6 Things to do on a Chilly Day in Whitewater, WI

Every now and then a cold front sweeps across Wisconsin bringing frigid temperatures and a state-wide phenomenon of not wanting to leave your house. However, in Whitewater, chilly days offer the perfect excuse to relax, enjoy some of the local restaurants, and warm up with a glass of wine. Here are some of our favorite things to do on a chilly day in Whitewater, WI.   

Drive Through Kettle Moraine Forest

Fuel up the car, grab a hot cup of coffee from The SweetSpot Cafe, and hit the road. Within a matter of minutes you could be in the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest, surrounded by lush forest groves. Drive around the park and sightsee from the warmth of your car. You’ll still be able to spot birds, deer, and other wildlife from the road.   

Go Wine Tasting

All around the town of Whitewater are incredible wineries with cozy and welcoming tasting rooms. After driving through Kettle Moraine, you will pop out in the countryside where you can visit Apple Barn Orchard & Winery and Staller Estate Winery. Afterwards, head west towards the community of Milton to tour Northleaf Winery and Timber Hill Winery. Explore scenic vineyards, sightsee across Kettle Moraine, and taste some of the most incredible wines of Wisconsin.   

Grab a Bite to Eat

Who doesn’t love going out to eat? Whitewater has an impressive amount of restaurants from quick and classic burgers to farm-to-table fine dining fare. Take your time and head out for a long lunch or plan a whole evening around your dinner at one of our innkeeper picks for dining in Whitewater  

Catch a Show at the Fireside Dinner Theater

There is nothing that will warm you up faster than a great meal, a glass of red wine, and a night of entertainment at the Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson. As one of the best dinner theaters in the midwest, a night filled with smiles is guaranteed. Head over after the sun goes down for a magical evening or catch a matinee on an especially chilly day and stay warm and cozy inside the luxurious theater. Learn more about the Fireside Dinner Theater on our blog.   

Get a Massage

Spend the day relaxing with a massage from Creative Balance Massage right here in Whitewater. Enjoy a 60 minute massage, soak in the heat in their infrared sauna, or realign your body on the inversion table.   

Cozy up at Hamilton House

Sometimes the weather is frightful, but the fire inside is absolutely delightful (they should make a song about that). Sit by the fire and read a book with a glass of wine, take a luxurious bubble bath to unwind, or indulge in an in-room massage from Creative Balance. When your suite is this comfortable, you won’t want to leave!   Winters in Whitewater don’t seem to be as harsh as the rest of the country. Some attribute it to the friendly faces all over, or the tasty restaurants, but when there is so much to do in town, winter turns into one of the best times of the year.  Ready to cozy up in Whitewater, WI? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

