Monthly Archives: September 2018

September 27, 2018

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

SHOPS

1 | BOULDER JUNCTION TRADING CO.

This store is literally my dream come true. From plaid blankets to antique skis to taxidermied fish, Boulder Junction Trading Co. is your go-to shop for beautiful Northwoods-y items. I must have made at least three rounds around this huge store and each time, I found something new to add to my wish-list!

2 | ALDER LAKE CRANBERRY SHOP

This warm and cozy shop is filled with gorgeous home goods and food items. From gourmet cranberry salsas, jams, juice, and candies to candles, decor, and cookbooks, this shop is a must when visiting Boulder Junction!

  

3 | BLUEBERRY PATCH

Another berry-themed store, the Blueberry Patch is right across the street from the Alder Cranberry Shop. Here you’ll find specialty sweaters, blueberry jams, and Christmas decor.

Blueberry Patch

Alder Lake Cranberry Shop

Blueberry Patch

 

4 | VIOLETS & LACE

When you enter Violets and Lace, you’ll probably be greeted by cute store mascot, Oscar Mayer. Violets and Lace is a great spot to hunt for treasures, antiques, and vintage items. Every nook and cranny has something unique in it, making it a great place to peruse!

The shop mascot, Oscar Meyer.

 

 

 

 

 

5 | NORTHERN HIGHLAND SPORTS

This is your ultimate sports store! Northern Highland Sports sells fishing gear, bait, maps, clothes, and souvenirs. If you need something for fishing, hunting, or swimming, this store in downtown Boulder Junction has you covered. Plus the employees are wonderfully kind and welcoming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

1 | THE GUIDES INN

I wrote about The Guides Inn in my first Boulder Junction blog post. Here was my review:

I would highly recommend dining at The Guides Inn, a gourmet supper club near downtown Boulder Junction. From the elegant, Northwoods atmosphere to the cuisine cooked to perfection, The Guides Inn is an absolute must.

When we arrived, we were seated near the window overlooking a stunning flower garden and started the night with a glass of merlot and a crudité platter (I’m still daydreaming about that jalapeno-spinach cheese spread). From there, we were brought a cup of soup and then a salad. Our entrees arrived next, accompanied by a fresh-baked loaf of bread. The head chef made a personal visit to each table and later sent us four tastings of his homemade ice cream. It was an evening to remember and I’m counting down the days until I get to return again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 | AQUALAND ALE HOUSE

This was my first stop when I arrived in Boulder Junction. I’ve been wanting to go here for a while now and I’m SO glad I did. I can’t stress enough how delicious the meal was! I ordered a chicken caesar wrap and just about licked the plate clean. I would highly recommend stopping here whether it’s to grab lunch, dinner, or a drink at the bar.

  

3 | THE GRANARY

This is a quaint, family restaurant offering both breakfast and lunch, with breakfast being served all day! You can either opt to sit in the screened-in front porch decorated with red and white checked tablecloths or inside where the main dining area is.

 

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September 20, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST FALL HIKES

Best HikesFind the perfect trail

This time of year, Wisconsin travel is simply golden. Our vast forests are ablaze in color, and our trails beckon hikers. Walk down a red carpet of leaves, step through an orange stand of maples or take in a vista of golden poplars. It’s a quiet and rewarding way to enjoy the colorful scenes that pass too quickly. Here are a few of our favorite fall hiking spots.

Kettle Moraine State Forest, West Bend

Just north of West Bend, you’ll find the southern trailhead of the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The area’s dramatic landscape was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago.

Explore the Parnell Tower Loop Trail, a 3.5-mile loop with a series of steps leading to the highest point in the forest. You can climb the 60-foot observation tower for a stunning view of the fall colors.

Or, bring your bike and check out the new Fan Loop System Trails—four loops of moderately challenging mountain biking trails interconnected with four hiking trail loops. The area is thickly forested and skirts a large pond.

Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trail, Boulder Junction

This hilly, rolling and scenic trail winds around several lakes and through a variety of timber types, so the fall colors are sure to be beautiful. Hikes of various lengths are possible, and some offer lake vistas that become even more expansive as the season progresses. Great colors can be found just off the trailhead on Nebish Lake Road. Be on the lookout for wildlife: eagles and deer can often be seen from the trail.

Star Lake Nature Trail, Sayner-Star Lake

This trail isn’t the longest in the Northwoods, but it’s incredibly picturesque. Star Lake Nature Trail is located on a peninsula extending out into Star Lake. More than a century ago, it was a pasture used by horses that hauled logs to the nearby Star Lake Mill. Today the site is filled with mature trees and picturesque trails—be sure to follow the trail that winds along the shore of Star Lake.

Looking for more hiking spots? Check out these beautiful options.

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September 19, 2018

A Cozy Stay at Cabin Fever | Wildcat Cabins

CABIN FEVER

I felt immediately at home when I walked into Cabin Fever. There was something just so calming about it. Maybe it was because of the location – down a back road in the Northwoods, just far enough away from town where the cell reception faded and the sounds of nature took over. Or maybe it was the look and feel of the place… The living area had a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace surrounded by wood paneling, and a plush armchair nestled near a window. There was a three-season porch overlooking Big Kitten Lake with floor to ceiling windows to boot.The whole property radiated coziness and it felt like the epitome of a northern Wisconsin cabin. And for the next three days, it was my home away from home.

   

Watching the sunrise over Big Kitten Lake from our private dock.

 

Cabin Fever is a part of Wildcat Cabins & Homes – individually owned, well-kept cabins on Big Kitten Lake. Each has their own private dock and access to canoes, kayaks, a little sailboat, and a shared beach. There are eight different cabins to choose from:

Tip: Make sure to bring your own lifejacket!

