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How to make the most of your winter getaway in Vilas County


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Mother and daughter at Boulder Junction Winter Park in Vilas County WI

Avoid the crowds and enjoy the snow-covered beauty of the Northwoods when you plan a visit to Vilas County this winter. You’ll find serene solitude, scenic trails, fun events, great stores, and cozy places to stay. Here are just a few ways you can have fun in northern Wisconsin this winter.

Explore the trails

Winter is a great time to explore Vilas County’s expansive wilderness. The heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods is home to nearly 90 multi-purpose trails that offer outstanding views for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers.

Snowmobilers can enjoy hundreds of miles of trails that pass through towering pine trees and over frozen lakes. Riders looking for longer routes can find dozens of trails that connect to trails throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

And no matter what kind of trails you’re exploring, use the free Map It Vilas County trails app to find new trails, keep track of your favorites, and navigate your route.

Find fun events

Visitors to Vilas County’s 12 friendly communities will find fun events all year long, but the excitement increases when the snow flies. Discover winter fun with everything from tree-lighting ceremonies and Christmas parades to holiday craft shows and dog-sled races.

Discover great shopping options

Whether you’re headed to Vilas County to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list or want to bring home a souvenir for your trip, you’re sure to find eclectic shops and stores that offer everything from fine art and sporting goods to apparel and home décor.

Kick back and relax

At the end of a long day of winter exploration in Vilas County, you’re going to need a place to wind down and relax. Vilas County has you covered—we’re home to hotels, motels, resorts, cabins, vacation homes, and other properties that are ready to welcome visitors all year long.