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For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct anonymous, in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Each year AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels – Just 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond list and  The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin! 

Just 5.9 percent of the nearly 28,000 hotels Approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. The properties below were named Four Diamond Hotels:

AAA Diamond Ratings for hotels represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.

Source - http://newsroom.aaa.com/diamond-ratings/

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Stay two evenings at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake and receive the third night free! The offer is valid on Sunday through Tuesday arrivals through August 31, 2012. New reservations only, based on availability.

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Stay two evenings at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, (at published rates) and receive the third night free! Valid on Sunday – Tuesday arrivals through August 31, 2012. New reservations only; based on availability.

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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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We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists for you to choose from in the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, and the contest winner will be announced here at the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Tuesday, May 10!

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 2011 and are available at locations like community libraries, interstate highway rest areas, Wisconsin State Fair, local chambers of commerce and convention and visitor bureaus and more! The directory features more than 800 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 2011 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Get one here.

View the 2012 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:

Comfort Suites, Hayward
CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, Appleton
High Point Inn, Door County
Landmark Resort, Door County
Newport Resort, Door County
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
Red Crown Lodge, Arbor Vitae/Minocqua
St. Croix River Inn, Osceola
Westphal Mansion Inn B&B, Hartford
Wilderness on the Lake, Wisconsin Dells

 

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Why Wisconsin festivals, of course!

You see, we don’t just hold music fests or art fairs, we’ll put together whole celebrations centered around food, too! Check out the list below for some upcoming (delicious) fun:

JULY 24th-
Summer Harvest Cherry Fest, Fish Creek:
Free wine & beer tasting (yeah!), cherry pit spitting contest, free winery tours, face painting and more.

Blueberry Blitz, Merrill:
Includes hay rides, goat cart racing (really!), live music & more. Benefits Randlin Home’s Homeless Veterans.

Pig in the Park, Elkhart Lake:
Pig & corn roast, live music and more in Marsh Park.

Platteville’s Hometown Hog Roast:
Featuring “fun, music, games, raffles, pig races, and- of course- food!

Grandad’s Pancake Festival & Grass Volleyball Tournament, La Crosse:
The name says it all – start the day with a Pancake Breakfast and then participate in one of 3 categories of volleyball (advance registration of your team required).

JULY 24th & 25th-
Iron River Lions Blueberry Festival, Iron River:
Includes Queen & Princess coronations on Saturday evening and pie eating contest Sunday, yum!

JULY 25th-
Stanley Lions Watermelon Festival, Stanley:
Kids games, car show, flea market and FREE watermelon (while supplies last)!

COMING UP-
August 5th-7th: Brat Days, Sheboygan:
Entertainment for all ages including live music and -of course- a brat eating contest.

August 7th: Cookie Daze, Ripon:
Where else can your kids build their own rocket and play cookie BINGO? Lots of family fun including a cookie DROP.

BONUS: Not sure how I feel about this one, but… there’s also Hog WRESTLING in Twin Bridge on July 24th.

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By Pamela Haase
Whenever a holiday rolls around there are always many fun, safe family events around Wisconsin and – if you celebrate it – Easter is no exception! Check out the following:

Wednesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 3
Teacher Place & Parent Resources, Burlington
Activities: Five different & unusual techniques to dye eggs: “classic, modern & awesome styles!” See website for times available.
Cost: $3 per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Friday, April 2 – Saturday, April 3
Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse, Sturtevant
Big Bunny Weekend Celebration
Activities: Storytelling, hay wagon ride through the orchard, games, prizes, Big Bunny visit, pony rides, egg hunt
Cost: $7 per person

Friday, April 2nd
Branded at The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt
Activities: Search for eggs filled with grown-up prizes such as free drinks, also serving Pink Peep Martinis all weekend

Saturday, April 3rd
Milwaukee County Zoo
Egg Day
Activities: Scavenger hunt, face painting, arts & crafts, Easter parade

Children’s Museum of La Crosse
Easter EGG-Stravaganza
Activities: “Egg hunt, games, crafts and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $5 per child (members), $7 per child (non-members) Adults free

Easter Hat Parade 2010, Madison
Activities: Hat-making workshop, parade for kids & adults around the Capitol Square & live baby animals
Workshop begins at 10:00 am, parade at Noon

Boulder Junction Winter Park
Easter Cache Hunt
Activities: Introduction to geocaching, hunt for 12 caches, complimentary lunch to participants, wagon rides, prizes

Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Activities: Meet the Easter Bunny, egg hunt and workshops, Sunday brunch buffet

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of Wisconsin’s fun festivals and celebrations with you, so check out this list below of five great ways to enjoy January in Wisconsin…

January 22-24
Waukesha JanBoree, Waukesha
With many fun indoor and outdoor events across Waukesha, you’re sure to find something for everyone in your family! Click on over to their site to learn more about the Frosty 5K Run/Walk, downtown’s Ice Sculpting Contest, the AMCW Dog Pull and more.

Flake Out Festival, Wisconsin Dells
With “Wisconsin’s only state-sanctioned snow sculpting competition“, sleigh rides, tubing, ice maze and more, you’re sure to find lots of ways to enjoy the great Wisconsin winter outdoors. When it’s time to warm up, stop in to the Art & Craft Fair or the Kid’s Craft Corner.

