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.

Fun, Wisconsin Vacation Destination: St. Germain

It’s that time of year again. There have been a few warmer days & people are starting to believe that there will indeed be summer. We’ve been starting to see more and more inquiries come through for the summer months, that’s where we come in. We want to help inspire those that are beginning their summer vacation planning. For the next few weeks, we will be sharing some popular Wisconsin destinations with recreational activities and some vacation rental ideas. We are ready to kick off the blog series with a popular northern Wisconsin location: St. Germain.

Popular Recreational Activities in St. Germain:

Hiking and Biking:

St. Germain is ideal for anyone looking to explore the area by foot or bike. The St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail offers 12 miles of family-friendly fun. Both visitors and locals love to visit this scenic stretch – and the gentle terrain provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely trip. To access the trail, there is a Bike & Hike Park behind the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce (Highways 70 & 155). If you are looking for a trail a bit off of the beaten path, we recommend the Shannon Lake Trail. During the warm months, it is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. The hiking loops range from 2.3 miles to 7 miles. The lake loop is one of our favorites because it offers fantastic lake sights and is ideal for viewing wildlife. Once winter hits, the Shannon Lake Trail is perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Golfing:

We find that many vacationers express their interest in golfing while on vacation. Well, be sure to pack you clubs when visiting St. Germain because you are in for a treat. There are 16 courses within a 20 minute drive of St. Germain!! What does that mean for you? Options. Flexibility. Fun. Two popular options are The St. Germain Golf Club & 19th Hole Par 3. Whether you are an aspiring professional golfer or a newbie, there is something for you.

Water Recreation

How could we not mention the exciting water recreation offered in the St. Germain area. This area has some of the cleanest water & locals and vacationers definitely take advantage of that. Take a break and relax on the sandy shoreline reading a good book or making a splash in one of the lakes. Other popular activities: kayaking, canoeing, skiing, tubing, pontooning, can you tell that the possibilities are  endless? Many of the rental properties in St. Germain come with these options or have affordable rental prices for kayaks/pontoon boats/etc. Be sure to ask the owners.

Summer Events

The Cropsey Vacation Rentals owners provided some awesome insight regarding summer events in the St. Germain area. Every Monday from Memorial day to Labor Day, the town hosts a large flea and farmer’s market featuring over 400 vendors. The farmer’s market is a new addition for the 2014 season that will be held in conjunction with the flea market. Following this, there is Monday Night Bingo from the first Monday in June to nearly the end of August. The Cropsey owners say that over $1,000 is guaranteed to be given away each week – wow!

Love St. Germain, Where to Stay?:

We love it too. Plus, because it is quite popular, there are a variety of vacation rental options, so you are sure to find something that fits your needs. Some properties are quaint and sleep just 2 while others are quite large and can sleep up to 15. We list over 100 St. Germain vacation rentals so be sure to check those out. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Be sure to click on the photo to view more property information!

Cropsey Management: Red Pine Lodge on Pickerel Lake

Cropsey Management: Red Pine Lodge on Pickerel Lake

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Idle Hours Resort: Courtside Cabin on Little St. Germain Lake

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Serenity Bay Resort: Red Oak on Little St. Germain Lake

Have you been to the area before? Any recommendations for potential visitors? Share with us.

 

Searching for a Wisconsin Vacation Rental?

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We believe your family vacation should start with the online Search. We’ve made it fun and easy. You’re on cabin time now!

1. One website that is entirely focused on Wisconsin cabins, cottages, lodges and homes.

2. A website that offers a large selection.

3. A website where you can CONNECT and BOOK directly with the owners. These days, it’s hard to find. Have you noticed that most vacation rental websites now make your book through their site? Third-party websites take a commission on every booking. That means you’d likely pay more for the same rental because rental owners raise their rates. Not at RentWisconsinCabins.com: You always book directly with the owners and Save – Besides, the owners are your best tour guides, not booking websites.

4. Finally, you need a website that offers easy Search Tools that narrow your search.

When it’s vacation time, it’s time to visit RentWisconsinCabins.com.

Winter Wonderland in Wisconsin

Before we know it, winter will be here; so buckle up and get ready to enjoy the season. There is good news for all of our winter enthusiasts: Farmers’ Almanac predicts that the upcoming Wisconsin winter will be cold and snowy. To those thrill seeking vacationers who are out for an adventure, those looking to cozy up by the fireplace, and everyone in between – there are hundreds of Wisconsin vacation rentals for you to enjoy.

We are excited for winter and can’t wait to share how fun the season can be with everyone! Here are some ideas to get you ready for the winter wonderland.

Three Year-Round Wisconsin Vacation Rentals that are Great for a Winter Retreat:

The Northern Exposure vacation home in St. Germain, Wisconsin offers many winter-friendly amenities. Snowmobile right from your door to hundreds of miles on the Snowmobile Trail System. Or enjoy great snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the many groomed trails in the area. End your day around the wood burning fireplace in the living room – ideal for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation.

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Relax in southern Wisconsin at the Kettle Moraine Farmhouse, the ideal country retreat! The property, nestled in the Kettle Moraine State Forest,  is just 100 feet from the Kettle Moraine cross-country trails. Plus, you are less than 10 miles from Apple Valley Resort for downhill skiing. In the evening, cozy up with family and friends around the stone fireplace.

