Five Last-Minute Summer Getaways in the Fox Cities

A last-minute getaway may be just what you need for fun, relaxation, rejuvenation, and final sweet summertime moments. Whether a couple, family, or solo traveler, there’s a Fox Cities getaway for you to close out the season.

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel and Conference Center

Find a couple’s oasis in the heart of downtown.
Located in Appleton’s vibrant downtown, the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel and Spa is an award-winning, elegant boutique hotel featuring exceptional dining at RYE, spa offerings at Spa BenMarNicos, and elegant suites sure to impress for a weekend couple’s getaway. The CopperLeaf’s warm and inviting atmosphere and personalized service transcend the hustle and bustle of the everyday, while still being just steps away from many unique boutiques, restaurants, and museums. Stroll the Saturday Farmers Market. Enjoy drinks by the river. Go on an arts or historical walking tour. Browse unique boutiques and stores. Enjoy a final summer weekend away with your love.

Don’t only plan your stay; win it. The CopperLeaf is featured in the Travel Wisconsin Stay Unique Giveaway. Enter daily for the chance to win a one-night stay at Appleton’s only boutique hotel.

High Cliff State Park

Get this view only one place.
Soak in sweet summertime lakeside at High Cliff State Park. At this Fox Cities Original, one-of-a-kind adventure and awe meet. Push yourself to the edge as you explore the park’s miles of easy-to-moderate hiking trails that offer stunning views of Lake Winnebago — Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. Discover centuries-old effigy mounds, part of the park’s intriguing history. Spend the night under the stars and wake to the sun rays of morning at a tucked away campsite at this state park.

Most amenities at High Cliff State Park have reopened following closure due to COVID19 in spring 2020. Please check the Wisconsin DNR website for the most up-to-date information. Vehicle admission stickers are required.

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Take advantage of the many amenities at this family-friendly resort.
With health, safety, and budget top of mind for many travelers (especially those with kids in tow,) the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah packages newly remodeled rooms and suites with many onsite amenities such as a full-service restaurant and bar, aquatic fun center with four pools, mini golf, platform tennis, pickleball, complimentary bikes, fitness center, arcade, walking trails, sand volleyball, ice cream, and more. This resort hotel – the Fox Cities’s only resort hotel – is conveniently located just off Interstate 41 and has been recognized for its industry-leading cleaning standards.

The resort is currently offering a Staycation Special package. Snag it while it lasts for quality and affordable family time.


High Cliff State Park/Lake Winnebago | PC: IG@swiperightforadventure

Find your original while exploring ours.
In the Fox Cities, the spirit of originality, authenticity, and creativity runs deep. It’s found in the passionate people who pour themselves into delivering to distinctive tastes in music, art, food, and drink at places like Zuppas and Stone Arch Brewpub. It dots the landscape at one-of-a-kind natural wonders like High Cliff State Park and landmarks with storied histories like Hearthstone Historic House Museum. Spend a day (or two or three) exploring and discovering what the Fox Cities will inspire in you – to find your original while exploring ours at the Fox Cities Originals.


Experience the river that made the region.
The Fox Cities developed and continues in its vibrancy along the ever-flowing Fox River. History, natural beauty, and new developments continue to dot the landscape, creating opportunities to explore and experience it. Fox River Tours boat tours take you on a casual boat tour past historic sites, greenspaces, and abundant wildlife like eagles, hawks, deer, and foxes. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing meal at River Tyme Bistro along the water. Check out the Neenah Lighthouse at Kimberly Point Park at the mouth of the river where it meets Lake Winnebago. Put in your kayak or canoe at parks along the river, like Telulah Park and Lutz Park, for an afternoon of paddling.

Looking for a waterfront place to stay? Courtyard by Marriott Appleton Riverfront, one of the area’s newest hotels, features balconies overlooking the river; restaurants, entertainment, and live music just a block away; and a walking trail that follows the river and connects to nearby neighborhoods and downtown.



Travel with excitement. Experience joy. Come for fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

You can travel well and travel confidently in the Fox Cities. Local accommodations, attractions, and amenities have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures and health precautions to promote the health and wellbeing of guests, employees, and our communities amidst the global COVID19 pandemic.

There is currently a statewide mask requirement for indoor public places; review this and other local Travel Well resources here.

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