LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: SO WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AROUND HERE?
Well as we already mentioned on our Home Page, there are the local Amish shops to visit and take home some one-of-a-kind homemade crafts and treats. There are many local attractions in this area that the average traveler will not find on a map and that only the locals know about, which we are more than happy to share with our guests if they ask, such as the Big Cat Rescue that allows tours, the train ride on an antique passenger train with dining car, and the best places to eat, drink and be merry.
You must try Ester’s Candies. She makes the best chocolate treats including chocolate-covered cherries made with cream cheese filling instead of that sugary stuff in the store versions. Some of our faves are her chocolate-covered peanut clusters, toffee, and she will have homemade pies with the fruit that is in season at the time.
Close to Wisconsin Dells:
We are only 30 minutes from the famous Wisconsin Dells, where you will find unique shops and eateries, miniature golf, games, duck boat rides, go-karts and the largest water slides in the U.S, among other things. You can also kayak the beautiful waterways that meander through the sandstone bluffs of the area or take a trip on an authentic duck boat – which you are sure to never forget. There’s also the famous Baraboo Circus World which kids love to visit.
Farm-Fresh, Picked-From-The-Field Produce:
You cannot get any fresher produce anywhere. The produce at Graber’s produce stand is picked each morning, and for certain items that may wilt during the day, they will go out to the field and pick it while you wait in line. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
If you enjoy shopping for antiques or going “thrifting”, the Baraboo area has some of the best antique and thrift shops. Are you looking for that unique piece you won’t see anywhere else? Because we are located in a very old farm community, many relics from old farm families end up in the local antique and thrift stores. You can find some true gems that are definitely antiques but without the high price tag.
Some of the Best Kayaking:
There are so many lakes and rivers in Wisconsin, you could never kayak them all in your lifetime. The Baraboo River and Wisconsin River have many access points for kayakers that are very close to Bluebird Orchards, and we are willing to drop you off or pick you up at your entry or pick up point. We also have kayaks to rent at the Orchard.
Eagle-Watching and Other Wildlife:
If you enjoy eagle-watching, we have a bald eagle nest just down the road from the Barnhouse and close enough to the road that you can get great photos of them sitting on their nest, in their tree or flying around the area. There are a large number of bald eagles in our area and we also boast the largest population of white (albino) deer. Our private pond is home to many wild animals that come to it’s edge to drink, nest and fish. A couple of local regulars to our pond are a blue heron and a kingfisher who fish it regularly. Who also get deer, turkey, hawks and eagles, fox, mink, coyotes, and a large number of colorful songbirds who love the orchard and the gardens.
Close to Madison Eclectic Shopping and Ethnic Dining.
Madison has some of the best ethnic restaurants in all of Wisconsin and beyond. If you have a hankering for Italian, Korean, Mexican, Thai, vegetarian cuisine or pretty much anything you crave for, Madison has it, and all within a few blocks of each other. Madison also has a beautiful botanical garden right on one of the 3 big lakes within the city limits, a zoo and museum if that is more your style for a day trip. It’s best to “Google it” before you plan a day trip to Madison or ask us about places to see if you are not familiar with the city and what it has to offer.
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