Know Your Wisconsin: St. Germain Radar Run Story

Snowmobile enthusiasts can head to St. Germain for another opportunity to show their skills during the 15th annual Radar Run. Held on Feb. 1-2, 2019, the St. Germain Radar Run provides multiple opportunities for participants to get involved. Participants can sign up for fun runs, speed runs, and modified sled events in over 32 classes to test their limits on the event’s 1,000-foot shaved ice track or a 660-foot groomed snow track. Enthusiasts can also get involved outside of the races by joining the nearly 100 volunteers manning the event, or lining the track to cheer on the racers. This year’s Radar Run promises a weekend full of light-hearted fun and adrenaline-filled competition. Participants in the main speed events will race for prizes of over $8,000 and the chance to have their names engraved on the Snow-King Trophy in the St. Germain Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum.

Wisconsin’s Craft Beverages – Raise a Glass Episode

Here in Wisconsin, there is a rich culture of craft beverages that encompasses a long list of places to check out throughout the state. Hosts Mariah and Eric decide to knock some of those spots off by visiting three major craft hubs of the state, and get a look behind-the-scenes of their beverage production. They begin their travels in La Crosse County, where Mariah gets involved at Lost Island Wine and Skeleton Crew Brew. As a location thats both a winery and brewery, they offer a variety of options for their patrons. And not far away, Eric gets a tour of one of the oldest and more established breweries of the area, Pearl Street Brewery, known for it’s creative flavors.

Next stop is on the other side of the state, not far off the Mascoutin Valley State Trail, near the Ripon Area. Mariah gets too see a harvest in action at Vines and Rushes Winery, while also getting to enjoy some wood-fired pizza and live music in their tasting room. Eric has a very different experience in Ripon, as he heads to a 1962 schoolhouse where Rushford Meadery and Winery have redesigned their tasting and production rooms, providing a fun and unique experience. They’re also one of the few locations in the state for locally harvested and produced mead.

Finally, Eric makes his way north to the Stevens Point Area and gets a taste of some strong, distilled beverages at Great Northern Distillery in Plover, WI. And Mariah takes a look at one of the larger craft brewers in the state, Central Waters Brewing, where they invite her to see their processes and huge barrel-aging room. Mariah doesn’t leave the Stevens Point Area without making an appearance at their Tourism Takeover event, where all their craft beverage producers come together for great music and good times.

So grab a cold one and join us; As we raise-a-glass to some of the best Craft Beverages Wisconsin has to offer.

The Trails at the Top Episode

Welcome to the Top of Wisconsin where you’ll find some of the best silent sports trails in the Midwest. We’re hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, tubing and snowshoeing our way through towns like Cable, Hayward, Bayfield and Seeley. From a 5-year-old BMX rider to an Olympic cross-country skier, we’re uncovering what makes Bayfield and Sawyer counties a silent sports mecca for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Hosts Mariah Haberman and Collin Geraghty hike their way to off-the-grid spots like Juniper Rock Overlook and Lost Creek Falls. Our journey in northwest Wisconsin comes to a close at the “super bowl of silent sports” – The American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet ski race. Gear up: we’re hitting the trails!

Know Your Wisconsin: Snowshoeing Story

Snowshoeing in Wisconsin: Nearly 3,000 Miles of Trails to Discover!
Looking for a family-friendly way to make the most of Wisconsin winters? Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and explore the beauty of Wisconsin in the winter months. Take advantage of the state’s 2,730 miles of recreational trails and enjoy the serene beauty across miles of snow-covered pathways. Or, forge a new path and explore what’s outside your own front door. Snowshoeing is a fun, cost-effective and easy way to get some good exercise and fresh air during the winter season. All you need to get started are snowshoes, a desire to explore and—of course—snow!

Multiple locations around Wisconsin offer snowshoe rentals, as well as lessons and tips to help snowshoers get the most out of their experience. Several state parks and recreational areas also sponsor snowshoe walks where novice snowshoers can learn in a group setting.

