>

Old World Wisconsin

Explore Old World Wisconsin Return to Wisconsin of the late 19th century, when waves of immigrants came to America’s heartland in search of a better life. Explore Old World Wisconsin.

Continue reading Old World Wisconsin

Segway the Fox tours

Experience a fun adventure in Green Bay with Segway the Fox tours, a locally owned entrepreneurial company that offers guided tours throughout Northeast Wisconsin on ultra smart, ultra cool Segways. Invented by Dean Kamen, these awesome machines are officially called the Segway Human Transporter, the first self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machine. The Segway Human Transporter is a personal transport device that uses five gyroscopes and a built-in computer to remain upright. They are amazingly simple to operate. Our group of four started out with a few quick lessons taught by our trainer and tour guide, Al. We learned how to control our Segways, turn, and stop. Then we went over some things you might need to know when out on the road, like directional signals for the group and etiquette for pedestrians. In just a few minutes, we started out on our adventure, The Packer Heritage Trail in downtown Green Bay. Al was a veritable gold mind of Packer knowledge. Al is someone who genuinely loves his job which is evident by all the stories of ancient Packer history he talks about during the tour. I suggest looking over The Packer Heritage Trail website before taking the tour to familiarize yourself with it all before you go. A little bit of reading ahead of time is bound to enrich your experience. PackerHeritageTrailMap Along the way, we zipped along the river walk, went over bridges, through underpasses and basically blanketed the older section of Green Bay. We were able to see more in one hour on our Segways than we could have seen in several hours, if walking. The minimum age and weight allowances are 11 years old and 70 lbs. The parent company, Glide N.E.W, also operates Segway the Door with tours in many localities, Penninsula State Park, and even a 5-hour tour to Washington Island that includes the ferry ride to the island and lunch. Watch for it! We plan to do a Segway the Door tour next.

Continue reading Segway the Fox tours

Spur of the Moment Ranch

Everything ‘Wisconsin’ starts in Mountain. An easy drive from Milwaukee or the Valley, you’ll find Spur of the Moment Ranch a short hop off Hwy 32 and nestled into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. With direct access to the multi-use, Nicolet Trail, some of things you’ll be able to do is ride your ATV, ride your horse or cross-country ski. The ranch itself is 12 acres surrounded by forest land; near the Chute Pond Recreational area and Oconto River.

The ranch offers a variety of cabins from 4 beautifully-appointed, cozy, log cabins, a roomy, bunkhouse, 4 rustic cabins and 5 full-hookup, campsites for RV’s, living quarter trailers, and toy haulers. You’ll find plenty of room for your horse including an outdoor style barn with 19 box stalls and 15 paddocks strategically placed around the ranch.

Spur of the Moment Ranch is a friendly place: family friendly, horse friendly, dog friendly, ATV friendly and camper friendly. There are artistically-made firepit circles with chairs outside most accommodations. Creating a fun gathering place for everyone at the end of a busy, active day.

Continue reading Spur of the Moment Ranch

Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub

Join Kitty OíReillys Irish Pub and experience Sturgeon Bayís liveliest Pub on the West side. Walking distance from the marina and boutique shops, enjoy the newest version of old Ireland for lunch and dinner and choose from a great selection of food and spirits including some of Irelandís favorite tastes. We offer a large selection of domestic and imported beers, premium liquors, martinis and wines. Kitty OíReillys offers you a fun and exciting experience with a lively pub, a cozy dining room and a beautiful outdoor New Guinness Patio!

Continue reading Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub

Natural Air Conditioning on Wisconsin's East Coast

A couple of us from Relax Wisconsin headed out to the shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday, June 10th, and spent the afternoon at beautiful Point Beach State Forest near Two Rivers. As the thermometer on our van said it was 88 degrees, it was clearly much more comfortable on the beach.

Point Beach offers 127 campsites, a self-guided nature trail, Hiking/Ski trails, picnic areas as well as a sandy beach for family activities. Along the beach you can view Rawley Point Lighthouse (see picture). The lighthouse was originally built in 1853 and was replaced with the current steel tower in 1894.

If you park at the north end of the park, near the concession stand, there is wheelchair access to the beach (see picture).

During our walk on the beach we saw many families enjoying their day. From just laying in the sun, building sand castles, getting buried in the sand (see picture), to flying kites, the possibilities are endless.

To top it off, we ended at the concession stand and we both enjoyed a waffle cone with some delicious Cedar Crest ice cream.

Continue reading Natural Air Conditioning on Wisconsin’s East Coast

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

Awesome food is delivered from this historic 1885 farmhouse, The Gingerbread House of Muskego. Sit back with a warm and cozy hot chocolate or perhaps a carmel latte in this tastefully decorated, quaint restaurant. Mornings are a busy time around here. If you need to wait a few minutes then venture upstairs to shop in their affordable, but well-stocked boutique.

