Warm Up with Great Friends and Good Cheer!

by: Chelsea Wisner

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Wisconsin. Way up north, not quite the North Pole but getting close, lies the Hayward Lakes Area, where family fun and adventure wait. The area becomes transformed after the first snowfall. Like you’re inside a snow globe, with the perfect snowflakes falling to the ground, you’ll find local stores nestled between sparkling trees and smiling faces everywhere you go. Sawyer County is home to several towns that are always in the winter spirit and are full of fun activities. Adventures range from big to small, for the young or old, and the locals are happy to show you the way.

Whether you’re in the mood for hot cocoa or a glass of Merlot, Sawyer County has just the right drink to warm you up. After a day out on the trails, sometimes you just need to curl up in front of the fire with a peppermint flavored cup of coffee. Hayward Coffee Company is a local shop that will tempt your taste buds and Whistle Punk in Stone Lake can treat you to a craft beer while the snow falls outside. If you’re looking to grab a bit to eat as well, Lakewood Café in Winter is bound to satisfy your craving. There are also several wine tastings in the area if you’re looking to be warmed from the inside out. Local wineries and breweries, such as Red Schoolhouse Wines, Out of the Woods Winery and the Angry Minnow, are a great way to stay local and find your new favorite drink. Tamarack Farms Winery is Hayward’s newest award winning winery.

Many of the local restaurants are a part of the snowmobiling trails so when you get hungry, you can simply pull over and enjoy a Friday night fish-fry. Several resorts are also a part of the trail system so as soon as your feet hit the floor, you can get out on the powder. Snowmobiling is a winter activity that really allows groups of people to connect over the love of their hobby. Without a doubt, it should be at the top of your to-do list when visiting Northwestern Wisconsin..
There are so many wonderful ways to explore Sawyer County in the winter. Today, it’s hard to find a place where families can find something for everyone, but winter in Wisconsin has an activity suited for every personality. So pack up the snowshoes and the sleds and get to the heart of the North. Whether it’s at 60 mph on a snowmobile or on your skis, winter wonderland has never looked better than right here in Sawyer County.

fireplace, hot cocoa, smores