April 2009

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byjaylaraMoms work hard.  Moms deserve pampering.  Mother’s day is 10 days away.

Really want mom to know how much she’s appreciated?  Thank her with a spa getaway this year!  Check out these five spa destinations around Wisconsin and pamper mom with a relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating spa experience –

  1. Copperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, Appleton – “Spa BenMarNico’s is an upscale spa which also includes an onsite, full service salon, fitness center & whirlpool facility”
  2. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva – “WELL Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva is devoted to syncing your mind and body, not your IPOD.”
  3. Northernaire Resort & Spa, Three Lakes – “A relaxing spa visit awaits you”
  4. Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa, Door County – “where life slows down as soon as you walk in the door.”
  5. Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells – Providing “a sanctuary from stress, a healing touch, a kind word, a place to reconnect.”

Indulge mom this Mother’s Day…  Because everyone knows, When Mama ain’t Happy, ain’t Nobody Happy!

Want more great spa getaway ideas?  Start your search for properties with Spa Services at WisconsinLodging.info. where you’ll find dozens more to choose from including:


nancys-notionsWith spring in the air and statewide gas prices at a reasonable $2.06/ gallon, it’s the perfect time to getaway & enjoy Wisconsin.  Check out these options below, or share your recommendations in the comments section…

  1. Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend Expo (Apr 30- May 2, Beaver Dam) – Learn, Laugh & Shop at this 24th annual event
  2. Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend (May 1-3, Sturgeon Bay) – Embrace “life, love and laughter through sharing, shopping, learning and rejuvenating.”
  3. Ride Relax & Eat Retreat Returns (May 1-3, Mountain) – Culinary retreat in the Northwoods
  4. Going Green Wisconsin Expo (May 2-3, Alliant Energy Center) – Discover tips & resources to reduce your environmental impact
  5. Earth Arts Spring Art Tour (May 2-3, Upper St. Croix Valley) – Kicks off with the Taste of the St. Croix Valley at Chateau St. Croix Winery and Vineyard

Head to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your stay, then grab your friends, girlfriends or partners and hit the road this weekend!


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000800961My job rocks!  I got to spend yesterday in Wisconsin Dells visiting dozens of our member hotels, motels, resorts & inns. Even in snowy, rainy, April weather, the sandstone bluffs are a truly beautiful site.

After watching Lake Delton drain away in a matter of hours in June of 2008, Dells businesses faced a tough summer travel season last year.  Now, with the road repaired and the lake refilled to within about a foot of pre-breach levels, folks in the the Dells are looking forward to a fabulous summer.

The Waterpark Capital of the World, this resort community hosts more than 20 water parks, both indoors and out.  Included are Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark (Kalahari) and the world’s largest outdoor park (Noah’s Ark).  The Wilderness claims to be the largest indoor/ outdoor combo park.  For advice before you hit the waterparks, check out these travel tips from the Wisconsin Dells Travel Guide:
10 tips to ensure a fun filled and safe day out at our Waterparks:

  1. Wear flip flops or water shoes
  2. Wear polarized sunglasses (with a cord is even better!)
  3. Waterproof sunscreen is a must
  4. wear light colored clothing
  5. Buy tickets in advance to avoid lines
  6. Don’t leave valuables unattended, rent a locker to secure them
  7. Keep money, credit cards, IDs with you in a waterproof container
  8. Put an ID card in every kid’s pocket
  9. Arrange a time and place to meet if someone gets separated
  10. Never leave young children alone

But the Dells are more than just waterparks.  The once-again pristine lake is a great place for water sports such as boating, skiing, and even parasailing.  Back and better than ever, the Tommy Bartlet Ski Show returns with a new show and “never-before-seen pyrotechnics”.  Our family’s favorite, the Original Wisconsin Ducks are now back using the lake as part of their tour again as well.

When you’ve had enough water for the day, be sure to head into town.  With unique shops such as Goody Goody Gum Drop Candy and Carr Valley Cheese as well as fun adventures like Lazer Runner Laser Tag and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you’ll find something for everyone!

The Dells also boast over 8,000 rooms at hotels, motels, B&Bs, inns and resorts.  Find your perfect spot at WisconsinLodging.info,  whether your looking for total relaxation (such as Sundara Inn & Spa) or action-packed fun (perhaps Hotel Rome).


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northwoods_logoOkay, you’ve made your plans to catch the Brewers, booked your stay in Beloit to catch the Snappers, and have Rattlers tickets & reservations in the Fox Cities… Still need more baseball?  Check out these Wisconsin Northwoods League teams:

Started 1994, the Northwoods League has grown from just 5 teams in WI, MN & IA to its current 2 divisions with 7 teams each from WI, IA, MN, MI and Ontario.  Teams are comprised of top college players, playing for free to retain their NCAA eligibility (some of whom will go on to play in the majors).  This is your opportunity to see exciting baseball at wallet-friendly prices: tickets start around $5-$6 per person!  The League season kicks off May 28th and wraps up with the playoffs in mid-August.

