What to do in Rhinelander, WI

Hello, friends! This is my last blog post about my weekend in Rhinelander, WI!

I wanted to highlighted some of my favorite activities from the weekend. We didn’t spend all of our time there eating (surprisingly). We were able to hike, shop and explore the town. Here’s a few of my favorite stops:

1. Almon County Park

This place was an awesome hidden treasure! The lake was beautiful while frozen and I’m sure equally beautiful in the summer/fall seasons. IMG_20181218_160945IMG_20181218_160907IMG_20181218_160717IMG_20181218_160806IMG_20181218_160636

2. The Hodag Store

I bet this place had 1,000+ hodags! This would be your one-stop-shop for gifts or souvenirs.


I bought some hodag soda- absolutely delicious!


3. Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe

If you want to feel like a kid in a candy shop, do yourself a favor and go here! I left with way more candy than I’d like to admit!


What to Eat in Rhinelander, WI

Hello again!

I’m so excited to share with you a day of eating in Rhinelander, Wisconsin! I’m going to share with you the best places for 1) Coffee 2) Lunch 3) Dinner.

First, I want to share with you the best coffee in Rhinelander (IMO): Briar House! Not only is it an adorable coffee shop, it’s also the CUTEST gift shop. I had to stop myself from buying everything in sight (especially the hiking stickers).

I ordered a frozen peppermint/vanilla coffee and even though it was 10 degrees, it was BOMB. I would highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the area!



For lunch, we stopped at Dawn’s Lakeside Restaurant for lunch. The place itself had some amazing cabin vibes.


AND THE PIZZA WAS LITERALLY TO DIE FOR. I am not exaggerating, this was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had and I KNOW PIZZA (I worked in a pizza restaurant for 5 years).


I mean, LOOK AT THAT CHEESE PULL. (all the heart eyes)


And the view was pretty great, too!


Finally, we stopped for dinner at The Al Gen Dinner Club. As you can see from the pictures, this place had the best up-north woodsy vibes.


And look how amazing their Christmas decorations were!


Great value. Great service. Great atmosphere.

Solid 10/10. 


Of course, I only had one weekend in Rhinelander, so please let me know of any other amazing places to eat that I may not have been able to visit!

For more information on all things Rhinelander, be sure to check out Explore Rhinelander and Wisconsin Travel Best Bets!


What is a HODAG?

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you a few posts about my trip to Rhinelander, Wisconsin this week!

This amazing travel agency group called Wisconsin Travel Best Bets and Explore Rhinelander were kind enough to send me on a mission to explore all that Rhinelander has to offer!

It’s impossible to go to Rhinelander without seeing hundreds of green little monster looking things. But WHAT ARE THEY? And WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

I had to do some serious research to learn about all things hodag in preparation for my trip!

Here’s what I learned from Explore Rhinelander’s website:

“The Hodag was first discovered by timber cruiser, land developer and merry prankster Eugene Shepard in 1893. The Hodag was the centerpiece of the 1896 Oneida County Fair and has lived in Northwoods legend ever since.

Patching together eyewitness accounts, rumor, legend and speculation, several aspects of the Hodag’s appearance start to become clear:

  • Covered in fine, green fur
  • Height: 30 inches
  • Weight: 185-265 pounds
  • Length: 7 feet
  • Diet: Reports vary widely – mud turtles and water snakes, oxen, white bulldogs eaten only on Sundays
  • Reported to have the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, stout legs, a spiky, dinosaur-like back and a long tail
  • Smell is a combination of “buzzard meat and skunk perfume”

A larger-than-life representation of this fierce beast can be found outside the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, 450 W. Kemp St.” (SEE BELOW)


Here’s an info-graphic that Explore Rhinelander made to simplify the hodag!


Stay tuned because later this week I’m going to show you more hodag related things…even a HODAG STORE!

P.S. Wisconsin Travel Best Bets also featured me under their Wisconsin Travel Experts page! (SEE BELOW) Check it out and be sure to follow all the other Wisconsin Travel Experts!


Governor Dodge State Park 7.16.17

Governor Dodge State Park is HUGE ( 5,270-acres to be exact)! Named after Henry Dodge, the first governor of the Wisconsin territory, this place is so full of history (as are most state parks) and so informational!

Pictured below is the Rock Springs House which is what used to be used as a refrigerator. It was surprisingly FREEZING in there. If you only have a short amount of time at Governor Dodge, make sure you check out Stephen’s Falls, a .5 mile trail will take you to an incredible water fall.

I can’t wait to go back!



Wyalusing State Park 7.14.17

This was my first time at Wyalusing State Park and all I can say is WOW. I know I say that a lot, but I seriously can’t help it. Our campsite was on the edge of a 500 foot drop-off overlooking the intersection of the Wisconsin River and the Mississippi River. MAKE SURE THIS ONE MAKES IT ON YOUR LIST!



See you on the trails!

High Cliff State Park. 6.2.17

Awesome weekend camping with Dan and checking off Wisconsin State Park number 12!


We got to High Cliff State Park Friday evening, after stopping for Friday night fish fry at the Outpost in Sherwood (which was absolutely delicious).


After dinner, we set up camp and had a three hour campfire- complete with s’mores Goldfish. That’s not cheating is it? Okay, it totally is, but oh well.



We finally settled down to sleep only to be awakened at 4:51 AM by a flash of lightning, hail, and a “torrential downpour” as the local weatherman described it. But check out the sky:

We hopped in the car and decided to get an early start on the day, BUT COULDN’T FIND A COFFEE SHOP THAT WAS OPEN BEFORE 7 AM. What is that about? Anyways, after what seemed like hours (oh yeah, because it was), we finally got coffee and waffles at Tempest Collective, and let me tell you- it was worth the wait. I’m only adding pictures to make you jealous and hungry (sorry not sorry, okay I kinda am).


After breakfast, we went back to the campsite and the rain had mostly let up! We were able to hike and explore several different trails, which was only fitting since today was National Trails Day.

We chilled out, hung out in Appleton, and hung out in a hammock. Perfect weekend, if you ask me.

See you on the trails!