Fall Color Tour

Fall is a special time in Waupaca as the lush greens of summer give way to a display of red, yellow, brown and orange.

Day 1: Enjoy entertainment by some of the state’s most talented blues musicians in the historic Indian Crossing Casino at the annual Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival.


Day 2: After breakfast at Little Fat Gretchens, a hometown café known for their daily specials and great desserts, take a walk through Downtown Waupaca and stroll the many shops such as Panache, Northern Home, Stange’s of Waupaca, and Feminine Touch. After lunch take in the fall colors aboard the Chief Waupaca, an authentic double-decker sternwheeler, with a 1 ½ hour narrated tour.


Day 3: Stop at Neumann’s Piggly Wiggly to pick up everything you need for a picnic, then head out to one of Waupaca Area’s many parks to enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Before heading home, stop at King Berry Farm and The Raspberry Connection for seasonal produce and gifts.


Summer Memories

Long sunshine filled days, ideal temperatures and starry nights are just a few perks of summer in Waupaca.

Day 1: After a leisurely breakfast head out to play 18-holes at one of several area golf courses all within a short drive, such as Cedar Springs Golf Course, Glacier Wood Golf Club, Hidden Waters Golf Course or Foxfire Golf at Par 4 Resort. With a variety of courses, each offers a unique opportunity for play from 18-hole championship courses to a 9-hole executive style. In the evening enjoy dinner and take in the beautiful sunset on the deck of Clear Water Harbor overlooking Taylor Lake.

Day 2: With a variety of events happening throughout the summer in the Waupaca Area, you’re sure to find one featured during your stay. Take part in such events as the Iola Old Car Show, the Waupaca Area Triathlon, 4th of July Celebration or Strawberry Fest. While enjoying the events you may also be inclined to take in some of the history of the area at the Hutchinson House in Waupaca’s South Park, a tour of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King or a self-guided tour of the historic Yankee Village of Rural. For dinner, enjoy The Wheel House Restaurant famous for their pizza, pastas and sandwiches. Save room for an ice cream cone from Scoopers right next door.

Day 3: Head out to explore the Chain O’ Lakes on the pontoon you’ve rented from one of several area marinas such as Amherst Marine, Becker Marine or Adventure Outfitters Lakeside. If you prefer the quieter side of the Chain, pick up a kayak to take you into the Upper Chain, featuring four non-motorized lakes surrounded by the natural beauty of towering pines and marvel at the aqua-marine, crystal clear waters. If you’re feeling more adventurous, paddle the Wolf or Embarrass Rivers and rent a kayak or canoe from Gill’s Landing & Saloon LLC or at Adventure Outfitters they offer trips down the Waupaca and Crystal River. In the evening, grill out along the lake after stopping by Niemuth’s Steak and Chop Shop for fresh streaks, seafood and all the trimmings.

Day 4: Make the short drive to the quaint village of Iola to the Iola Historical Society and take in hundreds of historic relics from Iola’s Swiss and Norwegian heritages that are preserved and captured at the Historic Village and Museum complex. Enjoy lunch and a delicious piece of pie at the Crystal Cafe of Iola.

Spring Beauty

Waupaca is a great place to be as nature awakens in the spring. Get ready to renew your senses and get invigorated as the days warm up.  Now is the time to think about your garden or visit a new specialty shop.

Crystal River Inn B&BDay 1: Check into any one of our fine hotels, B&B’s or resorts. Tune your radio station to WDUX AM 800/FM 92.7 to listen to great music and to find events and what’s going on in the area. While enjoying your time in the area take advantage of our many hiking trails. Grab your camera, hat and sunscreen and hike along the River Ridge Trail or Ice Age Trail where you will take in some beautiful scenery, landscapes, and perhaps some animals and birds local to our area. If you have forgotten an item for your hike make a stop at Shopko where you are sure to find anything you need to make your hike enjoyable. After hiking come into town for lunch at Little Fat Gretchen’s to enjoy homemade bakery and tasty soups. From there take a walk and treat yourself to shopping at Panache boutique for fashion, Fletcher’s Jewelry for exquisite jewelry going back four generations, or Lucky Tree for modern gifts and home decor. For dinner head to T-Dubs Public House and enjoy the charm of our small town pub, with the style and culinary fair of big city dining along with many different draft beers and wine.

Flowers blossomingDay 2: Start your morning right with a breakfast at Three Squares Restaurant featuring delicious food at reasonable prices. After breakfast plan a visit to Memaw’s Toning where you can work out on toning tables or exercise equipment, shop for local handmade crafts and check out their featured essential oil. As spring brings to mind thoughts of home improvements. Take a short drive to Artha Sustainable Living Center where you can learn about renewable energy and solar water heating. They also offer workshops, classes in yoga, and herbs and their many uses. Stop by for lunch at Culver’s in Waupaca, Dairy Queen /Brazier, or Hardee’s of Waupaca to order one of your favorite sandwiches or salads. Next embark on a tour of the Historic Sites in Rural this self-guided tour is less than a mile and can be done on foot or on wheels. This picturesque tour spans four bridges over the Crystal River and consists of 17 homes and stores, a church and a school most of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can pick up a brochure and map at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. For dinner head to Weasels for their house specials, Italian beef, specialty pizzas, Gyros, and cool drinks.

Day 3: With summer fast approaching get some new ideas on gardening or landscaping at Bonnie’s Bloomers or Silver Mist Garden Center. While there check out their garden accessories and gifts and find out about their demonstrations and workshops providing you with ideas to get your garden off to a great start. Grab a quick and tasty lunch at Subway in Waupaca before a visit to Cottage Garden Farm which offers a wide variety of gifts and collectibles. A visit to the area would not be complete with a stop at the historic and picturesque Red Mill on the Crystal River. Take a walk through their beautiful grounds and stroll over the covered bridge that leads to the Chapel in the Woods. Don’t forget to stop inside the mill to visit their museum and gift shop as well as coffee and ice cream shoppe. Before going to dinner treat yourself to Studio 212 Hair Salon and Spa for hair design, spa and nail services. Cap off your day with dinner at Simpson’s Restaurant which has been a family owned staple in Waupaca since 1932. Enjoy a drink by the fireplace or out on the deck before dining on their third generation secret recipes.

Winter Getaway

The long days and warm weather of summer are but a memory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some new ones this winter in Waupaca

fishfryDay 1: Arrive at one of the Waupaca Area’s bed and breakfasts, each featuring their own unique appeal to visitors and check into your home away from home. Head out to dinner at Johnson’s Waupaca Woods Restaurant or Par 4 Bistro for a great fish fry in their warm dining atmosphere everyone will enjoy.

snowshoeDay 2: After breakfast at the Inn, stop at Adventure Outfitters to rent a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis and head out to Hartman Creek State Park. There are 6 miles of trails available for cross-country skiing and 3.5 miles available for snowshoeing. For dinner head to Chain O’ Lakes Bar & Grill, a local favorite spot with a diverse and delicious menu and entertainment in the evenings.horse+drawn+sleigh+rides-small

Day 3: Sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed. Before heading home, stop out at Wild West Campground & Corral for a horse drawn sleigh ride across the rural central Wisconsin landscape.