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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10 Natural Wonders in Wisconsin that are Absolutely Gorgeous in the Winter

From the Great Lakes and winding rivers to canopied forests and towering rock formations, Wisconsin is full of natural wonders worthy of a visit all year round. When the lakes and rivers freeze over, the forests are coated in a dusting of snow and icicles drape from everything in sight, Wisconsin truly embodies the phrase “winter wonderland.” Here are just a few of the natural wonders that especially shine during the winter: 1. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Bayfield) Back in the day (I’m talking thousands of years ago), glaciers sculpted sandstone into towering cliffs over Lake Superior. During the

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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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Dairy Day-cation: 4 Farmstead Operations in Wisconsin

Nothing says Wisconsin like fresh-made dairy products, and with the states abundance of dairy producers, there’s no shortage of great dairy products to purchase and enjoy. Several farms across the state are diversifying and adding value to their milking operations by crafting dairy products with their own milk. Many of these creameries offer more than dairy products, and are worth a visit with family and friends for an educational and tasty “day-cation”! Seehafer Farm Creamery – Marshfield   Did you know that 90% of the milk produced in Wisconsin is used for making cheese? Believe it or not, it’s true!

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