Winter Getaway

Day 1:
Check in at one of our scenic bed and breakfasts, including the Green Fountain Inn on Main Street, or the Crystal River Inn in nearby Rural.  Or, go for the comfort of familiar at one of our brand-name hotels, including the Best Western Grand Seasons, complete with indoor water park or Comfort Suites Foxfire located on the beautiful Foxfire Golf Club. Either way you are sure to be welcomed with a warm friendly smile. After check-in, head down to Simpson’s Restaurant on Main Street for dinner, including everything from cheeseburgers to lobster to Friday night’s beer battered haddock. After dinner catch a movie next door at the historic Rosa Theater.

Wake up to the sweet gooey goodness of a delicious cinnamon roll from the King’s Table restaurant in King  before heading out to stroll through the numerous antique and other shops in the area, including downtown shops such as Picker’s Playground and Lucky Tree. Grab a hearty lunch at the Waupaca Woods Restaurant, located on Fulton Street in the Waupaca Woods Mall, before heading out for a relaxing afternoon walk along our beautiful sections of the Ice Age Trail, or take a drive down our scenic Rustic Roads. Maps for walking trails and driving routes are available at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street. Top off the evening with a trip to the famous Central Waters Brewery, in nearby Amherst off Highway 10, for a specialty brew such as Glacier Trail IPA, and even a brewery tour. (Tap Room opens at 3:00, tours start at 5:00) Afterward, head down to T-Dub’s Pub, located in the basement of an 1868 carriage factory and wagon shop on Cooper Street, for a delicious bite and a hearty Irish welcome.

Day 3:
Wake up to an uplifting service at one of the dozens of churches in and around Waupaca, then stop for coffee and an omelet at Main Street’s own Little Fat Gretchen’s café. Stop in for some homemade fudge at Main Street Marketplace on the corner of Fulton and Main, before taking a luxurious Sunday drive to view the many historic houses in the area. Unadorned by autumn leaves, there is nothing to distract from the intricate architecture of these grand old homes, including the C.A. Spencer House on Lake Street, later converted into one of the first hospitals in the Waupaca area, as well as the A.M. Penney house. This house is said to the one which inspired The Bates Mansion in Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film “Psycho”. It is located at 404 South Main Street, just down from the post office. Pick up a tour guide at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce.  So come, and be a part of our warm, welcoming community for a few days this winter. We hope to see you here!

Submitted by Charles Pegorsch