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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  | |
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  | |  admission: $3-10 per day, open all year

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  | |  rates start at $49, subject to change – call for details

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  | |  admission: $3.50-7

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

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  | |
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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wi-imageEach week I write about places to stay and things to do in Wisconsin because I truly believe we have something to offer for everyone!  But don’t just take my word for it…  Check out what others around the web are saying about traveling in Wisconsin:

If you’re thinking Wisconsin Dells for your summer getaway with fishing, horseback riding, underground caves and, of course, waterparks, Wisconsin Dells – The Perfect Summer Getaway lists the Chula Vista Resort’s Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark among other don’t-miss Dells attractions.

Wisconsin’s Door County is the place to be in summer according to this article from the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, FL.  If you’re looking for “one of those clean, quietly pristine places that seem almost like a throwback to the mellow 1950s, the old great resort towns of the Catskills, and television shows like ‘Ozzie and Harriett’ and ‘Leave it to Beaver’”, then you’ll definitely want to check out Door County.  Click here for more information on Wagon Trail Resort, described by the author as “surrounded by woods and water, [it's] the ideal place for adding to that anti-stress mode. Its buffet breakfast, seriously one of the best I’ve ever had, and its brimming-with-goodies bakery are considered local institutions.”

If you’re contemplating more responsible travel for 2009, click on over and read this article on sustainable travel and green tourism.  Mentioned in the article is The Pfister Hotel, a TravelGreen Wisconsin certified hotel. To learn more about TravelGreen Wisconsin restaurants, golf courses, attractions and accommodations, check out their site at


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