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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

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

Down to Chicago for a daytrip to do a little shopping. We parked at Wells & Kinzie, had lunch at Ed Debevic’s – a classic diner with “sassy” waitresses, and then headed up and down the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. Then it was over to Millennium Park to see Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) and the Crown Fountain. Then to the Loop, past the Willis Tower (sorry, always the Sears Tower… Read More