As days on summer’s calendar begin to dwindle, the time is now to savor every last drop of summer. So make the most of summer’s sunshine and take advantage of the in-season activities that you will have to put away on the shelf until the snow melts next spring.
ONE - Slow Afternoons
Enjoy slow afternoons that turn into long evenings on the pontoon boat, floating along with the waves + a group of your closest friends. Chill a bottle of rosé (like Bieler Pere et Fils rosé, available at Trig's Village Market) and create a delicious cheese + charcuterie board - for tips read our journal post here. If red wine is more in line with your taste palate - perfect! The fall bite in the air, means it’s back in style. We love Meiomi Pinot Noir, bought locally at Brandy Lake BP - check out their beer + wine selection!.
Two - berry picking
Blackberry season is in full swing and one of our favorite summertime activities is berry picking. In the early morning, fill a thermos with coffee and head out on a stroll to your neighborhood patch. August’s version of a date night - fill a cup with wine + bring your sweeties to go berry picking during golden hour (the magic light before sunset).
three - preserve the garden goodness
With vegetable gardens bursting with produce this time of year, take an afternoon to preserve your garden's goodness. Freeze berries for smoothies (read here or here), pickle squash, and dry tomatoes (read here). Make pesto + freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings all winter long. Extending fresh produce's glory long into the winter months makes even the snowiest winter day a little bit sunnier. If your green thumb forgot to show up this season, it's not too late to get started. We recommend going the simple route and picking up a few herbs for your windowsill (purchase at Stoney Creek Home + Garden).
four - jump in the lake
Just a few hot summer days are left to complete the Manitowish Waters Challenge - jumping into all 10 lakes on the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes in ONE day! For new ideas on favorite spots on the water, read about Becca + Elizabeth’s day on the chain completing their challenge.
five - the culinary trail via evinrude motor
Get all of your favorite dinners in before seasonal businesses close and boat season ends. Trade your car keys for a life jacket and explore the culinary scene from the driver's seat of your pontoon boat. Northerly recommends using our journal post - Manitowish Waters Lakeside Restaurant Trail - as a guide. Looking for a local favorite meal? Be sure to read the 2017 Best Of Manitowish Waters List.
six - eat more s'mores
Build a fire in your yard's campfire pit or be more adventurers and head to a local campsite (we love using the campfire ring at Stone Lake's campsite). As the fire sparkles up towards the night's sky, soak up the stars in the Milk Way and enjoy each other's company. Pack a basket with all the s'more favorites - graham crackers, marshmallows, + chocolate. We recommend upgrading to candy bars (like Dove Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt Caramels), artisan marshmallows (hey North Mallow!), and gingersnap cookies or gluten-free graham crackers. If you prefer s'mores from your kitchen, skip the fire and make Snickerdoodle S'mookies.
seven - R & r
When the sun is high in the sky and you're craving a little R&R, we recommend picking up a new read from our Summer Reads list. Hang your hammock or head to the pier. Pull out a cozy beach towel, like Pendleton towels, that doubles as a blanket when the sun floats behind the clouds. Also available for purchase locally from Coontail.
eight - road trip
Take a day trip to explore a new corner of the great state of Wisconsin! Northerly recommends pointing your compass north and heading to Bayfield, on the shore of Lake Superior. Dip your toes in the water, pick a few berries, and hike their trails. Use our journal posts on Bayfield for insider tips - read here, here, and here.
*Don't miss out on a one of a kind dining experience at Wild Rice Restaurant. If you haven't been, call today to make a reservation; they are permanently closing at the end of this season on October 14th, 2017.