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It’s the ninth day of 12 Days of Getaways, and we’ve got a great free night of lodging to give away today – Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells, WI!

Congrats to Angie Boettcher of Hartland, WI, for winning today’s getaway!

Check back all this week for more spectacular getaways! Make sure you’re eligible to win by signing up for WisconsINN Getaways, our monthly email newsletter packed with travel deals and tips! SIGN UP HERE and you’re automatically entered to win a free night of lodging each of the rest of the 12 Days of Getaways!

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Facebook and Twitter.

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It’s the eighth day of 12 Days of Getaways, and we’ve got a great free night of lodging to give away today – Bridgeport Waterfront Resort in Door County!

Congrats to Donna Danowski, of Brookfield, WI for winning today’s getaway! Check back each day this week for more days of giveaways! Make sure you’re eligible to win by signing up for WisconsINN Getaways, our monthly email newsletter packed with travel deals and tips! SIGN UP HERE and you’re automatically entered to win a free night of lodging each of the rest of the 12 Days of Getaways!

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Facebook and Twitter.

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It’s the seventh day of 12 Days of Getaways, and we’ve got a great free night of lodging to give away today – the Racine Marriott, in Racine, WI!

Congrats to Ruth Zadel, of Milwaukee, WI for winning today’s getaway! Check back next week for a full five days of giveaways! Make sure you’re eligible to win by signing up for WisconsINN Getaways, our monthly email newsletter packed with travel deals and tips! SIGN UP HERE and you’re automatically entered to win a free night of lodging each of the rest of the 12 Days of Getaways!

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Facebook and Twitter.

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It’s the sixth day of 12 Days of Getaways, and we’ve got a great free night of lodging to give away today – the Kress Inn in DePere, WI!

Congrats to Christina Cadotte of Sheboygan, WI for winning today’s getaway! Check back tomorrow for one more fantastic getaway this week (and a full week of giveaways next week!!). Make sure you’re eligible to win by signing up for WisconsINN Getaways, our monthly email newsletter packed with travel deals and tips! SIGN UP HERE and you’re automatically entered to win a free night of lodging each of the rest of the 12 Days of Getaways!

While you’re here, be sure to check out the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Facebook and Twitter.

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We’re right in the middle of the annual 12 Days of Getaways, where we give away a free night of lodging each weekday through December 20! All of our subscribers to our monthly WisconsINN Getaways email newsletter are automatically entered to win, so SIGN UP HERE TO WIN! There’s still seven days & seven chances to win!

Calling all waterpark fans! Today we’re giving away a free night of lodging to the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort in Wisconsin Dells! Congratulations to Christine McGillis of Greenfield, WI, on winning today’s getaway!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more travel deals, tips and giveaways throughout the year!

 

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It’s the fourth day of 12 Days of Getaways, and we’ve got a great night of lodging to give away! Congratulations to today’s winner – Arleen Arnez of Chilton, WI! She’s won a free night of lodging at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh, WI!

There’s still eight more chances to win each weekday, now through December 20 – just make sure you’ve signed up to receive the WisconsINN Getaways monthly e-newsletter, packed with great travel deals and tips. Once you’re signed up, you’re automatically entered to win a free night of lodging with 12 Days of Getaways! Sign up here, it’s quick!

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Congratulations to Brenda Hemenway of Sun Prairie, WI, winner on the third day of 12 Days of Getaways! Brenda won a free night of lodging at the Holiday Inn Fond du Lac!

Check back with us each weekday this week (and next!) for more winners! Make sure you’re signed up for our monthly WisconsINN Getaways email newsletter, which automatically enters you to win a free night of lodging during 12 Days of Getaways! Sign up here!!

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Congratulations to Kimberly Hughes of Waunakee, WI, winner on the second day of 12 Days of Getaways! Kimberly won a free night of lodging at the Country Springs Hotel, Water Park and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI.

