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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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Each month on the Stay in Wisconsin Blog, we’ll feature a group of properties and showcase their amenities (and sometimes even a great deal!) We’ve got five picks for May – check them out here or at wisconsinlodging.org.

The Beacons of Minocqua

The Beacons of Minocqua (Minocqua, WI): Picture a strand of shimmering sapphires sealed by deep pine forests. Now imagine at the center of this masterpiece of nature a resort offering all the amenities and services modern travelers have come to expect. This is “The Beacons,” a four-season condominium resort on the shores of Lake Minocqua. Stay one night get the second 1/2 off!
8250 Northern Road, Minocqua  |  800/236-3225  |  http://www.thebeacons.com

The Shallows Resort

The Shallows Resort (Door County, WI): A family run waterfront resort, offering a variety of accomodations including exclusive homes, cottages, townhouses, suites and motel. Visit the Web site for rates and to make reservations.
7353 Horseshoe Bay Road, Egg Harbor  |  800/257-1560  |  http://www.shallows.com

AppleCreek Resort - Motel & Suites

AppleCreek Resort – Motel & Suites (Door County, WI): Door County lodging! Indoor pool and whirlpool, suites with whirlpool and fireplace, hotel-motel rooms. Across from Door County shops, Peninsula School of Arts, Door Community Auditorium. By dining, gorgeous Peninsula State Park, biking, hiking, golfing, lighthouse, vistas, sunsets, Door County winery, x-skiing, sleigh rides. Off-season weekday specials $69-$139.
Hwy. 42 & County Road F, Fish Creek  |  800/569-0059  |  http://www.applecreekresort.com

Lodges of the Lakes

Lodges of the Lakes (Rome, WI): Enjoy the comforts of a fully furnished home, located on the Lakes golf course and one block from Lake Arrowhead. Each two-, three- or four-bedroom unit is fully furnished with full kitchens, patios, cable TV in each room and high speed wireless. Golf packages are our specialty.
387 Cog Hill Court, Rome  |  866/456-3437  |  http://www.lodgesofthelakes.com

Newport Resort

Newport Resort (Door County, WI): Newport Resort features one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, double whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Amenities include indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, game room and indoor playground. Free continental breakfast daily. Meeting rooms available. Free wireless Internet. The resort is walking distance to popular restaurants, shops and activities.
7888 Church Street, Egg Harbor  |  800/468-6160  |  http://www.newportresort.com

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The Pointe Hotel & Suites, Minocqua

12 Days of Getaways - Day 6:
Winner recap: Linda won an overnight stay at the Brookfield Suites Hotel, Dotti’s on her way to the Sheraton Madison, Leslie won a free stay at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Kathy was the winner of the free overnight stay at the Kress in in DePere, Kristen’s headed to the Spur of the Moment Ranch in Mountain for her free night stay and today’s winner in the 12 Days of Getaways contest is Elizabeth S. from Woodbury, MN. Elizabeth will receive a free overnight at The Pointe Hotel & Suites in Minocqua!

Still not entered? We’re half-way through, but there are still lots of good places to win a stay!

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.

Fine print: Wisconsin Innkeepers Association employees & family not eligible.  No purchase necessary to win, 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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Up next in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers, we head to the Northwoods to The Waters of Minocqua.TheWatersOfMinocqua
No matter what the weather outside, you’ll find 13,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor waterpark fun for the entire family at The Waters of Minocqua!

Two 3-story-high, completely enclosed body slides carry you to a refreshing plunge pool. Or, have fun in the indoor/outdoor activity pool and relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub.KiddieArea For the younger children, check out the kiddie area  with a slide of it’s own and shallow depth water.

A snack bar onsite offers pizza, nachos, soda and a few alcoholic drinks for the adults. For dry fun, don’t miss the huge arcade just off the waterpark – great fun for “kids” of all ages!

On the Calendar this Winter:

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about The Waters of Minocqua as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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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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PointeHotelCongratulations to Steve C from Oregon, WI!  Steve is the winner of the October WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at The Pointe Hotel & Suites in Minocqua .

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 & each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* Hilton Madison Monona Terrace (Madison)

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

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KressInnCongratulations to Scott G. from Owatonna, MN!  Scott is the winner of the September WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Kress Inn in De Pere.

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 & each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* The Pointe Hotel & Suites, Minocqua

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

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Did you know that there are roughly 1,600 water parks worldwide and more than 1,000 of them are here in the U.S.?

ActionMan-ChaosWaterparkWater lovers need not travel far and wide to enjoy the thrills of water slides or lazy rivers.  Wisconsin boasts dozens of indoor & outdoor water parks including the newly opened Chaos Waterpark in Eau Claire.  Attached to the Metropolis Hotel and adjacent to Action City Entertainment Center, Chaos features water slides such as Twister, Bailout, or Hurricane Run.

If you’re not headed towards Eau Claire, you’ll still find plenty of wet & wild fun at Wisconsin water parks around the state.  We’ve already shared a few Wisconsin Dells spots with you in this post, but check out some of the others as well:

The Waters of MinocquaWatersOfMinocqua
This northwoods-themed park features indoor-outdoor hot tub & pools along with water slides and kiddie pool and guests of the hotel have free access to the water park throughout their stay.  When you’re ready for some dry fun, check out the mini-golf, horseback riding or go-carts near the hotel.

LodgeAtCedarCreekLodge at Cedar Creek, Wausau
At 50,000 square feet, the Lodge at Cedar Creek in Wausau is one of the largest in northern Wisconsin.  Kids will love the anticipation of waiting to be drenched by the 800 gallon tipping bucket.  Of course, you can’t head to Wausau & not catch a Woodchucks baseball game!

TimberRidgeTimber Ridge Lodge, Lake Geneva
Families heading to the Lake Geneva area won’t want to miss the fun at this indoor/ outdoor water park with two interactive splash pools, water slides, lazy river & more. Parents can also enroll kids in the “Kids are Grand” day programs which allow grown-ups free time to enjoy the nearby Well Spa + Salon or get in a round of golf at either the Brute or Highlands courses.

BWmidwayBest Western Midway Hotel Riverfront, La Crosse
If your travels take you to the Mississippi River this summer, be sure to check out the Best Western Midway’s tropical themed, indoor water center.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy  slides, geysers, whirlpools and more!  Of course, La Crosse is also home to a Northwoods League team, the La Crosse Loggers.

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