July 20, 2012 by Gina
Ahhh…vacation…and Adventure Friday! This week, we’re “up north” in Hayward, Wisconsin; a short three hour drive from the Twin Cities metro area. There seems to be such a culture in Minnesota and Wisconsin that part of the summer needs to be spent in a cabin, on a lake somewhere up north. I have many friends whose parents own cabins in northern Minnesota or Wisconsin, who own their own cabin or who rent cabins each summer. My parents have been renting a “cabin” (really, it’s a three bedroom, three bath condo) near Hayward, Wisconsin for 10 years now and it’s become a family tradition and vacation.
We look forward to this family vacation every year and it seems the summer wouldn’t be complete without it. We swim in the pool, kayak, and fish, read books, prepare meals together, play board games and just generally have fun together. It’s a joy to watch our children with their grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins. We document every year with pictures and a journal and every year is new and crazy despite going to the same resort year after year (Treeland Resort with four different properties to choose from). We are all away from cell phones, the internet and other daily electronic devices and the worries of everyday life. Although it’s only a few hours away, we feel transported.
The Hayward area is full of fun things to do besides all the fun you can have at a lake. We’ve watched the lumberjack show where the Lumberjack World Championships are held (you may have seen this on ESPN!). We’ve toured the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and the men have golfed on several courses in the area. There are numerous pow-wows in the area since Hayward is home to the Lac Courte Oreilles Native American tribe. We spend one day shopping in downtown Hayward and always find cute purses, swimsuits, cover-ups, t-shirts and other summer apparel. We never miss the coffee shop in town.
Winter is also full of activities here. Hayward is home to the American Birkebeiner race, the largest cross country ski race in the country. Of course, tourists can snowmobile, ice fish or just curl up with a good book by the fire.
So, if you need a quick vacation this summer without the huge expense or travel, find a resort, campground or even a hotel in the Hayward area and enjoy the last few weeks of hot, summer weather! You won’t regret taking a long weekend away from your everyday craziness!