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Cheap Wisconsin Getaway Ideas: Destinations for Adventure and Romance

By: Craig

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Looking for a Wisconsin escape that doesn’t break the bank? Then this post is for you.

Wisconsin is full of wonderful places for you to relax, find adventures, or simply experience a new area of the state.

This post contains ideas for outdoorsy stuff as well as exploring some of the amazing cities in Wisconsin.

Sparta, WI – Farm Stay

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Get cozy in this adorable log cabin in Sparta, WI.

Located on a dairy farm in the driftless area, these three cabins are just what you need for that romantic getaway. 

The Sparta area is a biker’s paradise. One of the best rails-to-trails bike routes in Wisconsin is the Elroy-Sparta Trail

This trail is famous for the three rock tunnels you pass through. And it connects five small towns along its 32.5-mile route, making the trail a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination.

Affordable Things to do in Sparta, WI

Affordable Places to Eat around Sparta, WI

  • Grab a pizza at Slice of Chicago (not the most romantic restaurant, but sometimes you just need a good pizza)
  • Check out the Club Oasis Supperclub. Stick to sandwiches for a lower-cost meal, or make this destination your getaway splurge. 
  • Eat pub fare at The Cotter Pin

Black River Falls – Tiny House on the River

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If you are looking for a peaceful romantic retreat in Wisconsin, Tiny on the River is precisely what you are looking for. 

Located in beautiful Black River Falls, this tiny retreat will give you the option of hunkering down for a romantic getaway or venturing out and exploring the scenery around you. 

The Black River Falls area is an outdoor lover’s paradise. With bike trails, hiking spots, and gorgeous lakes to kayak. It’s also a popular ATV destination, and you’ll find trails around the area. 

Affordable Things to Do in Black River Falls

Manitowoc and Two Rivers

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Growing up in the area, I didn’t appreciate the beauty of this part of Wisconsin. But each time I come back as an adult, I realize how lucky I was to grow up in such a great area. 

The shores of Lake Michigan make the Manitowoc and Two Rivers area a perfect place for an affordable romantic weekend getaway. And as the years have gone by, it’s become quite the affordable tourist destination. 

These two quaint towns have many indoor and outdoor activities and good food, including some of the best fish fries, smoked fish, and cheese curds. And it seems like a new wine bar or brewery is popping up every few months. 

Affordable Things to Do in Two Rivers and Manitowoc

Affordable Places to Eat in Two Rivers and Manitowoc

Affordable Places to Stay in Manitowoc/Two Rivers:

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Waupaca – Crystal River Inn

The Crystal River Inn is one of the best places for a romantic Wisconsin Getaway. They offer a range of rooms and cottages that easily fit any budget. 

A favorite room is the Canopy Room, but if you want a more affordable option, check out Andrew or Riley’s River Rooms. The Inn offers a lovely breakfast each morning in a gorgeous room overlooking the scenery of the surrounding area. 

This lovely bed and breakfast, located in the beautiful Waupaca / Chain O’ Lakes area, is a place to relax and unwind. But the region also has plenty to do if you want to explore. This is why it’s an excellent choice for that affordable romantic getaway. 

Affordable Things to Do in Waupaca

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Affordable Places to Eat in Waupaca

New Glarus 

New Glarus is a small town located in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. The town is best known for its Swiss heritage and is home to several Swiss-themed attractions.

Located in the scenic Wisconsin River Valley, New Glarus has plenty of hiking, biking, and canoeing/kayaking opportunities. 

Affordable Things to Do around New Glarus

Affordable Places to Eat around New Glarus

Affordable Places to Stay around New Glarus

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Located on the Mississippi just 18 miles north of La Crosse, the quaint town of Trempealeau is an ideal affordable romantic Wisconsin getaway. The scenery is gorgeous, and there are plenty of things to do. 

This area is a true gem in Wisconsin, and you’ll be happy to plan a weekend getaway to Trempealeau. 

Affordable Things to Do Around Trempealeau

Affordable Places to Eat Around Trempealeau

Affordable Places to Stay Around Trempealeau


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Sheboygan: Who knew? 

This is exactly what we said on our most recent trip to the Sheboygan area.  

The lakefront location and vibrant downtown area make this a great spot for a weekend getaway.  Between great outdoor adventures, state-of-the-art museums, tasty restaurants, and cute coffee shops, you’ll be glad you pick Sheboygan for your weekend adventure.

Affordable Things to Do Around Sheboygan

Affordable Places to Eat Around Sheboygan

Affordable Places to Stay in Sheboygan

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You may not think affordable when thinking about a getaway to Bayfield/Ashland area as it’s the tourist hot spot of Northern Wisconsin. But with some careful planning, you can plan an affordable trip to the area.

This area is full of inexpensive outdoor activities, reasonably priced restaurants, and some of the best scenery in Wisconsin. Lake Superior provides a stunning backdrop for a getaway to the area. 

Affordable Things to Do in the Bayfield/Ashland Area

Affordable Places to Eat in the Bayfield/Ashland Area

Affordable Places to Stay in the Bayfield/Ashland Area


Marinette County Waterfall - Veterans Park.

Do you love waterfalls? Then Marinette is the perfect affordable getaway for you.

Marinette County is the waterfall capital of Wisconsin. And during your visit, you can see over 15 waterfalls in the area

Most waterfalls are easily accessible, so you don’t have to love hiking to experience these gems. But if you are a hiker, there are some short hikes that lead to waterfalls that will satisfy your hiking urge.

Affordable Things to Do Around Marinette

Affordable Places to Eat Around Marinette

Affordable Places to Stay Around Marinette

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