January 2010

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As I’ve shared in a previous post, I don’t fish. However, in the spirit of remaining open-minded, I’d like to once again ramble a bit about fishing – or to be more exact, Ice Fishing.

Here’s what I know:

  1. First, you need to make sure the ice is thick enough to support you (at least 4″ thick if it’s just you, 12″ thick for your ice shanty or snowmobile)
  2. Then, you start dressing in layers – LOTS of layers!
  3. Next, add warm, waterproof footwear (you’ll be standing on ICE, remember!)
  4. Finally, you’ll need something to cut through the ice & fishing equipment

That’s all I know.

However, there are experts across the web who speak fluent ice fishing, including those at the Wisconsin DNR. There’s also WisconsinSportsmanMag.com with a full line-up of articles including Secrets of the Pros and the National Ice Fishing Association‘s web site.
Had to share this as well, ‘cuz it made me laugh!

Now, get out your calendars because there are a host of fun “Fisherees”, “Derbies” and “Jamborees” across Wisconsin in the coming days:
January 30th
Hancock Lions Club Fisheree, Fish Lake
5th Annual Justin Donner Memorial Fisheree, Mercer

January 31st
Phillips Winter Fest features an ice fishing contest on Lake Duroy
Lake Montesian Fisharee/ Chickaree, Monticello

February 6th
Ice Fishing Jamboree, Mosinee
Sno Gypsies Winterfest Fisheree, Park Falls
6th Annual Ice Fishing Rumble, Phillips
Plum Lake EMT’s Holes for Life, St. Germain
50th Annual BPCA Winter Fishing Derby, Lake Onalaska

As always, don’t forget to head on over to WisconsinLodging.info to plan your ice fishing getaways!


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We’re a third of the way into winter and, for some, it’s getting long! Break up the season & fight those couch-potato tendancies with a view of Mother Nature’s winter at nighttime…

January 22-23
Candlelight Snowshoe Hike, Shiocton
Navarino Wildlife Area. Ski or snowshoe the one mile loop. Other dates available, please see their web site.

January 23rd
Candlelight Ski & Hike, Eagle
Kettle Moraine State Forest. Almost a mile and half of trail lit by over 400 candles. Bonfire & hot drinks available, but it’s BYOM (bring your own marshmallows)!

January 29th
Snowshoeing by Moonlight, New Auburn
Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail. 1-2 hour long snowshoe hikes led by naturalists. Snowshoes available for no charge, donations appreciated.

Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe, Menomonie
Red Cedar State Trail & Stokke Trail. Begins at the Menomonie Depot, bonfire & hot cocoa to warm you up at the end.

January 30th
Candlelight Ski and Hike, Waupaca
Hartman Creek State Park. Free cookies, cider and hot cocoa provided.

Cross Country Candlelight Ski, Mercer
MECCA Nordic Ski & Hiking Trails. Begins at Little Turtle Flowage Trailhead at 6 pm.

Candlelight Ski/ Snowshoe, Chippewa Falls
Lake Wissota State Park. Snowshoe, ski and walking trails will be lit and snowshoes are available for rent.

Candlelight Ski, Sturgeon Bay
Whitefish Dunes State Park. Cookies and hot drinks available at the picnic shelter along with a warming fire.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe, Manitowish Waters
North Lakeland Discovery Center. Leisurely walk in the light of a full moon, snowshoes available for rent.


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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of Wisconsin’s fun festivals and celebrations with you, so check out this list below of five great ways to enjoy January in Wisconsin…

January 22-24
Waukesha JanBoree, Waukesha
With many fun indoor and outdoor events across Waukesha, you’re sure to find something for everyone in your family! Click on over to their site to learn more about the Frosty 5K Run/Walk, downtown’s Ice Sculpting Contest, the AMCW Dog Pull and more.

Flake Out Festival, Wisconsin Dells
With “Wisconsin’s only state-sanctioned snow sculpting competition“, sleigh rides, tubing, ice maze and more, you’re sure to find lots of ways to enjoy the great Wisconsin winter outdoors. When it’s time to warm up, stop in to the Art & Craft Fair or the Kid’s Craft Corner.

SchneeFest 2010, Elkhart Lake
Why search for a needle in a haystack when you can head to SchneeFest for an ice cube hunt! With dog sled demonstrations, snow sculpting and a chili cook-off contest, there’s lots of fun to be had!

January 23rd
Owl Prowl, Bong State Recreation Area
Learn more about owls & why they’re such good nocturnal hunters, but dress warm! This event runs from 8:30-10:00 pm.

Polar Dash/ Tropic Bash,  Madison
Kids have cabin fever? Head over to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and this fun family event for some outdoor fun & competition. Then head inside for snacks, hot drinks and a walk through the Conservatory.

Still can’t get enough great winter sports? Mark your calendars for the 2010 Badger State Winter Games, beginning January 29th in Wausau. Click here to see the full line up of scheduled events.


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Get away in January with a great deal!
Offers brought to you by the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association
Brookfield Suites

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

300 W.
College Avenue Appleton, WI


Discover the “Winter Warmer Package.” One night stay, $50 restaurant or Spa certificate and much more! Prices starting at $179.99. See Web site for details. Good through March 31, 2010.

Bay Shore Inn Resort

4205 Bay Shore Drive
Door County – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Quiet Time Special through April 2010: Enjoy two relaxing days at the Bay Shore Inn savoring the late fall/winter sights and activities of Door County and receive a third night free (some exclusions). Call 800/556-4551 to schedule a reservation.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

50 W. Larch Street
Door County – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Two night weekend romantic package starts at $269.

Chula Vista Resort

2501 River Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Enjoy all-inclusive for two people for two nights for only $99 per night! Includes all meals, all drinks, all waterpark activities and a great room. Valid through January.

Four Seasons Resort on Miscauno Island

N16800 Shoreline Drive
Pembine, WI

Your Island Escape is minutes away. The resort offers a all-suite hotel, several bars and restaurants, indoor pool, and golf course. Mention this ad to receive 10% off!

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI

Stay and Ski FREE at Grand Geneva! Stay Sunday-Thursday starting at $69.50 per person and get two area tickets to The Mountain Top for skiing or snowboarding. Reserve your winter getaway now.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

State Hwy. 54 E.
Black River Falls, WI

Stay any Sunday through May 10 and receive a 20% discount. Call the hotel directly and mention the Innkeepers special.

Grand Geneva

Homestead Suites

4006 Main Street
Door County – Fish Creek, WI

Through April 2010: stay two nights and get a third night FREE! *Excludes holidays and special weekends **Limited availability**

Sand County Vacation Rentals

116 W. Monroe Avenue
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Stay and Ski for Free with any condominium reserved from January 4, 2010 through March 15, 2010. Call for availability.

Grand Geneva

Waterbury Inn

10321 Water Street/Hwy. 42
Door County – Ephraim, WI

Looking to get away this winter? Come stay at the Waterbury Inn! Stay January or February and you could win a pair of tickets to Ski Brule!

Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center

4747 S. Howell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Start your vacation hassle free with our Park and Fly Package! Room for two, up to two weeks parking, $15 beverage credit, and airport transportation. Starting at $105.

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CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Congratulations to Kendra L. from Menomonie, WI!  Kendra is the winner of the January WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa in Appleton.

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:
*     Aloft Hotel Downtown Milwaukee

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


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