The home cooking from the kitchen is sure to please everyone. Everything tastes, looks and smells like grandma’s favorites. Some have called this a ‘girly’ place, but because of the tasty and ample food, my husband says “No way”.

Menu: Fresh desserts, pastries & bakery, full breakfast menu and multiple coffee and drink selections. Afternoon selections include homemade soups, wine, beer, cheese trays and ice cream.

Be sure to check out their facebook page! You can fill up on the pictures alone!

Continue reading Gingerbread House

Laura Lake Campground

Laura Lake

Laura Lake Campground- If you could create an ideal campground, what would it include? For setting, maybe it should lie between two beautiful lakes. Of course, the lakes would be clear, with good fishing and excellent swimming. There would need to be a trail (about two miles) circling one of those beautiful lakes for scenic walks. And, naturally there would be no development on either lake. Sound perfect? Don’t bother creating it. It already exists at Laura Lake.

Continue reading Laura Lake Campground

Willow River State Park

Willow River State Park

With 2,891 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreational and scenic attractions in western Wisconsin. Located 5 miles northeast of Hudson on County Road A, the park has a campground, a boat launch, and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake. Willow River State Park draws more than 300,000 visitors each year.

Continue reading Willow River State Park

Fox Valley Christmas Lights Tour

What could be better on a pre-Christmas evening than to take in a Christmas Light Tour in the Fox Valley? We looked at quite a few and found this awesome display was the best one by far. It is a bit hard to find at 830 Rusty Court in Kaukauna, so you might want to locate it here before you go.XmasLites-Santa

Their hours are 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 6.

Load the little ones in the car and go!

Santa greeted us with a great sense of humor, apparently I had been ‘naughty’ back in March, but had made up for it since then. A small donation is requested that will go to their favorite charity. In fact, each of our stops this evening were supporting a different organization. How cool!

 

Here is the video with the syncronized Christmas Light Display, enjoy!

If the video does not open, you can also watch it here: http://youtu.be/4kocuL-J5LE

 

Second runner up went to a non-syncronized show at 511 Janssen Street in Combined Locks. It’s worth your time to check that one out, too!

Continue reading Fox Valley Christmas Lights Tour

Miller Brewery Tour

the caves

Stopping by Miller Valley and taking a tour of the Miller Brewery is a fun way to pass a Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. Start in the gift shop of the Visitor’s Center, and then enter the theatre with a movie that presents a significant part of Milwaukee’s history.

New media throughout the tour is cutting edge, like later in the tour when Herman Miller pops out of the cave painting with a hologram effect. Sometimes we felt, their presentation material was a little cheesy, like the tour introduction of the “Miller High Life Girl In The Moon”. I see what they are trying to do, but in my opinion, it didn’t really deliver their message well. Video’s were used rather extensively throughout the guided tour, leaving a commercialized feeling, but overall the presentations were well done.

You definitely learn about the Miller brands. They try to have a brand for every beer lover and take every opportunity to impress upon you what their many brands are. The list is extensive, here are just a few:

  • Coors
  • Miller
  • Leinenkugels
  • Blue Moon
  • Keystone
  • Molson
  • Carling
  • Foster’s
  • Grolsch
  • Peroni
  • Sharp’s
  • Amstel Light
  • Astika
  • Aguila
  • Hamm’s
  • Mickey’s
  • Milwaukee’s Best

After the movie, a guide will take you to several places of importance along the beer making process like the brewhouse, packaging and the warehouse.

Discover what massive beer distribution looks like with a chance to see a million cases of beer as you walk through the warehouse. Did you know that 40% of their production goes to Chicago? The rest is transported throughout the Midwest. Who says Milwaukee is America’s Beer City? I guess that depends on production vs. consumption.

The caves were my favorite. You go down about a dozen steps, and enter the cave where, here again, you get a cool feeling of historic déjà vu as Herman Miller tells you how they used to cut massive blocks of ice out of Lake Michigan and haul it to the caves to keep the beer cold all year round.

Then head off to the tasting room, where you are served a 6-8oz glass of Miller, Miller High Life and then a third rotating beer of their choice. Their choice today was Third Shift, an Amber Lager, that no one, even the Amber beer lover in our group, could even drink. It had a strong unpleasant after taste that one just couldn’t get past. Our suggestion- do as other tours do and allow visitors to choose their own beer. Like wine lovers, beer drinkers have distinctive tastes. Miller circumvents the earlier focus of their varied brands by not allowing their guests to educate their pallets, as wineries and even Leinenkugels do so well, Miller misses an important opportunity.

Continue reading Miller Brewery Tour