Ivy snakes around door frames and fine stemware dangles above the Von Klaus Winery Tasting Haus’s bar where racks of all-natural fruit wines give off a kaleidoscope of colors. In this space, Von Klaus's staff re-creates the secluded winery experience right in downtown Baraboo. During candlelit four-course tastings, they pour samples of their sulfite- and preservative-free wines crafted from handpicked apples, wild cherries, or New Zealand kiwis. As guests gaze out the windows onto the historical square, the staff brings out small plates that may include Wisconsin cheese, jumbo shrimp, and housemade chocolate truffles. As intimate as these pairings can be, the team at Von Klaus also finds a way to re-create the same feeling on a larger scale at private events. In addition to mobile tastings, the winery also brings its traveling vineyard to events in which a professional wine steward is on hand to offer guests a variety of sips.
At Direct Tools Factory Outlet, power tools, outdoor equipment, and floor-care products flaunt the titles of major manufacturers such as Ryobi Power Tools, Homelite, and Hoover. Patrons can peruse the emporium's towering displays for discounted, reconditioned items, such as a Ryobi One+ right-angle drill ($55.99). Customers can liberate rugs from the remnants of a balding chia pet with a Dirt Devil pet hand vac ($39.99) or employ the rotating blades of a reconditioned electric saw ($44.99) to effortlessly cut wood for a tree house. Products at Direct Tools Factory Outlet carry a minimum 1-year warranty, and knowledgeable staffers are available to answer questions and guide customers through the inventory like a Sherpa guiding lost travelers through the plotlines of M.A.S.H.
Dells Watersports, a boating haven founded in 1979 by Steve and Kathy Zowin, creates adventures aboard its high-speed and leisurely paced watercraft. Atop the waters of Lake Delton, inflatable tubes bounce over waves as they’re pulled by rental ski boats, and rental waverunners heed the stop signs held up by mermaids. Taking more leisurely trips, kayaks and canoes carry groups on scenic floats by sandstone bluffs, white pine trees, and the Timme Mill dam. Back on shore, staff members man a full-service marina department stocked with boating equipment. Dells Watersports also maintains sister facilities for watercraft rental at Mirror Lake, Castle Rock Lake, and inside all the world's fishbowls.
As Madison residents bid good riddance to cold weather, Elements Boardshop throws open its doors to prepare for summertime activities. Rows of Element, Zero, and Darkstar skateboard decks entice visitors to shed their wheel-less shoes for more mobile transport with crisp, colorful designs and sturdy construction. T-shirts by Hurley stand at the ready to free patrons from the confining threads of suits or giant silkworm cocoons, covering torsos in purple, green, and black designs emblazoned with the company's iconic logo. Board shorts and bikinis in assorted styles are durable enough to brave rough waters or cover their owners as they lounge beachside.
The fishing experts at Sauk-Prairie Live Bait & Tackle supply fishermen and fisherwomen with a collection of lures, lines, reels, and rods. The doors of the shop open at 6 a.m. during winter months, allowing water hunters to capture the gilled creatures before they've woken up and alerted their guard-dolphins. An assortment of fishing lures that includes the Arbogast Hula Popper ($5.69) and the blinged-out Big Dude blade bait ($3.29) beckons the bites of aquatic inhabitants, and anglers may use the floating Heddon Meadow Mouse ($8.99) to bewitch large fish to the water's surface or incite mayhem in the home of a cat lady. The Zebco 33 gold spincast reel ($19.99) attracts aquatic eats with a gold electro-plated stainless steel cover.
Poynette’s Smokey Hollow Farm was founded in 2004 as a hub for family holiday celebrations, selling harvested fir trees to Christmas shoppers and welcoming astonished onlookers to compare shoe sizes and inseams with Big Jake, the world’s tallest horse. Standing 6’10” in withers, the 11-year-old Belgian draft horse graces the pages of Guinness World Records 2011, and was recognized on Today for his goofy personality and fundraising efforts for Ronald McDonald House. During the holiday season, clients can also hitch free rides on horse-drawn wagons to tour the farm's lush grounds, and year-round visitors can stop by the gift shop to stock up on potpourri, Amish baked goods, and other items made by local artisans.