September 28 Pioneer Press & September 29-30 Big Buck Savers

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Blazing Fall Colors

In Douglas County, the fall colors are showcased in a most wonderful way at Amnicon Falls and Pattison State Parks. The waterfalls add even more beauty to your fall photos. The Brule River State Forest allows you to become immersed in the hues of the season along its hiking trails.

Take a walk along the Flambeau River Former Mine Site in Rusk County. As you stroll, be sure to stop and take note of the many migrating birds, the colors of the season and the other fauna that cross your path. Extend the fall fun into the evening with a bit of stargazing where the brightest lights are those above you.

Wisconsin’s highest point, Timms Hill, shows off the region’s fall foliage in a most spectacular way. Visitors are surrounded by color as they hike, bike or drive up the hill. The photo opportunity is at its best from the top of the tower that looks out over the countryside.

The Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona comes alive with color each autumn. Their trails are open dusk to dawn year round and allow for top-notch viewing of birds and wildlife as well.
Take a trip to the Continental Divide in Iron County to check out the fall color on the geological divide where the waters flow north to Superior and the Atlantic Ocean or South to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.

Burnett County’s Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and four rustic roads and offer a breathtaking auto tour of color and wildlife.

Fall fun begins at superiorchamber.org, ruskcountywi.com, pricecountywi.net, ricelakewis.com, mercerwi.com, burnettcountyfun.com. Track the color display with Travel Wisconsin’s travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.

Awesome Orchards

Autumn is in the air and apples are ripe. It’s time to make your plans for a day of fun at the orchard.

Holmes Lake Orchard near Grantsburg provides not just any you-pick-option, but a 24/7-you-pick option. They have more than 120 trees for you to choose from including Connell Red, Fireside, State Fair, Honeycrisp and Sweet Sixteen.

Outside of Shell Lake in Burnett County, Smith’s Apple Farm boasts more than 3000 trees and 26 varieties of apples for you to find just the perfect apple for you. They also have a pumpkin patch for you to explore and find just the right pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern. A visit to the gift shop and the bake-shop for a treat is the perfect way to end your visit.

Make your visit to the apple orchard an adventure for the whole family. At Nature’s Select Orchard in Turtle Lake, you can take a hayride in a wagon pulled behind a vintage tractor. The ride will take you out by the pumpkin and popcorn patches so you can pick your own. The apple trees will provide you a wide variety to choose from including SnowSweet, Chestnut Crabapple, Northwest Greening and more.

Blue Vista Farms in Bayfield invites you to pick not only apples, but also blueberries, raspberries and more. The farm also makes their own cider using organic apples mixed with Whitney Crab Apples for a traditional and refreshing cider.

The picking starts at holmeslakeorchard.com, smithsapplefarm.com, naturesselectorchard.com, bluevistafarm.com.

Fun & Games the Casino Way

Celebrate 25 years of better gaming at St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake. In addition to the excitement of their many gaming choices, they have a full lineup of entertainment to the celebration. On October 6-7, Geneva takes you on a musical journey to the heavy metal of the 80s, with some amazing acoustic side roads. The Allstar Comedy Revue will leave you in stitches October 13 with their lineup of four comedians.

Whether it is rhythms or laughter that move you, St. Croix Casino Danbury has just the thing for you along with their state-of-the-art gaming facility. Their stage will host the comedy of Will Spottedbear on October 5 and Brett Eastburn on October 12. Rock to the tunes of the Rhythm Kings on October 6, Cherry Gun on October 13 and Ponzi Scheme on October 20-21.

Find the latest slots at all-new St. Croix Casino Hertel Express or eat a meal in the Gatherings Restaurant.

In Hayward, the Lac Courte Oreilles Casino Lodge & Convention Center is just the place for a getaway that will satisfy your need for gaming excitement, a great meal and a good night’s sleep in well-appointed rooms.

Just outside of Bayfield, Legendary Waters Resort & Casino lives up to its name with its large selection of games and unparalleled views of the one and only Lake Superior.

The Bad River Lodge & Casino, east of Ashland and Odanah, is celebrating 26 years of fun. Choose from table games, video keno and poker, and more than 400 slots.

Let the fun and games begin at stcroixcasino.com, lcocasino.com, legendarywaters.com, badriver.com.

Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway

The Lake Superior Scenic Byway is a designated 70-mile stretch of State Hwy. 13 that curves along the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Bayfield Peninsula. The scenery is breathtaking, but you’ll experience varied terrain, wide vistas and towns; each unique as the geography they inhabit.

Start your exploration in Washburn at the Washburn Cultural Center. The historic bank building houses antiques & gift shop, art galleries and a historical museum. Across the street visit the Chequamegon Books & Coffee Company for a wide selection of regional books.

Heading north on Hwy. 13, the town of Bayfield is home to many little shops and restaurants. Park your car and wander the vibrant downtown district. Just north of Bayfield, Red Cliff opens with a wide vista of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands. Through Red Cliff, the byway turns west and you’ll experience rolling hills along with vibrant fall colors.

Cornucopia is nestled in the Siskiwit Bay, providing protection from the harshness of the lake. Stop at Ehlers General Store for a snack and browse the many shops along the shallow harbor.

Driving through Herbster, be sure to check out the log gymnasium built by the Works Progress Administration. Continuing to Port Wing and the Town of Orienta, you’ll see a wide vista of the lake which includes a 20-mile view across to the Knife River. Your journey finishes at the Town of Cloverland and will be your last glimpse of the lake until you arrive in Superior.

See more about this amazing byway at lakesuperiorbyway.org, chequamegonbooks.com, ehlerstore.com.

All Aboard!

There are two ways to experience the vibrancy of the fall colors. You can get in your car and drive around, or become fully immersed into the fiery beauty of the northwoods by taking an excursion by train.

All aboard for the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad fall color excursions. Departing from their depot in Trego, you can book a ride on a 45 minute sightseeing excursion or reserve a seat on their elegant, historic dinner train. They even offer a bed and breakfast train for a romantic overnight getaway. Trains depart Tuesday through Saturday on a route that takes you through the forests and fields of Washburn County. Fall color tours run through October 29. Reservations are required for these popular rides.

For a little different view of the surroundings, the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway operates vintage cars and diesel locomotives through the gorgeous St. Croix River Valley of Polk County. See the fall colors on the Marine on St. Croix vintage excursion on select dates from September 30-October 15 (Fall Color Rides). This 90-minute round trip features winding bluffs and amazing scenic views of the St. Croix River Valley. Pressed for time, you can take a shorter 50-minute excursion to Dresser. But the best way to experience the fall season is on the Pumpkin Express, a short, kid-friendly ride to a pumpkin patch complete with a haunted depot, hay wagon rides and other activities. Trains depart October 20-22.

Get your planning started on the right track at spoonertrainride.com, trainride.org.