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Turning 50 Wisconsin-Style on Spider Lake

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A May 2005 trip to Hayward by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: Where did I want to turn 50? Paris? Rome? Sydney? Nope, in the middle of northern Wisconsin. I gathered family and friends, and they helped me ring in 50 in the wilds of Wisconsin on Spider Lake!

Turning 50 Wisconsin-Style on Spider Lake

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Spider Lake Campfire Sign Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Relax and unwind are the two verbs that come to mind when you say Spider Lake. Minnesota’s and Wisconsin’s lakes are gaining in popularity for summer vacations. However, Spider Lake still gives you the feeling of total relaxation, an unrushed life, and simpler time. It was wonderful to spend my 50th birthday here and be with friends and family. Most of the guests had never been to central Wisconsin and were from large cities: New York, LA, Minneapolis, and Chicago. It was a treat to see everyone come in "urban mode" and leave a little less stressed out and calmer.Don't get me wrong, there is plenty to do here. We fished, golfed, shopped, and took out the canoe. But the pace is slower ...Read More

Spider Lake Lodge

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Hotel

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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If I had to design the perfect north woods lodge for a movie set, my imagination could do no better than Spider Lake Lodge. The lodge is what everyone imagines when they shut their eyes and try to imagine a small fishing lodge on a picture-perfect lake.The best reaction came from our ten-year-old son, who as we drove up the road to the Lodge could barely contain himself. A huge grin came over his face, and he became giddy. This was his second visit to SLL and he knew what was in store. We could totally relate to his excitement as he darted to the lake. Spider Lake Lodge is a special place, and everyone seems to feel a bond and connection to it. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

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

The Turks Inn

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Restaurant

The Turks Inn Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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I had seen photos of The Turks Inn, and it always looked a little quirky and fun. My guests all arrived in Hayward on Friday, and I thought that this might be a fun place to gather on our first night. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the night will be one I won't forget! I was a little surprised, as we drove up on Highway 63, that this little supper club appeared to be in the middle of nowhere. The neon sign showed a lot of wear from many harsh winters. A small white building with a bright-red pagoda-style entrance sat in the middle of the woods. This was it! On entering, it's a bit of a shock! There are pictures and bric-a-brac everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. It's overwhelmi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

The Turks Inn
11320 N. U.S. Highway 63
Hayward, Wisconsin
(715) 634-2597

Anglers Bar and Grill

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Restaurant

Anglers Bar and Grill Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Angler's is a good name choice for this popular bar and grill, as it's only a few blocks from the famous Hayward Fishing Hall of Fame. This seems to be the number-one lunch choice for both locals and tourists in Hayward.It's not much to look at. It sits right on Main Street, pretty much in the dead center of town. It is a boring-looking brick building without much charm. During the summer months, tables are set up outside on the front patio, which does give it a little more of an urban feel. Inside, it is pretty much your typical Wisconsin beer joint. It's a long, narrow room with low lighting. The room is filled with neon beer signs and stuffed animals and fish. If you want to visit a very ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

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

Spider Lake Lodge

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Restaurant

Spider Lake Lodge Photo, Hayward, Wisconsin
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Spider Lake Lodge is a true bed-and-breakfast. Each morning they serve a large, hearty breakfast to their guests. The breakfast is served at the tables set along a full window at the back of the lodge. You have breathtaking views of Spider Lake as you wake up, sip your coffee, read your paper, and chat with fellow guests.The breakfast is made by local women who go all out to make you a homemade, hearty breakfast. You may have pancakes, waffles, quiche, or eggs. You never know, but I promise you it will be delcious. Homemade jams, local sausages, and flaky biscuits are all part of the fare. The presentation is pure five-star hotel. It's too bad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Spider Lake Lodge
10472 West Murphy Boulevard
Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
(715) 462-3793