All posts by Kaylyn Zielinski

Your 2019 Wisconsin Dells Fall Foliage Trip

Wisconsin Dells is the go-to destination to enjoy fall foliage in Wisconsin. From apple orchards to hiking galore, Wisconsin Dells provides amazing activities  during the entire season that you won’t want to miss!

We’ve put together an itinerary for a perfect Wisconsin Dells Fall Color Trip. Stay at Chula Vista Resort and you’ll be close to all the fall fun. Check out Travel Wisconsin’s “Wisconsin Fall Color Report” to see updates on the peak fall foliage in Wisconsin. 

1. Check in to your resort

Arriving at Wisconsin Dells, you’ll want a place to lay your head after a long day of fall adventures. Chula Vista Resort is located along the Wisconsin River and offers gorgeous views of changing leaves from every angle. 

2. Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

For adults (21 and over) experiencing a Fall Color Trip, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is a must! They offer tours and tastings where you can enjoy their fantastic seasonal wines and spirits. They’re located a short drive from Wisconsin Dells, and you can catch a glimpse of those fall foliage in Wisconsin you’re looking for!

3. Country Bumpkin Farm Market

Open through October 31st, Country Bumpkin Farm Market is a great spot for families in the area for fall activities. They offer a pick-your-own berry farm experience, a petting zoo and a fresh bakery for delicious seasonal treats. 

4. Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

Ski-Hi Fruit Farm sits within the scenic Baraboo bluffs and has been around since 1907! Their staff helps you pick apples, and there are more choices than just Granny Smiths. Throughout the season, they offer 24 types of apples. Be sure to check their website and Facebook pages to see which apples will be mature during your visit. 

5. Dells Boat Tours

Another Wisconsin Dells must-do, the Dells Boat Tours have been a crowd favorite. As youtravel through Wisconsin Dells and along the Wisconsin River, you’ll see first-hand why Wisconsin Dells is the top place to enjoy fall foliage in Wisconsin. Don’t forget, tours will even pick you up from the resort!

6. Devil’s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park is the largest state park in Wisconsin, and naturally, the park showcases the gorgeous fall foliage in Wisconsin perfectly. According to their visitor guide, expect to see the leaves change from mid to late September and peak around mid-October. 

7. Outdoor Hot Springs

Chula Vista Resort’s Outdoor Hot Springs are a necessary stop for your Wisconsin Dells Fall Color Trip. Set along the towering white pines overlooking the Wisconsin River, the Hot Springs at Spa del Sol are the perfect place to relax. The gigantic whirlpool is surrounded by heated concrete decks and a two-story adobe fireplace for year-round enjoyment.

8. Kaminski’s Chop House

A trip to Wisconsin Dells wouldn’t be complete without great food. Grab a window seat at Kaminski’s Chop House to enjoy great views of the changing leaves and an even better dining experience. 

This fall, check out our available specials and packages to make your 2019 Fall Color Trip one to remember. 

Your 2019 Girls’ Getaway To-Do List

With the craziness of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time to celebrate friendship! Chula Vista Resort is the ideal location for your much-needed girls’ getaway. 

1. Spa del Sol

No girls’ weekend is complete without some time to relax at a spa. Spa del Sol is a great place to let the stress of a fun-filled summer fade away as you sip champagne and indulge in our treatments. Our variety of treatments vary from massages to facials, and much more. When you visit Spa del Sol, you’ll also have access to our Outdoor Hot Springs. Don’t worry about cold weather stopping the rejuvenation, our hot springs are open year-round and feature a two-story adobe fireplace. 

2. Kaminski’s Chop House

Kaminski’s Chop House is the top spot in Wisconsin Dells to dine in style. From crab legs to steaks, you’ll find the best entrée to treat yourself on your girls’ weekend. Kaminski’s features a delicious happy hour menu from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily. Happy Hour offers deals on house favorites like wine, beer, martinis and appetizers.

