One look at an eagle soaring across the sky or a talkative duck swimming by, and the bustle of the city starts to fade. Lynn Ann's Campground hands folks a respite from daily life with a wooded campground tucked into the shoreline of Big St. Germain Lake. The campground celebrates the great outdoors with activities such as hiking, swimming, boating, and biking. Die-hard fisher-persons can search for the prized fish in the lake, just as the pros do during the Big St. Germain championship musky tournament each year. And a nearby casino, golf course, and tennis courts augment the camp's excursions and amenities if you want to get away from the getaway.
If pure relaxation is the desire, guests can kick back and warm their hands next to a roaring campfire as the native loons entertain them with a chorus of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore." Lynn Ann’s is not without a link to the rest of the world; Wifi is available in many areas of the campground, and certain campsites are equipped with cable TV.
The laughter of children echoes through the dense pine forest and across the sandy beach before breaking on the lake's water like a crystal vase smashed with an inflatable hammer. Each week, new groups of kids explore Camp Lakotah's 126 acres alongside Little Hills Lake, engaging in more than 30 activities within its state-licensed and American Camp Association–accredited facilities. Campers engage in aquatic play, land-based sports, and arts-and-crafts sessions, honing both their physical fitness and creative sensibilities.
Staffers cater to each camper's needs throughout the week, guiding each individual toward activities focused on his or her personal goals and interests. The camp can serve vegetarian and diet-restriction-conscious food, and counselors can sing all campfire songs in the styles of both Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli.
Rain, shine, or 6 inches of snow—groups can head to Big Dog Adventure Park's sprawling outdoor fields for high-octane games of paintball and laser tag. Spread across 100 acres, the fields cover varied terrain, incorporating both wide-open land and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering. Players get onto the fields in games of classic Capture the Flag—or funkier face-offs such as Steal the Bacon—after renting their gear onsite.
To create small batches of wines and spirits at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, the proprietor draws upon the best raw materials available throughout the United States. But those aren't always the raw materials you'd imagine: Spirits include vodka made from fruit rather than grain, and original wine recipes are equally distinctive, ranging from sweet-tasting pinot noir and zinfandel blends to port-style moscato.
At Infinity Beverage's Tasting Lounge, tasters enjoy free samples of wines, specialty cocktails, and the occasional taste of libations in development. Besides a place to unwind with a drink, the tasting lounge is home to weekly entertainment and specials, including live music every Friday and special chocolate-based martinis every Wednesday.
Though Sand Creek Brewing Company officially launched in 2004, its heritage stretches all the way back to 1856. That's when the Swiss-born Ulrich Oderbolz built his Oderbolz Brewing Company. on the side of a hill in Black River Falls. The facility changed hands and names over the years—Badger Brewing Company, Pioneer Brewing Company—before the Sand Creek team relocated from their makeshift brewery on a Wisconsin dairy farm.
These days, Pioneer's brewmaster Todd Krueger—a winner of three World Beer Cup golds—joins forces with Sand Creek's Jim Wiesender. Together, the duo concocts 10 year-round and seasonal brews, from an award-winning oatmeal chocolate stout to a German-style ale made with Wisconsin-grown cranberries. Brews flow every Friday evening at Sand Creek's taproom, while free tours offer glimpses into the historic building and its 19th-century beer cellar, where bottles are fashionably attired with top hats and monocles. Besides extended taproom hours each summer, the microbrewery participates in myriad events throughout the year.
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.