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RhinelanderUnited States of America

Although it is home to the mythical Hodag monster, you won’t find somewhere more welcoming or charming than this small city in Wisconsin. 

Rhinelander is a vacation destination in the Midwest known for ice fishing and antique shopping. The county seat of Oneida County lies in north Wisconsin and is surrounded by picturesque lakes.

Rhinelander is affectionately known as “Home of the Hodag.” In 1893, local prankster Eugene Shepard reported capturing and killing a fearsome green monster covered in white spikes. After Shepard was said to have captured a second creature, which he called a Hodag, the sensation grew. It wasn’t until scientists from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. expressed interest in inspecting the beast that Shepard admitted it was all a hoax. Today, the mythical Hodag is a mascot of the city. As you pass the Chamber of Commerce, look for the statue of the legendary creature.

Discover other aspects of Rhinelander’s past at Pioneer Park Historical Complex. This open-air museum has recreations of log cabins from the fur trade era and shops from the late 19th century. Explore the old schoolhouse museum and learn about Rhinelander’s long logging history. The museum includes several exhibits devoted to the Hodag.

Fishing is a favorite leisure activity in Rhineland, often referred to as the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World.” The surrounding area is full of lakes and streams that are teeming with musky, bass and other fish. Purchase all the equipment you need at local bait shops.

Explore antique stores and boutique shops in downtown Rhineland. Sip coffee in cafés or indulge in three-course meals at restaurants. Enjoy a show at Tommy O’s Playhouse or see local artists’ work at ArtStart, a community-supported gallery located in the old Federal Building.

Rhinelander has mild summers and very cold winters with heavy snowfall. Bring high quality cold-weather clothing for ice fishing and cross-country skiing in winter.

Rhinelander is in north Wisconsin, a 4-hour drive west of Minneapolis. Green Bay is a 2.5-hour trip by car. Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport offers flights to the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metropolitan area. Rhinelander’s isolated location in the lake region of Wisconsin only adds to the city’s charm.

Top Hotels in Rhinelander

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rhinelander
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rhinelander
2.5 out of 5
70 N Stevens St, Rhinelander, WI
The price is $50 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in the heart of Rhinelander, this hotel is steps from Rhinelander Historical Society and ArtStart. Historic Courthouse and Rhinelander Logging Museum ...

3.5/5Good! (357 reviews)
Nice hotel for the price!

"The service at the hotel was very good. We arrived early & were able to check in early! The hotel need updates,but that didn't bother me. Bed was comfortable!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rhinelander
The Waters Of Minocqua
The Waters Of Minocqua
3 out of 5
8116 Highway 51 South, P.O. Box 1053, Minocqua, WI
The price is $72 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

This family-friendly Minocqua hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Campanile Center for the Arts, Torpy Park Beach, and Bearskin State Trail. Island City Antique Market ...

4.1/5Very Good! (795 reviews)

"Free Continental Breakfast and a restaurant on site"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

The Waters Of Minocqua
Comfort Inn Rhinelander
Comfort Inn Rhinelander
2.5 out of 5
1490 Lincoln St, Rhinelander, WI
The price is $76 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ascension St. Mary's Hospital, Rhinelander Logging Museum, and ArtStart. Historic Courthouse and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (318 reviews)

"Location was good for my needs. Shower was backed up, or slow to drain, I was showering in standing water."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Comfort Inn Rhinelander
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Rhinelander

Northernaire Resort
Northernaire Resort
4 out of 5
6990 Bengs Rd, Three Lakes, WI
The price is $105 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated in Three Lakes, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Nicolet National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Three Lakes Center for the Arts and Three Lakes ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (69 reviews)
enjoyable stay

"Condo was clean and well supplied. Staff was pleasant. Had a little trouble with gas grill. Only one grill which may be an issue during busy season."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Northernaire Resort
Timberlane Lodge- Walleye 2 Bedroom Condo
Timberlane Lodge- Walleye 2 Bedroom Condo
3 out of 5
11397 Thiedeman Rd., Woodruff, WI

Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rock Falls Riding Stable LLC, Dr. Kate Museum, and Island City Antique Market. Northwoods Wildlife ...

Timberlane Lodge- Walleye 2 Bedroom Condo
Lake Front Cabin - Private Dock
Lake Front Cabin - Private Dock
Eagle River, WI

Situated on a lake, this cabin is 1.2 mi (2 km) from World Snowmobile Headquarters and within 3 mi (5 km) of Amsoil Eagle River Derby Track and Eagle River Golf ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Great value on the Eagle Chain

"Perfect for fishermen. 17’ from the lake with accessible electric. Well appointed kitchen. Dual recliners and gas fireplace are nice touches after a long day on the water. Excellent value."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Lake Front Cabin - Private Dock
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Rhinelander

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 1, 2020

HODAGS!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Good bloody Mary’s cheese curds smoked meats

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

Friendship house restaurant was good

4/5 - Good

Ann

Aug 24, 2019

Very quiet town for a weekend in August. Friendly people. Some good restaurants and businesses. Nice area.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 17, 2019

Road construction

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Rhinelander is a great small town

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