Something Special from Wisconsin™: 12 Ideas for a Romantic Valentine’s Day

All right, fellas (ladies too). Valentine’s Day is coming up and I know romanticism doesn’t always come easy, but we’re here to help. We (with the help of our friends at Something Special from Wisconsin™) have come up with some romantic trips, gifts, chocolates and wines to help you out on that dreaded (I mean, delightful) day. And we won’t even tell your S.O. you had help – you’re welcome.   Devils Lake Lavender Café, Spa, FarmStay Motel Devils Lake Lavender Company is the perfect romantic getaway, complete with a Medical Spa, café and Midwest Farmstay Motel. It’s located in

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10 Small Towns in Wisconsin That are Totally Americana

Wisconsin is dotted with charming destinations that are the epitome of “Americana.” Here are 10 that come to mind and should be on your travel list.

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Discover Wisconsin Turns 30

As the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, Discover Wisconsin has discovered just about every nook and cranny in the state. The show is currently in its 30th year of production and will celebrate the premiere of its 500th episode next season. The crew behind the iconic Wisconsin brand says there’s no sign of slowing down either—in fact, the show has only grown in popularity in recent years thanks to its strong presence online and via radio in addition to broadcast. In celebration of the show’s 30th birthday, here are 8 facts you may not have known about Discover Wisconsin TV: Discover Wisconsin was

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10 Gorgeous State Parks in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s State Parks system maintains more than 100 properties, 47 state parks, 41 trails and nine recreational areas, all providing unique and gorgeous scenery, recreation and history. Here are just a few that we love:   Amnicon Falls State Park (South Range) Amnicon Falls State Park lies along the Amnicon River in Wisconsin’s most northwest point, just seven miles east of Superior. Its gorgeous waterfalls and rapids provide an amazing view from a covered footbridge or trails along the river. Visit to learn about the Douglas Fault, or even just to camp, picnic or walk in the woods. Willow River

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Wisconsin’s #1 Park Place Is a Stunner

Regarded as Wisconsin’s Park Place – for good reason – Janesville is a total gem of a city. I think travelers have overlooked Rock County’s largest community but I know firsthand that Janesville has plenty to offer its visitors, whether you’re into enjoying the great outdoors or trekking the shops of the community’s downtown district. Join me on a journey to this south-central Wisconsin destination: Beautiful Parks Let’s begin with what Janesville is perhaps best known for: its 56 parks. For a very modest admission fee, you’ll want to tour the magnificent Rotary Botanical Gardens. Quick tip for you: Keep an eye on the Gardens’ upcoming

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16 February Festivals to Attend in Wisconsin

By the time February rolls around, Wisconsin has already endured a couple months of winter. Hibernate? Nah. Celebrate? Of course. Here are some of Wisconsin’s best February festivals:   Winterfest (Lake Geneva) Vote on snow sculptures at the U.S. Snow Sculpting Championship and enjoy music, food, helicopter rides and family entertainment. (Feb. 1-5) Hot Air Affair (Hudson) A festival full of fireworks, a torchlight parade, a craft fair, smoosh boarding, balloon launches and evening moon glows. (Feb. 3-5) Winter Festival (Fish Creek) It’s hard to find a festival more unique than one that involves a toilet-seat throw, pie tin toss,

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12 Events You NEED to Check Out at Lake Geneva’s Winterfest

  There are lots of winter festivals out there, but nobody does it quite like Lake Geneva’s Winterfest. Between the snow sculptures, food tastings, cocoa crawls and snow races, Winterfest has no shortage of winter family fun.   The Abominable Snow Race at the Grand Geneva (1/28/17) A wintry race…on foot! No skis, dogs, or sleds; just you, three to five miles of snowy course, more than 20 obstacles and the abominable Wisconsin weather. Warm up after at the Yeti’s Lodge with drinks, music, games and a fire pit. Winterfest U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition (2/1/17-2/4/17) The U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition,

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16 of the Craziest Things I’ve Done on Discover Wisconsin

One of the more popular questions I get asked is: “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on Discover Wisconsin?”

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11 January Festivals to Attend in Wisconsin

Wisconsin winters are no joke, and the state surely knows how to celebrate the subzero temperatures and blankets of snow. The season can be beautiful, after all, and it gives us an excuse to sip on some hot cocoa and slip on some cozy hats, scarves and mittens. Check out a few of the upcoming festivals celebrating winter:   Carp Fest (Prairie du Chien) Take part in some ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing and hiking by torchlight in La Riviere Park, and drop by on New Year’s Eve for snowmobile rides, fireworks, carp sampling, a bonfire, and the unique but beloved

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Something Special from Wisconsin™: More Holiday Gift Ideas

We know how it goes…the holidays sneak up on ya and getting your shopping done – especially when trying to find a meaningful gift for each person – seems like a daunting task. Something Special from Wisconsin™ has partnered with wonderful businesses across the state and we’ve selected a handful of ‘em that would make great gift ideas.   Nana’s Knits (Mauston)  Nana’s Knits is a one-person shop run by, you guessed it, a real life “Nana” who knits for customers with the same care she does for family. Check out her Etsy page for gorgeous hand-knit mittens (for both children

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