Wisconsin Dells Journals

A Winter Getaway in the Dells

A December 2005 trip to Wisconsin Dells by Asia Traveler

Quote: For my husband's birthday, we decided to go to a local resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

A Winter Getaway in the Dells

Overview

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The Dells are mainly a summer getaway, a place to go ride the Ducks to see the Dells, and visit outdoor water parks and amusement parks and other touristy summer activities. I have only been there in the winter, when it's pretty much a ghost town. The downtown area has a bookshop and some candy shops open, but most of the others are closed for the season. There is skiing in the area for those who are interested in the winter. There are also several (Kalahari, Wilderness, Great Wolf Lodge) resorts that have indoor water parks that are fun to visit during the winter. The main "adult" fun in the winter is gambling at the Ho-Chunk casino, visiting the Wollersheim Winery, or visi...Read More

Chula Vista Resort

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Hotel

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We stayed at the Chula Vista Resort because of a great all-inclusive special they were having--$99/night and all you can eat and drink (2 nights minimum). For the price we paid, it was a good deal. However, I don't think I would ever pay Chula Vista's regular rates. The room we stayed in was a junior king suite. It was okay, nothing really nice, but it basically met my expectations of a hotel room. The fact that it was a suite basically that meant that there was a short wall dividing part of the room from the part with the couch and TV. The bed was okay--we are spoiled at home with memory foam, so we didn't sleep very well. We had a nice view of the forest behind our room and a balcony (bu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Chula Vista Resort
4031 River Rd.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-8366

Howler's Sports Bar

Restaurant

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Howler's Sports Bar/Luigi's Pizza is one option for food and drinks when the main restaurant is closed. We were there on an all-inclusive deal, so we chose to eat there. However, had we been paying ourselves, we would have headed into town due to it being extremely overpriced.They have a limited menu of bar foods such as pizza, nachos, cheese sticks, and onion rings. The food is normal bar fare, nothing special, but not a good value. Their drinks were good, and probably priced closer to fair market value. Of course, if you want to drink, it is better to have that in house anyway—no driving necessary. Because of the large number of people at the hotel that week taking advantage of the all-inclusive pa...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 4, 2006

Howler's Sports Bar
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-8366

Mesa Grill / Chula Vista Buffet

Restaurant | "The Mesa Grill / The Chula Vista Buffet"

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The Mesa Grill and The Chula Vista Buffet share the same dining room but not the same menu.The Chula Vista Buffet is a HUGE buffet for breakfast or dinner with many kinds of food, including a whole station for the kids. Their claim to fame at dinner is serving crab legs (and they are good), but their foods also include fried chicken, potatoes, a salad bar, and desserts. The quality is about what you'd expect at a buffet—tasty and filling, but nothing outstanding. I think the price was around $20 a head—not cheap, but similar to what you'd pay at a nicer restaurant à la carte.The Mesa Grill offers a rotating menu every night. There seemed to be 5-10 items on the menu each time, but it changed depending...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 4, 2006

Mesa Grill / Chula Vista Buffet
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 254-8366

Wollersheim Winery

Attraction

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We decided to head down to the winery because it was open in the winter and a cheap attraction ($3.50 each for a tour). We had a good time! We joined the tour of the winery about 10 minutes late (it was the last tour of the day), but it was very informative. We learned about the wine-making process there, as well as the history of that particular winery (which has been around since the 1850s). At the end was a wine tasting where we could taste any of the wines they had in stock, including wines from a sister winery. We found a very good spiced wine that we bought two bottles of. We were glad we went. It took about 40 minutes to get to the Wollersheim Winery by car from the upper Dells...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Wollersheim Winery
7876 State Road 188
Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin 53578
(800) 847-9463