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Bid on any of the 28 exceptional travel deals during the “Enjoy Wisconsin” spring online auction, running now through March 24. Find a romantic getaway for two, a family waterpark gathering, fishing trip in the Northwoods, pampered spa experience, and much more!

Participating lodging properties include Best Western Arrowhead Lodge & Suites, Black River Falls; Best Western PLUS Midway Hotel & Suites, Brookfield; Kress Inn, De Pere/Green Bay; Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan; The Coachlite Inn of Sister Bay, Door County; Metropolis Resort, Eau Claire; Retlaw Plaza Hotel, Fond du Lac; Wingate by Wyndham, Green Bay; Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake; Percheron Paradise, La Crosse; The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Madison; Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown; Hilton Milwaukee City Center; InterContinental Milwaukee; The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee; Courtyard by Marriott Milwaukee Downtown; Hilton Milwaukee River, Milwaukee/Glendale; Spur of the Moment Ranch, Mountain; Usonian Inn, Spring Green; Cedaroma Lodge, St. Germain; Nothernaire Resort & Spa, Three Lakes; Best Western Midway Hotel, Wausau; Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells; Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells; and Fox Hill RV Park & Campground, Wisconsin Dells.

Bid on your great Wisconsin getaway now!

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We regularly blog about great places to stay in Wisconsin, but don’t just take our word for it! See what others around the web are saying about our members…

Midwest Living lists their pick of 17 Fabulous One-Stop Weekend Escapes here. Four of the 17 are here in Wisconsin – the most from any of the ten states on the list!

Canoe Bay
, Chetek:
Hmmmmmm……. Adults only? Secluded in Wisconsin’s North Woods? “Fresh flowers, baked goods and steaming coffee discreetly delivered each morning“? Canoe Bay/ Relais & Chateaux definitely earns the title of Fabulous!

Delafield Hotel, Delafield:
Located in charming Delafield, less than a half hour west of Milwaukee and only 50 minutes east of Madison, The Delafield Hotel‘s “luxury lodging provides a great base for a weekend getaway”.

Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield:
When your travels take you to Wisconsin’s far north, be sure to check out the “luxurious rooms and suites with up-to-date amenities (minus TVs)” at the Old Rittenhouse Inn.

Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells:
The Midwest Living feature starts with these words: “The real world can’t get past the front gate of Sundara Inn and Spa.” Almost sounds like a challenge until you arrive on the Sundara property and discover the peace in their pine forest…

Also making headlines as a “Mountain Hideaway Right in the Midwest”, is the Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway near La Crosse. Describing their chalet  as “immaculately clean and beautifully decorated with a nearly complete wrap around deck and extras such as sparkling apple juice, wine glasses and a candle that were ours to keep“, the author also shares ideas on things to do in the area – if you can be tempted to leave the 200+ acres of quiet seclusion!  Click on over and read the full article here.

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that Things to Do & Places to Stay in Wisconsin has officially been up and active as a Wisconsin traveler blog for a full year now!

We kicked off last March with a very short post on Pet Friendly WI Vacations and thought it would be appropriate to circle back around and do it again, with more info, some great pet stories from our members & even a couple of pics of our own pets…

When Olive strikes a pose, Michelle, our guru of all things printed, posted or published, is always willing to snap a quick pic!

Also in 2009, WisconsinLodging.info was featured in a story on Pet Friendly Vacations in Wisconsin in Fetch magazine. Check out the story, including how Judy at  The Edgewater hotel in Madison will even do a little pet-sitting in her office when needed! You can find well over 350 Wisconsin properties that all welcome “pets with prior approval” when you search at WisconsinLodging.info including some of these great escapes:

Lake Delton/ Wisconsin Dells:
If your dog loves to splash and swim, Delton Oaks Lodge on Lake Delton is sure to be a hit. Dogs are allowed to swim in the lake and play on their beach. Fido may even find a new friend as, during a normal summer, they have about a dozen pets at the resort each day.

