While Vilas County is home to more than 1,300 beautiful glacial lakes, vast wild forests and dozens of amazing trail systems, there are also some wonderful things to discover indoors. Here’s a sample of what you can experience on a weekend getaway.
Lac du Flambeau
Add some excitement into your getaway with a trip to the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino. Tucked along the shore of scenic Pokegama Lake in Lac du Flambeau, this resort hotel has 101 well-appointed rooms, a relaxing pool and a cozy cocktail lounge. The casino has more than 800 slot machines and table games, including blackjack, poker and craps. Try your luck in their full-service Bingo Hall, which seats up to 500. You can even dine on site at one of their two full-service restaurants, located right off the casino floor.
Nearby in downtown Lac du Flambeau, you can visit the George W. Brown, Jr. Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center. This museum has one of the most complete collections of Lac du Flambeau history and offers interactive exhibits, cultural programs and a chance to see a world-record sturgeon!
In downtown Sayner, the Vilas County Historical Museum is filled with colorful details of Vilas County’s past. Learn about the county’s lumber history, see early examples of outboard motors, admire wild animal displays and discover Vilas County’s role in military conflicts. The museum also has an extraordinary collection of antique snowmobiles, including the original machine constructed right here in Sayner, back in 1924!
Eagle River—a town that celebrates the snowmobile all year long—is home to the World Snowmobile Headquarters, an interesting museum that tells the story of the machine that Vilas County helped make famous. Ride through the evolution of the snowmobile, from the days of sleds built with lawnmower motors and welded steel to the high-performance models of today. The museum has a collection of quirky old machines, including a 1953 Eliason, built in Sayner.
For more snowmobile fun, visit the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum in St. Germain. This museum is a mecca of snowmobile racing, with championship sleds from the oval track and drag strip on display, as well as sleds from cross-country, water cross, enduro and hill climb events.
While you’re exploring Vilas County, you’ll likely work up an appetite. The county has a wonderful selection of dining options, including family restaurants, pubs, diners, supper clubs, cafés and coffee shops. See some of your options here.Categories: