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The Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin is offering guests the “Get Together” package. The promotion includes overnight accommodations, breakfast or lunch, $100 Evensong Spa credit, spa gift and store samples/special orders. Rates starting at $177 per person. Book your stay now!

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Have you checked them out yet? 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 six picks for July – check them out here or at wisconsinlodging.org.

Gypsy Villa Resort, Eagle River

Why go to the Carribean to vacation on an island? Try Gypsy Villa Resort in Wisconsin. Probably less than a tank away! A1 clean vacation homes, beach, dock and pontoon boat. 100 acre island in Cranberry Lake, part of the longest chain of lakes in the world! Dine, golf, or shop by boat!

950 Circle Drive, Eagle River, WI 54521
715/479-8644

Waterbury Inn, Ephraim, Door County

Looking to get away this season? Come stay at the Waterbury Inn. The Inn is a family friendly resort with many wonderful amenities. We have some great getaway packages that you can take advantage of.

10321 Water Street, Ephraim-Door County
waterbury@waterburyinn.com
920/854-2821

Popp’s Resort, Lakeshore Homes & Cottages, Crivitz

Popp’s Resort is located northwest of Crivitz in Northeastern Wisconsin, on High Falls Flowage. High Falls is known for Bass, Northern, Walleye, Musky and Panfish in a Canadian setting. Popp’s offers Lakeview Cottages, Lakeshore Cottages, Deluxe Lakeshore Homes, Motel Suites, bait shop, pontoon/boat rentals, restaurant and bar.

W11581 County Road X, Crivitz
poppsresort@poppsresort.com
715/757-3511

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort, Sturgeon Bay, Door County

This Door County resort offers beautiful waterfront lodging in the heart of historic Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Bridgeport Resort is centrally located near historic attractions, fine dining, shopping and everything that Door County has to offer. We feature spacious one, two and three bedroom suites in this resort getaway with whirlpools, kitchens, and fireplaces that make you feel right at home. A variety of amenities and recreational activities are offered on-site including indoor and outdoor pools, fitness room, sauna, kids splash park, wireless Internet access and barbeque picnic areas. Bridgeport Resort is the ideal accommodation for corporate travelers, family vacationers, and couples seeking a romantic getaway. If you are interested in holding a special group event, we provide three meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment to accommodate groups of different sizes. We also provide packages for many activities, festivals, and community events for a memorable Door County vacation.

50 W. Larch Street, Sturgeon Bay-Door County
stay@bridgeportresort.net
920/746-9919

Parkwood Lodge, Fish Creek, Door County

Parkwood Lodge – Door County featuring affordable lodge rooms, kitchenettes and suites with wood burning fireplaces. The resort has an indoor pool and whirlpool, game room, tennis courts, playground, grills and picnic tables. Great location between Fish Creek and Ephraim near Peninsula State Park. Close to shopping, restaurants and the Skyway Drive-In movie theater.

3775 State Hwy. 42, Fish Creek-Door County
stay@parkwoodlodge.com
920/868-2046

Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Brookfield

At the Brookfield Suites Hotel, room size does matter. As the Premier All-Suites Hotel in Greater Milwaukee, our spacious suites offer relaxation! Enjoy a drink at our nightly reception or catch a movie on our newly upgraded Lodgenet SIGNETURE® Cable. Conclude your stay with our complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast served daily and Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet

1200 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield
info@brookfieldsuites.com
262/782-2900

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Today on the second day of National Tourism Week, we’ve got a double giveaway! We want to hear about your favorite Wisconsin summer vacation memories. Family getaways, road trips, Northwoods camping – what was the greatest Wisconsin summer of your life?

We’ll pick two comments at random to win a night at the Crowne Plaza Madison or a night at Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva. Be sure to comment on this blog post to be eligible to win!

Comments will be closed at 10 p.m. CDT and the winners will be announced Wednesday morning with great things to do in Lake Geneva and Madison during Stay Longer weekend.

Don’t forget to check the @TravelinginWI Twitter for two more giveaways today! Tweet “It’s Tourism Week” and you could win a stay at the AmericInn Beaver Dam in a king whirlpool suite.  Include-Follow @TravelingInWI by 12amCST. Also, Tweet about your favorite tourist place in Milwaukee – include/follow @TravelingInWI and you could win free night at MainStay Suites Milwaukee.

Good luck!

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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.TRLentrance
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!

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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)
  • Skiing
  • 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”

Current Packages Include:
Haunted Hayride Package, Saturday Bonus, or Cash for Clunkers (really clever!)

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]

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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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 rightAquaKingdom ‘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)

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about The Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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byTavallaiOkay, summer’s here and with the days getting longer, it’s getting harder to make excuses for not hauling out my bike for a ride each day.  But for those out there who are passionate about their bike riding, Wisconsin offers miles of on-road tours, mountain bike trails and bike touring trails.  Click here to order the 7th edition Wisconsin Biking Guide from the Department of Tourism featuring 30 different trails across the state.

One set, the Sugar River State Trail and Badger State Trail meet up then split just outside Monticello in Green County.  But these aren’t the only trails in the county.  They’re also home to the aptly named Cheese Country Trail which runs through Mineral Point, Darlington and Monroe.

If you’re looking for more than just single day excursions, you may be interested in “vacations on your bike”.  Bike tours can be done with groups such as the 32nd annual SAGBEarthRiderHotelRAW ride from August 1-7 or in self-guided tours.

Often consisting of planned routes with maps for your predetermined trip length, self-guided tours may also include lodging along your way and luggage transfers to your overnight destinations.  Check out Bike Green County for their “Ultimate Biking Experience”.

Over in Brodhead, WI the Earth Rider Hotel also encourages guests to embark on a Car-Free Getaway with tips and maps for guests to travel to Earth Rider in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Family Vacation!

These two simple words, when combined together can instill excitement or terror in the hearts of parents everywhere.  We want to have fun, discover, relax, reconnect, regroup… Whatever our plans for our Family Vacation, they don’t usually include a trip to the emergency room.  But, as every parent knows, kids will be kids – even on vacation!
So while you’re choosing your next destination, planning your budget & arranging the itinerary, don’t forget safety preparations. Where to start?  Check out the short list below, then go forth on that Family Vacation, explore, enjoy – and be safe!

There are many more resources out there on travel safety – post your suggestions in the comments section below!

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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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