Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we head into our final Wisconsin region before heading into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Today’s focus is the Northwest Regions, a region Andrew and I spent some time a few years back!


Ashland

  • Copper Falls State Park: This gorgeous park has a great loop trail that gives some nice views of the falls!
  • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center: Visit this small museum for some tips about the area and take in the view from their observation deck.

Bayfield

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Take a trip out to Madeline Island and explore this beautiful area along Lake Superior.
  • Bayfield Maritime Museum: This unique museum features the nautical history of the Apostle Islands.

Chippewa Falls

  • Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company: Take a tour of this famous brewery.

Danbury

  • Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park: Living history site dedicated to fur trading.

Hudson

  • Willow River State Park: State park known for the beautiful Willow Falls.

La Pointe

  • Big Bay State Park: Located on Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands.

Ogema

  • Timm’s Hill County Park: Timm’s Hill is the highest point in the state of Wisconsin.

Phillips

  • Wisconsin Concrete Park: Sculpture park filled with over 200 concrete statues.

River Falls

  • Glen Park: Beautiful city park with a nice walking trail.
  • Kinnickinnic State Park: Enjoy this park located where the Kinnickinnic and St. Croix Rivers meet.

South Range

  • Amnicon Falls State Park: Explore this park that has several waterfalls. Lots of fun short trails lead to them!

Spooner

  • Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of the canoe.

Spring Valley

  • Crystal Cave: Take a tour of this gorgeous cave.

St. Croix Falls

  • Interstate State Park: Hike along trails in this park that straddles the Wisconsin/Minnesota border and features unique geological formations.
  • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Center: Stop by the Headquarters of this scenic riverway and learn about the history and culture of the river.

Superior

  • Pattison State Park: Features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin.
  • SS Meteor Maritime Museum: This maritime museum features an 1896 freighter ship.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Northeast Region

Today we head into the Northeast Region of Wisconsin which is another popular tourist area with the famed Door County area! I’m a day behind this week since yesterday we were asked to use appliances minimally to help our southern neighbors get power restored faster! My laptop is getting old and always needs to be plugged in when using it, so I made the sacrifice and it means you’ll get a special Saturday post you don’t normally get!

Crivitz

  • Governor Thompson State Park: Enjoy time on the Peshtigo River or along the shoreline of a few small lakes in this park!

Ellison Bay

  • Newport State Park: This park is a Dark Sky park located along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Fish Creek

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse: This adorable lighthouse is located within Peninsula State Park and is perched high above Green Bay.
  • Peninsula State Park: Gorgeous wooded park located along the shores of Green Bay.

Green Bay

  • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame: If you are a Packer fan, this is a must see location for great history on the team!
  • Lambeau Field: Home of the Green Bay Packer football team.

Kewanee

  • The Tugboat “Ludington”: Explore this WWII tugboat.

Merril

  • Council Grounds State Park: Wooded park along the Wisconsin River.

Oconto

  • Copper Culture State Park: Site preserves the area where the Copper Complex people once resided.

Peshtigo

  • Peshtigo Fire Museum: Stop in a learn about the infamous fire that ravaged the area back in the day.

Sturgeon Bay

  • Cave Point Country Park: Gorgeous park area along the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Door County Maritime Museum: Explore the maritime history of the lake and bay area.
  • Potawatomi State Park: Wooded park located along Sturgeon Bay, a bay within Green Bay.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park: Preserves the most substantial sand dunes on the Western shore of Lake Michigan.

Three Lakes

  • Northwoods Petroleum Museum: Fun memorabilia that details the history of petroleum.
  • Three Lakes Winery: Known for it’s cranberry wines, you also can take a tour of their facilities.

Washington Island

  • Rock Island State Park: Accessible by ferry, this is a primitive island of Lake Michigan.

Woodruff

  • World’s Largest Penny: Check out this fun roadside oddity that has a unique history.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Central Region

Today we move into the part of Wisconsin where I was born and raised! The central part of the state!

Marshfield

  • Jurustic Park: Explore all sorts of now extinct species in the fun sculpture park.

Montello

  • John Muir Country Park: Visit the site of John Muir’s youth!
  • Montello Granite Quarry Waterfalls: Beautiful waterfalls near the downtown.

Necedah

  • Buckhorn State Park: This park is located on Castle Rock lake which is formed by the confluence of the Wisconsin and Yellow Rivers.

Ripon

  • Little White Schoolhouse, Birthplace of the Republican Party: This historic schoolhouse has strong ties to the roots of the Republican party in America.

Stevens Point

  • Schmeeckle Reserve: Gorgeous area to hike among the woods and learn about conservation.

Waupaca

  • Hartman Creek State Park: This park has some hiking trails along the Chain of Lakes in the area.

Wausau

  • Rib Mountain State Park: Hike among these “mountain” trails and explore the views.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Southwest Region

Today we move into a region along the Mississippi River. Enjoy some time in the Southwest region of Wisconsin!

Cassville

  • Nelson Dewey State Park: Huge park near the Mississippi River that was once the estate of Wisconsin’s first governor.