The Ultimate Whitewater, WI Bucket List

Whitewater is a quaint midwestern town with fantastic eateries, breathtaking scenery, and attractions dotted all around. There is a lot to do and see here so we’ve put together our ultimate Whitewater bucket list so you won’t miss a thing!   𝤿 Explore Kettle Moraine State Forest: Spend the day connecting with nature. Take a hike through thick forest groves, horseback ride around the park, go on a scenic bike ride, the possibilities are endless! To plan your trip read our blog Hiking, Biking, and Riding in Kettle Moraine State Park.   𝤿 Grab a bite at The Black Sheep: For some of the finest farm-to-table fare you may ever taste, head to The Black Sheep in downtown Whitewater. Sit back and enjoy familiar dishes elevated with the freshest ingredients from farms around town.    𝤿 Peruse White Elephant Antique Shop: Head into this antique shop with an open mind and you’ll come out with treasures galore. Find the perfect accessory to tie your home together or a nostalgic gift for a dear friend.    𝤿 Visit Old World Wisconsin: Step back into the past at Old World Wisconsin where you can learn about early pioneer life and how the original Wisconsin residents shaped our culture to the loving midwest lifestyle that is still alive today. To learn more, read our blog post A Perfect Day at Old World Wisconsin.   𝤿 Taste a Flight from Second Salem Brewing Company: This microbrewery is a favorite for locals and visitors alike and produces some of the best brews around. Head into their urban taproom and order a flight of beers and some tasty pub food.   𝤿 Catch a Show at the Young Auditorium: The Young Auditorium on UwW-Whiteater’s campus is the perfect venue to spend an evening. You’ll find student shows and theater performances to musical acts by the band and jazz groups, and national touring groups visiting Whitewater.    𝤿 Visit the Fuzzy Pig Country Mall: Just south of Whitewater on a picturesque little farm lies a renovated barn with an incredible gift shop marketplace that is worth the detour. You’ll get lost exploring the women’s boutique, the antique mall, the eclectic giftware section, or the 75 different scents of candles.    𝤿 Tour Studio 84: A local non-profit in Whitewater gives disabled residents a creative outlet through art. You may be surprised at the depth and color of these wonderful paintings. Pick up a postcard and help this group grow.    𝤿 Enjoy a Picnic at Cravath Lakefront Park: Head to this lakefront park in downtown for incredible views of the lake. Bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic on the grassy lawn or head to the romantic gazebo for a lovely afternoon.    𝤿 Stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast: Just blocks from downtown, the Hamilton House is the perfect place to stay while you enjoy wonderful Whitewater, WI. Walk to all the best restaurants & parks and come home to a welcoming room with cozy amenities and grand common areas to help you relax.   Whitewater really is something special. Come for a day or stay for a week! There is so much to do around town and you may never tire of classic charm that surrounds this town.    Ready to explore your way through Whitewater, WI? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

5 Mouthwatering Meals in Whitewater, WI

Have you ever found yourself staring at the menu, unable to make a decision for your entree? That is a huge problem at these Whitewater establishments because everything just sounds so good! Fortunately for you, we’ve picked out our favorite meals all across Whitewater so you can sit back, and enjoy with no stress. These 5 mouthwatering meals are the ones that leave us licking our fingers and planning our next visit.   

Braised Pork Shank at The Kraus House

A meal at the Kraus House at The Fuzzy Pig is more than worth the drive to this rustic farm just south of town. This farm to table restaurant serves culinary masterpieces created with ingredients sourced from farmer’s markets and nearby farms. One of the most sought after dishes is the braised pork shank. A hand-seasoned shank is slow-braised for hours until the meat becomes tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The shank is then oven seared to seal in the flavor, finished with demi-glace, and is served with the classic combination of mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and your choice of soup or salad.   

Farfalle Mare e Monti at Fanatico

Nothing warms you up like a delicious bowl of pasta from Whitewater’s favorite Italian eatery. You may be tempted by the creamy and fragrant alfredo or the classic bucatini with meatballs, but denying yourself the pleasure of their Farfalle Mare e Monti is almost a sin. Fresh shrimp and calamari are tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and pasta, then dressed in a flavorful creamy vodka sauce. Every bite of this dish teases your flavor palate and allows you to fall in love with the dish all over again.   

Tacos at Cozumel Mexican Restaurant

Cozumel Mexican Restaurant has been praised by locals and visitors alike for their incredibly authentic and delicious entrees. The secret? Everything is made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. You can taste the quality in their complimentary homemade chips and salsa, but the flavor doesn’t stop there. While you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, their tacos are absolutely to-die-for. The meat is perfectly seasoned and packs a load of flavor in every bite. Grab a set of three and you’ll be smiling in no time.   

Fried Cod at 841 Brewhouse

A perfect fish and chips platter is difficult to find. The cod has to fresh and juicy while the breading on the outside has to be crispy and flavorful without being too thick or flaky. 841 Brewhouse has mastered their fried cod. Fresh, crispy, flavorful. You can order their beer-battered North Atlantic Cod with your choice of sides so you can create a classic fish n’ chip entree with french fries and coleslaw or warm up with a cup of house-made soup and a baked potato. Pro Tip: Ask for a side of their Signature 841 Dippin’ Sauce. You’ll be licking your fingers clean after this incredible meal.   

