The Upper Great Lakes Visitors Centers is just to the west of Ashland on US 2. It is a comprehensive travel, tourism, and environmental resource for the northwoods and the general region of Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan. Open from 9 to 5 daily, the center contains both permanent and temporary exhibits, some historical, some ecological....more
Want a quick view of what northern Wisconsin has to offer? The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is run by all the agencies that have public lands up north. Apostle Island National Lakeshore of the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, Wisconsin State Forests, Bureau of Land Management, are all here. Open year round, it's a great place to...more
I had noted this place from other travelers on the forum and I must agree that this is anexcellent local restaurant/ale house. The microbrews were certainly respectable and the food was fantastic and reasonably priced for a hungry tourist who had just finisheda hike at Copper Falls State Park. The service was friendly and they have both non-smoking...more
The South Shore Brewery and Deepwater Grille is actually _one_ establishment that shares a handsomely restored building near the end of Ashland's main drag. There are a variety of fresh-brewed beers on tap; I enjoyed a smooth and hoppy I.P.A. Very promising! There is also an extensive menu that features a broad variety of sandwiches, salads, and...more
The Neighborly Bar, Krissy's Bar, and a variety of other locations.
Live bands, varieties of music, good times. Lot of activities going on where you can bring the kids and enjoy free food, games, etc.
Dress Code: Casual, come as you are, or if ya wanna get fancy go to the Depot or Hotel Chequamegon, although you can go there casual also.
Ashland is located on the tip of Wisconsin on Lake Superior which is traveled to on Highway 2, Highway 13, and you can get here from various routes that intersect with Highway 2 or 13, such as Hwy 51, Hwy 8, Hwy 63. If you're coming into Wisconsin from the south (IL) etc, the best route to take is 94 to 51 to 8 to 13 and you'll wind up in Ashland.
We're not that large of a city, approximately between 8-10,000 people here. You can walk, bike, take cabs, rent a car, take the shuttle bus or ask some locals if you can rent 4 wheelers or whatever you are into (snowmobiles),etc.
Ashland has one of the most important attributes of a civilization: a good bread bakery. There are many places in the US twenty times as large as Ashland that aren't so fortunate.
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...more
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If traveling after dark, I would definitely keep a watchful eye out for deer. It is basically wilderness outside of Ashland and it IS northern Wisconsin. Enough said. As far as crime, I never saw anything that would make me feel uncomfortable. There are certainly no big roving gangs of bums or panhandlers. There were a few rundown looking bars, but...more
The only warnings or dangers I can advise you to look out for is the deer and other wildlife. There are lots. And in the winter, the snow can be bad at times so driving is hazardous sometimes. Just tune in to your weather station to find out about your travel advisory. But watch the deer.more
I'm not much on Indian Casinos, as I feel they are far more stingy than regular ones overall.(At least from what I have seen in Wisconsin and Iowa) The Bad River Casino seemed tohave incredibly tight/sticky slots and nobody appeared to be doing much more than wasting money in the observations I made over two hours. I go with a limited amount and...more
As with most Lake Superior towns, I would pack a variety of warm and cold/wet weather gear. Summers can move the mercury up quite a ways, but the Lake tends to keep things fairly cool at night, even in the summer months.
Photo Equipment: BRING A CAMERA!!!!
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...more
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).
Fondest memory: 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.