Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 31, 2012

Business spotlight: Oneida County

Traveling to Oneida County? Learn more about these local businesses.

Holiday Acres is one of the most popular resorts in Oneida County. It prides itself on a traditional Northwoods feel. Cottages ranging from one to six rooms can accommodate any group. The resort has a lake, trails, and nearby attractions, including golf courses and shopping. Dining options, such as the Three Coins Restaurant, are on resort property as well.

The Turn of the Century Gift Shop at Holiday Acres provides visitors with a unique shopping experience. The old log building houses unusual items, such as jewelry, clothing, toys and home décor. After a visit to Turn of the Century, you’ll return home with a memorable and interesting souvenir.

If you need a break from the summer heat, Rouman Cinema provides a relaxing movie-viewing experience. They even have specials on children’s admissions, with tickets as low as $2.


July 24, 2012

Business spotlight: Vilas County

Traveling to Vilas County? Learn more about these local businesses.

Experience luxury log cabin comfort at the Timberline Inn in downtown Manitowish Waters. The Timberline Inn is a great place to relax and take in the peace and quiet of the Northwoods.

On the shores of Big Lake in St. Germain, you’ll find Lynn Ann’s Campground. The wooded campsites are clean and scenic. And, Big Lake offers some of the best fishing in the Northwoods for musky, walleye, bass, northern pike and panfish.

Sunrise Lodge on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert in Land O’ Lakes can accommodate parties ranging from one to 25. You’ll find a variety of units featuring fireplaces, full kitchens and an array of amenities. But the best feature of Sunrise Lodge might be the lake. Lac Vieux Desert is an enormous lake – 4,200 acres – and boasts great fishing for walleye, northern pike, musky, perch and crappie.

The Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes has been serving vacationers and outdoorsmen for more than 100 years. Located right on the boundary that separates Wisconsin from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it is the epitome of a Northwoods lodge.

At Edgewater Inn & Cottages in Eagle River, you can choose from the cozy comfort of a knotty pine room at the inn or the rustic charm of a cottage. Located on the waterfront of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy fishing, boating or just relaxing by the water.

Try your luck at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau. In addition to slot machines, blackjack tables, bingo and a poker room, you’ll find a fantastic buffet and great entertainment.

Fun for the whole family, Eagle Falls Adventure Golf in downtown Eagle River offers 18 holes of top-notch mini-golf. Waterfalls, rivers and fountains highlight this course, which is based on a 1950s fishing camp theme.


July 23, 2012

Late Summer Festivals

Celebrate summer with these three fun annual events

The end of summer is for relaxing. All across Wisconsin, communities hold festivals celebrating this laidback season. Here are three of Wisconsin’s best late-summer festivals, each reflecting their respective community’s history and heritage. If you’re looking for an excuse to take one last summer getaway, these festivals fit the bill.

Musky Jamboree Weekend

The annual Musky Jamboree in Boulder Junction celebrates the community’s close connection with Wisconsin’s largest fish. From August 10-12, this charming Northwoods community comes to life with a variety of events and activities. This year’s jamboree will feature a “Musky Fun Run,” car show, arts and crafts fair, live music and fireworks. For the kids, there will be a casting contest. A “Vines, Rhythm and Brews Festival” will take place on Saturday night, featuring wine and beer sampling and live music. This year’s jamboree will be the community’s 56th. Be a part of this longstanding Northwoods tradition.

Good Neighbor Festival

In its 48th year, Middleton’s annual Good Neighbor Festival also has some history. This year, the festival takes place August 24-26. You’ll enjoy three days of live entertainment, games, prizes, food and fun for all ages. Join the Saturday morning 5K run/walk and catch the Sunday afternoon parade. An art and craft fair will feature the work of artists from around the community. Good Neighbor Festival is an ideal event for families, with a huge array of children’s activities, including a kiddie parade. Money raised through Good Neighbor Festival supports organizations throughout the Middleton. So, go and have a good time and know that it’s all for a good cause.

