My Stay at the Alderwood Resort

Hello! I was given the wonderful opportunity to stay at the Alderwood Resort last week for a few days! The resort is located in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin on the Chain of Lakes. The resort has four different cabins: Bayview, Lakeview, Beachview, and The Lodge. We stayed in The Lodge!


It’s just about a 4.5 hour drive from Milwaukee and 6.25 hour drive from Chicago, and the drive up is beautiful! The Lodge features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a modern kitchen with an adorable breakfast nook, a sun-room and a spacious living room with a fireplace! It also comes with access to the resort amenities such as private docks, swimming area, swing-set and horseshoe pit, lending library of books and games, bike rentals, rowboats, kayaks and canoes!


Enjoying the cutest breakfast nook!


Bike rentals!

Private Dock

Game and Book Rental

Fish Cleaning Station

Beautiful afternoon of kayaking

SO many boats to rent!

View from the kayak!


Have you seen a cuter kitchen?


Cozy and relaxing living room!

I especially appreciated the custom coffee!

Eating in the Area

The great part about this resort was that we didn’t need to leave very much. We went to a local grocery store and stocked up on some essentials and made most our meals in the comfort of the cabin. The other great part about this resort is that if you do want to get out and about, you have a ton of options!

For lunch one day, we stopped at The Thirsty Whale in Minoqua! Everything was absolutely delicious! It was a little chilly when we were there, but they do have seating outside right on the water.

We also made a stop at a local Hawaiian Ice Stand, Summer Ice Shanty and it was literally the best thing I’ve ever had. I’ve joked to my husband multiple times since we’ve been home that it’s worth the four hour drive just to get more shaved ice!

Hiking in the Area

We were feeling adventurous and decided to go to Copper Falls State Park! This was about an hour and twenty minute drive, but totally worth it! Any excuse to take a drive in the Northwoods is an adventure in and of itself.

This park did not disappoint. We were the only ones there and the falls were loud and peaceful at the same time!

Overall, I can’t say enough about how amazing it was to go relax in the great Northwoods! It was great to spend some time with just my husband, but I hope to go back with a big group in the future! Make sure you make plans to visit The Alderwood Resort this summer, and I guarantee you, you won’t regret it!

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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!