WISCONSIN SILENT SPORTS PLACES TO STAY
PRESENTED BY SILENT SPORTS MAGAZINE!
Amherst (Portage County)
At or near the Tomorrow River State Trail, Lake Emily, Thorn Lake, bike trail north of town, Central Brewery tours, museums, Standing Rocks Trails (biking, running, hiking XC skiing). More on standing Rocks: Link – https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/06/07/standing-rocks-history-and-new-trail-build-the-fat-bike-heaven-of-standing-rocks-video-by-brian-davis/
Artha Sustainable Living Center B&B 715-824-3463 • URL Link: https://arthaonline.com/bed-and-breakfast/ XC Skiing, FatTire biking, snowshoeing & more in sustainable beauty.
Baraboo (Sauk County)
At or near the fabulous Devil’s Lake State Park (500′ bluffs!), Vertical Adventure guides (rock climbing), International Crane Foundation (wildlife natural areas), Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen, Distillery tours, Bluff Winery, and a tour of A.I. Ringling Mansion, among the many options.
• Inn at Wawanissee Point 608-355-9899 • Link: http://innatwawanisseepoint.com. Enjoy 40 acres of groomed trails. Complimentary snowshoes. Adjacent to Devil’s Head Ski Resort & state park recreational facilities.
• Ringling House B&B 608-356-4229 • Link: http://ringlinghousebnb.com. Relax, rekindle & relish your stay in this luxurious historic home.
Cable (Bayfield County)
Home of so many notable silent sports races, such as the American Birkebeiner Ski Race and Trail Festival Run, and Fatbike/road bike races. But also the old Telemark trails, CAMBA (Cable & Seeley MTB trails) – so many hiking/running trails, Cable was named “Trail Town USA” by the American Hiking Association. Then there’s the nearby Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers for beautiful paddling and fishing, and over 950 inland lakes. After your silent sports, there’s the Redbery Book Store, the Natural History and Namekagon History Museums, and Forest Lodge Library, and eateries such as the Bird House Cafe and Catering, Velo Cafe, and the Ideal Market/River Eatery.
The Start Line Inn 312-363-9823 • Link: http://startlineinn.com. Located mere yards from the Birkie and CAMBA trails. See Silent Sports article for the full, beautiful details – Link: https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/07/09/start-line-inn/
Cudahy (Milwaukee County)
Milwaukee Nightlife and Dining, Lake Michigan beaches, South Shore Cyclery, Warnimont Park (cycling, trails, lake shore), Cudahy Nature Preserve, Sheridan Park, Dog-friendly parks.
Sheridan’s B&B 414-747-9810 • Link: http://sheridansbnb.com. Sophisticated, plush amenities… close to Downtown Milwaukee & Airport!
Green Lake (Green Lake County)
Located on the north side of Green Lake. Measuring over a quarter square mile of surface area, Green Lake is the deepest of Wisconsin’s natural inland lakes, with boat tours and water sports. Although its population is around 1,000, Green Lake offers a beautiful town square with the Thrasher Opera House. White River Marsh State Wildlife Area is a short drive away, and Green Lake itself offers several local hiking/ running trails maintained by the “Green Team” comprised of three groups working together. Wetlands, estuaries, lake shore, and more. Cyclists can loop the lake, a trail 24 miles around Green Lake’s perimeter on low or no-traffic paved trails. Off-road cyclists can enjoy the Ceresco Prairie Mountain Bike Trail at Ripon College, with switchbacks, climbs, and jumps, through forest and prairie. Fatbiking welcome in winter season.
Greenway House B&B 920-379-0033 • Link: http://GreenwayhouseBandB.com. Classic Charm, modern amenities, whirlpool & fireplace rooms + more!
Hartford (Washington and Dodge Counties)
In Hartford you are near the Kettle Moraine State Forest, 678-acre Pike Lake Unit. Pike Lake itself is at 446 acres. With an observation tower, beach, hiking, running, and biking (with part of the Ice Age Trail coming through!), it’s no surprise there is also a naturalist program. Also nearby: Rubicon River Bike Trail, Druid Lake, and Glacier Hills County Park.
