This page is in addition to what we already mentioned on our Home Page and Local Attractions Page for the Madison, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Hill Point area.
GO TO 4 STATES ALL AT ONCE: Bluebird Orchards is just a little over an hour from the amazing Mississippi River and the Four Corners area where Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota all meet. If you feel like a day trip to Dubuque, Iowa for Italian food, there is a restaurant there that has the best food. It’s called Vinnie Vanucchi’s not far from the Wisconsin River. It will take you approximately an hour and 15 minutes to get there but is worth the trip.
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN PARKS:
The Wyalusing State Park will give you a wonderful view of the Mississippi River basin from it’s high cliffs. There are hiking trails in the park and one that goes to a small, orange-tinted cave that is not well-known but a beautiful site.
Pewit’s Nest is another wonderful park that is close. It is between Bluebird Orchards and Baraboo and visited by many who like to take a dip in the water-filled cavern and hike the trails.
Devil’s Lake: Many visitors to Wisconsin have heard of the Dells, Baraboo and Devil’s Lake State Park as being the most popular tourist attractions in the Southwest area. Devil’s Lake has hiking, camping and is the largest state park in Wisconsin. It is visited for it’s 500 foot high bluffs that surround the lake and offer amazing views of the area. There are many quartzite rock formations, such as Balanced Rock and Devil’s Doorway, throughout the park created by the ice age as was the lake, and a Blue Heron rookery on the South Shore of Devil’s Lake that attracts many birdwatchers. Download the map.
Mirror Lake State Park: Also very close to the Bluebird Orchards Vacation Rental is another popular park called Mirror Lake. It has similar bluffs and hiking trails to Devil’s Lake but is usually not as crowded.
FOR FOODIES, WINE AND BEER CONNOISSEURS
PREM MEATS: If you are looking for a good butcher shop to purchase a ribeye steak to throw on the grill back at the rental, Prem Meats has the best around for flavor. The are located just 20 minutes from BBO in Spring Green, WI
NEW GLARUS BREWERY TOURS: New Glarus Brewery makes beers and flavored beers that are only sold in Wisconsin. Including the famous Spotted Cow beer and Red Belgian cherry flavor that cannot be bought outside the State of Wisconsin -although some bars in Illinois have pleaded to carry it. You can, however, go to almost any bar in Wisconsin and order a Spotted Cow. Only grocery and liquor stores carry the Red Belgian usually.
SASSY COW ICE CREAM: The best ice cream we have ever tasted hands down! Not to be confused with our famous Spotted Cow beer is the awesome-tasting, creamy, rich Sassy Cow ice Cream. Not sold in most stores because it is made specifically for restaurants, Bluebird Orchards (BBO) does know of two places close-by where you can grab a taste: In Reedsburg at Viking Foods Grocery Store in their ice cream section you will find it by the quart but only a scant few flavors, or Aunt Ozie’s Cafe in Loganville only 5 miles from BBO, where you can get a sample in a cone or dish. However, we highly recommend a day trip to the actual Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus, WI. They have a huge variety of flavors at the creamery that are not available in the store and you can buy them in pints, quarts or in a cone to take back to the rental with you. It’s about an hour’s drive from BBO through farm country.
CHEESE: Who can visit Wisconsin and not go home with some of the best cheese in the United States? You will find fresh cheese curds just about anywhere in this area and a cheese store in almost every town.
TRAIL BREAK PIZZA: Where they make it from scratch while you wait. Wonderful homemade crust pizza. Located in La Valle, WI just north of BBO about a 30 minute drive through some beautiful country. On the way you will pass Cedar Grove Cheese and Esther’s Candies – mentioned on our Home Page or Local Attractions Page.