3. Wisconsin Dells Wineries

Wisconsin Dells is home to some of the best wineries in central Wisconsin. It is easy to add some wine tasting to your girls’ getaway this season. We’re only a few short miles from Fawn Creek Winery where adults can sip wine, browse the retail options and occasionally catch some live music! If you are willing to travel a little further you can check out Wollersheim WineryBaraboo Bluff Winery and many more local wineries! Finally, Wisconsin Dells Trolley Tours lets you create your own personalized wine/brewery tour. You pick your date and time, the venues you’d like to visit and they take care of the rest. 

Chula Vista Resort has room styles and accommodations for girls’ getaways of every size. Check out our specials and packages for a great deal any time of year. We have great add-ons available for the spa, Kaminski’s Chop House, zipline adventures and much, much more. 

Wisconsin Dells: Your Foodie Vacation Destination

Traveling is a great way to find new and delicious foods that you might not have had the chance to try at home. Don’t worry about flying to Italy or France to get a taste of great foods. Stop by Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells and experience the best restaurants in Wisconsin Dells!

We’ve put together a lineup of the top foodie destinations in Wisconsin Dells for your next visit. 

1. Kaminski’s Chop House

Kaminski’s Chop House is the top stop for your foodie vacation. As one of the best restaurants in Wisconsin Dells, Kaminski’s features hand-cut, dry-aged beef, well-chosen wines and extraordinary service. Their menu offers large portions of signature items. Some guest favorites include their Surf & Turf, fully loaded mashed potatoes, prime rib and, of course, their Famous Garbage Salad! 

2. Margaritas Cantina

For the foodies and savvy travelers, Margaritas Cantina is the perfect spot to grab Mexican favorites. Tacos, burritos and nachos are just a few of the traditional favorites. Inspired by street food, Margaritas also serves delicious options like their adobo wings, southwest street corn and pork carnitas. 

3. Market Fresh To-Go

In addition to the Starbucks favorites you know and love, stop by Market Fresh To-Go for some delectable sweets. Our talented pastry chef, Josie, creates cute and delicious cupcakes you will have to try! Don’t forget that the local Baraboo Candy Company is home of the world-famous Cow Pies (rich chocolate, creamy caramel and fresh pecans). Chula Vista Resort is excited to serve these locally-sourced chocolates right off the hotel lobby! 

4. High Rock Cafe

If you plan to venture into downtown Wisconsin Dells, a great place to stop is High Rock Cafe. This casual spot is one of the best restaurants in Wisconsin Dells offering modern recreations of American classics. In addition to their full menu, they also offer a seasonal menu to provide dishes made with ingredients in their seasonal prime. A few new dishes this summer have been their Mexican Street Corn and Thai Peanut Chicken Zoodles. 

5. Gino’s Pizzeria & Bar

For weekend travelers looking for a taste of Chicago while staying in Wisconsin Dells, you don’t have to look far. Gino’s Pizzeria & Bar offers Chicago-style deep dish pizza that transports you into the city. You don’t even have to leave the resort, as they’ll deliver to you via DoorDash.

Wisconsin Dells is the perfect spot for delicious eats. Click here to book your foodie vacation destination today. 

6 Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Chula Vista Resort

We have the perfect ways to treat your sweet tooth when you’re staying at Wisconsin Dells water parks. We’ve put together the top 7 ways to satisfy your sweet cravings at Chula Vista Resort: 

1. Oversized sweets

Kaminski’s Chop House is known for their mouthwatering steaks and oversized sides. However, their desserts deserve their own special recognition! Kaminski’s serves up delectable desserts like New York Cheesecakes and The Chophouse Banana Splits. Stop in to see exactly why they’re a recommended stop in Wisconsin Dells. 

2. Frappuccinos

Market Fresh To-Go proudly serves Starbucks coffee and that includes Starbucks’ famous Frappuccinos! Market Fresh offers delicious Frappuccino flavors like s’mores and mocha. Flavors rotate throughout the year to cover all of our guests’ seasonal favorites.

