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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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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10 Things to Do on the Wisconsin River

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

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10 of Wisconsin’s Best Haunted Houses, Forests and More

These ain’t your run-of-the-mill haunted houses. Terrifyingly imaginative and utterly spine-chilling, the following mysterious homes, forests, bed and breakfasts and more are not for the faint of heart. (In fact, I suggest calling ahead of time to inquire about age restrictions!) Burial Chamber (Neenah) Let’s start with the Midwest’s largest haunted complex: The Burial Chamber in the Fox Valley boasts two massive indoor haunted houses—“Adrenaline” and “Insanity”—plus an outdoor “Phobia Haunted Woods” and four “The LAST Ride” burial simulators. My anxiety is rising just typing these words. Eek! Dead by Dawn Dead & Breakfast (Manitowoc) Forget everything you know about

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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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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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Wisconsin’s Music Scene: 5 Acts to Check Out

Music lovers across the country know Wisconsin to be an incubator for amazing and unique musical projects. Eau Claire is the creative home to a number of well-known indie bands like Grammy Winner Bon Iver and also S. Carey, both of whom have toured the world with their distinct “Wisconsin Sound”. Recently, USA Today premiered  “Slow Motion,” a new single from the Baraboo-raised, Madison-based band, PHOX. Milwaukee-based bands like Volcano Choir and Field Report tour nationally and internationally. And a band normally considered a “Twin Cities Band” actually resides in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin — I’m going to claim the beautifully emotive Cloud Cult for Wisconsin! Here

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