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Welcome to God's Country- The Kettle Moraine State Forest

Tree by the LakeWisconsin has been described as “God’s Country” and, if you have had the opportunity to visit, you are more than likely to agree. Pristine lakes, forests thick with a gorgeous mix of pine and hardwood trees and, of course, miles of river meandering through it all.

One of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets is the Northern Kettle Moraine area. There is something to see and do no matter the time of year. This area is a “must-see” for every nature lover and a sure bet for those that are looking to find an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of the first stops on your itinerary should be the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Here you can hike leisurely through winding trails on almost 30,000 acres of rolling hills, lakes, forests and grasslands. This unique forest is internationally known for its unique glacial features. There are three swimming beaches to enjoy as well as charming eateries and an interpretive center. Be sure not to miss one of the parks highlights . . . Parnell Tower. This 60-foot wooden observation tower offers a panoramic view of the forest and surrounding farmlands. On a clear day, you can see for about 25 miles!

More exciting nature experiences can be found at Horicon Marsh- the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US! Horicon Marsh is famous for its migrant flocks of Canada geese but is also home to more than 305 different varieties of birds. Enjoy the many walking trails, visit the nature center, or take one of the guided tours offered daily.

The next stop on your list in Kettle Moraine is the Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary. This is ranked as one of the top attractions in Washington County. Here you will find over three miles of winding trails where you can observe deer, elk, bison, wolves . . . just to name a few! Tour the Indian Artifact Museum during your visit to learn more about those who inhabited the area before us.

In the mood for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat after your nature-filled day? Explore the streets of downtown historic Cedarburg for a quaint, small-town feel that offers surprises around every corner. You will find over seventy specialty shops, boutiques and galleries located in the downtown historic district. Once you have worked up an appetite, choose from the many charming restaurants, cozy pubs and coffee houses- many of which are housed in restored historic buildings.

If you are looking for a bit of sport while in Kettle Moraine, check out Erin Hills or the Whistling Straits – both of which are top-rated golf courses. There are many other quality golf courses sprinkled across the area very much worth trying. Golfers will be in golf heaven!

There are many options for a comfortable place to spend the night while visiting Kettle Moraine but none as peaceful and relaxing as Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast. Our gorgeous B&B is nestled snuggly in the woods. The décor (including antique fireplace mantles in each guest room) provides the perfect ambiance to compliment your stay in a nature-lovers paradise. This B&B also offers a mini-spa where you can indulge yourself with a therapeutic massage, head & foot massage or even a couple’s massage.

Make sure you plan your next vacation for the Kettle Moraine area. It will quickly become a favorite you will want to return to time and time again. With all there is to do, you will find a new adventure each time you visit. Hidden Serenities motto says it all – Find adventure, return to comfort, come away refreshed!