May 2010

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Have you booked your Stay Longer weekend yet? Participating Wisconsin lodging properties want to give you an extra night (Thursday, May 13 or Sunday, May 16) when you book two nights of lodging May 14-15. See all participating properties here!

So what is there to do in Wisconsin during Stay Longer weekend and National Tourism week? In part 1 of our series, we’ll focus on the Wisconsin Dells area.

State Parks
Devil’s Lake State Park: just outside of Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo,
Devil’s Lake State Park boasts 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, two sandy beaches and miles of mountain bike trails. Check out the park for a full day of outdoor exploring.
S5975 Park Road, Baraboo  |  608/356-8301  |  wisparks.com |
admission: $7-10 per day, open all year

Mirror Lake State Park: take a quick ride to this park, just three miles outside of the Dells. Here you’ll find sandstone bluffs, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnic areas, boat landing area, biking and hiking.
E10320 Fern Dell Road, Wisconsin Dells  |  608/254-2333  |  wisparks.com |  admission: $3-10 per day, open all year

Golf
Cold Water Canyon Golf Course at Chula Vista Resort: features 18 holes of golf, full service driving range; PGA instruction available. Located on the Chula Vista Resort property.
Hwy. 13 N  |  608/254-8489  |  chulavistaresort.com |  rates start at $49, subject to change – call for details

Photography
H.H. Bennet Studio Tour: tour the circa 1875 photography tour of the landscape photographer who “made Wisconsin Dells famous,” featuring 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.
215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells  |  608/253-3523  |  hhbennetstudio.org |  admission: $3.50-7

Get your own old time photo!
Old Abe’s  |  217 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells  |  608/254-5663  |  oldabes.com
Professor Porter  |  112 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells  |  608/253-7533

Movies
Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater: take a trip back in time at the
drive-in! Big Sky features two screens showing a double feature every
night of the week. Snack bar available, opens at 8 p.m.
Hwy. 16E, Wisconsin Dells  |  608/254-8025  |  bigskydrivein.com |
admission: $5-8, open: May 14-15

Congratulations to… Clare Kuhnen, winner of a free night of lodging at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, plus four free waterpark passes!!

Didn’t win? You can still get a free night of lodging (May 13 or 16) at the following Wisconsin Dells-area properties when you book two nights May 14-15:
The Atlantis Hotel, Birchcliff Resort, Chula Vista Resort, Delton Oaks Resort on Lake Delton, Fox Hill RV Park & Campground, Great Wolf Lodge, Meadowbrook Resort and Spring Brook Vacation Homes & Cabins

We’ve got a whole week of giveaways planned! Check back tomorrow for drawings from MainStay Suites Milwaukee, AmericInn Green Bay East and Crowne Plaza Madison!

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Waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools, hot tubs – what makes a great Wisconsin waterpark? Tell us about your favorite waterpark and what makes it so awesome, and you’ll be entered to win a free night of lodging and four waterpark passes at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells!

One winner will be chosen at random! Please be sure to leave your e-mail address or a phone number so we can contact you. Today’s contest closes today, Monday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Check back before 5:00 to see if you’re the winner!

We’re giving away more than 30 nights of lodging this week in celebration of National Tourism Week. Follow us on Twitter for multiple giveaways each day @TravelinginWI and check our Facebook page for more chances to win! Today’s Twitter giveaways include the Best Western Midway Hotel Brookfield and Cambria Suites Madison. Good luck!

For a contest rules and a complete list of giveaways, click here.

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Want to Stay Longer at nearly 100 properties in Wisconsin next weekend? Get a free night (Thursday or Sunday) when you book two nights May 14-16 in celebration of National Tourism Week. Properties range from Northwoods cabins and Door County B&Bs to urban hotels and waterparks! A full list of participating properties can be found here.

Keep staying longer all summer – we’re also giving away more than 30 free nights of lodging all week, starting Monday. Watch for the first set of details posted here Monday morning and follow us on Twitter @TravelinginWI. We’ll have a bunch of giveaways each day, so check back all week!

For a complete list of giveaways and contest rules, click here.

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