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Thanksgiving on Spider Lake

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A November 2004 trip to Hayward by SFPhotocraft

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: Uncle Rick claimed to have found the perfect spot in North America. He raved about a little lodge in Wisconsin. He wanted to get our whole family to book the lodge over Thanksgiving. We did and this was one Thanksgiving that felt like a Hallmark card come to life.

Thanksgiving on Spider Lake

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Overview

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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The Hayward Lake Area is a perfect getaway year round. These Northwood lakes offer a retreat away from the fast-paced city life. They are drivable from Minneapolis or Chicago, but feel like a world away. My favorite place here is picture-perfect Spider Lake Lodge right on Spider Lake. The area is full of history and legend, from its Native American heritage to the 1930s, when this area was a favorite hideaway for mobsters, like Al Capone and his gang. There is even a museum dedicated to the days when Capone and his boys were here. Of course, fishing rules these waters. The lakes in this part of the country have given up record muskie, walleye, a...Read More

Spider Lake Lodge

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Hotel | "Spider Lake Lodge (Part 1)"

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Uncle Rick and Aunt Mary Lee had fallen in love with this little lodge on Spider Lake in Wisconsin. When Rick got the idea to book the entire lodge over Thanksgiving, we agreed to be part of the group and make our way to the woods of Wisconsin in November. Spider Lake Lodge was everything I could have expected, plus a lot more. It's a 1929 timber-fishing lodge built on a scenic piece of Spider Lake, which is about 12 miles east of Hayward. The lodge is right out of the Adirondacks. From the moment you step inside, you step into one of the most perfect northwood's lodges in the country. Jim and Craig, the hosts, ran a successful furniture and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

Spider Lake Lodge
10472 West Murphy Blvd.
Hayward, Wisconsin
(715) 462-3793

Spider Lake Lodge

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Hotel | "Spider Lake Lodge (part 2)"

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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All during my childhood, it was a rite of the season to bring in the dock and close up your cabin for the winter in late summer. The cabins were winter-proofed and reopened in the spring. Slowly, this custom has gone away, as many lake homes are now winterized and folks use their cabins and homes year round. It's the same with the lodges, as many no longer close for the winter but are open all year long. Spider Lake Lodge is a year-round resort. During summer, Spider Lake is magic; the regulars arrive, as do tourists, wanting that pristine summer lake experience. This time of year can't be beat! However, a word of warning—book early. This area is extremely popular, and Spider Lake Lodge fil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2004

Spider Lake Lodge
10472 West Murphy Blvd.
Hayward, Wisconsin
(715) 462-3793

Anglers Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "Angler's Tavern and Bowling"

Anglers Bar and Grill Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Let me start out with a tip about Midwest dining. If you are looking for the best burgers anywhere in Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, or Wisconsin, head to the local tavern—or, as we lovingly called them, beer joints. Here you will find some of the best burgers anywhere on the planet. Part of the secret is a well-seasoned grill—okay, if you want to get technical, call it a dirty grill. They have years of cooking oils and grease built in, and somehow this really enhances the flavor. The second part of the formula is what you expect—top-quality Midwest beef. Anglers is just such a place. It's a long, narrow wooden bar with tables. Neon beer signs hang all around the bar, as well as reco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

Anglers Bar and Grill
10547 S. Main St.
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
(715) 634-4700

Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop

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Attraction

Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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A trip down Main Street in Hayward isn't complete without stopping by the Hayward Bakery. This is the kind of place that is a part of years gone by in rural America. When you walk in, you will be greeted with slightly mature Scandinavian women with heavy Wisconsin accents. The counter is filled with homemade cookies, donuts, and brownies. They are not short of inventory, as there are plenty of choices. Having nothing low-fat here, these all have plenty of butter and sugar in them. We were lucky this trip, as it was the day after Thanksgiving and the first batch of Christmas sugar cookies were out and ready to sell. How could we leave without getting a bag full? We happily walked dow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Hayward Bakery and Cheese Shop
10565 Main Street
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
(715) 634-2428

Wildlife Museum and Bar

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Attraction

Wildlife Museum and Bar Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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That age-old question dogs me here. Is this a bar in a museum, or is it a museum in a bar? Either way, it was a great way to kill some time in Hayward. Truth is, we had driven into town early to devote an hour to the Fishermen's Hall of Fame before our bowling outing. We were disappointed to learn the Hall of Fame closes for the season on November 1st. So we had an hour to kill when we noticed, a block down the street, a sign for Wildlife Museum and headed over to it. When we drove up, we were surprised to see beer signs and a bar, but also a museum sign. Okay, so what was it a bar or a museum? Well, honestly, it was both! When we entered, we found ourselves in a bar; it wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2004

Wildlife Museum and Bar
15708 West County Road B
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
(715) 634-3386

Tremblay's Sweet Shop

Attraction | "Tremblay Sweet Shop"

Tremblay's Sweet Shop Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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The best part of this stop was watching the kids’ eyes as we entered. The expression like a kid in a candy shop came to mind, though I have to admit that my eyes were probably just as wide. This shop is massive and full of candy of every type—baskets fill the walls, and racks fill up the middle section. Off to one side are white marble tables with young ladies busy making fudge. Again, I was surprised—here it was November and well past the prime of the tourist season, yet Tremblay's was full and very busy. We gave the kids the unfair task of taking a white paper bag and each filling it up with ten pieces. Decision time! Do they head over to the wall of salt water taffy or head for t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2004

Tremblay's Sweet Shop
10569 Main St.
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
715/634-2785

Thanksgiving Day, Wisconsin-style

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Story/Tip

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Thanksgiving has long been one of my favorite holidays. I think it remains one of the more pure, least commercialized holidays. There is nothing as real as a family of multiple generations gathering around a table and enjoying favorite foods and company together. Uncle Rick and Aunt Mary Lee have raved about Spider Lake Lodge all year. It's the kind of place that they sneak off to any chance they get. So when Rick came up with the idea to book the entire seven-room lodge for our family, it sounded like a plan. On Thanksgiving, we awoke in this peaceful and scenic setting. Our tradition is to take a morning walk. It was actually warm—well, warm by "November in Wisconsin" standards, at about...Read More