Book Across the Bay...A Winter Must Do!

There's really only one event that becons locals and visitors to Ashland and Washburn in February during what is inevitably one of the coldest nights of the year...the one and the only, Book Across the Bay!

This year, we are psyched to once again sponsor this fun and active community in the Chequamegon Bay and sponsor a children's fun ski race.

Start your morning off with some Delta Diner pancakes then register the kiddos (12 and under) for the new BOOK IT Fun Race A FREE 2K untimed loop that will start near the Book Across the Bay Tent on the Ashland waterfront. Volunteers will be on the course to assist skiers in getting to the finish line. All participants will receive a commemorative medal along with hot chocolate and cookies. Stop by the Book Across the Bay tent and register your children for the fun race at the Solstice Outdoors table. We'll see you at the tent!



Did you local is where it's at!

Did you know…Solstice does layaway; gift wraps any item for free and ships anywhere? Shopping local is where it’s at for easy, affordable gift giving this holiday. Small Business Saturday Nov 24

Since opening Solstice Outdoors in 2011 we’ve gotten great feedback from the community that it’s nice and convenient to have another place to shop locally for quality outdoor clothing and gear. However, we are still surprised by the perception that shopping locally is more expensive.  We want you to know it isn’t. Shopping locally isn’t always more expensive. Why? Well, as a consumer ourselves we want to get the best price we can and not feel like we overpaid. You have options and we know that, but sometimes the best price isn’t online or at a big box store. More often than not, the best price, unique selection, customer service and shopping experience are on a corner of Main Street in downtown Ashland. As an independent retailer we never want to overcharge you our customers. We value your patronage and your continued business. If we overcharge you, you won’t be back and we know that.  

Want more options? Yes, we can’t stock everything, so if we don’t have it just ask. We’d be happy to order and item for you and cover the cost of shipping for you.  If we can’t get a particular item we usually point you in the right direction. In addition, to good service, easy returns and added bonuses like gift wrapping and layaway shopping locally is good for you and good for our community!

New Mountain Bike Trail Building Project in Bayfield

Come help build the bike trail and get a $10 Solstice Outdoors Gift Certificate this Sunday!

Have you heard what’s happening in our backyard? A group of dedicated mountain bikers and community members have begun building a 2 mile single-track loop at Mt. Ashwabay in Bayfield. Check out the work that’s already underway…


Volunteers are needed to help with a trail building session this Sunday, July 15th. Anyone interested in helping move some dirt should meet at the mountain bike trailhead at 1:00 PM, which is located on the left of Ski Hill Road about 200 yards before the entrance to Mt. Ashwabay. Work will be done at the top of the tubing hill to the south of the Pines XC trail.

As an incentive Solstice Outdoors is offering a $10 Gift Certificate to everyone who comes out to move some dirt. Volunteers should bring gloves, water, bug dope, and an energy source for yourself. We hope to see you on out there!


Ride the trails...Memorial Day Weekend

Looking for something fun to do Memorial Day weekend? Check out the CAMBA 4th Annual Festival of the Trails Event.  A fun weekend event for mountain biking abilities to ride the trails in the Cable Hayward area, taste, learn, and play!

WhistleStop Marathon & Half-Marathon

It’s May 1st and today is the early bird registration deadline for the 15th Annual WhistleStop Marathon and Half Marathon. Register today and save a few bucks! This year Solstice Outdoors is excited to be one of the sponsors of this premiere race that starts in Iron River, Wisconsin and ends just 1 block from Solstice in Ashland, Wisconsin. There’s plenty of time to start training…Stay tuned for more information about our Solstice 10K and Half-Marathon Training Team which will start in June! More information will be available soon.

We've got sole

Solstice Outdoors has partnered with Dimmi Shoes to bring another great footwear option to our customers. Dimmi are shoes with the sole purpose of funding medical research and care. 100% of the profits from Dimmi shoes are donated to medical causes including hospitals, research centers, and associations. Now that's something to feel good about!

Solstice Sunny Spot of the Week...

You don’t always think green gear when you think rain shell, but check out the award winning North Face Venture Jacket.  Inside the jacket is a castor oil blend coating, which is used on the fabric to make it waterproof and still breathable.  By introducing this jacket last year, The North Face eliminated 50,000 lbs of petroleum-based production pollutants and we all know every little bit counts. Awarded Backpacker Magazine’s GREEN award the Venture Jacket is our pick for a waterproof rain shell at a nice price.

5 Things We Love...

Only 5 days until the “day of love “ when St. Valentine reigns. Show and tell the one you love how much they mean to you with one of the five things we love!

#1 The all new Infinity Lyocell Buff.  It’s part infinity scarf, part chameleon…wear it as a wrap, shrug or head scarf it’s the perfect blend of fashion and function. Made from Tencel, a sustainable fabric, it’s also easy on the planet! $37-$57

#2 Two nesting GSI wine glasses, the Playty Preserve Wine Preserver and a bottle of wine for a mid-winter picnic or spring backcountry hike. $25

#3 For him…practical and stylish Patagonia boxer briefs $30

#4 A Solstice Outdoors Gift Certificate for a ski or snowboard tune and wax $20-$30

#5 A Princeton Tech headlamp...the Quad or the Remix will light up their world just like you! $35-$40