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Weekend at Hillside Lodge in Baraboo, Wisconsin

December 17, 2021

Weekend at Hillside Lodge in Baraboo, Wisconsin

December 17, 2021

This past weekend, we were invited by Rachel & Travis to spend a few days at their newly renovated cabin that recently hit the rental market! Many of our trips take us several hours away, so this was a nice “staycation” located only 40 minutes north of Madison in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Hillside Lodge with its large front porch, overlooking the hillside

About Hillside Lodge:

According to the kids, here is their list of the top 3 favorite things about Hillside Lodge:

  1. The game room!
  2. The lofted bunk room!
  3. The hot tub!

Hillside Lodge is appropriately named, as it sits up high overlooking a rural highway just a few minutes outside of downtown Baraboo. We visited in mid-December and lucked out with a fresh snowfall so the kids had fun sledding in the spacious yard. Other outdoor amenities include a firepit, large hot tub (!), huge front porch, and heated patio.

Indoors, the home has a large living room with fireplace (and Christmas tree! the perks of visiting around the holidays) that opens into the fully-stocked kitchen. But our favorite room in the house? The large dining room “porch” off the kitchen was where we spent significant time eating, drinking, playing games and rooting on the Packers.

The lofted upper level was quickly taken over by the kids and was very spacious. It sleeps 6, with two bunk beds (total of 4 twins) and a queen bed. The main level of the home had three bedrooms – a master bedroom with king bed and private bath (including nice shower and large jetted tub), a bedroom with queen bed, and a third bedroom with a full bed / upper twin bunk. In this same hallway was a full bathroom and laundry room. The home sleeps 13, with its three bedrooms + loft and two bathrooms.

Upper level lofted bunk room

Down the hall, the game room was awesome surprise for the kids (and the dads!) with Pop-A-Shot arcade basketball, air hockey, and ski-ball. Someone was thinking when they designed this room because this room features a door to shut the noise behind 🙂 Many hours were spent in here with some fierce competition and bets happening.

The ‘Game Room’ was such a fun addition to the cabin!

We can’t thank Rachel & Travis enough for hosting us at their beautiful Hillside Lodge! It was such a perfect weekend to get “away”, enjoy a change of scenery, and spend quality time together. Hillside Lodge is highly recommended for year-round fun, as we’re sure it’s extra awesome in the summertime! Make sure to visit the website here for all the information and availability calendar, and follow along on Instagram.

Link to book :: Hillside Lodge in Baraboo, Wis.

Good night, Hillside!

Things to Do in Baraboo, Wisconsin:

Baraboo is a town we’ve visited before in the fall (see post here) and had been told the town square turns into a Hallmark movie scene around the holidays! The town square features horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa visits, as well as many cute shops and restaurants. Here’s a few ideas of things to do within a short drive from Hillside Lodge:

  • Hiking / Outdoor Recreation
    • Devil’s Lake State Park (link to our blog post on a winter hike here!)
    • Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area
    • several Ice Age Trail segments
    • Skiing & snow tubing at Devil’s Head Resort and Cascade Mountain Ski (here’s one of our posts from Cascade Mountain on taking kids skiing for the first time!)
  • Dining
    • Tumbled Rock Brewery
    • Ringling Bros. Brewery
  • Drinking
    • Driftless Glen Distillery
    • Balanced Rock Winery
  • Shopping
    • Countryside Refind – home decor, gifts, and seasonal items
    • Bekah Kates – kitchenware and home goods
    • New Life Lavender & Cherry Farm
Afternoon wine tasting at Balanced Rock Winery, just outside of town
Devil’s Lake State Park is beautiful year-round!

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