Check back with us on Monday for our third winner! Till then, make sure you’re signed up for our monthly WisconsINN Getaways email newsletter, which automatically enters you to win a free night of lodging during 12 Days of Getaways! Sign up here!!

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12 Days of Getaways is back for another year – have you signed up to win? All subscribers to the WisconsINN Getaways email list are automatically entered to win, so if you don’t get our monthly travel deals newsletter, sign up here.

We’ve got 12 totally free overnights to give away, from inns on a lake and quaint B&Bs to luxury accommodations in the heart of the city and dreamy spa getaways. See all participating properties here, and check back daily for winners! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

We’ve got a great overnight at the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa to give away today, for Day 1 – and the winner is… Lisa Alves of Hartford, WI!

Winners, we’ll give you a call to get your mailing address to send you your gift certificate. If we miss you, you’ve got three days to return our call! Leave a message after hours!

Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association employees & family are not eligible to participate in 12 Days of Getaways. No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years or older. Odds of winning are based on number of entries, approximately 12 total giveaways will be awarded. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail and winners will have three days to claim their prize.
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This article is brought to you by the Door County Visitor Bureau.

Walking into the bright, glass-walled Sturgeon Bay studio of Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard, visitors are greeted by Jeremy, who is taking a break from blowing his colorful glasswork. The shop and studio of Popelka Trenchard Glass, located in the heart of Sturgeon Bay, is one large space divided only by an open doorway. Visitors get a firsthand look at the tools, process, and impressive furnace that create the glassworks of this Door County couple.

Popelka and Trenchard moved to Door County 16 years ago, drawn, like many artists, by the low cost of living, affordability of studio space, and the family-friendly qualities of the community. “We came here from the Bay area when our kids were three and five years old,” says Trenchard, “now they’re both in college.” During those years, Popelka Trenchard Glass has become a mainstay of the Peninsula art scene.

Jeremy received his MFA working in glass, and Stephanie is a painter by training.  “When we moved here and started the studio, I said to Stephanie ‘I don’t think I can do a studio of glasswork on my own.’ We started collaborating on glass, and soon Stephanie developed her signature fruit castings,” says Popelka of his wife. “She has now established herself nationally as an interesting, unique glass artist,” he adds proudly.

Stephanie’s cast glass sculptures are unique, beguiling little worlds: fruit, flowers, and human figures are cast and encased in glass, giving the work the combined effect of a paperweight, diorama, and kaleidoscope. Popelka’s pieces, including his highly sought-after light fixtures and vases, are more abstract, and feature his signature swirls of color and outstanding craftsmanship.  In addition to their own studio creations, the couple does commission work, and were recently invited to create some custom pieces for the multi-million dollar yacht built by Palmer Johnson, Inc. In their studio were also a set of charming glass animal figurines, which the couple plan to donate to Third Avenue Playhouse for their production of The Glass Menagerie. “After the show, they’ll auction them off as a fundraiser,” explains Popelka.

Although Stephanie is now a sought-after glass artist, she hasn’t abandoned her painting career—far from it. Her large colorful works, which feature both landscapes and abstract works , adorn the walls of the gallery, and are also the permanent installation at Sturgeon Bay’s trendiest new restaurant, 136. The colors and forms on her canvasses inform her glass work, which have a painterly sense of light, translucent color and composition.

Popelka and Trenchard once traveled extensively to participate in the top American craft shows, but now have national gallery representation, including the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, so they are able to stay closer to home and spend their time creating.

“People who come into the gallery are surprised at the diversity of work created by just two artists,” says Popelka. “And they enjoy being able to come into the gallery and actually get a taste of how the process works.  The work here is only a few feet away from where it was born.”

Popelka Trenchard Glass offers Saturday firing demonstrations throughout the summer. They also teach private and small group glassblowing classes by arrangement. For more information, follow them on Facebook or call (920) 743-7287. For additional info on the vast world of arts and culture of Door County visit DoorCounty.com/arts.

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