Fall’ing Up North
That Up North autumn feeling just seems to bring alive all the senses. The crisp air tantalizes the skin. Colorful leaves dazzle the eyes. The smells and tastes of fall harvests bring smiles to faces and a fullness to bellies.
The fall season is quite a time in the Eagle River area. It’s not possible to get in every fall activity before winter hits, so we thought it would be a good idea to offer a few suggestions for those planning a trip to our neck of the woods.
Check out some of these Eagle River activities if you’re looking to spice up your life this fall.
Colorful Trail Experiences
Our miles of trails are open nearly any time of year with various activities. But they’ll never be as red, orange, and yellow as they get at the end of September. One of the best ways to enjoy these brilliant colors is on a trail or route.
The fall is a great time to go on a bike ride in the Northwoods. It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground through forests and around lakes in a short amount of time. The folks who participate in the annual SepTimber Ride can tell you that! And if you need a bike, Your Boat Club Eagle River has a rental for you.
For those craving a bit more speed and adventure, there’s no better way to rev the engine than on an ATV or UTV. These routes offer a combination of forest trails and hilly routes that can appeal to the nature enthusiast or the speedster.
Cranberries and Other Fall Flavor-ites
Abundant harvests have led to some of the most iconic events in world history – Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest, and more. Naturally, the Eagle River area has started and maintained several harvest-based festivals.
Cranberry Fest doesn’t take place until early October, but the cranberry marshes are quite a site to see in September. Lake Nokomis Cranberries, starts running tours of its 320-planted-acre cranberry farm well before the festival.
Local farmers and growers offer more than just cranberries during fall. There are plenty of other fruits, vegetables, and squashes available for purchase at the Eagle River farmer’s market. The Wednesday farmer’s market goes from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs throughout the month of September.
As summer fades away, cooler temperatures take over at night. That means campfires. Whether you like telling stories, making s’mores, or enjoying the crackle of dancing flames, a campfire in fall is heaven.
Naturally, you’ll want to consider actually camping in the Eagle River area for a proper campfire. Some campgrounds offer nearby lakes for water activities, as well. Might we recommend fall fishing? We can’t guarantee you’ll catch a musky, but we know those trophy fish bite in the fall.
And if you want to take a swing at the 100-year-old Eagle River Golf Course, now is the time to do it. Fall rates make this 18-hole, 4-star course extremely affordable. Originally built as a 9-hole course in 1923, it was redesigned in 1988 by Don Herfort to feature strategically bunkered greens, narrow forested fairways, and prevalent water hazards. You might see some wildlife on the course too.
Check Our Calendar and Book Your Stay
Many visitors like to plan their stays around an event, and the fall is jampacked with them. From the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show in early September to Hallowfest at the end of October. Check out the Eagle River calendar to find an event that speaks to you.
Popular events like SepTimber Ride and Cranberry Fest can put a premium on lodging. Luckily, there are many overnight accommodations that will help you feel refreshed and invigorated to enjoy your festival to the fullest.
What Fall Fun Are You Planning?
Summer might be in the rearview mirror, but fun is a year-round activity in the Eagle River area. We hope some of our fall favorites become some of yours, too.
It’s time to fall up in Eagle River.