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I’m not originally from Wisconsin, but it’s been my home since 2011. Winter? You can keep it. But autumn? It’s lovely! Just wish it was longer. Here are a few pics from this fall in Wisconsin:

Classic “small town” Wisconsin can be found in Cedarburg, about 30 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The main street, Washington Avenue, is lined with restaurants and shops, from antique stores to boutiques to art galleries. My mom and her boyfriend were visiting from Indiana. They like antiquing and wine tasting, so Cedarburg was a good match. Bret and I drove them over to Cedarburg on a rainy November Saturday. Not letting the… Read More

Bizarre. That’s the only word to describe Wisconsin’s House on the Rock, near Spring Green–about an hour east of Madison. And I mean bizarre in a good way! It’s organized hoarding–part museum, part house, and odds-and-ends you might find at your grandparents. Began in 1959, and possibly owing to a dispute between its founder Alex Jordan, Jr. and famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright (the Wikipedia page is interesting!), House on the Rock… Read More

Back in the summer after snagging a cheap Southwest Airlines flight to DC, I still knew it would be hard to get tickets to tour the White House for our trip in October. Arriving on a Friday and leaving on a Monday night only left one possible day for a White House tour – Saturday – as no tours are conducted on Sundays and Mondays. Sure enough, when Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office… Read More

The leaves are just starting to change here in Wisconsin. Fall has been lovely: a lot of warm days and cool nights. Just about 35 minutes from where I live is Holy Hill, near Hubertus, Wisconsin in Washington County. Holy Hill, as you might have guessed, is home to a church: the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. You can climb the 120+ steps (it’s steep..and crowded on… Read More

Autumn in my favorite time of year in Wisconsin. Changing leaves, chilly mornings, apple cider. Take some time to enjoy nature’s beauty. Here are a few quick photos I’ve snapped over the past two autumns.

I have many good memories of visiting Tahquamenon Falls, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I remember racing my dad up and down the wooden steps and then being mesmerized by the power of the falls. We visited when I was kid and again as a teenager. This was my first trip back since the mid-1990s. Tahquamenon Falls actually consists of an upper falls and lower falls, both housed within the… Read More

Had a three-day weekend, so we drove up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to do some hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I hate it when people say the U.P. of Michigan is “empty.” Yeah it may not have loads of chain restaurants and parking lots, but it’s full of natural beauty and endless outdoor adventures. We made Munising our home base. Pictured Rocks is spread out across the Lake Superior… Read More

The leaves are at their peak for fall foliage. I headed over to Mount Agamenticus (also known as “Mount A” or “Big A”) to do some hiking. Located near Ogunquit and The Yorks, Mount Agamenticus rises to 692 feet and offers good views of the White Mountains and Casco Bay.

Took a quick drive this afternoon to some rural areas outside of Manchester, New Hampshire. The fall colors are really pretty right now. Spotted some gorgeous colors in…well…some cemeteries. Is that weird? I don’t think so. The first place I pulled in to was the Mt. Calvary Cemetery off of Goffstown Road on the west side of Manchester. After that, I was at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire…. Read More