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Coming Winter 2017-18! Relax & Unwind: Group Tours to Inspire & Rejuvenate Sometimes the best group outings are the ones where we do nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. The next issue of Itineraries Midwest will focus on the rising travel trend of rest and renewal. From losing weight to improving mental health, numerous getaway options are emerging throughout the Midwest, offering guests workouts, yoga, spa days, acupuncture, and even therapy sessions. So if your group is in need of some stress relief, or if they simply want to unwind, you’ll find plenty of rejuvenating ideas in this issue.

On the Cover: Robin's Nest on the Katy Trail Located in Defiance, MO, this specialty boutique offers the perfect gifts for any occasion. This family and community oriented business is passionate about serving their local community, shopping in markets around the world to find exclusive gifts to fit your needs. From birthdays and Mother’s Days to baby showers, weddings, and graduations, your travelers are sure to find that perfect something to take home. Make your visit extra memorable by signing up for a special cocktail mixing class!

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Dear Planner, As many of you know, shopping is the #1 activity for motorcoach groups. No matter the occasion—a girlfriend getaway, museum tour, hands-on experience, festival, food tour—travelers always want to pick up something special to remember their tour by. But to devote an entire group tour to shopping? Now your groups are really in for a treat. In this issue, you’ll find the usual big name retail spots (Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Bloomington’s Mall of America), but the growing trend in shopping these days is small, one-of-a-kind specialty shops; the boutiques offering items found nowhere else in the world. The Midwest is chock-full of quaint little downtown walks featuring all kinds of these unique shopping options. Downtown Overland Park in Kansas, Nebraska’s Grand Island, and Iowa’s Village of East Davenport are some standout options (just to name a few). Antiquing and consignment shopping are another favorite option among groups! Visit the Beaver Island Toy Museum in Michigan for unique collectibles or browse the vintage clothing racks in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. For the more hands-on group, add a class to your trip! Many shops offer make-your-own courses—from soaps and lotions, to vinegar and wine. And of course, be sure to coordinate with local CVBs to receive coupons and discounts for your group. But don’t take my word for it! Read on to discover the endless amount of shopping that awaits your groups! Best regards, Heather J. Lahren, CEO – Publisher

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When you think of Branson, you think of showstopping performances, right? Fair enough. But when you think of Silver Dollar City, you should think of one thing: SHOPPING. And not just any ordinary shopping, either. Sure, the words “unique shopping” are ubiquitous in the group travel world, but the shopping in Silver Dollar City is the kind that will leave your group writing home about—that is, if anyone actually wrote home anymore. Let me explain…


Dollar City specialty of entertainment is advanced as craftsmen and artisans tell stories and spin hilarious tales of the past while demonstrating their creations. Perhaps your groups will reminisce a favorite childhood memory or family story as these things spring to life before their very eyes.

First, let’s be clear: Silver Dollar City is not a city. It’s an 1880s theme park credited with putting Branson, Missouri on the map. The award-winning park showcases a colony of 100 resident craftsmen, with rides, attractions, and a showboat, plus world-class festivals thrown in for extra fun. Situated within the natural beauty of the Ozarks—with its rolling hills and Table Rock Lake—Silver Dollar City is a travel destination that is consistently rated a top group tour favorite.

It all started at Marvel Cave, one of the Ozarks’ oldest attractions. A group of miners entered the cave in 1882, hoping to find priceless mineral deposits. Instead of the lead ore they expected, there was nothing but a whole lot of bat guano. Still, it looked to them that there was a wall of marble in the cave, so one of nature’s greatest wonders was named Marble Cave. The mining company cleaned out the guano, but the “marble” turned out to be limestone. They ceased operation by 1889, but not before planning a town—Marble City—to be constructed on the hilltop near the cave’s entrance. A plat map was recorded at the local courthouse in 1884.

So what exactly is it that makes Silver Dollar City shopping so special? In the words of Pete Herschend, whose parents founded Silver Dollar City, “…it’s the pioneer handicrafts and the men and women who are the crafters.” Many of these artisans live right in the “city,” creating their crafts there, and living a community spirit that made America what it is today. Dressed in costumes reminiscent of a simpler time, the Silver

When Henry Lynch, a Canadian miner, purchased the cave and some land around it in 1889, his plan was to open the cave to sightseers. With the help of his family, he did just that and operations began in 1894. Not exactly profitable at the start, the cave was closed for a period while Lynch raised more capital. It reopened in 1900 and has remained so since, making it the oldest continuously running tourist attraction in


the Ozarks. When Lynch died in 1927, his daughters took over the business and renamed the attraction Marvel Cave. By the time Hugo and Mary Herschend traveled to the Ozarks with their two sons Jack and Peter in the mid-20th Century, the Lynch sisters were ready to retire. The Herschends fell in love with the beauty of the area and the resourcefulness of her people. Wanting to share that unique heritage and lifestyle, they struck a deal to take over Marvel Cave, a venture continued by Mary and her sons after Hugo’s death. Mary made vast improvements to the cave, including a railway to pull visitors up from the depths of the cave. With a desire to expand, but also wanting to keep things authentic, Mary began construction on that mining town that was never built. The Herschends’ frontier town began as five shops, a church, a log cabin, and a little street drama reproducing the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys—all on land surrounding the cave. The name was inspired by a promotional idea of giving visitors silver dollars in change. Opening May 1, 1960, Silver Dollar City was soon attracting four times more visitors than Marvel Cave. The family realized they were in the theme park business and started charging admission in 1968.

Today, Silver Dollar City craftsmen are creating handcrafted treasures and vacation souvenirs that can be shipped and waiting for your travelers when they return home. You’ll find pottery and cut glass and blown glass and candy and leather and soap and furniture and knives and candles and even a blacksmith. The list is long and all is handmade with love the way grandma used to. Entertaining demonstrations are part of the experience and a reason why motorcoaches love to return again and again. Silver Dollar City continues to grow today and offers an abundance of shade trees and bench seating in a beautifully landscaped setting. Attractions are all handicap accessible and easy to navigate. Adventures can be had from March through December, so start planning your visit. Special prices are available for group planners and professional tour operators. You won’t be disappointed! For more information or to book your group’s Silver Dollar City experience, contact Mike Woody at


“You can’t buy love, but you can buy handmade. And that’s pretty much the same thing.” – Anonymous


Why Shopping?


Shopping is the number one activity for groups when traveling. In fact, I’d wager that if your next tour didn’t include some shopping, your group might be a bit bewildered or even disappointed. From souvenir shopping at the museum gift shop to a more handson experience such as make-your-own pottery at a local ceramics store, the goal is always the same: creating long-lasting memories with your groups. You can even sweeten the deal by coordinating with local CVBs to receive coupons and discounts for your group’s shopping experience. If the travelers in your tour group are anything like us—and we bet they are—one of the best parts of a motorcoach trip is the opportunity to investigate the local trendy boutiques, small gift stores, shopping malls, outlets, downtown retailers, and specialty shops. Sure, the thrill of a train tour or a relaxing sunset cruise will create memories for your group, but that handcrafted sweater purchased at an artisan’s gallery is a memory your traveler can take home and enjoy for years to come. The Midwest takes its shopping seriously. Thanks to the cold winters, it’s become a favorite indoor pastime. So with shops in every size, shape, and theme conceivable, it only makes sense for shopping to be a must-do on your itinerary. Here are just a few examples:

Traditional Shopping


Did you know indoor shopping malls have been around in some form or another since the 1950s? Yep! And they only get better—and bigger—with time. Okay, so you’ve heard about Mall of America® in Minnesota, but malls come in all sizes and often have an easy set-up for the shopper. If you’re considering a visit to an outlet mall, you may need to also consider the weather. A traditional indoor shopping mall will keep your group warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Mall of America® (MOA), which opened in 1992, has over 500 retailers and restaurants under one roof, not to mention an aquarium, movie theatre, amusement park, and celebrity appearances throughout the year. And malls aren’t just “mega.” They’re convenient. They bundle recreation, shopping and dining in one area, and they have gloriously large parking lots. You’ll have no trouble parking a bus here!

Unique RETAILERS WITH BIG IDEAS in unique places

If you’re looking for an indoor activity, but you want something more eye-popping than “mall” to add to your itinerary, consider a specialty retailer. Unique specialty boutiques are springing up all over the Midwest. Some host monthly events, while others are open just a few days a week. They may specialize is repurposed furniture (take your group there to get some home décor ideas) or they may specialize in handbags or other accessories. The list is endless and these savvy business owners love to open their doors for groups. And what better way to make your group feel just that more special? Cabela's®— known as the “World's Foremost Outfitter” of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear—has become a destination in itself, with locations around the Midwest, offering lots to see as well as lots to do. How about a 45,000-gallon aquarium? Or a mountain diorama with 75 wild game mounts? Cabela’s® and other retailers around the Midwest play host to a number of unique indoor activities and have built reputations as tourist destinations. Local chambers, CVBs, and retail associations know just what you’re looking for: antique malls, flea markets with live entertainment and dancing, outlet emporiums, craft barns, and multistory artist lofts with gallery space around every corner. At a furniture retailer they always have plenty of chairs and sofas for your group members to take a load off (and get decorating ideas, of course).


Shopping—it’s something everyone does and everyone knows how to do. As an item on your itinerary, shopping gives your group travel members a chance to move about on their own and to individualize their browsing. It also gives them an opportunity to find that perfect gift for a friend or that perfect takeaway memory of a good trip. You provide the motorcoach, and your tour operator, chamber, CVB and retail association will provide the shops and shopping ideas for your one-of-a-kind itinerary.



Shop Across Missouri This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

Expect the unexpected as you shop your way across southwestern Missouri. With downtown shopping districts, outlet malls, and antique stores galore, your group has countless opportunities to find exactly what they’re looking for. day one JOPLIN, MO Welcome to Joplin! Centrally located at the intersection of Interstates 44 & 49 and the birthplace of Route 66, Joplin has unique shopping and history you won’t find anywhere else. 10:00am – 2:00pm Start off your morning with a shopping trip down Main Street. Take a stroll along this historic avenue and pop in and out of numerous boutiques, confectionaries, donut shops, repurposing stores, hobby shops, and more. Several lunch options, from pizza to sushi, can be found along Main Street as well. 2 – 2:30pm Venture over to City Hall where you’ll find two sensational murals: Joplin at the Turn of the Century and Route 66, Joplin, Missouri. Through these massive works of art, you’ll get a taste of who Thomas Hart Benton was as an artist and learn how Anthony Benton Gude perceived this city in the mid-20th century.


2:30 – 4:00pm Head east along Route 66 to Springfield, MO. 4 – 6:00pm Welcome to Bass Pro Shops®, also known as “The Granddaddy of All Outdoor Stores.” As the number one tourist destination in Missouri, this huge sporting goods store attracts over four million families, sportsmen, and outdoor enthusiasts each year. Explore 500,000 square feet of shopping fun, intricate wildlife displays, and other entertainment. Enjoy dinner at Hemingway’s Blue Water Café, a full-service restaurant inspired by American author and saltwater fishing legend Ernest Hemingway. 6 – 7:00pm Travel south along Highway 65 to Heather Hill Farms in Ozark, MO. Open seven days a week, this specialty shop offers complimentary samples of over 175 varieties of cheese and several varieties of wine. Be sure to call ahead before your visit. 7 – 7:45pm Continue south along Highway 65 to Branson, MO and check into your group-friendly accommodation.

day two BRANSON, MO 7 – 11:45am Enjoy a group breakfast at your hotel or at a downtown Branson café. Then head over to Dick’s Oldtime 5 & 10. Opened nearly 50 years ago in beautiful downtown Branson, this variety store has evolved into a nationally known destination for Branson visitors. Dick’s provides hours of entertainment for all ages, and features a vast assortment of merchandise with over 50,000 different items and several unique collections. 11:45am – 1:45pm Experience a private customized tour with your group! Main Street Lake Cruises is conveniently located at Branson Landing in historic downtown Branson, and offers sightseeing cruises and scenic tours along Lake Taneycomo. Your groups will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Ozark Mountains, take in the immense diversity of Branson’s wildlife, and cruise past the Branson Landing waterfront. Lunch included.


1:45 – 3:45pm It’s show time! You can’t stay in Branson without taking in a few shows with your group. Catch a matinee this afternoon or even a morning performance. Though Branson was originally known as a mecca for country, bluegrass, and gospel music, today this bustling city offers virtually all genres of music and performance styles: rock n’ roll, pop hits from yesterday and today, magicians, acrobats, comedians, variety shows, and seasonal acts for the holidays. In short, there are so many types of shows, that it’s easy to find one (or ten) to suit your group! 3:45 – 5:00pm Head back to your hotel for a bit of rest, and refresh before this evening’s entertainment. 5 – 7:30pm Experience a dinner show like no other at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. Thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition. Enjoy music, dancing, special effects, and family friendly comedy along the way. Owner Dolly Parton guarantees it’s “Branson’s most fun place to eat!”

day three SILVER DOLLAR CITY THEME PARK 8 – 9:30am Miss Molly's Mill Restaurant is Silver Dollar City's first restaurant and one of the few original buildings on Main Street. Your group will enjoy a hearty breakfast featuring all the best southern morning favorites this side of the Mississippi. 9:30am – 3:00pm Spend the day at Silver Dollar City Theme Park! Your group will enjoy exciting rides, attractions, world-class festivals, shopping, and unique dining options throughout the park. Stop and watch over 100 craftsmen entertain and demonstrate their crafts. Spring 2018 marks the arrival of the “World’s Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster” known as “The Time Traveler.” 3 – 4:30pm Mel's Hard Luck Diner, home of Branson's original singing servers, is a must-stop! The servers, hosts, cooks, and cashiers are all professional singers, songwriters, and musicians. They offer you a great dining experience seasoned with a song! Ask about the “Climb Every Mountain Ice Cream Avalanche,” served on a bed of 12 scoops of ice cream. 4:30 – 6:00pm Step out the door and enjoy some last minute shopping! Most stores are open until 6pm.

