The Riverside Motel: Relaxing Wisconsin Northwoods Setting near Attractions

When you’re in a resort town jumping from attraction to attraction, it’s convenient to stay in an accommodation that’s close to everything. On the other hand, when you have a few minutes of downtime, it’s nice to relax outdoors amidst a natural setting. At the Riverside Motel you get both the convenience of being a few blocks from downtown Hayward, Wisconsin, and a river setting that offers a relaxing atmosphere.

On our trip to the Wisconsin Northwoods last summer we stayed at the Riverside Motel, an older, independently owned property. Rooms, all with outdoor access, are spacious and have obviously gone through renovations over the years.

1408_Hayward_Riverside_Motel-9442The bathroom had a big walk-in shower and fairly new fixtures and tile. Our queen room with sofa sleeper gave us plenty of space to work and relax, and the mini fridge and microwave came in handy. The country-style furniture and pine paneling fit the Northwoods mood.

1408_Hayward_Riverside_Motel-9440As with most older accommodations, the room was short on electric outlets, including in the bathroom. We’ve started carrying a power strip and heavy-duty extension cord on trips for times that we run into that issue.

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If you stay in a waterside room, you’ll have balcony access overlooking the Namekagon River.

1408_Hayward_Riverside_Motel-9444Our room faced the street, but we had easy access to the shared deck with steps leading down to a small wooden pier with a nice river view.

1408_Hayward_Riverside_Motel-94461408_Hayward_Riverside_Motel-9447The motel doesn’t have a swimming pool, fitness center or other amenities you might find in a chain motel, but it’s a comfortable place to rest your head at night and convenient to activities in the area. In fact, if you’re into snowmobiling, the Riverside Motel is especially convenient, since it’s right on Snowmobile Trail #31.

The Riverside Motel is located at 10429M State Road 27 in Hayward, Wisconsin, about two hours from Eau Claire, three hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul, and seven hours from Chicago. Check the web site for further details.

Disclosure: Our trip to northern Wisconsin was hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, but any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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