Area named best place to relax
By Robert Cloud
An online travel company selected the Waupaca area as the best destination to take a breather in Wisconsin.
Expedia.com released its Best Place to Escape in Every State on Jan. 3.
Waupaca and the Chain O’ Lakes made the list.
“As gateway to the Chain of Lakes, Waupaca is brimming with many scenic drives and boating opportunities,” according to Expedia. “Clearwater Harbor is the place to start. Their historical narrated cruise introduces you to area sites and stories. When you dock, enjoy a meal with a view at the waterfront restaurant and bar.”
The article also notes Hartman Creek State Park, the Marl Lake swimming dock and other local places to visit for a sense of serenity.
Expedia’s writers are all travelers themselves.
Lily Rogers, who wrote the Expedia article, told the Waupaca County Post that “camping, hiking and getting in and on the water are the best kind of escape.”
“Waupaca not only offers wonderful spaces to explore, but there’s a sense of quiet tranquility that should appeal to every traveler looking to slow down, breathe deeply and take in nature at its most relaxing,” Rogers said.
Among the most appealing things she found to do in the area were “paddling the Crystal River and wandering across the covered bridge and by the Chapel in the Woods.”
“It is great to be recognized for something we have known for years, Waupaca is the best place to escape to,” said Terri Schulz, president of the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. “There is something for everyone, sports in all seasons, great shops to find special treasures or that perfect outfit, a place to just unwind or be pampered, plus the many palette-pleasing restaurants and pubs which also offer great beverages and entertainment.”
Schulz said Waupaca also offers year-round events for both visitors and residents.
“I think we have you covered no matter what you are looking for or want to do,” Schulz said. “And we are proud to call it home.”
She noted the chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau takes great strides to promote the Waupaca area as a place to visit.
“Using all forms of media we place advertising throughout the state and adjoining states to entice visitors, and with social media we are able to reach and remind folks of our great area. We know that Waupaca is a great place to visit, and we want others to know, too,” Schulz said. “The dollars that visitors bring into this community helps our economy and in the end touches all of us.”