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Do you have a passion for travel, sightseeing, and new experiences? Imagine yourself seated on the sprawling front porch of a historic bed and breakfast nestled within a quaint waterfront village. Birds rest gingerly on the branches of a shade tree in the front yard, the fresh outdoor air carries notes of lilac and evergreen to awaken your senses while the sunset stains
the sky with vivid streaks of yellow, orange, and red. Framed by 300 miles of rocky, scenic shoreline, Door County is home to oceanfront experiences and seaside escapes hidden within the heart of the Midwest. Bolstering five state parks, 19 county parks, five inland lakes, and 53 beaches where Lake Michigan washes ashore, preserving the majestic, natural beauty of the peninsula is engrained within the life and culture of the area. If you appreciate the environment like we do, then a Door County getaway is the perfect chance for you to escape and revel in the beauty of nature while remaining a good steward of Mother Earth.

From luxurious resorts to one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts, secluded cottages, and rustic, waterfront campsites — Door County offers visitors an assortment of lodging options guaranteed to suit every taste and budget while remaining environmentally friendly. Launched in 2006, Travel Green promotes smart, environmentally friendly businesses offering certification to those who earn a total of 35 points or more in nine sustainable, eco-friendly categories ranging from waste reduction to education and landscape conservation. By patronizing green businesses you are investing in a sustainable future locally, nationally, as well as, internationally that undoubtedly preserves and protects the environment for generations to come. By purchasing local fruit, vegetables, fish, and other food staples along with organic cleaning products and recycled paper products, Travel Green certified lodging establishments support local businesses and lessen their environmental impact. This effort is carried over into on-site composting programs to reduce waste, fluorescent lighting to reduce energy use, and regular maintenance of water-using appliances such as faucets and toilets to conserve water. Every little bit of effort makes a difference as many Door County Travel Green certified businesses have discovered. In just a year, Door County participants of Travel Green were able to save over $17,000 in energy costs and reduce annual CO2 emissions by over 207,000 pounds.

As you begin planning your next trip, sit back and relax. The guess work is already done. Treat yourself to a stay at one of Door County’s finest Travel Green certified establishments where you can do your part to preserve the environment one day of vacation at a time. With a plethora of green activities from kayaking to hiking, biking, and golf vying to fill your schedule, you’re sure to never have a dull moment. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and join the movement where the grass is a little greener and the songbirds sing a little sweeter in a place like nowhere else. Visit www.DoorCounty.com or call 800.527.3529 for more information.


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To help make sure that all travelers interested in coming to the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration August 29 – September 3, 2013 are able, travelers now have a new and free resource to find lodging up to two hours away. The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association is hosting a page at www.WisconsinLodging.org/Harley where travelers can browse available lodging by distance from the festivities, in 15-minute driving time increments and book directly online or call for reservations. With reservations and cancellations changing availability each week, all participating properties will verify their availability weekly. Each Thursday through August 29, the page will be updated to reflect the latest status.

“There are still lodging options available for those who want to come to Wisconsin and celebrate the Harley-Davidson tradition in Milwaukee,” said Trisha Pugal, WH&LA President/CEO. “We hope to connect those travelers with rooms that best fit their needs, whether they stay 15 minutes away or even 2 hours away. What better way to experience more of what the Milwaukee area and other nearby areas have to offer than touring by motorcycle?”

The WH&LA is offering this free service in collaboration with The Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Visit Milwaukee and Harley-Davidson to conveniently find and book accommodations for this historic celebration.


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The White Lace Inn, Sturgeon Bay is offering great discounts on reservations made for its C and D rooms – stay the same room for $130/night, including breakfast! That’s 24% off the standard rate. Offer valid through August 30, for Sunday through Thursday nights.


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We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists for you to choose from in the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 8, and the contest winner will be announced here at the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Friday, May 11!

The Wisconsin Lodging Directory is published annually by the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Directory and distributed to hundreds of locations throughout the Midwest. More than 200,000 copies were printed for 2012 and are available at locations like community libraries, Wisconsin State Fair, local chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus and more! The directory features more than 700 hotels, motels, resorts, inns, bed & breakfasts, condos and vacation homes in Wisconsin, complete with contact info, amenities listings, web sites and property photos. Need a copy of the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Get one here.

