Wisconsin Dells Journals

The Wisconsin Series - Weekend in the Dells

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A November 2012 trip to Wisconsin Dells by MilwVon

Christmas Mountain Village Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: A girls' four day weekend in the Dells. Given we were there over the Thanksgiving Holiday in the off season, many of the attractions and shops best known in the Dells were closed. It was nice to have a weekend of R~n~R away from "the guys".
Outside Countryside Bakery Photo, Cashton, Wisconsin
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Any time I'm close to one of Wisconsin's many Amish communities, I enjoy driving through to see what I might see. Since my friend had heard me blab on and on about the Amish and enjoyed seeing my photos from several road trips, she was up for an afternoon trip up to Cashton.We took the scenic route out of the Dells, west on Wisconsin HWY 33. The drive would be about 65 miles and take around an hour and a half. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, so we thoroughly enjoyed the drive.As we approached an area that I recognized from my September trip through the area, I stopped to tell her a bit about the Amish, their culture and farming techniques. Within minutes we were upo...Read More

Circus World Museum

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Attraction | "For Kids of All Ages"

Circus World Museum Photo, Baraboo, Wisconsin
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With our weekend trip to Wisconsin Dells, one of the "must see" places on my list was the Circus World Museum in Baraboo. Roughly 30 minutes from our timeshare, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit even though we were there in the off season.Circus World Museum is one of ten Wisconsin Historic Sites as recognized by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Ringling Brothers, five of them, founded their circus troupe in 1884 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This location along the Baraboo River was known by the locals as "Ringlingville" as it was the winter home to their circus for nearly 35 years (1884 - 1918). With original historic buildings dating 1897 to 1918, this is the largest number of "circus s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2012

Circus World Museum
550 Water Street
Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
(608) 356-8341

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "Creativity Abounds"

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron Sculpture Garden Photo, North Freedom, Wisconsin
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I have never been much of a creative type, so my visit to Dr. Evermor's Art Park & Studio was a real eye opener! From Wisconsin's HWY 12, you might whiz right past the roadside junkyard if it weren't for the handful of sculptures along the driveway entrance into his sculpture park. Even knowing it was somewhere in the area, I nearly passed it by, but fortunately stopped and turned around only to find out they didn't open until 11:00am. So I headed on to Prairie du Sac with a plan to stop again on my return back through to the Dells.There is no admission fee to cruise around the converted junkyard turned artistic menagerie of stuff. As you pass by the gated entrance, you will immed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 29, 2012

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron Sculpture Garden
Highway 12
North Freedom, Wisconsin 53591
608-219-7830

Wollersheim Winery

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Attraction | "Historic Wisconsin Winery"

Wollersheim Winery Photo, Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin
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Located about 40 minutes from Wisconsin Dells, Wollersheim Winery makes for a nice leisurely day trip.In 2012 Wollersheim Winery was named the "Winery of the Year" at the San Diego International Wine Competition. Additionally, they have received numerous awards and accolades on many of their wines. They were proud to celebrate their 40th anniversary when it was proclaimed "Napa Valley thunder was stolen by a winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin."This location was recognized by the Dane County (Wisconsin) Historical Society in 2011. Originally founded by a Hungarian winemaker who chose this location overlooking the Wisconsin River back in the 1840's for his vineyards. Unfortun...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2012

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

Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub

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Restaurant | "Yummy Fish Fry + Sprecher's Root Beer!"

Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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So it's the Friday after Thanksgiving and what does 75% of America have for supper? Turkey leftovers, of course. For the remaining 25%, if you're in Wisconsin, there is a high probability that a Friday fish fry is "what's for dinner". Since my friend and I left all of the Thanksgiving leftovers at home with the guys, we were part of the 25% looking for a decent dinner option while in the Dells.I really do love Sprecher's root beer so when I learned that they had opened three restaurants round the state including one in the Dells, I was all over that option. We called ahead to make sure they were open given that many restaurants in the area are seasonal, often closing after Labor Day. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2012

Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub
644 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
(608) 253-9109

Christmas Mountain Village

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Hotel | "Very Nice Timeshare Resort in the Dells"

Christmas Mountain Village Photo, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Christmas Mountain Village is a large resort affiliated with Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, a large timeshare developer and management company operating resorts mostly in the United States. This resort has multi-ownership structures so it is possible to rent a cabin, cottage, villa or townhouse style unit from a resort owner or an owner through the Bluegreen timeshare structure. They also have an RV and camping park on the premises.Resort guests and owners have access to a full scope of amenities including dining and recreational options. In addition to their indoor and outdoor swimming pools, they are well known throughout Wisconsin for their golf course and ski slopes. Off property b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2012

Christmas Mountain Village
S944 Christmas Mountain Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(608) 253-1000