3. Frozen Yogurt

Customizable desserts are a great way to add in a little bit of everything you’re craving. After you finish up in Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark, one of the best Wisconsin Dells waterparks, stop by Crash Landings Snack Bar located inside Lost Rios.  Crash Landings  serves up your frozen yogurt favorites. Featuring toppings from fresh fruit to delicious candies, you can craft your fro-yo your own way.

4. Cupcakes

Happiness is only a cupcake away at Chula Vista Resort. Our talented pastry chef, Josie, carefully creates gorgeous cupcakes that are perfect for your Instagram AND for satisfying your sweet tooth. Cupcakes are served at Market Fresh To-Go daily!

5. Donuts

Start off your morning with a sweet reminder that you’re on vacation! Enjoy our fresh donuts served daily at Market Fresh To-Go. 

6. Baraboo Candy Company

Chula Vista Resort is honored to serve locally sourced chocolates from Baraboo Candy Company! When you stop by Market Fresh To-Go, you can pick up some of their customer favorites like their melt-in-your mouth chocolates and their famous Cow Pies (rich chocolate, creamy caramel and fresh pecans)!

Indulge in a sweet vacation at Wisconsin Dells water parks and satisfy those dessert cravings. No matter the time of day, we have a sweet treat for everyone. Click here to book your stay now. 

Your Summer 2019 Couples Bucket List

Create the perfect romantic getaways in Wisconsin Dells when you stay at Chula Vista Resort!

Check out our Summer 2019 Couples Bucket List and start crossing these items off your list with your loved one!

• Luxurious Accommodations

When you’re planning romantic getaways in Wisconsin, where you stay is just as important as what you’ll experience. Chula Vista Resort has plenty of accommodations for adult getaways. Some of our guest favorites are:

  1. Condos – our condos provide a full kitchen, stone fireplace, oversized Jacuzzi and balcony views of the scenic Wisconsin River
  2. Villas – Lining the fairway and privately secluded, our villas are perfect for peace, relaxation and tranquility during your getaway.

View additional room styles here

• Enjoy Live Music

Stop by The Tavern Restaurant this summer and enjoy their Live Music Patio Series. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday savor in live music performed by local artists. Music starts at 6 p.m. and goes on rain or shine. 

• Romantic Dining

Kaminski’s Chop House is the best place to celebrate love! Choose from a long list of delicious wines to find the ideal selection to pair with your meal. The menu features everything from Alaskan king crab to prime rib with delicious dessert options for you to share. 

If you’re looking for a traditional Wisconsin supper club while in Wisconsin Dells, try The Tavern Restaurant. Specializing in brisket burgers, Friday night fish fry, sandwiches, steaks and more, The Tavern is perfect for Wisconsin favorites. 

• Local Winery Tour

Easily add wine tasting to your Wisconsin Dells getaway! Chula Vista Resort is located a few miles from Fawn Creek Winery where you can sip wine, browse their retail options and occasionally, catch some live music! If you are looking to travel a little further, check out Wollersheim Winery, Baraboo Bluff Winery and more! 

• Spa Retreat

Spa del Sol has plenty of options perfectly crafted for couples. From couples massages to our outdoor hot springs, the spa is ideal for your romantic getaways in Wisconsin.  

With a variety of on-site amenities and romantic attractions in Wisconsin Dells, Chula Vista Resort is your go-to for your romantic getaway this summer. Click here to see all of our current specials and packages. 

Live Music Patio Series

Join us this summer for live music on the Patio at the Tavern Restaurant

Our Patio Series features a variety of Classic Rock, Blues and Jazz by local artists. Music starts at 7 PM on select nights. Music is rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

August 2019 Schedule
Thursday, August 1 – David Hecht
Friday, August 2 – Jenna Rae & Tim Schroeder
Saturday, August 3 – Raising Red
Thursday, August 8 – Derek Ramnarace
Friday, August 9 – Kivi & Pray
Saturday, August 10 – Sam Lyons
Thursday, August 15  – Lo Marie
Saturday, August 17 – David Hecht
Thursday, August 22 – Bree Morgan
Friday, August 23 – Abby Spencer
Saturday, August 24 – Sam Lyons
Thursday, August 29 – Robert J
Friday, August 30 – David Hecht
Saturday, August 31 – Lo Marie


Here’s a sneak peek at the performers:

Abby Spencer – Abby Spencer made her YouTube debut in 2010 and she has been singing and posting videos every since. She considers herself country/indie, identifying mostly with Ingrid Michaelson, Colbie Calliat and Miranda Lambert. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.