Know Your Wisconsin: Ice-Fishing Story

During the coldest months, when the temperature drops to freezing, most Wisconsin anglers can be found on one of the many frozen Wisconsin lakes doing their best to catch those elusive swimmers. Ice fishing is another fun, albeit chilly, way to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months. This activity is a favorite of many die-hard anglers, as it gives Wisconsinites and visitors alike the freedom to fish on parts of the lake they otherwise couldn’t access in a boat. Thanks to this increased visibility, fishermen can pinpoint the fish and hopefully see greater success. Though, that doesn’t necessarily make the fishing any easier. Many ice fishermen will tell you fishing on a frozen lake is a lot harder than on open water, but that doesn’t stop folks from enjoying the sport year after year. Nearly a quarter of all fish caught in Wisconsin each year are hooked through the ice.

Know Your Wisconsin: Eagle River Snowmobile Derby Story

About 20 minutes east of St. Germain is another Northwoods town known for snowmobiling: Eagle River attracts snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the country for fun and excitement on the snow-covered landscape—not to mention a little competition. The World Championship Derby Track in Eagle River has hosted the World Championship Snowmobile Derby every year since 1966. This world-famous event has proven to be a vital contribution to both the tourism and economic health of the snowmobile community and the Northwoods area. The track was recently sold to three longtime snowmobile enthusiasts and industry insiders, Tom Anderson, Russ Davis and Craig Marchbank. As passionate fans of the sport, the new team plans to restore the over 30-acre property to its former glory and host year-round events in addition to the World Championship Derby. With the promise of a revitalized venue, the city hopes this year’s 56th championship event will be one to remember.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs Episode

Supper clubs have been a Wisconsin tradition for more than 100 years, and these beloved establishments continue to thrive here in our state. People from all over the country voted in Travel Wisconsin’s Supper Club Showdown to determine the top 10 supper clubs in the state, and the DW Crew heads to four of them to learn the stories behind these dining destinations!

Hungry visitors flock to Buckhorn Supper Club in Milton for its famous prime rib and peanut butter pie, while Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake prides itself on serving classic Wisconsin comfort foods and a few dishes with a twist! A cozy dining room overlooking Half Moon Lake awaits at Pinewood Supper Club in Mosinee, and enjoying an Old Fashioned on the deck is an absolute must at Ishnala Supper Club in Lake Delton – voted the #1 supper club in Wisconsin.

With delicious meals, friendly service, and Old Fashioneds (sweet or sour!), there’s nothing quite like the Wisconsin supper club experience! Head to one of Wisconsin’s top 10 supper clubs today!

  1. Ishnala Supper Club – Lake Delton
  2. Pinewood Supper Club – Mosinee
  3. Lehman’s Supper Club – Rice Lake
  4. Chissy’s Pub & Grill – Waldo
  5. Schwarz’s Supper Club – New Holstein
  6. HobNob – Racine
  7. Buckhorn Supper Club – Milton
  8. McGregor’s Blink Bonnie – St. Germain
  9. The 5 O’Clock Club – Cumberland
  10. Donny’s Glidden Lodge – Sturgeon Bay

Wisconsin Cheese Trifecta Episode

What happens when you challenge three Wisconsin chefs to create three different dishes with the same Variety of Cheese? Magic! In this delicious episode of Discover Wisconsin, we visited the Lakely Restaurant in Eau Claire and tasked Chef Nathan Berg with The Kammerude Gouda Challenge using Comstock Creamery’s signature cheese.
Then we headed to Viroqua to issue Chef Luke Zahm at the Driftless Cafe the Blue Cheese challenge, having him use Sid Cook’s ‘favorite cheese’, Glacier Penta Creme Blue Cheese.
Finally, it was up to Chef Adam Siegel of Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee to tackle a Wisconsin original, Widmer’s aged Brick cheese, and Brick Cheese spread! Creating three incredible dishes which will get cooks and chefs around the state thinking out-of-the-box with new ideas for using award-winning Wisconsin Specialty cheeses!