Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 26, 2019



Take a fall color drive

If you’d like to take a trip back in time, just look for a simple brown and yellow sign. These signs mark the location of Wisconsin’s officially designated Rustic Roads, routes that showcase some of the state’s most beautiful rural scenery. As Wisconsin’s trees explode with fall color, it’s a great time to explore one of these roads less traveled.

Here are four great routes for fall color:

Vilas County

Rustic Road 60: County K, between County N and County M
Length: 11.7 miles
Surface: Paved
This route in beautiful Vilas County, winds through the 232,000-acre Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Canopies of coniferous and hardwood trees shade the route, which passes near old logging campsites, hiking trails and an old sawmill located in Star Lake. The area features abundant wildlife and the route offers vistas of clear lakes and dense forestland.

West Bend

Rustic Road 52:  South of Highway 33, east of County Highway M
Length: 6.7 miles
Surface: Paved/gravel
This route, located east of West Bend, traverses one of the highest points in Washington County and offers a scenic panorama of the surrounding countryside. There are several historical buildings and farmsteads on this wooded, rural rote, including a log home and an old fieldstone house that dates to the late 1800s. The route also passes portions of the Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area—one of the largest and most biologically diverse wetland areas in Wisconsin.

Oneida County

Rustic Road 70: Between Highway 70 and Blue Lake Road
Length: 4.5 miles
Surface: Gravel/sand/paved
This lightly traveled wilderness road in Oneida County passes log cabins used by some of the original homesteaders in the Minocqua area. The route also passes through hardwood and pine forest and travelers will encounter abundant native wildlife.

Rusk County

Rustic Road 114: Rusk County, between County O and County F
Length: 13.1 miles
Surface: Gravel
This beautiful route is located in the rugged and scenic Blue Hills area of Rusk County. The route includes access to trails for biking, hiking, skiing and hunting, along with two county campgrounds and multiple lakes including Perch, Audie, Bucks, and the Murphy Flowage. Enjoy the drive—R-114  provides a thick canopy of fall colors.


September 5, 2019


See the events

Events that are worth the road trip

Beautiful fall colors aren’t the only reason to hit the road this season. Across the state, festive events are as plentiful as golden leaves. From races to craft fairs, there’s something happening every weekend. These events offer a great chance to discover Wisconsin’s unique communities while taking in food, live music and fall beauty. Here are some upcoming events that are perfect for a fall road trip.

Colorama Arts & Crafts Fair

Boulder Junction

On Sept. 14, top regional crafters will be on hand in beautiful Boulder Junction. They’ll be selling everything from paintings to wood crafts—it’s the perfect place to find a gift or a unique item for your home. Come hungry—the event will include a farmers’ market, and wild game sandwiches will be for sale. See details.

Maple Fall Fest


Celebrate autumn at Maple Fall Fest, a family-friendly annual event in Marshfield’s Wildwood Park. The event takes place Sept. 13-15 and includes a street dance, more than 150 arts & crafts vendors, a zoo tour and of course, plenty of delicious maple syrup! Learn more.

Harvest Hoedown


Join in some old-fashioned fun for this harvest-themed event on Sept. 28, which includes a pig roast, live music, line dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more—the Harvest Hoedown will be fun for the whole family! See details.


Vilas County

Celebrate the start of the fall color and cranberry harvest season in Manitowish Waters! On Oct. 5, enjoy a festive day that includes an arts and craft fair, a Lioness bake sale, fresh cranberry sales, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry samples and more! Learn more.

Fall Fest

West Bend

Dress your little ones in their Halloween best and trick or treat in downtown West Bend on Oct. 11. Look for the pumpkin in the window for participating businesses. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including face painting and balloon art. New this year: pumpkin bowling! Roll a small pumpkin, knock down pins and win prizes! See details.