Wisconsin Travel: Holiday Shopping – WTMJ

A meaningful personal gift this holiday season can be a reminder for years to come of the care and consideration you have for a loved one. Here’s to finding the perfect gift – and having a great time doing it.

Look for gifts of European-style splendor at Villa Bellezza Vineyard (County of Pepin)

You don’t have to buy an expensive plane ticket to enjoy a European-style holiday shopping experience. Villa Bellezza Winery in Pépin is designed to faithfully recreate a small Italian village.

And on Saturdays and Sundays until December 18, Cellar Square turns into a beautiful, lighted open-air Christmas market, inspired by the beloved open-air markets that are a holiday tradition in many European countries. Artisan vendors sell handcrafted goods, and food and drink keep visitors feeling full and refreshed.

To make the trip extra special, spend the night in style and comfort in a charming cabin near Lake Pepin. The cabin has a rustic exterior with red barn-like siding and tree-trunk beams supporting the porch roof. Inside, you will fall in love with the modern bohemian furniture and decorations. The cabin is large enough to accommodate eight people, so bring your friends and family for a special weekend shopping trip.

Check out the shops in downtown Baraboo (Sauk County)

Downtown Baraboo is a bustling postcard-worthy shopping destination, especially with freshly fallen snow on the ground and hanging holiday decorations. Here you will discover many different stores catering to a range of interests.

imagine toys is an almost 30-year-old independent toy store, while Baraboo Toy Soldier Shoppe offers fantastic figurines, miniatures and collectibles. Stop at The village bookseller to find the perfect novel for the bookworm in your life. They stock books for all ages, including rare and hard-to-find titles.

Plan your visit for Saturday, November 19, to coincide with the Christmas Lights Parade. This magical tradition features festive holiday floats, includes an appearance from Santa Claus, and kicks off the holiday season in Baraboo.

Once you’ve crossed off your gift list, warm up to Jose’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant. A short drive from downtown, Jose’s serves up authentic dishes cooked to perfection. You’ll find a generous menu with many variations of enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and entrees with ingredients like spiral-cut pork, pork al pastor, carne asada, and ranchero sauce.

Take Advantage of Shopping Season at Eagle River Winery Walk (Vilas County)

See you at Eagle River on Saturday November 19 for a combination walking wine shopping experience.

The five-hour event will take attendees on a journey through downtown businesses tasting wines in stores and browsing their collections. Many participating stores offer sales during the wine walk. Eagle River’s thriving downtown area is full of stores selling homewares, Northwoods-themed gifts, jewelry, candy and popcorn, and other items that make great gifts.

Once the event is over, take a seat at Wild Eagle Pavilion for privacy and comfort. You can rent townhouse-style homes with beautiful lake views, perfect for couples or extended family reunions.

The resort is a year-round destination for enjoying the Eagle River area. During the winter months, an ice skating rink is available on-site, while in warmer weather, guests can lounge on the swim raft off the resort’s private beach. After the wine and shopping tour, however, you might find it more relaxing to take a dip in the heated indoor pool.

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