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Summer Music Series Throughout Northern Wisconsin!

by Adam Redman

When you aren’t relaxing on the beautiful waters or exploring the stunning northwoods this summer, catch some great live music in northern Wisconsin! All summer long talented local musicians will be performing throughout town! No matter your musical preference you will find a great group or artist for you and your family to enjoy. Check out these fun concert series and treat your ears to beautiful music in northern Wisconsin this summer!

Concerts on the Riverwalk

Settle down at the bandshell along the Wisconsin River for an evening of free, live music. The weekly concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Enjoy free popcorn during the event!

Music Lineup


St. Germain LIVE! Summer Concert Series

Grab your lawn chair or blanket and a delicious picnic and find the perfect spot in St. Germain’s beautiful Chamber Park (473 Highway 70 East) for an evening of incredible live music!

Music Lineup

MBC's Summer Music Festival

Enjoy amazing live music by college students from Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point throughout the week at Minocqua Brewing Company (238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua). The 10 musicians comprise of a jazz ensemble (vocals, bass, drums, piano, sax, and trumpet) and a brass quintet (horn, trombone, 2 trumpets, and tuba). Catch the jazz ensemble on most weekday nights and the brass quintet during lunchtime throughout the summer! Dine on tasty food and sip on deliciously crafted brews while you enjoy the free performances. Click HERE for the full upcoming schedule!  

Things to do in Minocqua WI this Weekend!

by Adam Redman

What's on your schedule this weekend?  If you're looking for things to do, check out these great events taking place in the Minocqua area this weekend!

49th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Where:  Lakeland Union High School

When:  July 14 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., July 15- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost:  Free, presented by the Northwoods Wildlife Center

Check out the massive displays of Gems, beads, minerals, fossils and jewelry.  There will also be speakers, a silent auction, door prizes and demonstations!

Lakeland Art League's Featured Artist Susan Hartzheim!

Where:  Lakeland Art Gallery

When:  July 15th

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Susan will be demonstrating her watercolor technique as well as have other artwork on display.

You can also check out the fantastic Earth Goods Paint your own Potter studio!  Walk in and start your very own works of art!  You may also sign-up for a class or schedule your own private party.  So much fun for the entire family!

Where:  Earth Goods Paint your own Pottery Studio

             211 W. Milwaukee St.

Time:  Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

          Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There's so much to do in the Minocqua area during these fabulous summer months!  

One of the favorites is bird watching and hiking the beautiful nature trails of the northwoods.  If you're really adventurous consider renting a canoe or kayak and viewing the array of endangered birds in their natural habitats.  Whichever you choose... you won't be disappointed!  This is a great way for the family to bond and learn more about the wonderful nature surrounding the Minocqua area.

Destinations known for prized bird watching include:

North Lakeland Discovery Center- This is a featured site on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail boasting diverse populations of migratory and nesting birds along with raptors and waterfowl.  Designed as a 25 kilometer, self-guided tour, trail system.

Rainbow Flowage- A 5000 acre habitat home to numerous species of birds;  Merlins, black-backed woodpeckers, gray jays, grouse, boreal chickadees, yellow bellied flycatchers, Canadian & palm warblers and Northern waterthrush. You may also be privy to bald eagles or osprey; which nest around the flowage.

Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area- 4,300 acres of trails with a 1,800-acre refuge located in the middle of the property. Birds here include great blue herons, marsh hawks, eagles, cranes, Northern harriers, sparrows, short-eared owls and black terns. 


If hiking or biking through nature's paths is more your thing, check out the bevy of incredible local & state parks.  Some of our favorite include: 

Bearskin State Trail- This park features an 18 mile railbed trail with numerous trestles and boardwalks.  

Flambeau River State Forest- A 90,000 acre property along the Flambeau River.  Gorgeous trails and 75 miles of white water canoeing. 

Hiawatha State Trail- Many different species of wildlife can be seen from this crushed stone, 6 mile trail, on the south side of Lake Nakomis.

Check out all the hiking trail possibilities here in the northwoods at this link: Minocqua Trails Guide

Celebrate the 4th of July Minocqua Style!

by Adam Redman

Celebrate our nation's Independence Day in beautiful Minocqua!

