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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

July 15 -21, 2018

Details for 2018 tour 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.

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Northern Woods & Waters

August 5 – 11, 2018      

Details for 2018 tour 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 tour the Eagle River Chain on a pirate ship!

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Registration

2018 REGISTRATION COMING IN DECEMBER!
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“We really enjoyed Wisconsin’s extensive trail system.”

Rick and Gary, Lafayette IN

“We’ve taken lots of tours and this one rates with the best.”

Ed, Sun Lakes AZ

This has to be the best bicycle tour we have ever participated in.”

Rita, Appleton WI

“This was a first class trip!”

Mike, Ontario Canada

“Food was good, beer was great, and the company, fun!”

Judy, Aspen CO

Northern Woods and Waters Day by Day*

Sunday August 6, 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 night lodging upgrade is available for an additional fee in one and two bedroom condos at the Northernaire Resort, three miles from the Oneida Village Inn. All Sunday activities as well as week-long parking and Monday breakfast will, however, take place at the Oneida Village Inn, and those choosing the upgrade will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the Oneida Village Inn.

Monday August 7, 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 in a few days. Leaving 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 8, 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, and peddle boats. 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 9, St. Germain, Approximate mileage: 0, 30, or 40

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. Many of us will choose the day’s optional circle ride to and from the popular tourist town of Eagle River where we will probably be kidnapped by pirates and taken onto the Pirates of Eagle River ship for a tour of area lakes. To ease the stress of our capture, the Pirates provide adult beverages and soft drinks as well as snacks at their lakeside tiki bar, available to purchase both before and after the ride. Once we escape the Pirates, we may choose to visit the museum, shops, ice cream stores, and restaurants all available in Eagle River. After a bike ride back to the resort we can relax on our patios or go for a lake swim before meeting for dinner at the resort’s restaurant.

 Thursday August 10, 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 in Boulder Junction, those of us not kayaking will continue on the route with the opportunity to  visit Little Bohemia*, site of the Dillinger shoot out made famous in the movie Public Enemies before coming 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 Lodge  hotel where we’ll have the opportunity to soak in the hot tub or relax in the comfortable rooms. 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 hotel.

*Little Bohemia visit is not available for cyclists choosing the Pedal and Paddle option or for anyone choosing to bike only the 30 mile route to Boulder Junction

Friday August 11, Cycle to Minocqua, 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 hotel. 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. Once in Minocqua we’ll check in to the Concord Inn right in the heart of downtown Minocqua with its many shops, restaurants, and pubs. If we aren’t in the mood for shopping, Torpy Park with it’s lovely swimming beach on Lake Minocqua is right across the street from our hotel. If we’d rather swim indoors, we might visit the hotel indoor pool and hot tub.  The Aqua Bats, one of the longest running ski show clubs in the country, will be performing a free show this evening just a few blocks from our hotel. We’ll meet around 4:00 at the hotel for a bus ride to popular Norwood Pines Supper Club for an early dinner featuring the northwoods typical Friday fish fry. After dinner we’ll meet for a group picture on the lovely grounds of the restaurant before returning by bus to downtown Minocqua. After dinner there will be plenty of time for a beer at the Minocqua Brewing Company, ice cream at a nearby stand,  or a visit to the free water ski show taking place on Lake Minocqua.

Saturday August 12, Cycle to Three Lakes, Approximate mileage: 39

After a hot continental breakfast at the hotel, we’re on our way back to Three Lakes. We’ll ride through miles and miles of woods and through the tiny town of Sugar Camp 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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