Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 21, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO A ZEN WISCONSIN GETAWAY

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Find your inner Zen

Today there are endless vacation activities and so many things for families, couples and single travelers to do. But if you’re not careful, your getaway can become as overpacked as a stuffed roller bag and you can miss the whole point of a vacation—to rest, recharge and relax. Wisconsin destinations have the cure. They provide travelers with offerings aimed at one goal: helping vacationers find complete relaxation.

Tip #1: Book a retreat package

One great way to take the stress out of vacation planning is to leave the details to someone else. Destinations across Wisconsin offer special retreat packages that meet the needs of any traveler. Some simply provide small but special perks like a bottle of sparkling wine and box of chocolates with your room. Others offer sunrise yoga classes, inspired healthy dishes and afternoon spa treatments.

Tip #2: Find your inner yogi

More than 20 million people in the United States practice yoga, but for a lot of us, it can be difficult finding time to take a class. Vacation is the perfect chance to reconnect with this restorative ancient practice. Plan a yoga getaway with some friends or find a drop-in class. If you’re near the water, consider trying paddleboard yoga—it adds a new challenge while taking relaxation to a new level. You’ll be saying “namaste” in no time!

Tip #3: Catch the rising (or setting) sun

Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes, and there are hotels, resorts, cabins and vacation homes right on the water. If you’re a morning person, there’s nothing better than relaxing with your first cup of coffee and watching the sky turn colors. If that’s a little early for you, no problem—just book a place across the lake and get ready for the sunset show.

Tip #4: Book spa time.

You deserve a little pampering. (Heck, you might deserve a lot of pampering!) Pick your spa and the perfect blends of services. Popular options include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone or aromatherapy massages and body treatments like salt glows, scrubs and body wraps. Many spas have couples massage options or can accommodate groups, so you may want to plan a spa getaway with someone special or some friends!

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June 7, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST MOUNTAIN BIKING

Unforgettable off-road rides

One of the best ways to discover Wisconsin’s summer beauty is from a bike seat—and things only get better when you leave the road. Wisconsin has some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest, including trails that will take you through wild forests, past Northwoods lakes and through a native prairie. These trails are located in some of Wisconsin’s best getaway destinations. Load up your bike and grab your helmet—here are four of our favorite rides.

Middleton Bike Park, Middleton

Some outstanding riding can be found just minutes from downtown Madison. The Middleton Bike Park is located at Pleasant View Golf Course, with an entrance just off the parking lot. It was built in 2010 by the local bike club Capital Off-Road Pathfinders (CORP), with the help of nationally renowned designers Mike Riter and Ben Blitch.

The bike park features three main components: a pump track, a jump line and a short single-track loop. The pump track is a winding course that runs over mounds of dirt known as rollers. The track is approximately 5,000 square feet and is designed so that a rider doesn’t need to pedal. Instead, riders maintain their momentum by moving their bodies in a pumping motion. Miles of additional trails will take you through the surrounding woods and prairie.

Standing Rocks County Park, Stevens Point Area

In the Stevens Point Area, this rugged county park is a favorite spot for winter enthusiasts, featuring Nordic ski trails, snowshoe trails and a downhill run. In the warmer months, some of these trails become the domain of mountain bikers. Riders will find a challenging 13-mile network to explore in this wooded park, including plenty of climbs and thrills.

Razorback Ridges, Sayner-Star Lake

Mountain bikers will find trail riding heaven just outside Sayner. Razorback Ridges is a beautiful trail system containing more than 12 miles of trails, including cross-country riding and challenging single track.

Mud Lake Trail, Rhinelander

The home of the Hodag is also home to some of the best riding in the Northwoods. Just north of Rhinelander, you’ll find the Mud Lake Trail, an eight-mile system of single and double-track trails that occasionally hosts mountain bike races. The fun doesn’t stop when the snow flies—the trails are groomed for fat biking in the winter.

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