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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12 Days of Getaways is back for another year – have you signed up to win? All subscribers to the WisconsINN Getaways email list are automatically entered to win, so if you don’t get our monthly travel deals newsletter, sign up here.
We’ve got 18 stays to give away, from resorts on a lake and quaint B&Bs to luxury accommodations in the heart of the city. See all participating properties here, and check back daily for winners! The first drawing starts today, with two more winners tomorrow!
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association employees & family are not eligible to participate in 12 Days of Getaways. No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years or older. Odds of winning are based on number of entries, approximately 18 total giveaways will be awarded. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail and winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize.
Congratulations to Jane and Chris, winners of a free night of lodging at The Ashbrooke in Door County and the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Waterpark in Green Bay!
We’ve got three giveaways for today, plus a huge last day of FIVE amazing getaways for Friday, including a $250 Best Western gift card!
Here’s today’s challenge: what was the best Wisconsin meal you ever had? Was it breakfast at a quaint B&B? Steak dinner in the city? Did you make it yourself? What made the meal so memorable?
Three winners will be picked at random to win one of three overnights: Spring Brook Vacation Rentals in Wisconsin Dells, a couples-only retreatat Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway in La Crosse or a stay at the Landing Resort in Door County.
This contest will close TODAY at 4:30 pm CDT, so comment early and tell your friends!
Waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools, hot tubs – what makes a great Wisconsin waterpark? Tell us about your favorite waterpark and what makes it so awesome, and you’ll be entered to win a free night of lodging and four waterpark passes at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells!
One winner will be chosen at random! Please be sure to leave your e-mail address or a phone number so we can contact you. Today’s contest closes today, Monday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Check back before 5:00 to see if you’re the winner!
We’re giving away more than 30 nights of lodging this week in celebration of National Tourism Week. Follow us on Twitter for multiple giveaways each day @TravelinginWI and check our Facebook page for more chances to win! Today’s Twitter giveaways include the Best Western Midway Hotel Brookfield and Cambria Suites Madison. Good luck!
For a contest rules and a complete list of giveaways, click here.
Want to Stay Longer at nearly 100 properties in Wisconsin next weekend? Get a free night (Thursday or Sunday) when you book two nights May 14-16 in celebration of National Tourism Week. Properties range from Northwoods cabins and Door County B&Bs to urban hotels and waterparks! A full list of participating properties can be found here.
Keep staying longer all summer – we’re also giving away more than 30 free nights of lodging all week, starting Monday. Watch for the first set of details posted here Monday morning and follow us on Twitter @TravelinginWI. We’ll have a bunch of giveaways each day, so check back all week!
By Michelle Eigenberger
The digital issue of the 2010 Wisconsin Lodging Directory is now ready to view online! Flip through the pages like a regular magazine! Click the ads to be taken directly to advertisers’ Web sites! We’re very excited about this digital upgrade to this year’s publication.
Visit the wisconsinlodging.info homepage and click the image of the Lodging Directory cover to be taken right to the digital edition. Click around and let us know what you like! Feel free to report any bugs or broken links as well. Have you used the Wisconsin Lodging Directory to plan a trip, weekend getaway or stay-cation? Let us know, we’d love to hear about it!
The pdf version of the directory can still be downloaded, just click the link below the image of the cover.
We head southeast to the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark in Lake Geneva for the second in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers.
At 30,000 square feet of indoor fun, Moose Mountain Falls includes two water slides, lazy river, plus activity & splash pools. I certainly wouldn’t let this crisp fall weather keep me inside though – there’s really nothing like watching the stars light up the cool night sky while relaxing in the indoor/ outdoor hot tub!
There’s so much more for families to do in addition to the water park… As a sister property to the Grand Geneva Resort, Timber Ridge guests will also find:
- Indoor climbing wall
- Fitness center
- Nature trails (check to see if their guided nature walks are available too!)
- Horseback riding
- Carriage rides
- Golfing (ask about their golf clinics)
- Kids Are Grand activities & child care
On the Calendar:
Sleepy Hallow Haunted Hayrides – Begins “October 2, open from 7:00 p.m. to Midnight every Friday and Saturday night through October 31. Sunday nights 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.” ($12 adults/ $6 for kids)
Christmas in the Country – “Kicks off with the Illumination Ceremony on Sunday, November 22nd”
Finally, learn more about the Timber Ridge Lodge with their YouTube video here:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0vHro-pKOo&feature=channel_page]
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Wisconsin Dells IS the Waterpark Capitol of the World(R) & what better way to kick off our new series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers than with a property located right ‘on the Strip’ in the Dells?
