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There is SO much to do this weekend! Below are just a few fun ideas.

Paddlefest, Door County 

Sister Bay invites you and your family to “Unplug & Play” family sports day on June 24 heralds the beginning of summer and provides an opportunity for everyone to get outside, enjoy life, check out our beautiful public beach, and all that’s new in the village.  The annual Paddlefest event, Disc Golf Tourney, Morning Yoga on the Pier and free volleyball is a great way to Unplug & Play!

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Midsummer Magic at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of this event with music, food, beverages, an auction, raffle and more! Enjoy an evening strolling through the village at Old World Wisconsin while sampling foods and enjoying music on four different stages. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the door.

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Darboy Chicken Fest, Appleton

Enjoy chicken, live music and lots of fun activities this weekend in Appleton. Kids will enjoy the rides and amusements in the park. Find your fitness at the ChickenCase 5K or Zumba in the park. The packed schedule also features fireworks on Friday night, pizza eating, chicken dance and tractor pulling contests and more!

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Strawberry Fest, Cedarburg

Celebrate Cedarburg’s 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival, Saturday, June 24  and Sunday, June 25. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually. Vendors will be selling  Strawberry Brats, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Chicken Wraps, and strawberries by the quart. Event kicks off with a run on Saturday morning. Enjoy music, art and activities throughout the festival or stop by the Sunday morning all-you-can-eat “Strawberry Pancake Breakfast,” 8am-11am, at Cedar Creek Settlement.

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Shake the Lake, Madison

Start the the Independence Day celebrations early at Shake the Lake – a community-focused summertime festival in Madison, Wisconsin. The free outdoor celebration features a variety of family-friendly events and activities along the beautiful Lake Monona. Festival goers can enjoy an assortment of delicious food and beverages as well as live music, a roller derby game, a bike polo exhibition and a show-stopping fireworks display.

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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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Location Location Location – it’s what it’s all about at the Lake Geneva Motel. Just a 10-minute walk to the beautiful Geneva Lake. Plenty of room to walk around and get a breath of fresh air away from traffic. Outdoor heated swimming pool & picnic area. With FREE WIFI, FREE Coffee, FREE HBO, FREE Parking (including Boat & Trailer parking) available. Open year around. ROOMS UNDER $50 SUNDAY TO THURSDAY.

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Location Location Location!!! The Lake Geneva Motel is only a 10-minute walk to the beautiful Geneva Lake. Plenty of room to walk around and get a breath of fresh air away from traffic. Outdoor heated swimming pool & picnic area. Amenities include FREE WIFI, FREE coffee, FREE HBO, FREE parking (including boat & trailer parking). Open year around. Call today to get rates & specials. Book your stay now by calling 262/248-3464.

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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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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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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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