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This year, we’re leaving it up to you – help us pick the cover of the 2011 Wisconsin Lodging Directory and you could win a free night of lodging!

We’ve narrowed down the field to three exceptional shots of lodging in Wisconsin and we want you to do the rest. Vote for your favorite cover here!

Voting starts today at 10 am and lasts until Friday, June 4 at 4 pm. For votes to be eligible, voters must leave their name and a valid e-mail address. Duplicate votes or votes for more than one image will be disqualified. Employees of the featured properties are not eligible to vote.

All eligible voters will be entered to win a Romantic Escape Package from the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, WI, which includes a one-night stay, dinner for two and 20% off of spa services. No purchase necessary to win.

The winning cover and winner of the Heidel House & Spa Romantic Escape Package will be announced on Monday, June 7 at blog.wisconsinlodging.org.

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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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WI_State_FairThe 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!

Photo courtesy of WI Dept of Tourism

Photo courtesy of WI Dept of Tourism

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!

Learn more about the Cream Puff & the Fair:
OriginalCreamPuffs.com
Wisconsin Bakers Association
Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin Dept of Tourism

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