Wisconsin Off The Beaten Path

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Wisconsin Off The Beaten Path

  • Cedarburg

    The historic town of Cedarburg is located about 20 minutes north of Milwaukee. Visitors are attracted to specialty shops, fine dining, and quaint inns located in buildings dating from the 1800s which are located along the town's well-preserved Main Street and Cedar Creek Settlement.The first settler in the area that would become Cedarburg was...

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  • Door County - Ellison Bay scenic lookout

    South of Ellison Bay, about two miles off of Hwy 42, half of it through the forest, you come to a small county park that has a scenic lookout over the shore of Lake Michigan. Stone bluffs and forested lake shore make for some fine views and there is a limited picnic area if you want to avoid eating out.

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  • The charming town of Algoma

    Whenever I'm going to or from Door County I like to stop in Algoma for two things. first, there is a place called Bearcats that smokes fish and sells it from a deli counter. They do it up right and the fish remains moist with a light coat outside, full of flavor without any trace of chemicals or artificial smoke. Second, there is a winery in town...

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  • A fine winery NW of Madison in Sauk City

    There are wineries and then there are wineries. A lot of these country wine makers are only so-so, but Wollersheim fit my ideal. They have a beautiful estate with finely maintained Italian style buildings, well kept grounds and (very important) a pleasant place to relax and drink wine. The wines they mnake are also very good, plus the (French)...

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  • The State Capitol Building

    The Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Madison is actually the state's third capitol. The first stood for 25 years, from 1838 to 1863. The original building was replaced by a larger capitol, which was largely destroyed by fire in 1904. The current building was designed by the architectural firm of George D. Prost & Sons, and was constructed...

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  • Platteville, Wisconsin Tourist...

    When Jill and I decided on "the-spur-of-the moment" to take a day trip to Platteville, Wisconsin from our Time Share in Galena, Illinois, we knew that we would have to stop at the Information Center to obtain the directions to the "Hidden Quilt Shop" that we were looking for.The Information Center/Chamber of Commerce at Platteville, Wisconsin, is...

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  • Six Flags Great America

    This is actually located in Gurnee, IL but is an easy hour drive from Milwaukee, making Six Flags a very popular spot to visit in the summer. This is the mother of all theme parks! There are rides for everyone here huge huge roller coasters, thrill rides, water rides, kids rides, etc We use to go here every summer as a kid, as a matter of fact this...

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  • Visit a cheese factory

    Some of the best cheese is made right here in Wisconsin. One of the best treats of all is to take the family to a cheese factory where you can watch them make the various kinds of cheese. Then you also get to sample the product. Try to get there on the day they make either cheese curds or string cheese. Call ahead to find out their cheese making...

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  • Painted Cows of?@New Glarus

    For some reason I don't know, New Glarus has decorated the town with painted cows. I like this one, despite the nazi-like sign declaring you can't touch it. If it is so damned valuable, why do they leave it out in the rain? The Swiss cross on its forhead is cute.

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  • Alpacas or Llamas

    When you drive through Wisconsin, you always find the oddest things in the oddest places. This picture was taken a little west of Mount Hebron, and features a herd of alpacas or llamas (OK, I don't know the difference, I'm not Peruvian, so sue me) that seemed as eager to look at us as we were to look at them.

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  • Kerrigan Brothers (Fruit) Winery

    Kerrigan Brothers makes fruit wines, which are somewhat unique to this part of the country. At least, you might not find any kind of concentration of them in many other places. They make a range of wines covering a variety of fruits and the spectrum of sweet to dry. Cherry seemed to be dominant alone or in combination. They also made the first...

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  • Port Washington Area

    Another area close to Milwaukee is the Port Washington area, but you will think that you are in the East, not the Midwest. The town itself is combination of a New England fishing village with its quaint charm, but you'll love its Midwestern friendliness. It, too, is on the shores of Lake Michigan (about 30 miles north of Milwaukee).It has a lovely...

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  • Mequon Area

    Located on the western shores of Lake Michigan twenty minutes from downtown Milwaukee is a small town called Mequon and its surrounding area. It has lake bluffs, stately homes, lush farmland, and lots of open space.The town of Mequon is an old German community settled in 1842. The Germans were farmers who shared the land with Pottawatomie &...

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  • A small cheesemaker in a small town W of...

    Gibbsville is about ten miles due west of I-43, and is reached through a series of local access roads that don't pose a real problem to navigate. We dropped in here to go to the cheese factory, and it turned out to be the my favorite at the end of the day. They don't seem to use chemicals when they make the cheese, and there are about 50 different...

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  • Lautenbach's

    Lautenbach's is a small winery and general country store located not far from Fish Creek, atthe far end of the peninsula. The standard wines were OK, but nothing struck me enough to buy it for the prices asked. In addition to the fruit wines the region is known for, which were very good they make fresh apple cider, another thing Wisconsin is known...

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  • The small Belgian town of Namur

    Namur is in the middle of nowhere, about midway between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay. Somehow or other, it has a very strong Belgian history. Although its not touristy, at all, and local people, if they find you are a tourist, will probably smile and try to give you directions to something interesting, its got some interest. Apparently there is a...

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  • Sugar Mountain

    Do not drive past 'Sugar Mt.Farm Market' in Brussels, visit it by all means!You can feel the atmosphere of an American country home, buy fresh hand picked fruits and vegetables, scratch bakery, candy, homemade jams, Door County cherries, wine cheese, flowers, antiques and what not.

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  • 'The Farm'

    Visit 'The Farm' - a museum of rural America: where you can see different farm animals in natural surroundings, enjoy the nature trails and the beautiful gardens; see log cabins full of antiques and displays.

