Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a section of the state located north of Wisconsin and sandwiched between the beautiful coastlines of Lake Michigan (to the south) and Lake Superior (to the North). While originally a site for trapping and lumber, and by the 19th century, especially mining iron and copper, it now primarily serves as [Read more …]

Baraboo Wisconsin

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Baraboo Wisconsin? Well, why not. While we really didn’t check out the town, we did make a stop at Devil’s Lake State Park. Devil’s Lake State Park The park was created around a glacial lake surrounded on three sides by quartzite clefs. The cliff faces were covered with boulders that fell victim to water that [Read more …]

Additional Wisconsin Stops

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We drove through several additional Wisconsin towns, and of course, stopped to taste Wisconsin cheese Port Washington Wisconsin A pretty city with a number of 19th-century buildings, with its main street overseen by St. Mary’s church, sitting on a hill at the head of the street. It also has a pretty Lake Michigan [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin

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We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]

Madison Wisconsin

Madison State Capital building

We had never been to the Madison Wisconsin and were anxious to explore the state capital/college town. We began in the state capital with its lovely, domed rotunda and exhibit touting the state’s role in pioneering women’s suffrage and its being the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, we were visiting the city [Read more …]

Milwaukee Wisconsin

Wisconsin Cheese mart

Milwaukee Wisconsin is known for its beer. Yes, we sampled beer (more later in this blog), but we also found some other interesting attractions Milwaukee Old World 3rd Street District We especially enjoyed walking the 1000 block of Milwaukee’s Old World Third Street District. Particularly interesting were: Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This store had the largest [Read more …]

Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin

Joyce and Tom in Wisconsin Dells boat tour

Wisconsin Dells is a summer resort town that is built around water—especially the Dalles, or Dells. The Dells is a 15-mile-long river channel that was cut through 150 feet of soft sandstone during the Ice Age. A hydroelectric dam has since split the channel into two sections: the Lower and the Upper Dells, each of [Read more …]

Door County Wisconsin

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Door County Wisconsin Door County Wisconsin is on a peninsula between Green Bay Wisconsin and Lake Michigan Wisconsin. It has 19 communities and 300 miles of shoreline around a laid-back resort peninsula that protrudes into Lake Michigan. While its initial economy was based on fishing and shipbuilding, it is now focused on artists and tourism. [Read more …]

New Glarus Wisconsin

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New Glarus Wisconsin is also known as “Little Switzerland. It was founded by Swiss immigrants and retains remnants of its culture via canton emblems festooned on its buildings, Swiss-themed festivals, cheese factories and brewery, and its Swiss Historic Village and Museum which includes reproductions of traditional Swiss homes, schoolhouse, churches, firehouse and a range of [Read more …]

Monroe Wisconsin

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Monroe Wisconsin Monroe Wisconsin is a pretty southern city that is home to the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. We made a fast stop but very interesting stop as we drove through the area. National Historic Cheesemaking Center The center is something of a cheese museum that includes the historic, one-room, 19th-century Imobersteg Cheese Factory. The [Read more …]