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Where to Stay in the Fox Cities

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Located only 30 miles southwest of Green Bay, the Fox Cities comprise 9 communities along the shores of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River.  It’s midwestern living at its best.  It’s also a great place to stay and play.  Here are three places to lay your head after exploring all that the Fox Cities have to offer.

1. Holiday Inn – Appleton

Holiday Inn sign

The Holiday Inn is only 1.5 miles from the Appleton Outagamie County Airport (ATW), making it a great place to stay when you have an early or late flight.

hotel building

The rooms at the Holiday Inn were renovated in 2013 and feature a king bed or two-double beds.  In-room amenities include:

  • Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet Access,
  • Bath and Body Works Signature Collection soaps & shampoos,
  • Smart desk with ergonomic chair,
  • Two touch-tone phones with data ports,
  • Flat screen tv, and
  • Coffee maker.

two hotel beds

Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, a beautiful courtyard, an ATM machine, complimentary shuttles to the airport and the Fox River Mall, washer and dryer on-site, as well as dry cleaning services.

Indoor pool

Dining options at the hotel include Marlon’s Pub & Grill, where you can catch the game while dining on homemade pizza and late night munchies, and the Terrace Cafe which has a variety of breakfast options, including a hearty, full hot breakfast buffet.

eggs, fruit, and potatoes on a plateBuffet breakfast at the Terrace Cafe

2.  Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley

looking out a window

Formerly the Radisson, the Red Lion Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Appleton.  The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is a two-minute walk from the hotel.


The in-room amenities at the Red Lion include:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi,
  • Flat Screen TV,
  • Work Desk,
  • Hair Dryer, and
  • Cascadia Bath Amenities.

Amenities for those on the executive level also include access to the Executive Lounge,  complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast for two, and complimentary Evening Beverages and Hors d’oeuvre.

hotel bed

Other notable features of the Red Lion include five onsite restaurants to choose from, a coffee shop, an indoor heated swimming pool as well as an indoor hot tub and sauna, a fitness center, a business center, complimentary airport shuttle, and it’s pet-friendly!

overhead view of indoor pool

3.  Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel

Copper Leaf sign

The Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel is located across the street from the Red Lion and near 60+ shops and over 30 pubs.


The Copper Leaf was modeled after small, family owned and operated European hotels and has a cozy, unique atmosphere.


Amenities at the Copper Leaf include:

  • Wireless High-Speed Internet Access,
  • Indoor Whirlpool,
  • Fitness Center,
  • Business Kiosk,
  • Airport Shuttle Service,
  • Aveda Amenities, and
  • In-room Starbucks Coffee.

The Copper Leaf is also another pet-friendly hotel.  A couple of unique amenities available at the Copper Leaf are in-room yoga mats and slippers.  (Ask for more information about all three of these when booking your stay.)

When planning your next trip to the Fox Cities, be sure to read my posts about where to eat and five things to do in the Fox Cities in the fall,  If you have kids, you’ll want to read about some fun things to do with little ones in the Fox Cities over at


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