Winter in Wisconsin can seem endless at times for those who prefer sunshine and 70-degree weather. Even for those who enjoy the colder weather, cabin fever can start to creep in with many activities limited during the cold winter months.
This year, I think cabin fever is more prevalent than ever because of the global pandemic we have all been experiencing. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines cabin fever as extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time. Sound familiar?
This month we are focusing on ways to beat cabin fever in the Mount Horeb area including outdoor recreation spots you may not be familiar with, local gems, and dishes you must try in the Troll Capital of the World.
To get started, let’s explore ways to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. The Mount Horeb Area is full of parks with tons of trails to investigate. Stewart Park is located in Mount Horeb and less than 5 minutes from Main Street. Stewart Park has three different hiking loops all under 1 mile as well as plenty of connector trails between loops and other trails. They have a comprehensive trail map that shows each different loop as well as other trails.
The park is well maintained and a great place to explore. The lake is gorgeous in the winter and most trails are suitable for kiddos. There are some walkways over creeks parents should be aware of. One of the best parts about Stewart Park is there are options whether you want to spend an hour in the park or three! The park is open to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when conditions allow it as well.
For some, finding a spot to warm up inside is more their cup of tea! What better place than the GrandStay Hotel & Suites pool and hot tub. Local members of Mount Horeb and the surrounding communities can enjoy a beautiful heated indoor pool and hot tub all year long! Soak up the spa-like atmosphere with wrap-around windows and cedar ceilings.
Passes are available for individuals, families, and seniors. Ask about their special pass for water therapy. Your pass also gives you access to their fitness center, featuring a treadmill, a recumbent bike, and an elliptical. Passes never expire, so enjoy them at your convenience!
Residents of the area can enjoy a staycation at the hotel for a change of scenery. Another idea is to take a trip with your pandemic bubble! Add the Travel Bubble Package onto any reservation for $25 and receive $30 worth of gift cards to local eateries, including Mt Horeb Pizza Company, Sjolinds Chocolate House, and Icki Sticki Shaved Ice & Ice Cream Shop!
Some people say the best way to survive a Wisconsin winter is to embrace it! Visit Tyrol Basin to enjoy winter in Wisconsin the right way. You can choose from skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing.
With plenty of rental options and instructors, this spot is perfect for beginners as well as more advanced skiers.
For the most up-to-date information, please visit their website.
Another fun way to beat cabin fever this winter is to try a new dish. Many of us have been enjoying the same dish from our favorite restaurant for years! Don’t get me wrong, I fall into this rut too, but today I challenge you to try something new. Order a new dish you haven’t had before. One idea to try is the “Bomb” from Sunn Cafe to spice up your ordinary winter day. Enjoy turkey, Havarti cheese, pesto, greens, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños & herbed oil grilled on thick-cut 9-grain.
The first weekend in February, the people of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, don their red pointy hats as they celebrate the town’s Scandinavian heritage. Join in the fun.
With plenty to do at-home, virtually, and outside, join in on the fun and beat cabin fever like true Scandihoovians! For more information on the winter festival, please visit mhscandifest.com.
There are many ways to beat Cabin Fever in Mount Horeb. We hope you enjoyed these ideas on how to enjoy winter this year and embrace it! For more information on planning a trip to the Mount Horeb area please visit trollway.com.