Getting away for a few nights to a Wisconsin B&B often mean relaxing and de-stressing, what with sleeping in late and those delicious homemade breakfasts. For February, let’s make it about being active too. After all, February is American Heart Month. With a focus on outdoor pursuits, we turn to two styles of skiing – downhill and cross country.
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism lists 32 ski hills in the state . Cross reference by city to find the nearest B&B. By the way, the largest ski hill in Wisconsin is at Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau; stay at the upscale Stewart Inn, just five miles away. For cross country skiers, Wausau’s Nine-Mile Forest features 30k of classic/skate trails – and 6k of light trails. Check out X-C trail conditions at www.skinnyski.com.
You can literally ski out the front door at Justin Trails, Sparta, where the innkeepers groom 10 miles of trail for both classic/skate X-C skiing, with ski rentals on site. Hayward’s Forest Moon B&B is 1 mile from “double O” where the American Birkebeiner Race crosses; their waxing table makes ski-prep convenient. Just 10 minutes from Madison, Cameo Rose in Belleville has 120 acres with private trails for X-C or snowshoeing.
Have your (coffee) cake and eat it guilt-free when you schedule a little cardio during your getaway.