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  • Wear Orange!

    When you walk in the woods in November wear orange. The dear hunters are out so wearing orange so they can see you is a good idea.

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  • Take a train to see the other side of...

    I always am interested to see the backyards of American cities as viewed from the train. We tend to put our best faces towards the roads and hughways, but from the rear you can see the true America.

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  • See Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox!

    After spending a year at the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, I returned to BC with some classmates. We drove across the country in a Volkswagon van. I think we saw this statue of Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox in Wisconsin. Seemed appropriate as we were studying forestry!

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  • #36.MY SECOND HIGH POINT OF...

    #36.MY SECOND HIGH POINT OF THE DAY. THIS ONE WASANOTHER TOWER POINT, WHERE YOU DRIVE ALMOST TO THE TOP, PARK, WALK A COUPLE MINUTES TO THE TOWER, CLIMB THE TOWER, ETC.... THE TOP OF THIS TOWER PUTS YOU JUST ABOVE THE TREE LINE, WHERE YOU CAN SEE THAT THE LAND IN ALL DIRECTIONS IS LOW, FLAT AND DOTTED WITH LAKES.........NOW ON TO MINNESOTA.

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  • #THE HIGH POINT IS TIMMS...

    #THE HIGH POINT IS TIMMS HILL...ELEVATION IS 1951 FEET...INVOLVES A TEN MINUTE WALK TO THE TOWER.

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  • Visited Folklore Village where...

    Visited Folklore Village where various events of the arty kind are held. Nothing was going on at the time so we talked to the proprietor for a long while and checked out the rag rug weaving loom which was set up.

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  • Dickeyville Grotto!There are...

    Dickeyville Grotto!There are 'grotto's--gemstone-encrusted stone buildings or villages--all over the Midwest! You'd be surprised! The Dickeyville Grotto is a little bitty one that we found while getting lost on the way from Iowa to Illinois (Please note: Wisconsin is NOT on the way between these two states:)). It's really cute and it was free to...

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  • I stayed in a small city...

    I stayed in a small city called Kenosha, about an hour or so from Milwaukee, WI and had a blast! The scenery is beautiful, and the colors made for especially stunning photography.

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  • Most visitors miss the wild...

    Most visitors miss the wild Christmas dogs that travel from door to door caroling merrily, merrily, merrily.... On the second day of Christmas......

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  • There is a great trail located...

    There is a great trail located close to the university in Eau Claire. The paths and trail's are in great condition and you can walk for miles. There is a beautifull rock that overhangs the river. Hundreds of people have carved there name on it. It was a very relaxing spot. This pic is of part of the rock.

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  • THe Balloon Festival--it is...

    THe Balloon Festival--it is held every spring around the end of May/early June near Baraboo, Wisconsin. We used to go every year after camping at Devil's Lake. There are hundreds of hot air balloons from all over that the sky is literally crowded with them. Amazing site and a great event to take the kids to. My father, the practicing photographer,...

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  • HARLEY DAVIDSON ANNIVERSARY...

    HARLEY DAVIDSON ANNIVERSARY RIDE--well so the last one was the 95th in 1998--so just wait til 2003 this is going to be BIG and Milwaukee is THE PLACE TO BE for it cause Wisconsin is the birthplace of Harley Davidson--if you can't make it for the anniversary, take a tour!

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  • ROOT RIVER PARKWAY--this is a...

    ROOT RIVER PARKWAY--this is a 76-mile paved bike course that really lets you see southeast Wisconsin. My favorite stretch is the part that goes through Whitnall Park, which has to be one of the biggest parks I have been to...Greenfield Park is nice to--I used to ice skate and swim there as a kid.

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  • Petit National Ice...

    Petit National Ice Center--This is the Olympic training center for speed skating. Perhaps that is because at one point the entire US Speed Skating team was from Wisconsin! I actually skated with Dan Jansen (Olympic gold medalist for those of you who didn't know) when I was like 12. It is open to the public, and is the best skating facility I have...

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  • For the nature lover. Check...

    For the nature lover. Check out the Nickolet National Forest. Located along Hwy 32 in the northern part of the state. I recomend between Hwy 64 and Hwy 52.The small towns of Lakewood and Townsend offer local hospitality, crafts, go-carting, ATV or snowmobile rentals (for the back trails; RECOMENDED!!) and cabins for weekly rent. If your planning a...

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  • Jefferson County, located...

    Jefferson County, located halfway between Milwaukee and Madison, has a bike trail called the Glacial Drumlin Trail. It is a flat gravel trail that runs from the city of Waukesha to Madison and it is an easy and beautiful ride. Stop in the city of Lake Mills and pick up the trail there. Headed East or West, you can't loose. Heading West does take...

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  • For those who like adventure,...

    For those who like adventure, during the summer there is rafting on the wolf river in Waupaca County. Most is lesiurely paddle, but there are some exciting rapids also. One area has a 10 foot water fall that will knock you out into the cool water. Where some good sunscreen and bug repelent.

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  • This secret beach is located...

    This secret beach is located in Door county on Lake Michigan. I thought it would make a nice contrast to all of those winter scenes.

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  • Many people don't realize that...

    Many people don't realize that Wisconsin has many beautiful beaches. One of my favorites is near Superior along the southern shore of Lake Superior. I love to walk along the shore or just sit on the beach and listen to the waves crash against the rocks.

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  • Wisconsin is a great place to...

    Wisconsin is a great place to see beautiful fall colors. The lakes and sky look more blue than ever when contrasting with the colorful forests.

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