Avian Aura – Stripped-down contemplative folk rock with grit and humanity. Gary and JOan have been part of the Madison-area community for years, and are back in this fresh presentation, hoping to express what it means to be human, present and connected.

Bree Morgan – Bree Morgan has performed across the Midwest in the bands “Exit 69”, and most recently, “Shotgun Jane.” Morgan now has set out on her own course to share her fun, energetic and passionate music as a solo artist while also running her own full band “Bree Morgan Reloaded.” 

David Hecht – David Hecht began his music career at age 12, dabbling in Tex-Mex swing, mariachi, latin music and even the funk of the 60’s and 70’s. David went on to form the acclaimed touring and recording group, JAVA, which claimed fans from all over the US, Canada and beyond, performing with such notable artists as Elton John, the Pointer Sister, Jimmy Buffet, Third World, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and Los Lobos.


Derek Ramnarace – Derek Ramnarace is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been professionally touring nationwide since 2002 – starting with his genre-defying powerhouse act, Hooch, followed by rock, reggae and blues collective, The SoapBox Project, and his most recent labor of love – The Americana, folk, rock act, Old Soul Society. In addition to being the Ragged Roots Music & Art Festival’s founder and director, he is a promoter, agent and producer for many acts and venues throughout the Midwest.


Jenna Rae & Tim Schroeder- The “Jenna Rae” acoustic duo is comprised of Jenna Rae Legler from Holmen, Wisconsin and Tim Schroeder from Kendall, Wisconsin. Their repertoire consists of age-old classics such as “Stairway to Heaven”, “Dust in the Wind” and “Hotel California”, to some of the most recent hits like Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain”, Duffy’s “Mercy”, and Chris Stapelton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”. You can visit the Jenna Rae Facebook page here.

Kivi & Pray – Kivi & Pray are two Wisconsin songwriters who perform, record and travel together. Over eight years and 10,000 miles on the road, Thomas Kivi and Sarah Pray have blended their influences together in a fresh, honest blend of Americana. You can find them on Facebook, YouTube and on their official website

Lo Marie – Lo grew up playing music in Madison, Wisconsin and later moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University where she studied classical music and jazz. Her final year of school at Vanderbilt was a time of great personal growth and a transition to dedicating herself and her life to creativity through music. It was during this transitional period that many of her songs from her brand new EP “Beyond the Age of Reason” were born. You can follow her on YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, Spotify and her website.

Mike Droho – With 9 full-length album releases and more than 1,500 performances throughout the United States, Mike Droho has amassed a grassroots following. His following has purchased more than 20,000 records and witnessed this prolific songwriter share the stage with artists like Eric Church, Gavin DeGraw, Trevor Hall and The Violent Frames. Find out more about Mike Droho on his website

MMCM –  From the heartland to the coasts, MMCM engages audiences with honest songs expressed in harmonically-rich layers of voices and strings. Matthew Michael & Christina Marie are currently in production of their first full-length album, to be released in 2019. 

Raising Red – Raising Red is a roots rock group based in Central Wisconsin formed in late 2015 after the birth of their daughter (little “Red”.) The group is centered around the lyrics of Stephanie and Derek Olson. The duo released their debut album in the spring of 2017 titled “The Road.”



Robert J. Conaway – Robert J. has been a mainstay in the Wisconsin music scene ever since his 1986 debut album, “Boys Town”. Along with a dozen or so MAMA awards, Robert was named the 2003 Wisconsin Vocalist of the Year. He won the Billboard Award Song contest with his blues tune, “A Million Miles Away” and in 2015 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association for his songwriting.