Lamb Ravioli at The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep has a rotating menu that could keep you coming back time after time to try their seasonal twists on classic dishes. They do carry a sampling of ‘Forever Entrees’ also known as ‘entrees that are so good that if they were to go away, riots would ensue’. Top of the list is the famed Chef’s Lamb Ravioli. House-made ravioli is filled with lamb sausage from Pinn-Oak Farms just south of town and topped with a fresh rosemary cream sauce to bring out the earthy taste of succulent lamb. Creamy, filling, and absolutely incredible.    You won’t have to worry about choosing the wrong thing at any of these Whitewater establishments because there really is no bad dish! Try a couple of our favorite meals around town and let us know which is your favorite of the bunch.    Ready to dine your way through Whitewater, WI? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

Holiday Events in Whitewater, WI

Holiday jingles are creeping onto the radio and Christmas lights are popping up around towns and neighborhoods. Finally, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you love Christmas events and getting into the holiday spirit then come to Whitewater this season for one of several great events!  

October 31- December 22: A Christmas Story at the Fireside Theater

You can catch the nationally acclaimed musical ‘A Christmas Story’ at the Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson every weekend until Christmas. Follow the story of Ralphie, a young boy in the 1940’s midwest who really wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. You may know the plot, you may have seen the movie, but until you watch the story unfold before your very eyes through a series of passionate musical numbers, you haven’t experienced the true magic of this holiday classic.  

November 23rd: Wreath Making Class at The Barn in Elkhorn

You’ve waited long enough to put up your holiday decorations and the time is finally here! Build snowmen in the yard, hang lights around the house, and place an inviting wreath on your front door. If you want to make your home feel extra cozy this holiday season then head to The Terra Home & Gift Barn for their Wreath Making Class on November 23rd. Their decor experts will help you pick your winter foliage and decorations to make a stunning wreath that will welcome you home every day this season.   

December 6th: Parade of Lights

On December 6th, Whitewater officially turns into a holiday haven. Starting at 4 o’clock on Friday night, the annual winter market will take over the town while people hop from shop to shop looking for the perfect gifts. At 6 o’clock grab a warm cup of cocoa and watch as the Parade of Lights illuminates Main Street with holiday cheer. There will be several festive activities in stores and through the streets so keep an eye out!   

December 7th: Gala Holiday Concert at UW-Whitewater

The annual Gala Holiday Concert is the perfect time to visit the gorgeous Young Auditorium on the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater campus. Join the UW-Whitewater Music Department for an evening of music, fine dining, a silent auction, and holiday cheer. Nearly every student ensemble will be playing throughout the building allowing you to experience a wide range of holiday music. All proceeds from the dinner and concert benefit the scholarship fund to recognize students for their talents and academic excellence.   

December 7th: Mountain Top Beer Fest at Alpine Valley Resort

To get into the holiday spirit, Alpine Valley Resort is hosting a Mountain Top Beer Fest to fundraise for the Holiday Help of East Troy Program. You can head to this fun ski area and make some laps and drink a couple of crisp brews knowing that all of your money spent is going right back into the loving community of East Troy.   

December 7th & 8th + 14th & 15th Old World Christmas at Old World Wisconsin

Immerse yourself in European folklore and tales at Old World Wisconsin. For only two weekends a year, these historical grounds come alive with the spirit of the holidays, but you won’t be meeting Mr. & Mrs. Claus at this event. Krampus will be wandering around looking for mischievous children! There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, educational lessons to learn about Old World holiday traditions, and lots of activities to keep you busy all day long.   From holiday concerts to beer fests and light parades, Whitewater is one of the best places to visit during the holiday season. Come for a weekend, stay for a while, and relish in the most wonderful time of the year.    Want to visit Whitewater this holiday season? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

5 WHITEWATER DESSERTS THAT YOU HAVE TO TRY

Maybe you want to celebrate a special birthday or have a hankering for something rich and indulgent, or you had a rough day and want to end it on a good note. One of Whitewater’s famous desserts is the highlight of any day. So grab a date, a friend, or a good book and head out for some sweet relief at one of these local establishments just walking distance from the inn!   

