Just a two-hour drive from Rockford will put you in the middle of a beautiful lavender farm in Wisconsin. A tour, some dinner and a night you won't soon forget.

Heading north to Baraboo, Wisconsin to Devil's Lake Lavender Farm needs to fill a spot on your summer road trips. Over 12,000 lavender plants fill the farm with great color and an unforgettable aroma.

On the farm, you can take a tour, enjoy dinner in their café with lavender based recipes. You can also book an overnight in the sprawling 6,200-square-foot home.

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What makes lavender so special?

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent and its color. It’s believed to be native to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India, with a history dating as far back as 2,500 years.In ancient times, lavender was used as a holy herb. Additionally, it was often used to freshen up and give a light scent to a variety of personal items, such as clothes and hair.

Lavender also has some possible health benefits

This therapeutic plant...

  • May help improve sleep
  • Could help treat skin blemishes
  • May offer a natural remedy for pain
  • Reduce blood pressure and heart rate
  • Could relieve asthma symptoms
  • Lessens menopausal hot flashes

Devil's Lake Lavender is located at E11364 Highway 136 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Visit the farm's website, or call 414-690-5060, for more details.

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