Silver Dollar City Theme Park

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact your tour operator or the Missouri Division of Tourism at 573-751-4133 or Branson


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Shopping in Galena

Galena is a small town tucked in the northwest corner of Illinois. Known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings, Galena offers one-of-a-kind shopping experiences along historic Main Street. Explore an eclectic mix of timeworn treasures at All That’s Vintage and browse vintage clothing and accessories, primitives, furniture, jewelry, quilts, vintage fabric and much more. Shop antiques at Grammy’s Attic, La Belle Epoque, and Peace of the Past. The Old Blacksmith Shop Mercantile—also on Main Street—is housed in an authentic 1897 blacksmith shop. Iron hooks, dinner bells, picture stands, barbecue tools and other items are forged right here in this shop. Groups may even learn to forge their very own Galena metal item to take home (reservations required). For another make-it-yourself experience, visit Galena Candle & Bath Company where your group can create their own candles, bath beads, scented bubble baths, gels, and lotions. From antiques and home décor to apparel and unique gifts, Galena’s Main Street has it all. And with several dining options, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to refuel your shoppers. shop ‘til you drop in illinois… Arcola | Shopping in Amish Country Welcome to Illinois’ largest Amish settlement. Experience this unique lifestyle firsthand as you browse the numerous shops throughout the region. Explore the exquisitely crafted pieces at Kauffman Amish Furniture Outlet, shop vintage and repurposed antiques at The Lead Pig, or purchase tinware, candles, folk art and primitives at Olde Brick Wall. Vyverberg’s Department Store is a must-stop. This retail shop is a staple in this community, carrying everything from clothing to handmade brooms and Raggedy Ann dolls.

Chicago | Magnificent Mile A shopping trip to Illinois is not complete without a visit to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Boasting more than 460 retailers and three vertical shopping centers, your group can enjoy hours—or even days—of shopping, all within walking distance of downtown Chicago. Discover popular brands, major department stores, and international luxury labels, such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Contemporary store facades add a modern flair to Chicago’s classic architecture, while many stores offer incentives and premier savings for groups.

September • Kewanee Hog Days September 1-4, Kewanee 309-852-4644

• Festival of the Vine

September 8-10, Geneva 630-232-6060

• Murphysboro Apple Festival September 13-16, Murphysboro 618-684-3200

• Belvidere Autumn Pioneer Festival

September 23-24, Belvidere 815-547-7935

October • St. Charles Scarecrow Fest October 6-8, St. Charles 630-377-6161

• Autumn on Parade

October 7-8, Oregon 815-732-3465

• Fall Diddley Craft Show

October 14-15, Belvidere 815-544-2900

November • 17th Annual Around the Corner Art Walk November 3, Bloomington 309-829-9599

• Shawnee Hills Wine Trail – Wine & Food Pairing Weekend November 4-5, Alto Pass 618-893-4600

• Julmarknad “Christmas Market”

November 24-26, Bishop Hill 309-927-3899

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History and Joy in Southern Illinois This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Williamson County welcomes your groups! Explore beautiful lakes and natural areas; discover rich history and attractive shopping; or unwind at a locally owned restaurant or winery. With a variety of lodging accommodations, your groups will feel right at home among southern Illinois’ hospitality, charm and comfort.

day one

6 – 7:00pm Learn about the rich history of Williamson County in Carterville. Step back into the past as you explore the Harrison-Bruce Historical Village. This village includes everything from a one-room schoolhouse to the Hunter Log Cabin of the 1800s. 7 – 9:00pm Catch a performance this evening at the O’Neil Auditorium located at John A. Logan

College. This 316-seat theater is host to many collegiate and community performances. 9 – 9:20pm Take a quick drive to Marion and stay at one of their many group-friendly accommodations.

day two

10:00am – 2:00pm Find treasures at Warehouse Antique Mall! More than 11,000 square feet of booths await you in a century-old warehouse. Offering a variety of antiques and collectibles, your group will find just what they need. Find anything from furniture to comic books, vintage and rustic items, or true antiques. 2 – 4:00pm Visit one of the region’s largest train stores! Chuck’s Depot is a locally owned hobby shop that includes scale train engines, cars, and building kits from all periods.

4 – 5:30pm Have an early dinner at the 20’s Hideout Steakhouse. Enjoy steak, seafood and live entertainment in roaring ‘20s fashion! Try wines from their huge cellar or one of their 1,900 international and domestic drinks. 5:30 – 7:00pm Take a short trip to Herrin and stroll along the walking paths of the Herrin Park District. This beautiful well-kept park includes seasonal outdoor swimming, multipurpose recreation, walking paths and wildlife! Spend the evening strolling along, watching ducks, or if you feel more adventurous, pick up a racket and play some tennis! For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact Visit SI at 800-433-7399 or visit them online at

Directory convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Visit SI . . . . . . . . . . . . 618-997-3690 1602 Sioux Dr - Marion, IL 62959 Williamson County welcomes your groups! Explore beautiful lakes and natural areas; discover rich history and attractive shopping; or unwind at a locally owned restaurant or winery. With a variety of lodging accommodations, your groups will feel right at home.



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Ames Main Street Cultural District

Recently granted the Iowa Great Places designation by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, this shopping haven is a must-visit for groups of all interests. This vibrant community showcases arts and culture, Iowa heritage, and unique, locally owned businesses. The coin collectors of your group will love Chester’s Coins & Gifts. This unique shop specializes in buying, selling, trading, and appraising rare coins, currency, and gold and silver bullion. Other hobby shops include Ames Sewing & Vacuum Inc., The Frame Shop, Quilting Connection, and The Hobby Shop. For something truly decadent, visit Chocolaterie Stam and be tempted by over 40 varieties of European chocolate bonbons, gelato, cookies, and more. There’s even a full-service coffee shop! After indulging your sweet tooth, head over to Cooks’ Emporium to catch a cooking demonstration presented by a local food enthusiast. Be sure to browse through their huge selection of kitchenware for creative cooking. From experienced chefs to cooking newcomers, Cooks’ Emporium has the tools and utensils you are looking for! To see a complete list of the Main Street shops, visit shop ‘til you drop in iowa… Davenport | Village of East Davenport Discover a unique blend of history, shopping, confectionaries, galleries, pubs, dining, lodging, and celebrations within this one-of-a-kind village overlooking the Mississippi River. Browse the collection of handcrafted sculptures at Isabel Bloom and find memorable gifts for any occasion. Shop upscale consignment at Revolution in the Village, sample locally made bath products at The Soap Box, then take a break from shopping with some homemade ice cream at Here’s The Scoop.

Le Claire | Antique Archaeology This two-story former fabrication shop is the home base of Mike Wolfe—co-host of the History Channel’s American Pickers. Housing some of the best picks and a new merchandise store, your groups are invited to stop in and poke around. Much of the merchandise is a reflection of Wolfe’s passion for everything road-related. You’ll see vintage road signs, gas pumps, car parts, and a huge display of motorcycles. See for yourself why this shop welcomes 1,000 visitors a day!

September • Dayton Annual Labor Day Weekend Rodeos September 1-4, Dayton 515-547-6336

• Fall Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Contest

September 9-10, Waterloo 319-226-4966

• Celtic Festival and Highland Games

September 15-16, Davenport 563-579-9225

• GermanFest

September 22-23, Guttenberg 563-252-2323

October • 42nd Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival October 7-8, McGregor 563-873-2186

• Scenic Drive Festival

October 14-15, Keosauqua 319-293-7111

• Halloween Craft & Vendor Show

October 20-22, West Burlington 641-451-5294

November • 40th Annual National Farm Toy Show & Auction November 3-5, Dyersville 701-883-5206

• A Christmas Carol

November 16-17, Amana 319-622-6262

• Julefest

November 24-25, Elk Horn 712-764-7472

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History in Pottawattamie County

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Council Bluffs, Iowa—county seat of Pottawattamie County and overflowing with fascinating history. This sample itinerary includes several museums for your groups to enjoy, whether you’re staying for the afternoon or a few days.

day one

10:00am – 12:00pm
 “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum is a one-ofa-kind structure that provides groups the opportunity to see firsthand a piece of cultural and architectural history. Built in 1885, this is the only three-story revolving jail ever built. The cell section remains as it was in 1969 when the jail closed. Today it serves as a wellrestored snapshot of an interesting era of our society. 12 – 1:00pm Enjoy lunch at one of Council Bluffs’ groupfriendly dining options. 1 – 3:00pm
 RailsWest Railroad Museum is the last surviving passenger depot in the Council Bluffs area. The transcontinental railroad played a major role in the development of southwest Iowa. The museum includes a gift shop, railroad artifacts and exhibits, and the former ticket office. View dining car silverware, a telegraph office, a model railroad display, and much more. 3 – 5:00pm Choose from three tours for your group at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The UP Railroad Museum Highlights Tour takes your group through both floors of the museum, exploring the rich history of the Union Pacific on a one-hour tour. Experience Lincoln’s 1859 visit as you and your group retrace his footsteps through Council Bluffs’ historic downtown on the Track Down Lincoln Walking Tour. Or choose the Westward by Rail tour, where you’ll explore the technological advances made during the United States’ westward expansion.

Historic General Dodge House

Couple in the World.” 12 – 2:00pm Take a lunch break at a Council Bluffs restaurant, such as Upstream Brewing Company or Quaker Steak & Lube. 2 – 4:00pm
 Grenville M. Dodge was a nationally known and respected military general, railroad builder and politician, and also one of the wealthiest citizens of Iowa. He created a home in Council Bluffs that incorporated many lovely woods

and rare amenities of central heating and hot and cold running water. The Historic General Dodge House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Pottawattamie County Historical Society at 712-323-2509 or visit

day two

10:00am – 12:00pm The Bregant House is a unique home that was custom built for Jean and Inez Bregant, who were just 45 and 42 inches tall. The house has furnishings and construction at heights and dimensions that were comfortable uniquely for them. The Bregants were spokespersons for the Woodward Candy Company of Council Bluffs and called “The Smallest

Tour the one-of-a-kind “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum & visit the RailsWest Railroad Museum Historical Society of Pottawattamie County | 712.323.2509 |



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Iowa’s Dairy Center Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy

HUDSON Looking for an interactive farm experience for your groups? Hansen’s Dairy is a six-generation, family-owned dairy farm that makes and sells their own fresh dairy products to local communities. Take a tour of the farm and see how milk gets from the cow to the table. Walk-Through Tour This guided tour takes your groups through the process of getting milk from the farm to your table. You will see the calves, milking parlor, cow barns, creamery—even kangaroos and goats! Top it all off with a delicious dish of homemade ice cream.

CALMAR In the heart of northeast Iowa’s dairy country, the Dairy Center sits on a hilltop just outside of Calmar, Iowa. Together the Dairy Center and Dairy Foundation work to offer education, demonstrations and research to foster the growth and prosperity of families making dairy farming their way of life. Iowa’s Dairy Center is not only a working farm, but also a tourism facility where you can learn about modern dairy farming. Your groups will see the milking parlor, robotic milking system, freestall barn for the housing of cows, transition barn for calving, calf barn, and Iowa’s Dairy Museum. You can even make and enjoy your very own homemade ice cream by request!

Hands-On Tour The hands-on tour has all of the features of the walk-through tour, plus more. Your groups will take a trolley ride around the farm, feed a calf, make homemade butter, milk a cow by hand, and pet the kangaroos and goats.

Inside Iowa’s Dairy Museum your groups will find a collection of dairy memorabilia, including early tools of the dairying trade that teach past-topresent lessons on Iowa’s dairy industry. The display features collections of milk bottles, butter presses, breed magazines and much more, including the original pieces of the Iowa Holstein Museum.

Tours are available Monday through Saturday, from March to November by appointment only. Call Hansen’s Dairy at 319-988-9834 to make a reservation, or visit them online at

For more information or to book your group tour, contact Iowa’s Dairy Center at 866-474-4692 or visit them online at Tours offered weekdays and Saturdays at 12:30pm. Book yours today!

