March 2010

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By Pamela Haase
Whenever a holiday rolls around there are always many fun, safe family events around Wisconsin and – if you celebrate it – Easter is no exception! Check out the following:

Wednesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 3
Teacher Place & Parent Resources, Burlington
Activities: Five different & unusual techniques to dye eggs: “classic, modern & awesome styles!” See website for times available.
Cost: $3 per person, children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Friday, April 2 – Saturday, April 3
Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse, Sturtevant
Big Bunny Weekend Celebration
Activities: Storytelling, hay wagon ride through the orchard, games, prizes, Big Bunny visit, pony rides, egg hunt
Cost: $7 per person

Friday, April 2nd
Branded at The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt
Activities: Search for eggs filled with grown-up prizes such as free drinks, also serving Pink Peep Martinis all weekend

Saturday, April 3rd
Milwaukee County Zoo
Egg Day
Activities: Scavenger hunt, face painting, arts & crafts, Easter parade

Children’s Museum of La Crosse
Easter EGG-Stravaganza
Activities: “Egg hunt, games, crafts and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Cost: $5 per child (members), $7 per child (non-members) Adults free

Easter Hat Parade 2010, Madison
Activities: Hat-making workshop, parade for kids & adults around the Capitol Square & live baby animals
Workshop begins at 10:00 am, parade at Noon

Boulder Junction Winter Park
Easter Cache Hunt
Activities: Introduction to geocaching, hunt for 12 caches, complimentary lunch to participants, wagon rides, prizes

Saturday, April 3 – Sunday, April 4
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Activities: Meet the Easter Bunny, egg hunt and workshops, Sunday brunch buffet

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Milwaukee – More than just Brats & Beer… though we do those pretty well!

Great Place on a Great Lake
On the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee boasts miles of lakefront walking/ jogging/ biking paths and on a beautiful, sunny day, there’s no better place to be! Don’t miss Discovery World or the Milwaukee Art Museum for stunning lake views and some pretty cool indoor views as well! The hands-on fun of Discovery World will entertain the whole family for a good couple of hours and the “wings” of the Art Museum actually open & close twice each day. Last summer, Bradford Beach earned Blue Wave certification and is once again receiving rave reviews as a great place to hang out on summer days.

City of Festivals
With dozens of large and small festivals taking place every summer, visitors soon discover why Milwaukee’s been dubbed the “City of Festivals”. Whether you’re headed here for Summerfest, “the world’s largest outdoor music festival”, or perhaps to celebrate your ethnic heritage at German Fest, Festa Italiana, Arab World Fest, or more, Milwaukee is ready to celebrate with you.

Home of Harley
For over 100 years Milwaukee’s been home to Harley-Davidson and motorcycle enthusiasts (and the rest of us!) have a great time poking through Harley’s history in the new Harley Davidson Museum. This is not your typical, stuffy museum; there’s fun buttons to push, cool architecture and amazing stories to learn about motorcycles & their riders. Be sure to also leave enough time to hop on all the different styles of motorcycles in the Experience Gallery!

Westward Ho!
Keep heading west for even more fun: Potawatomi Bingo Casino features blackjack tables, craps, roulette, video poker, slots, bingo & more. (Adults only, must be 18 for bingo and 21 for the rest of the casino games.) For full family fun – & even a little education- check out the Mitchell Park Domes.  This year-round conservatory consists of an arid dome, tropical dome and a “show” dome which changes throughout the year. Finally, only 10 minutes west of downtown is the Milwaukee County Zoo. Situated on about 200 acres, even the Zoo gets into the Festival spirit, hosting Zoo a la Carte every August.

Home of an IDOL
Well, there’s been the Fonz & Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and in 2009 Milwaukee produced season 8 finalist Danny Gokey (click image to see a short video of Danny sharing his Milwaukee highlights):

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
With four 2010 James Beard Award semi-finalists, Milwaukee knows good food! Check out Outstanding Restaurant nominee Sanford‘s for a delicious, upscale meal (Entrees in the $30-$40 range). Ready Made magazine says: “Make a beeline for Milwaukee. Don’t stop until you get to County Clare Irish Inn…. Pull sips off a pint of Guinness, share an order of fish and chips at their Friday Fish Fry ($12) and listen to Irish music makers.” Best place in the city for martinis and more? Blu, on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel, offers great drinks plus an amazing view. Also gaining popularity as a hip hangout: Branded inside the Iron Horse Hotel. Finally, if out-of-the-ordinary, intriguing and slightly wacky is more your style, locals always recommend the Safe House. You’re SURE to enjoy yourselves – if you can find it… (Entrees from $10-$30)

Just can’t leave without your beer & brat fix though?
Sprecher Brewery Tours- $4 per adult gets you four samples of beer, a souvenir glass, plus samples of all seven flavors of their soda. Be sure to check their site before you go for tour dates & times.

