Our day-tours are a blend of eco tourism, heritage tourism,
and cultural tourism that will bring you in touch
with the true Northwoods!
"Curiosity is one of the great secrets to happiness!"
Bryant H. McGill
For Information or Reservations
• Headwaters Tour of the Great Divide (our original)
• First Americans Culture Tour (FACT)
• Namekagon River Road Trip Tour
• Hayward South to Blue Hills Tour
Note: Although we have identified certain days for each of our tours,
we may easily adapt our schedule to fit your calendar. Call us!
Thanks for visiting our website!
This is the front door to our 'store.'
Please take some time to wander around to see what we offer.
If you don't see what you are looking for, give me a call, and I'll help you. There are many, many items on our 'shelves' that are located in our 'experiences' department. These are not easy to show our guests on a website, but are easily recognizable to those who have been one of our guests.
As you browse through the 'store' think about how our 'down to earth' experience
could be such a memorable occasion for your family, your friends, or your organization, or even for your business - staff or clients both.
The products we have on our shelves are not something you can take home in a bag, nor are they things you can put on your shelves at home. What we are selling is a bit more abstract than a box of fudge, a T-shirt, or even a round of golf. We offer you a window into the northwoods that no one else comes close to offering: an entertaining day of awareness, knowledge and learning.
That fudge may bring you pleasure for a day or two, but the pleasure pf knowing or learning something new can last a lifetime. Tasting a wild hazelnut in August, absorbing the autumn colors that truly take your breath away, or seeing that musky on its spawning bed are unforgettable.
I can't guarantee you'll see a bear or even a deer, nor can I promise a bluebird day, but I can promise that you will get my utmost attention from start to finish. And you will be getting the information and stories from a lifetime of experiences from a resource professional who is dedicated to bring you the very best information about our cultural and natural history. You will not be disappointed.
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Why take one of our tours?
Remember your children, or you as a child, and how one of his/her first words was 'Why?"
What a wonder that was to see how curious a child could be. If your child was
anything like mine, the word became his most popular question, even to
the point of overuse. But you had to love it! Your child was learning!
I bring this up, as you may be asking right now "Why should I do a Down To Earth Tour?"
Great question, for sure. We at Down To Earth Tours are "tooting our horns"
about what we do because we are passionate about what we do, and we want to share that passion for learning and curiosity with you.
Just the other day I chatted with a young woman at the local eatery who served me
a great cheese burger. On her arm was a tattoo simply stating
"What a perfect motto,"I suggested.
She agreed and even offered to model for a new look for the bus.
Young woman, baseball cap, binoculars, and curious about the world around her. Perfect!
(Come to find out, that phrase was from Albert Einstein. Cool!)
And that phrase describes exactly why we believe you
will absolutely love your day with us.
That phrase fits our day, our guests, and our mission. Join us!
Read on to further answer your 'Why?" and to begin to answer some things
about the "What? of our tours and adventures.
Your vacation timeis precious to you and your family,
and you want to make it the best it can possibly be.
Vacations cost money, of course, and those costs can be
grouped into Wants and Needs. The needs are lodging, travel and food.
Most everything else is a want, whether that is an ice cream cone,
a souvenir to bring home, or an activity that offers a new experience.
Down To Earth Tours has since 2006 offered an experience that,
according to our many guests, should be at the top of your 'Wants' list.
Our tours offer our guests a diverse and educational day
exploring 'off the beaten path' locales with extra-special stories
andnumerous 'gee whiz' experiences.
You will learn things you never knew, you never knew
and have a great day in a fascinating neck of the northwoods!
Our day blends cultural heritage and natural history with ecology and nature
that will amaze residents and visitors alike.
Learn the secrets of the northwoods and its past.
Beauty, wildlife, and a great lunch are standard fare
and a bonus to your special day. Native American cultures are a part of
our regular tour and are the prime focus on our First Americans Cultural Tour.
All tours except the Hayward South Loop Tour
will begin at the Sawmill Saloon in beautiful downtown Seeley on Highway 63
between Hayward and Cable. A unique place to start and end our day!
All tours begin at 9:00.
Our Guests Say It All
A short time ago a couple came on our Headwaters - Great Divide Tour
and totally enjoyed their day. Just yesterday, I Googled my site and saw
something from Trip Advisor about my tours.
"Down To Earth Tours teaches, inspires, entertains, enlightens!"
Sawmill Saloon's spectacular menu before or after your tour!
Note: Tour dates are flexible. Call to discuss. 715-376-4260
1 - Headwaters Great Divide Tour
2 - First Americans Cultural Tour
Four New Tours Adventures for 2013!
1 - Namekagon Road Trip Tour
2- Hayward to Blue Hills South Loop Tour
3 - Exploring Northwoods Forests Tour
4 - Panorama Vista Hikes - May & Sept/Oct
Personal or Custom Tours
Personal Custom Tours for your family, friends, business,or group can
easily be arranged to meet your calendar.
Please call at 715-376-4260 or email at email@example.com
Impress Your Guests, Friends, or Family
Experience Our Tours with Your Friends or Family or ...
Over the seven years Down To Earth Tours has been bringing smiles to our guests,
some of the most memorable tours are when a a family takes a tour to celebrate a special occasion, like a homecoming, a family reunion, or a gathering of friends. Not only do they have a wonderful experience on the tour, but it is enhanced because they got to share their experience with friends and family.
Some Other Possibilities
Friends: Any opportunity for having a fun time together
Business: Board Meeting, Team Building, Employee Appreciation
Family Get-together: Family Reunion, Birthday Party, Anniversary, Homecoming, Bon Voyage
Grandma Camp or Grandpa Camp
Historical Societies and Museum Staff
Lake Associations, Members and Board of Directors
Volunteer Appreciation and Thank You
You get the idea - Our tours will create a memory for all of the above occasions.
We can serve our special 'feast-in-the-forest' picnic lunch.
Our original tour works exceptionally well,
or we can create a custom tour just for you and your group.
Join us today!
2013 marks our 8th year of offering learning adventures in the Northwoods!
You have found the right place for that 'extra-special thing to do' on
your trip to Wisconsin's northwoods.
Several guests have indicated that our tours are similar to an "Elderhostel'
learning adventure or a national park-like educational tour.
(Without the 3-day drive to Montana!)
Our tours are designed for visitors and residents alike. It is an educational,
down-to-earth experience designed to discover many fascinating things about
our diverse northwoods. One can learn about the place you visit, or the place you call home.
Join us - you will learn lots and create some great memories!
We see and learn many things about our neck of the woods and have fun doing it.
Our original Eco-Geo-History Tour takes our guests on a day-tour
going off-the-beaten-path to discover fascinating places and stories
of the northwoods. The route is designed to maximize a diversity of
learning experiences and topics that will enhance your knowledge
of the landscapes and the history that permeates the northwoods.
As suggested in the Walt Disney movie 'Pocohontas,' theme song,
"You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew."
The First Americans Cultural Tourfeatures Native American history,
stories, mining, and much more,dating back to people who have called
northwest Wisconsin home since the Ice Age.The Ojibwa culture is our
focus, but mound-builders and paleo-Indian cultures will be explored as well.
(more info & link to story below)
The beauty of fall is a bonus, our tour is special even after the leaves fall.
Tours through October - JOIN US!
NEW Travel Guide
New (Oct. 2011) travel book includes Down To Earth Tours!
The University of Wisconsin Press has just released a new travel book entitled
Green Travel Guide to Northern Wisconsin. Authors Pat Dillon and Lynne Biebel have researched and recommended a myriad of Green must do and see activities, lodging places, eating establishments, and other places of interest to the Green traveling public. Travelers should have a copy to plan their vacations and one to bring along with them in their vehicle to be sure they take advantage of the authors' hard work in assembling the diverse list. Get copies at UW Press at http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4988.htm
Thanks for including Down To Earth Tours in your new guide book!
Please contact us if other tour dates might work better for you.
Special Thanks to AAA Living magazine for their coverage of our FACT adventure.
Both tours offer a very unique activity for special occasions for your family, for a group get-together, to entertain friends and guests, or for a special business occasion such as a "pat-on-the-back" for your employees,or maybe a "Thank You Adventure" for your best clients.
One family took one of our tours for their family reunion and the report was:
"How are we going to top that?"
Our price for each tour is $69 and that includes a scrumptious lunch.
"We had a great time yesterday! You should be overrun with business
Your story telling...is very effective. That's what makes your tour so appealing.
Everyone loves a good story. " Marge- Cumberland
"Thanks for a great tour!It gave me lots of ideas
and inspiration to learn more!" Don -Birchwood
As winter winds down over the next month our big muskies, northerns, and walleyes are
repeating the annual cycle of migrating upstream to spawn.
Here a musky basks in the spring sunshine waiting for the right conditions to spawn
and giving our guests a highlight of the day!.
Wabigon-gissis, the Ojibwa Moon of the Flowers occurs in May
as the fields and forests are dotted with the blooms of spring.
Here a trailing arbutus emerges from under the leaves on May Day.
When you smell 'arbeauties' as my Grandpa Louie would call them,
thjnk lilac frangrance x10. Amazing tiny bloom that emerges as the snow disappears,
FACTTour Agenda & Topics:
• history and culture; • Ojibwa language; • Seasonal cycles; • monthly 'moons';
• special foods and where they are found; • how they lived their lives here in the northwoods; • ancient trails and portage routes; • important village sites; • tools and resources used; • beliefs and customs; and we share their stories and legends, that have been a part of their lives forever.
Our emphasis will cover the 'moon of the month' such as the ‘blueberry moon’ of August,
or the ‘wild rice moon’ of September, and we will explore the topic more in depth.
First Americans Cultural Tours scheduled for Saturdays from Hayward
Paleo-Indian, archaic, woodland cultures, copper culture, mound builders, and up to the most recent, the Ojibwa are all part of our full day.
We are very excited about our First Americans Cultural Tour.
You will come away with an appreciation and awareness of our First Americans.
"The tour was a great hit with my family, both young and old commented on a fantastic day spent
learning and viewing the history and ecology of the area. Also for all 20 of us to be together enjoying
the same event for the entire day was fantastic. This for sure will go down as the best family reunion event ever by all the families that attended our reunion this year."
Jeff - Grandview
Maybe your family is planning a reunion?
We can make your reunion a special day
of learning and of creating memories.
Why Should I Take a Down To Earth Tour?
A song from the Disney movie Pocohantas
'Colors of the Wind' really describes our mission -
"You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew!"
Your Vacation Time is Precious. Make it Count!
"What do I want my northwoods vacation experience to be?"
You will have a special & super day!
That is what we do - We make it count!
Explore the Natural History, Cultural History,
& Geologic/Glacial History of Wisconsin's northwoods.
Our smaller group size is more personal
and allows for better interaction, and our 14-passenger bus gets us there in comfort. A one-of-a-kind day, a feast-in-the-forest lunch, and
a special day of discovery & learning -
all cheaper than the price of a round of golf! Our price is $69, $35 for youngsters under 12,
and that includes the special lunch!
"There is a story on every acre and it is our mission to bring them to you!"
A Down To Earth Eco-Geo-History Tour is Unique and Genuine.
Nowhere in Wisconsin is there a similar type of recreational activity - nowhere.