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Birthplace of Andy Williams Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927 and lived with his grandpa at the top of the hill overlooking the Chicago & North Western Depot at 102 East First Street. This home has been restored to the late 1920s and early 1930s era for your groups to visit. The grounds have been landscaped, a smokehouse re-assembled, and a summer kitchen brought in from the country and converted into a gift shop. And of course there’s the proverbial outhouse! The home is full of memorabilia from the many decades of Andy’s music and television career. Busloads of visitors have enjoyed learning about the Williams family through photos documenting the Williams brothers’ careers and the beautiful restoration of the house. Chicago & North Western Depot The depot played an important role in the economic growth of Wall Lake as sixteen passenger trains per day stopped here. The restoration of the depot has taken it back to the remodeling completed in 1913. The depot has another direct connection to Andy Williams, as his father was employed as a mail clerk on the C & N.W. Railroad during Andy’s early years. For more information, contact the Wall Lake Historical Society at 712-664-2691 or 712-664-2585.

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SWEDESBURG Visit the Swedish American Museum in Swedesburg and immerse your groups in 19th century Swedish heritage. Housed in the former Farmers Union Exchange building, you’ll be able to view authentic items from Swedish immigrants, such as farming implements, homemaking necessities, school materials, and other 19th century artifacts. Find out what sort of food these immigrants brought with them for their long journey to the United States, such as bread, grain, butter, cheese, and potatoes. Visitors will learn about the Swedish settlement in the area and about early farming practices. Don’t forget about Ole, a 14-foot-tall reddish-orange fiberglass Dala horse. These colorful horses originated in the Dalarna Province in Sweden, and have become the symbol of the entire country. If anyone in your group is interested in tracing their roots, library volunteers can assist in searching through genealogical records from the area.

KALONA Leave behind the stress of today’s world and savor the family values, work ethic, and unpretentious lifestyle of an earlier age. At the Kalona Historical Village, your groups will stroll through a scenic 1800s village and explore pioneer life through 13 authentic buildings. Each of these structures is restored and filled with interesting and informative displays depicting the rugged years immigrant settlers spent taming the Iowa prairie. The village encompasses the eras from the earliest frontier days of the Snyder Log Home, to the Victorian influence of the lovely Wahl House. Dubbed the “Quilt Capital of Iowa,” Kalona is home of the Quilt & Textile Museum located in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. View two nationally acclaimed galleries: one for Amish textiles, and the second featuring English pieces.

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Visit and learn about the local Amish settlement, which is one of the largest west of the Mississippi River. Groups can discover the great respect the Amish have for family and their elders, and the considerate way the Amish provide care for the senior generation in grandpa house.

GLADBROOK Over five million wooden matchsticks have gone into Iowa artist Patrick Acton’s 70 incredibly detailed scale models of life-like sculptures, complex machines, and world-renowned architecture. The tiny 2-inch-long sticks have been used to build huge models, like his 13-foot true-toscale model of the battleship USS Iowa, and a 12foot lighted model of the United States Capitol. The Matchstick Marvels display continues to draw visitors from all over the world.

If you visit during June or December, take part in Swedesburg’s Midsummer Fest and St. Lucy’s Day celebrations.

Learn about another culture in the Iowa Mennonite Museum & Archives, where you will find many historical artifacts related to the Mennonite culture and Mennonite history. The Archives are also a rich repository of Mennonite genealogical records, past and present. Groups can also enjoy a meal served in a conservative Mennonite home, and learn more about the intriguing traditions of the Amish and Mennonite cultures.

You can see many of Acton's most intricate creations at the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center, as well as drawings and plans for many of the models, plus tools and equipment used in construction, and a video documentary of Acton's unusual hobby. More of Acton’s unique models can be seen in museums around the world. Many are featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not museums in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

For more information or to customize an experience for your group, contact the Swedish American Museum at 319-254-2317 or find them on Facebook.

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Groups can schedule tours any time, year round. For more information or to customize a tour for your group, contact Matchstick Marvels at 641473-2410 or visit

SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM artifacts from early farming, homesteads, general store, church, tin smith and shoe cobbler on display

HOURS April - December Monday,Tuseday, Thursday-Saturday 9AM - 4PM January - March Thursday-Saturday 9AM - 4PM Tour groups welcome April - December by appointment.

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Discover the Legacy of Odebolt

This sample itinerary is best during the spring, summer, and fall months.

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Tour one of the many one-room school houses that once educated Iowa’s new immigrants as they settled the land. Our Museum holds items and artifacts, books, and more from the beginnings of these schools through the 1950s. 122 W Second Street - Odebolt, IA 712-668-4285 |



9 – 10:00am Enjoy a morning stroll on the Memorial Walkway along Odebolt Creek. The walkway includes perennial flower gardens, benches, and gazebos for shade and relaxation. 10 – 11:00am Tour the First National Bank, which was originally known as Adams Bank when it was built in 1918. The lavish building’s interior is restored to its original 1900s style. Groups can tour the historic bank, as well as W.A. Adams’ town office and garage located behind the bank with prior arrangements. 11:00am – 12:30pm Stop at the Old Odebolt Bowling Alley Restaurant for a delicious lunch and salad bar, or arrange for a catered meal at the Odebolt Community Center. 12:30 – 3:00pm After lunch, visit Heritage Square. Groups can tour the Iowa Rural Schools Museum inside the restored Victorian-style 1883 Willow Tree School, which includes a collection of over 2,000 items from the 1870s to the 1950s. These captivating items will transport you back to the days of one-room schools. Further your experience with a video presentation of Iowa’s Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms & OneRoom Schools. This documentary provides insight into Iowa’s farm settlement and the construction of 12,623 one-room schools by immigrant farmers. Next, tour the 1886 Peterson Pioneer Home—one of the first homes built in Odebolt. This house has been restored and furnished with antiques from the 1800s. Tour the Odebolt Historical Museum to learn about the Adams and Cook Ranches. Displays feature military history, a 1900s kitchen, a barbershop, hospital equipment, school memorabilia, music section, many local artifacts, as well as historical items and photos from Odebolt’s past. 3 – 4:00pm Take an evening stroll through the fragrant and beautiful gardens of Prairie Pedlar. Groups can view phenomenal perennials, herbs, ornamental trees & shrubs, hanging baskets, and filled containers. Take a walking tour of more than 50 display gardens, visit the barn and gift shop, or see what events, workshops and gardening classes are available! 4 – 4:30pm Discover Odebolt’s ties to Cracker Jack and American Popcorn Companies. On Dewey Street you can view the Cracker Jack Company seed drying building, or drive a bit further out of town to visit historic corncribs used to dry ears of popcorn produced by local farmers. Odebolt was once known as the “Popcorn Capital of the World” for producing 3/4 of the world’s popcorn by 1915. For more information, contact the Rural Legacy Project at 712-668-4285, or visit or 1-887-832-7267


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Directory attractions Amana Heritage Society PO Box 81 - Amana, IA 52203 . 319-622-3567

Hansen’s Dairy . . . . . . 319-939-2187 8461 Lincoln Rd - Hudson, IA 50643

Iowa Rural Schools Museum 122 2nd St - Odebolt, IA 51458 712-668-4285

Iowa’s Dairy Center . . . 563-534-9957 1527 IA-150 S - Calmar, IA 52132

Kalona Historical Village 715 D Ave - Kalona, IA 52247 319-656-3232

Amana Colonies: The Handcrafted Escape This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years, offering unforgettable experiences as unique as your group. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offer groups the opportunity to step back from today's busy pace to relish in the comfort of locally crafted foods, furniture, art, and more. The area offers a unique history and culture found nowhere else in the world. The Amana Colonies have something for everyone, and they can handcraft an experience just for your group! While you are in the area, be sure to check out one of their famous festivals. Autumn brings the popular Oktoberfest, serving up a true German ambience. Visiting in December? Enjoy the Prelude to Christmas, featuring the awe-inspiring Tannenbaum Forest. 12 – 6:00pm The Amana Heritage Society collects, preserves, and interprets the cultural heritage of the Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. Discover the history of this German communal settlement at the Amana Heritage Society Museum. View thousands of artifacts and see an actual piece of the Amana Meteorite of 1875. The exhibit also features maps, charts, and contemporary documentation of this world famous meteorite. Tour four other historical sites including: The Amana Community Church, High Amana General Store, Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum and the Homestead Blacksmith Shop. To customize a tour for your group, contact the Amana Heritage Society at 319-6223567 or visit 6 – 9:00pm The Old Creamery Theatre is dedicated

to performing high quality live professional theatre for audiences of all ages and interests. Located in the Amana Colonies, they strive to make every group event one to remember. In fact, every guest has the opportunity to shake hands with the cast! In 2017, the company is celebrating 46 years of bringing live theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. They offer a wide variety of plays each season, as well as many different educational opportunities. Featuring approximately 200 performances in 2017, the 300-seat Main Stage season features favorite comedies, musicals, mysteries, and more. The Old Creamery Theatre is Iowa’s longest-running professional theatre. All actors, directors, designers, and technicians are paid professionals. These professionals are gathered together from all over the country to provide a high-quality theatrical experience for the audience. Since opening its doors in 1971, just over two million patrons have enjoyed live performances by The Old Creamery Theatre.

Matchstick Marvels . . 641-473-2410 319 2nd Street - Gladbrook, IA 50635

Old Creamery Theatre Co. 39 38th Ave - Amana, IA 52203 319-622-6262

Pottawattamie County Historical Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . 712-323-2509 226 Pearl St - Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Groups can tour the one-of-a-kind “Squirrel Cage” Jail Museum and learn about an interesting era of our history. Check out the restored depot that was built in 1899.

Swedish American Museum 107 James Ave . . . . . . . . . . 319-254-2317 Swedesburg, IA 52652

Wall Lake Historical Society 102 E 1st St - Wall Lake, IA 51466 712-664-2691

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The town of Lindsborg is known as America’s “Little Sweden,” so it’s no wonder that the leading purveyors of Swedish imports and Scandinavian gifts can be found right here at Hemslöjd. Pronounced hem-sloyd (Swedish for “handicraft”), this shop carries unique gifts of all types: lingonberries, Swedish cookies, Scandinavian jewelry, home and kitchen items, traditional Swedish souvenirs, and more. Throughout Sweden you’ll find small hemslöjd shops just like this one! Pop into the workshop and see the craftsmen at work in the woodshop, or simply browse through the huge selection of handicrafts. They even offer traditional Dala horses direct from Sweden. Over the years, the hand-carved and painted Dala horse has become a symbol of authentic Swedish handicraft and one of Sweden’s most popular souvenirs. You may also purchase a personalized Dala horse for your home. Other Swedish gift shops in Lindsborg include Anderson Butik and the Swedish Country Inn Gift Shop. Schedule your Swedish shopping experience around one of Lindsborg’s many Swedish festivals, such as Våffeldagen (International Waffle Day), Midsummer’s Festival, or Svensk Hyllningsfest (biennial celebration of Swedish immigrants). shop ‘til you drop in kansas…

September • American Royal World Series Of Barbecue

Home | Family Home Treasures Enjoy a memorable home décor shopping experience in a renovated church! Friedens Lutheran Church was built in 1885 and served the Home Township until it closed in 2010. At Family Home Treasures you’ll find a wall of history in the entrance portraying the town of Home and the story of this historic church. Merchandise in the store includes home furnishings, traditional painted pine furniture, rugs, curtains, dinnerware, candles, jewelry, antiques, handcrafted birdhouses…the list goes on and on!

• 47th Annual Evening Of Lights Christmas Parade

Overland Park | Downtown Overland Park With over 300 locally-owned shops, restaurants, spas, salons, services and more, Downtown Overland Park is the perfect neighborhood for foodies, artists, and those who seek exceptional treasures. The bustling streets are brimming with one-of-a-kind shops. Sample from over 65 different olive oils and vinegars at The Tasteful Olive. Take a cooking class or shop the kitchen items at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. Or explore the array of hobby shops, such as Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co., Ink Paper Rubber, and Beadazzler.

