Our last vacation here was in the winter for cross country skiing, snow shoe-ing, and quality family time. It's great strapping on your skis and hitting the trails just outside your door! We have been traveling here for over 20 years and continue to find the Zambon family creating memories for our family year round. Our favorite time remains the summer.This is the place for the original northwoods vacation experience where nature is the focus. This is an independent resort, so don't expect some of the bells and whistles of some of the chain hotels/resorts. Original, authentic, and value describe Holiday Acres. From the lake you can barely see the resort, because keeping the integrity of the woods is obviously primary. As a result, the lake views can be obstructed from the cabins and lodge. No chopping down of the trees you see at nearby resorts! Our children continue to want to travel here as adults and multi-generations are the norm here. This is a back to basics vacation of sun, nature, boating, reconnection, fishing, hiking, relaxing, and rejuvination. You can truly relax here and forget your troubles. The rooms are large with pretty basic furnishing but you can get rooms with hotubs and fireplaces. The cabins are original knotty pine and no frills, very authentic northwoods style-they are great for extended families and friends.Don't expect anything fancy. There is an indoor pool with some video games available. We tried geo-caching last summer on a cool day and it took us off the resort property finding new things we hadn't discover in 20 years! I was pleasantly surprised our grown children enjoyed this! There is a nearby horse stable, where we took a trail ride we enjoyed. Our children learned to waterski at Holiday Acres through the patience of their staff. Their Tuesday night cookout was always a hit, as the many other summer activities offered in the summer. I believe they have WII now and wireless access. Fishing boats are included but you need to rent a motor if you are not feeling up to rowing. Kayaks, bikes, and the like are available to rent. Lake Thompson is beautiful and needs to be experienced on and in the water. They have a pontoon boat to rent, which is a great way for a group to enjoy the water.The coffee shop food is pretty typical, but the 3 Coins Restaurant is one of the best in the area-only the Riverside Restaurant in Eagle River can compare. My husband swears their seafood is some of the best in the state! You also don't go hungry here as they provide a lot of the extras of the supper club era. With there new chef, I've noticed some great changes. There are some great paved bike trails near St. Germain, Minoqua, and Boulder Junction that you need to experience, and rental bikes are available pretty much in each town. The park system in this part of the state is incredible! There is a waterski show in Rhinelander, but the best is probably in Three Lakes or Minoqua. We also have enjoyed renting pontoon boats on the Eagle River Chain and the Three Lakes Chain of lakes, which is a great half or full day experience. You can also try the paddleboat out of Rhinelander (can't recall it's name), which takes you on the Wisconsin River-great for a group of people. The Northwoods Golf course is a favorite of my husband's. If you are looking for the rare, authentic "up north" experience you may have heard of, this is the place to do it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1949, the Zambon family has welcomed visitors to experience the classic Northwoods resort at Holiday Acres on Lake Thompson in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Encompassing 1000 acres of woodland and lakeshore, the resort offers four season relaxation, a great restaurant, indoor swimming and sauna, plus many outdoor amenities. With a variety of lodging choices, guest rooms, cottage, and vacation homes, everyone can find a home away from home. Retreat, relax and rediscover Your Place UpNorth! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Acres Hotel Rhinelander