September 2009

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I’ve said it before & I still know it to be true: Wisconsinites love a good time… And what better way to have a good time this autumn than a true Wisconsin fall harvest FESTIVAL! Check out the following Fests & Festivals on the calendar this weekend:AudubonDays_Mayville

October 1st – 4th:
Audubon Days, Mayville

October 2nd:
Taste of Wine and Beer in De Pere

October 2nd – 3rd:
27th Annual Apple Affair, Galesville

October 3rd:
Thorp Pumpkin Fest, Thorp
Chili Cook-off & Oktoberfest, Monroe
Fall Harvest Festival, Chippewa Falls
Watertown’s Fall Festival
Lincoln Lager Barleyfest, Merrill

pumpkinsOctober 3rd – 4th:
Fall Heritage Festival, Mount Horeb
12th Annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival
Cranberry Fest, Eagle River
Shihata Orchard Fest, Prairie du Chien
Grandview Orchard Applefest, Antigo

October 4th:
Maxwell Street Days, Cedarburg
Crex Meadows: Fall Wildlife Festival, Grantsburg

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for fun fall adventures!

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Wisconsin Dells IS the Waterpark Capitol of the World(R) & what better way to kick off our new series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers than with a property located rightAquaKingdom ‘on the Strip’ in the Dells?

At 16,000 square feet, the Atlantis’ indoor waterpark may feel small in comparison to others in the Dells, but young families will enjoy its “small scale and the ability to keep a close eye on young children.”  With both indoor & outdoor pool areas, the Atlantis includes an indoor waterpark with slides, water splash features and basketball hoops plus a quieter indoor “Lobby Pool”.   Parents may also appreciate the poolside bar, open on weekends in the off season.

For the more adventurous, or those with older children, the Atlantis also includes free tickets for Mt. Olympus just a short walk away.  New for weekends in October – the Mt. Olympus opens Bitten, its “First ever “Haunted Night at the Theme Park””.

Another ‘don’t miss’ for your fall getaway -and just down the street from the Atlantis- are the Army Duck Tours.  Open through October, these original Army Ducks offer daily tours through Dells Glacial Park.  (Money Saving Tip: order tickets online & save $3 per person)

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to learn more about The Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.

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2009 was a tough season for Wisconsin teams (yes, I know the Brewers still have 13 games left but I’ve decided to focus on 2010 now)…FlickrPhoto-byKevinDooley

Milwaukee Brewers
Currently 12.5 games behind the Central Division leaders St. Louis Cardinals, the Brewers split their series against the Cubs at Wrigley last week before sweeping the Astros over the weekend .  This week, the Cubs head north to take on the Brewers at Miller Park – care to join us for a little WI/ IL rivalry?  We currently have tickets available in our group for Wednesday’s game: Great rates for great seats!  Drop me an email if you’re interested…

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Although they finished with a 58-81 record, more than 20 games behind the 1st place Peoria Chiefs, the Rattlers set a new attendance record this season with more than 250,000 fans heading through their gates in 09.

Beloit Snappers
With a record of 57-83, the Beloit Snappers finished in last place in the MID Western division, just 1.5 games behind the Rattlers.

Northwoods League Ball:
Final standings for Wisconsin’s Northwoods teams in the South Division:
1st Place: La Crosse Loggers
2nd Place: Madison Mallards
4th Place: Eau Claire Express
5th Place: Green Bay Bullfrogs
6th Place: Wisconsin Woodchucks

A look ahead to 2010
The Brewers have already announced their 2010 schedule including three 3-game series against the Cubs at home (April, June & September).  For Opening Day fans, be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, April 5th when the Brewers will host the Colorado Rockies.  New for 2010: game times have all been pushed back to 10 minutes past the hour (1:10 start for most day & Sunday games, 7:10 for weeknights & 6:10 for Saturday nights).

The Timber Rattlers have also released their 2010 schedule and ticket packages are now on sale as well. 

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Flickr_Image_by_amayuStunning fall color + mild, sunny weather = fabulous times to enjoy autumn fests & activities across Wisconsin!  Check out just a few on the calendar for the weekends ahead:

September 18-20:

September 19-20:

September 25-27:

September 26-27:

October 2-4:

As always, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info and begin planning your next Wisconsin fall getaway!

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FlickrPhoto-By-SkedonkIt’s a sunny, beautiful Friday afternoon here in southeast Wisconsin!  Kids are back in school, the Packers start their regular season on Sunday, and the leaves have just begun to show their fall colors…  What better way is there to enjoy the goodness that is fall in Wisconsin than with samplings, tastings or tours of some of Wisconsin’s finest breweries and wineries?

Four to hit this weekend:

  1. September 12: Fall Harvest Fest, Parallel 44 Winery, Kewaunee
  2. September 11-13: Lake Geneva Wine Festival
  3. September 13-19: Milwaukee Beer Week
  4. September 12-13: 4th Annual Fall Festival, Autumn Harvest Winery, Chippewa Falls

On the Horizon: September 19-20

Plus more Brewery Tours:

  1. Taster’s Tour at Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe
  2. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus
  3. Point Brewery, Stevens Point
  4. Capital Brewery, Madison
  5. The Leinie’s Tour at Leinenkugels Brewery, Chippewa Falls

Raise a toast to Wisconsin this fall! (As always, please enjoy responsibly.)  What are your favorite beer or wine tours in Wisconsin?

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KressInnCongratulations to Scott G. from Owatonna, MN!  Scott is the winner of the September WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Kress Inn in De Pere.

If you’re interested in being entered to win a different free night each month, simply sign up for the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter. Every month, you’ll receive an email with up to 10 special deals or packages for amazing places to stay in Wisconsin & each month you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free stay.

Upcoming giveaways include:
* The Pointe Hotel & Suites, Minocqua

Click over to the WisconsINN Getaways newsletter to sign up today and again, Congratulations to Scott!

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