August 31- September 3, Kansas City 816-221-9800

• Kansas State Fair

September 8-17, Hutchinson 620-669-3600

• 46th Annual Walnut Valley Festival

September 13-17, Winfield 620-221-3250

October • Bricks, Broncs & BBQ October 6-7, Russell 785-483-2897

• Svensk Hyllningsfest

October 13-14, Lindsborg 888-227-2227

November • Winfield Isle of Lights November 19 – December 30, Winfield 620-229-3955

November 25, Garnett 785-448-6767

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Hays? Pet and brush the little Arabian horses at Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm and learn how these petite little creatures are trained. Historic Fort Hays welcomes groups to view exhibits and artifacts about the Fort and its military history. Hays is also home to many art galleries and studios to venture through. Learn the history and heritage of the area with a stroll through downtown. 785-628-8202 |

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CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU “The First City of Kansas” is home to historic Fort Leavenworth, the oldest active military post west of the Appalachian Mountains. Visit the Frontier Army Museum or take a tour of the Fort to learn about its history and why it’s known as

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Discover the history of Seward County and learn about the area’s first European settlers at the Coronado Museum. Then take a guided tour through Dorothy’s House & the Land of Oz with Dorothy herself ! At the Mid-America Air Museum, you’ll see over 100 unique aircraft, plus a hands-on science hall. Relax at the Baker Arts Center and browse through the library of numerous art and art-related books. Be sure to stop by the International Pancake Day Hall of Fame! 800-LIBERAL |


CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Explore history, arts and Swedish culture in Little Sweden, USA! Spend some time at Hemslöjd looking through the unique Scandinavian gifts, food, and local art, and find your own Dala horse to take home! Explore the Old Mill Museum and learn about the early heritage of McPherson County from 1870-1910. Be sure to check out Coronado Heights, a bluff that is 275 feet above the valley floor! Grab a cup of artisan-roasted coffee from the Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery or some gelato from The White Peacock. 888-227-2227 |

Directory convention & visitors bureaus and chambers Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . 800-OLD-WEST 400 W Wyatt Earp Blvd – Dodge City, KS 67801

Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau 2700 Vine Street . . . . . . . . . 785-628-8202 Hays, KS 67601

Kansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 913-321-5800 755 Minnesota Avenue – Kansas City, KS 66101

Leavenworth Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . 913-758-2948 100 N 5th St Room 104 – Leavenworth, KS 66048

Liberal Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 620-626-0170 1 Yellow Brick Road – Liberal, KS 67901

Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-227-2227 104 E. Lincoln St - Lindsborg, KS 67456

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Shopping in Traverse City

Downtown Traverse City is a destination unto itself, with its scenic tree-lined streets, historic buildings, sidewalk cafés, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. No trip to Traverse City is complete without at least one day dedicated to shopping! Take a short drive from downtown to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons and soak up some local history while investigating more boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Allow enough time for your group to walk through the Commons’ spectacular grounds. Then cool off with a cold cider on the patio at Left Foot Charley. Or stop by a farmers market! These are plentiful in the Traverse City area, especially in the summer and fall. Enjoy seasonal produce as well as cheeses, preserves, flowers, and handmade treasures. Want to make a weekend of it? Head to one of the port towns within a short drive (such as Kewadin or Suttons Bay) and experience the relaxing feel of small-town shopping. As your motorcoach meanders along beautiful stretches of Grand Traverse Bay, you’ll realize the drive is half the fun! shop ‘til you drop in michigan… Beaver Island | Beaver Island Toy Museum & Store This quirky museum is packed with aisle after aisle of collectibles, such as candy jars, Disney figures, books of paper dolls, Bathing Beauty postcards from 1905, rubber figures, stencils, and more. Take a look up at the ceiling and see over 50 priceless metal cars from the ‘20s and ‘30s fastened to the roof boards. They also stock a variety of arts and crafts, jewelry, scented oils, candles, and one-ofa-kind pieces from local artists. Hours vary, so call ahead before you visit!

Mackinac Island | Mackinac Island Fudge Shops Welcome to America’s Fudge Capital! Though the island doesn’t claim to have created fudge, they certainly have perfected it. Born in the years following the Civil War, the tradition of fudge making is stronger than ever, and this tasty treat remains the island’s most popular souvenir. Sample and take home some famous Mackinac Island fudge from any of the following shops: Sander’s Candy, Joann’s Fudge, May’s Candy Shops, Grand Hotel, Murdick’s Fudge, Murray Hotel Fudge Company, or Ryba’s Fudge.

September • Michigan Renaissance Festival August 19 – October 1, Holly 248-634-5552

• Detroit Jazz Festival

September 1-4, Detroit 855-529-9338

• Frankenmuth Oktoberfest September 14-17, Frankenmuth 989-652-3378

October • Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour October 7-11, Whitehall 231-893-4585

• Charlevoix Apple Festival

October 13-15, Charlevoix 231-547-2101

• Michigan’s Big Country Fest

October 20-21, Frankenmuth 989-652-8008

• 9th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival

October 27-28, Detroit 517-327-5004

November • First Frost Arts & Fine Crafts Fair November 4-5, Flint 810-234-1695

• Fall Restaurant Week

November 12-18, Charlevoix 231-547-2101

• Festival of Trees

November 22 – December 3, Muskegon 231-720-2570

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Nestled in the highlands of Crawford County in central northern Michigan, Wellington Farm, USA is easily accessible from M-72, M-55, I-75 and US-127. In addition to its central location, Wellington Farm provides a unique atmosphere, completely unlike any other facility you may be considering. Wellington Farm Park sends visitors back to a time when rural American folk persevered through the Great Depression. Rather than a mausoleum of toil and despair, the 60-acre interpretive farm museum exhibits the tools of forebears' success and the fruits of their great ingenuity. Enjoy the fresh air and breathe in an educational experience unique to the northern Michigan countryside. The onsite museum provides a comprehensive, firsthand experience of the history and heritage straight from the heartland. It includes: a blacksmith shop, grist mill, the Stittsville Church, sawmill, loom house, carpenter's shop, machine shed, livestock barn, summer kitchen, broom shop, and basket maker's shop. All of the buildings are fully functioning and often in operation. During the farm tour, volunteers costumed in Depressionera clothing foster an interactive learning

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experience by not only demonstrating the methods of production, but also by engaging visitors in discussion about the ins and outs of rural life in the early 20th century. The Perry Lamkin Historic Display features unique artifacts you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Visitors can also take advantage of northern Michigan's beautiful outdoors by exploring Wellington’s endless nature trails. Then, relax at the pavilion or enjoy an Amish-baked pastry or two at the Visitor's Center, which offers more modern amenities. The perfect blend of education and outdoor recreation, Wellington Farm Park is an essential stop when traveling through Michigan. The picturesque landscape is a perfect setting for adventures of both body and mind. Mere photographs alone cannot do justice to one of the most significant periods of American history.

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History & Charm at Castle Farms Charlevoix, MI

Tour operators love Charlevoix, and can you blame them? Nestled between three lakes of crystal clear water, Charlevoix is a traveler’s dream. The charming three-block downtown is easy to navigate and offers unmatched views of the park, marina, and drawbridge. Perhaps the best part of Charlevoix is its location; seated conveniently one hour from Traverse City, Gaylord, and Mackinaw, Charlevoix is an ideal hub for a group tour. Downtown Charlevoix offers visitors the chance to

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window shop, sample ales, view art galleries, stroll along the waterfront, watch the bridge raise, and so much more. Step-on guides from the Historical Society guide buses along the local streets to view the famous Mushroom Houses. The crown jewel of Charlevoix is less than five minutes from its downtown: Castle Farms. Built in 1918 by Albert Loeb, acting president of Sears Roebuck Co., the Castle was originally a working model dairy farm to showcase farm equipment


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available in the Sears catalog. Local fieldstone was used to create graceful arches, soaring towers, and picturesque courtyards reminiscent of designs from Normandy, France. After the Great Depression, the Castle fell into disrepair. It saw a renaissance in the ‘60s as an artist mecca and, believe it or not, as a rock concert venue in the late ‘70s to early ‘90s. Famous bands including Aerosmith, The Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, and Tina Turner, all rocked the Castle. Group tours of the property include a narrated tram tour of the exterior and a walking tour of the interior. Microphoned guides are knowledgeable in not just historical points but also personal stories and tailor each tour to the abilities and interests of the group. Castle Farms is handicap accessible and has wheelchairs available, so no one is left out of the tours. Paved paths and extensive gardens enchant guests, while a World War I museum will take them back to another era. Private collections and numerous displays are showcased throughout the Castle, including antique toys, castles, and royalty memorabilia from around the world. For groups wanting more, catered meals are available, ranging from lunches to farm-to-table dinners. Another fan favorite is the outdoor Model Railroad, the largest in Michigan. Over 70 trains travel 2,500 feet of track from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. HO and G-scale trains run along historical replicas as well as up fanciful towers and through hedges and flowers. Experience Charlevoix, Northern Michigan’s resort town on three lakes, and while you’re there, don’t miss nearly 100 years of history at Castle Farms. For more information or to schedule a tour for your group, contact Castle Farms at 231-237-0884 or visit




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Willkommen to Frankenmuth! This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Shopping in Frankenmuth is like traveling to Europe. Shop woolen mills and country stores for cuckoo clocks, quilts, Christmas ornaments, toys, meats and cheeses. Your group will love this shopping getaway. Frankenmuth also offers sweet confectionery shops and many other delightful stores rich in history and culture in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” 10:00am – 12:00pm Begin your day at the world’s largest Christmas store! Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the size of one-and-a-half football fields, celebrating Christmas all year long. With over 50,000 trims and gifts, it really is a shopper’s dream, surrounding you in the sights and sounds of the Christmas spirit. Need a break from shopping? Season’s Eatings offers light refreshments for the weary shopper. Christmas Lane is illuminated nightly and Bronner’s Silent Night Chapel is open year round. 12 – 1:00pm Recharge with a world famous, all-youcan-eat chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth! 1 – 3:00pm Take in three spectacular museums during your Frankenmuth visit and leave with a wealth of knowledge and fond memories. The Frankenmuth Historical Museum tells the story of this charming German town, from its

beginnings to present day. Its sister museum, the Lager Mill Brewing Museum, tells the story of the area’s rich brewing history. At Michigan’s Military & Space Heroes Museum you can view over 140 displays and a collection of over 700 exhibits devoted to the wartime experiences of men and women from the state of Michigan. 3 – 6:00pm Head to the River Place Shops for over 40 unique stores and attractions! Be sure to tour the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. The tour includes a fabulous narrated story of Frankenmuth on the Cass River aboard the family-owned, 150-passenger authentic paddlewheel riverboat, the Bavarian Belle. 6 – 8:00pm Taste Frankenmuth’s finest beer at the Frankenmuth Brewery and take a tour of the facility. This microbrewery was founded in 1862, which makes it the oldest microbrewery in America! This is also Michigan’s original craft brewery. They welcome your groups to drink, dine, and relax while experiencing over 150 years of brewing traditions. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce & CVB at 800-386-8696 or visit

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5052 M66 North – Charlevoix, MI 49720 One of northern Michigan’s premier historic attractions – open year-round for group tours. View soaring towers, charming courtyards and magnificent gardens. Collections on display include royalty memorabilia, antique toys and castles, plus a model garden railroad.

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6944 South Military Road – Grayling, MI 49738 Wellington Farm, USA is a 60-acre open-air interpretive museum designed to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in rural mid-America during The Great Depression through displays, exhibits, and more.

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This “city within a city” is a shopping mecca for visitors from all over the world. As the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, Mall of America® features over 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and the largest indoor theme park (Nickelodeon Universe®). Other attractions include SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium, Crayola Experience + Store, The LEGO Store, American Girl®, FlyOver America, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, and more. What doesn’t this mall have? Major retailers include Macy’s, Sears, Nordstrom, H&M, and DSW, in addition to the hundreds of unique shops that can only be found here. And if you ever get done shopping, relax at one of their numerous dining establishments. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Margaritaville, Twin City Grill, and Cadillac Ranch offer excellent happy hour specials. Over 12,000 groups visit Mall of America® each year, taking advantage of tax-free sales on clothing and shoes. With special group packages, convenient motorcoach access and parking, and other group perks, it’s no wonder MOA is the leading group destination in Minnesota. shop ‘til you drop in minnesota…

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Stillwater | Antique Shopping Enjoy historic small-town shopping along the scenic St. Croix River. The quaint storefront exteriors reflect their owners’ style. Stillwater has a reputation as an antiques destination, home to such staples as River City Antiques, Midtown Antiques, and American Gothic Antiques. But you’ll also find a number of unique shops and galleries. When it’s time to take a break from shopping, enjoy a wine tasting at Northern Vineyards or a craft beer at Lift Bridge Brewery.

Owatonna | Downtown Shopping From large stores to small boutiques, Owatonna has shopping opportunities for groups of all interests. Spend the day shopping in the Historic Downtown District for unique finds. For options ranging from Nike to the Gap, head over to Ultra Outlets of Medford, and then check out the outdoor gear at Cabela’s. This huge hunting and fishing outfitter features museum-quality animal displays, aquariums, and trophy animals in recreations of their natural habitats.

August 19 – October 1, Shakopee 952-445-7361

• Arts & Crafts, Market Place & Man Cave Fairs September 9-10, Little Falls 320-632-5155

• Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival September 15-17, Duluth 218-628-9996

• Millstream Arts Festival

September 24, St. Joseph 320-363-8324

October • Oktoberfest October 6-14, New Ulm 507-233-4300

• Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

October 7-8, Albert Lea 507-402-6371

• Federweisser & Roter Rauscher Festival October 28-29, Chisago City 651-257-1017

November • Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair November 9-12, Shakopee 402-331-2889

• Nutcracker Ballet

November 24-26, Stillwater 651-439-2820

• A Christmas Carol

November 30 – December 17, Duluth 218-733-7555

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Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2018 Open Weekends from August to October Labor Day & Festival Friday (Rain or Shine)

Bring your groups to the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States! With endless shopping, nonstop entertainment, never-ending food, demos, themed weekends, and the feeling you’ve stepped back in time, there is never a dull moment here in Shakopee, MN. The festival offers special group rates and picnic packages, all in a unique renaissance village setting. ENDLESS SHOPPING Talk about a unique shopping experience! The shops at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival contain many handmade wares, such as jewelry, pottery, worked wood, leatherwork, paintings, hand-blown glass and fine metal craftsmanship. With over 250 shops, there is something for every interest! ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment is like no other. At any given time of the day, your groups can sit on roughcut wooden benches and engage in the many entertainment opportunities. Watch daily jousting competitions, comedians, knife jugglers, or better yet, join them on stage to be publicly humiliated! Some well known performers include Puke & Snot, the magic and comedy act of Penn & Teller, and the Dew Drop Jugglers. ARTISAN DEMOS See how resident artists create such beautiful, diverse, and colorful products at the festival! Look for demos throughout the day, including pottery

throwing, painting, jewelry making, glass blowing, and so much more. PICNIC PACKAGES All-inclusive picnic packages are a popular option for group events during the festival. Four different packages are available for large groups and can accommodate any type of event you plan to host. The Picnic Package includes: admission into the festival, two hours under one of their tents, group name listed on the broadsheet, and a buffet lunch including hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, seasonal fruit and cookies.

