You absolutely have to see the...
You absolutely have to see the big lake 'Lake Superior'. It is so beautiful. The sunsets are exquisite. My favorite restaurant is the Depot and the Hotel Chequamegon (pronounced like 'shewamagin'. The city is historic and it is a very beautiful place with lots of things to do. Whether you come in summer or winter, you'll have plenty to see and do. The Apostle Islands are about 30 minutes away. Northland College is one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States or anywhere for that matter, if you're into environmental issues (which many of us are). Ashland, Wisconsin reminds me of where I was born in Kassel, West Germany. It is so beautiful here, it's called 'God's Country'. Once you come visit, you'll see why. Beautiful birch trees and hills and lakes and rivers everywhere. You have to see it to believe it.
The cultures here are...
The cultures here are plentiful. We have people of all different heritages living in Ashland. German, Swedish, Polish, Finnish, Norwegian, Native American Indians, and a variety of other nationalities. The people are very friendly and the atmosphere is as close as you can call 'home' if ya know what I mean. There are many different types of food to choose from which is really nice. Italian, German, Chinese, Indian, and many more.
Copper Falls State Park
The trip to Copper Falls State Park is certainly worth it for photo opportunities and hiking.
The park is very modern and offers food and beverages in the clubhouse. There is camping available and the views of Copper and Brownstone Falls are worth the relatively short and easy hike. Photos cannot truly do justice to the steep gorges in the Falls area.
I've been to Ashland a couple of times. The most memorable has been the January weekend that I spent there between two business locations. Summers are warm and pleasant. The odor of pine. Lots of things to do. Visit the Islands, watch the boats, sit along the shore and enjoying the waves.
Winter on the other hand, brings a whole new set of experiences. Head up the road towards Bayfield and the Apostle Islands? Sure, but be prepared for snow. It dosen't seem to matter how blue the sky is in Ashland, up the peninsula to Bayfield, winds from any direction (except the south) come across the lake and deposit snow. It will be snowing. None of the summer tourist places are open. The restaurants all do a brisk business. It's warm inside. Just getting out to eat can be an adventure. It's -15 degree F (-26 c) at noon. The wind will be kicking up at about 10-20 mph (16-32 kph), so it can feel another 20 degrees colder. NOTE: at -40, both fahrenheit and celsius are the same.
Gateway to the Apostle Islands
"Traditions on the Lake"
Ashland is a pleasant small town on US 2 about halfway through Wisconsin. Once an important port, Ashland now serves as a center for travel and tourism in northeastern Wisconsin. It's a gateway to Bayfield and the nearby Apostle Islands, and the impressive Hotel Chequamegon stands guard overlooking its marina.
The gazebo at Ashland's marina overlooks Chequamegon Bay, and beyond that the Bayfield peninsula.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Ashland was one of the most important ports on Lake Superior. It served the valuable Gogebic Iron Range, which straddled the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. At one time, there were five ore docks in Ashland, and the harbor bustled with freighters. Nowadays, the mines are closed, and the freighters are gone. This remarkable structure still stands as a reminder of Ashland's industrial past. It was apparently the longest "pocket dock" of its kind in the United States, its concrete superstructure reaching 1800 feet out into the Lake (and that was at the end of a long trestle approach leading up to it.)
Railway cars filled with iron ore would be driven out to the end of the ore dock. The cars would be "tipped," the iron ore then falling through chutes into an awaiting freighter. Pocket docks similar to this one are still being operated Superior WI and Marquette MI.