View the 2013 contest finalists and cast your vote here!

Please only vote once for one cover. A valid e-mail address must be entered for your vote to be counted (don’t worry, WH&LA does not sell or otherwise distribute e-mail addresses!) and any duplicate votes from one e-mail address or votes for multiple covers from the same address will be disqualified. Employees and owners of finalist properties are not eligible to vote.

Finalist properties include:

The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa, Fontana
Best Western PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Eagle Harbor Inn, Door County – Ephraim
The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva
Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Holiday Music Motel, Door County – Sturgeon Bay
Newport Resort, Door County – Egg Harbor
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Pheasant Park Resort, Door County – Sister Bay
Radisson Hotel La Crosse
Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells

Take your pick, leave your vote and tell your friends!



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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!


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!


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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We’ve been telling you all about the winners in the 12 Days of Getaways contest lately and encouraging you to get entered by signing up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly eNewsletter — Thought you’d like to see what the newsletter looks like as well!

Northeast Region

Popp’s Resort

W11581 County Road X
Crivitz, WI

Stay two nights, receive one night free on new reservations. Not valid with other offers. Must mention special when reservation is made.Valid December 2009 through April 2010.

The Pointe Hotel and Suites
& Conference Center

8269 U.S. Hwy. 51 S.
Minocqua, WI

A luxury, year-round condominium resort-hotel on the shores pristine Lake Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, Wisconsin. “Come for the fun, relax in the comfort!” Rates starting at $125.

Spur of the Moment Ranch

14221 Helen Lane
Mountain, WI

Enjoy the beauty of the Nicolet National Forest in winter – stay one night, next night ½ off through April 29, 2010. Become a fan of the ranch on Facebook.

Holiday Acres Resort
on Lake Thompson

4060 S. Shore Drive
Rhinelander, WI

Celebrate New Year’s in the Northwoods! Enjoy an special evening of dining and dancing, then stay the weekend to relax! Check the Holiday Vacation Packages! Starting at $185.60.

RusticManor Motor Lodge

6343 Hwy. 70 E.St.
Germain, WI

ULTIMATE SLEEP-N-SLED MID-WEEK PACKAGE: three nights lodging, one two-up snowmobile for two days, dinner for two at area restaurant, starting at $579. Valid January 3, 2010 through March 18, 2010 Sunday through Thursday nights.

Central Region

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.

Kress Inn

300 Grant Street
De Pere, WI

One night – $124.99 plus tax. Includes one night’s lodging for two, $40 dinner voucher to be used at your choice of five area restaurants and continental breakfast for two.

Ramada Plaza Green Bay

2750 Ramada Way
Green Bay, WI

Family Meal Deal: Sunday through Thursday, $99 plus tax; Friday and Saturday, $119 plus tax. Includes breakfast for four (two
adults and two children) and waterpark passes.

Door County Region

Waterbury Inn

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

New Years Eve is just around the corner. Come join the party at the WATERBURY INN! For more details call our front desk at 800/720-1624.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Homestead Suites

4006 Main Street
Door County -
Fish Creek, WI

Through April 2010: stay two nights and get a third night FREE! *Excludes holidays, special weekends and the week between Christmas and New Year’s*

**Limited availability**

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

Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort

4303 Bay Shore Drive
Door County – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Stay and Save Package: the longer you stay, the more you save. Stay two nights take 5% off, stay three nights 10% off and stay four nights or longer, take 15% off your entire stay.

Milwaukee Area

Brookfield Suites Hotel &
Convention Center

1200 S. Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI

New Year’s Eve Beatles Bash. Spend this New Year’s Eve with BritBeat A Beatles Tribute. Package includes Suites accommodations, dinner buffet, balloon drop and much more… Starting at $235.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

The Chalet Motel of Mequon

10401 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI

Stay overnight in an Executive room for $69 plus tax and receive two complimentary tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum, featuring the Andy Warhol Exhibit.

