October 2009

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You’d pretty much have to be living under a rock not to have heard that FlickrImageBy_FlyingRoosterVikings QB #4 Brett Favre is headed to Green Bay with his team this Sunday to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is well aware Favre is headed back to Green Bay and has issued “4 days to Victory“: four good-natured challenges for residents and fans, designed to rev up the hometown prior to Sunday’s game.

  1. Today, 8th grade students across Green Bay will compile their “Top 12 Reasons 4 Staying in Green Bay” for a chance to win $300 for their class.
  2. Also today through Monday, Minnesota Avenue is being renamed Aaron Rodgers Drive.
  3. Friday, folks are encouraged to wear flip-flops in homage to the retired-not retired status of #4 over the last two years.
  4. Finally, on Saturday, Titletown Brewery will hold a Packers Rally serving up “waffle fries” (yes, again a jab at Favre’s decision-making abilities)

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Yes, we love to poke fun at Favre, but it’s with much anticipation that Packers’ fans will tune in Sunday to the game… Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take the win at Lambeau or will they once again fall to mighty purple #4?

At 4-2 to close out October, do the Packers have a chance at the Division Title? The 6-1 Vikings sure hope not!

While the city and the team ready themselves for a circus this weekend, if you’re headed up for the game, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find  your perfect place to stay in Green Bay.

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Ghouls, goblins, thrills & chills… Check out seven SPOOK-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:
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October 23rd-25th  and  October 29th-November 1st
Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha
What it is: Three haunted houses in one location- Morgan Manor, Morgana’s Torment & Unstable
How scary is it? Billed as “30,000 square feet of TERROR” -may not be for the faint of heart!
Cost: $15 per person for Morgan’s Manor, $30 per person for all three (but check out their website for coupons before you go!)

October 23rd-24th  and  October 30th-31st
Ghost Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells
What it is: One & a half hour boat tour to Witches Gulch with “several illusions and special effects along with a great storyline that is sure to get hearts pumping”
How scary is it? Not recommended for 10 & under, parents’ discretion for older kids
Cost: $15 per person

October 24th
Dracula, Green Bay
What it is: Nosferatu, the 1920′s silent movie based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ accompanied by Frank Rippel on a live theater organ
How scary is it? Show time is 1:00 pm, so when the movie creeps you out, there will still be hours of (vampire-free) daylight left when you leave!
Cost: $5 per person

October 25th & 30th
Gothic History Tours, Cedarburg
What it is: One & a half hour walking tour through historic downtown Cedarburg
How scary is it? Billed as “chilling”, not scary
Cost: Check out their website for details, advanced ticket purchase recommended

October 28th
Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark, Phillips
What it is: Follow a lighted trail through the park to hear “ghost stories, haunting tales and urban legends”
How scary is it? “Spooky but not too scary”
Cost: I believe this one’s free, but call for more info: 715/339-4505 or 800/269-4505

October 29th-30th
Ghoulees in the Coulees, Coon Valley
What it is: 1/2 mile hike along a wooded trail lined with “haunting, thrilling and chilling spook stations”
How scary is it? Runs from 5:30-9 pm, hikes after 8 pm will be “SUPER SCARY”
Cost: $8 per person

October 30th
Haunting of River Park, Mosinee
What it is: “A haunted trail through spooky River Park”
How scary is it? For kids 13 and over, call the Mosinee Chamber for more info: 715/693-4330
Cost: $5 per person

For more haunting good times in southeast Wisconsin, check out this list and map from JSOnline.com as well. As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some SPOOK-tacular Halloween adventures!

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With Halloween just around the corner, many families are seeking fun, safe, and affordable ways to get in the spirit and celebrate. Here are a few to get you started:

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Fridays & Saturdays in October:
Zoo BooNew Zoo, Green Bay
Cost: Zoo Admission: advanced tickets $8, at the gate $10, 1 & Under are free
Begins: 3 p.m.
Features: Inflatable fun, games, horse-drawn haunted wagon through ‘Freaky Forest’, dancing with live D.J.

