Fall is bursting with reams of color

Fall hit for real today as temperatures dipped into the 40s for highs. On the positive side - the trees are spectacular! The highlight activity for this weekend is to get those car windows sparkling clean, grab your camera (or cell phone) and take a road trip to enjoy the breathtaking colors.

Colors were definitely late this year and the change is happening fast! We may be getting the first frost of the year tonight - the season is transitioning for sure!

While you are out driving, take time to visit some of the area’s artists in their home settings during the 16th Annual Northwoods Art Tour. Artists will be welcoming visitors and patrons starting today through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There are 32 artists participating from Vilas, Oneida, Iron, Langlade, and Lincoln Counties featuring painters, potters, photographers, furniture makers, wood carvers, jewelers, glass, and fiber artists. Several of the artists are new on this year’s tour.

This is a self-guided tour and for a brochure/map with the location of the participating artists, click here. For more informations or call  Arlene Bozicnik at 715-385-3334.

Another must-see is to visit one of the area’s cranberry marshes that are giving tours during the cranberry harvest. Lake Nokomis Cranberry Marsh on Highway D between Highways O and E, outside of Lake Tomahawk and south of St. Germain, has a great tour and gift shop.

The highly informative tour takes an in depth look at this agricultural ruby red jewel. After the tour, head to the Wine and Gift shop and pick up a bottle of Lake Nokomis’  own wine after sampling the wines. There is a huge selection of cranberry products from which to choose.

During the harvest, the hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. After harvest and until November 30, hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Call 715-479-6546, ext. 202 for the tour schedule.

Or leave the car behind and jump on your bicycle or strap on a backpack and take advantage of hundreds of miles of bike and hike trails. This is truly an unforgettable time to explore the Northwoods one-on-one!

Photo courtesy Lakeland Area Dog Park 

Let’s not forget our furry friends! Did you know there is an impressive dog park in Minocqua now? The William Gardner Lakeland Area Dog Park is located at 9863 Plaza Drive (near the Walmart on Minocqua’s west side) and is open this month from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Big pooches and little balls of fluff were on hand for the park’s Grand Opening, Sept. 17. The area is fully fenced for the pups’ safety and there are separate areas for large and small dogs.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Beer Garden at Otto’s in downtown Minocqua, they will be holding a fundraiser for the dog park at “Barktoberfest”. There will be free food, a cash bar and donations will be  accepted for the dog park. The hours for the event are 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.For more information about the Lakeland Area Dog Park visit their website.

Summer may be over but not the fun in the Northwoods! Much more is coming later this month!

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