Downtown Minocqua is the place to be on the 4th of July.  The streets will be lined with people vying to get the best spots to view the great 4th of July Parade.  The parade will get underway at 3:45 pm, so once you find your perfect viewing spot spend the day meandering down the streets and visiting our wonderful boutiques and dining venues. The Children's Parade, which begins at 3:45, will have all participants gather in front of our very own Redman Realty Group- the corner of Park Street West & Hwy 51 South.  The kiddie parade will be filled with families walking, pushing strollers and riding bikes.  Remember to decorate in your favorite Red, White and Blue theme. 

Following the parade will be a free musical performance at Torpy Park beginning at 5:30 pm.  Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy the show!  At 7:00 pm more great entertainment ensues with a performance by the Mini-Aqua Bats at the Aqua Bowl on Lake Minocqua.  

A spectacular fireworks show will follow all these great find your perfect viewing spot on land or water.

The Redman Realty Group wishes everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Gone Golfing in St. Germain?

by Adam Redman

St. Germain Golf Club - "Heavenly Golf, Saintly Service"

St. Germain, Wisconsin offers many recreational activities but none are quite like the expereince of 18 holes of golf at the St. Germain Golf Club. Opened in 1993, expanding to a full 18 hole course in 1996. Ranked a Top Course in Wisconsin, #6 in 2015 and has a 4.5 star rating on Golf Advisor. 

The course is carved throughout the beautiful Northwoord's white and red pine forest, offering breathtaking scenary while you play. Although a championship caliber course, golfers of all levels and walks of life will enjoy their time at the club. 

The St. Germain Golf Club features:

  • Golf Instruction, complete with video analysis for all ages by LPGA Head Golf Professional Margo Rogers-Anderson
  • Lush fairways, manicured greens and the stunning 5th hole 
  • Fully renovated driving range
  • Mulligan's Snack Shop 
  • Tournament and charity golf events
  • The nearby Whitetail Inn featuring a cocktail lounge, dining hall and a four bedroom hotel suite
For more information, visit the St. Germain Golf Club website

Get Ready for Minocqua's New Event... "Paws in the Park"!

by Adam Redman

Don't miss the Minocqua Chambers brand new event for 2017....Paws in the Park!

Located at beautiful Torpy Park on June 17-18, this furry four-legged event will be a blast for the whole family.  The event will feature Dog Agility demonstrations, a Pet Expo and the spectacular Dock Dogs of Wisconsin!  

The Dock Dogs of Wisconsin are Dock Jumpers in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height into the water!  How do the dogs compete?  Each dog jumps and grabs for the extended bumper which hangs 8 feet over the water and starts at 4.6” in height.  The bumper continues to rise by 2 inches until they have a winner! This competition also features a ‘Speed Retrieve’ contest in which dogs run, jump in the water and swim to retrieve a bumper at the end of the pool. All events host separate divisions for the dogs with awards for each.

Learn more about this great family-friendly event here.

We look forward to seeing you at this inaugural event!

Are you looking to put your Northwoods Home on the Market?  Did you know that successfully staging your home to highlight all its great amenities actually aids in the sales process and the price you receive for your home?  Homes that are staged sell in an average of 11 days and sell for 17% more!  Staging is different from decorating and sets your home apart from others on the market.

Here are the Top 7 Home Staging Tips for a successful home sale:

Symmetry- When adding pops of color, throw pillows or blankets, decorative accents and more, it's important to let symmetry guide you. This makes your efforts that much more pleasing to the eye of the buyer.

Lighting- Always start with utilizing the great natural sunlight from windows and doors in your home, then add chic, decorative lamps that highlight the best assets of your room.

The White Glove Test- Before putting your home on the market, or showing to potential buyers, make sure all areas of the room are clutter-free and organized perfectly.  Counter tops should be clear of any items except the few set up for the sale. Closets should be cleaned out and only select items kept to maximize space & storage.  All rooms should be ready to pass the 'white glove test' for cleanliness.  An unorganized and messy home will often turn buyers away.

Gender Neutral Colors- Bedrooms should be painted in neutral tones to allow the potential home buyer to envision their belongings in the room. If you currently have rooms painted in specific gender tones, consider repainting and decorating appropriately.

Traffic Flow- Arrange each room in your home to maximize space while keeping in mind the best traffic pattern for the room itself. This is especially helpful in your gathering areas;  living and family rooms and kitchen.

