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Another hot & steamy day here in southeast Wisconsin & what better way to cool down than with an ice cold beer or crisp glass of wine?  Check out some of these upcoming beer & wine fests & festivals and experience Wisconsin by-the-glass!

August 13-14
Brews, Brats & Bands – Point Brewery, Stevens Point

August 20-22
Cedar Creek Winery’s 20th Anniversary – Cedarburg

September 4
Milwauktoberfest – Milwaukee

September 10-11
Lake Geneva Wine Festival – Lake Geneva

September 11
8th Annual Thirsty Troll Beer Fest – Mount Horeb
Fall Harvest Fest – Parallel 44 Winery, Kewaunee

September 11-12
5th Annual Fall Festival – Autumn Harvest Winery, Chippewa Falls

September 12-18
Milwaukee Beer Week – Milwaukee

September 17-18
Great Lakes Brewfest – Racine

September 18-19
Annual Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedar Creek Winery, Cedarburg
Fall Harvest Festival – Chateau St. Croix, St. Croix Falls
Wet Whistle Wine Fest – Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma

September 24-October 2
Oktoberfest 2010 – La Crosse

October 1
Taste of Wine & Beer – DePere

October 2
Lincoln Lager BarleyFest – Merrill

Mark your calendars & raise a toast to Wisconsin this fall! (As always, please enjoy responsibly.) What are your favorite beer or wine tours in Wisconsin? Are there any fests we missed on the list?

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We’re a third of the way into winter and, for some, it’s getting long! Break up the season & fight those couch-potato tendancies with a view of Mother Nature’s winter at nighttime…

January 22-23
Candlelight Snowshoe Hike, Shiocton
Navarino Wildlife Area. Ski or snowshoe the one mile loop. Other dates available, please see their web site.

January 23rd
Candlelight Ski & Hike, Eagle
Kettle Moraine State Forest. Almost a mile and half of trail lit by over 400 candles. Bonfire & hot drinks available, but it’s BYOM (bring your own marshmallows)!

January 29th
Snowshoeing by Moonlight, New Auburn
Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail. 1-2 hour long snowshoe hikes led by naturalists. Snowshoes available for no charge, donations appreciated.

Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe, Menomonie
Red Cedar State Trail & Stokke Trail. Begins at the Menomonie Depot, bonfire & hot cocoa to warm you up at the end.

January 30th
Candlelight Ski and Hike, Waupaca
Hartman Creek State Park. Free cookies, cider and hot cocoa provided.

Cross Country Candlelight Ski, Mercer
MECCA Nordic Ski & Hiking Trails. Begins at Little Turtle Flowage Trailhead at 6 pm.

Candlelight Ski/ Snowshoe, Chippewa Falls
Lake Wissota State Park. Snowshoe, ski and walking trails will be lit and snowshoes are available for rent.

Candlelight Ski, Sturgeon Bay
Whitefish Dunes State Park. Cookies and hot drinks available at the picnic shelter along with a warming fire.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe, Manitowish Waters
North Lakeland Discovery Center. Leisurely walk in the light of a full moon, snowshoes available for rent.

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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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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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From one side of the state to the other, Wisconsin is brimming with fun fests & fairs… Check out the four below & hit the road this weekend!

DCFFDoor County Folk Festival – July 8-12
With singing & dance workshops, dance parties, stress relief sessions and children’s activities, you’ll find fun for the whole family in the Door this weekend!  The Folk Festival even includes the requisite Door County Fish Boil on Saturday evening.  See the full line-up of activities and find amazing places to stay throughout the Door here.

Northern-WI-state-fairNorthern Wisconsin State Fair, Chippewa Falls – July 8-12
From livestock judging and live music to Guitar Hero & Wii Bowling, this fair has it all!  Click over to their site for the full schedule of events.  For over 110 years the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has been delighting visitors to this west central Wisconsin town.  Where to stay:  Check out the AmericInn Motel & Suites, Holiday Inn Express or Indianhead Motel.

BastilleDaysBastille Days, Milwaukee – July 9-12
For the past 27 years, Downtown Milwaukee has been home to this Parisian fest featuring “impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, a variety of interactive and musical entertainment, and the signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica.”  Check it out here and then click over to find your Milwaukee-area lodging here.

HodagFest-132nd Annual Hodag Country Festival, Rhinelander – July 9-12
Four days of live country music in Wisconsin’s Hodag country… Featured performers include Miranda Lambert, Phil Vassar, Blake Shelton, Julianne Hough, (as my 9 year old would say “Miley’s Dad”) Billy Ray Cyrus and more.  See the full schedule of performers here and find the best places to stay in Rhinelander at WisconsinLodging.info.

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