Wild Rice Fest

On September 15, the Vilas County community of Lac du Flambeau celebrates its Ojibwe heritage with Wild Rice Fest. The annual festival happens at the time of year when wild rice, a plant essential to the Ojibwe people, becomes ready for harvesting. Wild Rice Fest gives you a chance to sample Ojibwe food and see traditional crafts. Past years’ festivals have also included bed races, pie eating contests, live music and a Pow Wow. It’s a great event at a time when Vilas County is generally adorned in brilliant fall color. Don’t miss it!


July 17, 2012

Business spotlight: Onalaska

Traveling to Onalaska? Learn more about these local businesses.

The Lumber Baron Inn is a bed and breakfast with a historic feel. The bed and breakfast’s Victorian design and décor has been widely featured in many publications, including Midwest Living. It’s located on Lake Onalaska and next to the Great River State Trail. When you wake, enjoy a four-course gourmet breakfast.

If you’re looking for genuine Italian food, look no further than Ciatti’s. Reviewers rave about the seafood pasta and unlimited soup-and-salad special during the lunch hour.

Blue Moon Saloon and Roadhouse provides a great atmosphere for summer dining. Their outdoor patio is great for drinks with friends, and their fish fry Friday is a favorite among locals.

Coulee Golf Bowl is exactly what it sounds like: a beautiful nine-hole golf course that also has a bowling alley. This unique combination assures there’s something fun for everyone in your group.

The La Crosse Queen is a paddlewheel riverboat that offers a variety of rides on the Mississippi River. Evening cocktail and dinner cruises, brunch cruises, sightseeing cruises and private parties are among the most popular offerings.

The Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse has been brewing in Wisconsin for more than 20 years and distributes beer to most of the state. Head to the tasting room for the newest varieties on tap. If you’re in town on a Saturday, don’t miss the free brewery tours

The La Crosse Speedway is Wisconsin’s only NASCAR-sanctioned racetrack. There are always a ton of entertaining events, but summer Saturdays are the biggest of all.


July 16, 2012

Six Trails You Might Have Missed

Discover some of Wisconsin’s best late-summer hiking and biking opportunities

Wisconsin is home to hundreds of trails, ranging from half-mile loops to trail systems totaling hundreds of miles. Some are well known, but many are relatively unknown, providing hikers and mountain bikers with an opportunity to find peace and quiet. In no particular order, here are six Wisconsin trails you should ride before summer is through.

Lumberjack Trail – This trail in Boulder Junction is a mountain biker’s dream. The trail is specifically designed for mountain biking and runs for 12 miles through a classic pine forest. Get information on the Lumberjack Trail and other area trails. 

Black River State Forest Trails – Black River Country is home to more than 24 miles of designated mountain biking trails. Riders can expect outstanding wildlife viewing and great scenery as they pedal through the forest. Learn more about the Black River State Forest trails. 

Photo by: Derek Gehrke

Eisenbahn State Trail – The 25-mile Eisenbahn State Trail runs through West Bend. The former railway line cuts its way through a scenic landscape sculpted by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. Find complete Eisenbahn State Trail info.

North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails – This 12-mile hiking and biking trail in Vilas County winds around beautiful lakes and runs along the Manitowish River. Riders will see a variety of woodland habitats. An interpretive trail includes a bog boardwalk. Get a map of the North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails.

Holmboe Nature TrailRhinelander is home to a great little nature trail that runs along the banks of the Pelican River. It’s a great place for a hike, but it’s also an outstanding destination for birdwatching. Learn more about the Holmboe Nature Trail and other trails in the Rhinelander Area.

Wiouwash Trail – Oshkosh sits at the south end of this trail that runs for 22 miles northward to Hortonville. Along the way, the trail follows the edge of Lake Butte des Morts. The trail is level and suitable for riders of all ability levels. Get complete trail info.