A bright yellow inflatable raft splashes down the rushing waters of the Menominee River, its helmet-clad passengers hooting victoriously as they speed past banks dappled with lush trees and rock faces. Catering to seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and beginner rafters alike, The rafting experts at Northwood's Adventures strive to grant their clients a chance to experience the splash-laden rush via excursions in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Their commitment to adventure is second only to the company's dedication to safety, exemplified in everything from its high-quality equipment to the team of meticulously selected guides. Trained as naturalists, medics, rescuers, and interpreters, each was considered for a place on staff only after successfully completing 600 hours of training and translating War and Peace into conversational moose. Tours continue throughout the year to scenic locales, which include a sunset cruise of Piers Gorge and an adrenaline-packed jaunt down the Sturgeon River.
Tarka Kumal always loved the water. After a childhood spent on the rivers of Nepal, he was inspired to not only lead the nation's freestyle kayaking team to the world championships in 2001, but also to take rafting trips in more than a dozen countries. Today, Tarka has transformed his passion into a globe-spanning career?his Nepal- and Wisconsin- based company schedules adrenaline-pumping sojourns from rock climbing and safaris to whitewater rafting. Tarka's experienced guides have led hundreds of trips, and they each hold certifications in CPR, river rescue, and wilderness first aid to keep guests and nearby fish in safe hands. The company's website is stocked with helpful tips for watery adventurers, from advice on what to wear to details on trips down American and Nepalese rivers.
Welcome to the Wild Rivers Adventure Company, Florence County's premier Trek mountain bike, River Tube, and Hurricane kayak rental company. Come and explore Florence County's 265 lakes and 165 miles of river. If water isn't your playground, there is over 70 miles of mountain bike trails.
Between its outposts on the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers, Wildman Adventure Resort plays host to an abundance of outdoor activities including paintball, rock climbing, ziplining, whitewater rafting tours, and golf. Before embarking on any one of these excursions, visitors can either pitch a tent or settle into one of the cabins, which include heat, electricity, and a communal bathroom, or deluxe cabins, which feature kitchens. At the Peshtigo River Outpost, cascading sounds from the rushing whitewater river soothes the spirits of travelers, who can catch fish, swim, or look for signs that local wildlife may be scheming to commandeer a river raft. The Menominee River Outpost, meanwhile, sits within Bombers Golf Course, a nine-hole course bound by riverbanks on three sides. Food is available for purchase onsite, and the onsite restaurant and bar is an ideal spot for guests to whittle customized utensils using leftover golf tees.
Nestled in the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, Pine Mountain Resort encourages guests to relax in its full-service lodge before winding up on the sprawling golf course, which was ranked one of Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in 2011. The impeccably manicured TimberStone golf course is a five-star, par-72 course designed with emerald greenery, glassy waters, grassy hills, and gassy sand traps. A virtual tour shows a 360-degree panoramic view of every hole, dispelling unfounded rumors that the verdant forests and azure ponds are actually a series of Plexiglas cutouts. Zip around the course behind the wheel of the included cart, which carries bags and bodies like a pack mule and expects only a handful of wooden tees in its feedbag as a sign of thanks.
A lot of things about Fiddlers Green are unexpected. For one, the pub's locale? "The Jewel in the Crown" of Door County, Washington Island, in Lake Michigan. The building is historic and the content is unique. But to locals and in-the-know tourists, Fiddlers Green is a good spot to unwind with a pint of Guinness, IPA, or a glass of fine wine. The menu is diverse, including paninis, Sushi Night, My Big Delicious Greek Night, hummus & hot pretzels, and Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Wellington. The bar's roadside character, next to the Farm Museum and down the road from Schoolhouse Beach, is enhanced by the strains of live music that escape from its doors on any given evening. Jazz, folk artists, and poets frequent the establishment several nights a week, while periodic jam sessions (Ceili) break out at this authentic Irish pub ?invite guests to drink some beer and play some tunes on their guitars, banjos, or fiddles.