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Take advantage of the Getaway Package at the Kress Inn, De Pere: For $124.99, get one night’s lodging for two, a $40 dinner voucher to be used at your choice of five area restaurants and continental breakfast for two. Price does not include tax.

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Congratulations to Susan B. from Milwaukee, WI! Susan is the winner of the August WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Delafield Hotel in Delafield.

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night each month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter. Every month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin AND each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* AmericInn Lodge & Suites East, Green Bay

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Susan!

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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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12 Days of Getaways - Day 4:

Kress Inn, Green Bay/ DePere

Congratulations to Kathy K. from Milwaukee! Kathy is the fourth winner in the 12 Days of Getaways contest and will receive a free night getaway to the Kress Inn in DePere, WI.

Still not entered? The clock is ticking!

Get on the list by simply signing up here. Each month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin & each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.  PLUS you’ll be entered for a chance to win each of the remaining 12 Days of Getaways.

Congratulations again Kathy!

Fine print: Wisconsin Innkeepers Association employees & family not eligible- SORRY! Also, no purchase necessary to win, but must be 18 years or older. Odds of winning are based on number of entries, 12 total giveaways will be awarded. Winners will be notified by phone.

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You’d pretty much have to be living under a rock not to have heard that FlickrImageBy_FlyingRoosterVikings QB #4 Brett Favre is headed to Green Bay with his team this Sunday to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is well aware Favre is headed back to Green Bay and has issued “4 days to Victory“: four good-natured challenges for residents and fans, designed to rev up the hometown prior to Sunday’s game.

  1. Today, 8th grade students across Green Bay will compile their “Top 12 Reasons 4 Staying in Green Bay” for a chance to win $300 for their class.
  2. Also today through Monday, Minnesota Avenue is being renamed Aaron Rodgers Drive.
  3. Friday, folks are encouraged to wear flip-flops in homage to the retired-not retired status of #4 over the last two years.
  4. Finally, on Saturday, Titletown Brewery will hold a Packers Rally serving up “waffle fries” (yes, again a jab at Favre’s decision-making abilities)

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Yes, we love to poke fun at Favre, but it’s with much anticipation that Packers’ fans will tune in Sunday to the game… Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take the win at Lambeau or will they once again fall to mighty purple #4?

At 4-2 to close out October, do the Packers have a chance at the Division Title? The 6-1 Vikings sure hope not!

While the city and the team ready themselves for a circus this weekend, if you’re headed up for the game, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find  your perfect place to stay in Green Bay.

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Ghouls, goblins, thrills & chills… Check out seven SPOOK-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:
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October 23rd-25th  and  October 29th-November 1st
Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha
What it is: Three haunted houses in one location- Morgan Manor, Morgana’s Torment & Unstable
How scary is it? Billed as “30,000 square feet of TERROR” -may not be for the faint of heart!
Cost: $15 per person for Morgan’s Manor, $30 per person for all three (but check out their website for coupons before you go!)

October 23rd-24th  and  October 30th-31st
Ghost Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells
What it is: One & a half hour boat tour to Witches Gulch with “several illusions and special effects along with a great storyline that is sure to get hearts pumping”
How scary is it? Not recommended for 10 & under, parents’ discretion for older kids
Cost: $15 per person

October 24th
Dracula, Green Bay
What it is: Nosferatu, the 1920′s silent movie based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ accompanied by Frank Rippel on a live theater organ
How scary is it? Show time is 1:00 pm, so when the movie creeps you out, there will still be hours of (vampire-free) daylight left when you leave!
Cost: $5 per person

October 25th & 30th
Gothic History Tours, Cedarburg
What it is: One & a half hour walking tour through historic downtown Cedarburg
How scary is it? Billed as “chilling”, not scary
Cost: Check out their website for details, advanced ticket purchase recommended

October 28th
Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark, Phillips
What it is: Follow a lighted trail through the park to hear “ghost stories, haunting tales and urban legends”
How scary is it? “Spooky but not too scary”
Cost: I believe this one’s free, but call for more info: 715/339-4505 or 800/269-4505

October 29th-30th
Ghoulees in the Coulees, Coon Valley
What it is: 1/2 mile hike along a wooded trail lined with “haunting, thrilling and chilling spook stations”
How scary is it? Runs from 5:30-9 pm, hikes after 8 pm will be “SUPER SCARY”
Cost: $8 per person

October 30th
Haunting of River Park, Mosinee
What it is: “A haunted trail through spooky River Park”
How scary is it? For kids 13 and over, call the Mosinee Chamber for more info: 715/693-4330
Cost: $5 per person

For more haunting good times in southeast Wisconsin, check out this list and map from JSOnline.com as well. As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some SPOOK-tacular Halloween adventures!

