The Ultimate Guide to #Hayward, Wisconsin

Four Season Vacation Possibilities

Year after year, vacationers visit this Northwestern Wisconsin destination to enjoy recreational activities, no matter the season. Sawyer County was ranked the #1 trail system in Wisconsin by The Wisconsin ATV Association. Snowmobilers and ATVs enjoy the 600+ miles of groomed trails. During the winter, the 300 miles of off-road mountain biking trails are transformed to pristine cross-country skiing trails. As the snow begins to melt, locals and vacationers start dreaming about the warm weather recreation. Hayward is often referred to as the “Golf Capital of Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Hayward offers “an age-old gangster course, a Pete Dye course, historical courses with Scottish influence, traditional, modern and natural courses that compliment the environment and family-run courses with top-notch customer service.” Talk about variety! Don’t forget about biking, hiking, bird watching, and endless fun on the water.

Fairs, Festivals, and Fun

Mark your calendars, folks. There are a variety of annual festivals in Hayward, Wisconsin. Here are a few ideas to inspire your next vacation:

Musky Festival

Join the largest summer festival for their 65th annual celebration. Visitors and locals enjoy the handmade art show, sidewalk sales, live music & street dances, and a variety of food booths. During the weekend there is also a 5K and 10K non-competitive race and a fishing contest. End the weekend with a large parade on Sunday.
June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014 | Musky Festival information
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Lumberjacks World Championship

Once a lumbering community, Hayward keeps the traditional alive with their international timber sporting competition. Participants compete to be crowned as the “King of the Forest.” Men and women compete in a variety of activities: boom running, sawing, chopping, speed climbing, and logrolling. Come view  this family-friendly event, live!
July 24 – July 26,  2014 | Detailed Lumberjacks World Championship information
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Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 

Since 1983, thousands of  bicyclists participate in this 40 mile off roading event in Hayward and Chequamegon, Wisconsin. To register for the race, participants must enter a lottery. The event attracts locals and visitors from all over the country. A variety of other fun events are held throughout the weekend to make this a family-friendly event: Klunker Bike Toss, Lumber Jack & Jill Log Pull, Hammer Slammer Hill Climb, and more.
September 12 – September 14, 2014 | More Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival information
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Be sure to check out the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website for a full list of fairs & festivals.   

Vacation Rentals in Hayward, Wisconsin

All of our vacation homes in the area are located on the water. No matter the season, you’ll  enjoy the fun recreational activities nearby. Whether you’re looking for a week escape to paradise or a fun weekend to enjoy a local festival, you are in for a treat. Take a look at our full list of Wisconsin vacation rentals in Hayward to start planning your trip. Here are a few property photos to get you started. Click on the photo to view the detailed property information:

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Mallards’ Landing: Mallards Nest I

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Majestic Escapes: Eagle Point Lodge

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Windsor’s Vacation Rentals: The ‘Log Cabin’ on Perch Lake

What do you look for when picking a vacation destination? Happy travels.

Fall Fairs and Festivals – Ending October the Fun Way

For the past month, trees in Wisconsin have been golden and red. People have been enjoying the great colors through hiking, biking, and the occasional bonfire. Here’s the best news – fall is not over. The end of October is full of events all through Wisconsin. Enjoy Halloween family fairs, art shows, and more!

  • From the Land – Folk Art Show | October 27-28, 2012
    Enjoy this art show in Green Lake, WI. There will be informative speakers from 11am-1pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Also enjoy an antique tractor show. Admission is free.
    Places to stay – Green Lake, WI vacation rental
  • Famous Dave’s Annual October Blues Fest | October 27, 2012
    Enjoy live Blues music and BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Hayward, WI.
    Places to stay- Hayward, WI rental properties
  • Jack O’Lantern Days | October 26-28, 2012
    Head over to Fish Creek, WI for this Halloween inspired weekend festival. On Friday and Saturday there is the Jack O’ Lantern Blaze event sponsored by the Hands on Art Studio. On Saturday at 5:30 pm there will be a lighting ceremony of all of the carved pumpkins. Another activates include the Door County Trolley Ghost Tours, a Halloween parade, and a Dog Pal Costume Party. Travel to Fish Creek and enjoy decorations throughout the town and coupons for many area stores.
    Places to stay – Fish Creek, WI cottages
  • Oktobearfest | October 27, 2012
    This event in St. Germain, WI has a different spin on Oktoberfest. Enjoy German theme food and beverages, polka music, pumpkin painting, and hay rides. This event benefits the Vilas County Historical Museum.
    Places to stay – St. Germain Vacation properties


Relax Lakeside at the Bald Eagle Cabin

Just Added Vacation Home in Eagle River

The Bald Eagle Cabin is on Big Stone Lake which is part of a 28 lake chain. This is the largest freshwater chain in the world. The vacation cabin in Eagle River WI has great fishing for musky, walleye, bass, and much more. There is a dock area for 1 boat and a sandy swimming area. The cabin accommodates up to seven people and has three bedrooms. With a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining table, and Big Stone Lake right outside your door, there are many opportunities to create memorable experiences.  The Eagle River is known for its fun Northwoods atmosphere and an abundance of events.

Noteworthy events and festivals that will create long-lasting memories –

  • A true Wisconsin event with culinary offerings in the Eagle River area. Head to Eagle River for the Festival of Flavors August 25th & 26th. Wisconsin wineries and cheese produces showcase their products at this world-class event.
  • Cranberry Festival is held October 6th-7th, 2012. This fall event includes arts and crafts, cranberry foods, and entertainment.
  • Each winter in Eagle River, local volunteers and firefighters create an elaborate ice palace using 12 inch think pieces of ice.  Usually the palace stands from New Years to late February. Take a winter trip to the Eagle River area and experience this unique WI attraction. The Chamber of Commerce Executive director, Conrad Heeg says,

“We want folks to visit our wonderful community, but it is a lot more than that: How can you measure the joy of wide-eyed kids and adults watching the ice being cut and hauled using the old equipment, and volunteers building this ice castle, by hand and then stepping back to see this huge, utterly beautiful, and artistic ice structure?”

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It’s time head out to Eagle River and enjoy the abundance of lakes, nature, and festivals.

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