Wisconsin Dells isn't exactly the most conventional of destinations for business travelers. What with water parks everywhere, mega bowling alleys, sprawling mini golf courses, indoor amusement parks and a downtown that's an experience unto itself. If you're planning to attend a meeting here, expect things might run a little differently. In a good way.
A vivid case in point has got to be last summer's statewide Harley Owners Group® -- H.O.G. for short -- rally which rumbled into the Dells in June. Not a suit in sight. Just lots of leather vests, leather coats, leather boots, well, you get the picture. The local Visitor Bureau staff lived and breathed motorcycles for months leading up to this attitude-charged event. To even be considered as a host of this annual gathering, a community has to garner the support of the local dealers and the local H.O.G. chapter. Then, and only then, does the statewide committee even want to hear your pitch. Wisconsin Dells was awarded the business, thanks in part to the allure of scenic routes at the three nearby state parks, 90+ restaurants to feed hungry bikers, plenty of lodging, and great attractions. The main activities were held at Ho-Chunk Gaming, Wisconsin Dells, where antique bikes were on display and a vendor avenue with apparel, jewelry, decals and bike accessories was set up. There was even a motorcycle parade. And, of course, some great blues and rock music. One lucky person even won a 105th anniversary Harley-Davidson motorcycle.