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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

This fall, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin hosted China Lights. This was the second time it was hosted here. It’s an enchanting display. Constructed entirely by Chinese artisans, their creations are illuminated each evening. You show up before sunset, maybe have a beer or a glass of wine, tour around the beautiful gardens, then after dark watch the magical displays get lit up! My favorites were the traditional Chinese dragon… Read More

Winter was mild in my part of Wisconsin. You’ll get no complaints from me. Spring has had its ups and downs temperature-wise. Last month I was up in Green Lake for a work conference–my first visit there. Green Lake is a small resort town (pop. of around 1,000)  located about an hour and half from either Madison or Milwaukee. I was there before peak tourist season, so things were still a bit… 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

Milwaukee is a city of neighborhoods and one of the best is Bay View, located south of downtown, east of Interstate 43, and north of St. Francis, it borders Lake Michigan. Originally a factory town, Bay View is the site of the 1886 Bay View Massacre, when laborers protesting for an 8-hour workday were fired upon by order of the governor. Seven people died, including a 13-year old child. Today, Bay View,… Read More

The lakefront and its festivals are two jewels in the crown that is Milwaukee. For 11 days in late June and early June, the Henry Maier Festival Grounds are home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. Almost all musical styles are represented here. It’s a big event with big headliners. This year featured The Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, and Ed Sheeran–just a small sampling of the acts…. Read More

Winter finally faded away…or at least it did for a couple of weeks. The trees are budding, the daffodils are up, and things are green again. But now it’s a bit cooler–but I know it’s temporary. I heard a guy on the radio call it “springter” – that weird in-between winter and spring combo. When the weather was nice, made it into Milwaukee. Toured around the old Pabst Brewery and had lunch… Read More

Whether you’re a motorcycle rider or not, you can appreciate the American story that is the Harley-Davidson company. In Milwaukee (home to the company), the Harley-Davidson Museum showcases its history with vibrant exhibits and hands-on displays. You can spend several hours here. There are bikes to test out, videos to watch, and you can even hear sounds of the various motors used throughout the years. On site is a good bar and… 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.

Deep fried treats, animals, rides–it’s the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. The most sought-after and popular delicacy is the cream puff. People wait in long lines for this tasty treat. I had to go and experience it myself. It’s worth the wait!