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December 11, 2018

What is a Hodag?

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you a few posts about my trip to Rhinelander, Wisconsin this week!

This amazing travel agency group called Wisconsin Travel Best Bets and Explore Rhinelander were kind enough to send me on a mission to explore all that Rhinelander has to offer!

It’s impossible to go to Rhinelander without seeing hundreds of green little monster looking things. But WHAT ARE THEY? And WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

I had to do some serious research to learn about all things Hodag in preparation for my trip!

Here’s what I learned from Explore Rhinelander’s website:

“The Hodag was first discovered by timber cruiser, land developer and merry prankster Eugene Shepard in 1893. The Hodag was the centerpiece of the 1896 Oneida County Fair and has lived in Northwoods legend ever since.

Patching together eyewitness accounts, rumor, legend and speculation, several aspects of the Hodag’s appearance start to become clear:

  • Covered in fine, green fur
  • Height: 30 inches
  • Weight: 185-265 pounds
  • Length: 7 feet
  • Diet: Reports vary widely – mud turtles and water snakes, oxen, white bulldogs eaten only on Sundays
  • Reported to have the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, stout legs, a spiky, dinosaur-like back and a long tail
  • Smell is a combination of “buzzard meat and skunk perfume”

A larger-than-life representation of this fierce beast can be found outside the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, 450 W. Kemp St.”

Here’s an info-graphic that Explore Rhinelander made to simplify the Hodag!

Stay tuned because later this week I’m going to show you more Hodag-related things…even a HODAG STORE!

P.S. Wisconsin Travel Best Bets also featured me under their Wisconsin Travel Experts page! Check it out and be sure to follow all the other Wisconsin Travel Experts!


February 17, 2018

Fun on the Frozen Flambeau

Annual event held at Lake Flambeau by the Ladysmith Lions Club. Saturday activities include snowshoe race, snow sculpting, dog sled pulls/rides, vintage snowmobile show and swap meet, cornhole bean bag tournament and fireworks shows. Also live music in the beer tent at night. Sunday- Ladysmith Lions Ice Fishing Contest – 10am-2pm, multiple cash prize winners in five fish categories, raffle prizes – over 100 prizes.


February 14, 2012

Discover These Distinctive Downtowns

Late winter is an ideal time to explore these three charming downtown districts

Looking for something fun to do in late winter? These three destinations offer distinctive downtowns full of shops, restaurants, historic architecture and one-of-a-kind attractions. Hop in your car and head downtown!

Neighborhood on the Fox

Oshkosh Grand Opera HouseDowntown Oshkosh is an eclectic neighborhood on the banks of the Fox River, offering a mix of interesting businesses and historic architecture. You’ll find more than 40 unique shops and galleries, over a dozen restaurants and a variety of pubs and nightclubs. Galleries, studios and art collectives add a unique flavor to the area. During the Oshkosh Gallery Walk, which is held the first Saturday of every month, businesses open their doors to the public to showcase the work of local artists. The historic Grand Opera House hosts a full schedule of first-class performances by local performers and nationally-known acts. If you’re in Oshkosh, save some time for exploring downtown Oshkosh.

Mustard, Beer and Pie

Middleton Hubbard Avenue DinerBright and cheery downtown Middleton is the ideal destination for a late-winter day. The mix of well-kept historic storefronts blend nicely with the clean, modern businesses they house inside. Two of the top stops for visitors to downtown Middleton are the National Mustard Museum, which houses more than 5,000 types of mustard, and the Capital Brewery, which boasts the best beer on earth. Check out some of the small shops and then head to the Hubbard Avenue Diner for lunch. But, save room for dessert. The diner offers more than a dozen alluring varieties of pie. Don’t miss this truly charming downtown.

Wonderful Walks

Blue SculptureWest Bend’s cheerful downtown is full of surprises, the first being its museums. Downtown West Bend is home to four interesting museums: the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Old Courthouse Museum, the Old Jailhouse Museum and the West Bend Company/Regal Ware Museum. To fully appreciate downtown West Bend’s other surprises, you need to put on your walking shoes. The Riverwalk, which runs along the Milwaukee River, offers peaceful waterscapes. The West Bend Sculpture Walk lets you practice your art critic skills as you stroll past 25 sculptures. A stroll up Main Street will reveal dozens of shops and galleries. So, grab your walking shoes and head to West Bend.