Aloft Milwaukee Downtown

1230 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin’s most happening city has a hip new hotel! Come celebrate your style at a steal with Aloft Milwaukee Downtown’s exclusive offer. Weekend rates from $69 per night, weekday rates from $149 per night. Book by December 31, 2009, for stays anytime December 24, 2009 through March 31, 2010. Click through for more information or to make your reservations.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Days Inn – Hotel of the Arts

1840 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI

Weekend Getaway Package: $59 on weekdays and $69 on weekends. Gift basket with wine or champagne, free local shuttle, free passes to select night clubs and comedy clubs.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Frosty Flicks Package includes:overnight accommodations for one night, waterpark passes for Paradise Landing, 40 game tokens, large pizza and two-liter bottle of soda, keepsake Frosty the
Snowman DVD. Rates starting at $159.

Hilton Milwaukee River

4700 N. Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI

2009 New Year’s Eve! Package includes: deluxe guestroom, $40 Anchorage dinner voucher, New Year’s Day breakfast buffet and much more! $149 plus tax, per couple.

InterContinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

It Came Upon aMidnight CLEAR: overnight stay for one night, $10 gift card to CLEAR, breakfast for two and keepsake holiday gift. Rates starting at $167.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Pfister Hotel

424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Pfister connections- pick your pleasure to complete your package. Package includes overnight stay in a deluxe Pfister guestroom. Select from two of six items offered to complete your package. Rates start at $185.
Southeast Region

TheDelafield Hotel

415 Genesee Street
Delafield, WI

This New Year’s, Ring in 2010 in Luxury at The Delafield Hotel. Packages available starting at $210, stay a second night for only

Bella Vista Suites

335 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Weekday Escape: Stay two nights and receive 40% off your second night. Stay three nights and your third night is free! Special weekend packages also available.

Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva

300 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI

Reserve your Christmas break getaway now with Harbor Shores! With rates as low as $65 you don’t want to pass this up! Call now: 888-SHORES1.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

7020 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI

The best things in life are FREE. Pick your FREE when you stay at Timber Ridge. Choose from FREE Breakfast, FREE Kids Camp or FREE Suite Treats.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-
Madison West

1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI

New Years Eve Family Package at Madison’s only indoor waterpark hotel. Dinner, waterpark admission, family party with balloon drop, champagne & party favors in guestroom and more!

Sheraton Madison

706 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI

Close to downtown Madison, complimentary Intenet access in all guest rooms. Rates starting at $109.

Sleep Inn & Suites – Madison

4802 Tradewinds Parkway
Madison, WI

Brand new Sleep Inn & Suites, great winter rates starting at $79.

Super 8 – Madison South

1602 W. Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI

Winter season discounted rate! Stay any night through February 17, 2010 and pay only $59.99, plus tax!

Staybridge Suites Middleton

7790 Elmwood Avenue
Middleton, WI

Coming to Madison? Book your stay with Staybridge Suites and ask for our special Target Shopping Package, which earns you a $25 gift card! Rates starting at $109.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center – Kenosha

11800 108th Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI

New Year’s Eve Packages: rate includes overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne, & $25 certificate to the Chancery Restaurant & Pub. Rates starting at $139.

Southwest Region

Best Western Park Oasis Inn

W5641 State Rd. 82 E.
Mauston, WI

10% off for all Snowmobilers!

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center

W4015 State Road 82
Mauston, WI 53948

Woodside Ranch Valentine’s Day Special! Stay three nights for the price of two February 13 – 16. Rates include lodging, meals and activities.

Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort Convention
Center & Waterpark

1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Overnight stay for $99.95 per night. Includes waterpark admission for up to four. Several dates available through January 31, 2010. Please see link.

As you can see, this one’s quite full of great deals and packages.  Around the first of each month you’ll receive the eNewsletter with up to 10 different deals or specials. Four times throughout the year we’ll also send you seasonal specials (like this one) as well. Each month you’re on the subscription list you’re automatically entered to win a free night at our sponsor property as well! Cost to you — Zilch. Zero. Nada.

So, sign up today and get entered to win the monthly drawings as well as the remaining 12 Days of Getaways!


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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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