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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!

You can also follow the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Facebook and Twitter!

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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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We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists for you to choose from in the 2014 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, May 6, and the contest winner will be announced here at the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Friday, May 10!

The Wisconsin Lodging Directory is published annually by the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Directory and distributed to hundreds of locations throughout the Midwest. More than 200,000 copies were printed for 2013 and are available at locations like community libraries, Wisconsin State Fair, local chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus and more! The directory features more than 750 hotels, motels, resorts, inns, bed & breakfasts, condos and vacation homes in Wisconsin, complete with contact info, amenities listings, web sites and property photos. Need a copy of the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Get one here.

View the 2014 contest finalists and cast your vote here!

Please only vote once for one cover. A valid email address must be entered for your vote to be counted (don’t worry, WH&LA does not sell or otherwise distribute email addresses!) and any duplicate votes from one email address or votes for multiple covers from the same address will be disqualified. Employees and owners of finalist properties are not eligible to vote.

Finalist properties include:

Beachfront Inn, Door County – Baileys Harbor
Candlewood Suites, Appleton
Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake
Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Hotel Metro, Milwaukee
Kalahari Resort Convention Center & Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells
Lake Ripley Lodge B&B, Cambridge
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West, Wauwatosa
Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells
Waterbury Inn, Door County – Ephraim
Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort, Door County – Sturgeon Bay

Take your pick, leave your vote and tell your friends!

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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association is proud to announce the start of it’s “Enjoy Wisconsin” online auction, running today thru November 30! Find great deals on unique holiday gifts!

View all of the great auction items available and place your bids here!

Whether you have a destination in mind, or are open to suggestions, there are many wonderful travel items available for you to consider! Choose some for yourself and give others as unique holiday gifts!

  • Looking to get your family or friends together in the Dells? Bid on one of our various Dells lodging options!
  • Know someone in the Lake Geneva area or love to ski? Select the annual ski pass to Mountain Top at Grand Geneva!
  • Wanting to have a special day out with family and friends? What about a two-hour cruise for up to 50 people?
  • Whether you are looking to fish in the Northwoods, relax at a resort, hideaway in Door County, our auction has the perfect lodging options for you to bid on!

Share our auction page with your co-workers, friends and relatives so they can have the opportunity of finding special gifts to give also!

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For those of you who learned about us through WRMN in Chicagoland, welcome! Please take some time to explore our web site and discover the wonderful places to go in Wisconsin. Don’t forget to:

Don’t forget to:

1) Sign up for our monthly email newsletter, WisconsINN Getaways and you could win a free night at the Cold Spring Inn & Vineyard in Hubertus, WI!

2) Follow us on Facebook

3) Follow us on Twitter

And of course, stop back here to learn about what to do and where to stay in Wisconsin!

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Congratulations to the Wilderness on the Lake, Wisconsin Dells, winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! See this great photo gracing the cover of the directory starting in January 2012!

Thanks to all 12 excellent finalists, as well as the nearly 2,000 people who cast a vote!

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Will you be in Milwaukee this week? Keep an eye out for our one-week billboard campaign. It’s another great way to learn about things to do and places to stay in Wisconsin! Here is a preview:

As seen on Lamar digital billboards in the Milwaukee area.

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