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Best Friends’ Escape to Neenah, Wisconsin 

By Mer Norwood

Do you and your best friend love exploring the outdoors? Wisconsin is filled with outdoor adventures, and Neenah, Wisconsin is the small-town escape that a dynamic duo needs to make new memories. From visiting the shores of Lake Winnebago, to biking the local trails, to roller skating at The Plaza at Gateway Park, there’s plenty of activities to snap selfies of your best friends’ escape to Neenah, Wisconsin. 

Start your day at Lawlss Coffee 

Head to Neenah’s downtown and start your day with a jolt of java at the industrial and modern Lawless Coffee. With bright bulbs hanging from the ceiling, mixed with the brick walls and wooden floors, the atmosphere of Lawlss is both sophisticated and inspiring. The artisanal coffee has specialty lattes with unique flavors like the Smoked Mocha, Carmello, or Orange Blossom. If you’re looking for a cup of tea, try the Bergamont Matcha for a creamy, floral beverage. Pick a seat by the sunroom, which has overarching glass windows so you can people-watch the main street, with the sunlight streaming in as you start your day.  

Go roller skating at The Plaza at Gateway Park  

Only a few steps away from Lawlss Coffee is The Plaza at Gateway Park. As a community gathering place, The Plaza at Gateway Park is open year-round and features an ice skating rink from November to March. Visiting from April to October? Lace up your roller skates and have a blast with your bestie as you skate around the rink. If you need another cup of joe, the on-site café, Globe Coffee, offers coffee, light bites, and hot cocoa.  

Hike High Cliff State Park on the shores of Lake Winnebago  

Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest lake, is the type of place that summer songs sing about. With clear, placid waters, the shores of Lake Winnebago at High Cliff State Park are perfect to dip your toes in and watch a sunset. Hike the 3.4 miles on Red Bird Trail to check out the 40-foot observation tower, which features panoramic views of Lake Winnebago as well as the nearby cities of Appleton, Oshkosh, Menasha, Kaukauna, and of course, Neenah. 


Play one-on-one sports and go on a bike ride at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel 

Book your stay at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, and continue your outdoor fun with a few of the many amenities the resort has to offer. For instance, if you and your best friend want to see who is better at Pickleball, pick up equipment at the Ground Round and just head over to the court.

Want to play a game of one-on-one on the basketball court? Dunk on each other at the on-site basketball courts, and basketballs provided. In addition, complimentary bikes, complete with helmets, locks, and baskets are available to all guests – just check in with the front desk and get ready to cruise the nearby Bridgewood Trail and Harrison Trail.  

Wind down with wine at Sante  

After a long day of outdoor excursions, you and your best friend will want to wind down with wine at Sante Wine Bar & Bistro. Sante is LGBTQ+ friendly and is owned by Matt Gloede and his husband. The duo opened the wine bar three years ago after an inspiring trip to Paris. When asked, “Why Neenah, Wisconsin?” Gloede replied, “Just because I know everybody here, so every time someone walks in, I know them by name, and I know their drink order. That’s what’s important to me.” Order the charcuterie board and one of their fun cocktails to share.  


From cheese curds to cheeseheads, there’s plenty to explore in “America’s Dairyland”. Uncover the charm of small towns and brews of the big cities when you stay at one of the 40+ properties with Best Western® Resorts & Hotels Wisconsin now.

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