Monthly Archives: February 2013

February 12, 2013

Late-winter Overnight Packages: Save on Your Winter Escape

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Don’t let winter pass you by! Late-winter is the perfect time to shop, a great time to hit the trails and the ideal time to escape from the everyday grind. Start planning your getaway today and save with these overnight packages.

These Wisconsin destinations are currently offering special overnight packages:

Don’t wait to take a winter escape – book your trip today!

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February 7, 2013

Five Cross-Country Ski Trails to Try

Wisconsin offers hundreds of cross-country ski trails. Here are five that rank among the very best. Choose a wilderness trail, an easy set of trail loops, a backcountry challenge or a classic trail experience. Every skier will find a trail that’s right for them. So pick your trail, plan your trip, put on your skis and start gliding.

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Black River State Forest – Wilderness Explorations in Black River Country

The Black River State Forest is one of Wisconsin’s wildest places. The state forest and surrounding county forests form a vast area of woodlands that supports everything from wild turkeys to wolves. Winding throughout the state forest, you’ll find 25 miles of outstanding cross-country ski trails. Trails are groomed for both skate skiers and traditional skiers.  Learn more about Black River Country trails and other winter recreation options.

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McNaughton Trail – Breathtaking Views in Boulder Junction

Running for ten miles through breathtaking forest scenery, the McNaughton Trail is one of the best trails in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The trail is groomed and tracked for traditional skiing, with one section groomed for skate-style skiing. It’s a great beginner trail, presenting very few hills. Find a complete list of Boulder Junction trails and maps.

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North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails – Scenic and Relaxing in Vilas County

Glide your way around beautiful Statehouse Lake or along the Manitowish River on the North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails. The trails offer a wonderful mix of Northwoods scenery. There’s no better place for a relaxing outing. A warming house is available. Learn about more Vilas County trails and get a trail map.

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CAVOC Trails – Backcountry Challenge in Rhinelander

CAVOC stands for Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, and this challenging trail will give the experienced trail trekker a lesson in backcountry cross-country skiing. Groomed for only snowshoeing and backcountry skiing, this trail system is definitely not for the novice skier. But, if you’re up for the challenge, head to the Rhinelander area and hit the trail. Get complete information on Rhinelander Area cross-country ski trails.

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Cassian Two-way Trail – A Classic Ski Trail in Oneida County

This Oneida County trail is a classic. The terrain is level with some gently rolling sections. It’s a pleasure to ski, whether you’re a beginner or more experienced skier. If you’re looking for a solid cross-country skiing experience with good scenery and top-notch trail grooming, the Cassian Two-way Trail is for you. Find more information on this and other Oneida County ski trails.

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February 7, 2013

Mid-winter Shopping Escapes

Wisconsin is blessed with some of the best lakes, trails and natural areas in the Midwest. Throughout the winter, people flock to Wisconsin to cross-country ski, snowmobile, ice fish and snowshoe.

But for others, winter is the time of the year for enjoying Wisconsin’s indoor activities – and for many, that means shopping.

These three communities offer a variety of shopping options, great lodging and a wide selection of dining choices, making them the perfect mid-winter shopping escapes.

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Middleton – A Top Stop for Shopping

Located just minutes from Madison, you’ll find one of Wisconsin’s best shopping escapes. Middleton is home to Greenway Station, a unique complex of shops and restaurants. It features landscaped walkways and a sensible layout that makes shopping here a real pleasure. Two hotels are located in the complex and five more hotels can be found just minutes away.

In addition to Greenway Station, Middleton offers a downtown full of shops and restaurants. One of the most interesting shops is the National Mustard Museum, home to more than 5,000 jars, bottles and tubes of mustard from 50 states and more than 60 countries. See a full list of Middleton shops. 

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Stevens Point – Shop the Center of the State 

Downtown Stevens Point is a great place to shop. Explore a delightful variety of shops along Stevens Point’s Main Street. Antiques, collectibles, hand-made toys, ceramics, homemade fudge and candy – you’ll find it all in downtown Stevens Point. While you’re out exploring the shops, don’t forget to see the many hand-painted historical murals located throughout the neighborhood.

Outside downtown, you’ll find Herrschner’s, an outlet shop for one of the world’s largest craft catalogs. And while you’re in the Stevens Point Area, be sure to take a tour of the four outstanding breweries. Find a complete list of Stevens Point area shops.

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Oshkosh – Outstanding Outlet Shopping

One of Wisconsin’s best shopping destinations is the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh. Explore the forty brand-name stores that make up this treasure trove of bargains, including two dozen of the biggest names in the apparel business. Men’s clothing offerings include Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Tommy Hilfiger. Women’s clothing retailers include rue21 etc., Dress Barn, Maurices and Christopher & Banks Outlet.

Foodies will love the culinary-related merchandise at Le Gourmet Chef, Kitchen Collection and Corningware Correlle & More. Still have some shopping left in you? Visit the Yankee Candle Outlet or Bath & Body Works Outlet, two sweet-smelling ways to end a late winter’s day of shopping in Oshkosh.  Find more information on shopping in Oshkosh.

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February 6, 2013

Snowmobile Oneida County Sweepstakes

Snowmobile Oneida County SweepstakesDo you hear the buzz of a snowmobile engine in your sleep? Do you long to fly down northern Wisconsin’s trails on your sled?

Well, you’re in luck, because we are giving one lucky winner – and three lucky friends – a chance to live out that dream next winter with a free snowmobiling trip to Oneida County!

More than 1,000 miles of top-notch trails crisscross Oneida County, and the well-groomed trail systems extend across northern Wisconsin and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Enter today, and give yourself a reason to think about snowmobiling all year long!

Thank you and good luck to all who entered!

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