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Another great option in Wisconsin is the Lake View vacation cabin at the Eagle Waters Resort. This family friendly resort is right on the snowmobile trail! The resort includes The Trading Post where you will find a fitness center, sauna, library, activity/craft room, and more. Or bundle up and spend an afternoon ice fishing on Eagle Lake. The resort includes an ice fishing shanty available for guests!

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These three vacation properties are a great option for a winter vacation in Wisconsin. Check out our website, you will find HUNDREDS of great vacation rental options. Over 500 vacation rentals on our website are year round!! The possibilities are endless.

#Wisconsin Nature Trails That You Don’t Want to Miss

We know some Wisconsin fans are bummed that our National Parks, Forests, and Trails are closed. On the bright side, Wisconsin does offer a variety of FUN alternatives for this fall!

Here are a few Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, and Trails with awesome vacation rentals nearby:

Wiouwash State Trail
Enjoy 41 miles of walking, jogging, and biking paths at this state trail. Plus, two segments of the trail are open for horseback riding!
>>> Nearby vacation cabin on Lulu Lake

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit
Come enjoy the hills and valleys at this state forest in Wisconsin. There are 9 state nature areas: Buff Creek, Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, Ottawa Lake Fen, and more.
>>> Kettle Moraine Farmhouse: Country Retreat – in the heart of the State Forest

Peninsula State Park
Vacationers (and locals) love this Door County State Park. You’ll want to explore the climbing tower with awesome views, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, and the variety of hiking and biking trails. Plus, this park is also certified through Travel Green Wisconsin.
>>> Rental properties in Fish Creek, Wisconsin 

Flambeau River State Forest
You’ll love to explore the 92,000 acres of forestland which runs along two branches of the Flambeau River. This forest is commonly known for canoeing and also offers a variety of hiking trips.
>>> Compare 7 awesome Winter, WI vacation rentals

Bearskin State Trail
This trail is certified by Travel Green Wisconsin – offering a variety of innovation solutions. Vacationers love the 18-mile railbed trail, awesome for biking and hiking.
>>> Over 60 vacation rentals are available in the Minocqua area 

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Reversing Current Law. Harmful to Vacation Rental Businesses.

Those that want to get rid of law LRB’s 1695/1 and 2502/1, which prevents school schools from starting before Labor Day, really need to consider the irreversible crippling effect it will have on the Vacation Rental Industry. It’s our hope (and the hope of WI rental owners and managers) that this law remains intact. In Wisconsin, the vacation season starts in mid-June and runs THRU Labor Day. Up to 85% of revenue for full-time rental owners is generated during these 3 months. “It would kill our August customer base when the weather is the best”, says a Minocqua rental owner. “We not only would lose customers by the middle of August, but also our help”. A longer school year is inevitable, but why not keep students in school in June when our Wisconsin weather is typically rainy and cooler? Is anyone weighing the pro’s and con’s?

Nixing the current law is the wrong thing to do – at the worst possible time. WI rental owners are still recovering from recession, and trip cancellations due to the unexpected late arrival of summer. Though these smart business owners are used to finding creative ways to overcome unexpected weather-related setbacks, taking away their Labor Day revenue seems unacceptable.

Do not turn your back on rental owners, and many restaurants/bars who rely on robust end-of-August revenues. They need SUPPORT, not another hurdle.Image

Post by: Joe Mogensen
Founder, RentWisconsinCabins.com

A Northern Wisconsin Experience: North Country Vacation Home Rentals

We love sharing unique Wisconsin properties to vacationers (and know that it’s important to provide a large selection). That’s why we are always adding awesome listings to RentWisconsinCabins.com. As you plan your next Wisconsin vacation, make sure to check out North Country Vacation Rentals. We list over 15 of their vacation properties, all in Northern WI. Here is a preview:

Serenity Lodge

Relax at the beautiful lodge, located on Bladder Lake. Start your day relaxing on the screened in porch or deck, & get ready for a day of fun by the lake. The property includes a pontoon, paddle boat, and canoe. Then unwind, grilling your favorite meal and spending time around the outdoor fire pit. This property isn’t only perfect for the warmer season, vacationers love heading to Serenity Lodge during the cooler months. Step right outside your front door and you are on a snowmobile and ATV trail.
Vacation Details: Serenity Lodge in Iron River, Wisconsin

Serenity Vacation Lodge Exterior

Serenity Lodge

Dancing Bear Lodge

Come and relax at this completely renovated (and affordable) Wisconsin property. Spend time outside on the spacious deck or on the four-season porch. You have access to Namakagon Lake and a 14 ” boat w/ motor. Vacationers love to spend the day fishing, bringing back their catchings to the fish cleaning house for dinner. Also included in the lodge: WiFi, fireplace, outdoor firepit, and outdoor furniture. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a true Northern Wisconsin experience.
Details: Dancing Bear Lodge in Drummond, Wisconsin

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Dancing Bear Lodge

Kamer de Woude

We love this property! Kamer de Woude is situated on 8 1/2 acres of Northern Wisconsin’s most beautiful forest, combined with 300 feet of secluded lake frontage. The vacation property overlooks the crystal clear Lake Owen and includes a dock and a swim raft!  In addition, the property includes a 14 ft aluminum boat, a canoe, and paddle boat. If you are looking to spend a lot of time outdoors, this property is for you.
Vacation Details: Kamer de Woude in Drummond, Wisconsin

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Kamer de Woude

Don’t hesitate, start planning your next Wisconsin Vacation.

Other popular Wisconsin vacation locations:

St. Germain          |          Eagle River          |          Wisconsin Dells