THEMED WEEKENDS: • Silk Road: Discover the Riches • Highland Fling • Passport to Adventure • Wine, Chocolate & Romance • Pet Fest • Shamrocks & Shenanigans • Festival Friday • Oktoberfest Save on admission by purchasing through group sales! For more information contact the Minnesota Renaissance Festival at 952-445-7361 or email

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as they planned and executed some of their most notorious crimes. HISTORIC CAVE TOUR Come hear and see the history of these sandstone caves. Explore the original mined caves and see the finished caves, formerly home to the romantic Castle Royal nightclub. Hear the legends of the mobster massacres and ghostly lore in a unique setting. GHOSTS & GRAVES TOUR This 2-hour motorcoach tour is designed to give you shivers! Hear stories of haunted sites and historic murders, visit a haunted cave, and learn about the history of a local St. Paul cemetery.

Wabasha Street Caves What better way to show your groups the history of St. Paul than with the Wabasha Street Caves? Carved out of sandstone and dating back to the 1840s, these caves have been used for numerous activities including: growing mushrooms, storage of food and belongings, music, and dancing. Legend has it that gangsters Ma Barker & John Dillinger visited the

Castle Royal nightclub in the caves. Tours available for groups of 25 or more anytime! ST. PAUL GANGSTER TOURS Explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with 1930s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. Discover where the gangsters lived it up

Historic Cave Tours As seen on the History Channel “Secret Passages”

TWIN TOWN TACKY TOUR Join the Gundersons—Gloria, Gordy, Glen or Gladys—on a journey to the tackiest places in St. Paul & Minneapolis. This 2-hour motorcoach tour will take you to sites that no other tour of the Twin Cities would dare to venture. THE UFF DAH! TOUR Set out to discover how and why immigrants from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland came to settle in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Learn about Swede Hollow and Old Muskego Church. MILL CITY MOBS TOUR This tour shows you the MiniApple when it was rotten to the core. There were gangsters in St. Paul, but Minneapolis had rackets and mobsters. This 2-hour tour will tell you the stories and show you the sights on the other side of the tracks—or river. RIVERS & ROOTS TOUR Learn about the formation of the Twin Cities around the Mississippi River. Have you ever wondered how Minneapolis and St. Paul got their names? Learn about the two cities and catch beautiful views of the Mississippi River.

Hear, see, and explore stories of the sandstone caves. Hear the legends of mining, mobster massacres, and ghostly lore in a truly unique setting.

THE NO BLARNEY TOUR See how Irish immigrants influenced architecture, politics, and religion in St. Paul’s past.

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LOST SOULS TOUR On this walking tour you will hear of the mysterious sightings in the Wabasha Street Caves. If you have always wanted to know what goes on inside these caves, this is your chance.


THE ST. PAUL VICTORIAN TOUR Learn some secrets of the Victorian Era and see some of St. Paul’s hidden historical treasures on this tour. For more information or to make reservations for your group, call 651-292-1220 or go online to See you underground. 1-887-832-7267

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Nordic Ware Factory Store

A Well-Known Name in Minnesota and Around the World ST. LOUIS PARK, MN Founded in 1946, Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and grilling products, and specialty kitchenware that is distributed worldwide.

and restaurant owners, and features first quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and barbeque products, kitchen tools and accessories as well as factory closeouts and irregulars. Private shopping events available.

Do you own a Bundt® pan? Nordic Ware is most famous for their Bundt® pans that can be found in over 70 million households around the world! Bring your groups to the heart of it all at Nordic Ware Factory Store. Shop their unique kitchen accessories and find a new favorite recipe at a cooking class.

COOKING CLASSES Bring your groups out and enjoy great food and cooking techniques from an experienced chef instructor in the intimate setting of the Nordic Ware Factory Store. Be sure to call the Factory Store to pre-arrange an evening cooking class for your group.

SHOP LOCAL The Nordic Ware Factory Store, adjacent to Nordic Ware’s St. Louis Park corporate headquarters and factory, is frequented by home cooks, chefs,

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day one

5 – 7:00pm Wine and dine this evening at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery in Kimball, MN. Choose from a variety of food items to accommodate your group, take a ride through the vineyard, explore the process of winemaking, and end with a wine tasting! 7 – 8:00pm Take a short drive from Kimball to St. Cloud and spend the evening in one of their many group-friendly hotels. The Holiday Inn Express is an excellent option, offering free WiFi and free breakfast.

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day two

10:00am – 12:00pm What better way to start out your morning than with a trip to Munsinger Clemens Gardens? Two beautifully different gardens on the banks of the Mississippi invite you to stroll through their perfectly manicured landscapes while you take in the beauty of the morning. Visit the gift shop for one-of-a-kind treasures! 12 – 4:00pm Welcome to the heart of downtown St. Cloud! Allow your groups to split up and explore this historic area. Find a unique spot to stop for lunch before strolling through the many small local shops you won’t find elsewhere. 4 – 6:00pm The Grand Depot invites you to indulge in their grand shops this afternoon. From fine wine to Christmas decorations, your groups will find everything they are looking for, and maybe a few things they didn’t know they needed! Browse their Minnesotamade goodies, bakery items, fine cookware and gadgets, and don’t forget to take a peak upstairs! 6 – 8:00pm Dinner this evening is at Anton’s. Enjoy delicious popovers and a diverse menu to cater to everyone in your group.

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GAMMELGÅRDEN MUSEUM: A Tribute to Swedish Immigrants SCANDIA, MN

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day three

11:00am – 2:00pm Travel to the Redhead Creamery in Brooten, MN! On this tour you’ll view dairy calves and heifers, the milking cows, the milking parlor, and milk holding room. Tours begin and end in the cheese plant, with an overview of the entire process. Stop at the cheese shop for locally made foods and products including jams, crackers, chocolates, and honey. Take a seat and enjoy some pan-fried cheese curds, baked brie drizzled in caramel, or a personalized cheese sampling. 2 – 4:00pm Travel to Long Prairie, MN to visit Leatherwood Vinegary, the finest little vinegary in Minnesota. Tour the 40 acres of beautiful Minnesota soil encompassing Leatherwood Orchards, Leatherwood Herb Gardens, and Leatherwood Vinegary that work together to produce fine wine vinegars. Let your groups unwind in this charming place with faux rock walls, urn-filled niches, and the permeating essence of wine and vinegar. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the St. Cloud CVB at 320-251-4170 or visit them online at

What was life like for early Swedish immigrants in Minnesota? What did they bring with them from across the ocean? What did they leave behind? What awaited them at their destination? Learn how these early families lived, worked, and played back in Minnesota’s frontier days on your visit to the Gammelgården Museum in Scandia. Gammelgården means “old small farm,” and this museum is the only such open-air facility in the United States devoted to Swedish immigration. Its preserved and restored buildings date back to the 1850s, when Minnesota’s first Swedes settled in the area. ON YOUR VISIT TO GAMMELGÅRDEN, YOU CAN: • Hear stories of the families who lived in the Immigrant Hus and the Pråst Hus, the oldest existing parsonage in Minnesota. • Get a close look at the tools stored in the barn, and listen to farmers’ stories in the Ladugård. • Attend a service in the GammelKyrkan, the oldest Lutheran church building in Minnesota. Gammelgården’s calendar includes several special events, which are held on the museum’s green, shady, and well-kept grounds:

• During the Immigrant for a Day event in May, you may find yourself hauling water, making butter, doing laundry, or playing games as you step into the shoes of a recent immigrant making a new life on a small farm. • Celebrate the long days of summer with traditional Swedish music and dances as the Majstång is raised on Midsommar Dag in June. • Spelmånstamma, or the “Gathering of Fiddlers,” is held in August. It celebrates a long tradition of fiddlers gathering, playing tunes, and teaching each other new music. Gammelgården also offers Swedish language classes, sausage-making classes, and coffees and teas where Swedish specialties are served. The year winds down with a traditional Meatballs and Lutfisk Dinner, and finally Lucia Dagen, bringing light to the dark days of December. The Scandia Butik offers a selection of gifts, including fine Scandinavian imported food and gifts, sweaters, linens, books, and cards. Museum open daily, Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. For more information or to book your group tour, contact the Gammelgården Museum at 651-433-5053, or visit them online at





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AWAKEN YOUR SENSES Western Minnesota Prairie Waters The Prairie Waters region invites you to relax, travel slowly, and discover the essence of this oneof-a-kind area. Live life in the slow lane and take time to tune into your senses. SEE an awe-inspiring sunset across a horizon so wide, you have to turn your head to take it all in. View breathtaking waterways, flowing through channels cut more than a hundred centuries ago when the last great Ice Age receded the area. Take in the beauty of artistic masterpieces at the Meander Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl, or get a glimpse of Prairie Waters history throughout the dozens of buildings on the National Historic Register. HEAR the call of a Canada goose, a western grebe, or a cinnamon teal. Listen to the rustling trees and the rippling waters as you stroll along the Minnesota, Chippewa, Pomme de Terre, or Yellow Medicine Rivers. Hear the lowing of cattle at Moonstone Farm, or the clucking of free-range chickens at Pastures A Plenty. SMELL the fresh air throughout the fields of corn, soybeans, and sugar beets. The irresistible aroma of festival foods welcomes you at the Big Stone, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, Swift, and Lac qui Parle County Fairs. Hike the trails of a city park and take in the scent of wildflowers, or smell the salty, sea-like air at the Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area—Minnesota’s only alkaline wetland. | CHIPPEWA | YELLOW MEDICINE | SWIFT BIG STONE | LAC QUI PARLE

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TASTE the fresh produce at a local farmers market, or participate in a winetasting at Headwater’s Jailhouse Winery. Sample new and unique brews at Talking Waters Brewing Company. Dare to take part in a lutefisk-eating competition in Madison, “The Lutefisk Capital of the USA,” or grab a salty treat at the Kiwanis Popcorn Stand in Granite Falls. FEEL the cool breeze on your face as you paddle the rivers, lakes, and streams of the region. Handle an off-highway vehicle through the rough terrain of the Appleton Area OHV Park, as the dirt and dust fly all around you. Warm yourself in an icehouse as you fish on a frozen lake, or dunk your toes in a cool, freshwater stream. Enjoy the Kick Back Experience with Western Minnesota Prairie Waters. For more information contact their office at 866-866-5432 or visit their website 1-887-832-7267

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Minnesota River Valley BYWAY BITS FARMS & RED BARNS What do the Jolly Green Giant, a millionaire’s estate, and a 100-year-old “Century Farm” have in common? They’re all here along the Byway! Near Redwood Falls is the Gilfillan Estate. Tour the mansion, the large farm museum, and attend FarmFest—a huge agricultural festival held every August. Minnesota’s Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls hosts the state’s largest collection of farm equipment and exhibits. Check out the old time threshing show every August! East of Montevideo is the Olof Swensson Farm Museum built in 1901. You can see the large barn, 22-room home, and welcoming grounds. Le Sueur is home to the Green Giant Company. The local museum and town markers tell the whole story! Ho, Ho, Ho! CANOEING, KAYAKING & HIKING The Minnesota River, generally slow and winding, provides excellent game fishing including walleye, northern, channel and flathead catfish. Rock rapids, white water, and fine fishing can all be found on the Yellow Medicine River and Hawk Creek, which some claim are two of the best white water rivers in the state. If that sounds too ambitious for you, try your luck on the Chippewa or the Pomme de Terre Rivers, as they are known for their wildlifeviewing and gentle waters. Prime spots for hiking are located in the six state parks and many other parks along the Byway. A wide variety of hiking awaits you with forested, prairie, and riparian ecosystems. Bring along friends or family to make this trip a memorable one. Don’t forget the camera!

flowing south to the Gulf of Mexico and water flowing north to Hudson Bay. A sign at Browns Valley explains this phenomenon. GOLF & FRISBEE GOLF There are more than 25 golf courses along the Byway with a wide variety of playing surfaces and layouts, many with beautiful bluff and valley views! Frisbee golf courses exist in many river valley communities. HUNTING & FISHING Hunting in the valley begins in the fall with over 150,000 geese at the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area. Deer, duck, pheasant, and turkey are numerous, and trapping muskrat, mink, fox, raccoon, and beaver is also viable. Bow and black powder hunting have grown recently with outfitters able to supply your needs along the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway. Ortonville’s Big Stone Lake is famous for national fishing contests, but all along the river and its tributaries walleye, largemouth bass, crappies, northern pike, perch, blue gill, and fighting catfish abound. Don’t forget about the ice fishing in the winter!

