October 14, 2018 by: Kathleen Fleming
Our Favorite Winter Activities
Winter in Whitewater, Wisconsin is truly a magical time of the year. Though we love our town in all seasons, we think it is particularly wonderful when covered in a blanket of snow. Winter in Whitewater means ice skating, winter sports, festivals, and lots of holiday cheer. There is so much to do, you’ll barely mind the cold! Here our the top 5 things you absolutely must do this winter in Whitewater.
1. Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski in Kettle Moraine
Kettle Moraine National Forest is Whitewater’s playground. Things get especially fun in the winter, when the trails you love to hike and bike during warmer, dryer months transform into incredible snowshoeing and cross country Skiing routes. There are countless wonderful & well-groomed trails within the park’s 22,000 glacial acres. The Southern unit alone boasts 24 miles of classic and skate groomed trails along with convenient warming shelters. The Lapham Peak unit even features lighted trails so you can ski or snowshoe at night. Monitor the snow condition reports for cross country skiing and downhill skiing and snowboarding to find out the best times to go. There are several great rental and maintenance shops in Whitewater to help fulfill all your winter sports needs. We like:
- Quiet Hut Sports
- Bicyclewise and Sports (offers guided snowshoe trips on Friday afternoons)
- Backyard Bikes and Ski Shop
2. Fat Bike
Bicycling in the snow?! Yes, it's possible thanks to fat bikes: bikes with chubby tires that help you easily navigate through snowy conditions. Kettle Moraine has great bicycling trails open all year. Committed cyclists and casual riders alike will delight in the unique experience of riding a bike through the beautiful snow covered landscapes of the region.
3. Ice Skate
Nothing says winter quite like taking a spin around an ice rink. Whitewater’s Ice Rink is located at Big Brick Park on 611 West Center Street. Bundle up and spend the afternoon sipping hot chocolate and cruising around the rink with friends and family. The rink is also open to hockey players from 5:30-9:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 3:00-8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Rent your skates at Quiet Hut Sports or Bicyclewise.
This next option isn't for the faint of heart. Freezefest is held every February at Cravath Lakefront Park. The crowning event of the festival is the annual Polar Plunge, where brave (and possibly crazy) locals test their mettle by diving into the freezing cold water of the lake. To help these individuals warm up after the plunge, there is also a chili cook-off held at the park. But don't worry. You can taste the delicious chilis even if you didn't participate in the plunge.
5. Holiday Light Parade
The crowning jewel of winter in Whitewater is the annual Parade of Lights, held this year on Friday, December 7th. This festive event features a winter marker where you can buy crafts and food, story time with Santa, free chili, Christmas cookie decorating, and of course, the parade of lights. The perfect way to kick off the holiday season.
Planning a winter escape to Whitewater? Book a stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes away from Kettle Moraine State Park. We are happy to make you a warm pot of tea or hot cocoa and cookies to warm you after your winter adventures in Southeastern Wisconsin.