Fall is a season for stirring scenery, and there's perhaps no worthier backdrop for autumn's brilliant color than the sprawling Baraboo Hills. One of Wisconsin's most picturesque fall drives meanders through this region, along Highway 113 from Lodi to Baraboo, then up Highway 12 to Mirror Lake State Park.
The route clocks in at just over an hour, but you'll want to stop along the way to enjoy the natural gems clustered throughout the scenic landscape – including Wisconsin's largest and most visited state park, Devil's Lake.
Extend your stay in these magnificent surroundings by booking one of these five cabins and cottages along the route!
Contrary to what its name may suggest, Rustic Ridge offers five uniquely themed luxury cabins with hand-hewn beams, stone fireplaces, jacuzzis and covered decks. Directly adjacent to popular skiing destination Devil's Head Resort, the getaway's bookings peak during the winter months and are lower during fall.
This 40-acre haven – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is the perfect spot for a quaint retreat. The children of an artist who settled on this amazingly scenic property in the mid-1800s donated it to a religious order to be used as a novitiate. Still owned by a Catholic group today, the extensive grounds offer several spots for spiritual reflection, and hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the property's natural beauty.
Accommodations range from a little two-story "hermitage" to a gorgeous Gothic-style cottage built by the original owner, and a large lodge that offers 30 modest rooms.
Traveling with a big group? This privately owned five-bedroom, four-bathroom log home located just a block from the main entrance to Devil's Lake State Park will pamper up to 10 guests. You'll find hand-built log frame beds in each of the rooms, along with a jetted tub in the master bedroom. A reading nook in the loft and two fireplaces add to the charm.
Stay in an architectural marvel designed by Wisconsin's own Frank Lloyd Wright. Perched high on a wooded bluff overlooking Mirror Lake State Park, this 880-square-foot wood and stone treasure is perfect for fall. The cottage, one of Wright's final commissions in 1958, is among just half-a-dozen properties designed by the architect that are available for overnight rental.
If you favor a no-frills experience, try a one-room or two-room cabin – or 12-person rustic sleeping yurt. This family campground offers Wi-Fi hot spots, a heated pool, swimming pond, store, snack shop and a multitude of recreational facilities.
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