Fanatico:

One of my favorite things to do for a special occasion is to go out for drinks and desserts at Fanatico. Don’t get me wrong, their dinners are to die for, but I am always most excited for their desserts. This authentic Italian restaurant has its own dessert case where you can pick out a slice of tiramisu, caramel cheesecake, German chocolate cake, cannolis, brownies, and everything in between. When it comes to desserts, Fanatico knows how to do it right.   

Sweet Spot Cafe

If you like espresso, then the Sweet Spot Cafe is the place to go. On hot days a cold brew with sweet cream is the perfect refreshing treat, while one of their lattes can warm any soul on a chilly winter day. If you want a healthy sweet treat, then pick up one of their signature smoothies. The Tropic Thunder made with mango, pineapple, banana, coconut milk, and a little honey will satisfy any sweet tooth without the sugar rush. You can also pick up one of their homemade pastries or order a custom wedding, birthday, or specialty cake at their store.   

The Black Sheep:

The Black Sheep is a rustic-chic eatery focusing on making everything from scratch with only the freshest, in-season, and local ingredients possible. Each item on the menu is delicately balanced to bring out the unique flavors in each ingredient.  Their dessert menu is no exception but is always changing so you’ll never find the exact dessert twice. Some favorites in the past have been the rich, yet fluffy, chocolate mousse or the autumn-inspired pumpkin bread pudding. If you want a dessert that isn’t super sweet, then opt for one of their charcuterie boards hosting local cheeses, meats, and rotating accessories from nuts to fruits and crackers. You can also drink your dessert here with their craft cocktails. Like the rest of their menu, only the freshest ingredients go into their drinks and you can taste the difference.  

Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze is the 50’s diner that makes you feel right at home the second you walk in. With a traditional menu of burgers, fries, and shakes you know you’ll be in for a treat. The most popular items on their menu are their Brain Freezers: a collection of ice cream-based desserts ranging from shakes and floats to banana sundaes and ice cream sandwiches. The best part about these desserts is that you don’t have to wait until after dinner to sink into sugary bliss, you can sip on your shake all through dinner and still have enough left over with their massive portions.   

Rosa’s Pizza:

Rosa’s Pizza is a frequent stop for Whitewater locals. After a nice cheesy pizza, indulge in a scoop of ice cream from the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream company out of Madison, WI. While people used to drive miles to grab a scoop of the unbelievably creamy, flavor-packed ice creams from the Chocolate Shoppe, now you can simply walk over to Rosa’s and experience the same delectably smooth treat. Pick from classics like chocolate and vanilla or try one of the rotating flavors in the store like bourbon pecan pie, mint avalanche, or seasonal eggnog.    If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the weekend, an anniversary or a birthday, or just celebrate life, head over to Whitewater and stop at any of these amazing local eateries for a dessert that you won’t soon forget.    Want to visit Whitewater this fall? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

WHAT WHITEWATER LOCALS DO IN THE FALL

Whitewater, Wisconsin is filled with events, boating, shopping, and visitors all summer long. As the leaves change, the Whitewater locals take a deep breath and head out to experience the town and land that they love. From hiking around the local preserves to enjoying the great autumn events and taking part in the local attractions, Whitewater locals are having a grand old time, and you should too. Follow in the local’s footsteps and have a blast this fall in Whitewater!  

Go to the Fireside Dinner Theater

There is no better feeling than bundling up in your favorite winter jacket and a scarf before heading out for a night of entertainment. The Fireside Dinner Theater in Atkinson is one of the best attractions year-round, but autumn is the season when they really shine. For the next month, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story will amaze audiences and entertain the masses. Starting on Halloween and running all the way through the new year is A Christmas Story The Musical, which is known to enchant viewers both young and old at heart. Check out our blog post on the Fireside to learn more.  

Hike the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Walk in the footsteps of giants – giant mammoths! The Ice Age National Scenic Trail has some of the best evidence of the giant glacier that once covered the better part of North America as well as the extinct species that used to migrate across the land. This 1,200-mile journey crosses through the heart of Wisconsin and right down the most scenic part of Kettle Moraine State Forest.   

