The weather is finally starting to heat back up and we think it’s safe to say that spring is in full bloom! What better time than now to begin planning a weekend getaway? With over 425 events held at Road America each year, we’re sure that you will have no trouble finding a few races to peak your interest over a long weekend!
If you’re a bit unfamiliar with Road America, you’re probably amongst the minority, as the track is renown all over the globe as one of the greatest and most challenging road courses in the world. Each year, roughly 800,000 visitors make their way to the Elkhart Lake, WI area to enjoy the park-like ambiance, great food and thrilling races between the world’s fastest riders and drivers.
The 640-acre motorsports facility is home to a 4.048-mile permanent road course with 14 turns, and a 1-mile supermoto/karting track. As the brainchild of highway engineer, Clif Tufte during the early 1950’s after sports car races were banned from public roads, races have been taking place at Road America every year since 1955. Although countless improvements have been made to the entire facility over the years, the original 4.048-mile, 14 turn track has remained unaltered, allowing us to keep a sizeable slice of Elkhart Lake history alive and well.
Fortunately for all of you racing enthusiasts out there, you’ll find that there is some sort of event being held at Road America practically any day of the week. This makes it even easier to pick a time to head out this way for a little bit of fun! Remember that regardless of whether the race you’re interested in is taking place next month or three months from now, it’s never too early to book your stay with Inn on Hillwind!
The month of June is full of fantastic racing events. Elkhart Lake’s Road America AMA and June sprints are happening the entire month, and fans are looking forward to the occasion. The June schedule is full of exciting races, and here is a list of what’s to come to the amazing and challenging Road America roadways.
Beginning May 31st -June 2nd, the Subway Superbike Doubleheader and Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing begins. Road America’s 4.05 mile natural road course will be the arena for the annual Geico Motorcycle AMA Pro Road races in early June. It’s one of the most challenging tracks on the AMA schedule. This two-wheel race war draws quite a huge crowd, and includes a weekend of double headers in four different Geico racing classes. Fans are able to participate in open karting and drag racing demos.
The AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) Vintage Motorcycle Classic gets underway on June 7th through the 9th. The race features vintage motorcycles from the 1920’s through the early 1970’s. AHRMA also showcases vintage superbikes from the 80’s and 90’s. AHRMA has dedicated its organization to the preservation of the heritage of motorcycle racing. The Road America track is a favorite for vintage riders because of its four-mile course, multiple turns and the rise and fall of the terrain. Fans will be entertained by cross-country and trial competitions.
The Weathertech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints starts on June 13th and runs through June 16th. These sprints highlight everything from showroom stock cars to highly modified purpose-built racecars. The event hosts ten race groups in four days, filled with practice, qualifying, and competition. Road America’s trackside views are amazing and offer delicious food for drivers and fans.
Nascar Nationwide and ARCA/Trans-Am comes to the Road America tracks June 20th-22nd. Fans will experience ARCA and Trans-Am Qualifying rounds and wheel-to-wheel racing. Fans also get the opportunity to watch Nascar’s future star drivers test their road skills on Road America’s famous four mile, fourteen turn track. This challenging circuit separates the good drivers from the great drivers and fans get to watch all of the excitement.
The end of June hosts the Optima Face-Off at Road America on the 23rd. On this high-speed weekend, Optima Batteries holds one of its Optima Ultima Streetcar qualifying events. This end of June event includes autocross, road course, and braking and acceleration challenges. The Optima Face-Off also wraps up the June races and sprints month with an exciting style competition and road rally that fans will not want to miss.
The month of June gives avid race fans the chance to enjoy all styles of racing and high-speed competition; from vintage bikes to custom-built racecars. There is something for everyone craving speed at the Road America tracks this summer.
Next month, the 11th annual Jazz on the Vine Festival will take place at the Osthoff Resort, where world-renowned jazz musicians, dynamic concert performances and music enthusiasts from all over will kick off the concert summer season. Along with great music and food, guests will also be able to sample and array of over 100 wines from all over the world. Tickets to the event will sell quickly and accommodations are first-come, first served.
Here’s a look, and a few samples, at some of the artists and entertainers who will perform at the event from May 10-12.
Fourplay– On May 11th at 6:15 PM this jazz quartet will hit the stage with two decades of contemporary jazz experience. They bring a unique style with the combination of varying elements of R&B, pop and other jazz foundations. Six of their recordings have climbed to the top of the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts. In 2010, new guitarist Chuck Loeb joined founding members Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason. The new group has brought a renewed energy and passion to the stage, pushing the limits of jazz once again.
