May 2009

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The sun is finally peeking through the clouds here and there’s quite the procession of golfers on the course out my window.  With the forecast calling for nice weather throughout much of the state, if you’re itching to hit the links this weekend, be sure to check out the 6th annual Golf Wisconsin Weekend May 30-31, 2009.

With approximately 50 participating courses, you can choose from a wide variety of difficulty levels.  Whether you head south to the Brute Course at the Grand Geneva or point north towards the Winfield Inn & Gardens and Apostle Highlands Golf Course, you’ll find something for all.  Many courses are offering free golf for kids with a paying adult as well.

But you don’t just have to stay in your own neighborhood.  With almost 70 participating lodging properties offering discounts or packages, this is the perfect opportunity to pack up the clubs and hit the road for a full weekend of golfing fun.

See what others are saying about golfing in Wisconsin at the links below & get out for Golf Wisconsin Weekend!



NorthernBayLocated in Arkdale, WI, Northern Bay Golf Resort has received certification as a Green Suites® Green Resort.

“The 3-Leaf rating awarded by Green Suites® International, the industry’s leading environmental hotel product and program supplier, marks with distinction the resort’s commitment to environmentally-sound business practices. The Green Suites® Green Resort Certification Program recognizes a hotel’s environmental policies and purchasing.

“Being green certified means we are now pioneering a resort management approach that not only protects the environment but that is also sensitive to the needs of our customers,” said Tom Kennedy, General Manager of Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina. “Our guests appreciate what we do to be environmentally friendly and benefit from it during their stay.”

As a Green Suites® Certified Green Resort, Northern Bay Golf Resort & Marina is now a leader in environmental consciousness and social responsibility in the hospitality industry. For more information on the Green Suites® Green Resort Certification Program, go to”


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For those of us who believe summer officially starts with the Memorial Day weekend, SUMMER IS HERE!  And summer in Wisconsin means fun stuff to do, cool things to discover and road trips to be taken. Check out the following four events for the last weekend in May…GolfWIPictureAd

Golf Wisconsin Weekend, May 30-31
Nearly 50 courses and more than 65 lodging properties statewide have come together to offer discounts on golf and overnight stays for this 6th annual event.  Click to see the complete list of courses & lodging by region and see this page for details on lodging specials.

LCO-PowWow-ImageLCO Ojibwe School Contest Pow-wow, May 29-31
Load up the gang (and your lawn chairs) and head to Hayward, WI for this annual Lac Courte Oreilles contest of Native American Intertribal singing and dancing.  Grand entries times: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.   Click here for directions to the Honor the Earth Pow Wow Grounds located behind the school.  Where to Stay: Find dozens of options in and around Hayward at

IrishFestOshkosh Irish Fest, May 29-31
See fabulous Irish dancers, hear incredible Celtic music, learn about Irish culture and more.  This first annual event kicks of Friday night at the Leach Amphitheater at 5:00 pm.  Where to Stay: The Hilton Garden Inn is the official host hotel, or check out the Fairfield Inn by Marriott or Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.


ABC Supply Southern Wisconsin AirFEST, May 30-31
Featuring the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and the US Navy Parachute Team, head to Janesville this weekend for “high flying entertainment for the whole family”.  Gates open at 5:00 pm Friday and 9:00 am Saturday & Sunday.  Where to Stay: Check out the Scarlett House Victorian B&B, the Best Western Janesville, EconoLodge, Motel 6, Redwood Motel or Super 8.


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Did you know that there are roughly 1,600 water parks worldwide and more than 1,000 of them are here in the U.S.?

ActionMan-ChaosWaterparkWater lovers need not travel far and wide to enjoy the thrills of water slides or lazy rivers.  Wisconsin boasts dozens of indoor & outdoor water parks including the newly opened Chaos Waterpark in Eau Claire.  Attached to the Metropolis Hotel and adjacent to Action City Entertainment Center, Chaos features water slides such as Twister, Bailout, or Hurricane Run.

If you’re not headed towards Eau Claire, you’ll still find plenty of wet & wild fun at Wisconsin water parks around the state.  We’ve already shared a few Wisconsin Dells spots with you in this post, but check out some of the others as well:

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This northwoods-themed park features indoor-outdoor hot tub & pools along with water slides and kiddie pool and guests of the hotel have free access to the water park throughout their stay.  When you’re ready for some dry fun, check out the mini-golf, horseback riding or go-carts near the hotel.

LodgeAtCedarCreekLodge at Cedar Creek, Wausau
At 50,000 square feet, the Lodge at Cedar Creek in Wausau is one of the largest in northern Wisconsin.  Kids will love the anticipation of waiting to be drenched by the 800 gallon tipping bucket.  Of course, you can’t head to Wausau & not catch a Woodchucks baseball game!

