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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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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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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.

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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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lake-superior1Be sure to share this with the boss – studies indicate taking a vacation isn’t just good for your mental health, it’s good for your long-term physical health as well.  Check out these three related stories from WebMD, Health.com & The NY Times respectively:

  1. A Vacation Away Keeps the Doctor at Bay
  2. Vacation: Good for Your Health, Good for Your Soul?
  3. Vacations Are Good for You, Medically Speaking

Armed with that information, now’s the time to start thinking spring break & summer vacation…

Of course, I’d like to recommend your next vacation be in Wisconsin!  More than just America’s Dairyland & the home of the Packers, Wisconsin features miles of shoreline (bordered by two Great Lakes + the Mississippi River), over 450,000 acres of state forest, and some pretty great shopping & museums too.  With beautiful hotels, relaxing resorts, blissful bed & breakfasts, charming inns and convenient motels, there’s something for everyone.  Start planning your next vacation today – it’s good for you!

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