Snowmobiling in Wisconsin: Trail-Side Drinks and Dining

By Dan Rose
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Wisconsin’s winter wonderland offers snowmobilers scenic and seemingly unlimited trails. The rush of cold air and the open trail before you is amazing, but few things pair better at the end of a day on the trails than a cold drink and a hot meal from a local bar or restaurant.

You can find everything from historic taverns built in the 1800s to modern microbreweries just a few minutes away from some of Wisconsin’s best snowmobile trails.

Waukesha County

A short drive from Milwaukee or Madison will lead you to the excellent snowmobile trails near North Lake in Oconomowoc. You can take a long loop near highway 36 and end your snow-filled day at Hanson's Pub.

This historic pub has its roots dating back to 1862. It was originally a brewery, became an ice cream parlor during prohibition and eventually a local watering hole again. 

La Crosse County  

Barre Mills, a bit east of the city of La Crosse, has a series of great snowmobile trails. The rolling hills create an ideal trail for you to follow through this bluff-dotted area of the state. Near highway M in the community are four intersections of trail, and at the cross section of one of these you will find Nick’s Bar.

This pub hosts friendly Euchre games every night and advertises an atmosphere that encourages you to “come as you are.” You can’t get much more Wisconsin than that! 

Eau Claire County

Want to enjoy trails that cover exciting hilly terrain while offering a glimpse at the state’s Northwoods beauty? Look no further than Eau Claire.

After a day on the trails, stop by the small town of Brackett for a drink at Brackett Bar and park your snowmobile right off the trail. If you can stop in during a Green Bay Packers game they offer great prizes and gameday specials.

They also have live music and great pub food if you can’t make it in time for the game.

Door County

The peninsula isn’t just great during the summer; during the winter numerous snowmobile clubs maintain the trails for your enjoyment.

If you follow the Door Central Snowgoers trail through Egg Harbor you can stop off at Shipwrecked. This microbrewery offers beer, some of which changes seasonally, that you can’t find anywhere else.

And for food, don’t miss out on the Smokehouse Platter, which prominently features their Cherry BBQ sauce.

Ashland County

Head up to the city of Ashland where you can sled a few connecting snowmobile trails that form both a large and smaller loop.

End your day in downtown Ashland back at the South Shore Brewery, which is only three blocks from the trail! They have a variety of beers ranging from the Northern Lights Cream Ale to their Maple Amber.

Connected to the brewery is the Deep Water Grille, where you can grab something hearty to eat after your day on the trails.

Marathon County

Almost 30 clubs help to maintain the trails in scenic Marathon County. Stop off in the town of Galloway where you can find the charming Jen & Tonic's bar. This historic bar was built in 1919 and has had a total of 19 different owners and 14 unique names.

Be sure to enjoy some food, play a game of darts, and take advantage of the bar’s daily drink specials while you’re there.


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