We all have our favorites when it comes to the quintessential fall getaway in Wisconsin, so this is by no means a definitive itinerary, but it comes close in our book. Did we mention you’ll probably need at least a week to get everything in?
Tour a cranberry bog. Make reservations to tour Glacial Lake Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids. This historic and sustainable cranberry marsh has been in continuous operation since 1873. Make reservations to stay at one of two nearby inns in Steven’s Point – Dreams of Yesteryear or A Victorian Swan on Water. Also, this weekend September 28-30 is the 40th annual Warrens Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI, the largest of its kind in the world. Before you go check what’s available at these area B&Bs…rooms are going fast!
Attend an Oktoberfest event. We have to go with La Crosse on this one, with their Oktoberfest running September 28-October 6. Relax at Four Gables B&B or Wilson Schoolhouse Inn after the merry-making.
Take in a view from above. At Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, take a ride to the top of Granite Peak and back via ski chairlift. The rides are available September 29-30, October 6-7 and October 13-14. Then stay in a National Register Arts & Crafts masterpiece, the Stewart Inn.
Head to a farmers’ market. No matter what B&B you’re visiting, there’s bound to be a farmers’ market close by. Just ask the innkeeper.
Tailgate. Tailgating before a Badger game? There are a half-dozen different Madison B&Bs to choose from to serve as home base. Just be sure to pack plenty of red and white. Tailgating before a Packer game? There are numerous inns within 50 miles, with half-dozen of them within a 25 mile radius of Green Bay and Lambeau Field for your game-day pleasure.
Experience opera. The Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee kicks off its season at the end of October with a performance of Bizet’s “Carmen.” Experience fall drama by staying at Cold Spring Inn in nearby Hubertus. Located on 80 acres with a river valley running through it, Cold Spring Inn also has a new boutique vineyard and wine tasting. Bravo!
Eat a caramel apple. In Cedarburg, the caramel apples at Amy’s Candy Kitchen are the best (that’s not just us saying it either, it’s according to the Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Wisconsin State Fair). The two B&Bs in town are historic gems – they are the Stagecoach Inn B&B and Washington House Inn.