This year on Discover Wisconsin, Eric experiences the seasons in Eagle River with friends and family. DW host, Alex Wherley, even joins us for a little rustic winter fun.
As the summer sun hits Eagle River, Eric treks up north with his family and friends. Upon arrival, they begin their morning adventure sailing the chain of lakes by pirate ship. Captain Steve invites all young lads and lassies aboard for a brief lesson on Eagle River lakes and wildlife. Captain Steve’s favorite part? Watching kids grow up over the last 19 years as families return annually to Eagle River’s waters. Eric and friends continue their adventures at Burger Bash downtown where they meet grillmaster, Chris Westfall. Eric and Chris duck out for a bit to chat about Chris’s summer trips to Eagle River as a child, fostering his love and nostalgia for the Northwoods.
As Fall hit Eagle River, Eric returns to enjoy a solo trip among the colors. He meets with musky hunter Jared Adamovich for a fishing adventure on Eagle Lake. From one lake to another, Eric heads to Lake Nokomis for a cranberry marsh tour with David Zawitowski where he learns about Wisconsin’s state fruit. After a peaceful morning, Eric changes it up with a little Cranberry Fest fun. Finally, he joins Kim Emerson at the Vilas County State Fair for a plethora of cranberry goodness including cranberry beer and cranberry brats. As winter takes over Eagle River, Eric heads back up once again. This time, DW host Alex Wherley gets in on the action. The two head up to Eagle River to meet some of the locals for an Eagle River guys and gals weekend. The guys bulk up on some breakfast at Leif’s Cafe before they head off for fat tire biking while the gals warm up with a cup of Joe at Eagle River roasters before heading out for a scenic snowmobile ride. After the rush, the guys put some calories back on with a few brews at Tribute Brewing Co. while chatting with the owner about the abundance of winter activities Eagle River offers.
As we come full circle with Spring, Eric returns to Eagle River with his fiancé, Ann to enjoy a couples weekend in the city’s growing downtown. Not only has Eagle River expanded their local shops and restaurants, but the chamber of commerce has also cultivated a strong community through various events such as the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show. Here, Eric and Ann walk the sidewalk sales where local craftsmen and artists present and sell their work. The two also enjoy the events put on by The Warehouse Community Art Center in Eagle River. Eric and Ann meet John Langer, a potter and teacher at the Warehouse for a throwing lesson and great conversation. We finish it off with some wine and charcuterie board munchies at Mary Kate’s Wine Bar.
It’s hard to match the beauty and reprieve of the Northwoods. Every season offers unique and rustic experiences for those who long for the outdoors. It is also difficult to beat Eagle River’s tight knit community. There’s a reason these people are “Up North and Down to Earth!”
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