As a mom with 2 young children, I plan
my vacations with my children in mind. How long (or short) is
the drive, how family friendly is the lodging, are there good
small child dining options, and are there fun activities for
the baby/toddler/preschooler set. Some of you may have small
children who are fine in any situation, but mine are pretty spunky
and particular, so child-friendly planning for our vacations
is a MUST for us!
A note: There are a TON of sites with information
about resorts and wisconsin dells vacations - I don't need to
list those - so this section has more of the natural/eco travel
within a 4-5 hour radius of Madison!
lodging | getting
Travel Green Wisconsin for lodging, activities and more throughout
Escape to By The Bay In Door
By The Bay is a place where
you'll enjoy solitude, expansive wilderness, lakes and
the natural scenic beauty of Door County. You can retreat
from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. If adventure
is more of what you're looking for, partake in a wide range
of outdoor recreation, such as boating, hiking, cross-country
skiing, swimming, snowmobiling, bicycling, golf, and fishing;
all nearby. Two year round vacation rental cottages
located on a quiet,
dead end road, minutes form Sturgeon Bay, WI. These cottages
are owned by a Madison family/local mom, and they are very
Southwestern Wisconsin - close to Monroe, New Glarus and
A visit to Inn
Serendipity is more than a typical night's stay at a Bed & Breakfast.
At Inn Serendipity, we're creating a magical, creative
environment where you can play, explore, create, relax,
learn . . . and return home with a refreshed perspective
on life. Sketch under the willow tree, philosophize around
the campfire, enjoy a hearty vegetarian breakfast with
organic fruits and vegetables from the Inn's gardens, or
lose yourself in a book from the eclectic library. Open
your soul to serendipity and relish the abundance and spirit
of all life.
Featured in Newsweek, Conscious Choice, and Wisconsin
Trails magazines and on Wisconsin and National Public
Radio, Inn Serendipity is located on a five-acre organic
farm in the rolling green hills of southwestern Wisconsin,
a short drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, Dubuque and Madison.
Trillium Country Cottage
Trillium is located on our
family farm. In 1984, guests first visited our organic
family farm to enjoy the comforts and privacy of a farm
cottage. Trillium features two cozy private cottages tucked
into the hills of the Kickapoo Valley in southwestern Wisconsin.
Our family farm is located in the Hidden Valleys area of
southwestern Wisconsin. Since 1980, our organic family
farm is where our children (and now our grandchildren)
harvest 35 acres of organic crops & hay each summer.
We also raise cows and calves, chickens and geese, sheep,
pet rabbits and many friendly farm cats.
Trillium farm is half woods and half fields. There are
many places to walk to see wildlife including deer, wild
turkeys, owls, songbirds, foxes, pheasants and more. Guests
are welcome to “visit” the variety of farm
livestock and help feed the animals.
School House Inn- LaCrosse
The old schoolhouse desks
are replaced by modern, comfortable furniture in the newly
restored Wilson Schoolhouse. Where students once studied,
you can now relax in comfort surrounded by Wisconsin hills,
just a mile from the beautiful upper Mississippi River.
The Wilson school was built in 1917 and functioned as
a one-room school until 1965. It was recently restored
and elegantly furnished to retain the "open" atmosphere
of the original schoolhouse. It still maintains much of
its original character and charm with the original slate
blackboard and school desks.
Lake Express is helping
out families by cutting their travel expenses. Lake Express
ferry launched a new deal today that allows kids under 18 to
ride the ferry for free this summer! But the savings
there … the ferry is
helping families save even more money by offering discounts to
major Michigan sites and attractions.
Lake Express crosses Lake Michigan in just 2-1/2 hours -
a fraction of the time it would take to drive. When you chose
Lake Express, you leave nearly 300 miles of driving behind.
Ferry:: Milwaukee Wisconsin, Muskegon Michigan
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