Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 24, 2019


Our experts’ favorite Bloody Marys and moreThirsty? Our travel experts tell you where to go

We sent our Wisconsin Travel Experts on the road in search of Wisconsin’s best beverages and they did not disappoint. From to-die-for coffee to beers worth sharing, our experts found plenty to love in bars and restaurants across the state. Raise your glass (or mug) and take a look at their recommendations.

Vilas County

Kristen Carlson, a.k.a. Miss Northerner, is a blogger and photographer who recently spent some time exploring Vilas County. One of her stops was Sayner-Star Lake, where she discovered the Sayner Pub—it’s so popular you can sometimes spot fans wearing T-shirts from the bar in places like Milwaukee and Chicago. Carlson found the food tasty, the staff friendly and shared this advice: “Don’t forget to try one of their famous Bloody Marys!”

Oneida County

Sarah Mack (her friends call her Smack) is a financial analyst from Chicago who’s also a passionate traveler. She recently found herself in Oneida County doing the things you do in the Northwoods: visiting shops, sampling snacks and (of course) sampling Wisconsin’s most iconic drink. Sarah says she discovered one of the best Old Fashioneds she’s ever tried at Northern Waters Distillery in Minocqua. She even snagged the recipe!


When Jasmine Vargas, a beauty and lifestyle blogger, needed a pick-me-up in Marshfield, she went in search of caffeine. At The Daily Grind, the barista whipped up Vargas something custom—a peppermint mocha—and she wasn’t disappointed. “The coffee was perfect,” Vargas reported.


Does cold weather put the brakes on cold coffee? Not if you’re Destiny Wallen, a Travel Expert that hikes (and sips!) all year long. Destiny is trying to visit every state park in Wisconsin, and she recently logged some miles in and around Rhinelander. While there, she went to Briar House and ordered a frozen peppermint/vanilla coffee, even though it was a chilly 10 degrees outside.

“I would highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the area!” she said.


January 10, 2019


A city in motion

Explore Fitchburg this winter and enjoy a vibrant arts scene, top-notch recreational trails and some of the region’s best restaurants. Relax in accommodations conveniently located near shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Plan your visit.

This entry was posted in Spotlight on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

January 10, 2019


Find restaurantsEnjoy a perfect cup

You’ll find charming local coffee shops in every corner of Wisconsin, so you’re never far from a perfect latte or a great cup of joe. Whether you’re hiding from a day of rain, meeting up with an old friend, stopping for a savory croissant or just looking for some me-time, these coffee shops will make you feel right at home. Check out these local favorites.

Oasis Café, Fitchburg

This coffee shop does it all well. It has a pleasant outdoor patio, a fireplace that keeps things cozy on cool days and a kids’ area for the little ones. The coffee offerings are expansive as they are delicious, and the fresh, tasty lunch menu draws a loyal local crowd.

Daily Grind, Marshfield

This charming coffee shop in the heart of Marshfield has become a local institution—it was voted best coffee shop and lunch spot in the city’s annual tourism awards. Pull up a vintage chair at one of the shop’s antique tables and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee or one of the delicious menu options.

Eagle River Roasters, Vilas County

The coffee is as fresh as the air in this Northwoods coffee house that roasts and grinds its own beans. Get your caffeine fix before hitting Vilas County’s numerous trails and lakes. The menu at Eagle River Roasters offers a tasty mix of breakfast and lunch offerings, including gluten-free options.

Coffee Beans Etc Internet Café, Rhinelander

An unusual beast called the Hodag supposedly roams the forest in the Northwoods around Rhinelander. Hoax or legend? Do some online investigation at this welcoming local coffee shop. While you’re researching, enjoy an organic menu that includes salads, soups and sandwiches.


January 7, 2019

How to Spend an Afternoon in Rhinelander

Hello, friends! This is my last blog post about my weekend in Rhinelander, WI!

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite activities from the weekend. We didn’t spend all of our time there eating (surprisingly). We were able to hike, shop and explore the town. Here’s a few of my favorite stops:

1. Almon County Park

This place was an awesome hidden treasure! The lake was beautiful while frozen and I’m sure equally beautiful in the summer/fall seasons.

2. The Hodag Store

I bet this place had 1,000+ Hodags! This would be your one-stop-shop for gifts or souvenirs.

I bought some Hodag soda- absolutely delicious!

3. Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe

If you want to feel like a kid in a candy shop, do yourself a favor and go here! I left with way more candy than I’d like to admit!