Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 30, 2014

Go on a Sweet Getaway

Wisconsin is a pretty sweet place to visit

Take a tour of Wisconsin and sample the state’s many excellent candy shops and bakeries. Shop for fine chocolates and more at an eclectic shop in Stevens Point. At a small bakery in Middleton, savor baked goods made with the finest ingredients on earth. Visit an amazing artisan candy maker in Oshkosh. It all add up to one sweet getaway.

Sugar Doll

Sugar Doll – Stevens Point

As soon as you walk into Sugar Doll Chocolates, located at 1336 Strongs Avenue in Stevens Point, you know you’re in a very unique place. The shop is filled with a huge variety of stationery, greeting cards, journals, writing paper, pens, interesting gifts and, of course, lots of chocolates, truffles and candy. You’ll find Moonstruck Truffles, Asher’s Chocolates, a variety of gourmet licorice, petit fours and lots of 25-cent candy. The shop’s non-candy merchandise is as enticing as the chocolates. The shelves are filled with fun and sometimes irreverent items you’ve probably never seen before. Any visit to Sugar Doll Chocolate Shop is sure to be entertaining.

Bloom Bake Shop

Bloom Bake ShopMiddleton

In charming downtown Middleton, you’ll find Bloom Bake Shop at 1834 Parmenter Street. This bright, cheerful shop is home of some of the most delectable baked goods in the state. Their cupcakes are widely thought to be among the best anywhere. The shop’s whoopie pies, brownies (several varieties), lemon bars, cookies (many varieties), hot chocolate and coffee are simply to die for. In addition to out-of-this-world traditional baked goods, Bloom Bake Shop features gluten-free baked goods as well as vegan versions of some of her favorite treats – on an average day, the shop will have between six and eight gluten-free items available. There’s something for everyone at this colorful shop.

Chocolates

Oshkosh

As you drive to Hughes Home Maid Chocolate Shop, located at 1823 Doty Street in Oshkosh, you’ll probably think, “This can’t be the right place.” After all, who would expect to find one of the country’s best candy makers located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. But Hughes’ Home Maid Chocolate Shop sells some incredible chocolates in a variety of flavors, including meltaways, toffee, caramel, nougat, pecan clusters, coconut, vanilla and more. You’ll find dark chocolate and milk chocolate, cherry cordials, double chocolate oysters and vanilla cream oysters. Sink your teeth into a Hughes Home Maid chocolate and you’ll become an instant convert. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind candy shop. Be sure to call before you visit (920-231-7232).

These three shops are all worth the trip. Need another excuse to hit the road and start sampling the sugary goodness? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you can never go wrong buying something sweet for your sweetest. Hit the road and head to Wisconsin today!

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January 15, 2014

Cash & Go Giveaway

Win $250 & a trip to North Central Wisconsin!

North Central Wisconsin’s lakes, forests, trails and friendly communities have long enchanted visitors from across the Midwest and offer an array of outdoor activities throughout the year, from snowmobiling and skiing in the winter to whitewater rafting and biking in the summer.

Now, you can come see what everyone’s been raving about by entering our Cash & Go Giveaway. Enter to win by March 15, and you could receive $250 and a travel voucher to one of our 12 beautiful counties in North Central Wisconsin!

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January 14, 2014

Wisconsin’s Winter Walleye Waters

Ice Fishing

Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller

Winter is a great time to target what might be Wisconsin’s tastiest gamefish. Walleye bite throughout the winter, and ice fishing is the ideal way to target this elusive predator. Best of all, Wisconsin is home to some of the top walleye fisheries on the planet.

Ice fishing allows walleye anglers to pinpoint active fish and carefully present lures and baits—the same careful approach would be difficult from a rocking boat. When an ice angler finds a group of active fish, he can quickly catch his limit. And, there’s nothing like the sight of a big, fat walleye coming up through the ice.

This winter, experience the thrill of catching walleye through the ice. Here are eight of the very best Wisconsin winter walleye waters.

Oshkosh – Lake Winnebago

At 138,000 acres, Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye destinations. The Lake Winnebago System, which includes the Wolf and Fox rivers, has unmatched natural reproduction. The result is a fishery with numerous walleye and good numbers of big fish. During the winter, the area around Oshkosh offers some of the giant lake’s best walleye fishing.

Rusk County – Lake Holcombe

Few Wisconsin lakes offer such a diverse, high-quality fishery as Lake Holcombe. This 4,000-acre lake is a flowage on the Chippewa River. Lake Holcombe boasts more than 120 miles of shoreline. Walleye anglers will find good fishing throughout the winter.

Stevens Point – Lake Du Bay

The sprawling Lake Du Bay is a nearly 7,000-acre flowage on the Wisconsin River. The lake is known for its musky, pike, smallmouth bass, panfish and walleye. Anglers should look for sunken trees and other structure along the old river channel. Some of the deeper backwaters can also hold fish.

Oneida County – Lake Tomahawk

This classic Northwoods lake provides great walleye fishing during the winter. It is one of the biggest lakes in northern Wisconsin, weighing in at 3,392 acres. The lake is famous for its fishery, which includes a healthy population of walleye.

Boulder Junction – Trout Lake

Deep and cold, Trout Lake is stands out as one of Wisconsin’s best fishing lakes. The crystal-clear waters hold not only the usual selection of warm-water gamefish, but also lake trout and whitefish. The walleye on Trout Lake grow big and fat on the healthy forage base. Be ready to tie into a hefty fish.

Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake

This flowage on the Wisconsin River is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Wisconsin—and for good reason. Walleye anglers will find good action here throughout the winter.

Onalaska – Lake Onalaska

The Mississippi River is one of the best walleye fisheries in the country. Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the Mississippi River, is an outstanding walleye destination. In addition to walleye, Lake Onalaska offers great fishing for northern pike and panfish.

Black River Falls – Lake Arbutus

Lake Arbutus is a multifaceted destination. In addition to northern pike, musky, bass and crappie, you’ll find good numbers of walleye. It’s a great place to set out some tip-ups. You never know what you’re going to catch here.

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