Wisconsin’s hard-working dairy farmers are a talented bunch – in more ways than one! Balancing farm work, family life and hobbies on the side? All in a day’s work in America’s Dairyland!
In this episode of Discover WIsconsin, Jake and Jack take us to a city on the rise in the heart of cranberry country. Located at the intersection of I-90 and I-94, Tomah is the perfect place to stop off or stay awhile as you make your way through the area. There are music events like Downtown Thursday Nights, Music on Milwaukee and Americana Music in the Park, as well as a fantastic local farmers’ market. Downtown also houses a great local art scene with place like Gallery 1012, Tomah Artisan Market and On the Corner. And when it comes time to dine – there are no shortage of options. Jake stops by The Break Room, which serves up an amazing burger and carries over 150 different kinds of craft beer, as well as wine bar Vino Anjo, and Murray’s on Main, where you can get a Brandy Old Fashioned milkshake. Whether you’re looking to shop, dine, explore, or rock out, Tomah has you covered!
Door County is one of Wisconsin’s most popular vacation destinations – and for good reason! In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, Marie heads up the Door County peninsula to explore the bay-side towns of Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor. In Sturgeon Bay, she hops in a kayak to get a close-up look at the ships and bridges that decorate the harbor, and stops by Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar downtown. We also take you to The Lodge at Leathem Smith, Door County’s very first resort. In Egg Harbor, it’s all about great shopping, tasty eateries, beautiful sunsets, and fun festivals. Marie takes in the area on one of their free Eggy Bikes and ends the day with a sunset concert in the park at the Peg Eagan Performing Arts Center. Lastly we explore the gorgeous grounds of the Landmark Resort, a sprawling property with so many amenities, it feels like a home away from home. The charming coastal towns of Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor have enough sunsets, water views, restaurants and resorts to keep visitors busy all year long!
In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, host Mariah Haberman heads to the lively and historic city of West Bend, located just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee on a westward bend of the Milwaukee River. After perusing through the Saturday morning farmers market, Mariah checks out some sweet staples of downtown West Bend, including the Candyman on Main, and Laughing Mountain Popcorn. We also indulge our taste buds at two incredible restaurants, Tochi Ramen and The Norbert. One of things that makes West Bend extra special, is that it’s home to the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOMA). This cosmopolitan museum in the heart of a small town in Wisconsin is an amazing platform for the arts in our state. After taking in the exhibits at MOMA, Mariah bikes along the beautiful Eisenbahn Trail and makes a stop at Regner Park to visit the beautiful and tranquil Labyrinth Garden. West Bend also plays host to some fun events like their four-day Germanfest celebration, Art & Chalk Fest, the weekly summer concert series, Music on Main, the Homegrown Music Festival, and Regner Fest. From local music festivals to being a cultural hub for Wisconsin artists and chefs, there is so much creativity energizing this town! Come experience it all – here in West Bend.
For centuries, people left old worlds for a new life in Wisconsin. Opening its doors for the first time in 1976, Old World Wisconsin brought together more than 60 historic Wisconsin structures from all over the state to recreate for their visitors the sights, sounds and spirit of the immigrants who came here. Welcome to Old World Wisconsin.
Sweeping hills meet up with rocky bluffs that burst into a kaleidoscope of color. Wisconsin takes pride in preserving its beauty with the help of land conservancies and events such as Wisconsin Land Trust Days. Through the helpful promotion of Gathering Waters, land trusts throughout the state use these events to show off their prized piece of Wisconsin land, water, wildlife and way of life.
Wisconsin counties offer residents and visitors a variety of natural recreational opportunities through county parks. These parks operate in a similar fashion but offer a different experience for visitors. Throughout Wisconsin’s 72 counties there are more than 600 areas designated as county parks. These spaces typically have to be pretty diverse and adaptable in their management of properties. Counties are responsible for a lot of forestlands in Wisconsin.
In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, host Mariah Haberman takes us to a city rich in history and full of surprises: Fort Atkinson. Located in Jefferson County, less than an hour from Madison and Janesville, Fort Atkinson offers visitors a charming, small-town atmosphere, and lots of options when it comes to entertainment and dining. Mariah begins by visiting some of the city’s historic landmarks including a panther intaglio mound, a replica of the Fort the town is named after, and the city’s iconic 1901 water tower. She also explores the Glacial River Bike Trail, including a stop at Jones Market and Dairy Bar, before heading out for a pontoon float on a Lake Koshkonong. Fort Atkinson is both ag-focused and family friendly, as evidenced by places like Poyer Orchards Farm Market, also known as, “The Pie Place,” where you can find delicious pies made from scratch. Mariah also learns a thing or two about growing (and eating) blueberries at Steffen’s Orchard. We also visit hometown favorite places like Haumerson’s Pond, the Stagecoach Inn, The Fireside Theatre, and Cafe Carpe. When you visit Fort Atkinson, you’ll find countless experiences and businesses that really embody the spirit of the community, which is friendly, interesting, beautiful, and all around feel-good fun.
In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, host Mariah Haberman takes us to the city of Stoughton. Just a short drive from Madison, Stoughton has all the traditions, charm and appeal of a small town, plus big-city perks. Stoughton is probably best known for its Norwegian heritage, which you can learn about at the Norwegian Heritage Center, or Livsreise. This history is also celebrated with Syttende Mai – a three day, fun-filled festival that invites everyone to be “Norwegian for a day.” Mariah also explores some of the many shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Stoughton including Diakonos Designs, the Abel Contemporary Gallery, Fosdal Home Bakery, and the Viking Brew Pub. Stoughton’s thriving art district includes the Stoughton Village Players Theater, and the city’s crown jewel – the Stoughton Opera House. Stoughton’s appeal also extends beyond the city itself to the natural beauty of the surrounding water and parks. Mariah and her dog, Josie, take a walk through Lake Kegonsa State Park in the fall; and in the summer we take to Lake Kegonsa for some fishing, and see how much fun kids can have at Troll Beach. With a fascinating history, beautiful parks, a lively downtown and fun community events, there’s so much to love about a place like Stoughton!
From dairy farms and creameries, to cheese shops and museums, Wisconsin is jam-packed with dairy destinations! In this episode of Discover Wisconsin, hosts Marie Justice and Jack Taylor head to four places across the state that celebrate Wisconsin’s unique dairy heritage. At the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc, visitors can explore 10,000 feet of exhibit space, go on a farm tour, and witness a live cow birth in their Land o’ Lakes Birthing Barn. And in Green County, Jack heads to the National Historic Cheesemaking Center to learn about early cheesemaking and how it came to be so important to the state of Wisconsin. In Plain, Marie learns about how Cedar Grove Cheese is making award-winning cheese in an innovative, environmentally conscious way. Lastly, we take you to Marshfield to visit Nasonville Dairy and Weber’s Farm Store, where you can order your fresh cheese out of a drive thru window! Here in Wisconsin, we love dairy. So head out to a dairy destination near you to experience it first hand!