Richland County and the surrounding area offer a multitude of activities, which are fun for the whole family while staying at Candlewood Cabins. We have highlighted some of them here.
At Candlewood Cabins: If you wish to stay close to your cabin, feel free to roam throughout the woods, valley and up to the top of the hills. The Ridge Road, a wide walking trail, begins at the foot of the Meadow House driveway and will take you to the top of the ridge where you will find three rolling fields. You may see hawks, deer, and other wildlife in the fields, as well as some breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. We have also situated a table and two chairs in a lovely picnic spot in one of the fields which are ideal for watching the sunset with a bottle of wine, or a picnic lunch or dinner.
In the winter, check with the main house to rent snowshoes.
Trout Fishing: With 267 miles of Class I and Class II Trout Streams, Richland County is the source of trout for stocking streams all over the state.
Hunting: Hunters in Richland County enjoy game such as turkey, pheasant, and white-tail deer (seasonal).
Tubing, Canoeing, and Kayaking: Tube, canoe, or kayak down three nearby rivers. The Wisconsin, a large quick-moving river; the Kickapoo, which is more winding and better for paddling; and the Pine, a river which winds through valleys, under a natural bridge and reveals views of bluffs and lowlands.
Bird Watching and Photography: With binoculars, identification books, and camera birdwatchers can enjoy an abundance of song and game birds in Richland County.
Bicycling: The Pine River Recreational Trail offers 15 miles of biking on an abandoned railroad bed from Richland Center to Lone Rock. The trail boasts 15 bridges, including the longest curved bridge in Wisconsin, and four ecosystems. The trail is also good for hiking and snowmobiling. Additional bike routes can be found at the Richland County Parks Commission website: www.rclrs.net.
Miner Hill Trail: The Miner Hill Trail, which overlooks the city of Richland Center and provides picnic spots.
Lower Wisconsin River Road: A 100-mile Scenic Byway along Highway 60 follows the curves of the Wisconsin River and provides an enchanting tour of the ever-changing landscape from the river to the surrounding hills and valleys. Visit www.scenic60.com for more information.
State Parks: Offering a wealth of hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and natural wonders, the following state parks are within an hour’s drive of Candlewood Cabins:
Devil’s Lake - S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
Mirror Lake - E10320 Fern Dell Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
Wildcat Mountain – E 13660 Wisconsin 33, Ontario, WI 54651
Governor Dodge – 4175 State Highway 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Tower Hill – 5808 County Road C, Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theater: Located 30 minutes away in Spring Green, the American Players Theater is famous for classical performances in a 1,148-seat outdoor amphitheater from June to October. The Touchstone Theater provides a 200-seat indoor setting. Visit www.americanplayers.org for more information.
Taliesin and Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center: Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home and studio, Taliesin, is located 30 minutes away in Spring Green. The estate of the visionary architect is said to embody Frank Lloyd Wright’s commitment to environments that harmonize architecture, art, culture, and the land. The Taliesin Estate serves as a campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and is open for tours May through October. Learn more at www.taliesinpreservation.com. To book a tour call: (608) 588-7900. Fun fact: Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson recently built a prefab home near Taliesin which was featured in Dwell Magazine.
House on the Rock: Built by Alex Jordan, Jr., an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, the House on the Rock offers a unique and many say visionary architectural design. The attraction features rooms filled with eclectic collections, including dollhouses and the world’s largest indoor carousel. The House on the Rock is open for tours March through November. Visit www.thehouseontherock.com or call (608) 935-3639.
Weggy Winery: Located 8 minutes away at 30940 Oak Ridge Drive, Muscoda, WI 53573, on the top of the rolling hills near Candlewood, the Weggy Winery is open from 10:00 to 4:00 for wine-tastings and tours. Visit www.weggywinery.com or call (608) 647-6600 to find out more about tour times.
Richland Center Court Street: Offering a traditional main street ambiance, Richland Center’s Court Street hosts storefront shops and restaurants such as the Empire Grill, the Pine River Food Co-Op, and the Ocooch Book Store.
Starlite 14 Drive-In: Visit the drive-in theater on highway 14 shows films throughout the summer at dusk on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
If you would like to review further details, please visit:
The Richland Chamber website: www.richlandchamber.com
The Richland County Parks Commission: www.rclrs.net
Spring Green: www.springgreen.com
Driftless Region: www.driftlesswisconsin.com