VFW Park and Alliant Hydroelectric Dam in Prairie du Sac. Reserve your $5.00 tickets before they’re gone by calling the Cedarberry Inn at 608-643-6625. Details at
  6. Cross-country ski Devil’s Head Resort’s scenic Glacier Golf Course with rentals available there.
  7. Indulge in a couple’s massage at Baraboo’s exclusive day spa, Spa Serenity. Our guests receive a 10-percent discount. Reserve now at
  8. Ride the Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Snow Train™ through Sauk County’s picturesque winter wonderland by coach and first-class services Feb. 11–12, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m., or the Elegant Dinner Train at 5:30 pm Feb. 11. Details and tickets at
  9. Explore a maze of ice towers, tunnels, pathways and slides at the Ice Castles in Wisconsin Dells, afternoons to evenings every day except Tuesday through February. Book your admission time online at for $12.00 and receive a unique QR code to be scanned on your phone at the door, or purchase $15.00 tickets at the door and arrive 30 minutes before your desired entrance time. Once inside stay as long as you wish.
  10. Snuggle dreamily with your sweetie before the Secret Garden’s glowing fireplace with the valley view to each side, in our plush robes with your favorite love songs playing. Add decadent treats and champagne, details below.
  11. Melt away tension in our secluded sauna with your sweetheart.
  12. Feb. 11 enjoy Blend A cappella at the Portage Center For The Arts, 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. A doo-wop quartet from southern Illinois mixes 1950s–1960s great music with today’s comedy for a fun performance. Tickets $15.00 online at or at the door. Learn more about Blend at
  13. From the sunroom’s warmth watch snow birds and squirrels feeding and get lost in the 36-mile view.


We’ll Arrange Treats

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.


Use the Inn’s complimentary Redfeather snowshoes for these events or any of the hiking areas around here:

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 Download a winter trail map here.

Feb. 11:  Full Moon Candlelight Snowshoe at Devil’s Lake State Park, 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 with questions

  • A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required for these events. Buy it beforehand online from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, where you can also donate to help keep the parks open. Or purchase a day pass or annual sticker at the parks’ entrances, plan to arrive a little early as there may be a line. Learn more here.
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