Westphal Mansion Inn B&B 262-673-7938 • Link: http://WestphalMansionInn.com. Lavish decor throughout, blending the ambiance of yesteryear with today’s comforts.
Horicon (Dodge County)
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, with its Fourmile Island Rookery State Natural Area, Nitschke Mounds County Park, Mayville Park Pavilion, and Dodge County Ledge Park offer hiking/running trails and notable bird-watching. And the Rock River and Sinissippi Lake offer wonderful paddling opportunities. Then enjoy The Ice Cream Station, Gingers Hide Away, the Rock River Tap Bar & Grill, or China House.
Honeybee Inn 920-485-4855 • Link: http://honeybeeinn.com. Historic charm w/ modern conveniences; TripAdvisor 2019 5-Star Excellence Rating.
Hudson (St. Croix County)
Silent Sports galore! Located on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border on the shore of beautiful Lake St. Croix, this is a paddler’s paradise. Willow River State Park gives you 3,000 acres of hiking, running, biking fun, plus stunning waterfalls (200′-gorge drop), Lakefront Park with beaches and lifeguards. Brekke Park, Valley View Park, Brown’s Beach, Little Falls Dam, Perch Lake, Homestead Parklands- the list of fabulous water, beaches, parks, and trailways goes on.
Plus historic neighborhoods, concerts on the beach, cultural art centers and museums. Family and silent sporters can unite in enjoying all Hudson and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Phipps Inn 715-386-0800 • Link: https://www.phippsinn.com/. This Queen Anne style mansion along the river is close to shopping, the arts and many outdoor activities. Stunning inside and out.
Hustler (Juneau County)
At approximately 200 residents, what could the Village of Hustler and its surrounding areas have to offer? To start, the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, at over 43,000 acres, is a short trip north. Miles and miles of trails with stunning views the whole way. Mill Bluff State Park, part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, is a short drive. Stunning bluffs to explore and hike to the top for more stunning views. XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, biking, paddlesports, and just seeing the sights. Avoid the crowds while still doing it all!
Fountain Chateau B&B 608-427-3787 • Link: http://fountainchateau.com. Natural vacation land w/ parks & trails for XC skiers & more.
Lake Mills (Jefferson County)
68 trails with a total of 705 miles to choose from, there isn’t anything lacking for runners, hikers, and bikers. At the shores of Rock Lake, and Bean Lake nearby paddlers have a paradise to ply their paddles and take their photos. Beaches aplenty for swimmers and children to play on. Glacial Drumlin state Trail-West (52 miles!), considered one of Wisconsin’s best bicycle trails, is right there. Aztalan State Park, 172 acres along the Crawfish River, a designated National Historic Landmark since 1954, is a quick drive. Come learn about its historic platform mounds. Plenty of dining to choose from, including the Grist Bar & Table, Hering’s Sand Bar & Grill, Aztalan Bar & Grill, Cafe on the Park, and more.
Fargo Mansion Inn 920-648-3654 • Link: http://fargomansion.com. Weekend packages featuring a private wine-tasting available.
Madison (Dade County)
With the University of Wisconsin, the State Capitol, UW Arboretum, and a domed observatory, the arts, concerts, and great eateries thrive, and provide plenty of great touring opportunities for families. And being the home of the MadNorSki Ski club, you know there are trail opportunities in abundance, such as Elver Park, Odana Hills, Yahara Hills, and Cheroke Marsh South Conservation, and more. Runners, hikers, and bikers can have their day when the snow is gone, and also at the Military Ridge State Trail (for an easier ride), but also difficult trails called Sandy Bowl and Drop Zone, and many more such as Pleasant View, from easy to moderate to difficult. Paddlers have a field day with the twin lakes of Mendota and Monona, with direct access to the Yahara River, at the doorstep, and Capitol Springs Recreational Area on the shores of Lake Waubesa. With abundant swimming, biking, and running opportunities, it’s no wonder that Madison is home to the world class Ironman Wisconsin!
