Small-Town Getaways in Wisconsin
Lots of things in Hayward don't change from one year to the next. The rugged serenity of the North Woods, the giant muskie at the fishing museum, the Lumberjack Show, the iffy cell service outside town. Those traditions bring families back for their ritual wind-down, fish-from-a-quiet-boat vacations.
But it would be a mistake to say nothing changes in Hayward. A Pete Dye-designed course at Big Fish Golf Club got national buzz when it opened in 2005. Three hundred miles of mapped off-road biking means you'll see as many SUVs with bikes strapped on the back as you'll see towing boats. And come winter, you'll find 600 miles of snowmobile trails and the American Birkebeiner, North America's largest cross-country ski race (715/634-5025; birkie.com).
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