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.