6 of Wisconsin’s Best Drive-Ins and Dairy Bars

Drive-ins with carhops, diners with jukeboxes and ice cream parlors with sweet treats like sundaes, cones, and floats. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of some of our state’s iconic hangouts—from the seasonal and nostalgic to the delightfully dairy! Hubbard Avenue Diner (Middleton) This Middleton diner offers a retro diner décor along with a full menu featuring classic diner fare such as omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, grilled cheese and homemade soup. Hubbard Avenue Diner is famous for its signature pies, made from scratch daily using Wisconsin butter, cream and cream cheese. Be sure to check out the malts and pie shakes! The Drive-In

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The Islands of Wisconsin

When I say Wisconsin, your go-to word associations likely include cows, cheese, beer and all things green and gold. And while all are fine representations of our wondrous Wisconsin, let’s shed light on some completely enthralling yet rarely discovered geographic gems. I’m talking about the islands of Wisconsin. Yep, you read that right: I said islands. Believe it or not, Wisconsin is dotted with these diverse little flecks of terrain thanks to 800 miles of coastline that surround the state’s western, northern and eastern borders. The chance of spotting a palm tree here may be nil but sandy beaches and postcard vistas, we have plenty! Apostle

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7 Wonderful Farmers’ Markets in Wisconsin

Wisconsin summers are pretty glorious. From pontooning on the lakes to road-tripping to music festivals, the energy in this state is palpable during the warmer months. Another reason to love summer Farmers’ Markets. They’ve become a staple in communities across Wisconsin. Here’s just a small smattering of markets worth visiting this season: Dane County Farmers’ Market Madison has a lot to be proud of: The city is home to a world–class university, a collection of beautiful lakes and one of the best farmers’ markets in America. Located on the Square, the Dane County Farmers’ Market is also one of the

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5 Reasons to Experience the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

It visits over 150 communities across Canada and North America, including several towns in Wisconsin. It’s the iconic Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and here are just five reasons why you should round up the whole family and see the CP Holiday Train in person December 5-7: The train is making 11 stops in Wisconsin this year. The CP Holiday Train will begin its Wisconsin journey in the southeastern corner of the state at Sturtevant and make its way to the western side of the state in La Crosse. See the schedule below for arrival times. It’s a moving holiday light show. We love

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These 7 Wisconsin Cities Are Home to Dazzling Holiday Light Shows

When the temps drop and the snow falls, Wisconsin dazzles…literally. Make your way to one or more of the following Wisconsin destinations for an unforgettably bright and jolly holiday experience: La Crosse Might as well give the Coulee Region their Christmas crown now: La Crosse Rotary Lights is basically the king of holiday light shows. Rotary Lights has been growing their tour for over two decades. Today, it takes 3,000 volunteers and over 3 million lights to illuminate Riverside Park along the Mississippi River. In addition to the tour itself, there’s more holiday bliss such as live music, hay rides,

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Best Road Trips for Fall Foliage in Wisconsin

Fall and Wisconsin go together like PB&J, macaroni ‘n’ cheese, bacon and eggs, milk and—okay, okay, you get the point. 🙂 Thanks to the Mississippi River to the west, Lake Superior to our north and Lake Michigan bordering our eastern coast—not to mention all the ridges, rivers and rural scenes in between—Wisconsin is the ideal road trip state, especially during the autumn months: Central Wisconsin Highway 22 – See Map This scenic route begins at a convalescent home in Waupaca and ends at a burial mound in Oconto, and let me tell you, the trip is as dynamic as its terminuses. First,

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24 Things To Do in Wisconsin…for FREE!

  Let’s be honest…we all enjoy free things. And, free, fun things are even better yet! There are umpteen ways to enjoy Wisconsin without breaking the bank. Here’s my quick list of just a few of the state’s top destinations where admission is nil: Relish eclectic pieces of concrete art at Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park (Phillips) Hike your way to the top of gorgeous Granddad Bluff (La Crosse) Hop aboard the Jelly Belly Express Train at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center (Pleasant Prairie) Make your way to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (Green Bay) See the creatures and critters at

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Barns & Farms: 7 Perfect Wisconsin Hideaways

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a wedding extravaganza for 300, the following barns and farms are tucked away in some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful destinations: Cedar Valley Lodge (Spring Green) A popular retreat for hunters, Cedar Valley Lodge is 8,000 square feet of countrified luxury in southwest Wisconsin. This driftless fortress rests against the Lower Wisconsin Riverway on rolling hills, rugged sandstone bluffs, rock ravines and open fields. Cedar Valley Lodge is the perfect escape for sportsmen on the hunt for deer, turkey, upland game and more. Ideal for: Hunting groups The Enchanted Barn (Hillsdale) This historic Wisconsin dairy barn doubles as

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The Ultimate Wisconsin Bucket List

From our islands to our bluffs, our rolling farmland to our 15,000 lakes, Wisconsin is brimming with tourism treasures. Although not meant to be exhaustive, consider the following bucket list your kick-start to exploring the very best of America’s Dreamland: Take a drive down Highway 42 in Door County Catch a muskie on the world’s largest chain of freshwater lakes in Vilas County Hop on a bike and ride along the Elroy-Sparta Trail Sample deep-fried treats (and a creampuff or two!) at the Wisconsin State Fair Kayak the Apostle Island Sea Caves in Ashland and Bayfield counties (and return in the winter for a view of the

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A Countdown to Celebrating New Year’s in Wisconsin

Bright lights, festive music and over-the-top celebrations…there’s nothing quite like ringing in the New Year! Wisconsinites are known for throwing a good party so rest assured: wherever you celebrate here, you’ll be in good company. Here’s my countdown to a few fabulous ways you can welcome the arrival of 2017: 10. New Year’s Eve Bash (Manitowoc) Head to the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc if good food and great music are two of your favorite things. Manitowoc’s New Year’s Eve Bash features that and more including: music, dancing, auctions, fireworks, raffles, jewelry giveaways, games, food, bars, free champagne at midnight, a photo station

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