Garage- Your garage is still part of your overall home and needs TLC before putting your home on the market.  Invest in great organizational tools and bins to showcase the space and storage potential.

Curb Appeal- The first impression of your home is when a buyer first pulls up.  Make sure your home's exterior is in excellent shape;  repaint if necessary, fix windows doors and roof.  It's also important to make sure your yard is well manicured.  Placing a few beautiful flower pots and decorative accents around the entry way will add to the curb appeal.

For more Home Selling Tips visit our website or contact a member of the Redman Realty Group for a personal consultation.

Memorial Day - Woodruff

by Adam Redman

Memorial Day Weekend in Woodruff!

The Saturday before Memorial Day brings some summertime fun to Woodruff. Family and friends of all ages are welcome to enjoy the annual Memorial Car and Craft Show. 

The 6th Annual Memorial Classic Car Show and 3rd Annual Dr. Late Museum Craft Show will take place on Saturday, May 27 from 9 am to 3 pmat Woodruff Town Hall (1418 1st Avenue - Hwy 47 Approximately 6 Blocks East of Hwy 51). 

Featuring classic cars from the 1900s to the 2000s, stocks and modified, a parade, face painting and clown fun for the kids, and plenty of food and beverage to go around. 

Memorial Day Remembrance's will also be held at Evergreen Cemetery at 11:00 am on Monday .


Tips for Buying your Northwoods Vacation Home!

by Adam Redman

Summer is coming and it begs us to spend time in the great northwoods with our family! If you're like so many of our clients, you're looking to find the perfect vacation home for your family.  The Northwoods area of Minoqua is an excellent place to begin, since we have the best amenities and activities for year-round enjoyment. 

Here are 5 Tips for Buying your Minocqua Area Home:

Choose your perfect Location:  If you're considering buying a home here, you've most likely rented in the area before.  This is great because it provides the perfect guide for finding your ideal location.  Always consider proximity to the locations you frequent most, schools offered, and mileage if you'll be commuting to the office.

What can you Afford?  Before you begin your home search it's critical to consult with a Mortgage Lender and determine what you can realistically afford.  Knowing your financial guidelines before hand allows you to look at homes in your price range and allows you to make an offer knowing what you'll be approved to borrow.

What do you want in a home?  May sound very elementary, but it's important to know the amenities of a home that are most important to you, and which ones you'd be willing to forego if the location and price are right.  Again, you'll also want to consider it's proximity to the areas and venues that matter most to you.

Partner with the Local Expert Real Estate Team- It's critically important to your home sale to partner with the best local real estate experts!  Redman Realty Group focuses on the Minocqua and Northwoods area and provides local experts who have grown up in the area.  This provides you with valuable insight to new upcoming areas of development, best places for your particular hobbies and to match you with the town and home that meets your specific needs.

Make and Offer & Negotiate the details.  Even if you're a seasoned homeowner, working with a reputable local real estate professional who can provide the most up-to-date details of real estate transactions in the area will be important to the success of your home buying experience.  Making the right offer, while still negotiating the fine points are where the Redman Realty Group excels.

For more Home Buying Tips, please visit our website or give our team a call for a personal consultation!

We look forward to helping you find your Northwoods Dream Home!

Northwood's Fine Dining - The Guide's Inn

by Adam Redman

Dubbed the best restaurant in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. They pride themselves in “Outstanding Variety and Exceptional Quality”. The 4.5 star ratings on review websites such as Trip Advisor and Yelp would have to agree. 


A historical landmark in Boulder Junction since 1920. Named after the fishing guides who frequented the restaurant after fishing all day. First open as a brown shack behind the Inn where moonshine was stored and served to lumberjacks in the area. The Guides Inn was then built as a home in 1936, was remodeled slowly but surely into the restaurant and bar that it is today.


Today, the restaurant is owned and operated by Jimmy Dean Vanrossum. 


There are a variety of fine dining options with cuisine styles ranging from American to French to Eurpoean. A little bit of something on the menu for everyone's palette. Whether you're in the mood for a locally caugh fish, best known for their Walleye. Or how about a hearty bowl of pasta. You can even indulge in veal specialties, steak and more.  


To view the menu, click here


The Guide's Inn

5421 Park St

Boulder Junction, WI 54512


Phone: 715-385-2233

Website: The Guide's Inn

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