Well known for a few things, including the American Birkebinder cross country ski race, annual world lumberjack contests, and a nearby former hide out of Al Capone, the ville of Hayward, Wisconsin is nestled among pines and birches on rolling hills in Northwestern Wisconsin. Numerous lakes dot the landscape and it’s a regular fisherman’s paradise.
Trail’s End Resort is on nearby Lake Couderay, has cabins and boats for rent, camp sites and a nice lodge bar (“Michelle’s”) that features live music, (like Todd Eckart) that serves lunch and dinner daily with an emphasis on house made items from local ingredients.
Entrees enjoyed included the rib dinner and a thin crust bacon-topped pizza. Both got raves. The ribs are massaged with a house-made rub before being slow-smoked and finished on the grill; many of the meats served at Trails End (including the bacon) are from the provider 6th Street Market, in nearby Ashland, WI, who have been cranking out specialty meats and sausages for 25 years.
Here’s their full menu.
Trails End Resort