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Postby narcoleptish » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:40 pm

This should be a thread for interesting spots and sights right here within our stately borders. Looking through a WI atlas yesterday, I realized how much of my own state is still a mystery to me. Like the entire northwest area from Red Wing up to Superior. I've never gone anywhere west of the interstate and HWY 53.

So let's hear about some interesting, odd, unordinary, or just worthwhile places to go on a tank or two of gas.

You can skip ho-chunk and the dells.

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Postby narcoleptish » Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:16 pm

Hey, good thread idea!

Over the weekend my love and I went to Green Lake. Our destination may be as typical as the dells, but yes we went to the Heidel House. It was just one of those places that I had always heard about and wanted to finally try.

The good:

Beautiful grounds and surrounding area.
The Greyrock Mansion restaurant on the grounds was very good and the building itself is fantastic.
The boat cruise/tour that they offer is a great deal and the little history lesson from the captain was very interesting.
The drinks are reasonably priced.

The bad:
The room was fine, if I was staying at and paying for a Best Western, but these were resort prices.
They charge you for everything including outgoing calls.
It's staffed mostly by 18-22 year olds and sometimes that sucks.
And lastly, if you are a childless couple like us, it's not really what you might be looking for. We bought a package called a "romantic getaway" and frankly there is nothing romantic about screaming kids, everywhere. I'm not going to get on a big anti-children kick here but this is a total family place, not a romantic getaway. We couldn't relax by the pool, I wouldn't even use the pool, we got surrounded and run off the beach, even the late-night bar was crawling with em.

The whole Green Lake area is great though. Yes it's full of Illinois people but some of the history they brought to the place is really interesting. The towns of Green Lake and Princeton are really nice and not overwhelmingly touristy. The pizza factory in Princeton was really good. There are all kinds of lakefront places to stay there. I would recommend trying a smaller place and then going to the Heidel for drinks, the boat cruise, or dinner at the Greyrock.

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Postby wallrock » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:07 pm

The Three Lakes - St. Germain - Eagle River area is pretty touristy but for a good reason. I find myself up that way a lot during the summer for work, and when I'm lucky I get to spend an off afternoon hiking in the Superior NF or the American Legion SF. The restaurants in town are pretty decent too.

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Postby ouroborus4 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:04 am

had a great extended weekend in spring green area last october. stayed at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area, went to the well-known american players' theater, hiked in various state parks, and went to a few historical landmarks (including Frank Loyd Wright-related items). also had a chance to enjoy some good food at the restaurants in town. highly reccommended.

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Postby Right Bower » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:13 am

Bayfield/Apostle Islands - terrific kayaking, hiking, biking. Also swimming in Lake Superior

Trout fishing in Vernon and Sauk Counties

Ice Fishing near Three Lakes

Hayward - great supper clubs, the lumberjack competitions, that weird big fish, the Moccasin Bar, muskie fishing

Driving through farm towns west of Eau Claire (Elmwood area)

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Postby Bunny Chow » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:13 am

I love the Kickapoo River. Anywhere from Ontario, La Farge, Viola, Soldiers Grove, Gays Mills, Stueben... There are quite a few canoe outfits that offer rentals and shuttles (Kickapoo Yacht Club, Driftys.....) and there is plenty of free camping along the way.

Really nice people out there.

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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:02 pm

You might want to give Boulder Junction a try. I've stayed at the Boulder Bear Motor Lodge. Fine dining at the Guides Inn and lots of beer choices at the apply named Boulder Beer Bar. Paved bike (rentals available) and walking trails. Lots of lakes for fishing and eagle watching. Nearby in Manitowish Waters, besides the Little Bohemia Lodge of John Dillinger and Johnny Depp fame, there is Pepper's Place. I recommend trying their bread and butter jalapenos.

Also nearby, if you would like to make a donation to the Chippewa Nation, is the Lake of the Torches Casino.

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Postby Luckypants » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:23 pm

I loved a week-long trip to Manitowish Waters a few years ago. We stayed in a cabin on Fawn Lake, and had a really great time fishing, reading, swimming, kayaking, bird watching, etc. My favorite day was when we rented a pontoon boat and spent hours exploring the chain of lakes.

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Postby Burroughs » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:29 pm

Try paddling the Brule or Namekagon River in Northwest WI. Several outfitters rent canoes or kayaks and offer shuttle services for day or overnight trips. It's beautiful and quiet.

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Postby snoqueen » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:31 pm

I love Duluth. It's not in Wisconsin, but you get to go through a lot of Wisconsin to get there. Once you get north of the Interstate, you can just relax.

Duluth has interesting harbor history, a neat lift bridge, big ships to watch as they enter the port, and some nice hotels and restaurants along the waterfront. There's a nature park with moose living in it right in the city, and at the end of a tremendously long road down a strip of sand, another beautiful beach park surrounded by Lake Superior.

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Postby thebookpolice » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:39 pm

Tomahawk and some of the cabin/camping/what have you on Lake Nokomis was pretty scenic. If your brain can get over the Cap Amber-colored water (lotsa tannins from the trees around the edges of the lake).

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Postby Bunny Chow » Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:53 pm

I saw a lot of people on inflatable rafts and canoes enjoying the Wisconsin River today. Especially near Boscobel, Blue River and then further up near the bridge in Spring Green. Looked like a fun time setting up camp on the sand bars and just relaxing.

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Postby Nick Berigan » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:51 pm

Penokees west of Mellen.

As wild as it gets in this state.

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Bad Wisconsin road signs – where am I?

Postby jefsaw » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:20 pm

We moved to Wisconsin 10 years ago, and love it – but the road signs, all those County BBB and County CC and all the other bra sizes – it's always been too easy to get lost.

So we got a GPS at last. And now we're really going for a ride.


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Postby gargantua » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:22 pm


Where a longitude and latitude line converge.

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