Fountain City

  • Kinstone Megalithic Garden: Modern Megalithic garden!
  • Merrick State Park: Another state park located along the banks of the Mississippi River.

La Crosse

  • World’s Largest Six Pack: This roadside oddity is the epitome of Wisconsin.

Ontario

  • Wildcat Mountain State Park: Great hiking spot with panoramic views of the river.

Pepin

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum: Explore the humble beginning of the Little House series.

Prairie du Chien

  • Mississippi River Sculpture Park: Sculptures were designed to relate to the history of the area.
  • Wyalusing State Park: This park features hiking trails, and canoe trail, and several Native American burial mounds.

Richland Center

  • Historic Richland Center Suspension Footbridge: Check out this fun roadside stop with an old suspension bridge.

Trempealeau

  • Perrot State Park: Gorgeous bluff park located along the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi Rivers.

Warrens

  • Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center: Your ultimate guide to the cranberry industry that Wisconsin is well known for.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide!

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ South Central Region

Phew! Today we embark on a lengthier list as we hit a popular tourist area of the state. Between being home to the state capital and water park capitol of the world, things are hopping in this post!

Baraboo

  • Circus World: Explore all the fun the circus has to offer and it’s famous history!
  • Devil’s Lake State Park: This park has amazing hiking trails all around the bluffs of this lake.
  • Mirror Lake State Park: Explore the sandstone sides that surround this lake.
  • Natural Bridge State Park: This park features Wisconsin’s largest natural stone arch.

Belmont

  • First Capitol: This site features two buildings where legislature met in the Wisconsin Territory.

Blue Mounds

  • Blue Mound State Park: This park sits atop the highest hill in the southern portion of the state.
  • Cave of the Mounds: Tour a cave located in the side of one of the hills (mounds) that gives it its name.

Dodgeville

  • Governor Dodge State Park: One of the state’s largest state parks that includes many rock formations and a waterfall.

Jefferson

  • Aztalan State Park: This park contains evidence of an ancient civilization.

Madison

  • Henry Vilas Zoo: Amazing free zoo with lots of fun exhibits!
  • Wisconsin Historical Museum: Explore the history of the state.
  • Wisconsin State Capitol: Take a tour of this building (and be sure to ask about the ghost painting!)

Middleton

  • National Mustard Museum: I’m not a mustard person, but this sounds like a fun unique museum to visit all the same!

Mount Horeb

  • The Trollway- Mount Horeb’s Trolls: Come find all 25 trolls hidden around town!

New Glarus

  • New Glarus Woods State Park: Explore the trails in this wooded and prairie filled park.

Spring Green

  • House of the Rock: Check out this unique tourist attractions built on the edge of a cliff and filled with all sorts of odd wonders.
  • Taliesin Estate: Estate of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Tower Hill State Park: This park contains a reconstructed lead shot tower.

Stoughton

  • Lake Kegonsa State Park: Hike among a wide array of ecosystems, from the woods, to the prairie, to the wetlands.

Wisconsin Dells

  • Noah’s Ark Waterpark: You can’t visit the Dells without a stop at a waterpark, and this is the largest and best of them all!
  • Original Wisconsin Ducks: Explore the unique geological features that gave the town it’s name via the famous “duck” boats.
  • Rocky Arbor State Park: This park was established to protect the sandstone outcrops unique to the area.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ East Central Region

Moving a little further north into Wisconsin today as we head up along Lake Michigan to the East Central Region today!

Appleton

  • Paper Discovery Center: Museum that focuses on the industry of paper making, a common industry in the state.

Hilbert

  • Calumet County Park: This park is located along the shores of Lake Winnebago.

Kohler

  • Kohler Company Factory Tours: Take a tour of the factory that brings us the sinks and bathrooms we all know and love.
  • Kohler Design Center: This place is so much fun! It’s like visiting the model room set ups of Ikea, but just kitchen and bathroom form!

Manitowoc

  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum: Check out the history of the Great Lakes maritime and learn what life on a submarine is like!

Oshkosh

  • EAA Aviation Museum: Everything you ever wanted to know about airplanes can be found at this fun museum!

Sheboygan

  • Bookworm Gardens: Whimsical Garden based on popular children’s books.
  • James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden: Wooded area filled with several concrete sculptures.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park: Two adjacent state parks that sit on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Sherwood

  • High Cliff State Park: State Park located on the shores of Lake Winnebago.

Two Rivers

  • Point Beach State Forest: Forested area along Lake Michigan you can camp and explore.
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center: Fun area to hike near Lake Michigan.

All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

Wisconsin Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Today we head into my home state of Wisconsin. I grew up in Central Wisconsin, but our first two years of married life were spent in today’s Southeast region.

Belgium

  • Harrington Beach State Park: Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, it also features a smaller lake within the park and lots of swamp land.
  • Port Washington Lighthouse: Fun lighthouse located along Lake Michigan.

Burlington

  • Chocolate Experience Museum: A chocolate museum is worth visiting by name alone!
  • Spinning Top and Yo-yo Museum: Unique museum featuring toys for the yester years!

