Calendar of area events
Parks and hiking
Biking paradise/scenic drives
Snowmobiling/skiing and winter recreation
Canoeing/kayaking
Antiques, shops, wine and breweries
River boat cruises
Golf courses
Farmer's markets
Museums/historic sites
Scuba diving/beaches
Amish buggies are frequently seen on the roads near our B&B. Some of our Amish neighbors sell crafts and produce and have an annual spring auction, which is a great place to buy an Amish quilt or furniture.

Deer often graze in the fields right outside our front door.
From a picnic basket to muck boots, to field glasses and a wildflower book, we've got all you need to enjoy the beauty of our land.

From a picnic basket to muck boots, to field glasses and a wildflower book, we've got all you need to enjoy the beauty of our land. Guests can enjoy more than three miles of private trails.
Snowshoe on hundreds of acres of our family farm. We'll provide the snowshoes.
The Antique Mall in Hixton is a former K-12 school which is full of antiques from the top to the bottom, including the former gymnasium. This is a must stop if you enjoy antique browsing.
Oscar Peterslie serves the area's best homemade ice cream and malts at The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor in downtown La Crosse.

Lake Wazee

A day at the beach at Lake Wazee will cost only $3. The clear water lake near Black River Falls has excellent facilities and lots of white sand.

Entertainment/area attractions

Offering beautiful, comfortable guest rooms, private wooded trails, an excellent book and video library, evening dinner, and our special candlelight breakfast, Brambleberry B&B is a destination in itself. It goes without saying that you will want to taste wine next door at Brambleberry Winery!
But for those who enjoy exploring, the surrounding area has enough activities and attractions to keep you busy for a week. No matter what the season or time of year, there is always something to do or see.
Enjoy the splendor of every season on our hiking trails, teeming with wildlife. Visit Tenba Ridge winery weekends (May through December, but also open by appointment), artisans, Amish craftspeople, state parks or browse antiques shops in nearby Hixton. Enjoy dinner at the inn or at one of our beautiful picnic sites. Or dine at one of the area's restaurants.
Spend an evening stargazing, reading a good book, chatting over a glass of wine by the fire or enjoying a relaxing whirlpool bath. Sit on one of our two porches or our patio and watch whitetail deer and turkeys in the fields or hawks soaring in the skies. As you drift off to sleep, you might hear the whippoorwill sing, an owl hooting or the coyotes howl.

Spring
Spring means lambing season, mud and maple syrup time. Along our nature trail, spring is the time for wildflowers including cowslips, wild lupine, apple blossoms and the showy foliage of skunk cabbages. Jackson County ATV trails reopen. Turkey hunting begins in April. In May Tenba Ridge Winery reopens for the season, the Trempealeau County bike tours begin and the inland fishing season opens. There's also a local Amish auction featuring quilts and other handmade crafts. The Ho-Chunk Nation holds a Pow-Wow Memorial Day weekend near Black River Falls.

Summer
Outdoor recreational opportunities abound, with biking, canoeing, kayaking, Mississippi River boat tours, hiking in Perrot State Park, Black River State Forest and Wazee Park, which features some of the Midwest's best scuba diving. Visit the 6,226-acre Trempealeau National Widlife Refuge for some of the nation's best birding opportunities. The refuge, along side the Mississippi River, serves as a major migratory flight path for several species of birds. Many of our Amish neighbors sell produce. The strawberry and blueberry crops are available at pick-your-own farms. Almost every weekend features an area festival, including the annual Riverfest celebration in La Crosse the week of July Fourth. Enjoy a month of Shakespeare at the annual festival in Winona, June 26 through July 26. Visit the numerous area farmer's markets or the area's county fairs. The Ho-Chunk Nation holds a Pow-Wow Labor Day weekend near Black River Falls.

Fall
The fall colors dot the hills and valleys, highlighting a busy season of activities, which include Oktoberfest in La Crosse, Cranberry Festival in Warrens, apple orchards and pumpkin patches and hunting. Countryside Lefse in Blair cranks up production for the fall and winter season. Wetherby Cranberry Co. offers periodic free cranberry marsh tours. With approximately 200,000 acres of public lands and a bountiful supply of deer, it is not surprising that Jackson County is known as the "Deer Capital of Wisconsin." The Jackson County Forest and Black River State Forest provide a perfect habitat for deer, ruffed grouse, squirrel and wild turkey. Dike 17 and the Black River bottoms provide excellent waterfowl hunting for ducks and geese. (Guest hunting is not allowed on our property, but we are one mile away from public hunting. Our nature trail is closed during gun deer season week.)

