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March 19, 2014

Spring Shopping Escapes

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Go on a shopping getaway this spring. Wisconsin offers some great shopping destinations with a variety of shops and affordable lodging options. Go bargain hunting at outlet stores. Visit fun and quirky galleries filled with interesting artwork. Shop brand-name retailers offering the latest styles. Here are four of Wisconsin’s best shopping destinations.


Conveniently located just 90 minutes north of Milwaukee on Highway 41, the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh are just a short drive away from millions of Wisconsin shoppers. This outlet mall is home to more than 40 brand-name stores selling everything from footwear to kitchenware. Men’s clothing offerings include Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger. Women’s clothing retailers include rue21, Dress Barn, Maurices and Christopher & Banks Outlet. And everyone will love the GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Aeropostale, Bass, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Jockey, Levi’s Outlet Store and Lands’ End Inlet. Children’s apparel can be found at American Girl, Carter’s Childrenswear, Gymboree Outlet, Justice, Oshkosh B’Gosh and The Children’s Place Outlet.

Get fashionable footwear at Bass, Famous Footwear Outlet, Nine West and Skechers. And, for the athletically inclined, there’s Nike Factory Store and Under Armour.  Foodies will love kitchenware and culinary-related merchandise on display at Le Gourmet Chef, Kitchen Collection and Corningware Corelle & More.

There’s something for everyone at this huge mall. Plus, downtown Oshkosh offers interesting shops and galleries, and the community is home to the EAA AirVenture Museum, the Oshkosh Public Museum and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Plan your Oshkosh shopping getaway today.


Located just minutes from Madison, Middleton is a popular place to stay when visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, downtown Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol. And, with dozens of shops, it’s also a great place to go shopping.

Greenway Station is a shopping and dining complex featuring landscaped walkways and a fountain. The mix of shops and restaurants makes it a relaxing place to spend the day. National clothing retailers include Chico’s, Christopher & Banks, C.J. Banks, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank, Justice Just for Girls, LOFT, Marshalls, Maurices and White House|Black Market. You’ll find home furnishings at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore and World Market. Specialty shops include Archiver’s, Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Endurance House, Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, Francesca’s Collections, Soma Intimates, Sprint and Michaels. Grab a bite to eat at Bison Jack’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Claddagh Irish Pub, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Tanner’s Bar & Grill and TGI Fridays. There’s also a Cold Stone Creamery and a Starbucks.

Middleton offers seven hotels, three of which are Travel Green Certified. Get complete information for planning your trip to Middleton this spring.


This spring, relax in Onalaska on the Mississippi River. This friendly river town offers wonderful views of the Mississippi River as well as and fishing and boating on Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the river. Onalaska is also home to the largest shopping district in a nine-county area and a variety of comfortable and affordable hotels. This, coupled with easy access from I-90, makes Onalaska one of the easiest and most convenient getaway destinations in the state.

Onalaska’s Valley View Mall is home to more than 90 retailers. Major department stores include Sears, Macy’s, JC Penney and Herbergers. The mall is also home to a large Barnes & Noble. Clothing retailers include Gap, Hollister, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Buckle, rue21, Hot Topic, Zumiez and Express/Express Men. Footwear can be found at Finish Line and Foot Locker.  You’ll also find five children’s clothing stores, seven jewelry stores and ten restaurants, including a Chuck E. Cheese’s. That’s just a few of the 90 retailers that call Valley View Mall home.

While you’re in Onalaska, take a bike ride or walk along the 24-mile Great River State Trail, which follows the Mississippi River. Start planning your trip to Onalaska.


Located in the pine forests of northern Wisconsin and surrounded by crystal clear lakes, Boulder Junction is the classic Northwoods vacation destination. It’s famous for its musky fishing as well as its excellent system of paved and unpaved bike trails. The community also boasts a number of interesting shops.

One of the most eclectic shops in the Northwoods is Moondeer and Friends. The gallery displays regional, contemporary fine art and handmade items. They also carry antiques and artifacts from around the world. The shop is open May through December.

Firemouth Pottery and Gallery showcases the pottery of owner Bill Karaffa. His pottery is characterized by extraordinary coloration and elegant shapes. The gallery also includes the works of several other artists and craftspeople. You’ll find hand-blown glass, etchings, prints and oil paintings.

