Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
This hotel’s roomy studio and penthouse suites are situated on the banks of the Fox River just minutes from downtown Green Bay. In pleasant weather, you can head to the property’s inviting picnic areas with a grill, and on Wednesday evenings, guests mingle at the hotel’s complimentary social hour.
- Full kitchen in each guest room equipped with oven, stove, refrigerator, toaster, pots, pans, and tableware
- Free breakfast buffet offering pastries, bagels, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, eggs, bacon, and waffles
Green Bay, Wisconsin: Packer Capital on Lake Michigan
Green Bay hugs the western shores of Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin. In summer, the lake draws windsurfers and anglers, while the surrounding trails attract hikers and bicyclists. In winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow tubing reign supreme. Less than an hour to the east, Kewaunee County’s Winter Park offers exhilarating tubing runs and a chute with a 70-foot vertical drop.
But no matter the season, Green Bay is best known as the capital of Packer country. Diehard fans will want to make a pilgrimage to Lambeau Field to tour the team’s storied stadium.
Just 10 miles from downtown is the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo (a.k.a. the NEW Zoo), whose 90 animal species include alligators, lions, and otters. If you time your visit right, you can even feed a giraffe. Little ones can interact with gentle animals up close at the petting zoo, and adventurous spirits can race down the zipline at the adjacent Adventure Park.
For a fun day trip, travel about 90 minutes northwest to Door County. Here you’ll find 300 miles of craggy Lake Michigan shoreline dotted with lighthouses and state parks. The former fishing villages along the shore are now filled with charming mom-and-pop restaurants serving homemade Swedish pancakes and old-fashioned ice-cream sodas. Door County has a strong artistic community, too, with many galleries displaying original artwork made from copper, glass, and eggshells from nearby farms.