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Summer already too hot? Try a road trip to the Settle Inn & Suites Appleton Fox River Mall Area, where you’ll get a free $50 gas card with a one-night stay. Cool off in the indoor pool, or check out the great shops at the Fox River Mall. Use promo code “Gas Card Getaway” when placing your phone reservation at 920/560-3000 or book online now! This promotion is based on availability and blackout dates & other restrictions may apply. This offer is not valid during Green Bay Packers home games, EAA events or other special events.

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WHAT’S YOUR PICK?

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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Congratulations go out to The Iron Horse Hotel who yesterday received the Boutique Hotel of the Year award from the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association.

According to hotel owner Tim Dixon, “Our hotel has quickly become a diamond in the rough – a property in design much like a NY or LA hotel but delivered with our staff’s famous Midwestern hospitality. Despite our September 2008 opening in the worst economic time for the travel industry, our small Milwaukee hotel has managed to compete at the same level as hotels in the major markets.”

From a “100-year-old warehouse” to a “luxury Milwaukee boutique hotel”, The Iron Horse Hotel is the industry’s first modern boutique hotel geared towards business and leisure travelers along with a growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts.

For more information on The Iron Horse Hotel click on over to WisconsinLodging.org. Congratulations again to the team at The Iron Horse Hotel!

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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 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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