Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 25, 2018



Order up a classic dining experience

There’s no dining experience more classic that a Wisconsin supper club. Time stands still in these lively roadside establishments that serve up delicious food in a cozy atmosphere. Many have a history as rich as the desserts—these establishments began appearing in the 1920s, and many hold stories of gangsters, moonshine and lumber barons. Hungry for more? Here are three best bets for historic Wisconsin supper clubs.

Where to go: Marshfield

Where to eat: Vintage House

In this charming central Wisconsin community, there’s a restaurant that used to be a favorite of gangsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger. The gangsters, moonshine and molls are long gone, but people are still making evening runs to the Vintage. Located on the south side of Marshfield, this classic restaurant offers a full dinner menu. Steak lovers should order the Vintage New York Steak—it’s a well-aged, center-cut steak that’s grilled to perfection and topped with sautéed mushrooms.

Where to go: Boulder Junction

Where to eat: The Guide’s Inn

There are two words that explain why food lovers flock to The Guide’s Inn, located in beautiful Boulder Junction: Jimmy Dean. With a personality that matches his vibrant flavors, Jimmy has been serving up exceptional dishes at The Guide’s Inn since 1984. The restaurant has an even longer history—in the 1920s, there was a building on site that stored the moonshine that fueled early lumberjacks. Northwoods vacationers today are more likely to enjoy something that goes down a little easier, like a hand-muddled old fashioned. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Jimmy’s pan-fried walleye.

Where to go: Sayner-Star Lake

Where to eat: Hintz’s North Star Lodge

Travel back to another era in a beautiful lodge that dates back to 1894. The lodge was once a home and retreat for railroad and lumber company officials and guests. Owner Bill Hintz is a talented chef who serves up excellent stuffed walleye, roasted duck and black angus ribeye. The restaurant has photos and other antique touches that will take you back to the earliest days of Northwoods vacations. Enjoy the same beautiful sunset views of Star Lake that drew people here a century ago.


January 11, 2018



Sample Wisconsin’s best slopes

Deep powder? Check. Beautiful scenery? Check. Award-winning craft beer? Check. Welcome to Wisconsin, a state where winter fun is always brewing. The state is home to more than 20 ski areas, so great skiing is accessible from anywhere in the state and an easy drive from metro areas like Minneapolis and Chicago. Best of all, many of the hills are located near award-winning craft breweries. Thirsty for adventure? Here are three best bets for Wisconsin downhill skiing. We’ve even included a few post-ski beer stops!

Oneida County

In the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Oneida County is a destination for people who love winter. While many travelers head to Oneida County for the plentiful snowmobile trails and productive ice fishing lakes, about 10 miles southwest of Rhinelander, there’s another reason to love this special place. Camp 10 near Rhinelander is a downhill ski area where you’ll find a complete, family-friendly downhill ski experience. It offers 15 beautiful downhill runs, a chairlift, two t-bar lifts, a beginner tow rope, and ski, snowboard and snowshoe rentals.

Beer lovers: After leaving the hill, drive north to Minocqua Brewing Company and sample lively brews like Road-Kill Red Ale.

Stevens Point Area

About 8 miles east of Plover in the Stevens Point Area, you’ll find one of Wisconsin’s best-kept skiing secrets. Standing Rocks County Park is a picturesque and accessible ski area with two beginner hills, one intermediate hill, and two expert hills. The longest run is approximately 1,200 feet, and the steepest vertical drop is 125 feet. The 524-acre park also has a mile-long snowshoe trail and 10 miles of cross-country ski trails. The hill is a great value, with some of the most affordable ski passes around—an adult daily ski pass is $16.

Beer lovers: The hill is located in the heart of fantastic beer country, so there are plenty of post-ski beverage options to discover nearby. The Stevens Point Area is home to the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective, a collection of inventive breweries, wineries and a distillery. Ski and sample!

West Bend

An easy drive north from Milwaukee, West Bend is one of the state’s most convenient ski destinations. There are two fantastic hills a short drive from the heart of West Bend.

Sunburst Winter Sports Park offers skiing, snowboarding and the world’s largest tubing hill—it’s enormous, with 45 tubing lanes! The park also has 11 unique ski and snowboard runs and boasts a 214-foot vertical drop.

Little Switzerland is one of the oldest resorts in the Midwest. This classic hill has a 200-foot vertical drop and is open for skiing and snowboarding. It has 18 runs and it open for night skiing.

Beer lovers: Head to Riverside Brewery in West Bend. It’s near cozy lodging and has seven rotating beers on tap, created by a brewmaster who learned his craft in Colorado.


January 1, 2018

Top-Notch Ice Fishing Lakes

Update: Outdoorswoman Krysten Potega recently explored Rusk County. See her photos and tips.



These lakes are among Wisconsin’s best for ice fishing

Nearly a quarter of the fish caught each year in Wisconsin come through the ice. And no wonder—ice fishing allows anglers to access any part of a lake they choose and gives them an ability to pinpoint the fish in a way that’s nearly impossible in a boat.

Wisconsin is home to thousands of lakes, and nearly all freeze solid each winter. Here are some of the best ice fishing lakes in Wisconsin.

Ice FishingBlack Oak Lake – the clearest in Wisconsin

This special lake is located in beautiful Vilas County.

Land O’ Lakes is surrounded by hundreds of glacial lakes and wild rivers that are home to trophy musky and walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, lake and stream trout, northern pike and panfish. In the winter, you’ll see familiar shanties dot the lakes as devoted ice fishermen brave the elements for their next big catch.

Black Oak Lake is a 564-acre that’s impossibly clear – tests have shown visibility regularly exceeding 30 feet. There’s access via a boat landing on County Highway B – which is one of the state’s more scenic stretches of road. The lake is teeming with panfish, bass and northern pike. Learn more about fishing in Vilas County.

Ice Fishing in Onalaska, WIDairyland Reservoir – Got Fish?

One of the best ice fishing lakes is technically part of a river – the 1,870-acre Dairyland Reservoir on the Flambeau River. See directions and a map here. Rusk County in beautiful northwestern Wisconsin is a land of rivers – the Flambeau, Chippewa, Thornapple and Jump. The Flambeau is prized by ice fisherman – these are productive waters that offer a lot of options. You’ll find a lot more than panfish here.  The Dairyland Reservoir is filled with bass, pike and walleye. It’s a fishing hot spot throughout the year, and you’ll also encounter catfish and sturgeon in the Dairyland. Learn more about fishing in Rusk County.

Boom Lake – drop a line in Hodag Country

Rhinelander has some great ice fishing lakes. Hodag Country is known as the Ice Fishing Capital of the World for good reason–we have iconic fishing lakes, we’re home to popular, long-running tournaments and you’ll find great lodging and amenities to make an ice fishing getaway comfortable and affordable. Here’s a quick guide to experiencing world-class ice fishing in Rhinelander.In the heart of Rhinelander, you’ll find Boom Lake, a flowage on the Wisconsin River that offers reliably productive fishing.