• The Livingston Inn 608-238-6317 • Link: http://livingstoninnmadison.com. Beautiful guest rooms w/modern-day amenities
• Speckled Hen Inn 608-244-9368 • Link: http://speckledheninn.com. Rooms w/ fireplaces and jetted tubs! Winter rates=book & $ave!
Manitowoc (Manitowoc County)
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Manitowoc River, Manitowoc offers paddling opportunities galore, but also the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (visit a submarine!) and West of the Lake Gardens. With a population over 33,000, Manitowoc offers plenty of fine and casual dining, plus concerts at the Capitol Civic Center. Twenty-six parks in the city offer boat launching and trails, including Mariners Trail and Rawley Point Recreation Trail, which provides 6-miles of uninterrupted hiking, biking, and pedaling trail views of Lake Michigan, at 6 miles, the longest in Wisconsin. And the Ice Age Trail goes through as well. Plenty of snowshoeing, XC skiing opportunities nearby, and Two Rivers close by to the north.
Westport B&B 920-686-0465 • Link: http://thewestport.com. Settle in, leave your cares behind and enjoy this 1879 Italianate Style mansion.
Reedsburg (Sauk County)
Along the Baraboo River, with a walkable, historic college campus, and at or near the fabulous Devil’s Lake State Park (500′ bluffs!), Vertical Adventure guides (rock climbing), International Crane Foundation (wildlife natural areas), Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, Devil’s Nose State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park. Reedsburg is also the terminus of the 400 State Trail. Twenty-two miles made as part of the rails to trails program. Along the winding Baraboo River to Elroy, take the trail and find eleven bridges and five trail towns. Want more? The trail connects to the Hillsboro, Elroy-Sparta and Omaha bike trails. Afterwards, enjoy the BC Arts Gallery. Railway Museum, and horseback riding. Plenty of fine and casual dining opportunities.
Valley Springs Farm B&B 608-495-1096 • Link: http://valleyspringsfarmbb.com . Your peaceful, quiet, tranquil & relaxing getaway.
Sturgeon Bay (Door County)
Well, the entryway city into Door County, from golfing to cherry wine (and pit spitting contests), everything awaits you! With Lake Michigan to the east and west of you (and north!), you’ll find the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Shop Canal Preserve. Crossroads and Big Creek offers stunning views in winter and summer, with hiking, running, and XC skiing available. Then there are over 1200 acres of trails and views at Potawatami State Park, a bayside area for hiking and camping. Sunset Park, Bayview Park, the list goes on. Cave Point County Park features underwater caves, hiking trails, and limestone cliffs to take you on a tour of Lake Michigan beauty. In wintertime, many of these parks satisfy the cross country skiers among you.
White Lace Inn 920-743-1105 • Link: http://whitelaceinn.com Whirlpools, fireplaces in an elegant Victorian atmosphere.
Two Rivers (Manitowoc County)
For complete details on Two Rivers’ trails, beautiful parks and beaches, and silent sports things to do/family & cultural activities, please link to the following story: Destination Two Rivers, by Michael McFadzxen, in Silent Sports Magazine: https://silentsportsmagazine.com/2020/07/10/destination-two-rivers/
Village Inn on the Lake 920.794.8818. Views of Lake Michigan. Plenty for children and families to do onsite, access for paddlers, hikers, runners, bikers, and XC skiers. Good customer reviews. Link: https://villageinnwi.com.
Red Forest B&B Inn 920.794.8818. 920-793-1794 Link: https://redforestbb.com/ Catering to your needs with four elegant rooms to choose from with all the modern amenities. Tasty breakfast and desserts to enjoy before heading out on your silent sports adventures in Two Rivers.
