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No matter where you are in Wisconsin, there are tons of Father’s Day activities and  events to enjoy this weekend with your dad. Make this Father’s Day the best ever by giving your dad a day that shows him just how special he is to you. There is still plenty of time to plan a fun-filled day; check out the ideas below! 

  1. Catch a fish on Father’s Day: Get out in nature, away from the computer and your phone and enjoy quality time with Dad on the lake! Check out the all of the great fishing options here : https://www.travelwisconsin.com/article/fishing/eight-trip-ideas-take-dad-fishing-this-fathers-day-weekend
  2. Have some fun on the farm: Dads are free this Father’s Day at Mulberry Farms in Hilbert, WI. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some fun family time. More info: https://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/tours/free-dads-on-fathers-day-40802
  3. Family Zoo Day: The Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place for kids and fathers to spend time together.  All fathers receive free admission, no cooupon necessary, as Prairie Farms Dairy sponsor’s Father’s Day at the Zoo. Learn more here: http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/events/fathersday.php
  4. Hang out at the Harley-Davidson Museum: Explore 114 of Harley-Davidson history this Father’s Day, the Harley-Davidson Museum honors fathers and grandfathers by offering free admission:https://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/museum/explore/events/fathers-day.htm
  5. Run the trail: Is your father into fitness? Wisconsin Trail Assail is a Father’s Day Run in Menomonee Falls, WI. Learn more here: http://silvercirclesportsevents.com/wta-fathers-day



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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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CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Congratulations to Kendra L. from Menomonie, WI!  Kendra is the winner of the January WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa in Appleton.

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:
*     Aloft Hotel Downtown Milwaukee

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


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We’ve been telling you all about the winners in the 12 Days of Getaways contest lately and encouraging you to get entered by signing up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly eNewsletter — Thought you’d like to see what the newsletter looks like as well!

Northeast Region

Popp’s Resort

W11581 County Road X
Crivitz, WI

Stay two nights, receive one night free on new reservations. Not valid with other offers. Must mention special when reservation is made.Valid December 2009 through April 2010.

The Pointe Hotel and Suites
& Conference Center

8269 U.S. Hwy. 51 S.
Minocqua, WI

A luxury, year-round condominium resort-hotel on the shores pristine Lake Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, Wisconsin. “Come for the fun, relax in the comfort!” Rates starting at $125.

Spur of the Moment Ranch

14221 Helen Lane
Mountain, WI

Enjoy the beauty of the Nicolet National Forest in winter – stay one night, next night ½ off through April 29, 2010. Become a fan of the ranch on Facebook.

Holiday Acres Resort
on Lake Thompson

4060 S. Shore Drive
Rhinelander, WI

Celebrate New Year’s in the Northwoods! Enjoy an special evening of dining and dancing, then stay the weekend to relax! Check the Holiday Vacation Packages! Starting at $185.60.

RusticManor Motor Lodge

6343 Hwy. 70 E.St.
Germain, WI

ULTIMATE SLEEP-N-SLED MID-WEEK PACKAGE: three nights lodging, one two-up snowmobile for two days, dinner for two at area restaurant, starting at $579. Valid January 3, 2010 through March 18, 2010 Sunday through Thursday nights.

Central Region

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

State Hwy. 54 E.
Black River Falls, WI

Stay any Sunday through May 10 and receive a 20% discount. Call the hotel directly and mention the Innkeepers special.

Kress Inn

300 Grant Street
De Pere, WI

One night – $124.99 plus tax. Includes one night’s lodging for two, $40 dinner voucher to be used at your choice of five area restaurants and continental breakfast for two.

Ramada Plaza Green Bay

2750 Ramada Way
Green Bay, WI

Family Meal Deal: Sunday through Thursday, $99 plus tax; Friday and Saturday, $119 plus tax. Includes breakfast for four (two
adults and two children) and waterpark passes.

Door County Region

Waterbury Inn

10321 Water Street/Hwy. 42
Door County – Ephraim, WI

New Years Eve is just around the corner. Come join the party at the WATERBURY INN! For more details call our front desk at 800/720-1624.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Homestead Suites

4006 Main Street
Door County -
Fish Creek, WI

Through April 2010: stay two nights and get a third night FREE! *Excludes holidays, special weekends and the week between Christmas and New Year’s*

**Limited availability**

Bay Shore Inn Resort

4205 Bay Shore Drive
Door County – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Quiet Time Special through April 2010: Enjoy two relaxing days at the Bay Shore Inn savoring the late fall/winter sights and activities of Door County and receive a third night free (some exclusions).
Call 800/556-4551 to schedule a reservation.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort

4303 Bay Shore Drive
Door County – Sturgeon Bay, WI

Stay and Save Package: the longer you stay, the more you save. Stay two nights take 5% off, stay three nights 10% off and stay four nights or longer, take 15% off your entire stay.

