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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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Fall midweek special now through October 18, 2012 at the Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa, Door County. $115/night Sunday – Thursday in a Courtyard Room. (Excludes Labor Day, Columbus Day & Fall Festival weekends). Weekends $153.

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Find charm and tranquility on the quiet side of the Door County Peninsula at The Ridges Inn & Suites. Adjacent to the Ridges Sanctuary, accommodations include a variety of reasonably priced and exceptionally clean rooms, suites and cottages. The property also welcomes well behaved pets in some rooms and cottages.

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Quaint sophistication on Ephraim’s Main Street at Eagle Harbor Inn: beach, restaurants, shops, Wilson’s, fabulous sunsets! Unparallelled luxury in whirlpool suites with fireplace. Five acres of garden pockets with reading seating. Sun-Thurs 10% off except holidays. 

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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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With gas prices constantly on the rise, try a road trip to Door County’s High Point Inn, Ephriam. Stay two nights or more and receive a free $25 gas card. Mention “Wisconsin Getaways” or the Stay in Wisconsin blog when placing your reservation. Book your stay now!

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Take advantage of great mid-week specials in Door County at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Sturgeon Bay. Stay two nights, get 10% off regular rates. Stay three nights, get 15% off regular rates. Stay four nights, get 20% off regular rates. Discounts valid Sunday through Thursday in June. Book your stay now!

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The award-winning Pheasant Park Resort in Sister Bay offers an array of amenities, including deluxe fireplace, high-speed Internet, whirlpool suites, indoor & outdoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. Walk to shops, restaurants and waterfront and make the most of your Door County getaway. Book your stay now!

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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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