Cozy up with a book from The Book Teller

Autumn is the best time to curl up with a book and do some old fashioned relaxing. The Book Teller in downtown Whitewater is the place to go for a good read. They keep up to date with the latest must-read titles but they also have a used book section where you can find all sorts of treasures. Grab a book and relax in their warm and inviting reading area, or head back to a room at the Hamilton House to enjoy your new juicy book with a cup of tea.   

Cheer on the Warhawks at the UW-Whitewater Football Games

There is no better Saturday event than watching a Warhawks football game at UW-Whitewater. The next game is on October 12th against UW-Platteville at 2 pm. This homecoming game is preceded by a parade, pregame concert, and a whole week full of fun activities! After that, there is a game against UW-La Crosse on November 2nd and a game against UW-Stout on November 9th. Put on some purple and cheer on the Warhawks all autumn long!  

Birding at the Adam Birding Conservancy

One of Wisconsin’s best-kept secrets is the Adam Birding Conservancy. This privately held bird preserve was set aside in 2015 to provide essential habitat for the local birds in the area as well as the thousands of species that migrate over the lands every year. With wetlands, prairie fields, and wooded areas, there is no telling as to how many different species of birds could be found on a simple walk though. The only requirement to enter the area is that you ask permission though the website and pledge to respect the wildlife.   

Decorate for Christmas

After Halloween passes, you’ll slowly see Christmas decorations and lights start to take over the town. From homes to businesses, government buildings, and everything in between will exude the Christmas spirit. All of this comes to fruition on December 6th for the Whitewater Holiday Parade of Lights. Downtown Whitewater turns into a little holiday market with shops and vendors lining up all along Main Street. At 6 pm, the parade commences where local businesses and clubs will make Christmas floats and parade them through the town.   

Head to Old World Wisconsin

The seasonal events at Old World Wisconsin just can’t be beaten. Locals love the Halloween Legends & Lore happening on October 18-19 & 25-26th this year. Crossroads Village comes to life after dark and the Halloween shenanigans commence! During the month of December, An Old World Christmas takes over the grounds on the 7-8th & 14-15th. Experience the vibrant holiday traditions by helping to prepare Vanocka and hiding from the notorious Krampus. Read our blog post on Old World Wisconsin to get the low-down on exploring this great attraction.   Take an autumn vacation and play like the locals in beautiful Whitewater Wisconsin. You can still dine at your favorite restaurants, shop at your treasured boutiques, and visit the best attractions, but in the fall, there is a whole different side to this charming town that you’ll just have to see for yourself.    Want to visit Whitewater this fall? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

THE WHITEWATER SPIRIT TOUR

There are two types of autumn lovers – the harvest enthusiasts who love the smell of pumpkin pie, sipping apple cider, and watching the leaves change colors, then there are the spooky Halloween lovers that chase every haunted house, watch scary movies, and love good ghost stories. If you fall into the latter category, then the Whitewater Spirit Tour is a must on your autumn bucket list.    The summery, quaint, lakefront town of Whitewater may look like any regular Midwestern town, but this particular town has quite a haunted history. Named the “Second Salem,” Whitewater has a past filled with tales of witches, ghosts, strange murders, and occult practices.    On October 11th & 12th the Whitewater Chamber of Commerce hosts their infamous Spirit Tour, a four-hour guided through the town’s most spirited spots… in the dark. Your spirit masters will share stories about Whitewater’s spooky sites, spirited inhabitants, and point out the spots with frequent ghost sightings.    Groups meet at 5:00 sharp at The Fuzzy Pig where there will be appetizers and you can grab a nice warm drink before heading out into the elements. A bus will take you around the city and bring you to different spiritual sites where you can get off and immerse yourself in the supernatural surroundings. You will be able to venture into the crypt of Mary Worth, the self-proclaimed witch who used to curse members of the town who then ‘mysteriously died’ shortly afterward. Around the crypt there have been sightings of her ghost and there are rumors about practicing covens in the town. You will also see the burial site of spiritualism leader Morris Pratt, the Witches Tower, and several other supernatural sites. As a special added treat, there will be a presentation by US Paranormal, who has selected Whitewater in a massive study due to its unusual paranormal activities.    This tour is like watching a scary movie unfolding before your very eyes, but instead of sitting in a cozy theater seat where you watch characters do the digging, you yourself are the crazy character venturing around a haunted graveyard in the black of night. Every year tickets sell out early, so plan your trip to Whitewater and reserve your seats for the acclaimed Whitewater Spirit Tour.    Ready to be spooked in Whitewater? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.

