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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:

Shake the Lake Power Boat races

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
The “Bristol of Boat Racing” best describes this diminutive oval. Set off in a secluded bay of Lake Winnebago, (Miller’s Bay) and in a beautiful tree-lined park, Oshkosh is fast-paced, furious, and one of the smallest boat racing courses around. It’s a constant turn to the left and is an enormously fun place to race. Local crowds come annually to this bantam boat track to watch the everything from Juniors to Modified’s battle it out on the circle. The wind is never a factor here (even in mid-September!), and Oshkosh is a perfect race as we near the end of the season. Oshkosh’s annual Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest takes place just steps from Miller’s Bay during this same weekend.
Event Dates:
Sep 01, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018

Event Web Site:
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