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Antiques Mall of Madison ..........................12
Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull ................................17 Cameo Antiques ...................................... 12
cascademountain.com Cascade Mountain .................................. 23 Cave of the Mounds ..................................13 Devil’s Head Resort.................................... 3 Drumlin Ridge Winery ................................ 8
Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese ...................... 8 Janet’s Antiques Gallery ............................12
ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT Sales & Logistics Director - Jon Brunt General Manager - Alejandra Bustamante Account Executive - Eric Graff Account Executive - Robbie Hale Account Executive - Brandon Raimer Account Executive - Jackie Rodriguez Account Executive - Lindsey Sukowatey Account Executive - Katunytua “Kate” Schmiedicke Account Coordinator - Sara Rockweiler Office Manager - Stefanie Leon DIGITAL SERVICES Digital Director - Michelle Brud Web Development Manager - Johanna Albee Creative Director - Ashley Ward Web Designer - Katie Morenz Digital Marketing Specialist - Randy Duxbury Lead Developer - Heather Brokmeier Web Developer - Jacob Schmocker Systems Administrator - Michael vonSeggern Digital Coordinator - Dawn Miller Intern - Ava Marsich
Jelly Belly .................................................. 8 Mile Bluff - Wisconsin Dells Dialysis Center .....12 Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad............ 22
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PRINTER Schumann Printers, Inc. - Fall River, WI
AmericInn by Wyndham - Wisconsin Dells ...13 Choice Hotels of Wisconsin ...................... 24
NORTH OFFICE 211 Pioneer Drive | Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-8770
Holiday Acres Resort ................................12 Holiday Inn Express - Wisconsin Dells..........13 The Ingleside Hotel .................................... 9 Woodside Ranch Resort and Conference Center ............................16
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HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW AT ROTARY BOTANICAL GARDENS
HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE LINCOLN-TALLMAN HOUSE
Walk through this winter wonderland featuring a half-million lights and family-friendly fun. On select nights, enjoy a chance to visit with Santa and live entertainment. November 29-30 and December 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-23 & 26–30, 4:30 - 8:30 PM.
Tour this beautiful and historic Italianate-style mansion that was constructed in 1857, filled with decorations and dozens of trees creatively embellished by local businesses and nonprofits. Featuring new decorations each year! Tours held November 29 – December 31. Check website for specific dates and times.
1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville rotarybotanicalgardens.org
JANESVILLE’S JOLLY JINGLE Ring in the holiday season, December 6-8, 2019, with this fun family getaway weekend, featuring a wide variety of activities for all ages including ice skating, live reindeer, a lighted parade, live theater, a holiday market, fireworks, a tree lighting, family entertainment, kids activities and more. Downtown Janesville janesvillejollyjingle.com
426 N Jackson Street, Janesville rchs.us
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Catch a performance of the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life adapted by James W. Rodgers and performed by Stage One Inc. at the beautiful Janesville Performing Arts Center in Downtown Janesville. December 6, 20 & 21 at 7:30 PM and December 7, 8 & 22 at 2 PM. 408 S Main Street, Janesville janesvillepac.org
Enjoy a home game at the Janesville Ice Arena and cheer on the Janesville Jets as they deliver what is sure to be exciting hockey action. Featuring game day promotions, giveaways, contests, and more! Games are held September through April.
Founded in 1856, Gray’s Brewing Company is proud to be one of the nation’s oldest family-owned beverage companies, currently managed by the great-great-grandson of the founder. They offer a flavorful line of beer, root beer and soda. Owner Brewery Tours offered on the second Saturday of each month at 3 PM.
821 Beloit Avenue, Janesville janesvillejets.com
2424 W Court Street, Janesville graybrewing.com
JANESVILLE JETS ICE HOCKEY
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OUTDOOR FUN TRAILS & PARKS
No matter where you are in Janesville, you’re never more than minutes from outstanding hiking and biking, and when there’s snow you’ll find opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Janesville community is home to 64 improved parks and miles of peaceful trails.
Create your own self-guided public art tour! Janesville is home to nearly 40 unique outdoor public art pieces, including our newest mural featuring Chief Black Hawk created by Jeff Henriquez. Many works are located in our charming downtown.
Various locations in Janesville janesvillecvb.com
Various locations in Janesville janesvillecvb.com
WINE & BEER TASTING
The Janesville area is home to three unique wineries and two breweries that offer a variety of delicious wines, beers, pairings, events, fun activities and shopping opportunities. Check the website to learn more about Fermenting Cellars Winery, Northleaf Winery, Timber Hill Winery, Gray Brewing and Rock County Brewing.