THE FALL COLOR FESTIVAL

Boy on bike riding through forest
It is almost time for the biggest mountain biking event of the year. The Fall Color Festival isn’t a downtown shopping event with a parade, but instead a heart-pounding, fast-paced, gear-grinding bike race at the John Muir Trails. On September 28th, the best mountain bikers from all across Wisconsin, and beyond, will gather to test their speed and ability for short and long races held throughout the day. This family-friendly event is great to participate in or watch from the sidelines. Here’s the breakdown of the whole event so you won’t miss a thing:

John Muir Trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest:

Kettle Moraine State Forest is quite possibly Wisconsin’s best state park. The centrally located park is just an hour from Madison and Milwaukee, two hours from Chicago, and in Whitewater’s backyard making it the perfect spot for exploring. There are 8 separate trails winding through the forest which gives riders the feeling of seclusion and freedom. The Fall Color Festival will have bikers racing through the blue, brown, green, and white trails to see who is the best of the best.  

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am: The park opens and bikers will start getting ready for the races. Any last-minute registrations can start at the registration booth but must be filled out at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. 9:30 am: The biggest race starts! Racers will complete the 33-mile loop around the Brown, Blue, and Green loops. Cheer for the bikers at the finish line or head into the woods to give the riders a mid-race boost of excitement. 10:00 am: Watch the 22-mile race take off! Riders will complete two laps on the Blue loop and one lap of the Brown loop. 10:30 am: Excitement will be buzzing through the air as the 11-mile circuit takes off. Riders will be coming in from the 33-mile and 22-mile circuits and cowbells will be ringing. 11:00 am: The 5-mile speed loop will take off. This is personally one of my favorites to watch as it is always a close race. Cheer for your favorite racers and see which one crosses the finish line first! 11:30 am: Now it is time for a challenge. The unicyclists will take to the brown loop and see who will finish first. This is a crowd favorite and a definite must-see. The beer garden and food vendors will also open up to feed the hungry racers and sideline motivators. Grad a drink and some great food to celebrate the racers. 12:00 pm: The parent & child tag team race begins. The children take off first with a lap around the Brown loop then hand off to their parent to finish up strong! This family race is a blast and you may even see some future gold-medal bikers amongst the race. 1:00 pm: If you’ve got a little one with you who wants to join in on the action, then the children’s ride is perfect. The grass has been mowed short to provide for a short, easy course that the kids will love. This great event is so much fun to watch and even more fun to participate in. Bring your bike and sign up for one of the circuits to test your ability and speed. All proceeds go right back into maintaining the John Muir Trail network that so many love to ride and hike. Come to the woods for the day and relax afterward in the quaint town of Whitewater for a perfect weekend getaway. Planning a trip to the Fall Color Festival mountain bike races? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.  

THE FIRESIDE DINNER THEATER

persons on stage in front of a red curtain
The Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson is an absolute favorite. Tourists and locals alike flock to the theater to watch their engaging sets and dine on their gourmet entrees. Reserve your tickets and attend one of your favorite shows like Buddy Holly or a Christmas Story come to life! The phenomenal actors and world class setting allow you to fully immerse yourself into the story and by the end you too may even be singing along.

History:

The theater opened in 1964 as a premier entertainment destination, where guests could gather to watch world class shows with Broadway performers in an intimate setting. The Fireside was an immediate hit. Over a decade, the news spread of the best new attraction in Fort Atkinson and the theater expanded four times to meet the new demand. Ever since they opened, the theater has been recognized by numerous publications as one of the best theaters in Milwaukie, in Wisconsin, in the Midwest, and even one of the best in all of North America!