Although Milwaukee is no longer the headquarters for Miller Brewing/ MillerCoors, you can still take a free tour of their “Miller Valley”. Check out their site for tour times or ask about a private tour after-hours (small fee applies).

Lakefront Brewery Tours- Sample four different beers and get a coupon for another free beer at one of a dozen different local establishments all for $7 per person. Recently released: their Wheat Monkey Ale.

For a true Milwaukee sausage experience, head to Usingers, still located on Old World Third Street, the site of the original store.

We invite you to find great places to stay in Milwaukee & throughout Wisconsin by clicking over to WisconsinLodging.info.

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that Things to Do & Places to Stay in Wisconsin has officially been up and active as a Wisconsin traveler blog for a full year now!

We kicked off last March with a very short post on Pet Friendly WI Vacations and thought it would be appropriate to circle back around and do it again, with more info, some great pet stories from our members & even a couple of pics of our own pets…

When Olive strikes a pose, Michelle, our guru of all things printed, posted or published, is always willing to snap a quick pic!

Also in 2009, WisconsinLodging.info was featured in a story on Pet Friendly Vacations in Wisconsin in Fetch magazine. Check out the story, including how Judy at  The Edgewater hotel in Madison will even do a little pet-sitting in her office when needed! You can find well over 350 Wisconsin properties that all welcome “pets with prior approval” when you search at WisconsinLodging.info including some of these great escapes:

Lake Delton/ Wisconsin Dells:
If your dog loves to splash and swim, Delton Oaks Lodge on Lake Delton is sure to be a hit. Dogs are allowed to swim in the lake and play on their beach. Fido may even find a new friend as, during a normal summer, they have about a dozen pets at the resort each day.

Door County:
Beach-loving dogs will also want to try out the Beachfront Inn in Bailey’s Harbor… Fido will find a treat bag in the room upon his arrival and all dogs are welcome on the beach and water area off leash to run and have fun.  Finally, be sure to ask at the front desk, as the Inn has been known to even find a dog-sitter for guests who wish to have a night out without their pet.

The lovable Homer enjoys traveling all across Wisconsin with Bill, our membership & revenue wizard.

Northwoods, Boulder Junction:
If a cabin in the woods is more your style, check out Evergreen Lodge on Little Crooked Lake. Whether you’re hiking the trails, trying your hand at fishing, or simply relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of ways for both you and Fido to enjoy your vacation in the Northern Highland State Forest.

Please be Courteous
Planning on taking Fido on your next escape? Remember to contact your destination prior to your stay to discuss their pet policies and please, never try to ‘sneak’ your pet into a property! Hoteliers and innkeepers want to ensure the safety and comfort of ALL their guests, so when you and Fido leave at the end of your stay, typically your entire room will be stripped, steamed, scrubbed and cleaned to remove all traces of pet dander. This protects future guests who may have allergies or pet sensitivities.

You just never know…
Those of us who have tried (see Fetch article mentioned above) to travel with our pooches know that funny, crazy, weird things can happen…

Phillip from the Sunrise Lodge in Land O’ Lakes shared this story with us recently:  Once, a “guest brought their expectant dog, she was not due for another week. He went out fishing for the day, returned to find….. Mommie had removed pillows from our NEW sofa, dug out the stuffing to make a nest and gave birth to four puppies.” (At least Mom had good taste!)

He's not much of a traveler, but he's all ours & we love him!

Beth from the Super 8 in Portage told us “We once had a guest who left their Houdini-German Shepherd in the room. Despite not being allowed to leave the pet unattended, they did – and the dog kept opening the door and coming out, even after multiple attempts to keep him in! We put a baby gate on the door, as well as the guest tried to put a heavy chair blocking the door as they left – he still got out every time.

So, care to share your pet-travel stories with us?

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Congratulations to Cynthia A. from Port Edwards, WI!  Cynthia is the winner of the March WisconsINN Getaways free night give-away at the Eagle Harbor Inn, Door County.

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 Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire

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

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