BIRDING The Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail is almost entirely within the Scenic Byway and there have been sightings of nearly 350 species within the river’s watershed. With many refuges, wildlife management areas, scientific and natural areas, parks and other specified lands, the habitat is healthy and widespread. Check for great details! FESTIVALS With 287 miles’ worth of towns, there’s bound to be a festival for your taste or season. Here is just a sample of some events: Sauerkraut Days (Henderson), Rock Bend Folk Festival (St. Peter), RibFest (Mankato), Bavarian Blast (New Ulm), FarmFest (Redwood Falls), Fiesta Days (Montevideo), AppleFest (Appleton). As you can see, a wide range of interests and activities await you along the MN River Valley National Scenic Byway!

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GEOLOGY, MINING & THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE See the oldest exposed rock in the world! That’s what you’ll find near Granite Falls, but there are several other places along the Byway that will excite the geologist in you. Look closer and you will even find cacti among the outcrops.

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Bluffscape Amish Tours: A Step Back in Time LANESBORO, MN

Bluffscape Amish Tours of Lanesboro will take your group on a fun, educational experience through the Amish countryside of southeastern Minnesota. Your tour will depart from Lanesboro and travel to an Amish farm community where you will browse Amish-made quilts, stop at an Amish farmers market filled with fresh baked and canned goods, peruse Amish hand-made baskets, admire the craftsmanship of Amish wood furniture, munch on buttery, sweet cashew crunch you may find along the way, and purchase fruits and vegetables from Amish gardens while in season. As you travel to each Amish farm, your Bluffscape step-on guide will discuss Amish culture and the families that you will visit. History buffs will enjoy a non-Amish stop at the oldest church in Fillmore County. Bluffscape Amish Tours are about three hours long and provide an abundance of information about the Old Order Amish of southeast Minnesota. Call for details and lunch suggestions for your group. 2017 Tours: April 8–October 31, Mon–Sat, 10am and 1:30pm. No Sundays or religious holidays. Tours depart from Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro. Reservations recommended.

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St Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . 320-251-4170 1411 West St. Germain Street . . . . 800-264-2940

20880 Olinda Trail N - Scandia, MN 55073

4925 County Road 25/Highway 7 St. Louis Park, MN 55416 The only Nordic Ware outlet store in the world and home of the iconic Bundt® pan!

Wabasha Street Caves . . . 651-292-1220 215 Wabasha St S . . . . . . . . . . . 888-679-9896 St. Paul, MN 55107 Down in History has exciting historic tours done by costumed characters. Historic Walking Cave Tours in Saint Paul and Stillwater. Motorcoach Gangster Tours, Irish Tours, Tacky Tours, Ghost & Graveyard Tours, & More! We Make History Fun!

Northern Redhead Creamery . . . . . 320-346-2246 31535 463rd Ave - Brooten, MN 56316

Southern Bluffscape Amish Tours . . 507-467-3070 102 Beacon St E - Lanesboro, MN 55949

Suite 104 - St. Cloud, MN 56301 Among the many attractions are world-class gardens, history, granite, and great places to stay and eat. The St. Cloud CVB takes pride in helping you plan the perfect getaway. Creativity is key to the success of your group tour.

Southern Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway . . . . . . . . . . 888-463-9856 Located along the Minnesota River, motorcoach your groups through hardwood forests, 3.8 billion-year-old granite out-crops, and lush prairie grasses. State and local parks dot the valley along with museums and history sites.

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Appleton, MN 56208 Explore the serene prairies, meandering canoe routes on breathtaking rivers, and indulge in the rich ethnic & cultural heritage, festivals and recreational opportunities that the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters region has to offer.

festivals and events Metro Minnesota Renaissance Festival 12364 Chestnut Blvd . . . . . . . . . 952-445-7361

Shakopee, MN 55379 Eat, drink, and be merry! The 16th-century atmosphere features more than 250 artisan booths, 16 stages of live entertainment, free parking, and food fit for a king!

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September • Fall Into Arts Festival

This always-bustling town boasts dozens of stores within the 43-square-block area known as The District. Put together eyecatching outfits at such boutiques as Elly’s Couture, Swank Boutique, and Britches Clothing. These fashion-forward stores carry great pieces from up-and-coming designers as well as household names. Or browse gently used and vintage finds at shops like Consign & Design, Absolute Vintage, New Beginning, and Maude Vintage. For a more hands-on shopping experience, visit Makes Scents. As the name implies, you and your group are invited to create your own bath and body fragrances to take home! Then hop on your motorcoach and head to Columbia’s North Village Arts District and treat your group’s artsy side. More than 100 artists call this part of town their creative home. Here you will find film companies, dance studios, interior design shops, music and live performance venues, galleries, a music school, art studios, theatres, cafés, a farmers market, and more. It’s a bohemian paradise!

September 9-10, Kennett 573-344-4223

• 11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest September 14-17, Osage Beach 800-386-5253

• Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Oktoberfest 2017 September 22-23, Lee’s Summit 816-524-2424

• 57th Annual Black Walnut Festival

September 27-30, Stockton 417-276-5988

October • Jacob’s Cave Swapping Days October 5-8, Versailles 573-378-4374

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Springfield | Bass Pro Shops Springfield offers the best in metropolitan and outdoor adventure. Outfit yourself for nearly any excursion at Bass Pro Shops—known as the granddaddy of outdoor stores. Shop fishing items, hunting, camping, boating, golf, gifts, footwear and apparel. Explore nearly 500,000 square feet loaded with unique features, including an art gallery, barbershop, firing range, TRACKER® boat showroom, Hemingway’s Blue Water Café, Starbucks and much more. View saltwater and freshwater aquariums, indoor waterfalls, and even a live alligator and snapping turtle exhibit.

• Fall Festival/Apple Butter Days November • 23rd Anniversary Open House & Sale November 3-5, Lebanon 417-533-5280

• Cookie Crumb Trail

November 11, Ste. Genevieve 800-373-7007

• Harvest Celebration on the Route Du Vin November 18, Ste. Genevieve 314-616-1098

St. Charles | St. Charles Main Street Early explorers and pioneers made St. Charles their place of choice for shopping in the 19th century. Today, your groups can walk those same brick-lined streets, along the ten-block Nationally Registered Historic District and shop in those same buildings. A trolley travels up and down these streets of more than 135 shops. Of course you won’t find pelts and barrels of nails, but rather antiques, collectibles, fine art, pottery, decorating accents, and so much more.


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Main Street Lake Cruises Branson, MO

Enjoy a private customized tour with your group! Main Street Lake Cruises is conveniently located at Branson Landing in historic downtown Branson, and offers sightseeing cruises and scenic tours along Lake Taneycomo. Your groups will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Ozark Mountains, take in the immense diversity of Branson’s wildlife, and cruise past the Branson Landing waterfront.


Charter the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht, which is the perfect choice for an elegant and relaxing event with your groups. The Landing Princess features two climate controlled entertainment decks with great views from every seat while providing the ultimate passenger comfort.

Located at the Branson Landing next to Bass Pro on Lake Taneycomo

Every cruise experience will feature the spectacular performances of the Branson Landing Fountains, a $7.5 million spectacular attraction that synchronizes water, light, sound, and fire.



Take a sightseeing cruise on the historic Lake Queen Paddleboat, a 100-foot modern day replica of the grand riverboats that once traveled the White River in Branson, Missouri. Your guide will provide your groups with historical facts and point out historical sites in the area. With wildlife sightings that often range from the American Bald Eagle, Night Heron, and Brown Thrasher, to foxes, coyote, and mink, the Lake Queen offers passengers a unique way to experience Branson's natural beauty and charm.


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Historic Downtown Liberty

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

Discover a timeless blend of fascinating American history along with upbeat contemporary shopping and dining. Historic Downtown Liberty has a delightful mix of old and new stores located in architecturally beautiful buildings on the square, in addition to unique shops nestled on side streets and byways. 12 – 1:00pm Start your day with a light lunch at Kathy’s Liberty Square Bakery & Deli. Choose from homemade bakery treats, hot and cold deli sandwiches, delicious sides, coffee, espresso and cold drinks. 1 – 3:00pm Dive into history at the Jesse James Bank Museum. Your group will be able to see the bank as it was in 1866, complete with period furnishings. Hear the story of the nation’s first successful daylight peacetime bank robbery as told by the bank teller. A museum store offers many historical books, period-style toys and games, and other souvenir keepsakes. 3 – 4:00pm One of the nation’s largest sutleries in existence awaits your group at James Country Mercantile. Browse historically accurate goods, patterns and custom sewing, as well as research, consultation and associated services connected to the Civil War era. 4 – 6:00pm Dinner will be served at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant this evening. Luigi’s can accommodate groups in two different seating areas, and features limited menus or buffet options if desired. 6 – 7:00pm Check into a local group-friendly hotel and freshen up for tonight’s events. 7 – 9:00pm Corbin Theatre Co. invites your groups to sit back, relax, and enjoy a show! With a wide array of events and shows, you’re bound to find a performance to suit your group!

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For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact Historic Downtown Liberty at 816-781-3575 or visit them online at



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Remember Christmas time as a kid? Setting up the electric train for Santa, or visiting a holiday train display in your favorite storefront window? It’s like that every day here at the Iron Spike! Bring your groups to this museum to enjoy a sense of wonder as the train chugs around the track, through the towns of imagination, the landscapes of the past, and places yet unknown.

The Iron Spike Model Railroad Museum is the result of inspiration; a dream come true for people who grew up playing with model trains and who bring that spirit to this museum. Don Burhans and his wife Claire have created a museum for railroad enthusiasts, model railroaders, railroad historians, and educators interested in preserving and sharing their knowledge and passion, and inspiring the next generation to carry on after us. The museum includes HO and N scale layouts, both on exhibit and in process. They offer numerous train-related events throughout the year, a large railroad-related library, speakers, train shows and swaps. But the heart of the museum will always be the layouts: works in progress, and evolving over time.

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Fall Calendar September • Nebraska State Fair August 25 – September 4, Grand Island 308-382-1620

• Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show

September 15-17, Omaha 402-346-4002

• 33rd Annual Ogallala Indian Summer Rendezvous

September 21-23, Ogallala 308-284-4066

October • Harvest Celebration at Arbor Day Farm September 5 – October 31, Nebraska City 402-873-8717

• Japanese Ambience Festival October 7-8, Omaha 402-346-4002

November • Yuletide Market November 18-19, Norfolk 402-379-3833

• Very Vintage Christmas Market November 24-25, Lincoln 402-441-6545


Downtown Lincoln

Hear the clatter of footsteps on brick-lined streets, smell the scent of ground coffee, and see the many colors and shapes of homemade trinkets and treasures. Downtown Lincoln is certainly an experience for the senses. This diverse shopping hub features dining, arts, entertainment, and over 200 storefronts ranging from antique clothing boutiques to a licorice paradise. Both bargain hunters and fashionistas alike will delight at these one-of-a-kind shops full of local flare furnishings, fashion, accessories, and much more. Travel to the historic Haymarket District, once the original “market square” of Lincoln, and discover numerous antique shops, restaurants, bars and the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Shop the Blocks is an annual shopping event that kicks off the holiday season, offering major discounts, food specials and prizes. And have we mentioned the gorgeous landscaping? Downtown Lincoln is brimming with meticulously kept flowers, bulbs, shrubs, grasses and trees. Download a map of their unforgettable Landscape Tour at and add some greenery to your day of shopping. Or turn it into a scavenger hunt to add some excitement! shop ‘til you drop in nebraska… Grand Island | Shopping in Grand Island Grand Island has grown over the past ten years into a more significant retail hub than ever before. With malls, antique shops, bookstores, art galleries, specialty shops, clothing and decorative outlets, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. Explore the “Merchandise Mile,” offering sporting goods, kitchen and bath supplies, pet supplies, big and tall men’s clothing, and more. Locally owned dining establishments are abundant—a perfect way to relax between stores and show off your purchases.

St. James | St. James Marketplace Established in 2001 to revitalize the town, this unique shopping destination is housed in an old schoolhouse listed on the National Historic Register. The Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from the first weekend in May through the first weekend in December. Browse the work of 60-plus artisans specializing in creative art, handmade crafts, and freshly baked goods. The annual Heritage Fest celebration is held the last Sunday of September and includes plenty of hands-on activities.

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Downtown Fargo

Downtown Fargo is a muststop for groups visiting this area. It’s home to the iconic Fargo Theatre, as well as quirky boutiques and over 300 restaurants. South of Main Avenue on historic 8th street, you’ll find Violet Vintage and Downtown Diva. Both of these shops feature one-of-a-kind women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. This block is also home to Nichole’s Fine Pastry, where shoppers are invited to relax and enjoy an irresistible treat and a cup of coffee. Along Main Avenue, between Broadway and 8th street, you’ll find Kittsona. This charming boutique specializes in high-class service with skinny price tags. Shop over 5,000 square feet of sophisticated clothing, handbags, jewelry, local goods, gifts and more. Know someone who is impossible to shop for? Mint + Basil is a kitchen and home boutique that is sure to have the perfect gift you didn’t even know you were looking for. Visitors are always pleasantly surprised by the hustle and bustle of downtown Fargo. Enhance your group’s visit with a self-guided walking tour! shop ‘til you drop in north dakota…

September • 2017 Downtown Street Fair September 8-9, Grand Forks 701-746-4636

• 48th Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow September 8-10, Bismarck 701-255-3285

• 44th Annual Downtowners Street Fair

September 15-16, Bismarck 701-223-1958

• Norsk Hostfest 40th Anniversary Celebration September 26-30, Minot 701-852-2368

October • North Dakota State Fairgrounds October 5-8, Minot 701-852-5577

• The Fargo Big One Art & Craft Fair

October 13-14, Fargo 701-837-6059

• Fall Craft Show Medora | Wild West Shopping Come for the Medora Musical, stay for the unique Wild West shopping! Indulge in some locally made fudge, view cowboy art, hunt for antiques & collectibles, and enjoy an espresso at a coffee shop. Rough Riders Gift offers plenty of hidden treasures, from lamps and wine racks to Theodore Roosevelt busts and picture frames. Need to gear up for an outdoor excursion? Roosevelt’s Outpost has walking sticks, water bottles, and anything else you may need for a Medora adventure.

