Relax in an inspiring natural setting: Prairie House has panoramic views of scenic Lake Sinissippi. The house overlooks the 100 acre property with hiking trails that traverse the prairie, woods and naturalized shoreline of Lake Sinissippi.
The pier/boatshed is a 5 minute stroll behind the house to the east bay where guests are welcome to use 2 kayaks and 2 canoes for exploring the marshy bays frequented by nesting bald eagles, white pelicans, blue heron & sandhill cranes.
Sunset pontoon cruises can be arranged on Lake Sinissippi, and Blue Heron Landing in nearby Horicon offers naturalist-guided pontoon tours of Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S.
There are many enjoyable side trips, great restaurants, antiques, boutiques, and homemade Wisconsin custard stands in the charming local villages such as Hustisford, Hartford, Horicon, Oconomowoc, & Watertown. There are two wonderful waterparks (15 minutes), fine golf courses such as Erin Hills Golf Course -home of Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive. 2017 U.S. National Open Golf Tournament (20 mi), fitness gyms, tennis courts, Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May, and national and world renowned performing artists featured at the Schauer Art and Activities Center in nearby Hartford (20 minutes).
Prairie House is conveniently located (one hour) from the cultural offerings of Milwaukee and Madison. Road America, EAA, Kohler American Club, & the Dells are within 1.5 hour drive.
Activities (The Area page at www.prairiehouse.info features links to favorite guest activities)
All seasons are great for hiking and birdwatching in prairie and woods; grill outdoors on the veranda overlooking the lake or roast marshmallows around the fire pit; volleyball equipment is provided for the large grassy backyard; boating (kayak, canoe, paddle boat provided for Prairie House guests). There's a pier and boat shed on the east bay (5 minute stroll behind the house) and there's a boat launch up the road for guests who bring their own water ski boat or jet ski; fishing (the white pelicans and bald eagles love the all-u-can-eat carp in the shallow marshy bays) - there's nearby Pike Lake, Lake LaBelle, Ashipun Lake, or Beaver Dam Lake for pike, bluegill or walleye fishing; or bicycle the nearby Wild Goose State Trail. In winter, skiing (25 mi to the newly opened Little Switzerland in Slinger), ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country ski (groomed trails at Pike Lake), relaxing by the fire, card games on the felt-top oak card table, and ping-pong or pool in the game room, are just a few of many wonderful possibilities.
Other Area Attractions: Erin Hills Golf Course -home of the 2017 U.S. National Open Golf; E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Aviation) Convention and Museum, Oshkosh, WI (50 miles); the Wisconsin Dells famous for water parks (70 miles); Cultural opportunities of Milwaukee and Madison (50 miles); Chicago is about a 2.5 hours drive.
Local Attractions: Fine Dining at the Historic Audubon Inn in Mayville; Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (hosts the Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival in May), Rock River Golf Course (18 holes), and Horicon Water Park (10 minutes drive); the Village of Hartford (20 minutes drive) offers the Schauer Performing Arts Center, Fitness Facilities, Tennis Courts, gourmet coffee shops, boutiques & restaurants, and Wisconsin Auto Museum (features antique Kissels). There are numerous Antique Shops (Columbus boasts the largest antique mall in the Midwest); or sample the Wisconsin cheeses and custard!