Shows:

The Fireside Dinner Theater only showcases one show at a time. Coming up next is Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story which will be running from the beginning September through the end of October. Most shows take over the stage for about a month to two months and perform Wednesday through Sunday. The 2020 season has an incredible lineup of shows. You’ll see classics like Guys and Dolls or Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and some up and coming sets like What Happens in Vegas, which is a tribute to all the legendary performers of the day.

Dinner:

No show is complete without a fabulous 3 course meal! Each menu is specially curated to compliment the show you are attending. For A Christmas Story, you’ll find slow braised beef short ribs, tomato bisque, and a gingerbread pie for dessert. A perfect holiday meal to complement your festive show! If you are attending a matinee, the menu changes a bit to reflect the time of day. The Sunday matinee serves up a brunch style buffett of fruits, fresh baked goodies, and all of your favorite brunch items.

Group Outings:

The theater is a perfect place for a night out with the entire family. Your whole group can dine together, laugh together, and sing along for a night no one will forget! Call them directly and ask about special group pricing, you may get a discount or a couple tickets comped depending on the day! Plan for a birthday, an anniversary, or any special occasion and let the theater know for a special shout out during the show. A night at The Fireside Dinner Theater will fill you up with delicious food, contagious laughter, and great memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. Return to see high energy shows and your favorite performers time and time again. After one show, you’ll be hooked. Planning a trip to the Fireside Dinner Theater? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.  

WHITEWATER IS NOW AN OFFICIAL ICE AGE TRAIL COMMUNITY

The story of the iconic Ice Age Trail begins more than 12,000 years ago, when a massive flow of glacial ice moved through the region and sculpted the breathtaking & diverse landscape we now call Wisconsin. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,000 mile footpath that takes visitors through this stunning landscape, passing ancient forests, open prairies, and beautiful rivers & lakes. There are many different ways to explore the Trail, whether you like to hike, backpack, snowshoe, or cross country ski. If you are interested in geology, you will also encounter a fascinating range of rock formations, including dolomite, sandstone, basalt bluffs, and quartzite hills. Hiking the Ice Age Trail can be a great way to get some exercise, explore the region, and take a break from the stresses and distractions of modern life. This past November, the city of Whitewater became a part of the Ice Age Trail Community. On May 6th, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the collaboration of the Jefferson and Walworth county local Ice Age Trail Association Volunteer group and the Whitewater community. The ceremony begins at 3:00 pm at the Cravath Lakefront Community Center and is followed by kids craft activities and a short guided hike. Whitewater is part of the Walworth/Jefferson Country leg of the Trail, which encompasses the Blue Spring Lake Segment, Blackhawk Segment, Whitewater Lake Segment, and Clover Valley Segment. The Blue Spring Lake Segment takes hikers up to the top of Bald Bluff, one of the highest points in Jefferson County. There you will find one of the largest and most diverse open prairies in the region filled with beautiful wildflowers and grasses. After soaking in the view at Bald Bluff, you will descend back down into a clearing where you will find a massive granite rock nicknamed the Stone Elephant, a beloved local oddity. This trail also takes you through oak groves, sparkling ponds & springs, and sprawling meadows filled with sunflowers, goldenrod, prairie clover, and aster. Twice a week, guided walks leave from the Hwy 12 Ice Age Trail segment in Kettle Moraine State Park. These 2-5 mile walks are a great way to learn about the rich geological history and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Whitewater, already a mecca for outdoor lovers, is overjoyed to become an official part of the Ice Age Trail Association. 2018 marked the 50th year of the Ice Age Trail and we are proud to join the community at this impressive milestone. Now exploring the Ice Age Trail will be easier than ever. To learn more about the Ice Age Trail and other excellent hikes across the state, visit IceAgeTrail.org. We’ll see you at the ribbon cutting! Looking to explore the Walworth and Jefferson county segment of the Ice Age Trail? Book a stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located in the Southern segment of Kettle Moraine State Park.