If you’re looking for food that is uniquely local, Janesville offers a variety of options that won’t disappoint, including Lark, The Bodacious Shops of Block 42, O’Riley & Conway’s, Sandee’s Thai Fusion, Milwaukee Grill, Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse, Hacienda Real, Citrus Café, Italian House, Bessie’s Diner and more.
Various locations in the Janesville area janesvillecvb.com
Various locations in Janesville janesvillecvb.com
SELF-GUIDED HISTORIC WALKING/DRIVING TOURS Janesville is home to 13 historic districts. Use the Clio app to discover Janesville’s history for yourself. Right now there are more than 80 historical sites on the app within 5 miles of downtown Janesville. Various locations in Janesville janesvillecvb.com
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20201 Point Creek Rd., Kiel, WI 53042 One hour South of Green Bay or one hour North of Milwaukee Store Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7-4 • Sat. 8-12 Closed Major Holidays WISTRAVEL.COM
L A K E COU N T RY â€™S GAT HE R I NG PL ACE Our complete property renovations provide a simple yet beautifully designed space for business and leisure travelers. Featuring over 40,000 sq. ft. of flexible banquet and meeting space and the Springs Water Park. We invite you to experience contemporary Lake Country hospitality at its natural, vibrant best. WISTRAVEL.COM
2 6 2 . 5 4 7. 0 2 0 1 2810 Golf Road Pewaukee, WI 53072 theinglesidehotel.com
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CAMPO DI BELLA WINERY & FARM
Known as “Troll Capital of the World,” Mount Horeb’s historic Main Street is lined with life-sized carvings from tree trunks by local sculptor, Michael Feeney, and other area carvers. Pick up an Area Guide and take a self-guided tour of the trolls along the Trollway.
Mount Horeb’s Main Street is a hub of activity where you will find specialty shops for buying Scandinavian imports, antiques, art, clothing, books, home-spun yarns, pastries, chocolates, and fabulous restaurants! Shops are generally open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week all year. Please check hours.
Tucked away in the Driftless area of Wisconsin in the Town of Blue Mounds this winery honors Italian heritage. This vineyard and winemaking business is dedicated to sustainable practices. Enjoy wines at the Friday evening wine bar and at Farm-to-Table dinner events (all reservation only).
Main Street, Mount Horeb Trollway.com
10229 Sharp Rd, Mount Horeb Campodibella.org
In Mount Horeb, dining is an experience! Savor a taste of Scandinavia at Sjolinds Chocolate House, wash down an Uff Da Pretzel with one of Grumpy Troll Brew Pub’s own microbrews, or enjoy locally sourced ingredients transformed into beautiful plates at Bistro 101. Whether you are looking for sit-and-stay or grab-and-go, Mount Horeb’s eateries will surprise and delight.
Visit the tasting room, sample wines and learn more about their uncommon approach to winemaking in Wisconsin. Schedule a tour and/or a private tasting and get an insiders view into the vineyard, facilities, and winemaking. Spectacular grounds offer breathtaking views, wildlife, and birds in every direction. Just 10 minutes west of Mt Horeb.
Main Street, Mount Horeb Trollway.com
THE DRIFTLESS HISTORIUM A cultural destination emphasizing the connection between the unique Driftless landscape and those who’ve lived here. Visit our award-winning exhibit galleries, browse 100s of unique museum store items, take part in interactive and educational programs or explore MHAHS’s expansive archive and collection via our Research Center. Open everday, 10am-4pm. 100 S 2nd St, Mount Horeb Mthorebhistory.org
8180 Langberry Road, Barneveld Bothmanvineyards.com WISTRAVEL.COM
SNOW MUCH FUN SCANDIHOOVIAN WINTER FESTIVAL
TYROL BASIN SKI & SNOWBOARD AREA
CAVE OF THE MOUNDS
The first weekend in February, the people of Mount Horeb, don their red pointy hats as they celebrate the town’s Scandinavian heritage. Join in the fun! Test your luck in the adult spelling bee, go frozen turkey bowling, play family broom ball, or enjoy a candlelight ski. With plenty to do, celebrate winter like true Scandihoovians!
