May 2010

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This year, we’re leaving it up to you – help us pick the cover of the 2011 Wisconsin Lodging Directory and you could win a free night of lodging!

We’ve narrowed down the field to three exceptional shots of lodging in Wisconsin and we want you to do the rest. Vote for your favorite cover here!

Voting starts today at 10 am and lasts until Friday, June 4 at 4 pm. For votes to be eligible, voters must leave their name and a valid e-mail address. Duplicate votes or votes for more than one image will be disqualified. Employees of the featured properties are not eligible to vote.

All eligible voters will be entered to win a Romantic Escape Package from the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, WI, which includes a one-night stay, dinner for two and 20% off of spa services. No purchase necessary to win.

The winning cover and winner of the Heidel House & Spa Romantic Escape Package will be announced on Monday, June 7 at blog.wisconsinlodging.org.

Get voting, and tell your friends!

Need a free copy of the 2010 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Let us know!

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Congratulations to the White Gull Inn in Door County for being named America’s Best Breakfast by Good Morning America!

The Inn and its Cherry-Stuffed French Toast was featured on GMA Saturday, May 15, along with two other finalists, and viewers had 12 hours to vote for their favorite on the program’s Web site.Want to try the award-winning recipe at home? Check it out here.

In Presque Isle, WI, the Alpine Resort is garnering some excitement of their own. National Geographic magazine featured the resort in its May/June issue as one of 10 American family resorts made for reconnecting. Of the resort, the article says:

Set in far northern Wisconsin on a pristine lake amid towering white pines, this down-home resort, with its collection of circa 1920s log cabins complete with knotty pine interiors, is a real throwback. These days, owners Kim and Tim Bowler and their ten-year-old daughter, Cameil, host angling lessons off the dock and stargazing around the campfire (look for the northern lights). It can be quiet in the North Woods. “The only sounds you hear in the morning are the loons,” notes Kim. For some, that’s exactly the type of alarm clock they want.

Read the entire article here.

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Each month on the Stay in Wisconsin Blog, we’ll feature a group of properties and showcase their amenities (and sometimes even a great deal!) We’ve got five picks for May – check them out here or at wisconsinlodging.org.

The Beacons of Minocqua

The Beacons of Minocqua (Minocqua, WI): Picture a strand of shimmering sapphires sealed by deep pine forests. Now imagine at the center of this masterpiece of nature a resort offering all the amenities and services modern travelers have come to expect. This is “The Beacons,” a four-season condominium resort on the shores of Lake Minocqua. Stay one night get the second 1/2 off!
8250 Northern Road, Minocqua  |  800/236-3225  |  http://www.thebeacons.com

The Shallows Resort

The Shallows Resort (Door County, WI): A family run waterfront resort, offering a variety of accomodations including exclusive homes, cottages, townhouses, suites and motel. Visit the Web site for rates and to make reservations.
7353 Horseshoe Bay Road, Egg Harbor  |  800/257-1560  |  http://www.shallows.com

AppleCreek Resort - Motel & Suites

AppleCreek Resort – Motel & Suites (Door County, WI): Door County lodging! Indoor pool and whirlpool, suites with whirlpool and fireplace, hotel-motel rooms. Across from Door County shops, Peninsula School of Arts, Door Community Auditorium. By dining, gorgeous Peninsula State Park, biking, hiking, golfing, lighthouse, vistas, sunsets, Door County winery, x-skiing, sleigh rides. Off-season weekday specials $69-$139.
Hwy. 42 & County Road F, Fish Creek  |  800/569-0059  |  http://www.applecreekresort.com

Lodges of the Lakes

Lodges of the Lakes (Rome, WI): Enjoy the comforts of a fully furnished home, located on the Lakes golf course and one block from Lake Arrowhead. Each two-, three- or four-bedroom unit is fully furnished with full kitchens, patios, cable TV in each room and high speed wireless. Golf packages are our specialty.
387 Cog Hill Court, Rome  |  866/456-3437  |  http://www.lodgesofthelakes.com

Newport Resort

Newport Resort (Door County, WI): Newport Resort features one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, double whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Amenities include indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, game room and indoor playground. Free continental breakfast daily. Meeting rooms available. Free wireless Internet. The resort is walking distance to popular restaurants, shops and activities.
7888 Church Street, Egg Harbor  |  800/468-6160  |  http://www.newportresort.com

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Wow! What a day for comments!! We’re so excited about all the great suggestions and ways we can make the Stay in Wisconsin blog better for you!