Sam Lyons – Sam Lyons is an award-winning, young songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released his fifth CD of original material. Sam has created a unique contemporary sound that is a blend of pop, R&B and country that produces, “powerful songs full of visceral grooves and pop hooks that stick.” Sam’s latest EP, “Let’s Go,” is a collaboration with Oscar-winning, Grammy-nominated, producer/musician, Leo Sidran. Follow Sam on Facebook, Sound Cloud, Twitter and download his new EP at CD Baby.

Sam Ness – “Sam Ness looks and sounds like he was born a few decades too late. His hair and beard conjure images of Jim Morrison circa 1969, and, like Morrison, Ness writes poetry that he sets to music and prefers the character of old European cities. But Ness isn’t as lost as Morrison was.” – Wisconsin State Journal


Top Three Packages to Book This Summer at Chula Vista Resort

Summer is right around the corner. Experience MORE this summer with our Wisconsin Dells deals! You’ll enjoy more waterparks, more attractions and more fun memories at Chula Vista Resort.

Check out our list of the top three packages to book this summer at Chula Vista Resort!

1. Rise & Shine Breakfast Package

There’s no better way to start your mornings while on vacation than with a delicious breakfast. With our Rise and Shine Breakfast Package, you can add breakfast to your stay!

When you book this package, you’ll also receive Chula Vista Resort waterpark passes plus Mt. Olympus waterpark passes for everyone in your party for your entire stay, all summer long. 

This package includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations in any room style
  • Breakfast
  • Waterpark passes to Chula Vista Resort for each registered guest in your room
  • AND Mt. Olympus waterpark passes 

2. Zipline Adventure Package

Dells Zipline Adventures (formerly Heightened Adventures) features four courses of varying difficulty at heights from 10 to 45 feet. This package gives you free admission to either course – the Ziplines or the Aerial Park – for up to four people. 

This package includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations in any room style
  • Access to either the Zipline Park or Aerial Park at Dells Zipline Adventures (located on-site)
  • Waterpark passes to Chula Vista Resort for each registered guest in your room
  • AND Mt. Olympus waterpark passes

3. Sunday Monday Saver

Save 20% on two-night Sunday and Monday stays this summer! When you cash in on this amazing Wisconsin Dells deal, you’ll be splashing into fun your entire stay!

This package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in any room style
  • Passes to Mt. Olympus Waterpark
  • Waterpark passes to Chula Vista Resort for each registered guest in your room. 

Add more to your summer of fun when you stay at Chula Vista Resort! To see the full list of all of our available packages and specials, click here

 Receive unlimited waterpark passes to Mt. Olympus – that’s right, you heard us! When you book any stay or package this summer at Chula Vista Resort, you’ll receive Chula Vista Resort and Mt. Olympus waterpark passes for everyone in your party for your entire stay. 

Some restrictions apply. Mt. Olympus passes are not included in our Noah’s Ark Adventure Package.

2019 Wisconsin Dells Summer Vacation To-Do List

Warm weather is on its way, and it’s time to schedule your well-earned vacation time! We know planning a vacation can get stressful, so we are here to help! Here’s your 2019 Vacation To-Do List for the perfect Wisconsin Dells getaway.

Accommodations Fit for All

Chula Vista is your natural choice for the perfect resort getaway in Wisconsin Dells. Pick the perfect room style for your stay with our wide variety of accommodations. You can choose from hotel rooms, suites, condos, villas, and homes to fit your extended family. If you need help picking a room that’s just right for your group, our vacation planners can help! They can be reached at 855-388-4782.

Family Fun at Our Waterparks

We invite you to experience all of the thrills and excitement in our indoor and outdoor waterparks here in Wisconsin Dells. On a warm summer day, our outdoor waterpark offers the best way for your family to beat the heat and have fun. If you want to enjoy the thrills of the waterpark but want to skip adding the sunscreen, our indoor waterpark provides a great escape! Our waterpark passes are included in all overnight stays at Chula Vista Resort!

