RIDE, RELAX, REPEAT
Make tracks this winter to a better Wisconsin getaway. Snowmobiling is one of Wisconsin’s biggest winter activities for good reason—the state has more than 25,000 miles of groomed trails and the scenery is spectacular. Plus, you don’t even need to have your own sled, since plenty of rentals are available. So, where’s the best place to ride? Here are three of our top picks.
Rusk County has 330 miles of expertly groomed trails that trace frozen rivers and travel through the wild forests of this scenic county, which is home to four rivers—the Chippewa, Flambeau, Jump and Thornapple. Rusk County receives ample amounts of snow, and local clubs work hard to keep the trails in great condition. There’s one place to ride in Rusk County that’s unlike anywhere in the state: The Blue Hills, the remnant of an ancient mountain range.
Learn more about snowmobiling in Rusk County.
Oneida County is a place for good times on the trails. Ride as much or as little as you like—there are 1,000 miles of groomed trails to explore, and nearly every trail will lead you to a friendly restaurant or tavern to warm up. The county’s searchable dining listings will let you see restaurants that are right on the trail. You’ll also find lots of cozy trailside lodging here, so your snowmobile vacation is comfortable and carefree.
Learn more about snowmobiling in Oneida County.
Vilas County is one of the state’s premier snowmobile destinations. The snowmobile was invented here (in Sayner-Star Lake), and Eagle River, the county seat, is the Snowmobile Capital of the World®, hosting events like vintage sled races, the World Championship Snowmobile Derby and other races at the Eagle River Derby Track. Explore nearly 700 miles of trails in this snowmobiling mecca.
Learn more about snowmobiling in Vilas County.
Make this a season to remember with a Wisconsin winter getaway. There’s a lot to experience— outstanding shopping, award-winning breweries, outdoor adventures and more. Here are four Wisconsin destinations you should escape to this season.
Shopping, beer and mustard: welcome to Middleton, a destination that knows how to spice up winter. Middleton is home to upscale shops at Greenway Station as well as an eclectic mix of stores in its charming and historic downtown. Be sure to pay a visit to the renowned Capital Brewery—samples are available in the tap room. Finally, a trip to Middleton isn’t complete without a visit to the one-and-only National Mustard Museum.
The home of the Hodag is home to good times when the snow flies. Sure, the Hodag—a beast rumored to roam the wild forests around here—put this place on the map, but there’s a lot more to Rhinelander than mythical monsters. The Rhinelander Brewery and Tap Room is a must-visit downtown—they became well known for their iconic “shorty” beers and now offer tons of great options on tap.
Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers will want to check out the trails around Rhinelander. And don’t miss the area’s vibrant dining scene—you might even be able to get a selfie with one of the city’s Hodag statues before you eat!
Located just outside Madison, Fitchburg is known for a lot of things—a vibrant arts scene, top-notch recreational trails and some of the region’s best restaurants. Check out Yahara Bay Distillers, a place to discover handcrafted spirits, new cocktails and new music—live bands play there Friday nights. Head to Lilliana’s for some of the best Cajun food around, and finish your day with something sweet from Nothing but Bundt Cakes. Guess what they serve?
Find new surprises this season in historic Marshfield. Upham Mansion, formerly home to a Wisconsin governor, has fresh and beautiful holiday displays all month long. Downtown, you’ll find a mix of cafes, restaurants and shops housed in impressive brick buildings from the 1800s. Find the perfect latte at one of the newer spots downtown—Uptown Coffee Company.
While you’re in town, check out Rotary Winter Wonderland, an impressive holiday display featuring more than 2 million lights that runs through New Year’s Eve.