I want to give a huge thank you to Cabin Fever Owners Don & Judy, Wisconsin Travel Best Bets, and the Boulder Junction Chamber for organizing my stay here. It was the perfect place to stay while exploring the area!

To learn more about lodging and where to stay while in Boulder Junction, click here.

 

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September 18, 2018

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

1 | HIKE THE FALLISON LAKE TRAIL

Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you’ll find Fallison Lake – a cute little 51-acre lake off of County Hwy N. There’s a picturesque hiking trail that skirts the perimeter of the lake, with multiple places to stop and enjoy the views or even have a picnic! The trail is well-marked and gently rolling. It’s an easy walk and a great way to get out into nature!

2 | TREAT YOURSELF TO A SUPPER CLUB

It’s nice to go somewhere special and get dressed up every now and then! I would highly recommend dining at The Guides Inn, a gourmet supper club near downtown Boulder Junction. From the elegant, Northwoods atmosphere to the cuisine cooked to perfection, The Guides Inn is an absolute must.

When we arrived, we were seated near the window overlooking a stunning flower garden and started the night with a glass of merlot and a crudité platter (I’m still daydreaming about that jalapeno-spinach cheese spread). From there, we were brought a cup of soup and then a salad. Our entrees arrived next, accompanied by a fresh-baked loaf of bread. The head chef made a personal visit to each table and later sent us four tastings of his homemade ice cream. It was an evening to remember and I’m counting down the days until I get to retu

3 | WALK UP AND DOWN MAIN STREET

I just adore Boulder Junction’s main street. It’s quaint, well-kept, and delightfully energetic. Shop owners prop their doors open, welcoming in both tourists and locals alike.

To get an all-encompassing experience of Boulder Junction’s main street, I suggest starting at Alder Lake Cranberry Shop and working your way west down the sidewalk. Relax with an ice cream cone at Mad Dog Jakes or swing into Aqualand Ale House for a bite to eat. Then meander down the other side of the street, ending back on the east end at the Blueberry Patch gift shop.

 

4 | BIKE THE VILAS COUNTY PAVED BIKE TRAIL

Whether you’re in Boulder Junction, Sayner-Star Lake, or just in Vilas County in general, this 45-mile long paved bike trail is a great way to get outside and see the Northwoods! Check out this trail map to see where to go!

5 | GO FISHING

Did you know that Boulder Junction is the Musky Capital of the World? With nearly 200 lakes within a 10-mile radius, this modest, Northwoods town is known to be one the best places on earth to catch these massive fish. And with more than 50 Class A musky lakes, your odds of bringing home a keeper are pretty darn good.

According to boulderjunction.org, the musky, or muskellunge, is a member of the pike family and can grow to over 50 inches long! Need some help reeling one in? Hire a local fishing guide!

6 | SWIM AND RELAX AT NICHOLS BEACH

Just 2.5 miles from downtown Boulder Junction is Nichols Beach, a great spot that’s open to the public. There’s a nice-sized parking lot, a gently-sloping park area, and a sandy beach perfect on a hot summers day.

7 | CANOE OR KAYAK THE MANY LAKES

One of the best things about northern Wisconsin is the number of lakes nearby. There are so many places to launch your boat and spend a relaxing day on the water! Whether you’re looking for a bigger lake to boat on or a small lake for a quiet paddle, you’ll have plenty of options!

Best lakes for canoeing & kayaking | Lost Canoe LakeWildcat Lake into Big Kitten Lake

Best lakes for motorized boats | Trout LakeBoulder Lake.

In search of some rentals? Check out Schauss WoodworkingCoont

ail, or Boulder Marine Center.

8 | HIKE THE LUMBERJACK TRAIL

This is a beautiful hiking trail with a trailhead just outside Boulder Junction. Head east on Old Hwy K to Concora Rd. where you’ll find a parking lot. The trail varies between both dirt and grass and winds gently through thick forests. Check out this map of the Lumberjack Trail!

 

 

 

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September 11, 2018

Sayner-Star Lake Lodging: White Birch Village

white birch village sayner star lakeI made my way slowly down the main driveway of White Birch Village in Sayner-Star Lake, noting each dark brown cabin tucked away in the trees. After pulling up to the main lodge and meeting the managers, John and Sue, they brought us to our cabin called Eagle’s Nest. This stately, two-story cabin was an absolute dream. The grand entryway led us into the kitchen and living area, complete with soaring ceilings and a river rock fireplace. Knotty pine paneling covered the walls, giving the cabin a warm and cozy atmosphere. I couldn’t have imagined a more stunning place to spend the next few days!

It’s astounding for me to think that I never knew this place existed just two weeks ago. Although maybe that’s one of the reasons why I was so impressed by White Birch Village… It’s luxurious yet unassuming – a diamond in the rough that’s hidden away in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

white birch village canoe sayner star lakeI loved that this resort offered complimentary use of their canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats. On the last morning that we were there, we woke up early and paddled across the lake to watch the sunrise. There’s also a private beach for guests, complimentary morning coffee, and many docks that stretch out into White Birch Lake. To check out all the amenities they have to offer, click here!

This resort will forever be one of my all-time favorite stays. The cabin was cozy, the grounds were pristine, and the hosts were very welcoming. A huge thank you White Birch VillageWisconsin Travel Best Bets, and the Sayner-Star Lake Chamber for organizing our stay here.

To learn more about lodging and where to stay while in Sayner-Star Lake, click here.

Read the full post on Miss Northerner’s website.

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