Stay: Check into the Quality Inn and be treated to complimentary continental breakfast each morning before you set out to explore. Have a grand time at The GrandStay Suites, with kitchenettes for home cooking. Stay along Sheboygan’s riverfront at Harbor Winds Hotel and stroll down the river walk. If you want to rough it, visit Kohler-Andrae State Park. Each of the 137 units offers a campfire ring, so be prepared to make some s’mores and sleep under the stars.
Eat: For a farm fresh breakfast made from local ingredients, head downtown to Field to Fork, a welcoming, informal space where bakers and chefs produce artisanal breads and sweets, homemade soups, substantive sandwiches and wonderful salads. They feature in-house roasted coffee, a juice bar and seasonal produce. Spend some time relaxing in their cafe and organic grocery store.
Explore: Head out for a romp around Maywood Environmental Park. Journey 135 acres for friendly trails for leisurely walking, hiking or mountain biking. The Pigeon River winds through the park, offering plenty of opportunity for fishing or aquatic exploration. Explore natural springs, a butterfly garden, six diverse ecosystems, abundant wildlife, indigenous plant life, bird watching, scenic overlooks and photo opportunities galore. Visit the Ecology Center for more information about guided tours, hands-on park activities, day camps, maple syrup tapping, bird watching, owl tracking and season events. Don’t forget to rent a park pack so the littles ones can explore miniature wildlife in the gardens. This is an all-day exploration event, and there’s plenty to see and do! Check out Ecology Outfitters down the road to rent bikes, kayaks and snow shoes.
Dine: Majerle’s Black River Grill is nestled within the evergreen trees. They offer a fine menu of American cuisine, complemented with local favorites. If you’re not in the eating mood, sit at the bar and choose from a large selection of beer, wine and spirits.
Rise: A fishing shanty coffeehouse on the Sheboygan River, the scenery is a little different at the Weather Center Cafe. Known for its easy-going, hip nature, the Weather Center has become home to local artists. Its riverside patio is a favorite open mic spot of local musicians and aspiring songwriters, and the food and drinks are made with a smile.
Revel: Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park is 30 acres, with 64 camp sites surrounded by 14,000 acres of nature splendor and bountiful year-round activities for the outdoor enthusiast or even the indoor enthusiast who simply wants to take it easy for a while. The Sheboygan Marsh, Sheboygan River and Sheboygan Lake provide plenty of opportunity for canoe and row boat fun. If you’re looking for one of those breathtaking views, club the Marsh Tower – at 80 feet, it’s the tallest wooden observation tower in the State of Wisconsin.
Dine: Il Ritrovo is a certified VPN pizzeria, serving true Neapolitan pizzas and other authentic Italian cuisine. Showcasing the best of Italy and local farmers, they’ve joined the traditional techniques of Italy with the best of seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Il Ritrovo means “A Place to Meet” so bring family and friends for a real taste of one of Southern Italy’s greatest treasures – pizza.
Play: Words cannot describe the beauty of the 988-acre Kohler-Andrae State Park. Beaches, sand dunes, hiking and biking trails through the woods, all right on Lake Michigan. Lay on the beach, build sand castles, spy on the natural wildlife, have a picnic, even play a little volleyball or baseball. For the kids, the Sanderling Nature Center is open May through October, and the park offers themed hiking programs throughout the season.