This is a busy February weekend – for some, a Valentine’s weekend – filled with great things to do and see and you road trip across Wisconsin. Hit the road, explore the state, and enjoy!
And with all the snow we’ve been having, we’re generally looking at excellent conditions for skiing, snowboarding, or even tubing at Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris (on the newly-covered Highway 152), Little Switzerland in Slinger, Granite Peak at Rib Mountain over Wausau, Devil’s Head near Merrimac, Tyrol Basin outside Mount Horeb, Wilmot Mountain along the Wisconsin-Illinois line near Twin Lakes, and elsewhere around the state. The Ice Castles in Lake Geneva has weathered everything so far and awaits with fascinating scenes, too. There’s always a LOT to do… Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore this weekend. Pick Some Roads and GO!!:
Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to over 4,000 skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route. This is a point-to-point race that starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and there are a ton of related activities including a polka party, concerts, and more. U.S. 2, U.S. 63, and Highway 13 all bring you to Ashland! More….
The Northwoods Blizzard Blast is a “flurry of winter fun for everyone” in Conover, between Eagle River and Land O’Lakes along Highway 32 & U.S. 45 in the heart of the North Woods! Activities in Conover Community Park include ice bowling, the Dogsled Dash, recliner racing, sledding, face painting, fireworks, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow carving, snowshoe baseball, and an Artisan Bazaar, with numerous artisans and exhibitors with hand-crafted items, talents on display, food and beverages, and more. Admission is free for the Bazaar all day. Follow U.S. 45 & Highway 32 north from Eagle River, past where Highway 17 veers off for its ride to Phelps. More…
Milwaukee Comic Con 2019 is an amazing comic convention. Saturday, February 16th, it takes over the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis. The Milwaukee Comic Con will feature over 300 artist tables, vendor booths, and special guests. That’s 300 tables of geeky goodness! But they’re also bringing cash prize cosplay contests, video and table top gaming tournaments, and a whole weekend of fun!
Comic Con is Milwaukee’s largest comic book and pop culture event. It happens at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center at the corner of Highways 59 & 181 (84th & Greenfield) in West Allis, just south of I-94 and U.S. 18 and east of I-41/I-894/U.S. 45 and Highway 100. More…
Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay is the epicenter for the annual Fire & Ice Festival, happening Saturday right along the waters of the bay in Door County. Enjoy the beauty of winter at an event So Cool, it’s Hot! Professional carvers begin working on their creations Friday, and you can stroll the downtown streets as you watch things develop, and of course enjoy shopping, dine, imbibe in beverages, or just get your Fitbit steps in while you watch. The Saturday competition includes novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional artists competing for cash prizes. Also check out snow sculptures, shopping, and other events around town.
Sturgeon Bay is the seat of Door County, right where the peninsula is split by the waters the city is named after. Highways 42 and 57 bring you in, and there’s plenty else to see while you’re there – and of course, beauty and adventure await further up the peninsula!. More…
The annual Cedarburg Winter Festival hits the heart of Cedarburg’s ridiculously beautiful and historic downtown along Washington Avenue (Historic Highway 57) Saturday & Sunday. The theme this year is National Lampoon’s Vacation Movies! (Great time to channel your inner Clark W. Griswold…)
Check out tractor-drawn hay wagon rides, camel rides, egg hunts, sledding, ice skating, or an old-fashioned dog pull. The popular Ice Carving Contest sets the stage along the city’s main street, where 300-pound blocks of ice will be transformed into glistening pieces of Superhero-inspired art by talented ice carvers. Explore new exhibits at the Cedarburg History Museum, partake in the Chili Contest, create some cool “make and take” stuff with the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, or shop the “Upstairs Marketplace” with mittens, jewelry, hats, art, oils, dressings, candles and more. There’s also live music, a Sunday pancake breakfast, the Dog Weight Pull Competition, and a dodgeball tournament. Definitely something for everyone! More…
Hit the Lakelawn Resort on Delavan Lake for free winter thrills during the 6th Annual Sky Circus on Ice this Friday through Sunday! This three-day spectacle will feature exciting airborne performances by professional kite teams from across North America, plus snow sculpting and ice carving by top regional artists. Kite making workshops and a mix of outdoor activities and games for all ages will round out the fun, as do dueling pianos in Friday and Saturday night concerts.
Check out the grand kite launches scheduled for 11 am both Saturday and Sunday will feature over 400 kites taking flight. Between their synchronized kite performances, experts will provide flying instruction and handy tips to attendees as they harness winter winds with their own kites out on the frozen lake. Activities and displays spread throughout downtown Delavan will also take place.
You can get to Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan via Highway 50 and 67, just south of I-43. Parking is available at Lake Lawn Resort, at the Lake Lawn Airport, and Downtown Delavan with complementary trolley shuttles. More…
Lake Geneva is beautiful and fun enough already, but with the Ice Castles on the beach this winter it gets even better!
Six days a week until the weather says otherwise, the massive ice castles compound can be explored and enjoyed by the whole family. The artistic project began in October, one of five projects in North America by Ice Castles LLC, a Utah-based company with similar projects in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, and Alberta, Canada. One of the most unique and amazing facts about the Ice Castles is that they are literally built by hand. They grow more than 5,000 icicles each day that they harvest and sculpt together.
These Ice Castles create life-size winter playgrounds, with illuminated inside the castles at night with color-changing LED lights that twinkle to music. You can explore ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and towering ice formations. This is truly something to dazzle the entire family.
This mega-complex of ice is right on Riveria Beach in downtown Lake Geneva, right along Wrigley Drive. Conditions are continuously updated on their Facebook page. U.S. 12 and Highways 50 and 120 bring you to Lake Geneva – these are definitely worth the drive! More…
Check out the State Trunk Tour on Wisconsin Public Radio!
Several weeks ago, State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen got to talk with host Rob Ferrett on the “Central Time” show on Wisconsin Public Radio. They discussed what the State Trunk Tour is all about and took live calls – a lot of people definitely like and appreciate good Wisconsin road trips and exploring this fascinating state of ours! Hear the interview in our latest State Trunk Tour Podcast or on your iHeartRadio app, or here:
More for your Wisconsin Weekend
There are MANY more events to check out on this Wisconsin Weekend. Explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!