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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!

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Visit Travel Green Wisconsin for lodging, activities and more throughout the state.

Escape to By The Bay In Door County, Wisconsin!

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 child-friendly.

Inn Serendipity
Southwestern Wisconsin - close to Monroe, New Glarus and farm country

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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

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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.

Wisconsin School House Inn- LaCrosse

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LaCrosse CVB

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.


getting there is half the fun

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 don’t stop there … the ferry is helping families save even more money by offering discounts to major Michigan sites and attractions.

The 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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