Relaxing, Wisconsin Dells Style

Spend a day relaxing with us at Spa del Sol, and you’ll soon forget about all the snow, sleet, and cold of winter. Get into the spring and summer mood with our tropical spa treatments! From our Salt Water Therapy Massage to our Marine Collagen Flower Peptide, we have everything you need to leave winter behind.

Chula Vista’s Unique Amenities

Don’t forget about our Outdoor Hot Springs. Our gigantic outdoor whirlpool is surrounded by heated concrete decks and a two-story adobe fireplace. Come join us and experience our one-of-a-kind facility.

Wisconsin Dells Activities

Chula Vista Resort is truly a place for all seasons. We offer a variety of tours to Wisconsin Dells attractions that leave from the property. From the Dells Boat Tours to a Sunset Dinner Cruise, your choices for activities are as varied as your interests.


No matter how you choose to spend your Wisconsin Dells getaway, your stay with us will create lasting memories. Beat the rush this season and experience for yourself what the warmer weather at Chula Vista Resort is like. Click here to book your stay, or call our vacation planners at 855-388-4782.


Mother’s Day in Wisconsin Dells

From our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet to spa specials, we have the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells to celebrate all the amazing moms in your life this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 

Give Mom a break from cooking this Mother’s Day and treat her to our brunch buffet. Our buffet will feature Mom’s favorites like chef made-to-order omelets,  chef-carved prime rib and much, much more! 

There will be a flower wall for photo opportunities and when you share those photos with us on Facebook, you could win a gift card! Like our Facebook page for details.

Spa Specials

Spa del Sol tops the list of the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells. Treat Mom to the rest and relaxation that she deserves this Mother’s Day.

Spa del Sol is offering the following specials:

  • Mother’s Glow Best Nail Package 
    • Moms will indulge in a relaxing Sweet Cream Pedicure and Manicure. Take home a complimentary bottle of nail lacquer as our Mother’s Day gift to you. 
  • Super Mom 
    • Moms will enjoy a full body relaxation Swedish massage along with a moisturizing Sweet Cream Pedicure. Complimentary aromatherapy oil will be added to your massage as a gift!
  • Mother’s Luxe Retreat 
    • Mom will find her calm and enjoy some much-needed rest during our Customized Organic Facial along with our luxurious pear and green apple sweet treat Organic Sugar Glow Back Scrub. We are also gifting a three-step lip treatment for Mother’s Day. 

BONUS: All spa services include complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. Stop by Spa del Sol Mondays through Fridays from May 1-17 to celebrate Mom.

Golf Specials

Cold Water Canyon offers lush greens, canyon fairways and breathtaking views. Our course is the perfect day escape for Mother’s Day. On May 12 (Mother’s Day) moms golf for free when accompanied by a paying guest.

There’s no doubt that Chula Vista Resort offers the best things to do in Wisconsin Dells for Mother’s Day! Click here for details on our Mother’s Day activities. 

Wisconsin Dells Dining Spotlight: The Tavern Restaurant

When you plan a trip to Wisconsin Dells water parks, you’ll want to add The Tavern Restaurant to your itinerary!

From Wisconsin weekend favorites to gorgeous patio views, The Tavern Restaurant is the Wisconsin Dells restaurant you have to try! Keep reading to find out more about these must-have weekly specials:

Friday Night Fish Fry

After a long Friday spent in Wisconsin Dells water parks, the best way to recharge is with The Tavern’s Friday Night Fish Fry.

With options like beer-battered, broiled or lemon pepper fish, you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a lighter fish fry, The Tavern offers two-piece or three-piece fish in addition to their all-you-can-eat option.

Every special comes with your choice of potato and a salad.

Saturday Night Prime Rib

Join us every Saturday for our Saturday Night Prime Rib Special, and enjoy a delicious dinner tailored for families dining in Wisconsin Dells! This special features a choice of 8 oz., 12 oz. or 16 oz. prime rib options and comes with your choice of potato and a dinner roll.


To make your reservation call us at 608-253-0627 or visit our website here. We can’t wait to welcome you this weekend at The Tavern Restaurant in Wisconsin Dells!