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Once untamed, this region is the stuff of folklore and fact, made famous by the lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot's song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Today, visitors are drawn to the haunting beauty of Lake Superior, in many ways still untamed.

In the far north, the Apostle Islands, 22 in all with a corresponding 12-mile stretch of shoreline and sea caves, are incredibly scenic, swept with lighthouses and shipwreck remnants. Sailing and kayaking are nearly mandatory for outdoor enthusiasts. So is searching out the state's most spectacular waterfalls.

When the snow falls, the siren sings her song for those who love cross country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the region.

If you've come this far north, you must experience Big Top Chautaqua in Bayfield. Most every night during the balmy summer months, Big Top presents original historical musical theatre and contemporary entertainment under the big tent overlooking Lake Superior.

Heading south, you'll land in Hayward, a community with loads of northwoods charm. Hayward plays host to the world renowned Birkebeiner cross-country ski race and the annual Lumberjack World Championships. For fishing lovers, there's the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in the shape of a jaw-dropping 143-foot-long, 41-foot-tall musky, full of fishing history and memorabilia, perfect for an area chock full of pristine lakes.

Osceola, a quaint historic town on the beautiful St. Croix River, offers railway tours from spring through autumn.

At the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in the Chippewa Valley, a site first seen by French fur traders in the late 1700s, sits the city of Eau Claire. Visitors are treated to that same scenic beauty, now from the vantage point of winding bike trails and area golf courses.

We asked our innkeepers to update you on 'what to do' in their area:

Bayfield.  Relaxation on the really big lake.  Kayak, sail, cruise, beach walk.  Combine adventure, environment & personal rejuvenation among the Apostle Islands.  Escape the chaos.  from:  Pinehurst Inn

Events within the Northwest region:

Ice Age Trail

Event City: Birchwood
Event Details:
hike or snowshoe the Ice Age Trail.
Event Dates:
Feb 12, 2010 to Dec 31, 2014

Event Time:
Daily

Event Contact Phone:
800-227-0046

Event Web Site:
www.iceagetrail.org

American Birkiebeiner

Event City: Hayward
Event Details:
largest cross country ski race in Wisconsin
Event Dates:
Feb 12, 2010 to Dec 31, 2014

Event Contact Phone:
1-800-usa-brke

Event Web Site:
www.birkie.com

Christie Mountain

Event City: Birchwood
Event Details:
Fall Color lifts. This is ideal for fall color tours.Snow tubing, down hill skiing, cross country skiing
Event Dates:
Feb 12, 2010 to Dec 31, 2014

Event Time:
winter/daily

Event Contact Phone:
1715-868-7800

Event Web Site:
www.christiemountain.com

Tuscobia Trail

Event City: Birchwood
Event Details:
Venture onto the Tuscobia snowmobile trail. Many miles through the Great Northwoods. Sled from lake to lake.
Event Dates:
Dec 11, 2010 to Dec 16, 2014

Event Time:
Daily

Event Contact Phone:
715-354-3494

Event Web Site:
www.cobblestonebb.com

Leinenkiugels Brewery Tour

Event City: Chippewa Falls
Event Details:
Call for hours.
Event Dates:
Sep 12, 2012 to Sep 17, 2014

Event Time:
Weekly

Event Contact Phone:
715-354-3494

Event Web Site:
www.leine.com

Red School House Winery

Event City: Birchwood
Event Details:
Free wine tasting.
Event Dates:
Feb 12, 2014 to Feb 17, 2015

Event Time:
weekly

Event Contact Phone:
715-865-5038

Event Web Site:
www.redschoolhousewines.com

Old Fashioned Block Party and Classic Car Show

Event City: Hartford
Event Details:
Bring the whole family as Hartford fills the streets in Downtown with vintage and classic cars. Great fun, music and food can be experienced by all. The Wisconsin Automotive Museum will be open for tours as well. So plan the day:and get a taste of the past!! Please stop in at the Westphal Mansion Inn B&B and shop our new Eclectic, vintage Boutique!
Event Dates:
May 17, 2014 to May 17, 2014

Event Time:
10:00am-4:00pm

Event Contact Phone:
262-673-7193

Event Web Site:
downtownhartfordwi.com
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