At 16,000 square feet, the Atlantis’ indoor waterpark may feel small in comparison to others in the Dells, but young families will enjoy its “small scale and the ability to keep a close eye on young children.” With both indoor & outdoor pool areas, the Atlantis includes an indoor waterpark with slides, water splash features and basketball hoops plus a quieter indoor “Lobby Pool”. Parents may also appreciate the poolside bar, open on weekends in the off season.
For the more adventurous, or those with older children, the Atlantis also includes free tickets for Mt. Olympus just a short walk away. New for weekends in October – the Mt. Olympus opens Bitten, its “First ever “Haunted Night at the Theme Park””.
Another ‘don’t miss’ for your fall getaway -and just down the street from the Atlantis- are the Army Duck Tours. Open through October, these original Army Ducks offer daily tours through Dells Glacial Park. (Money Saving Tip: order tickets online & save $3 per person)
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The Wisconsin State Fair opens this Thursday, August 6th and runs through Sunday, August 16th. Which means there is less than 48 hours left until Cream Puff sales commence! With their moist interiors, crisp outer shells and golden brown tops these delicious (& VERY LARGE) puffs are generously filled with real whipped cream goodness.
Cream Puff Craze:
Wisconsinites love their State Fair Cream Puffs and 2008 was a record-breaking year with more than 381,000 cream puffs leaving the Dairy Bakery. Considering attendance at the Fair last year was just over 872,000, that’s roughly 1 cream puff for every 2.3 people at the Fair… Of course you needn’t actually be at the Fair to enjoy a cream puff. For those of us who must work to support our cravings, there is drive through pick-up available each morning from 6-8 am and if your group orders 10 dozen or more, Bell Ambulance delivers. Yippee!
What’s it all about?
Brief history lesson: The Wisconsin State Fair began way back in 1851 with the cream puff making it’s first appearance in 1924.
Yep, 85 years of cream puff goodness & it’s popularity just keeps growing! The State Fair Cream Puff now has the building named after it: Original Cream Puff Pavilion, it’s own web site: OriginalCreamPuffs.com and it’s own hotline number: (414)266-7111.
Of course, there are plenty of other foods (chocolate-covered bacon anyone?) to try at the Fair and I highly recommend heading over to the Wisconsin Products Pavilion for the grilled cheese sandwiches, buffalo burritos and fabulous baked potatoes. Be sure to also stop by the Department of Tourism booth inside the Pavilion to sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways e-newsletter and pick up your 2009 Wisconsin Lodging Directory filled with nearly 1,000 great Places to Stay In Wisconsin!
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From one side of the state to the other, Wisconsin is brimming with fun fests & fairs… Check out the four below & hit the road this weekend!
Door County Folk Festival – July 8-12
With singing & dance workshops, dance parties, stress relief sessions and children’s activities, you’ll find fun for the whole family in the Door this weekend! The Folk Festival even includes the requisite Door County Fish Boil on Saturday evening. See the full line-up of activities and find amazing places to stay throughout the Door here.
Northern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls – July 8-12
From livestock judging and live music to Guitar Hero & Wii Bowling, this fair has it all! Click over to their site for the full schedule of events. For over 110 years the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has been delighting visitors to this west central Wisconsin town. Where to stay: Check out the AmericInn Motel & Suites, Holiday Inn Express or Indianhead Motel.
Bastille Days, Milwaukee – July 9-12
For the past 27 years, Downtown Milwaukee has been home to this Parisian fest featuring “impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, a variety of interactive and musical entertainment, and the signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica.” Check it out here and then click over to find your Milwaukee-area lodging here.
32nd Annual Hodag Country Festival, Rhinelander – July 9-12
Four days of live country music in Wisconsin’s Hodag country… Featured performers include Miranda Lambert, Phil Vassar, Blake Shelton, Julianne Hough, (as my 9 year old would say “Miley’s Dad”) Billy Ray Cyrus and more. See the full schedule of performers here and find the best places to stay in Rhinelander at WisconsinLodging.info.
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