October 17:
BooFestWisconsin Ave. & Commercial St, Neenah
Cost: Free
Begins: 9 a.m.
Events: Pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin recipe contest & trick-or-treating

Zoo BooWildwood Wildlife Park, Minocqua
Cost: Under 12 free with non-perishable food donation, over 12: $7 admission at door
Begins: 1 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, fun activities & trick-or-treating

October 23:
Spooka MinookaMinooka Park, Waukesha
Cost: $10 per car (some activities have additional fees)
Begins: 5:30 -9:00 p.m. for kids 6-12 (Haunted Barn Encore for older kids 10/24)
Events: Haunted trail ride, ‘Spookagraphs’, crafts, cookie decorating, campfire & Haunted Barn

October 24:
Halloween FestPrairie Springs Park, Pleasant Prairie
Cost: Free (some events may have additional charges)
Begins: 4 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, camp fire, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, “feel factor” for kids, hayrides

October 23-24:
Candlelight Cave ToursLedge View Nature Center, Chilton
Cost: $5 per person
Begins: 5:30 Friday, 4:30 Saturday
More Info: Use stairs & ladders to descend into the caves led by costumed guides, dress in layers!

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some fun (& not-so-spooky) fall adventures!
Thanks Pamela for all your help with these!

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Congratulations to the Westby House Restaurant & Victorian Inn and proprietors Mike & Marie Cimino who were named one of the eight Best in the Midwest by BedandBreakfast.com!

TheWestbySuiteLocated in quiet Westby, Wisconsin, the Westby House Restaurant  & Victorian Inn is a TravelGreen Wisconsin certified business and features nine guestrooms, each with private bath. Here’s what Mike & Marie said in regards to their award:

“A gratifying thank you to our past guests of the the Westby House as we have been presented the ‘Best in the Midwest’ award from the folks at BedandBreakfast.com. The selection criteria for the Awards included both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the independently posted guest reviews on BedandBreakfast.com. We look forward to meeting your expectations on your next stay with us.”

For more information on the Westby House Restaurant & Victorian Inn, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info or check out their blog hereCongratulations again to Mike & Marie!

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Slide & PoolThird in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers, we head to the Fox Cities and one of the only hotels in the area with a waterpark:  the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Appleton North in Little Chute!

Kids will enjoy their two water slides, water basketball, two ‘dump buckets’, and more while adults can relax in the Jacuzzi with cascading water falls.  Island Jack’s Tiki Bar, poolside, serves up not only cocktails for the grown-ups, but also chips, nachos, pizza and soda for the whole family.Tiki Bar

Just outside the waterpark is a game room featuring video games, air hockey and pool table.

Around Town:
Fox Cities Mall – only 15 minutes away
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – downtown Appleton
The History Museum at the Castle & AKA Houdini (Appleton is the birth place of Harry Houdini!)

Mark your Calendar:
October 17th: Soup Walk, Downtown Appleton
October 20th-25th: The 101 Dalmatians Musical
October 23rd:  Magic Workshop at AKA Houdini

Special offer from Fox Cities Visitors Bureau:
“Book a 2-night stay … and you’ll get your pick of a $50 gift card AND a Fox Cities Passport with discounts at 7 area museums and art centers compliments of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. But hurry, this promotion is limited. Once the cards and passports are gone, they are GONE!” Click here to learn more.

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As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Appleton North as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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PointeHotelCongratulations to Steve C from Oregon, WI!  Steve is the winner of the October WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at The Pointe Hotel & Suites in Minocqua .

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:
* Hilton Madison Monona Terrace (Madison)

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

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We head southeast to the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva for the second in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers.TRLentrance
At 30,000 square feet of indoor fun, Moose Mountain Falls includes two water slides, lazy river, plus activity & splash pools. I certainly wouldn’t let this crisp fall weather keep me inside though – there’s really nothing like watching the stars light up the cool night sky while relaxing in the indoor/ outdoor hot tub!

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There’s so much more for families to do in addition to the water park…  As a sister property to the Grand Geneva Resort, Timber Ridge guests will also find:

  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Fitness center
  • Nature trails (check to see if their  guided nature walks are available too!)
  • Horseback riding
  • Carriage rides
  • Golfing (ask about their golf clinics)
  • Skiing
  • Kids Are Grand activities & child care

On the Calendar:
Sleepy Hallow Haunted Hayrides – Begins “October 2, open from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight every Friday and Saturday night through October 31. Sunday nights 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.” ($12 adults/ $6 for kids)
Christmas in the Country – “Kicks off with the Illumination Ceremony on Sunday, November 22nd”

Current Packages Include:
Haunted Hayride Package, Saturday Bonus, or Cash for Clunkers (really clever!)

Finally, learn more about the Timber Ridge Lodge with their YouTube video here:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0vHro-pKOo&feature=channel_page]

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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