The Larry Carlton Quartet – Larry Carlton is a nineteen-time Grammy nominee and a four-time winner. After studio credits with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt, it’s safe to say he is one of the most respected artists in jazz. You can find the Larry Carlton Quartet on stage on May 10th at 7:15 PM.
Acoustic Alchemy– Following Larry Carlton, Acoustic Alchemy will play at 9:15 PM on the 10th. This group, originally from the UK, brings 25 years of experience since their first recording. The bring an interesting and talented blend of acoustic guitar along with its electric counterpart. They’ve toured the world and now stop here at the Jazz on the Vine.
Michael Lington with Special Guest Bill Champlin– Formerly of Chicago, Bill Champlin with join Michael Lington on Saturday, May 11th at 8:45 PM. Lington moved to the US at the young age of 21 and 2012 marked the 15 year anniversary of his released self-titled debut. Since the 90s, he’s continued to put out top ten hits and passionate performances with his sax.
Shilts – Visiting from London, Paul “Shilts” Weimar will hit the stage early on Friday evening at 5:15 PM. His 30-year career has spanned all forms of jazz, funk, soul and pop music, touring all over the world. In total, five albums have been released, each one better than the last. His fun attitude and desire to produce good music makes for an entertaining performance.
Cindy Bradley– On Saturday afternoon at 1:45 PM Cindy Bradley will hit the stage. After her debut album in 2009, she won best new artist at the American Smooth Jazz Awards and named Debut Artist of the Year by the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and Smooth Jazz News.
Matt Marshak – He released his seventh major album in 2012, Color of Me. He’s an appealing new face in contemporary jazz, with a blend of jazz, blues, rock, pop and funk. Smooth-jazz radio station in New York named him one of the best new smooth-jazz artists. His fun and certainly entertaining show will hit the stage at 3:45 PM on Saturday afternoon.
Marcell Guyton – May 10th through 12th at Afterglow and Jazz Brunch, this keyboardists will perform. “I enjoy watching the crowd and how they respond to the music we are playing. My musical style is most influenced by Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel.”
For more information on the Jazz on the Vine Festival, click here.
Exactly one month from today, on April 13th, the Hearthside Dinner will take place at the Wade House in Greenbush, WI. Guests will enjoy a meal of a bygone era, participating in the special Hearthside Dinner program. You’ll go back in time to the 1860s, working together to prepare a meal in the kitchens of the Wade House stagecoach inn. On Wade House’s website they describe the event as, “The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as stove and fireplace fires are lit and guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their midday meal as Betsey Wade routinely did for stagecoach travelers a century and a half ago.”
The event is a unique opportunity for visitors and guests to enjoy a much different and simpler time. “At the conclusion of the day, everyone pitches in to clear the table, wash the dishes (19th-century style), and sweep the hearth to end a satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin’s past.”
The Wade House is an 1860s style stagecoach inn. It was built to tell the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family in the 1800s during the Civil War era. On the Wade House grounds, you’ll also find an authentic sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation, as well as the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum.
The whole event and location is a great experience in the Sheboygan, WI area, and one of the many great attractions in Plymouth. The cost is $45 per person with a minimum of ten and a maximum of 20 people. You can call 920-526-3271 for reservations or visit their website here for more information. You can also give us a call with any questions you may have.
Even during these cold winter months, Sheboygan County offers plenty of activities and a weekend retreat. The Inn On Hillwind is only a short distance away from two area ski resorts where you can spend a nice weekend away from Milwaukee or Green Bay. After spending the day on the sloes, come back to the Inn and cozy up in one of the private suites with a whirlpool, fireplace, large beds, and private baths. We can provide a great retreat after a long day of skiing in Wisconsin.
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Sunburst - Sunburst hosts a variety of trails including beginner, advanced, and expert levels and 3 terrain parks. They offer night skiing and boarding 7 days/week on all runs with snow tubing also available. They are typically open till March , but depends on weather conditions. Sunburst is only 30-40 minutes away from our B&B in Plymouth.
Little Switzerland – Opened in 1941, Little Switzerland is one of the oldest resorts in the Midwest. Mix in millions of dollars of improvements and you have an historic resort with a first class customer experience. While a few key ingredients of the lodge remain, such as the Swiss style and one of the big fireplaces, the lodge has been gutted and completely remodeled. Highlights include a beautiful new bar and game room upstairs in the all-new Swiss Chalet. The lower level will house an all new pro shop, new ticketing area, completely redesigned rental designed to maximize efficiencies and minimize time spent inside, a new ski patrol room, and an all-new cafeteria. This is a little further of a drive, clocking in at about 1 hour southwest of Plymouth.