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The Wausau Area

Located midway between Minneapolis and Milwaukee, 185 miles from each, we’re in Central Wisconsin, right off the I-51. There are lots of reasons travelers stay with us, including weekend getaways, sports meets, outdoor recreation at Granite Peak, visiting friends or relatives, the nearby medical facilities, and for business meetings. Whatever the reason for your visit, our staff extend a friendly greeting and a welcome to those traveling with pets. You’ll enjoy a convenient location, a free Bright Side Breakfast®, an indoor pool and whirlpool, free parking, and free Internet access. Arrive anytime; our front desk is open 24 hours.    

Wausau is known locally as the best place to play in the snow. The readers of Wisconsin Trails magazine named Wausau the best town in Wisconsin for outdoor activities. Rib Mountain State Park is only 2 miles from our front door, with 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and kayaking in summer months. In winter, Granite Peak Ski Area offers 74 downhill runs, cross country skiing, tubing, and snowmobiling. At the summit there’s an observation tower so bring your camera for the spectacular views from the state’s fourth highest peak. There’s great birding, waterskiing, horseback riding, pick-your-own berries farms, golf, and more, so just choose the season that suits you.

Hotel Services and Amenities

After a restful night in a comfy bed, your first cup of coffee can be made with the in-room coffeemaker. Join us for a healthy and hearty free Bright Side Breakfast with hot and cold cereals, bread, muffins, pastries, bagels, fresh fruit, waffles and unlimited juice and coffee. Catch up on things on your laptop using our free high-speed Internet via Wi-Fi, and make any local calls from your room at no charge. Other room amenities include a hairdryer, alarm clock, and iron with ironing board so you can travel light. Tune in any time to 30 premium channels on a new Samsung flat-panel TV with a Plug-and-Play feature. Relax in the indoor pool and hot tub, and then make your selection from eight or nine restaurants within a five-minute walk.   

Local Attractions

Aside from the spectacular outdoors, there are indoor attractions in Wausau, too.  At the top of the list is The Grand Theater, just two miles from our hotel, where dance, drama, comedy, and musical performances fill the stage regularly. The Woodson Art Museum is only three miles away, with an extraordinary collection of art related to birds. There’s the Center for the Visual Arts and Children’s Art Park for the younger set. Ask us about the calendar for special events, such as the Badger State Games featuring Olympic-style sports held in January and June, the Balloon Rally Weekend for the wonderful sight of hot air balloons glowing in the night skies, and the popular Log Jam Festival in August.