Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 23, 2017


Wisconsin Fish Fry
Savor a better vacation!

There’s no meal more relaxing and delicious than a traditional Wisconsin fish fry. Maybe you’re a Wisconsin native who has been dining on fried walleye since you were in short pants, or maybe you’re new to the party. But we have a little secret that can make your fish taste even better: tee up your fish fry with a little Wisconsin outdoor fun. Some of Wisconsin’s best spots for a fish fry happen to sit in the heart of the state’s best vacation destinations. Make plans now to visit these spots – you’ll have a great time and the fish will taste fantastic.

What to do: Drop a line in Rhinelander
The Rhinelander Area is known as the Ice Fishing Capital of the World. However, the fishing in the Rhinelander Area is spectacular year-round. You’ll find lakes perfect for fishing and boating right in the heart of Rhinelander and hundreds more Northwoods lakes within a short drive.

Where to eat: Cross Country Bar & Grill in Rhinelander
After working up an appetite on the lake, head to this Northwoods classic that’s located right on a snowmobile trail. It has a fabulous fish fry that serves haddock, Lake Michigan perch, jumbo shrimp and Cajun catfish.

What to do: Hit the trails in Sayner-Star Lake
Razorback Ridges in Sayner-Star Lake provides year-round fun. In the winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and also open to hikers. In warmer months, you’ll find miles of single-track that will challenge any mountain biker.

Where to eat:  Hintz’s North Star Lodge in Star Lake
This historic restaurant, located in a beautiful 1894 lodge, offers one of the best dining experiences in the Northwoods. Enjoy the sunset view while savoring a delicious fish fry. Owner Bill Hintz is an expert chef who offers delectable menu items such as stuffed walleye, roasted duck and black Angus ribeye.

What to do: Explore the Flambeau River in Rusk County
Rusk County is home to four beautiful rivers – the Jump, Chippewa, Flambeau and Thornapple. The Flambeau is one of the county’s most well-known rivers. It’s a perfect place to paddle in warmer months, and the Flambeau Flowage offers four seasons of great fishing.

Where to eat: Fireside Bar & Grill in New Auburn
This New Auburn restaurant is popular with fishermen and snowmobilers. On Thursday and Friday nights, it offers a great fish fry – select from baked or deep-fried haddock. You can also mix your meal up and include some delicious fried shrimp.

What to do: Go waterfall hunting in Land O’ Lakes
Land O’ Lakes is a great place to launch a waterfall adventure. Just across the border in Michigan, you’ll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Midwest. They are beautiful throughout the year – in the winter, the frozen ice forms dramatic sculptures. One hauntingly beautiful spot is the iconic Bond Falls, where water freezes into delicate pillars of ice.

Where to eat: Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes
The lodge serves up beer-battered and broiled North Atlantic cod, along with Great Lakes perch, salmon and walleye. A bowl of their Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup is a great addition! Come early and grab a cocktail next to their massive stone fireplace and toast to an unforgettable vacation.


February 14, 2017


headerFascinating finds just off the road

They are quirky, offbeat and waiting to be rediscovered. Wisconsin is full of them – roadside statues and monuments honoring things you may have never thought of celebrating. Any town can have a statue of Abraham Lincoln. But there’s only one World’s Largest Penny”! These fun finds are out there and waiting for your selfie shot.

Here are some classic Wisconsin roadside attractions to check off your bucket list:

World’s Largest Penny, Woodruff
In this picturesque Oneida County hamlet, you’ll find a penny that’s no small change. The penny commemorates a Northwoods fundraising effort by high school students in the 1950s. The students raised more than $17,000 and garnered a lot of national attention for their work. It’s enormous, standing at 15 feet. The penny has been around more than 60 years and visits are still worth every penny!

Hodag statue, Rhinelander
The mysterious Hodag has supposedly been lurking in the woods around Rhinelander since the 1800s. Some say the Hodag monster is just a hoax, but one thing is certain – Rhinelander has a lot of fun celebrating this toothy legend. The community celebrates the Hodag with a giant statue that’s been erected at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Pay a visit to the Hodag and stop in the office to pick up some vacation information. This year, the Hodag is trying to get your vote – he’s launched a presidential campaign!

