Prompt: Travel – Did you visit anywhere new this year? Any plans to travel next year?
It’s not somewhere new, but it’s somewhere we always go, drawn back to it every summer with that inexorable pull: Villa Louis & Wyalusing State Park, out in western Wisconsin.
Villa Louis and Wyalusing has been a family vacation for years. Now Mr. HouseofBeck and I have made it our own tradition, a combination birthday and anniversary present, a get-away trip for a few wonderful days.
Villa Louis is a house that has been loved. A beautiful 19th century, Cream City brick Italiante Victorian mansion overlooking the Mississippi, the Villa gives you warmth the moment you come within reach, as if the very cream-colored bricks had soaked it all up to radiate out for the rest of its life. When you go on the tour, you feel as if you are a welcome friend come for a visit. If you could only just pause in just the right spot or open the right door, you’d hear the laughter and footsteps and all the little things that made up the daily family life the house knew so well.
No matter how many times we’ve seen it, we always go on the tour.
The other part of our trip–not counting the antiquing and crossing over into Iowa to visit the Victorian shops–is wandering around Wyalusing State Park. Lushly forested trails, grumpy bald-headed eagles soaring above the lookout points and perilous sandstone caves make this one of my favorite parks. The website says there are 2,628 acres, and that includes camping, canoeing and fishing as well as hiking, biking and skiing.
Pictures tell this whole story better, so here are a few from recent years.
Hope you enjoyed the mini-tour!