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 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 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.
Surplus G-Clean, Ryobi, and Stok tools and merchandise find worthy homes at Direct Tools Factory Outlet stores. Direct Tools aggregates hammers, cleaners, grills, and nozzles from suppliers and offers them to customers at a price below their standard retail tags, usually as a result of manufacturer overproduction. Each item is unopened in its original packaging, and Stok grilling products retain their 2- or 10-year warranties.
Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
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.
Before the Dells became synonymous with water parks and amusement rides, the midwestern destination's claim to fame was its scenery. Visitors in the mid 1940s trickled in to see the craggy rock formations that frame both sides of the Wisconsin River. Today, the bluffs, or dells, are still visible from the downtown area, where souvenir shops and kitschy attractions abound. Mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, bizarre museums, and other family-friendly attractions dominate the town's center. For a cultural trip, the H.H. Bennett Studio museum recounts the Dells' history through the life of the 19th-century landscape photographer, whose work originally attracted tourists to the area. Less than 20 miles away, 36 skiing and snowboarding trails snake through 160 skiable acres at Cascade Mountain, which rises up to 1,280 feet in elevation.