Small-Town Getaways in Wisconsin
Hayward Lakes trip guide
WHERE TO START
Hayward Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau (800/724-2992; haywardlakes.com).
WHAT TO DO
Cable Natural History Museum Thoughtfully curated, this gem of a family museum sits in Cable, about 18 miles northeast of Hayward. Kids love the hands-on Curiosity Center. Free (715/798-3890; cablemuseum.org).
Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum North America's fishing heritage is showcased with 100,000 artifacts (lures, rods, reels and more) and a 40-foot fiberglass muskie (715/634-4440; freshwater-fishing.org).
Lumberjack Village Home to shops, dining, the area's best mini golf and Scheer's Lumberjack Shows, the village offers a full afternoon of entertainment (715/634-6923; scheerslumberjackshow.com).
Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome Even casual hikers will enjoy the pretty, doable trek (1.2 miles round-trip) to the 70-foot Morgan Falls waterfall, located in the Chequamegon National Forest, about an hour northeast of Hayward (fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf).
WHERE TO EAT
Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop Old-world breads, Wisconsin cheese, salads and sweets make a quick lunch while you're shopping downtown (800/266-2428; haywardbakery.com).
The Landing Sunny views of the Chippewa Flowage, generous portions and great service attract crowds. Visit summer Wednesdays for Native American dancing and the Indian tacos special (715/462-3626; thelanding-lco.com). Rookery Pub Dine on creative cuisine in this upscale restaurant near Cable. Popular dishes include bison chili, bacon-wrapped quail and a fresh fish "unfry" each week (866/794-2060; cablenaturelodge.com).
The Steakhouse and Lodge Try the pork Namekagon paired with wine at this upscale eatery open seven days a week year-round (715/934-4411; steakhouseandlodge.com).
West's Hayward Dairy With homemade ice creams like Church Basement Lemon Bar and Red Velvet Cake, this spot shows its creativity (715/634-2244; westshaywarddairy.com).
WHERE TO STAY
McCormick House A proper British gentleman delivers luxury treatment at this six-bedroom Victorian. The gardens are impeccable. From $125 (715/934-3339; mccormickhouseinn.com).
Treeland This family resort offers 29 vacation homes and cabins, 10 motel suites, an inviting outdoor pool, tennis and volleyball courts, playground, and putting greens. From $750 per week (715/462-3874; treelandresorts.com).