St. Germain: A Northwoods Escape

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There is truly nothing better than a weekend escape to the middle of the Northwoods. Whether you’re looking for some time to spend relaxing, getting out and exploring, or just hanging by a campfire with family and friends, St. Germain is definitely the spot for you to getaway! Let’s explore 3 great reasons that you should escape to St. Germain!

The Heart of Vilas Trail

Photo Credit: Host Eric Paulsen on the Heart of Vilas Trail in St. Germain // Discover Mediaworks

One of the best ways to get your heart rate up is to explore St. Germain is by trail! First things first, stop by the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce right in the heart of St. Germain and get ready to hit the paths by bike! 

The Heart of Vilas Bike Trail has more than 52 miles of paved trails that connect many small towns in the Northwoods. Winding through forests and riding along crystal clear waters, you can be sure to get some exercise and take in beautiful views along the way! Adventure away with all types of riders as this path goes from flat-to-rolling terrain and has many scenic bridges to catch breathtaking views. Learn more about the Heart of Vilas Trail and get a map here. 

Feel Rejuvenated at the Lake

Photo Credit: St. Germain // Discover Mediaworks

When you make your trip up north, you definitely have to reset and feel rejuvenated at one of the many beautiful lakes in the area! In St. Germain, you can find Big St. Germain and Little St. Germain for plenty of lake life fun. From strolling the waters, jumping in and cooling off, or just grilling out and enjoying the scenery, it adds up to the perfect little getaway!

If you’re in need of a rental while visiting, check out St. Germain Rentals. In the summer months, you can enjoy all the great water-sports from fishing, jet skiing, boating on a pontoon, and even tubing!  

Dine at the Clearview Supper Club

Photo Credit: Dinner at Clearview Supper Club // Discover Mediaworks

End your night at a quintessential Wisconsin supper club right along Big St. Germain lake at Clearview Supper Club. Known for their fabulous Friday fish fry and delicious Old Fashioned, this is definitely the place to be while in the area. Clearview was established in 1918 and has served great food for friends and family since the beginning. 

If you’re not in St. Germain on Friday night, no worries! The menu has so many great dishes and you can’t go wrong. If you’re a martini fan, be sure to try the chocolate martini for dessert! You won’t be disappointed. Other fabulous must-trys while visiting are: cheese curds (yum!), the chicken kiev, and the clearview burger!

Now that we’ve established some wonderful things to do while in St. Germain…sit back, relax, and watch our Discover Wisconsin digital short ‘Why St. Germain Should Be Your Next Northwoods Destination’ for some inspiration on your next trip! Comment below and let us know what you’re most excited about!


Kortnee Hass: Digital Media Associate for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.

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