Milwaukee

  • Discovery World: Come explore this hands on, interactive museum.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum: Learn all about these famous motorcycles!
  • Miller Park: Home of the Milwaukee Brewers, this stadium is known for it’s iconic retractable dome.
  • Milwaukee Art Museum: This museum is worth a visit just for it’s unique architecture.
  • Milwaukee County Zoo: Wisconsin’s largest zoo will provide several hours of entertainment.
  • Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes: This unique botanical structure is so much fun to visit! Explore different biomes in each unique dome.

All attractions found in Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.

A Summer Glamping Trip

This past year has been crazy! Especially crazy for someone who had a hobby of writing a travel blog, because quite frankly, we haven’t really been able to travel much at all this year! 

I tried to keep up just with writing bucket list posts (and I do plan to get back in that habit), but it got tiring writing about all the places I wanted to go, and couldn’t! But my fee is up for my blog, so now seemed as good of time as any to hop back to it and put that fee to work! Ha!

So I will be headed back into finishing my Wyoming Bucket Lists this week, but did want to intersperse in a few things we got around to doing this summer and fall! 

The camp I grew up attending as a kid, and where my family still has a cottage time share, was unable to have their normal youth camp programming this year. This meant their outdoor “villages” were going to be left unused. But then they got creative! They let family units rent out these villages for “glamping.” If you are unfamiliar with that term, glamping is a lot like camping, but with several nice amenity perks involved. For us during our week at camp, it meant a nicer shelter than a tent, meals provided in their dining hall, access to their many activities, and the shower house!

Our stay took place in their Treehouse Village. Here’s a photo!

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We absolutely loved out time out in nature! We actually stayed in the smaller unit on the right. We slept in the upper portion which had a set of bunks, of which we actually moved mattresses to the floor as they were a little creaky anytime one of us rolled over! The lower portion also had another bunk set, but that’s where we kept our clothing and all our gear. The shower house was just a quick walk away which was handy as we always showered in the morning and evening. We did have quite a hike into main camp for meals, but check out this food! It was so worth it! And it was in their brand new community center they just built as an update from the old dining hall!

Main camp was also where most of our activities were. Since we went in July, we spent time at the beach almost every day. Our routine usually went something like this: Wake up, shower, grab breakfast, disc golf, go back and change into swim gear and grab our beach chairs and supplies, read by the beach, maybe kayak or play shuffleboard, have lunch, spend time at the beach, read, go back and change, disc golf, have dinner, disc golf, go to devotions, head back to the village, shower, hang out, sleep. It was a pretty cush life for the week!

It was so hot the week we were there that we didn’t often feel like enjoying a camp fire at our treehouse, but towards the end of our stay we did enjoy a few. We had nearly perfect weather all week long (minus one scary night of severe storms in our treehouse), so overall we can’t complain!

2020 may have taken a lot of travel opportunities from us this year, but it also opened the door to one amazing once-in-a-lifetime glamping trip that we will forever cherish! Thanks so much to Camp Luther for making this a possibility and bringing some joy to our summer!

Feltz Family Farms and Dairy Store ~ Stevens Point, Wisconsin

As you may remember from a previous post, growing up in Wisconsin I’m very partial to cheese shops, Dairy State Cheese in particular, as this is the place I grew up buying all my cheese and watching cheese be made, but in recent years, my parents have introduced me to another nearby dairy store, Feltz Family Farms.

The farm itself has been in the family for five generations, and now has two robots who help with the milking process. Within the store they have a viewing window into the barn where you can sometimes watch the milking process, but always be guaranteed a view of the cows!

The Dairy Store portion opened in 2017 and offers a variety of local goodies. One thing I like about their store, is that it’s not just cheese. You also can find a variety of local meats, olive oils, milk, and even enjoy some ice cream.

On our particular visit in December, we chose to also indulge in the fresh deep fried cheese curds they will offer. Simply ask at the counter and they will get an order going for you. They have a view tables inside where you can enjoy your curds, and if the weather is nice, there are also some benches outside the shop.

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I loved the batter flavor on the curds, but I do prefer a smaller curd generally speaking as you get the perfect blend of batter and cheese. That being said though, they were still very delicious as most cheese curds are when deep fried.

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Misty’s Menu ~ Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

A few days after Christmas found us visiting my parents in my hometown of Wisconsin Rapids. One morning they offered to take us out for an early brunch at Misty’s Menu.

Misty’s is a small little cafe located off one of the main highways in town. It’s clearly popular with the locals as we had to wait just a little bit for them to clear a table for the four of us. My mom told us they loved the Skillets but said you really couldn’t go wrong with anything.

I love a good sausage biscuits and gravy, so that’s what I went with. Andrew opted for the French toast and my parents each ordered a skillet.

Being in Wisconsin, my mom’s skillet was called Green and Gold and my dad went for the all meat option.

I feel like the pictures don’t give it full justice, but as you can see you get your choice of egg with the skillets, along with hash browns and then then other mix ins. In my dad’s case it was lots of meet and my mom’s had broccoli.

The food was all very filing and everyone except me had leftovers to take home. We definitely would not mind stopping by Misty’s when in the area again!

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