Milwaukee Area

Brookfield Suites Hotel &
Convention Center

1200 S. Moorland Road
Brookfield, WI

New Year’s Eve Beatles Bash. Spend this New Year’s Eve with BritBeat A Beatles Tribute. Package includes Suites accommodations, dinner buffet, balloon drop and much more… Starting at $235.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

The Chalet Motel of Mequon

10401 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI

Stay overnight in an Executive room for $69 plus tax and receive two complimentary tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum, featuring the Andy Warhol Exhibit.

Aloft Milwaukee Downtown

1230 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin’s most happening city has a hip new hotel! Come celebrate your style at a steal with Aloft Milwaukee Downtown’s exclusive offer. Weekend rates from $69 per night, weekday rates from $149 per night. Book by December 31, 2009, for stays anytime December 24, 2009 through March 31, 2010. Click through for more information or to make your reservations.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Days Inn – Hotel of the Arts

1840 N. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI

Weekend Getaway Package: $59 on weekdays and $69 on weekends. Gift basket with wine or champagne, free local shuttle, free passes to select night clubs and comedy clubs.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Frosty Flicks Package includes:overnight accommodations for one night, waterpark passes for Paradise Landing, 40 game tokens, large pizza and two-liter bottle of soda, keepsake Frosty the
Snowman DVD. Rates starting at $159.

Hilton Milwaukee River

4700 N. Port Washington Road
Milwaukee, WI

2009 New Year’s Eve! Package includes: deluxe guestroom, $40 Anchorage dinner voucher, New Year’s Day breakfast buffet and much more! $149 plus tax, per couple.

InterContinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

It Came Upon aMidnight CLEAR: overnight stay for one night, $10 gift card to CLEAR, breakfast for two and keepsake holiday gift. Rates starting at $167.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Pfister Hotel

424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Pfister connections- pick your pleasure to complete your package. Package includes overnight stay in a deluxe Pfister guestroom. Select from two of six items offered to complete your package. Rates start at $185.
Southeast Region

TheDelafield Hotel

415 Genesee Street
Delafield, WI

This New Year’s, Ring in 2010 in Luxury at The Delafield Hotel. Packages available starting at $210, stay a second night for only

Bella Vista Suites

335 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Weekday Escape: Stay two nights and receive 40% off your second night. Stay three nights and your third night is free! Special weekend packages also available.

Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva

300 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI

Reserve your Christmas break getaway now with Harbor Shores! With rates as low as $65 you don’t want to pass this up! Call now: 888-SHORES1.

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark

7020 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI

The best things in life are FREE. Pick your FREE when you stay at Timber Ridge. Choose from FREE Breakfast, FREE Kids Camp or FREE Suite Treats.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-
Madison West

1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI

New Years Eve Family Package at Madison’s only indoor waterpark hotel. Dinner, waterpark admission, family party with balloon drop, champagne & party favors in guestroom and more!

Sheraton Madison

706 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI

Close to downtown Madison, complimentary Intenet access in all guest rooms. Rates starting at $109.

Sleep Inn & Suites – Madison

4802 Tradewinds Parkway
Madison, WI

Brand new Sleep Inn & Suites, great winter rates starting at $79.

Super 8 – Madison South

1602 W. Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI

Winter season discounted rate! Stay any night through February 17, 2010 and pay only $59.99, plus tax!

Staybridge Suites Middleton

7790 Elmwood Avenue
Middleton, WI

Coming to Madison? Book your stay with Staybridge Suites and ask for our special Target Shopping Package, which earns you a $25 gift card! Rates starting at $109.

Bridgeport Waterfront Resort

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center – Kenosha

11800 108th Street
Pleasant Prairie, WI

New Year’s Eve Packages: rate includes overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne, & $25 certificate to the Chancery Restaurant & Pub. Rates starting at $139.

Southwest Region

Best Western Park Oasis Inn

W5641 State Rd. 82 E.
Mauston, WI

10% off for all Snowmobilers!

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center

W4015 State Road 82
Mauston, WI 53948

Woodside Ranch Valentine’s Day Special! Stay three nights for the price of two February 13 – 16. Rates include lodging, meals and activities.

Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort Convention
Center & Waterpark

1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Overnight stay for $99.95 per night. Includes waterpark admission for up to four. Several dates available through January 31, 2010. Please see link.

As you can see, this one’s quite full of great deals and packages.  Around the first of each month you’ll receive the eNewsletter with up to 10 different deals or specials. Four times throughout the year we’ll also send you seasonal specials (like this one) as well. Each month you’re on the subscription list you’re automatically entered to win a free night at our sponsor property as well! Cost to you — Zilch. Zero. Nada.