Watertown (Dodge and Jefferson Counties)
Located midway between Milwaukee and Madison, Watertown is encircled by trails silent sporters recognize. Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit, Wild Goose State Trail, Aztalan State Park, and Cushing Memorial State Park along the Glacial Drumlin Trail to name a few. Sure to keep hikers, runners, cyclists, and XC skiers happy. In town for the family, Deer Trail, Brandt-Quirk, and Tivoli Island National Parks with the Watertown/Oconomowoc Interurban Bike Trail will keep the kids and dog happy. Then visit the Octogon House, Hoards Historical Museum, Glacier Rock Farms, and Watertown Bowl. And paddlers have the Rock River traversing Watertown on three sides, and can enjoy the annual Watertown Riverfest after docking.
The Katherine Holle House 920-253-2444 • Link: http://thekatherinehollehouse.com. Afternoon wine and snacks, a full breakfast and unparalleled hospitality.
Waupaca (Waupaca County)
Waupaca presents a silent sports paradise. From waterways such as the aptly named 22-lake chain Chain O’ Lakes, 62.8-mile Waupaca River, to in-town Mirror Lake and Shadow Lake with their shared South Beach park area, paddlers and swimmers can keep busy. Bikers, hikers, and runners have at their doorstep Portage County Ice Age Trail, Hartman Creek State Park (another pass-through of the Ice Age Trail), Swan Park, and Hartman Creek
Apple Tree Lane B&B. 715-258-3107 • Link: http://appletreelanebb.com. Enjoy all the natural beauty and tranquility of Waupaca and the Chain ‘O Lakes area.
Westby (Vernon County)
Nestled among the untarnished valleys of the Driftless / Hidden Valleys Region of southwest Wisconsin, Westby is a small town/big nature photographer’s paradise. For runners, hikers, cyclists, XC skiers, etc., taking pictures with your mind’s eye is ideal within Sidie Hollow Park, Jersey Valley Lake, and Davidson Park. Of course the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Root River State Trail are among the 11 trails with nearly 180 miles of silent sports beauty. Eateries include the Old Towne Inn Supper Club, Borgens Cafe, and the Driftless Cafe, among others. Take a tour, too, of Branches Winery and the Nordic Creamery, and, when the snow flies, come watch the ski-jumpers at the Snowflake Ski Club.
Westby House Inn 608-634-4112 • Link: http://westbyhouse.com. Minutes from state park trails & wineries.
Weyauwega (Waupaca County)
Just east of Waupaca, you can scroll up to read the Waupaca information, then come back to Weyauwega knowing you have access to all that and small town atmosphere. Weyauwega has the plus of giving you direct access to Weyauwega Lake, a significant widening of the Waupaca River, which it partially surrounds. A paddlers paradise! Also, the Waupaca County Fairgrounds is within its borders. After your bike, hike, run, swim, or ski, enjoy the beautiful Weyauwega shores while dining at the Hitching Post Bar & Grill or Gill’s landing, and devour ice cream at the Wega Dairy Barn or cheese at the Weyauwega Star Dairy. Add yes, there is an opera house in town, Gerold’s, for concerts and shows.
Willow Pond B&B 920-867-2493 • Link: http://willowpondevents.com. A masterpiece of nature awaits for any special event, weddings & more. High customer satisfaction!
Whitewater (Walworth and Jefferson Counties)
Located near the southern portion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, John Muir Trails, there are plenty of easy to difficult, beautiful trails to hike, ski, run and bike. Paddlers, swimmers, and sightseers can have amazing days on or at the shores of Tripp Lake and Trippe Lake Park. Or a bit south to Whitewater Lake. Burnt Village Park to the north, Lima Bog State Natural Area to the west, and Ice Age Trail access at Bald Bluff make this area another true silent sports paradise. Whitewater is also the home of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, so there are plenty of cultural arts and concerts to enjoy. These include the Whitewater Art Alliance, Greenhill Center for the Arts, Roberta’s and Crossman Art Galleries, Studio 84 Performing Arts, and Young Auditorium. Delivery, fine dining, and “cheap eats” lend numerous choices, such as Fanatico, the Sweetspot Cafe, and Casual Joe’s. The kids can play at the Whitewater Aquatic Center, and, if you’re truly adventurous, check out Hanglide Wisconsin. Yes, to hang glide!