February 8, 2012

Warm Up with Romance in Wisconsin

Three romantic restaurants located in cozy getaway destinations

The middle of winter is the perfect time for romance. When it’s cold outside, there’s no better place to be than indoors with someone you love. So, what better way to warm up the coldest months of the year than a romantic dinner at one of Wisconsin’s most relaxing getaway destinations. Here are three great restaurants for you and your sweetheart.

Outdoorsman Restaurant

The Outdoorsman Restaurant in Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction is a favorite winter hideaway for travelers from around Wisconsin and the Midwest. The pine trees covered in snow and the wonderful tranquility make for a truly romantic atmosphere. The Outdoorsman Restaurant, with its warm and inviting dining room and authentic décor, is well-suited to this peaceful locale.

The menu at The Outdoorsman is unlike any other in the Northwoods. Start your meal with an expertly prepared appetizer. The appetizer menu includes exotic delights such as pheasant ravioli and Oysters Charleston. For dinner, choose from steaks, seafood, pork and a full range of poultry, as well as wild game. Where else can you enjoy grilled bison, ostrich filets and elk medallions? The Outdoorsman is an extraordinary restaurant and the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening.

Romantic Dinner at Louisianne's

Louisianne’s in Middleton

Spice up your relationship with dinner at Louisianne’s Etc. in downtown Middleton. This Cajun restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best in the state. Start your meal with a pulled pork crepe or escargot. For dinner, try sweet pepper bouillabaisse or traditional etouffee. For dessert, you need to have the key lime pie—it’s extraordinary.

One particularly romantic feature of Louisianne’s Etc. is the live music. Tuesday through Saturday, the restaurant features live blues and jazz piano. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to the amazing food and authentic atmosphere.

If you’re taking a romantic drive along the Onalaska Traditions is a mandatory stop. This cozy restaurant serves up pure romance. The dining room is beautifully decorated and sets just the right mood for enjoying the fantastic food.

If this is making you feel romantic—and hungry—then you should start planning your romantic Wisconsin getaway today. You won’t be disappointed.


January 25, 2012

Where Are the Walleye?

Catching walleye through the ice means knowing how fish move during the day

Have you ever wondered how two people can fish the same lake and only one catches any fish? What’s the difference between those two people? In some cases, it’s luck. But, in most cases, it’s knowledge.

Knowing where walleye want to be at different times of the day is crucial to catching fish during the winter.

Walleye like to spend time in particular types of places. One such place is a point—a finger of land that juts out into the water. Walleye will often hang just off the point or to the sides of the point where the water breaks sharply. Another place walleyes like to spend time is near underwater structures such as large rock piles and bars. The edges of flat areas of the lake, particularly where there are steep drop-offs, often attract fish.

But, by mid-winter, walleye get harder to find. Walleye tend to scatter throughout a lake or flowage. This is when an angler has to think like a fish.

Kid Ice FishingThroughout the year, during both the open water season as well as the ice fishing season, walleye have a daily movement from deeper water to shallow water and back again. At night, walleye tend to spend time feeding in shallow water. During the daylight hours, walleye tend to stay in deep water. During the “in-between” periods of dawn and dusk, walleye are on the move between shallow and deep water. This cyclical movement happens on nearly every body of water—winter, spring, summer and fall.

The walleye angler can use this knowledge to his advantage. Midday fishing should be focused on finding schools of walleye near deepwater structures. As shadows lengthen, anglers should set tip-ups in areas that fish are likely to pass through as they head toward shallow water—narrows, steep drop-offs and lines of underwater structure are good bets. By the time the sun has set, you should be fishing in the shallows. If you start fishing before the sun comes up, the process is reversed, with fish moving from the shallows to deeper water.

If you really want to maximize your chances of catching walleye, be sure to be ice fishing in the hours before and after dawn and the hours before and after sunset. This is when fish are on the move and feeding most heavily. Fish still bite at other times of the day, but less frequently.

So, start thinking like a walleye, and you’ll enjoy some good mid-winter walleye fishing.