Musky statue, Boulder Junction
Muskies are huge fish – they can weigh in at more than 30 pounds. The king of them all stands outside the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce. “Gill” stands 8 feet tall and greets visitors to the Boulder Junction Chamber office. It’s a fitting place for a musky tribute; Boulder Junction is the Musky Capital of the World®. Cast a line out on a Boulder Junction lake; but first, say hi to Gill.

Ladysmith trains
Railroad buffs will find a bit of heaven in Ladysmith. This Rusk County community was founded 1885 around a railroad track extension. There are a number of historic rail displays that make for a pleasant outing for train lovers or those who simply enjoy seeing a bit of interesting history. Check out a historic steam engine, an old Soo Line train display and a renovated box car and caboose. A visit to these beautiful old trains will keep your vacation fun on track.


February 13, 2017


Middleton Eats!

Think small for big fun

Great vacations can come in small sizes. All you need to enjoy a relaxing getaway in Wisconsin is a couple of free days and the desire to have some fun. You can pack a lot of good times into a fast and affordable weekend trip. Wisconsin is filled with destinations that are perfect for a quick getaway that will leave you refreshed and relaxed.

Here are four classic mini vacations.

Culinary tour and tasting. Wisconsin is a state for food lovers – people in this state know how to enjoy a delicious meal. Middleton, for example, is home to 80 fantastic restaurants. Foodies will find ethnic cuisines from around the world and bakeries serving old-school delights, including authentic German treats. Middleton is also home to the quirky National Mustard Museum, which has a collection of 5,676 mustards hailing from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. It’s in the heart of downtown Middleton, a mere 6,978 kilometers from Dijon, France!

Romantic trip. Take time to enjoy a break with someone special – there’s nothing better than a getaway with someone you love. Wisconsin is full of destinations that are perfect for couples and you can’t for wrong with heading north.  Communities like Sayner-Star Lake have timeless woodland retreats where you can enjoy a candlelight meal close to your lodging.

Friends road trip. Tell your besties to pack their bags – it’s time for a road trip! Art lovers can find a one-of-a kind experience in West Bend. The community is home to the renowned Museum of Wisconsin Art, which holds the largest collection of works by the Milwaukee-born artist Carl von Marr. Nearby, you’ll find a beautiful outdoor Sculpture Walk and lots of great shops and restaurants.

Classic resort experience. Generations of Wisconsinites have enjoyed classic Northwoods resorts. Many are located on the shores of beautiful lakes and are nestled among towering Wisconsin pines and hardwoods in places like Vilas County. Some are open year-round and all offer a lot of fun. Whether you’re looking for an active getaway that includes time on the trails or lakes or a relaxing getaway that includes plenty of time on a beach or near a fireplace, you’ll find it at one of these resorts.

Other ideas: The sky is the limit for mini Wisconsin Road Trips. Check out Rusk County for great rivers and trails, Rhinelander for an affordable outdoors getaway and Land O’ Lakes for fun that can exceed your wildest expectations.


February 12, 2017

YOUR GUIDE TO Unique Wisconsin supper clubs

Wisconsin Supper Club

Some of the best meals you’ll every have are a little off the beaten path–maybe even a little out of the way. That’s part of what makes these classic Wisconsin Supper clubs so special. In an era where food from around the world can be delivered to your doorstep, there’s something to be said for food you have to discover. These Wisconsin treasures are well worth finding.

Many of these haunts have been around for a while. They’ve aged very well. They offer classic American food that is delicious today as it was yesterday, including the queen of Wisconsin culinary traditions: the Wisconsin Fish Fry.

One of the best parts of culinary road trips is getting there. A relaxing drive through beautiful Wisconsin scenery somehow makes great food taste even better.

So make sure your gas tank is full and your stomach is empty because on this road trip, you are in for a memorable drive, an unforgettable meal and you might need to save room for dessert. Here are two classic supper clubs to visit on your next road trip.

Land O’ Lakes

Delicious endings: Twilight Supper Club

This traditional Northwoods supper club is worth a special trip. It serves up fantastic classic fare, along with some delightful desserts. Folks at Twilight recommend the deep fried bread pudding bites, served in a martini glass, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. They also serve cupcakes, Death by Chocolate cake, deep fried brownie bite sundaes and hot apple crisp. You’ll never leave the Twilight hungry!

Learn more about dining in Land O’ Lakes.