So, sign up today and get entered to win the monthly drawings as well as the remaining 12 Days of Getaways!


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Congratulations to The American Club in Kohler, named to the list of 500 World’s Best Hotels 2010 by Travel + Leisure magazine this week! They were the only Wisconsin property to make the list.

American Club at Destination Kohler

The magazine also called them “the Midwest’s most luxe resort and spa”.

The American Club at Destination Kohler also includes the 4 Star rated Kohler Waters Spa plus championship golf courses. The 92nd annual PGA Championships will return to Whistling Straights at The American Club in 2010. They’re also scheduled to host the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run and the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights.

For more information on The American Club, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info or check out their site here.


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Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center

Congratulations to Shannon K. from Fox Lake, WI! Shannon is the winner of the December WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Brookfield.

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:
CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, Appleton

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


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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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Congratulations to Andrew F. from North Freedom, WI!  Andrew is the winner of the November WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison.Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

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 another chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* Brookfield Suites Hotel (Brookfield)

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


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You’d pretty much have to be living under a rock not to have heard that FlickrImageBy_FlyingRoosterVikings QB #4 Brett Favre is headed to Green Bay with his team this Sunday to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is well aware Favre is headed back to Green Bay and has issued “4 days to Victory“: four good-natured challenges for residents and fans, designed to rev up the hometown prior to Sunday’s game.

  1. Today, 8th grade students across Green Bay will compile their “Top 12 Reasons 4 Staying in Green Bay” for a chance to win $300 for their class.
  2. Also today through Monday, Minnesota Avenue is being renamed Aaron Rodgers Drive.
  3. Friday, folks are encouraged to wear flip-flops in homage to the retired-not retired status of #4 over the last two years.
  4. Finally, on Saturday, Titletown Brewery will hold a Packers Rally serving up “waffle fries” (yes, again a jab at Favre’s decision-making abilities)


Yes, we love to poke fun at Favre, but it’s with much anticipation that Packers’ fans will tune in Sunday to the game… Will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take the win at Lambeau or will they once again fall to mighty purple #4?

At 4-2 to close out October, do the Packers have a chance at the Division Title? The 6-1 Vikings sure hope not!

While the city and the team ready themselves for a circus this weekend, if you’re headed up for the game, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find  your perfect place to stay in Green Bay.


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Ghouls, goblins, thrills & chills… Check out seven SPOOK-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:

October 23rd-25th  and  October 29th-November 1st
Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha
What it is: Three haunted houses in one location- Morgan Manor, Morgana’s Torment & Unstable
How scary is it? Billed as “30,000 square feet of TERROR” -may not be for the faint of heart!
Cost: $15 per person for Morgan’s Manor, $30 per person for all three (but check out their website for coupons before you go!)

October 23rd-24th  and  October 30th-31st
Ghost Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells
What it is: One & a half hour boat tour to Witches Gulch with “several illusions and special effects along with a great storyline that is sure to get hearts pumping”
How scary is it? Not recommended for 10 & under, parents’ discretion for older kids
Cost: $15 per person

October 24th
Dracula, Green Bay
What it is: Nosferatu, the 1920′s silent movie based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ accompanied by Frank Rippel on a live theater organ
How scary is it? Show time is 1:00 pm, so when the movie creeps you out, there will still be hours of (vampire-free) daylight left when you leave!
Cost: $5 per person

October 25th & 30th
Gothic History Tours, Cedarburg
What it is: One & a half hour walking tour through historic downtown Cedarburg
How scary is it? Billed as “chilling”, not scary
Cost: Check out their website for details, advanced ticket purchase recommended

October 28th
Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark, Phillips
What it is: Follow a lighted trail through the park to hear “ghost stories, haunting tales and urban legends”
How scary is it? “Spooky but not too scary”
Cost: I believe this one’s free, but call for more info: 715/339-4505 or 800/269-4505

October 29th-30th
Ghoulees in the Coulees, Coon Valley
What it is: 1/2 mile hike along a wooded trail lined with “haunting, thrilling and chilling spook stations”
How scary is it? Runs from 5:30-9 pm, hikes after 8 pm will be “SUPER SCARY”
Cost: $8 per person

October 30th
Haunting of River Park, Mosinee
What it is: “A haunted trail through spooky River Park”
How scary is it? For kids 13 and over, call the Mosinee Chamber for more info: 715/693-4330
Cost: $5 per person

For more haunting good times in southeast Wisconsin, check out this list and map from JSOnline.com as well. As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some SPOOK-tacular Halloween adventures!


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