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With Halloween just around the corner, many families are seeking fun, safe, and affordable ways to get in the spirit and celebrate. Here are a few to get you started:

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Fridays & Saturdays in October:
Zoo BooNew Zoo, Green Bay
Cost: Zoo Admission: advanced tickets $8, at the gate $10, 1 & Under are free
Begins: 3 p.m.
Features: Inflatable fun, games, horse-drawn haunted wagon through ‘Freaky Forest’, dancing with live D.J.

October 17:
BooFestWisconsin Ave. & Commercial St, Neenah
Cost: Free
Begins: 9 a.m.
Events: Pumpkin carving, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin recipe contest & trick-or-treating

Zoo BooWildwood Wildlife Park, Minocqua
Cost: Under 12 free with non-perishable food donation, over 12: $7 admission at door
Begins: 1 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, fun activities & trick-or-treating

October 23:
Spooka MinookaMinooka Park, Waukesha
Cost: $10 per car (some activities have additional fees)
Begins: 5:30 -9:00 p.m. for kids 6-12 (Haunted Barn Encore for older kids 10/24)
Events: Haunted trail ride, ‘Spookagraphs’, crafts, cookie decorating, campfire & Haunted Barn

October 24:
Halloween FestPrairie Springs Park, Pleasant Prairie
Cost: Free (some events may have additional charges)
Begins: 4 p.m.
Events: Costume contest, camp fire, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, “feel factor” for kids, hayrides

October 23-24:
Candlelight Cave ToursLedge View Nature Center, Chilton
Cost: $5 per person
Begins: 5:30 Friday, 4:30 Saturday
More Info: Use stairs & ladders to descend into the caves led by costumed guides, dress in layers!

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some fun (& not-so-spooky) fall adventures!
Thanks Pamela for all your help with these!

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September 1 may signal the end of summer vacation for most school kids, but don’t fret!  There’s still plenty of summer fun to be had for weeks to come!  If you’re a fan of live music, fabulous food, or amazing arts & crafts, check out the opportunities to explore Wisconsin below:
GRFF.image34th Annual Great River Folk Fest, La Crosse, August 28-30
Where else can you find workshops for folk singer-songwriters, learn basket weaving then catch a Hmong Dance presentation and Oktoberfest Polka?  Why the Great River Folk Fest of course!

BalloonRally.imageBalloon Rally & Music Festival, Wisconsin Rapids, August 28-30
*  Opening night Balloon set-up & glow?  Check
*  Live music? Yep
*  Dunk tank & face painting for the kids? Of course
Benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, this free rally also features a petting zoo for kids, beer tent for the thirsty and craft vendors for the shoppers.

Artstreet.imageARTSTREET, Green Bay, August 28-30
Enjoy three days of fun featuring “an eclectic mix of visual, performing, culinary and literary arts.”  Two stages of live music and dance complement street performers and 200 artist exhibits from paintings to jewelry to photography.

FestivalFlavors.imageFestival of Flavors, Eagle River, August 29-30
“Celebrate the Taste” of Wisconsin products in bite-sized portions in the tasting tent, hear live music & shop the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  Stop back Sunday for the “Nutrition Health & Fitness Expo” including Healthful Chef’s Demos and the Tomato Throw!

FestivalPines.logo27th Annual Festival in the Pines, Eau Claire, August 29-30
Shop hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, catch live music or a karate demonstration & send the kids to check out the free petting zoo.  Find lots of family fun in Carson Park this weekend.

And of course, before you hit the road, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find your perfect Place to Stay in Wisconsin!

BalloonRally photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dept of Tourism

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HolidayAcresResortCongratulations to Sandra H. from Stoughton, WI!  Sandra is the winner of the August WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night each month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter. Every month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin AND each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* The Kress Inn, Green Bay

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Sandra!

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