Family-friendly outdoor winter fun! Offering skiing and boarding for people of all ages and abilities. Located just 5 miles North of Mount Horeb and 20 minutes West of Madison, Tyrol’s 17 treelined slopes extend over 40 acres on the 300-foot vertical hill. Also, new in 2019, Tyrol Basin will open their tubing hill.
4 miles from Mount Horeb, this national natural landmark stays open and about 50º year round. The cave takes visitors through a cavern of stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls, and other mineral formations. The limestone cave was accidentally discovered in 1939 and opened to visitors in 1940.
Mount Horeb mhscandifest.com
3487 Bohn Road, Mount Horeb tyrolbasin.com
2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds caveofthemounds.com
SUNNIVA INN BED & BREAKFAST
FESTIVE FRIDAY EVES
Come home to a relaxing, tranquil stay after exploring all that Mount Horeb and Southwest Wisconsin have to offer. Sunniva Inn is a beautifully restored 1903 Victorian Four Square home in a quiet neighborhood, just one block off Main Street Mount Horeb.
Come to downtown Mount Horeb to get ready for the holidays! Stores will be open late, most until 8 pm, and there will be holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy. Festive Friday Eves will take place the first three Friday’s in December.
120 N. Grove Street, Mount Horeb Sunnivainn.com
Main Street, Mount Horeb Trollway.com
129 N Cecil St, Bonduel - 715-351-1919 Open Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4 Bonduel’s Antique Mall — Antiques, Vintage & Repurposed Accepting Booth Vendor Applications
Cameo Antiques 827 Water St, Sauk City - 608-643-8000 Approved Ruby Lane dealer. Hours: 6 days a week 10am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays. cameoantiques.com “Big Shop, Small Town Hospitality!”
Janet’s Antiques Gallery 3800 University, Madison - 608-238-3300. Mon-Sat 11-7. We Buy, Sell, Consign, Appraise & Broker Antiques & Art. janetsantiques.com
Antiques Mall of Madison 4748 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison - 608-222-2049 Serving Madison for over 35 years! 18,000 sq. ft. and 130+ dealers. M.T.W.F. 10-6, Thurs. 10-8, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5 antiquesmadison.com
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DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT
Sitting on top of one of the highest bluffs in Wisconsin, Devil’s Head attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels because of its 500 vertical feet of excitement. The resort also offers full restaurant choices, indoor and outdoor pools and golf in the summer.
The place for Pizza! It all started with Harry and Ruth’s original school house pizza recipe, that has now been passed down to their daughter Cathy. All pizzas have a homemade crust, homemade sauce, and freshly shredded mozzarella!
Lake Wisconsin is a 7,197-acre lake located in Sauk & Columbia Counties. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings. Great spot for ice fishing and snowmobiling!
S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac devilsheadresort.com
North on Water Street, past the business district in Prairie du Sac. A small sign marks the turn to the park. Eagles may be seen across the river in the tall cottonwoods, flying or fishing. saukprairie.com
E13105 HWY 78, Merrimac townofmerrimac.net
PRAIRIE DU SAC HYDROELECTRIC DAM
Continue on Water Street (Hwy 78) north of Prairie du Sac, about one mile, and turn right on Dam Heights Road. Follow signs to the dam. Please stay in your car to watch the eagles fishing.
VINTAGE BREWING CO.
Located on the beautiful banks of the Wisconsin River, makes this brewery and restaurant a great eagle viewing spot. Brewery tours available. vintagebrewingcompany.com
EVENTS HOLLY JOLLY SAUK PRAIRIE DECEMBER 14
NEW YEAR’S BASH DECEMBER 31
BALD EAGLE WATCHING DAYS JANUARY 17-18
Join us for this community-wide holiday event featuring 75+ vendor craft fair, chili cook-off, open houses, DIY projects, Santa and so much more!
Experience one of the most legendary New Year’s parties you will ever be a part of. We’ve got activities for everyone including Kid’s Night Out, Ski Torch Lit Parade, and a Blacklight Party Ball Drop.
View Bald Eagles in their natural environment during Bald Eagle Watching Days, a two-day, free, family friendly festival celebrating our majestic bald eagles.
HOT SPOTS WOLLERSHEIM WINERY & DISTILLERY
BLUE SPOON CAFÉ
Eagles frequent the bluff behind the winery. They offer an exciting array of events every year. Wollersheim also has a distillery that creates varieties of brandy, gin, absinthe,and whiskey.
The Blue Spoon Café is a destination restaurant. This casual, Euro-style cafe offers “great food with a view”. Their dining rooms and 3-tiered outdoor patios overlook the scenic Wisconsin River.
