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Where I ride, the trails mostly connect the small towns. In some of these towns/areas you can ride right up to the B&G and park in the same lot as the cars and trucks vs out in the ditch or by the dumpsters. Pretty cool IMO.

What I have noticed is how the staff at the B&G's go all out for snowmobilers. It seems that nothing is too much to ask. Frankly, I'm flattered and consequently I tip very generously.

In most cases snowmobilers want separate checks. No problem.

Snowmobilers, clutter up the space with all their helmets and heavy coats. No problem.

Snowmobilers are typically loud and a little rowdy because they are happy to be with their friends who are mostly "The Guys". No problem.

This seems to be one of the bright spots for the snowmobiling population.

Your experience/opinion?
 

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Where I ride, the trails mostly connect the small towns. In some of these towns/areas you can ride right up to the B&G and park in the same lot as the cars and trucks vs out in the ditch or by the dumpsters. Pretty cool IMO.

What I have noticed is how the staff at the B&G's go all out for snowmobilers. It seems that nothing is too much to ask. Frankly, I'm flattered and consequently I tip very generously.

In most cases snowmobilers want separate checks. No problem.

Snowmobilers, clutter up the space with all their helmets and heavy coats. No problem.

Snowmobilers are typically loud and a little rowdy because they are happy to be with their friends who are mostly "The Guys". No problem.

This seems to be one of the bright spots for the snowmobiling population.

Your experience/opinion?
Same experience. But I have noticed that locals and regulars get a little more attention than out of towners... Which i guess is with anything, not just snowmobilers...
 

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Most Snowmobilers' have fat wallets when it comes to this sport and business owners know this. :rolleyes_old:
 
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I know that for the most part in Northern Wis., the snowmobile crowd is what the owners DEPEND on to keep the business afloat. When there is a bad year for snowmobiling, you will see a lot of bars go under. The ATV community is catching up pretty quickly in Northern Wisconsin and that's helping out the small businesses but the snowmobile crowd still is the biggest influence. Because of this, I make it a point to stop and eat out whenever we travel.
 

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I went to the Balsams in Dixville Notch a few years ago for lunch.

I remember my parents saying they went there back in the 80's for dinner with another couple...and the bill was $375 for dinner and drinks.

My lunch...which consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and two beers....was $38, not including the tip.

But I'd go back there in a heartbeat, just for the relaxed atmosphere, and great service!
 

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My experience, when up in the UP, is that they LOVE snowmobilers because thats more income in the dead of Winter. Around Lake Gogebic you have the ice fisherman too but I dont think the numbers are anywhere close to the amount snowmobilers.

Most snowmobilers are tourists(dont live where they are riding)

Here in N IL(DeKalb/Kane Co) there are signs up the say "Welcome Snowmobilers!" at a few bar/grills but these places are usually in more populated areas so they have their non-snowmobiling regulars that show up. These placed dont NEED tourism to make it through the Winter. These places however do LOVE their Motorcyclists.

But this season, there hasnt been any amount of snow to ride around my area. 0 miles put on in IL this year.
 

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I went to the Balsams in Dixville Notch a few years ago for lunch.
I remember my parents saying they went there back in the 80's for dinner with another couple...and the bill was $375 for dinner and drinks.
My lunch...which consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and two beers....was $38, not including the tip.
But I'd go back there in a heartbeat, just for the relaxed atmosphere, and great service!
Isnt that the town that kicks off the NH primary? Total pop of 9?
 
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Isnt that the town that kicks off the NH primary? Total pop of 9?
correct...riding up to the peak of Dixville is always a great sight....trees are just completely snow covered...a lot of times it's snowing at the peaks, when it's sunny at the base.
 

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Must be the martinis
 

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old pic of the Dixville peaks...

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I'll likely never make it to Dixville Notch, but stops along the trail are one of my favorites. In the old days,(70's) we would just make a fire on the edge of the trail and start cooking. Not much of a trail, since most weren't groomed where we went(backwoods U.P.).

Now days I'm happy to hit the B&G and lay a few $20's down.
 

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That's a cool photo
 

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Most local B&Gs here are fantastic. Most see less traffic than say the Tug Hill. Im sure they get their share of morons but the majority of the times its families.

Places like Tug Hill see 200 people at one time and 20k in a weekend. If you go on a Monday you can tell the difference in attitude from a Thursday. Most still aren't bad though
 

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They depend on the winter trade. I can't say enough good about The Sprucedale, if Mike's in rare form you actually get free entertainment. All kidding aside, most places treat sledders great, and from my experience, the few places that don't treat us well don't stay in business long, or change ownership often.
 

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They depend on the winter trade. I can't say enough good about The Sprucedale, if Mike's in rare form you actually get free entertainment. All kidding aside, most places treat sledders great, and from my experience, the few places that don't treat us well don't stay in business long, or change ownership often.
Great point
 
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