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Other Tours

Summer 2018

Try one of our shorter private small group tours or try a tour from our friends at Bike Tour Vacations.                                more

Flavors of Wisconsin

Sunday July 14 to Saturday July 20, 2019 

Details Coming in November

 Cycle for six days on a moderate to challenging road route through the scenic vistas of south central Wisconsin. Visit cheese factories and microbreweries. Watch cheese being made and pair one of its many varieties with just the right craft beer.


Northern Woods & Waters

Saturday Aug. 10 to Friday Aug. 16, 2019

Details Coming in November  

 Cycle for six days on lightly traveled back roads through the woods of northern Wisconsin, past quiet lakes too numerous to count. Paddle a kayak on a quiet lake and enjoy a group boat tour on the Eagle River chain of lakes! more


 2019 Registration Information Not Yet Available

“Flavors of Wisconsin and Northern Woods rides are real hidden gems.”

Scott, Illinois

“I really liked the layover day and especially the Potosi Brewery Tour.”

Mary Jo, Wisconsin

The side trips were interesting.

Linda, WI

“We loved your tour!”

Charlotte, Pennsylvania

“The hotels were fantastic and charming.”

Todd and Linda, Wisconsin

Northern Woods and Waters Day by Day*

Sunday August 5, Meet in Three Lakes

After checking in at the Oneida Village Inn* we’ll meet for a short pre-tour information meeting at the the hotel. Then we’ll gather at the hotel’s lounge to say hello to our new bicycle companions before sitting down to a  hearty buffet dinner featuring items such as shrimp scampi, barbecue ribs, and stuffed portabella mushrooms, fueling our bodies for the week’s riding ahead. Those who arrive early in Three Lakes may want to visit the Three Lakes Winery, for a free tour and/or tasting. The Winery has been making their original cranberry wine since 1972. All of their wines are made from whole fruits and berries, no flavorings or kits used here!

*The Oneida Village Inn is an older, very basic hotel that we use for our tour start because of  its location, the services they provide us, and the great food they serve. If you prefer more luxurious accommodations for Sunday night and you plan to arrive in the area on Saturday or earlier, one and two bedroom condo rentals are available at the Northernaire resort about three miles from the Oneida Village Inn and the only other hotel in town.  If you choose to stay there instead at your own expense, we will rebate you our cost of your room at the Oneida Village Inn. Keep in mind, however, that the Northernaire requires a two night minimum stay on weekends.  Also, they are no longer offering us discounts and you would need your own transportation from there to all the Sunday activities at the Oneida Village Inn. Breakfast, luggage loading, week long parking, and start of bike route all take place at the Village Inn. If you are interested in this, contact the hotel and make your reservation early, as north woods hotels fill up early on summer weekends.

Monday August 6, Cycle to Land O Lakes, Approximate mileage: 47

After a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel we’ll set out through the Nicolet National Forest on shaded canopied roads toward the Wisconsin-Michigan border town of Land O Lakes. We’ll past just to the east of the popular tourist town of Eagle River, which we’ll be visiting on Friday. Once past Eagle River, we’ll continue on wooded low traffic roads to the tiny community of Phelps where we might stop for some lunch at the aptly name Northern Exposure Restaurant or maybe some ice cream at the Sweet Treats ice cream store. We’ll make our way to the headwaters of the Wisconsin River, the largest in the state which literally divides it in half before emptying into the mighty Mississippi. From there it’s only a few miles to the Gateway Lodge, a sprawling historic lodge, which will be our home for the night. Once there we might take a dip in the indoor pool or wander the halls to read about the famous people who have stayed there. We’ll meet in the Gateway’s lounge to share stories of the day’s ride before enjoying a buffet dinner in the hotel’s dining room.

Tuesday August 7, Cycle to St. Germain, Approximate mileage: 52

After a hot buffet breakfast, we’ll start out on an asphalt bike path heading west out of town. We’ll ride through woods and past a little lakeside beach before coming to the Forest Lake Country store, a bicycle friendly combination restaurant and convenience store, which is a great place to stop for a snack or just a short rest.  Then it’s on the bikes again to circle a beautiful wooded lake before continuing on our journey through the northern forest to the town of St.Germain, another popular Wisconsin north wood tourist community. After stopping in town for lunch, a snack, or shopping, we’ll continue another few miles to the Black Bear Lodge Resort on Little St. Germain Lake where we’ll relax in deluxe lodge homes that sit along the water’s edge, all with lake view patios affording us a spectacular view of the lake. Resort amenities include a sandy swimming beach with raft and free use of canoes, kayaks, peddle boats, and paddle boards. In the late afternoon, we’ll gather on the patio of one of the lake homes to enjoy some beverages and discuss the day’s ride before heading to the resort’s restaurant for a group dinner.

