Monthly Archives: July 2018

July 24, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO THE NORTHWOODS’ BEST WATERFRONT DINING

Discover waterfront restaurantsSavor a delicious view

Wisconsin is home to more than 15,000 lakes and some of the best lakeside dining in the Midwest. With an abundance of lakes in the Northwoods, you have plenty of options for a waterfront meal. There are lively burger spots where you might just blow out a flip-flop (as the song goes), as well as upscale supper clubs perfect for your next special celebration. Here are some lakeside dining spots you shouldn’t miss.

Vilas County

This beautiful Northwoods county has a lot of water—thanks to glaciers that passed through thousands of years ago, there are more than 1,300 lakes spread across this forested land. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal by the water—the county has numerous restaurants and supper clubs that offer classic lakeside views.

In Eagle River, Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort has a dining room that overlooks an expansive stretch of Sand Lake shoreline. Enjoy a gourmet sandwich or savor the “Lakeview,” which is a full catch of plump shrimp.

Four Seasons in Arbor Vitae offers fine dining with a breathtaking view of Big Arbor Vitae Lake from the bar and dining room. The house specialties include baby back ribs, succulent duck, and the famous Four Seasons Pressure Fired Chicken.

Your destination for Irish-style fun in the Northwoods is Dublin Sports Bar & Grill in Conover. Located on North Twin Lake, the restaurant features traditional fare like shepherd’s pie as well as unusual entrees like the Lamb Shank Volcano. In the summer, you can even catch a lakeside movie, with their “drive-in” movie series on the lake—drive your boat right up to the shore and dock for an unforgettable movie night!

Oneida County

With vast forests and hundreds of sparkling lakes all close to lodging and dining, Oneida County is the definition of a Northwoods getaway destination. The county has dozens of delicious dining options, including restaurants, cafés, supper clubs, diners, bars, pubs, and taverns. Waterside, you’ll find beautiful sunset views that go perfectly with a traditional fish fry, a handmade pizza or an old-fashioned.

In Rhinelander, Birchwood Rustic Bar and Lodge is the perfect place to relax. This friendly tavern is close to outdoor fun and located right between Moen Lake and Third Lake. Enjoy cozy rustic dining inside or head onto the tranquil patio. The menu has plenty of fresh-made options, including a great pizza.

The Thirsty Whale in Minocqua is a Northwoods legend—it’s been serving visitors since 1902 and today offers a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cocktails. Enjoy the lively atmosphere as well as a beautiful view of Minocqua Lake.

Bonnie’s Lakeside in Three Lakes has a loyal following, and when you visit, you’ll know why—the restaurant serves delicious Bloody Marys, and has great nightly specials, including Italian and Mexican nights. Dine in the comfortable dining room or head outside for a meal under their colorful umbrellas. Bonnie’s is located on Spirit Lake, a clear lake that’s just east of the heart of Three Lakes.

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July 12, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST ROAD BIKING

See Zen getawaysTour on two wheels

Wisconsin is road biking paradise—there are more than 108,000 miles of roads, a network that offers endless options. Whether you’re planning a multi-day trek, a day-long outing or just a quick spin, you’ll find the perfect ride. Our roads will take you to scenic overlooks, past historic sites and through beautiful countryside. Here are a few of our favorite Wisconsin biking destinations.

Sayner-Star Lake

In Sayner-Star Lake, you’ll find one of the state’s beautiful biking roads. Rustic Road 60 heads west of Star Lake along County Highway K. The route passes old logging camps, hiking trailheads and an old saw mill in Star Lake. While the road is a beautiful driving route, it doesn’t have heavy traffic—depending on the time of day, you may go miles without seeing a vehicle.

Stevens Point Area

In central Wisconsin, Stevens Point is a great place to launch a biking adventure that will take you into the state’s Polish history. Polonia, the state’s second-oldest Polish agricultural settlement, is riding distance from Stevens Point and accessible by quiet rural roads. See the riding route here.

Vilas County

Vast forests and more than 1,300 lakes make Vilas County one of the state’s most scenic biking destinations. The Eagle River-Land O’ Lakes Bike Route will take you through the heart of this beautiful county, covering about 22 miles of forested, lightly traveled roadway. See a map of the route here.

Marshfield

Surrounded by some of the state’s richest agricultural land, Marshfield is ideal for riders seeking great scenery with a side of cheese curds. The fertile farmland around Marshfield makes for a tranquil backdrop for a ride—you may encounter an Amish buggy or two on your trip. Stop at the renowned Nasonville Dairy to fuel up on fresh curds—the cheesemakers have been producing cheese here for over 125 years.

Middleton

In the heart of Middleton’s scenic downtown, Capital Brewery is a popular launch point for biking adventures. From the brewery, you can head north or west to explore the rolling countryside of Dane County. After some time in the saddle, relax in the brewery’s tranquil Bier Garten.

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