Monthly Archives: February 2020

February 20, 2020


Grandpa’s Pizza in Rusk County, WISavor the state’s best pizza

Pizza lovers, rejoice! Wisconsin’s pizzerias are serving up inventive masterpieces that will have you reaching for another slice. Talented chefs create these pies by blending old-world techniques with new ingredients to create pizzas that are both surprising and delicious. Feeling hungry? Here are a few of our favorites.

Grandpa’s Pizza and Grill, Rusk County

Travelers can work up a big appetite in Rusk County—it’s home to four beautiful rivers and the Blue Hills, making it a popular destination for lovers of the outdoors. Ladysmith has the biggest concentration of dining options in the county, and Grandpa’s Pizza & Grill serves up classic pies with a few twists. If you’re hungry after a day on the water, we recommend the Cheeseburger Pizza, loaded with beef, onion, American and cheddar cheese and dill pickles.

Oven Above the Pub, Marshfield

Upstairs from the Blue Heron Brew Pub in Marshfield, you’ll find Oven Above the Pub, one of the best pizza places in central Wisconsin. The restaurant serves up delicious steaks, seafood and pasta, but the star of the show is made right behind the bar. A massive wood-fired pizza oven turns out specialties like the Peach Bourbon Pizza, kicked up with a spicy sprinkle of jalapenos. Grab a cold Blue Heron Beer and watch your pizza come to life.

Tuscany Grill, Fitchburg

Hand-crafted pizza is easy to find if you’re staying in Fitchburg. One of our favorites is Tuscany Grill, a Mediterranean-American restaurant located in the Wyndham Garden Inn. It’s far from an ordinary hotel restaurant, serving up a unique sampling of flavors and spices from the Mediterranean regions of France, Spain and Italy. A good bet is the Margherita, made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and roasted garlic.

Brown Street 151, Rhinelander

In the heart of Rhinelander, Brown Street 151 serves delicious and unique cuisine, including some inventive brick-oven pizzas. Try the Philly Cheese Steak, topped with shaved prime rib, onion, green pepper a three-cheese alfredo sauce and some Swiss and mozzarella. Delicious!


February 6, 2020


Trout Lake Boulder Junction Wisconsin in winterSoak up the state’s scenic spots

Wisconsin is a state known for its gorgeous scenery, and this time of year, the frozen beauty of the landscape is simply stunning. From ancient forests to scenic lakeshores, there’s a lot to take in. Get your camera ready: here are three of our favorite scenic spots to see this winter.

Vilas County: Van Vliet Hemlocks

Vilas County is a beautiful slice of the Northwoods, covered by vast tracts of forest and more than 1,300 lakes. Nature lovers will find a lot of special spots in Vilas County, but one of the most scenic is the Van Vliet Hemlocks. It’s one of the largest old-growth hemlock hardwood forests in the region, now a rarity in Wisconsin. Bring some snowshoes to explore this peaceful place in winter. You’ll trek past trees that have stood watch for hundreds of years.

Boulder Junction: North Trout Lake

Boulder Junction is tucked into the state’s largest forest (the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest), and it’s surrounded by 94 glacial lakes that offer incredible sunsets year-round. One popular spot to take in the show: North Trout Lake, which is easily reached by nature lovers even when the Northwoods is covered by a thick blanket of snow. You can see a great view just steps from a parking area off Highway M on Ben Bendrick Drive. Enjoy the sunset and then head to warm up in one of Boulder Junction’s cozy restaurants.

Oneida County: Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area

The Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area is a remote and gorgeous spot west of Minocqua. Covered with massive, century-old pines, the natural area is spectacular in the winter. The best way to experience this special place during the winter is via Minocqua Winter Park, which maintains a cross-country ski trail through the area. Ski rentals and lessons are available at the park. When the snow melts, routes also open up to adventurous hikers.