Minot | Shopping in Minot Minot has several great shopping districts, home to fantastic fashions, books, artwork, antiques, unique gifts, home décor and more. Explore the Dakota Square Mall and the surrounding area to find department stores and big name retailers. Or head downtown and browse locally owned boutiques housed in hip, restored buildings. You’ll also find Amish-made furniture, high-end consignment shops, and plenty of dining options to rest and recharge.

October 21-22, Jamestown 701-251-2237

November • The Minot Big One Art and Craft Fair November 3-4, Minot 701-837-6059

• Badlands Art Show

November 10-12, Dickinson 701-690-6603

• Dickens Village Festival

November 24-26, Garrison 701-463-2345



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Scandinavian Heritage in Clay County This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County invites you to explore the history and rich heritage of the area. With a variety of exhibitions, cultural festivals, films, lectures, and historical sites, your groups will receive a full immersion in the culture of FargoMoorhead and the Red River Valley. 10:00am – 12:00pm Your adventure begins at the Hjemkomst Center. Get an up-close view of the jawdropping Hjemkomst, a 76-foot-long Viking ship, complete with Igor, the dragon figurehead. In 1982 the ship sailed from Duluth to Norway after local educator Robert Asp built it in a Hawley potato shed. His family and friends completed the voyage in 72 days. Explore the ship gallery and learn this 20th-century Viking saga, worthy of a Norse legend. Follow that story with a guided tour of the Hopperstad Stave Church, a replica of the Viking-age stave church located in Vik, Norway. Discover more of the strong Scandinavian culture of the region and learn about the craftsmanship that went into the detail of this local wonder. 12 – 1:00pm The Minnesota culture doesn't stop there. Take a seat at the Rex Café under the Hjemkomst Center atrium and indulge in some local fare like the Messy Sven, Ole's Potato Salad Sandwich, or Mosquito Bites. The café now sits at the site of the former Rex Hotel, a prominent locale built by The Duluth Brewing & Malting Co., named after one of their beers, and rich with the sordid history for which Moorhead was once famous. 1 – 3:00pm After lunch, continue your journey into Fargo-Moorhead’s local history and culture. Take a stroll through the rest of the fantastic exhibitions, but start with Wet and Dry: Alcohol in Clay County, 1871-1937. This local exhibition runs until January 8, 2018 and details the role of booze in a city that started with a railroad and a gunfight, continued through Prohibition-era speakeasies, and still exists as one of the binge-drinking capitals of the U.S. Explore the spirited debates surrounding the issue in three major periods: Settlement, the Saloon Era, and Prohibition.

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Regional Masters Art Show (November 2 to December 31), and HCSCC's major exhibition of the year: Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible, a showcase of 68 original, calligraphed, and hand-illuminated calfskin vellum pages of The Saint John's Bible (October 2 to December 31). 3 – 5:00pm If you're not enjoying one of HCSCC’s major cultural festivals or sticking around for a special event or lecture, then check out their historical sites (The Bergquist Cabin, the Comstock House), or explore the rest of the Fargo-Moorhead community. Take your new knowledge of alcohol in the region to one of the area’s fantastic local breweries, stop in at a top-notch museum, and finish the day with a meal from Fargo-Moorhead’s famous restaurant scene. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County at 218-299-5511 or visit

202 First Avenue North – Moorhead, MN 56560 Explore the history and rich heritage of the area. With many activities and places to visit, your groups will get a feel of what the ancestors of this area accomplished.

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When you're finished with that, check out the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists BIG Art Show (April 17 to June 9), History and Heritage: Celebrating 125 Years of Concordia College (March 18 to June 15), The Red River Watercolor Society's 24th Annual National Show (June 19 to August 5), Quilt National '15 (July 1 to October 20), The Red River Valley



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Shopping in Rapid City

From the Rushmore Mall to unique downtown shops, Native American arts and crafts outlets and Black Hills gold jewelers, you’ll find a variety of shopping available to your groups while visiting Rapid City. Explore the downtown area and discover spas and salons, clothing stores, Native American goods, quaint restaurants, and the famous “City of Presidents” statues. Also downtown is Alex Johnson Mercantile, featuring a grand assortment of interesting treasures, such as hand-painted feathers and original pottery designed with local leaves and grasses. Then take a rest from shopping and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Main Street Square. Rushmore Crossing is the newest shopping center in Rapid City, offering 900,000 square feet of retail space. Here you can browse through Scheels All Sports, Target, Furniture Row, Gordmans, T.J. Maxx and many others. The Rushmore Mall is another great stop, with many establishments ranging from national chains to locally owned stores. A food court and a variety of restaurants just outside of the mall provide plenty of dining options for every appetite.

September • South Dakota State Fair

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• Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair

Wall | Wall Drug Store Welcome to America’s #1 Roadside Attraction! Wall Drug has been entertaining and educating the traveling public since 1931. Since then, it has evolved into a 76,000-square-foot wonderland of free attractions. It features a Frontier Town with unique Wild West shopping, a restaurant that seats 520 people, and displays a world-class collection of western art. You may also view over 1,400 historical photographs, explore the best paleontology store in the country, and much more. Oh, and coffee is always 5 cents!

Watertown | Hometown Shopping Watertown has several major chain stores and eateries along Highways 81, 20, and 212—each offering a unique hometown atmosphere. Stroll along Kemp Avenue in Historic Uptown and see the 60 buildings on the National Historic Register, or browse the boutiques, thrift stores, collectibles, and art galleries. If power shopping is more your group’s style, then the Watertown Shopping Mall is a must-stop. Located along US Hwy 212, this mall features 45 stores and restaurants under one roof.

August 31 – September 4, Huron 605-353-7340

• Ribs, Rods & Rock N’ Roll September 8-9, Vermillion 605-624-2021

• Dakota Western Heritage Festival

September 15-17, Fort Pierre 605-222-0079

• Oktoberfest

September 29-30, Deadwood 605-578-1876

October • Watertown Quilt Festival October 7-8, Watertown 605-753-0229

• Dakota Pieces XIV Quilt Show October 14-15, Sioux Falls 605-929-5008

October 27-29, Sioux Falls 402-331-2889

November • Summit’s 78th Annual Lutefisk Feed November 4, Summit 605-881-4377

• Winterfest 2017, A Winter Arts Festival

November 18-19, Aberdeen 605-626-7025

• 1880 Train Holiday Express Spiked!

November 24-December 16, Hill City 605-574-2222

Fall Calendar September • Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest September 1-4, Oshkosh 920-216-9429

• Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

September 8-10, Jefferson 608-868-2505

• International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival

September 15-17, Wausau 715-355-8788

• Warrens Cranberry Festival

September 22-24, Warrens 608-378-4200

October • Fall Colors Cruise on the St. Croix River September 30 – October 14, Hudson 651-436-8883

• World Dairy Expo

October 3-7, Madison 608-267-3976

• Fall Swedish Dance and Music Weekend

October 27-29, Dodgeville 608-924-4000

November • Wisconsin Science Festival November 2-5, Madison 608-316-4382

• Holiday Folk Fair International November 17-19, West Allis 414-225-6225

• Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens

November 24-25, Janesville 608-752-3885


Historic Downtown

Historic downtown Cedarburg offers a multitude of shopping opportunities, and all are within easy walking distance of one another. It’s no wonder this charming town has been voted No. 1 for Best Shopping time and time again. Just park your motorcoach, grab your bags, and off you go! But don’t expect to find any big box stores in Cedarburg. Instead, stroll down Washington Avenue and start your day at the Cedar Creek Settlement. This restored 1864 woolen mill has been converted into a delightful mix of specialty shops, restaurants, and an award-winning winery. Tour the cool limestone cellars at Cedar Creek Winery and be sure to sample a glass or two. Browse through Cedarburg’s oldest pottery shop, or visit a variety of stores offering the latest in women’s apparel, artisan and European gift shops, artists’ studios and more. There’s even a corner store that specializes in olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If your sweet tooth is calling, Cedarburg has several stores catering specifically to candy lovers. Enjoy caramel apples, old-time specialty candies, fudge, and more. Cedarburg really is “shopping heaven.” shop ‘til you drop in wisconsin… Fish Creek | Shopping Local Located in scenic Door County is the town of Fish Creek. The unique variety of locally owned and operated stores throughout this walkable, charming town provide a personalized and varied retail shopping experience. Explore old general stores, historic barns, and little white cottages. The Cherry Hut is a 60-year-old roadside market featuring everything “cherry.” Shop salsa, spreads, and pie fillings and try free samples of other cherryrelated products and local produce.

Watertown | Shopping in Watertown From independent retailers to national chains, Watertown offers small-town charm with big city amenities. Local merchants pride themselves on topnotch customer service. Visitors exploring historic Main Street will be greeted by eight blocks of one-ofa-kind retail shops. In addition to eclectic gifts, Main Street’s shops offer books, coffee, jewelry, antiques, home furnishings, and footwear. Beyond downtown, you’ll find more gift shops, clothing, coffee and coffee accessories, thrift stores, meats, cheeses and wine, music supplies, and much more.

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day one

10 – 11:30am Your southwest Wisconsin itinerary begins with a scrumptious brunch at Borgens Café in Westby. They invite you to gather at their table for great food and great service in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy their locally sourced salad bar that includes seasonal produce, complete with homemade soups and salads. For more information, contact Borgens Café at 608-634-4003 or visit 11:30 – 11:45am Travel 11 miles to Cashton, WI. 11:45am – 5:45pm Chuck and Kathy Kuderer, along with their family, invite you to visit their farm near

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Cashton, in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest Amish community. Nestled among the gorgeous rolling countryside of Wisconsin’s driftless region, the Kuderer farm is home to The Village Shops at Down A Country Road. Sense the quiet tranquility of a day in the country as you explore this family farm. The Kuderers have established a special friendship with many of the Old Order Amish families that surround the Cashton area. The Village Shops reflect this long-standing friendship, selling homemade goods from approximately 45 Amish families in the region. You’ll find a wide variety of Amish-made furniture, quilts, rugs, baskets, homemade candies, jams and jellies, maple syrup, honey products and so much more! The Kuderers


also work with many other local artisans who bring their wares to the gift shops to market to people from around the world. The family is proud to offer these items, in addition to unique giftware Kathy has sought out from the many markets she attends. Amish Tours With Down A Country Road Learn the rich history of the Amish with a guided tour through Wisconsin’s Amish country. Your groups will learn how this heritage has survived many, many generations and thrives today in the midst of the modern world. Hear of the traditions and customs of the Amish, including why they dress the way they do, their courtship and marriage practices, what it's like to attend Amish church

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services in the home, and what an Amish funeral is like. All of these experiences are related through the eyes of your experienced tour guide. You’ll make stops at one or more Amish farms, depending on the time you have allotted for the tour. For more information or to schedule your group tour, contact Down A Country Road at 608-654-5318 or visit 5:45 – 6:00pm Travel 15 miles to Leon, WI. 6 – 8:00pm Deep in the heart of downtown Leon, you’ll find The Cotter Pin, LLC, a unique place to soak up the local flavors. They offer a variety of wines, craft beers, and light meals to enjoy while you browse the unique gift shop, or just sit back and relax. They also have off-sale retail sales of wine and beer if you would rather enjoy them at home. For more information, contact The Cotter Pin at 608487-8118 or visit 8 – 8:30pm Travel 19 miles back to Westby, WI. 8:30pm Find history, comfort, and hospitality in one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin. Westby House Inn & Restaurant is a restful and relaxing alternative to hotels in the area. Return to simpler times and indulge in modern luxuries at this beautiful bed and breakfast. The inn includes three separate buildings that offer nine guest rooms. Each building is

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complete with its own style and atmosphere. All rooms come equipped with many conveniences you would find in a modern hotel, but with all of the added comforts of home. For more information, contact Westby House Inn & Restaurant at 608-634-4112 or visit

day two

8:00am – 12:00pm Wake up and enjoy Westby House Inn & Restaurant’s four-course gourmet breakfast, beginning with fresh juices and coffee, pastries and fresh fruit, and a main entrée to

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complete this delectable meal. Spend some time at the local shops in Westby and stop back in to the Westby House Inn & Restaurant for lunch or tea before heading to your next destination. Their on-site restaurant serves some of the finest meals and baked goods in the region. The menu selections focus on simplicity and freshness. Enjoy house-made soups and salads, mouthwatering entrées, and fresh Cedar Crest Ice Cream for dessert. 12 – 1:00pm Travel 54 miles to Warrens, WI. 1 – 2:30pm Let your groups loose with a self-guided ...continued on page 46

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continued from page 45... tour of the interactive Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center Exhibit Hall. Visit the gift shop, bakery, and vintage soda fountain for cranberry ice cream, cranberry baked goods, wine tasting, and sampling of unique cranberry salsas, dips, chutneys and other treats. The Center offers a menu of lunches, bakery items and desserts if your group needs a snack before heading to your next destination. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center at 608-378-4878 or visit 2:30 – 6:00pm Continue on from the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center to the nearby Wetherby Cranberry Company marsh. See the marshes firsthand during your tour and enjoy fresh cranberries during harvest as well as Wetherby cranberry wine! For more information, contact Wetherby Cranberry Co. at 608-378-4813 or visit If you visit during the last weekend of September, stop by the Warrens Cranberry Festival! This festival features more than three miles of shopping and more than 1,500 booths. Enjoy tasty cranberry dishes and desserts while you shop!