Wednesday August 8, St. Germain, Approximate mileage: 0 or 30

After breakfast at the resort, we’ll make some choices about how to spend our lay over day. Some of us may choose to rest our biking legs and spend the day enjoying the swimming beach and free use of the resort’s watercraft. Some may choose to hike the wooded paths on the resort property or take a two-mile independent ride into St. Germain to browse the shops or explore the town’s paved paths. In the morning, many of us will choose the day’s optional circle ride to and from the popular tourist town of Minocqua where we will enjoy a narrated pontoon boat tour of Lake Minocqua. Minocqua has a history of attracting tourists that dates from the 1880’s when Chicago residents would arrive by train to enjoy the cool lakeside resorts that began to spring up all over area. The tradition has continued to the present time. The town is filled with shops and restaurants and a really nice swimming beach. There will be plenty of time after our boat tour to grab lunch, visit the shops, and still make it back to the resort for an afternoon on the lake before gathering for dinner at the resort’s restaurant.

 Thursday August 9, Cycle to Boulder Junction, Approximate mileage: 30 or 65

We’ll say goodbye to the Black Bear with a hot breakfast at the restaurant and then set out on a bike path which will take us to the tiny town of Sayner, home of the world’s first snowmobile. After a short break there, we’ll leave the path to cycle the back roads of the Northern Highland State Forest passing lakes too numerous to count. Those choosing the Pedal and Paddle option will bike the first half of the route to Boulder Junction in the morning and then be transported by bus to a nearby lake for the afternoon where kayaks will be waiting for them to explore the area by water.* After a rest  and lunch in Boulder Junction, those of us not kayaking will continue on the route with a beautiful ride through the cranberry region of Vilas county and eventually peddle onto one of the newly paved asphalt paths that are part of the growing Vilas County trail system. The path will take us through the tiny town of Manitowish Waters where ice cream is available, and eventually back to Boulder Junction. This town has become known among cyclists as the best bike town in the north woods. The reputation is well deserved as it has invested much time and money in developing an ever- growing system of asphalt bicycle paths which will eventually connect almost all the popular towns in the Vilas-Oneida county area.  At the end of our ride we’ll check in to the Boulder Bear or Acorn hotel where we ’ll have the opportunity to soak in the hot tub or swim in the pool before gathering at a local brewpub to discuss the days ride. Our downtown location makes it the perfect stop for souvenir shopping, pub visiting, and dinner on our own. Restaurant choices range from the typical up north pub friendliness found at the Acqualand Ale House with 20 microbrews on tap,  to the upscale Guide’s Inn where the gourmet cuisine is worth every penny of the somewhat lofty price tag. Two other great choices include a typical up north supper club, the Headwaters, and McGann’s Café and Wine Bar, perfect for an appetizer and a glass of wine. All restaurants are within a few blocks of each other and our hotels.


Friday August 10, Cycle to Eagle River, Approximate mileage: 46

Breakfast this morning is also on our own, perhaps at the Granary Restaurant, open at 6 a.m. and a two block walk from our hotel. Very light continental breakfast is also available free of charge at our hotels. Shortly after breakfast, we will head out of town on an asphalt path leading us through scenic state forest campground areas and on to Minocqua, our last overnight destination. If we are in the mood for a mid-day swim, two beautiful sandy beaches are available at campgrounds that we will pass through. We’ll ride once more through the town of St. Germain, a great spot for a lunch break, before continuing on wooded backroads into the town of Eagle River. Our route will take us through the downtown area where there are shops, bars, restaurants, and an interesting museum showcasing the history of this northern town. After leaving town we’ll cycle a couple more miles to the Eagle River Inn and Resort located on the beautiful Eagle River Chain of Lakes. After checking in we may choose to swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub, or just wander around the park-like property enjoying views of the water. Eventually, we’ll gather in the restaurant’s lounge before enjoying a buffet dinner at the resort’s restaurant.

Saturday August 11, Cycle to Three Lakes, Approximate mileage: 36

After a hot buffet breakfast at the resort, we’re on our way back to Three Lakes. We’ll ride all the way through Eagle River and  onto the  shaded backroads east of town that wind up and down past lakes, cottages and a rural dam site. We’ll once again enjoy the almost carless roads of the Nicolet National Forest before arriving in Three Lakes where showers will be available for us to clean up before heading home. If we’re not in a hurry to leave, we may want to explore Three Lakes a little more or take advantage of the many hiking, fishing, and boating opportunities that abound in the area.

*Subject to minor changes

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