Hotel at a Glance: Cranberry Country Lodge
With its log exterior, Cranberry Country Lodge resembles a remote cabin in the woods. But inside, you’ll find several modern amenities, including a sports bar and an aquatic center with a 30-foot movie screen.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with pillow-top mattress in suites that are decorated with rustic wood accents. Families can watch movies on their room’s 32-inch LCD TVs.
- Free water-park passes: This deal includes free passes to the multi-level water park at nearby Three Bears Lodge (for Friday and Saturday stays only).
- Indoor aquatic center features kid-friendly water slides and a spacious hot tub for grownups.
- Bites and brews: Grab a pizza and beer and watch a sports game at the Cran-Beary Pub. The pub has a fireplace sitting area to keep your gathering warm on chilly nights.
- Stay connected with free WiFi access throughout the resort.
Tomah, Wisconsin: Cranberry Farms and Antiques Near Ski Destinations
About midway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis, Tomah seems strategically placed for visitors from the city heading towards Eau Claire and La Crosse’s luxe ski resorts, or to nearby Whitetail Ridge Ski Area in Fort McCoy for snow-tubing and downhill skiing. But in the fall, this is cranberry country. In September, farmers put up wooden signs advertising their pies and berries. Visitors come to tour the cranberry bogs that surround the town. Once the season wraps up, you can still learn about cranberry farming and sample cranberry ice cream year-round at the WI Cranberry Discovery Center. And if you happen to visit on the last weekend in September, you can catch the Cranberry Festival in nearby Warrens.
There are plenty of mom-and-pop diners where you can dine on cranberry pie downtown before browsing the vintage toys and antique furnishings at Tomah’s Antique Mall. For a change of pace, hop in the car and head off the beaten path to see what life is like in the Amish villages that surround Tomah.