Door County:
Beach-loving dogs will also want to try out the Beachfront Inn in Bailey’s Harbor… Fido will find a treat bag in the room upon his arrival and all dogs are welcome on the beach and water area off leash to run and have fun.  Finally, be sure to ask at the front desk, as the Inn has been known to even find a dog-sitter for guests who wish to have a night out without their pet.

The lovable Homer enjoys traveling all across Wisconsin with Bill, our membership & revenue wizard.

Northwoods, Boulder Junction:
If a cabin in the woods is more your style, check out Evergreen Lodge on Little Crooked Lake. Whether you’re hiking the trails, trying your hand at fishing, or simply relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of ways for both you and Fido to enjoy your vacation in the Northern Highland State Forest.

Please be Courteous
Planning on taking Fido on your next escape? Remember to contact your destination prior to your stay to discuss their pet policies and please, never try to ‘sneak’ your pet into a property! Hoteliers and innkeepers want to ensure the safety and comfort of ALL their guests, so when you and Fido leave at the end of your stay, typically your entire room will be stripped, steamed, scrubbed and cleaned to remove all traces of pet dander. This protects future guests who may have allergies or pet sensitivities.

You just never know…
Those of us who have tried (see Fetch article mentioned above) to travel with our pooches know that funny, crazy, weird things can happen…

Phillip from the Sunrise Lodge in Land O’ Lakes shared this story with us recently:  Once, a “guest brought their expectant dog, she was not due for another week. He went out fishing for the day, returned to find….. Mommie had removed pillows from our NEW sofa, dug out the stuffing to make a nest and gave birth to four puppies.” (At least Mom had good taste!)

He's not much of a traveler, but he's all ours & we love him!

Beth from the Super 8 in Portage told us “We once had a guest who left their Houdini-German Shepherd in the room. Despite not being allowed to leave the pet unattended, they did – and the dog kept opening the door and coming out, even after multiple attempts to keep him in! We put a baby gate on the door, as well as the guest tried to put a heavy chair blocking the door as they left – he still got out every time.

So, care to share your pet-travel stories with us?

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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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What do the midwest’s largest Civil War reenactment, national award-winning cheeses and the home of Wisconsin’s first Governor all have in common?  You guessed it- all can be found in Grant County.  Located in southwestern Wisconsin and bordered by the Wisconsin & Mississippi Rivers, Grant County is home to great fly-fishing for brown & brook trout, miles of biking and hiking trails, antique & specialty stores and more.

So much to do:
mm-canshotHistory buffs won’t want to miss Muskets & Memories, July 31- August 2.  One of the “largest and most popular Civil War Era reenactments in the upper Midwest”, Muskets & Memories features more than just battle reenactments.  Weekend activities also include a Civil War-era fashion show, tours of the military camps, childrens’ activities and much more.

Railroad-cart-VAlso, be sure to check out Stonefield’s Railroad Days, August 15-16.  Located on the former estate of Wisconsin’s first Governor (Nelson Dewey), Stonefield includes an agricultural museum and a “re-created rural village” just north of Cassville, WI.  With more than 30 shops comprising the village, visitors can tour the Barbershop, Harness & Hardware Store and more.  Railroad Days “re-creates the sights, sounds and experiences of the late 19th century’s most important travel industry.”

Cheese & Wine:
Whether you’re just looking to pick up some of their award winning products or would like to fully immerse your inner-foodie in one of their new cooking classes, don’t miss Carr Valley Cheese in Fennimore.  Next on the cooking school calendar: “Blended with Style” featuring Andrea Curo-Randazzo (of Talula Restaurant in Miami Beach, FL) July 27th.  Wine lovers will want to clear their calendars for the 19th annual Harvest Festival, October 10-11 at the Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery in Highland, WI featuring free winery tours, tastings, live music and more.

Where to stay in Grant County:
Boscobel: The River Inn & Banquet Facility or Hubl’s Motel
Dickeyville: Plaza Motel
Fennimore: Fenmore Hills Motel
Hazel Green: Country Heights Motor Inn
Lancaster: Best Western Welcome Inn
Platteville: The Dorsey Bed & Breakfast, Mound View Inn or Super 8

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