Other Boulder Junction shops include Blueberry Patch, Boulder Junction Trading Company, Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop, The Frog House, Peeplelures, Stormy Kromer and the sporting goods shop Coontail Play in Style. Don’t miss this fun little community of shops and galleries. Find Boulder Junction resorts, motels, cabins, cottages and more.

These are just four Wisconsin shopping destinations. For more places to shop this spring, visit witravelbestbets.com.




January 14, 2014

Wisconsin’s Winter Walleye Waters

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Photo Credit: RJ & Linda Miller

Winter is a great time to target what might be Wisconsin’s tastiest gamefish. Walleye bite throughout the winter, and ice fishing is the ideal way to target this elusive predator. Best of all, Wisconsin is home to some of the top walleye fisheries on the planet.

Ice fishing allows walleye anglers to pinpoint active fish and carefully present lures and baits—the same careful approach would be difficult from a rocking boat. When an ice angler finds a group of active fish, he can quickly catch his limit. And, there’s nothing like the sight of a big, fat walleye coming up through the ice.

This winter, experience the thrill of catching walleye through the ice. Here are eight of the very best Wisconsin winter walleye waters.

Oshkosh – Lake Winnebago

At 138,000 acres, Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye destinations. The Lake Winnebago System, which includes the Wolf and Fox rivers, has unmatched natural reproduction. The result is a fishery with numerous walleye and good numbers of big fish. During the winter, the area around Oshkosh offers some of the giant lake’s best walleye fishing.

Rusk County – Lake Holcombe

Few Wisconsin lakes offer such a diverse, high-quality fishery as Lake Holcombe. This 4,000-acre lake is a flowage on the Chippewa River. Lake Holcombe boasts more than 120 miles of shoreline. Walleye anglers will find good fishing throughout the winter.

Stevens Point – Lake Du Bay

The sprawling Lake Du Bay is a nearly 7,000-acre flowage on the Wisconsin River. The lake is known for its musky, pike, smallmouth bass, panfish and walleye. Anglers should look for sunken trees and other structure along the old river channel. Some of the deeper backwaters can also hold fish.

Oneida County – Lake Tomahawk

This classic Northwoods lake provides great walleye fishing during the winter. It is one of the biggest lakes in northern Wisconsin, weighing in at 3,392 acres. The lake is famous for its fishery, which includes a healthy population of walleye.

Boulder Junction – Trout Lake

Deep and cold, Trout Lake is stands out as one of Wisconsin’s best fishing lakes. The crystal-clear waters hold not only the usual selection of warm-water gamefish, but also lake trout and whitefish. The walleye on Trout Lake grow big and fat on the healthy forage base. Be ready to tie into a hefty fish.

Rhinelander Area – Boom Lake

This flowage on the Wisconsin River is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Wisconsin—and for good reason. Walleye anglers will find good action here throughout the winter.

Onalaska – Lake Onalaska

The Mississippi River is one of the best walleye fisheries in the country. Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the Mississippi River, is an outstanding walleye destination. In addition to walleye, Lake Onalaska offers great fishing for northern pike and panfish.

Black River Falls – Lake Arbutus

Lake Arbutus is a multifaceted destination. In addition to northern pike, musky, bass and crappie, you’ll find good numbers of walleye. It’s a great place to set out some tip-ups. You never know what you’re going to catch here.


September 13, 2013

Where the Walleye Lurk: Great Fall Walleye Destinations

During the summer month, it seems that walleyes only bite when it’s cloudy, rainy or windy. In the fall, that changes. Some of the best fall walleye fishing days are bright, sunny and calm. For the walleye angler who has worked hard all summer long to put fish in the boat, fall can be a real treat.

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This fall, you can’t go wrong with any of these four walleye destinations.

Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago

Lake Winnebago is the king of all Wisconsin walleye fisheries. At 138,000 acres, a walleye angler could spend a lifetime fishing this lake. The two techniques that catch the most fish during the fall are jigging and trolling. Look for walleye near mid-lake humps and depressions. Fall can bring some tremendous catches.

Boulder Junction’s 194 Lakes

This resort town is best known as a musky hotspot. However, nearly all of the lakes that dot this quiet little corner of Wisconsin hold walleye. In fact, the clean, clear waters of Boulder Junction hold some hefty fish. Even some of the smaller, lesser-known lakes in the area offer good walleye fishing. Plus, the fall color is spectacular here.

