The expanse of Lake Superior the surrounding Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have endless pockets of natural splendor. Just ask the guides at Superior Adventures, who have spent years of exploring the area, only to find untapped locales of awe-inspiring landscapes. The team dedicates their time helping others seek out places of serenity by sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking.
Whether crossing to an island or exploring a sea cave, the team specializes in private or small group eco tours. These outings might drift along the sands and sandstone cliffs of Madeline Island and Meyer's Beach, navigate the wooded waterways and shallow caves of of Big Bay State Park, or snorkel the underwater shipwreck of the Finn McCool to search for treasure chests filled with advice on how to be cool.
Eco tours often include breaks for swimming or hiking through the last old-growth Boreal Forest in North America. Tour goers are also free to explore on their own by renting a sit-in kayak, sit-on-top kayak, or paddleboard complete with instruction.
Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling cultivated a passion for viticulture while growing up on their parents’ Italian-style winery. After moving to Green Bay, the duo set out to remedy the area’s winery deficit by founding Captain’s Walk Winery, where trained vintner Aric produces small-batch wines in water-bent French-oak barrels. Situated in a restored pre-Civil War building, the facility entices eyes with old-fashioned design features, including plaster crown moulding, an antique tasting bar, and a television from the eighteenth century. During the summer months, an on-site herb garden mimics the flavor and aroma profile of each wine, and a year-round tasting room offers guests an unpretentious glimpse into winemaking with laid-back tastings and a cellar viewing window carved into the wooden floor.
The guides of Segway the Fox chart smooth routes all over Green Bay, designing tours that accommodate a wide array of interests. Perched at the controls of reliable segways, tour-goers coast along paths and sidewalks as they take in the sights of the city as well as hear fun anecdotes about the area's history from guides or statues that come to life after midnight. People who just want some unstructured segway riding can sign up for the Just Glide tour, and football fans can soak in revealing tales about their favorite team during the Lambeau Stadium/Walk of Legends tour or the Packer Heritage Trail tour.
The sight of an airplane soaring through the air in the modern era is so unsurprising that most of us never stop to think about how tons of metal are even able to take flight. Not so for the technicians and trainers at Global Flight Research. Their bread and butter is getting folks safely airborne. They provide maintenance and repair for privately owned aircraft, as well as training for aspiring pilots. To that end, they employ flight simulators, especially when teaching advanced strategies to experienced pilots. In addition to the Red Bull planes that have a timed simulator course, Global Flight Research uses the Beechcraft G36/1000, Cessna 182RG, Piper Seneca II, Beechcraft G58/1000, and Extra 300 in their simulator. In that environment, students can safely take on dangerous situations, such as dealing with Upset or Unusual Attitude scenarios and the terrifying discovery that your co-pilot doesn't like Cheers.
Sometimes, seeing a city from the water that surrounds it gives you a deeper appreciation of its beauty. That's the approach behind Foxy Lady Cruises, a company that grants its guests sweeping views of Jacksonville from their perches on a luxurious yacht. From the various open-air decks, visitors can take in skyscrapers, bridges, and squirrels playing chess in nearby parks during dinner cruises, cocktail cruises, narrated cruises, and even weddings.
As soon as the ice melts, the expert anglers at Green Bay Bowfishing LLC take to the water, transforming good deeds into exciting experiences. Their clients join them as they board a custom 23-foot bowfishing boat equipped with two GPS and sonar units, two generators, and halogen and high-pressure sodium lights. Then, they take to the bay, seeking out invasive species such as freshwater drum, bowfin, and various types of carp.