Before we get to today’s giveaway extravaganza winners, we want to share that a Door County inn, the White Gull Inn, will be featured on Good Morning America tomorrow, May 15 at 7 am CDT as a finalist in America’s Best Breakfast Challenge! After the segment airs, a voting portal will be opened at http://abcnews.go.com/gma that says, “VOTE FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST”. Viewers can then help to choose the best breakfast, which will be featured live on the program Sunday morning. The link to vote will be available until about 7 pm CDT on May 15. Only 12 hours to vote! The White Gull Inn would certainly appreciate your help in showing your Wisconsin pride! View the full details here!

Now for today’s winners!
1. an overnight at the Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson in Rhinelander: Judy
|2. a night at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau: Liz K.
3. a stay at Ross’ Teal Lake Lodge in Hayward: Jan
4. a free night at America’s Best Value Inn in Fort Atkinson: Al C.
5. an overnight at The Delafield Hotel in Delafield: Lynn
6. a stay at the Lakewoods Resort in Cable: Shane
7. a free night at the Voyager Inn in Door County: Sara
8. $250 Best Western gift card to use while you explore Wisconsin: Joe A.

Congrats to the winners – check your e-mail for an e-mail from communication@wisconsinlodging.org!

We’ve got some great things in the works for next week, so be sure to check back for chances to vote on a special cover contest and more giveaways!

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We’ve saved the best day for last! There are eight fabulous getaways up for grabs on the last day of our Stay Longer Weekend/National Tourism Week promotions PLUS a bunch of giveaways happening all day @TravelinginWI on Twitter.

Here are the details!

We want to know how we can make the Stay in Wisconsin blog better! What would you like to read about? What would you write about if you could? What will keep you reading?

Eight winners will be randomly picked to win one of today’s great blog prizes:

1. an overnight at the Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson in Rhinelander
|2. a night at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau
3. a stay at Ross’ Teal Lake Lodge in Hayward
4. a free night at America’s Best Value Inn in Fort Atkinson
5. an overnight at The Delafield Hotel in Delafield
6. a stay at the Lakewoods Resort in Cable
7. a free night at the Voyager Inn in Door County
8. $250 Best Western gift card to use while you explore Wisconsin

Blog contests will end at 4:30 pm CDT and comments must be posted to this article to be eligible to win!

Twitter contests include stays at Staybridge Suites Middleton, AmericInn Sturgeon Bay, Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, Spur of the Moment Ranch, and Percheron Paradise! Twitter prizes are being given away throughout the day. Follow @TravelinginWI for more details on how to enter!

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Congratulations to three more Stay Longer weekend and National Tourism Week giveaway winners!

A free night of lodging in Wisconsin Dells at Spring Brook Vacation Rentals goes to Anita, Kim is the winner of an overnight at Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway in La Crosse, and Alana snagged the stay at the Landing Resort in Door County!

Don’t forget: we’ve got five great giveaways lined up for Friday that you won’t want to miss!

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Congratulations to Jane and Chris, winners of a free night of lodging at The Ashbrooke in Door County and the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Waterpark in Green Bay!

We’ve got three giveaways for today, plus a huge last day of FIVE amazing getaways for Friday, including a $250 Best Western gift card!

Here’s today’s challenge: what was the best Wisconsin meal you ever had? Was it breakfast at a quaint B&B? Steak dinner in the city? Did you make it yourself? What made the meal so memorable?

Three winners will be picked at random to win one of three overnights: Spring Brook Vacation Rentals in Wisconsin Dells, a couples-only retreatat Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway in La Crosse or a stay at the Landing Resort in Door County.

This contest will close TODAY at 4:30 pm CDT, so comment early and tell your friends!

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Stay Longer weekend giveaways, Round Three!

We want to hear about your favorite Wisconsin Festival! State Fair, Summerfest, Cranberry Fest – they’re all fair game! What festival do you make sure to hit every year and what makes it un-missable?

