Monday, September 30, 2013

Holy Hill for Fall Colors

People come from all over the region to see the Fall colors at Holy Hill.  This is a gorgeous church set on top of the highest hill in this part of the state, and it is surrounded by forests,  rural roadways, barns, cornfields, and hiking trails.  The Ice Age trail runs through the property.
Last year I did this drive in early October.  Even though it was a Monday, it was packed when I arrived at nearly noon.  They do a mass at 11 am and we were lucky enough to hear some of the singing and the church bells chime at noon.  I brought my grandson Landon and he was impressed with the dinging.  We took an indirect route to the chapel.  With a GPS in the car, you can easily set your location and then take off on any of the rural roads surrounding the property, knowing you will get there eventually.  There are a couple of rustic roads that are narrow and tree covered, so if you have the time, find them on the map and travel them.  You'll get to see creeks, unique homes, barns, and just beautiful trees everywhere.  We did this and it was great!

Rustic Road
Rustic roads are easy to identify

Wisconsin at its best

 Once you go up to the chapel, you can choose what you want to do.  There's a trail that surrounds the chapel.  You can eat in the cafe.  We had a tuna croissant and drinks for less than $10.  There's a nice gift shop with a variety of local information as well as religious goods.  If you're healthy, don't miss out on climbing the tower.  This was the first time I'd ever done that, and I was impressed by the views.  You can see a lot of color from the chapel level, but once you start climbing, the view changes with every turn.  The lower windows have glass or bars, but as you get to the top, they are open.  If you're afraid of heights, this may be too much for you.  I loved how the windows framed the trees.  It was a great way to experience Fall in Wisconsin!

There are several of these along a path surrounding the chapel

The view from the chapel level

For a donation, you can climb to the top

Tower windows

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