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Country Bumpkin Farm Market WISCONSIN DELLS, WI Open Daily, late April - October 31

Bring out your group’s inner child! At Country Bumpkin Farm Market, your groups can enjoy farm rides, pet animals, pick fresh produce, or enjoy fresh food and desserts. FARM ADVENTURES Experience fun on the farm with a zipline, pedal kart raceway, or a tractor-pulled train. Ride the Country Bumpkin Express Train around the 30acre farm and stop for a treat of berries, watermelon, or raw sweet corn. Meet the animals and their babies—you may even pet and feed them! Visit in the fall and partake in a pumpkin catapult, corn maze, haywagon ride, and a campfire with s’mores. FARM STORE & BAKERY Try some homemade treats from the bakery.

Cream pies are their specialty and, depending on the time of year, they may include strawberries, red raspberries, or other delicious fruit. Their farm store offers many local foods; many of which are grown right on the farm. U-PICK, WE-PICK Bring home some fresh produce! Country Bumpkin Farm Market offers U-pick and We-pick services daily. This includes many fresh berries, vegetables, pumpkins and more! For more information contact Country Bumpkin Farm Market at 608-254-2311 or visit


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LaClare Farms: Taste Something out of the Ordinary MALONE, WI

LaClare Farms is a family-run dairy goat farm located in southeastern Wisconsin. Spend a few hours or the whole day exploring this beautiful, group-friendly facility. Larry and Clara Hedrich (the “La” and “Clare” of LaClare Farms) started their dairy goat operation in the late ‘80s. After a few years of showing their goats throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, they decided to go commercial, milking goats by machine. After working with a local dairy plant, they crafted their first batch of Evalon, their trademark cheese made from 100% LaClare Farms milk. This signature cheese went on to win several awards, and soon this operation became a household name in the cheesemaking world. See Larry and Clara—along with their five grown

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children—operate this family business, which now houses a state-of-the-art dairy goat operation, farmstead creamery, Retail Shoppe, and Café serving up mouth-watering menu items that feature award-winning cheeses made fresh from goat, sheep, or cow milk. Tours are offered from Memorial Day weekend through October. Choose from daily guided tours (11am and 2pm) that will take your group through the cheesemaking process. See the milking facility where up to 400 goats are milked daily. You’ll also have the opportunity to pet and feed the baby goats on this one-hour tour. Self-guided tours are also available during business hours, seven days a week from 10am to 7pm. Day on Farm Tours are offered from mid-August through October and are available for groups of 20 or more on Mondays and Tuesdays. This tour takes


you through The Little Farmer—also located in Malone—in addition to LaClare Farms’ dairy goat operations. Be sure to check out the many events held throughout the year at LaClare Farms. Experience a Meet the Producer Dinner event, hosted yearround on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Enjoy a multi-course dinner made with locally sourced ingredients and paired with a local brewery or winery. It’s truly an evening you won’t forget! For more information or to schedule a tour for your group, contact LaClare Farms at 920-6700051 or visit Please note there are no cheesemaking activities on Saturdays or Sundays.



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Swiss Hospitality in New Glarus Experience the exquisite Swiss charm of the Chalet Landhaus Inn while exploring the Swiss culture and history of the New Glarus area. Plan your group’s overnight stay at this traditional chalet-style inn, open year round. Built in 1980, the Chalet Landhaus Inn has been a treasure for visitors

from all over, offering a touch of Switzerland right here in the Midwest. Custom-made furniture and European-style décor transport guests to the Swiss Alps. The Chalet Landhaus Restaurant serves up breakfast buffets all week long, in addition to Swiss dinner specialties, such as piccataschnitzel,

wienerschnitzel, and rahmschnitzel. American favorites like New York strip steak and cheese curds are available as well. If your tour allows you to be here on a Thursday, then you won’t want to miss their Swiss Cookouts, held from the beginning of May through October, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. rain or shine. Whether you’re on a one-day or two-day tour, the Älpli Bar adjoining the Chalet Landhaus Inn is a favorite spot among locals and visitors. Sit back and enjoy a Wisconsin Spotted Cow or cocktail of your choice.

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For more information or to book a stay for your group, contact the Chalet Landhaus Inn at 800944-1716 or visit Indulge in authentic Swiss cuisine prepared by trained chefs at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant and escape to Switzerland without ever leaving the heart of Wisconsin. Signature dishes like geschnetzlets, rösti, beef fondue bourguignonne, spätzli, raclette, along with locally made cheeses and sausages, will delight your palate. Built in 1853, this historic building began its life as a hotel, housing salesmen and travelers awaiting services from nearby livery stables. Today it primarily serves as a restaurant, known to only three generations of owners. The cultural history and stories keep this restaurant unique, with authentic Swiss style. In fact, the main dining room once served as an opera house. Friday and Saturday evenings feature live polka music, for a truly memorable experience. For more information or to customize an experience for your group, contact the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant at 800-727-9477 or visit 1-887-832-7267

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Milwaukee Food & City Tours MILWAUKEE, WI

Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers delicious tours exploring neighborhoods originally settled by Italian, Irish, Polish, and German immigrants. On all of their food and cultural tours of Milwaukee, they point out architectural highlights, cultural hot spots, and great restaurants and shops while your groups sample flavors from eateries along the way. They have many themed tours created especially for larger or older groups. These options involve minimal walking and are fully customizable for your specific group. PROGRESSIVE ETHNIC MEAL (Lunch or Dinner) | 5 hours Experience Milwaukee’s German, Irish, Polish, and Italian influences and taste food to match in each of the unique stops on this tour. CHRISTMAS BAKERY BUSES (Milwaukee or Racine) | 4-5 hours Visit 5-8 bakeries and shops during this sweet tour. Along the way, learn of Christmas holiday traditions from the Polish, Germans, Italians, Irish, Danish and more! CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & DESSERTS 2.5 hours A perfect mix of history, Milwaukee Christmas traditions, tasty treats, and a dash of lighthearted holiday spirit. BIKES, BRATS & BEER TOUR | 5 hours Check out the Harley-Davidson Museum, venture through Milwaukee’s Beer Baron history, tour Lakefront Brewery, and discover Milwaukee’s finest Usinger brats!

along the Milwaukee RiverWalk, delve into a “custard crawl,” and enjoy a historical tour of the Village of Greendale. TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS TOUR | 6 hours Visit the Milwaukee Public Museum and turnof-the-century businesses downtown. Enjoy a sit-down lunch at an ethnic restaurant and a Milwaukee dessert. CRAFT BREWERIES & COCKTAILS 5-6 hours Visit 4-5 craft breweries and distilleries of Milwaukee BEFORE they become famous! Along the way, enjoy a generous sit-down meal in the Miller Valley. TRICK-OR-CHOCOLATE HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE | 5 hours Learn about Milwaukee’s spirits, experience a haunted city tour via your motorcoach, and enjoy a lunch at a historic (perhaps haunted) hotel. Stop at several chocolatiers to sample treats! AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN MILWAUKEE | 6 hours View significant churches in the community, enjoy lunch at an African American-owned restaurant, watch a drum and dance presentation, and conclude your day with dessert and shopping. For more information or to customize an experience for your group, contact Milwaukee Food & City Tours at 262-853-5239 or visit

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RACINE CITY TOUR & KRINGLE EXPERIENCE | 6 hours Learn about Racine’s Danish history, landmarks, and founders. This tour includes lunch at Reefpoint Brewhouse and kringle-making demonstrations, samples, and treats! CHURCHES & CHOCOLATES TOUR 5.5 hours Visit and tour churches, enjoy lunch at one of Milwaukee’s ethnic restaurants, and a visit to a chocolatier to learn their craft and receive samples. CUSTARD CAPITAL OF THE WORLD 5 hours Start with lunch at Miss Katie’s Diner, visit Fonzie

Swiss Historical Village & Museum NEW GLARUS, WI

Get lost in the Swiss immigrant history of this community known as “America’s Little Switzerland” at the Swiss Historical Village & Museum in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Your guide will captivate your group with educational and entertaining stories depicting the history of this community, founded in 1845. The guided tour is 1.5 hours, or if you’d prefer, a self-guided tour through the village is also available. Trace the colony’s growth from its humble beginnings to the dairy farming community it has become today as you explore 14 historic buildings— some replicas and some original structures—filled with furnishings and tools once used during the days of Swiss settlement. Explore a print shop that began producing newspapers back in 1897, as well as a schoolhouse, blacksmith, church, bee house, settler’s cabin, and more. Each will leave you with the knowledge of how these Swiss immigrants lived and worked back in the day. History buffs, charters, sightseeing groups, and school groups come from all over to experience the living history and vibrant Swiss heritage so prominent in New Glarus today. Tour groups are welcome from 10am to 4pm daily, May 1 – October 31. For more information contact the Swiss Historical Village & Museum at 608527-2317 or visit

Memories Are Made Here

Gain a new perspective on Wisconsin’s Swiss heritage.

• Custard Capital of the World • Churches & Chocolates • Christmas Bakery Bus


Swiss Historical Village & Museum 612 7th Avenue, New Glarus, WI (608) 527-2317 ITINERARIES MIDWEST FALL 2017


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Directory accommodations Chalet Landhaus Inn . . 608-527-5234 801 WI-69 – New Glarus, WI 53574

The Cotter Pin, LLC . . 608-487-8118 20671 WI-27 – Sparta, WI 54656

New Glarus Hotel Restaurant 100 6th Ave . . . . . . . . . . . 608-527-5244 New Glarus, WI 53574

Westby House Inn . . . 608-634-4112 200 W State St – Westby, WI 54667


Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Country Bumpkin Farm Market, LLC E9745 Co Rd P . . . . . . . . . 608-254-2311

The Mid-Continent Railway Museum is an outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/shortline way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,” with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays of restored rolling stock.

Down A Country Road 608-654-5318



20 miles southwest of Wisconsin Dells Take a 55-minute, 7-mile roundtrip ride aboard 100-year-old railcars Take the self-guided tour through the railroad museum displays Guided tours available with advance notice Browse the gift shop inside an 1894 depot Group rates available Free bus parking, free picnic area Open Daily: June 3 through Sept. 4 Open Weekends: May 13 through Oct. 15 Open other dates by appointment

(608) 522-4261 or (800) 930-1385

E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951



Take your groups for a memorable, 7-mile, 55-minute round-trip train ride on a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway, nestled in a valley between the Baraboo Hills of rural Sauk County. Passengers ride in restored steel coaches built a century ago. An authentically attired conductor will call “all aboard!” before the train leaves from a historic wooden depot, built in 1894. Mid-Continent is much more than just a train ride. The Coach Shed is filled with restored wooden passenger cars, freight cars, and displays from the turn of the century. There you will find examples of Mid-Continent’s nationally renowned wood car restorations, such as the Badger #2 “Fish Car,” the exquisite Art Nouveau-motif of the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western #63, and the 1903-built Copper Range Coach #60. In the outdoor display yard, you can inspect steam locomotives up close, including Copper Range Locomotive #29, Soo Line #2645, and Kewaunee Green Bay & Western #49. In all, there are nearly 40 train cars and locomotives on prominent display with many more awaiting restorations. 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE Snow Train February 11-12 Train rides amid a winter wonderland Stars and Stripes Special July 1-2 Celebrating freedom at North Freedom Vintage Rail Car Tours September 23-24 Tours inside Mid-Continent’s best restorations Autumn Color Weekend October 6-8 Train rides amid brilliant hues of fall Pumpkin Special October 14-15 Train rides to the pumpkin patch

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

12651 WI-33 – Cashton, WI 54619

LaClare Farms . . . . . . 920-670-0051 W2994 County Rd HH – Malone, WI 53049

Mid-Continent Railway Museum E8948 Museum Rd . . . . . . . 608-522-4261 North Freedom, WI 53951

Milwaukee City & Food Tours 2419 N 62nd St . . . . . . . . . 414-255-0534 Milwaukee, WI 53213

Swiss Historical Village 608-527-2317 612 7th Ave – New Glarus, WI 53574

Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608-378-4878 204 Main Street – Warrens, WI 54666

restaurants Borgens Café . . . . . . . 608-634-4003 109 S Main St – Westby, WI 54667

Santa Express November 25-26 Train rides with Old Saint Nick For more information or to customize an experience for your group, contact the MidContinent Railway Museum at 608-522-4261 or visit 1-887-832-7267

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