We’ll pick two winners at random for today’s drawings. Giveaways are a night at The Ashbrooke in Door County and Ramada Plaza Hotel & Waterpark in Green Bay. Comments will close this evening at 10 pm CDT with a winner announced tonight!

Happy commenting!

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Heading to Lake Geneva during Stay Longer Weekend? There’s plenty of family fun to keep you busy your entire stay.

Lake Geneva May Days: on Saturday, May 15 from 11am – 4pm downtown Lake Geneva will be buzzing with the sights and smells of spring. Outdoor kiosks will be selling fresh flowers and garden items all over the downtown area and 25 retailers will be featuring in-store specials and all-day giveaways. Spend $20 at participating retailers and get a free herb plant!
Downtown Lake Geneva  |  262/344-3951  |  May 15, 11 am – 4 pm  |  more information

Old World Wisconsin Barn Dance: Put on your dancing shoes and head over to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle for an after-hours dance in the Clausing Barn. This event was so popular last year that three dances were added for 2010!
S103 W37890 Hwy. 67, Eagle  |  262/594-6301  |  May 15, 6-9 pm  |  more information

See the sights from the water with a Lake Geneva Boat Cruise: the beaches may  not open until Memorial Day, but you can still check out Lake Geneva from the water on a boat cruise. Choose from a variety of cruise types, all with in-depth historical narration about the many estates and mansions that line the shores of the lake.
812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva  |  800/558-5911  |  more information

Learn more about these and other events at the Lake Geneva Area Convention and Visitors Bureau!

Get a free night of lodging (May 13 or 16) when you book two nights May 14-15 at one of these great Lake Geneva locations: Bella Vista Suites, General Boyd’s B&B, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and Lake Geneva Motel.

A stop in Madison during Stay Longer Weekend will keep you busy! Check out some of the sights:

Capital Brewery Tour: learn about beer-making and see first-hand how the award-winning beverages at Capital Brewery are made! Make your reservations online, as weekend tours can fill mid-week.
7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton  |  608/836-7100  |  $3 age 21+, free under 21 with parent  |  more information

Cave of the Mounds: take a guided tour of this underground cavern that began forming more than 1 million years ago! Inside you’ll be amazed by the crystal formations and the steady 50 degree temperature all year round.
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds  |  608/437-3038  | 10 am – 4 pm weekdays, 9 am – 5 pm weekends  |  more information

Dane County Farmers Market on the Square: with more than 150 vendors, it’s the largest producer-only farmers’s market in the country. All items are produced or grown by the vendors behind the tables!
Capital Square, Madison  |  608/455-1999  |  Saturdays, 6 am – 2 pm  |  more information

Check out the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau for info on these and many other great events and attractions!

Book your Stay Longer weekend at one of the great participating Madison properties: AmericInn Madison West, Best Western West Towne Suites, Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites Airport, Crowne Plaza Madison, Hilton Madison, Sheraton Madison, Staybridge Suites Madison East and Staybridge Suites Middleton.

Congratulations to Diane and Lisa, randomly-drawn winners of a free night of lodging at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva and Crowne Plaza Madison!

We’ve got plenty more prizes to giveaway this week, so keep reading if you didn’t win!

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Today on the second day of National Tourism Week, we’ve got a double giveaway! We want to hear about your favorite Wisconsin summer vacation memories. Family getaways, road trips, Northwoods camping – what was the greatest Wisconsin summer of your life?

We’ll pick two comments at random to win a night at the Crowne Plaza Madison or a night at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva. Be sure to comment on this blog post to be eligible to win!

Comments will be closed at 10 p.m. CDT and the winners will be announced Wednesday morning with great things to do in Lake Geneva and Madison during Stay Longer weekend.

Don’t forget to check the @TravelinginWI Twitter for two more giveaways today! Tweet “It’s Tourism Week” and you could win a stay at the AmericInn Beaver Dam in a king whirlpool suite.  Include-Follow @TravelingInWI by 12amCST. Also, Tweet about your favorite tourist place in Milwaukee – include/follow @TravelingInWI and you could win free night at MainStay Suites Milwaukee.

Good luck!

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