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GRANITE PEAK SKI AREA
SAWMILL ADVENTURE PARK
45X90 GEOGRAPHICAL MARKER
With 75 runs, 4 terrain parks, and 3 high-speed lifts, its not surprising why Granite Peak is the #1 ski resort destination in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Toss in a legendary ski school, a charming chalet village, night skiing, mogul runs, tree-skiing, family specials including our popular Family Festival Weekends, and youâ€™ve got great skiing and wonderful entertainment.
Offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Their athletic and recreational facilities include a trampoline park, toddler jump area, climbing wall, ninja warrior course, and an 18-hole outdoor mini golf course. On-site snacks & drinks and weekly jump specials. Reservations and party pricing are available.
Join the official 45 x 90 Club. This unique spot is halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, a 1/4 of the way around the planet, and halfway between Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line. After stopping to see the marker, head to the Visitor Center to pick up your free commemorative coin.
608 Creske Avenue, Rothschild sawmilladventurepark.com
5651 Meridian Road, Athens co.marathon.wi.us
3605 North Mountain Road, Wausau skigranitepeak.com
LEIGH YAWKEY WOODSON ART MUSEUM
DELLS OF THE EAU CLAIRE PARK
First opened in 1927, The Grand Theater hosts over 300 events per year from nationally known shows to productions by the local childrenâ€™s theater. In 2018, they were ranked 5th in the Top Theatre Venues Worldwide with capacity under 1,300.
This 2017 National Medal winner is known for its internationally acclaimed Birds in Art fall exhibition, diverse and ever-changing exhibitions year-round, sculpture garden, Art Park, and dynamic programs for all ages and life stages. Always free admission.
Ancient volcanic rock palisades and potholes carved in the rock by the falling water create a unique place at the dells and gorge. With 27 campsites and the adjacent Ice Age Trail, this park offers visitors a number of nature trails right on the banks of the Eau Claire River along with swimming beach, spectacular waterfalls, and rapids.
401 North 4th Street, Wausau grandtheater.org
700 North 12th Street, Wausau lywam.org
P2150 County Road Y, Aniwa co.marathon.wi.us
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EVENTS BALLOON & RIB FEST JULY 9-12, 2020
ARTRAGEOUS WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2020
This annual family-friendly favorite event includes a 5k run, kids games, hot air balloon launches, evening glows, national BBQ Rib vendors, live music, beer tent, and three nights of spectacular fireworks. Admission is free.
An art extravaganza offering fun for all ages at these Wausau locations: Art in the Park (at Marathon Park), Festival of Arts and the Center for the Visual Arts, (downtown Wausau), and Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Various locations in Wisconsin badgerstategames.org
725 Woods Pl, Wausau, WI 54403 wausauevents.org
MONK BOTANICAL GARDENS
The Robert W. Monk Public Gardens are Central Wisconsinâ€™s first public botanical gardens. Designed to create a place of beauty for all, the Gardens will evolve over time, revealing new and lush gardens designed to excite all the senses. They host numerous events throughout the year to engage the community.
Find the freshest selection of fruits, flowers, baked goods, meats, vegetables, and other specialty products from local producers. Purchasing locally grown foods benefits the economy and our environment. Traditionally, they operate from early May to mid-November (depending upon weather).
1800 North 1st Avenue, Wausau monkgardens.org
210 River Drive, Wausau (Wed & Sat) 3910 Schofield Ave, Weston (Tues & Sat)
BADGER STATE GAMES Badger State Games (BSG) is an iconic sports series offering individuals and teams of all ages the opportunity to compete in a variety of amateur events in the style of the Olympic Games. Winter Games run January to March and Summer Games run May to October.
WINTER ISN’T FOR WASTING We all know of someone who takes the whole winter off doing nothing more than binging on Netflix and popcorn. But for some of us, we not only make the most of winter, but actually like it. Here’s a few ideas to make the most of the six months or so that we lovingly call winter in Wisconsin.
ICE FISHING Most of us have dropped a line in the water on a sunny day in July, but have you ever tried it in January? You might consider yourself an avid fisher, but sitting on a bucket on 30 inches of frozen lake is a whole different ball game. But when the fish are biting, and you see the flag “tip up,” the elements simply fade away, and winter, at least for the moment, slips back into summer. And believe it or not, Wisconsin has over 15,000 lakes, so finding one to call your own should be no problem.
