Cuisine Type: Bistro-style cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Signature cheese board
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
When Tangled Hickory Wine Bar's owners, Kevin and Karya Powell, envisioned a gathering spot for lunch, dinner, and late-night socializing, they knew they wanted its main fixture to be wines from around the world. As a result, their wine list features more than 100 bottles, as well as about 20 wines by the glass each day. They also ply patrons with wine flights, craft beers, and cocktails, which guests enjoy while listening to live music and recordings of New Guinea singing dogs.
Their wine bar's diverse menu offers shareable food to pair with the drinks, including bacon-wrapped stuffed jalape?os and a local artisan cheese board. Whenever possible, the Powells use local meats, seasonal produce, and bakery creations. They even have Madison's Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier?whose cocoa creations were called "the Holy Grail of chocolate" by Food Network's Alton Brown?whip up truffles that set off the flavor notes in Tangled Hickory's wine.
At most golf courses, players look out onto dew-kissed fairways or swaying trees and, for a moment, have their breath stolen by the picturesque landscape. At Baraboo Country Club, those moments arrive seemingly at every turn.
With unrivaled views of the bluffs at nearby Devil's Lake State Park and water features formed by Draper Creek in play on nine holes, Baraboo Country Club’s scenery enchants golfers as they traverse the 18-hole course. The inventive layout makes the most of its surroundings, as showcased on the club’s signature hole—the par 5 8th—where drives must carry a water hazard down a tree-lined fairway that dog-legs left on its way to a blind green that, like all of the Club’s putting surfaces, reads a slick “10” on the stimpmeter and doubles as a dance floor for squirrel wedding receptions.
Golfers can prime swings for upcoming rounds with a 10-stall driving range, practice bunker, and putting green, while a full-service pro shop lets golfers replace worn-down gloves or disloyal sandwedges. A wraparound bar with granite countertops awaits at the Fore Seasons Restaurant and Lounge, which serves a menu of classic sandwiches and weekly specials.
Pool balls sinking into the pockets of five billiards tables, bullseyes landing on two dartboards, royal flushes sweeping the digital tables of five poker machines. With all the gaming available at Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille, it's possible to forget to stop and eat. Possible, but not probable, since cooks here coat wings in more than 21 flavors, such as garlic oregano and buffalo ranch.
Equally hearty, the remaining menu includes juicy burgers crowned with cheese curds and bacon, brick-oven pizzas topped with taco fixings, and Wisconsin mozzarella deep-fried in tomato-basil breading. Beneath an antler chandelier, bartenders complement feasts with local craft beers from 16 taps, while five 50-inch HD TVs show the day's biggest games and coaches' best imitations of Edvard Munch's "The Scream." Live music graces the bar on weekends, while weekly leagues meet for billiards tournaments, bean bag games, and, in summer, volleyball on three sand courts adjacent to Pumphouse's outdoor patio and tiki bar.
Throughout a golf career that encapsulates a stint as a collegiate player at Weber State University and a Class A membership with the PGA of America, Jared Shears has had ample opportunity to identify what works and what doesn't on the golf course. While many approaches have been tried—from rote drills to hypnosis to becoming one with the golf ball by going on a couple's retreat with it—Jared believes that improvement can realistically be narrowed down to five keys. He's come to this conclusion only after spending hour upon hour studiously watching film of hundreds of the game's greats. His analysis? These elite players keep their head steady and weight forward, maintain a flat left wrist, control the clubface, and guide the club's sweetspot on a diagonal swing path. Jared believes that, with practice, each of these key skills can be achieved by golfers of any skill or experience level.
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.
From the 10-story peaks of Timber Falls Adventure Park's Hellcat roller coaster, visitors can view the entire family-fun facility before quickly gliding back to the grounds. The Hellcat is one of three high-speed rides that keep adrenaline levels soaring at the facility. The park also hosts a log flume with two steep vertical drops, and a gravitational-force skyscraper ride that sends passengers as high as 160 feet in the air. Between high-speed public-transit simulations, guests can enjoy relaxing features such as the 72-hole miniature golf course. Tall trees and wooden bridges sit between each hole, providing the experience of jungle exploration without the inconvenience of having to hunt down your dinner—a Hot Pocket in a jungle-dweller’s refrigerator.