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Other Tours

Summer 2019

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

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

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Northern Woods & Waters

Saturday Aug. 10 to Friday Aug. 16, 2019

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 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

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Loved the Swiss entertainment in New Glarus.”

Christine, Flavors Rider

The SAG driver is the greatest, always magically appeared when I needed her. Luggage drivers also great!”

Mary, IL

Very much likes all those quiet bike paths.”

Steve, Colorado

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

Mary Jo, Wisconsin

“I thought that the trip was about as perfect as a bike trip could be”

Flavors Rider

Northern Woods and Waters Day by Day

Saturday August 10, 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!

Sunday August 11, 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 Wednesday. 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.

Monday August 12, Cycle to Boulder Junction, Approximate mileage: 38 to 61

After a hot buffet breakfast, we’ll start out on an asphalt bike path heading west out of town. We’ll ride past a little lakeside beach before turning onto one of Vilas County’s beautiful, wooded bike routes, cycling the back roads of the Northern Highland State Forest passing lakes too numerous to count. We’ll come to the tiny community of Star Lake where we might stop at at the Star Lake Country Store for a snack or some ice cream. We’ll continue through the State Forest until we reach Boulder Junction.  Those choosing the Pedal and Paddle option will stop in town, grab lunch, and board the kayak bus where they will be transported 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 the route on Vilas County’s newest trail, again winding through beautiful wooded landscapes eventually returning 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 pub 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 tavern friendliness found at the Boulder Beer Bar with great casual food, 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.

*Additional $35 fee required

Tuesday August 13, Cycle to Eagle River, Approximate mileage: 45

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. 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 cycle through the tiny town of Sayner before entering another asphalt path which will take us to the town of St. Germain where we can find lunch at one of it’s well-known cafes and grab dessert at Cathy’s Ice cream and Candy. Once back on the route we’ll fine ourselves circling Big St. Germain Lake before finally arriving at our home for two days, the upscale Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River. Once checked in, we’ll relax in our deluxe lodge homes that sit along the water’s edge, enjoying a spectacular view of the lake. Resort amenities include a sandy swimming beach with raft and beach furniture, free use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and tennis courts. 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, the Blue Heron, for a group dinner.

 Wednesday August 14, Layover Day, Approximate Mileage, 0, 16, or 33

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 or bike into Eagle River for shopping and sightseeing. In the morning, many of us will choose the day’s optional circle ride which will take us through the town of Eagle River and into the Nicolet National Forest before returning to the resort. Around noon we’ll have the option to board the ship of the the Pirates of Eagle River* who’ll take us on a tour of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes before dropping us at their tiki bar for lunch, snacks, ice cream or beverages. After a short walk back to the resort, we’ll still have time to relax on the beach or take a rowboat out on the lake. Some of us may choose to rent one of the resort’s motorized watercraft. In the evening we’ll gather at the Blue Heron to discuss the day’s activities and enjoy another buffet dinner.

*Available free of charge to the first 30 people to register for the bike tour

Thursday August 15, Cycle to Minocqua, Approximate mileage: 52

We’ll say goodbye to the Wild Eagle with a hot breakfast at the restaurant and then set out on our route to the town of Minocqua, our last overnight destination.  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, restaurants, and a really nice swimming beach. On our way, we’ll pass again through the town of St. Germain where we may stop for a break, maybe some ice cream. Once in Minocqua, we’ll want to explore the downtown area two blocks beyond the Best Western, our hotel for the night,  where we’ll find interesting shops, museums, restaurants, and taverns. Right across the street from our hotel is a popular brewpub as well as the town beach on Lake Minocqua where we can swim or just relax and enjoy the view. Those of us who enjoy indoor swimming more than the beach can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool. In the evening we’ll gather at Reulands, our dinner location next to the hotel, where we’ll discuss the day’s ride before dinner.

Friday August 16, Cycle to Three Lakes, Approximate mileage: 39

After a hot continental breakfast at the hotel, we’re on our way back to Three Lakes. Again we’ll be riding on shaded backroads through the woods past lakes dotted with tourist cottages. We might stop in the tiny town of Sugar Camp for a break at the Cross Country Bar and Grill before returning to the hotel in Three Lakes. We’ll have a chance to shower in a couple rooms set aside for us at the hotel before saying our good byes to our new bike friends and 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.

 The above information is subject to minor changes

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