APOSTLE ISLANDS The Apostle Islands, so close to Canada, you can almost smell the poutine, eh? Always awesome, but so incredibly spectacular in the winter - especially the Ice Caves. Located at the western end of the Mainland Unit of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northwestern Wisconsin, there are intricately carved sea caves in cliffs formed by Lake Superior waves splashing against the rock and freezing almost instantly. Needless to say, bring your winter gear. All of it. Because it is as cold as it is beautiful.
COPPER FALLS STATE PARK Sticking with the frozen water theme, have you ever seen a waterfall in the winter? It’s true, they freeze, almost as if you’re looking at a still-shot photo. One such spectacular site is Copper Falls located, oddly enough, within Copper Falls State Park in Mellen, Wisconsin. The park is 3,068 acres of hills, mountain trails, tall pines, birch, and maple, and when the thermometer dips far enough for long enough, the most spectacular view of the frozen falls. WISTRAVEL.COM
WOLFSONG ADVENTURES IN MUSHING FISH CREEK WINTER FESTIVAL
Have you ever taken your dog for a walk in the winter when a squirrel crosses your path? Well, that’s a little taste of what dog sledding is like. If you’ve ever wanted to experience it for real though, you’re in luck. Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing, located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, lets you drive your own team of Siberian Huskies or ride along with one of the guides. And with Wolfsong so close to Lake Superior, there is almost always snow from December through March, even when the rest of the Midwest is still hoping. Better yet, unbearable arctic blasts are tempered by the lake and the temperature rarely drops below zero. Adventures are waiting all winter long.
Fish Creek Winter Festival will celebrate its 33rd year in 2020! Whether you’re into tossing bikes or toilet seats, racing minnows or competing in kickball in the snow. Each year brings something weird and wonderful. Fish Creek’s longest-standing tradition and Door County’s most notorious winter event features live music, quirky games, delicious food, the notorious “Fruit Loop Fun Run,” an entertaining Stumpf Fiddle Contest, a spectacular fireworks display and a “Smokin’ Hot” Chili Cook-Off…all under a heated tent overlooking the frozen waters of Green Bay. The fun is jam packed into three days January 31, 2020 - February 2, 2020.
MADISON WINTER FESTIVAL This annual celebration reflects the city’s active winter culture and features skijoring (a combo of cross-country skiing and dog sledding), fat biking, sledding, hockey, snowshoeing, snow carving, live music, food vendors, and more. Held each year since 2005, the festival features two days of outdoor activities for all ages. Keep warm with hot chocolate and s’mores to make it a truly magical weekend. The festival is February 1-2, 2020.
HIBERNATING IS FOR BEARS, BATS, AND BUMBLEBEES.
U.S. SNOW SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP & WINTERFEST With a full roster of events spanning nine days, Lake Geneva’s Winterfest is jammed with all kinds of activities from helicopter rides to magic shows to, of course, the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. All of the activities take place at the beautiful and famed Riviera on the lake front in downtown Lake Geneva from January 25, 2020 February 2, 2020. It is without a doubt one of Wisconsin’s favorite winter festivals.
CEDARBURG WINTER FESTIVAL
Challenge yourself and experience Birkie Fever! The Slumberland American Birkebeiner is North America’s largest cross-country ski race and a homecoming for cross-country ski racers from around the globe! In fact, skiers from 49 States and 22 countries participated last year. Here’s the good news though; there’s still room for you if you think you have the drive. If not, that’s OK. It’s an incredible weekend for those of us who are far better equipped to watch, with a hot beverage, from the sidelines. The race Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
There’s something about the freezing temps that bring out the weird and wacky in Wisconsin. Cedarburg, just north of Milwaukee, was smart enough to capitalize on the craziness with their annual Winter Festival. The ever-popular, two-day event features an ice carving contest, the Lions Club Ice-Burg Open golf tournament, bed races and barrel races, and wine tasting to name just a few of the activities. And if beer is more your style, fear not, the Cool Brew beer tasting event on Saturday night was designed just for you. If by chance you wake up Sunday a little groggy, then you won’t want to miss the pancake breakfast. That too was designed just for you. SEE WISCONSIN
Where Kids Ski
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othing brings a family together like skiing, and at Cascade Mountain kids 12 and under
ski free when accompanied by a paid adult. Cascade is an easy drive, and is just a few minutes from the indoor water parks and hotels of Wisconsin Dells. Make this a winter well spent!
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