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
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
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
I am a museum junkie. I love them. I could easily spend hours at one museum and still feel like I have more to discover. And in my book? The stranger the subject, the better. Lucky for me, Wisconsin has its fair share of some seriously curious museums. Here are a few of my top picks from all around the state: National Mustard Museum (Middleton) This museum is as quirky as the guy who started the whole thing. His name is Barry Levenson and he says his mustard collection came into being thanks to a dismal trip to the grocery story following the 1986 World Series (New York Mets beat his
When it comes to weather, Wisconsin loves to show off. After all, it’s often said: If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a minute. The state’s weather patterns are dynamic and compelling – and we have the photos to prove it.
Wisconsin sure is gorgeous. Browse through 25 of her most stunning moments: