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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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 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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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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Something Special from Wisconsin™: Holiday Gift Ideas

Picture this: A frantic December 23rd trip to the mall for the “perfect” gifts, but leaving with yet another golf shirt for dad, a disappointing book for mom, and socks for your significant other…sound familiar? Thanks to Something Special from Wisconsin™, we’ve compiled a list of great (and local) gift options…with plenty of time left to wrap! Happy shopping!   Elegant Arrangements by Maureen LLC – Watertown Elegant Arrangements is a florist and gourmet food gift basket shop that provides designs for any occasion. Gift baskets contain a variety of Wisconsin snacks and sweets, and can be customized to meet

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas to Show Your Wisconsin Pride

Yep, it’s that time of year again – time to scramble to find the perfect gifts for all your loved ones. Luckily, if your loved ones love Wisconsin, we’ve got you covered at shop.discoverwisconsin.com.   “Don’t Wake the Badger” Onesie Spoil your little badger with this adorable onesie, complete with badger paws on baby’s backside. It’s even proven that this onesie makes your baby sleep more (just kidding, but you can be our first test subject). It comes in vintage red and vintage blue and in 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Don’t let any baby go unspoiled this holiday

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Discover Wisconsin TV Crew: What it’s REALLY like behind the scenes

From Phelps to Platteville, Ashland to Racine and everything in between, the Discover Wisconsin TV crew has covered a whole lot of ground in the Dairy State, and with their travels come great stories. You’ve seen their work and now you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it’s like to be part of the #DWcrew; get to know a few of the crew members who help make the Discover Wisconsin magic happen. Here are producer Olivia Gilbert, cinematographer Teddy Maier and host and brand manager, Mariah Haberman:   How long does it typically take to film an episode? Olivia Gilbert:

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Made in Wisconsin: 8 All-Natural Health and Beauty Companies

In today’s world, commercial health and beauty products are made far away and come with a never-ending ingredients list full of unrecognizable words. These are products we’re putting on our skin and in our hair, so wouldn’t we rather know exactly what goes into it and rest assured that it’s doing its job? Thanks to partnerships formed by Something Special from Wisconsin™, we’ve compiled a list of places to get your health and beauty aids; they’re all-natural and made right here in Wisconsin.   Bonita Naturals (Montello)  Because goat milk has the closest PH level to our skin, Bonita Naturals provides

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Something Special from Wisconsin: Farms to Discover in Wisconsin

We all know that Wisconsin is “America’s Dairyland” – it even says so on our license plates. But did you ever stop and think about just how many products, in addition to dairy, Wisconsin is responsible for? These farms, located in each part of this great state, are family-run and very successful, giving us a reminder of just how impressive Wisconsin’s land, animals and people really are. Alsum Sweetcorn – RandolphIf you’ve ever been to the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, you’ve likely seen Scott, Lona and their five children – the family that runs Alsum Sweetcorn. What was once

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Wisconsin-Made: 4 Local Finds in Door County

Everyone loves vacationing in Door County and at the end of our trip we all want to bring home a little piece of that special place. Could it be something with cherries? A deliciously sour variety known as Montmorency grows prolifically in Door County and is a staple in so many of the region’s tastiest products. The cherry tree is a feast for the eyes too as photographers time their vacations to coincide with the cherry blossom season when endless acres of the pale pink blooms look like cotton candy trees. Check out our aerial shots of the cherry blossoms

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