TimberRidgeTimber Ridge Lodge, Lake Geneva
Families heading to the Lake Geneva area won’t want to miss the fun at this indoor/ outdoor water park with two interactive splash pools, water slides, lazy river & more. Parents can also enroll kids in the “Kids are Grand” day programs which allow grown-ups free time to enjoy the nearby Well Spa + Salon or get in a round of golf at either the Brute or Highlands courses.

BWmidwayBest Western Midway Hotel Riverfront, La Crosse
If your travels take you to the Mississippi River this summer, be sure to check out the Best Western Midway’s tropical themed, indoor water center.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy  slides, geysers, whirlpools and more!  Of course, La Crosse is also home to a Northwoods League team, the La Crosse Loggers.


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Summer vacation is almost here and there’s a three-day weekend coming our way…  If you’re looking for affordable, old-fashioned family fun, check out these following fests across Wisconsin:

ArcadiaBroilerDaysArcadia Broiler Days, May 22-24
Events include parades, talent show, live music, softball & horseshoe tournaments, carnival rides & more!  Arcadia is located in Trempeleau County, just about midway between La Crosse & Eau Claire.  Where to Stay: the RKD Motel is located right on Main Street in Arcadia.  Nearby you’ll also find the Oak Park Inn & Historic Hopkins House in Whitehall and both the Clark House B&B and Sonic Motel in Galesville.


World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison, May 22-25
Free music, rides for the kids + delicious (and only $1.50 each!) Johnsonville Brats – what more could you ask for in a Wisconsin festival?  Held at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center, this Fest kicks off with the Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, May 22nd.  Where to Stay: Find over 60 Madison-area properties at


Chocolate Fest 2009, Burlington, May 22-25
If your sweet tooth has been calling, head down to Racine county to Burlington’s 23rd annual Chocolate Fest featuring carnival rides, chocolate eating contests, Chef demonstrations, wine & chocolate tastings, fireworks and more!  Where to Stay: Check out the AmericInn Lodge & Suites just off Brown’s Lake.

FamilyKiteFestivalOn Lake Michigan, Milwaukee’s Family Kite Fest, May 23-24
Presented by Gift of Wings, the 22nd Family Kite Festival is a free event with free parking at Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park.  Watch professional kite performances, learn to fly kites, plus kids can even make their own kite!  Where to Stay: Browse more than 65 Milwaukee-area properties at

Onalaska Sunfish Days, May 21-25
From carnival rides at the Midway to Bingo, to softball & volleyball tournameSunfishDaysnts, this is one action-packed weekend of fun in western Wisconsin!  Kids can also get their faces painted, enter a fishing derby, and catch a parade. Parents, check out the beer gardens, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and the Euchre Tournament for some grown-up fun as well.  Where to Stay: Check out the Microtel Inn or the Rainbow Ridge Farm B&B, both with free continental breakfasts.  The Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, and Comfort Inn all feature indoor pools, and you’ll find Clearwater Cabins & Cozy Corner Cottages both on Lake Onalaska.


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Article_big_128850801873189004With the July release of Johnny Depp’s movie, Public Enemies, Wisconsin is seeing a resurgence of interest in it’s past history of hosting gangsters the likes of Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Wisconsin was a haven for Chicago-based gangsters on the run in the 1920s and ‘30s, due mainly to its isolated locations and northern rural landscape.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has compiled an exhaustive list of sights to see to replay Wisconsin’s gangster history, called the “Gangster Tour.” More than 20 locations are included in the tour of northern and southern Wisconsin as well as two video tours. Included in the self-guided tour are sights where Public Enemies was shot last year.

Highlights include:

Lac du Flambeau: Dillman’s Bay Resort
Cabin 5 was used by Baby Face Nelson as a hideout following his escape from the FBI shoot out at the Little Bohemia Lodge.

Miscuano Island: Four Seasons Resort
Al Capone is also rumored to have spent time at the Four Seasons Resort on Miscuano Island, near the Marinette County community of Pembine.

Lake Geneva: French Country Inn
Known during prohibition as the Lake Como Hotel, the French Country Inn was a hideaway for Al Capone, Bugs Moran, John Dillinger and Babyface Nelson. Before his fatal shootout with the FBI, Nelson was spotted near the hotel by agents shopping for groceries.


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StayLongerHow do innkeepers and lodging managers across Wisconsin celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week? By making your weekend a long weekend… for free!

Over 130 properties throughout the state will give you the night Thursday, May 14 or Sunday, May 17th FREE when you book your stay for Friday & Saturday (May 15-16) nights. Take an extra day and enjoy springtime in Wisconsin, it won’t last long!

To see a complete list of participating properties, please go to


bellavistasuitesCongratulations to Claudia A from DeForest, WI! Claudia is the winner of the May WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva.

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

Upcoming giveaways include:
* Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center

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


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