Stevens Point Area

A prime destination: the Old 10 Bistro
The classic American supper club began in the 1930s as a country bar that offered a fish fry and sandwiches grilled over charcoal. The restaurant is still producing delicious food 80 years later, including a traditional Wisconsin fish fry. It’s also a popular destination for steaks and seafood and it offers classic supper club ambiance.
Learn more about dining in the Stevens Point area.

Oneida County

A sign of a good meal: The Al-Gen
You know you’ve arrived at supper club paradise when you see the brightly lit “Al-Gen” sign. Walk toward the light, step inside and be prepared to enjoy a great meal. The Al-Gen offers an all-you-can-eat Friday fish fry, an extensive wine list and delicious nightly specials. They also make a fantastic Old Fashioned. The Al-Gen is located just outside Rhinelander.
Learn more about Oneida County dining.

Getting hungry? Good, we’re just getting started. Check out these classic Wisconsin supper clubs, which feature delicious fish frys, steaks, ice cream drinks and more.

Hi Point Steak House – Ridgeway

Be sure to save room for dessert – they are made fresh daily by an award winning baker. Enjoy the Kahlua caramel cheesecake, apple caramel walnut pie and carrot cake.

The Edgewater Supper Club – Jefferson

Eat local at this special club. It’s a farm to table supper club – they use locally produced food and sustainable products to make both their food and specialty drinks.

Ding-A-Ling Supper Club – Hanover

Come hungry! This club has an awesome all-you-can-eat fish fry, complete with w/potato pancakes. Not a fish fan? Go for the all-you-can-eat prime rib.

Arthur’s Supper Club – Spring Green

This Wisconsin classic has been around since the 1960s. There’s a reason it’s called “The place for steaks and seafood” – five different types of steak and salmon, shrimp, scallops, walleye, lobster and snapper.

Fitz’s on the Lake – Lodi

This club on the shore of Lake Wisconsin has a house accordion player who appears Friday nights! Enjoy prime rib, steak, seafood and fish fries including walleye, blue gill, perch and haddock.


February 10, 2017

Your guide to Wisconsin’s Best Romantic Spots

West Bend Museum
Secret getaway spots worth sharing.
It’s the season for romance and the perfect time to take someone special to someplace extraordinary. Wisconsin holds a winter beauty that’s more breathtaking to share than any flower arrangement. Discover a snow that sparkles more brightly than anything in a jeweler’s case and savor views far more delightful than any box of candy.

Our team of romance experts have picked four secret spots of that are perfect for a surprise getaway trip this season. Here are their recommendations on where to go, and what to do.

Savor art and food in West Bend
Located in a dramatic building on the banks of the Milwaukee River, West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is a great place to spend a day with someone who appreciates beauty. West Bend is conveniently located less than an hour northwest of Milwaukee in the rolling, glacial hills of the Kettle Moraine. The museum features an important collection of fine art by Wisconsin artists and ever-changing special exhibits. After exploring the MOWA, enjoy a great meal in one of West Bend’s many fine restaurants – you’ll find cozy pubs, classic supper clubs, upscale steakhouses and more.

Glide into the Blue Hills
The Blue Hills, located in northwestern Rusk County, gets its name from the beautiful bluish color the hills take on when viewed in the morning light. It’s a perfect place to take in natural beauty and tranquil seclusion. In the winter, the Blue Hills are an ideal place to explore on cross-country skis. Ski as much or as little as you like. You’ll find 23 miles of trails to explore and every bit will be unforgettable.

Toast the sky in Land O’ Lakes
Land O’ Lakes is a picturesque vacation destination on the border of Wisconsin and Michigan where experiences often go beyond expectations. Just west of town, you’ll find Black Oak Lake, touted as the clearest lake in Wisconsin. In the summer, you can gaze down into the lake’s clear water and see fish swimming 30 feet below the surface. This time of year, the best views are of the sky – take in stunning sunsets above the lake and evenings filled with stars. There’s plenty of cozy lodging near Black Oak Lake and a small park and boat landing on the lake’s south shore.

Celebrate at a natural cathedral
In Vilas County, a county with more than 1,300 lakes, you’ll find a lot of special views. One of the best is on Trout Lake. Here you’ll find a beautiful little spot called Cathedral Point, tucked between Trout Lake’s north and south basins. Walk along the peninsula, lined with enormous white pines, and take in the incredible vista of the water below. It’s gorgeous, which is why it’s been the spot of many special moments over the years, including a few proposals.