Lake Onalaska and the Mississippi River

The community of Onalaska is set on the banks of 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska, one of the best fishing holes on the entire Mississippi River. Each fall, the walleye fishing heats up on this complex of channels, sloughs and sprawling backwaters. The best walleye fishing can be found near current.

Lake Du Bay in the Stevens Point Area

Just a short drive north of Stevens Point you’ll find the 6,800-acre Lake Du Bay, an enormous impoundment on the Wisconsin River. Look for walleye near old river channels. Jigging is the method of choice here. Don’t be surprised if you hook into a smallmouth bass or even one of the lake’s muskies.


August 12, 2013

Panfish A-plenty: Top Lakes for Fall Panfishing

Fall is a great time to go fishing for bluegill, crappie and perch. Collectively known as “panfish,” these three types of fish can be caught on nearly every lake in the state. Wisconsin boasts some of the best panfishing in the Midwest. There are thousands of lakes to choose from, but here are some of the very best.

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Lake Onalaska – If you want to catch a big bluegill, head to Onalaska and fish 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska. The great bluegill fishing here is no secret – the lake carries the moniker, “Sunfish Capital of the World.”

Lake DuBay – This vast flowage north of Stevens Point is crappie heaven. Loaded with sunken timber and other underwater structure, crappie thrive here.

Lake Holcombe – Located at the south end of Rusk County, Lake Holcombe might be one of the most complete fishing destinations in the state. Fish for panfish, as well as bass, musky, walleye and catfish. You might even catch a glimpse of a giant lake sturgeon swimming under your boat.

Lake Winnebago – Perch reign supreme on Lake Winnebago. The best place to launch your boat on this 138,000-acre mega lake is Oshkosh. Perch can be caught by jigging, slip bobbers, worm harnesses – just about any technique will work.

Van Vliet Lake – This small lake near Presque Isle in Vilas County is great for panfish. It features a fishing pier, making it a good place to take the kids.

Squirrel Lake – Located in Oneida County, this lake boasts excellent fishing for panfish. The bluegills on this lake are numerous, as are the bass.

Lake Arbutus – This Black River Falls area lake is best known for its musky and walleye fishing, but it also boasts great fishing for panfish, particularly crappie.

Lake Mendota – Launch your boat at Mendota County Park in Middleton and fish this huge lake for bluegill and perch. The bluegill here are huge and the perch are enormous, plus you might hook into one of the lake’s dinner-plate-sized crappie.


June 3, 2013

Your Best Bets for Bluegills, Crappies and Perch

Summertime is the perfect time to fish for panfish. Whether you like casting for crappies, watching bobbers for bluegills or jigging for jumbo perch, you’ll find a lake that fits your style of fishing in Wisconsin. Here are three of the state’s best panfish opportunities.

Onalaska Bluegill

Lake Onalaska Bluegills – Onalaska

At 7,700 acres, Lake Onalaska offers anglers a huge expanse of open water. The lake is actually a wide pool on the Mississippi River. Panfish can be found throughout this multifaceted lake. Lake Onalaska is most famous for its bluegill fishing. In fact, the bluegill fishing is so renowned that the lake is called the “Sunfish Capital of the World.” Look for the best bluegill fishing on the edges of emerging weeds in some of the lake’s many backwater channels and sloughs. There’s a lot of water to explore.

Lake Arbutus Crappie – Black River Country

This 770-acre lake located north of Black River Falls is an outstanding fishery. The dark-stained waters hold good numbers of panfish and gamefish. The lake’s great musky fishing is famous. But the discerning panfish angler knows that the real attraction is the lake’s plentiful crappie. Anglers targeting Lake Arbutus crappie will find good fishing throughout the summer. Don’t miss this great little lake.

Lake Winnebago Yellow Perch – Oshkosh

Wisconsin’s largest inland lake is one of the best places in the country to catch yellow perch. This 138,000-acre lake has offered up some monster perch over the years, some reaching lengths of 16 inches or more. Locals jig for perch and often use slip bobbers. In the waters around Oshkosh, look for weed beds. Sunken islands and other bumps and humps in the lake bottom are worth checking out. Once you find a school of perch, look out!

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