Whether you’re heading out for short getaways all summer long or focusing your full summer vacation around Wisconsin baseball, start your trip planning at WisconsinLodging.info – with nearly 1,000 hotels, motels, resorts & more to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your perfect spot in every city!


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baseball-imageOkay, the Milwaukee Brewers have opened to a less-than-stellar 2-5 record, losing 2 of 3 this past weekend to those hateful Chicago Cubs, but there’s still 155 games left in their season…

For those who think a trip to Miller Park is too expensive this year, there are over a dozen different deals available to fans throughout the summer at the Brewers’ Fan Value Corner.  Check out the Brewers’ 2009 game schedule, then click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your Milwaukee-area baseball getaway!

Next, head north to Appleton to catch the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in action.  Formerly the Appleton Foxes, the Seattle Mariners’ minor league affiliate, Alex Rodriguez (yes, the Yankees’ & Madonna’s A-Rod) made his professional debut with the team in 1994!  Now the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Timber Rattlers are off to a strong 3-0 start this season.  Click on over to see their full 2009 schedule and start thinking getaway to the Fox Cities.

In the southern Wisconsin town of Beloit, on the Wisconsin/ Illinois border you’ll find the Beloit Snappers, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  The Snappers are also off to a rough start so far with an 0-3 record to date, but they return to Pohlman Field on April 16th for a 4 day series against the equally struggling Burlington Bees.  If you can’t make it to Beloit this weekend, see the Snappers full schedule here and plan your summer road trip to see the team in action. There are amazing places to stay in Beloit including both the Fairfield Inn & Suites and The Beloit Inn.


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wi-imageEach week I write about places to stay and things to do in Wisconsin because I truly believe we have something to offer for everyone!  But don’t just take my word for it…  Check out what others around the web are saying about traveling in Wisconsin:

If you’re thinking Wisconsin Dells for your summer getaway with fishing, horseback riding, underground caves and, of course, waterparks, Wisconsin Dells – The Perfect Summer Getaway lists the Chula Vista Resort’s Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark among other don’t-miss Dells attractions.

Wisconsin’s Door County is the place to be in summer according to this article from the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, FL.  If you’re looking for “one of those clean, quietly pristine places that seem almost like a throwback to the mellow 1950s, the old great resort towns of the Catskills, and television shows like ‘Ozzie and Harriett’ and ‘Leave it to Beaver’”, then you’ll definitely want to check out Door County.  Click here for more information on Wagon Trail Resort, described by the author as “surrounded by woods and water, [it's] the ideal place for adding to that anti-stress mode. Its buffet breakfast, seriously one of the best I’ve ever had, and its brimming-with-goodies bakery are considered local institutions.”

If you’re contemplating more responsible travel for 2009, click on over and read this article on sustainable travel and green tourism.  Mentioned in the article is The Pfister Hotel, a TravelGreen Wisconsin certified hotel. To learn more about TravelGreen Wisconsin restaurants, golf courses, attractions and accommodations, check out their site at TravelGreenWisconsin.com


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getaways1(updated 4/8 – name correction: Sorry Paul!)

Congratulations to Paul U from St. Francis, WI!  Paul is the winner of the April WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away & this time around it’s TWO FREE NIGHTS at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee.

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night every month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter.  Each month, you’ll receive up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin & every month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Paul!


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Located in Delavan, WI, Lake Lawn Resort just announced completion of a $40 million renovation of it’s guest rooms, meeting space and lobby.

“Recently, Lake Lawn Resort completed a gut-and-rebuild of 222 guestrooms, creating an inventory of accommodations to meet the needs of its varied guests and groups.  From two-story lofts with space to sleep six comfortably, perfect for family getaways and organized retreats, to luxurious and comfortable couples suites, Lake Lawn Resort believes it now has the best selection of rooms available in Wisconsin.

Over the last year, the resort upgraded its public spaces, adding upscale carpeting, lighting and furnishings to the lobby and throughout the property.  Lake Lawn Resort’s 32,000 square feet of unique meeting spaces, featuring lake views, exposed beams and northwoods ambiance, were completely refurbished, including the main ballroom and executive board rooms.  The resort invested more than $350,000 in technological upgrades, such as wireless Internet, state-of-the-art projectors and flat-screen TVs.

Lake Lawn Resort also built some creative meeting spaces aimed at differentiating the property from other Geneva Lakes resorts.  Its Chicago Room, for instance, is intended for brainstorming sessions and relaxed breakout sessions, with a foosball table, big screen TV and entertainment package, bar and more.”