It seems like everyone is on vacation right now. My Facebook feed is full of pictures of people at lakes, in the mountains and man made attractions. Because of work obligations and several out-of-town family weddings this fall, we are unable to take a week long vacation this year. However, a few weeks ago we were able to get away for a weekend and it was amazing how refreshing just a short trip could be.
We went to Wisconsin Dells which is about a three hour trip from our home. Wisconsin Dells is known as the “Water Capital of the World” as every other television commercial tells you. Wisconsin Dells is also known for tons of tourist traps, go-karts, and the infamous “Ducks.” Because we were traveling without children we managed to avoid all of these attractions, and had a nice adult weekend.
This area holds a special place in my heart because for several years my family had a vacation home on Lake Redstone which is about 20 minutes northwest of the Dells. It was my dad’s favorite place in the world (and it’s always nice to be somewhere that brings back such happy memories, although it makes me miss him terribly) and we still have family that lives on the lake.
We traveled with my mom, her husband and my brother and stayed outside of the main Wisconsin Dells drag at Christmas Mountain. We had a lovely three bedroom townhouse which let us visit, but gave us all our own space. So fortunately there was no couch sleeping for us which is important for a relaxing weekend.
We started our Friday night with pizza at Sarento’s. We have been there several times and find one of the best places to sit is in the bar area to enjoy the live music. The man that typically performs I think is “famous” for the area as he seemed to have quite a few groupies. It is a fun change of pace to enjoy some live music with your dinner.
The next day the boys went golfing and my mom and I went to Baraboo for lunch and some vintage shopping. I love Baraboo. It is a small artistic town about 45 minutes from Madison. It was home to the Ringling Brothers Circus in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Currently it is home to the Circus World Museum. I love the vibe in the town. It is built on a courtyard square. I can’t imagine practicing law in that courthouse rather than the skyscraper one I frequently visit.
My mom and I had a delicious lunch at Vintage Port Catering. This place used to be called the Java Cafe but it is the same owner and the same yummy sandwiches and it has a fun San Francisco vibe.
My yummy sandwich
And my mom graciously posing with her sandwich. Thanks Mom!
We then did a little shopping in some stores on the square. Cornerstone Gallery carries art and jewelry from different artists some of which are local. Also, if you are looking for a great art fair, Baraboo hosts Art on the Square in August. Also, they are the sponsors of the Fall Art Tour in October which is a self-guided tour of various local artists’ studios. I have not done this yet but it is on my list to do one fall. We picked up some funky earrings here (although I forgot to take a picture).
We also did a little antique and vintage shopping.
These did not come home with me. I thought they were rather creepy.
This did come home with me. It is new but looks vintage. I found this at Raven House. Raven House has artisan, antiques and vintage home goods. This is a huge palm reading sign that I thought was very unique.
And my fairies got a new family member and a gnome.
And after all that walking we needed some iced coffee at the Coffee Bean Connection. We then met up with the boys at my aunt and uncle’s home on Lake Redstone.
The view of the lake.
Relaxing while waiting for a boat ride.
Dega enjoying the boat.
We followed up our boat ride with a delicious steak dinner and grilled vegetables prepared by my wonderful aunt and uncle.
We went home on Sunday feeling refreshed and renewed. Of course I would’ve loved to run off for a whole week (preferably the Four Seasons) but a little trip close was the temporary solution. A good thing to remember that it only takes a little break from the every day to renew the soul. I hope you all find a little time to take a trip this summer and enjoy the summer. -June