This Holiday Season, Break Out the Sled and Prepare for Bloodies
After a year unlike any other, why finish it off with something traditional? This holiday season, forgo the usual skating, skiing, and sledding excursions. Instead, clear your schedule, dust off the snowmobile, and prepare for Bloody Marys.
Visions of Vodka Will Dance in Your Head
Every Wisconsinite knows the story, right? Santa hopped on his souped-up Polaris, bringing Bloody Marys to Cheeseheads far and wide… Even if that’s not the mainstream version, get in the holiday spirit this year by exploring this 82-mile snowmobile trail with four bars and restaurants along the way, all serving up a mean drink. You’re sure to have yourself a Bloody Mary Christmas!
Cross Country Bar & Grill
Our trail begins in Rhinelander, a small, charming municipality in Oneida County. Symbolized by a wacky beast known as the Hodag, this quaint and quirky town is the ideal place to start a unique winter adventure. The area also boasts natural splendor, affordable homes (the median home price here is around $154k), and, of course, a mean Bloody Mary.
Stop by Cross Country Bar & Grill, a popular local watering hole, for your initial drink. The Bloody Mary is a fan favorite, and Cross Country themselves even assure you won’t be disappointed. There’s also a full-service kitchen, cooking up everything from cheese curds to prime rib if you feel like fueling up before hitting the trail.
Pack Em Inn
From there, it’s a short ride to Crandon, Forest County’s seat and only incorporated community. Residents appreciate the amenities paired with freedom in the city’s sparse suburban neighborhoods, and, as the population is primarily retirees, most residents enjoy attainable homeownership. After all, the median home price here is only $162k. Located at the intersection of three major snowmobile trails, Crandon is the perfect place to stop off for a drink
The Pack Em Inn offers game-night specials, a full bar and restaurant, and, if you’re traveling through on a Thursday, even free pool. If you’re looking for a higher-volume Bloody Mary, Pack Em Inn is the place for you. You can purchase a reusable growler, entitling you to $15 refills or $40 gallons, which is a much better bang for your buck if you plan to add the Pack Em Inn to your regular rotation.
Hop back in the saddle and make your way to Wabeno, a 1,000-person town just northeast of Crandon. Between the friendly residents and warm atmosphere, Wabeno is another perfect place to pull the sled over. The small town offers abundant space for snowmobile adventures, reasonably-priced housing at around $133k, and a few can’t-miss eateries.
Pour Judgement, a favorite local dive bar, offers an array of decked-out Bloodies. In addition to the usual veggies, garnishes may include strawberries, onion rings, and even a whole chicken sandwich. Not only will you get a cold drink, but you can also enjoy a mid-trip snack.
Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill
Finish the day off in Mountain, an Oconto County town with fewer than 900 residents. In the spring and summer, the nearby lakes and streams bustle with activity, but the winter months provide plenty of unique recreational opportunities as well. The area boasts expansive forest ecosystems with many modestly-priced homes (think ~$126k) nestled in woodland areas. With plenty of festive snowfall, your trip through Mountain should make for a scenic final stretch
When you’re ready to defrost, Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill is the perfect place to top off a day of riding. At the end of the trail, you can finally kick back and relax, and either carryout or dine in at a distance. Pam’s World Famous Bloody Mary is a must-try, now safely served in a closed container
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