SchneeFest 2010, Elkhart Lake
Why search for a needle in a haystack when you can head to SchneeFest for an ice cube hunt! With dog sled demonstrations, snow sculpting and a chili cook-off contest, there’s lots of fun to be had!

January 23rd
Owl Prowl, Bong State Recreation Area
Learn more about owls & why they’re such good nocturnal hunters, but dress warm! This event runs from 8:30-10:00 pm.

Polar Dash/ Tropic Bash,  Madison
Kids have cabin fever? Head over to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and this fun family event for some outdoor fun & competition. Then head inside for snacks, hot drinks and a walk through the Conservatory.

Still can’t get enough great winter sports? Mark your calendars for the 2010 Badger State Winter Games, beginning January 29th in Wausau. Click here to see the full line up of scheduled events.

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Earlier this month, AAA announced their 2010 Four & Five Diamond Award winning lodging properties.  AAA’s Diamond Ratings “represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous quality standards.” Only 3.4% of the nearly 60,000 hotels rated reach Four Diamond status and only .27% achieve Five Diamonds.

WIA is proud to announce that the following member properties were all award winners:

Four Diamonds:
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake – 12 consecutive years
Located on the shores of Elkhart Lake, The Osthoff Resort features 500 ft. of lakefront and offers spacious suites, Aspira Spa, a cooking school, two lakeside restaurants, a lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, fitness centers and a game room. Year-round recreation is available and many championship golf courses are located nearby.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva – 12 consecutive years
No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Located one hour from Milwaukee and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1,300 scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites and endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking. The resort also offers more than 62,000 square feet of meeting space, three distinctive restaurants, newly redesigned WELL Spa + Salon and an FAA approved airport right on site. Grand Geneva has everything to help you unwind, relax or just get away! Travel Green Wisconsin-certified.

The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee – 1st year
Located in downtown Milwaukee, 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. We feature 100 oversized loft-style guest rooms, restaurant Smyth (opening Spring 2009), fitness center and Branded, our lobby bar.

The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee – 34 consecutive years
The Pfister is known as the “Jewel of Milwaukee,” an elegant Victorian masterpiece enhanced by an ornate three-story lobby and a grand marble staircase. Spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan in Blu, the 23rd floor gem in the sky. Mason Street Grill and WELL Spa make this Milwaukee’s urban destination resort.

Five Diamonds:
The American Club at Destination Kohler, Kohler – 25 consecutive years
Located in the quaint Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, Destination Kohler is home to championship golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, the Mobil Four Star Kohler Waters Spa, nine restaurants of The Kitchens of Kohler, twenty-five unique stores at The Shops at Woodlake, River Wildlife, Sports Core health and racquet facility and additional resort properties. The Village of Kohler is located 55-miles north of Milwaukee and two-and-a-half hours north of Chicago.

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Happy Father’s Day Dad!  I have a feeling you had something to do with Father’s Day landing on the longest day of the year this year…  Always looking for ways to maximize family time, aren’t you?

If you’re looking for something fun to do with dad this weekend, check out the list from around Wisconsin below:
Apple River Country Splash, Somerset, June 18-21CountrySplash
With such big name stars as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and more, this is sure to be a favorite among country music-loving dads!  Shuttle buses are available from area hotels in Hudson and New Richmond.  As always, find places to stay at WisconsinLodging.info.

yellow_river_echoesYellow River Echos, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, Danbury, June 19-21
History buffs will enjoy seeing the fur trade come to life with this expo featuring Native American crafts, skills and foods.  Experience life in Wisconsin long before the advent of Blackberrys, Blu-Ray or Kindle.

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Big Granite Inline Marathon, Ashland, June 20
Does your dad spend every free moment with inline skates strapped to his feet?  Then head north to Wisconsin’s northern shore for this 13.1 mile half or 26.2 mile full inline skate marathon on Saturday, June 20th.  Even if he doesn’t compete, he’ll enjoy watching racers roll through the beautiful Wisconsin landscape from Marengo to Ashland.

RoadAmericaSprintsJune Sprints, Road America, Elkhart Lake, June 18-21
Racing fans will find plenty to cheer about as they watch 25 different types of vehicles race in nine groups over this four-day weekend.  Click on over to the Road America site for the full schedule, fan activities and more.  If camping at Road America isn’t quite your speed, find Elkhart Lake-area lodging at WisconsinLodging.info.

Horicon Rock’n River Jam, June 18-20Rock'nRiverJam
This third annual event features carnival rides for the kids, beach party & mini golf by the pool and a K9 obedience and agility contest featuring the Horicon police department.  Help support the Rock’n Food Drive by bringing a non-perishable food item as well.

MilwaukeeMileNASCAR at the Milwaukee Mile, June 19-20
Kicking off with the NASCAR Truck Series on Friday and the Nationwide Series on Saturday, NASCAR fans will want to be at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend.  Really want to please your NASCAR dad?  Then don’t miss your chance to get him some autographs on Friday afternoon begining at 3:30.  See the full lineup of events then find your Milwaukee-area lodging here.

Finally, if you’re heading to the Milwaukee-area with dad, see a full list of free things to do with dad compiled by MilwaukeeMoms.com

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