Daddy O. and I typically get away every winter to celebrate our anniversary.  This year opted to stay in Wisconsin (vs. going to a warm location as we did last year), so we could enjoying snowshoeing in a state forest.

I found a modern and comfortable bed & breakfast near the state forest that was a good location for our weekend adventures.The B&B was full both nights, so we had plenty of company around the breakfast table each morning.

Here are a few photo highlights (including our B&B picture):

scenes from a winter getaway
Scenes from our trip – our log cabin B&B, views from the snow shoe trail, and Old Fashioneds drinks at a supper club.

Snowshoeing was awesome! The trails cut through a forested area with small hills and bends.  Everything was very well marked, and we were working hard enough to shed some layers such that we were comfortable in just a fleece and one under layer. I was delighted to feel warm while being outside on a 20 degree day (a welcome change from so many below-zero wind chill days).

Mama O. Snowshoeing
Look Mom – no coat! It feels so nice to be outside while still being warm.

Here’s a larger panorama:

Bright, sunny day made the snow sparkle in the woods.
Bright, sunny day made the snow sparkle in the woods.

After a few hours of being on the trails, we made it back to our car to find some food.  Being in Wisconsin, we’re always on the lookout for cheese factories! We were pleased to find Beechwood Cheese Factory, making it there right before they closed for the day.

YES - fresh cheese curds!!
YES – fresh cheese curds!! My favorite sign to see!

We bought sun-dried tomato flavored cheese curds that were so fresh that they squeaked when you ate them.  The other two cheeses we bought were a hickory white cheddar and a bacon cheddar cheese.  Both are surprisingly un-opened in our refrigerator right now!  I’ll keep you posted on how they taste.

Later that night we hit up a traditional Wisconsin supper club, where a fellow diner said something funny to us! We had delicious old fashioneds (mine with brandy, sweet & cherries) while we waited for our table. The food & company (Daddy O. of course) were such a treat!

It was so wonderful to enjoy extended quality time together as a couple – a great chance to relax, recharge, and reflect a bit, while the kids enjoyed time with their grandparents. We’ll mark down this winter getaway as one to potentially repeat someday!