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.
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.
Situated in a quiet, rustic setting at the heart of walleye, smallmouth, trout, and muskie fishing country, Sandy Bay Beach Resort trades city sidewalks for lakefront views and traffic honks for fishing hooks. Suites furnished with luxurious amenities look out on beachside bonfires and prime Door County fishing. A king-size bed and full-size pullout sofa soothe backs sore from hauling in an epic catch, and the bathroom’s oversize shower can fit as many fish as the outdoor grilling area and indoor fish-cleaning room can process. After a long day spent traversing the 200-foot dock and perusing the resort’s library collection, couples can retire to the waters of a whirlpool bathtub or indoor pool.
The river seems calm now, but the rafters can hear a roar in the distance. The current steadily builds, taking the 12-passenger raft around a tree-lined bend to unveil a 10-foot drop. Braced for the plunge, the paddlers hit the drop, endure the deluge, and wipe the water from their eyes. But before the party can celebrate with hollers and high-fives, the guide yells to readjust the boat—the river is narrowing and accelerating into a tight S-curve.
Stretches like these populate the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers, and the guides at Kosir's Rapid Rafts help adventurers navigate the rivers' Class I–IV rapids for bucket-list-worthy adrenaline rushes. Directing sportsmen to one of two outposts in the woods of northeast Wisconsin, Kosir's crews drive rafters to the launch sites and supply helmets, life jackets, and paddles. Based on the current water level, guides then direct paddlers to appropriately sized rafts, ranging from 8- to 12-person vessels to 1-person Funyaks that are self-bailing thanks to being filled with Funyuns. Kosir's additional adventures include kayaking, tubing, and camping trips.
Gravity Trails gives visitors adventurous ways to explore the outdoors with ziplines, kayak tours, and bike rentals. The company's portable zipline can be set up at virtually any location and stretch from 100 to 300 feet, giving groups and get-togethers a heart-pounding way to explore a favorite park, take in the coastal scenery, or careen through the mall for some very last-minute shopping. For a more leisurely outing, two-hour swamp tours let customers get up close to one of these areas the native flora and fauna of Cane Bayou, Pearl River, Honey Island, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve amid the silent ripples of a kayak. Tourists sans transportation will especially rejoice in Gravity Trails' bike-rental program, which delivers gleaming cruiser bikes directly to customers' doors for as little as four hours and as long as a week.
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.