I’ve had the honor of experiencing some truly stunning, historically interesting and even exotic places in Wisconsin—some well-known, others well off the beaten path. But there’s one locale that piqued my interest the minute I stumbled across it online a couple of years back: It’s called Stout’s Island Lodge and it’s located in Barron County in northwestern Wisconsin (about 30 miles south of Hayward).
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
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
At 430 miles, the Wisconsin River is the state’s longest river. There are about 25 towns to discover along the way, all of which offer a myriad of things to do both on and off the river. Whether you’re into exploring your surroundings in a more slow-paced setting or you prefer a bit more of a high-energy vibe, here are 10 things to do in various communities along the river’s edge: Try Bow-Fishing at Dusk in Adams County. I first heard of the sport of bow fishing via my dad, who regularly practices the sport down in Florida, where he
To be a kid in Wisconsin is a pretty awesome thing. Lucky for Mom and Dad, finding a place that offers hands-on activities, fascinating history and memories that’ll last a lifetime isn’t too tricky of a task! Here are just a few of Wisconsin’s top family-friendly destinations…
After spending five days exploring the Apostle Islands, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are five groups of people who need to visit this area of Wisconsin. Now, if you’re looking for over-commercialized shops, chain restaurants, and ginormous waterparks; you won’t see yourself on this list. So give these descriptions a read and see if the Apostle Islands appeal to you for your next vacation. Adventurer. The 22 islands that make up the Apostle Islands (21 of them are part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore which is Wisconsin’s only National Park) offer unlimited areas to explore. Getting to the islands is
This month marks not only the premiere of our 400th episode (Ahem…watch “A Northwoods Neighborhood” this weekend. Check our broadcast guide.) but it also marks Discover Wisconsin’s 28th birthday! (*Sigh* We don’t feel a day over 20…) What started as a bold idea back in 1986 has transformed into a 28-year-long tradition and a mainstay of Midwest tourism – making Discover Wisconsin the longest-running travel TV show in the U.S. How well do you know our show? Take a few moments to learn about our history courtesy of the infographic below. Still have questions? Leave a comment for us below!
When you think of Wisconsin Dells what comes to mind? Resorts, waterparks, go-karts…fishing? Though probably not mentioned as Wisconsin’s top fishing spot, I have to argue that the section of the Wisconsin River located in Wisconsin Dells is by far the most beautiful fishing destination in the state. Made famous by photographer H.H. Bennett in the late 1800s, Wisconsin Dells is a natural gem that has literally stood the test of time. I have been fishing this area with my dad since I was a kid and every time I head out on the river, I have to sit back
We’re returning to the time of stagecoach travel in a community where Yankee refinement met the Wisconsin wilderness. Here’s David Simmons, Site Director for Wade House in Greenbush, Wis.: Tell us about Wade House. Why is this historic site special?