Winter
Winter is a great time to visit our inn, where you can snowshoe or cross-country ski on our open fields. We're located only two miles from Jackson County snowmobile trail No. 1, which connects with a system of trails that extend more than 300 miles. Connections can be made with every trail in the state. Enjoy a day on the trails and relax in front of our fireplace.
If cross-country skiing is your winter fun, the Black River State Forest has 24 miles of groomed trails. Wazee Park has 11 miles of ungroomed trails, which offer a view of Wazee Lake, which even features scuba diving under the ice for the truly adventurous. Perrot State Park has nine miles of groomed trails. Mount La Crosse offers downhill skiing with 18 downhill slopes and snowboarding. Bruce Mound in nearby Clark County offers downhill skiing and other winter sports as well. La Crosse features Rotary Lights, the Midwest's largest holiday lights display in Riverside Park along the Mississippi River.

No matter what the season, whether you're looking to "get away from it all" or enjoying the area's attractions, Brambleberry B&B is the place where time slows down.

Onsite amenities: Hiking on our trails (muck boots provided), snowshoeing, abundant wildlife, stargazing, books, DVDs, lawn games and board games. High-speed wireless Internet access is available.

Nearby Tenba Ridge Winery, Perrot State Park and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Arcadia Memorial Park, Black River State Forest, Mississippi River, Black River canoeing, 10 area golf courses within 30 miles, Sand Creek Brewery, state bike trails, Trempealeau County bike tours, antiques, Amish goods and crafts, artisans and restaurants. Shopping and restaurants in the La Crosse, Onalaska and Winona, Minn. areas are within 27 to 35 miles.

La Crosse offers a variety of places to visit, including Grandad Bluff, City Brewery, river cruises on the three different boats (Island Girl, La Crosse Queen and Julia Belle Swain), Hixon House Museum and a beautiful historic downtown with lots of unique shopping and restaurants. For more information, visit La Crosse Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast has a large reading selection, including four bookcases and three window seats running the entire length of the guest lounge. Guests can curl up on the comfy overstuffed furniture or on the window seats, all in full view of our fireplace. Our reading selection includes many cookbooks, travel books, home and garden books as well as a large selection of British and Scottish magazines.

 

The Hixon House in La Crosse is a restored Victorian home open for tours.


Visit the Cranberry Discovery Center in Warrens, a museum and gift shop devoted to the area's cranberry industry. Or take a tour of a cranberry operation. Our area leads in the state in cranberry production.

 

John Gill at Tenba Ridge Winery offers a variety of award-winning and unique wines. For a story Chris wrote about Tenba Ridge when the winery opened in 2002, click here.

Day trips
There are enough activities to keep you busy for an entire week. Use Brambleberry for your home base for these day trips. Here are six great trips that are an easy drive from Brambleberry.

1. Visit Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Hike in Perot State Park. Rent a kayak and paddle a backwater of the mighty Mississippi River. Rent a bike and enjoy the bike trail.


2. Spend the day visiting stores, Sand Creek Brewery gift shop and browse antique shops in Black River Falls and Hixton.


3. Take the Trempealeau County bike loop with your bike, motorcycle or your car and drive the scenic backroads that make this area a bicycling haven. Stop at the Elmaro Vineyards near Trempealeau.


4. Taste wine at Tenba Ridge. Hike the Black River State Forest and Wazee County Park, where swimming, scuba diving and sunbathing at the beach is available.


5. Spend the day in La Crosse, visiting antique shops on Third Street and Caledonia Street. Visit Hixon House museum and the Pearl Street shops. Be sure to stop at The Pearl Ice Cream parlor. See La Crosse from atop Grandad Bluff. Take a river boat cruise. Tour the City Brewery. For more information on things to do, visit La Crosse tourism. Wine lovers must stop at The Wine Guyz, La Crosse's best wine bar.


6. Visit Sugarloaf Antiques in Winona, MN and Garvin Heights Vineyard. Downtown features various shops. Visit various museums, including the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. For more information on things to do, visit Winona tourism.

Sparta, which is only 27 miles from our B&B, calls itself the biking capital of Wisconsin, with easy access to the state trail system.
Canoe the Black River or kayak on a Mississippi River backwater.
Enjoy breathtaking scenery and hiking at Perrot State Park, Black River State Forest, Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge or Lake Wazee.

The La Crosse Queen offers scenic Mississippi River tour. Click here for a complete schedule
Arcadia Memorial Park
Arcadia Memorial Park is a 54-acre tribute to veterans of all wars and conflicts with numerous statues, monuments and military displays.

 

Massage therapists

We suggest you book ahead if you'd like to take advantage of these services. Two skilled massage therapists near us are ready to pamper you.

Gentle Touch Healing LLC with Janice McNulty, N5964 County Road N, Taylor, WI 54659 (715) 662-2611 or (715) 299-2611. Rates are $25 for a half hour and one hour for $50.

Wyndwalker Healing for Body and Spirit with Corky Severson, W1600 County Road A, Mindoro, WI (608) 857-9990. Rates are $25 for 30 minutes, $45 for an hour and hot stone therapy for $55. Both businesses are home-based.