You know you’re somewhere special from the moment you arrive. Beautiful snow frosts every pine bow and blankets every forest trail. Holiday lights twinkle in the eaves of cabins and hand-cut wreaths hang in the doors of small shops and stores. It’s winter in Vilas County, a place that has welcomed generations of travelers and in some ways has never changed. Whether you’re planning a trip or dreaming of a getaway, here’s what you can experience this winter in Vilas County.
If you ever wondered what it was like to drive in a snow globe, take a drive on one of our forest roads. You’ll encounter calendar-worthy scenes at every turn and there’s a good chance there will be a few fresh flakes falling, thanks to our location in the Lake Superior snowbelt. Some good routes for a scenic winter drive can be found in Boulder Junction/Star Lake, Phelps and Presque Isle/Winchester. See some route descriptions here.
There are some things you can never find online. To go holiday shopping in Vilas County is to experience all the wonder of yesterday, without crowds or lines—just friendly shop keepers ready to help. You’ll discover unique items that will be perfect for a gift, including fishing gear, warm Northwoods blankets, cozy winter apparel and more. Learn more about shopping in Vilas County here.
When it comes to holiday events, Vilas County’s friendly communities pull out the stops. You’ll find holiday walks, tree lightings, craft sales and more. Join a friendly scene that could have been painted by Norman Rockwell. See the latest Vilas County event information here.
Vilas County’s restaurants serve up all the hearty classics—steaks, prime rib and seafood. You’ll also find a tasty selection of coffee shops, bakeries and cafes. Carry-out options allow you to bring your meal back to your lodging property. Learn more about Vilas County restaurants here.