Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 13, 2014

Three Intriguing Museums

As the weather starts to cool, it’s a great time to explore history. These three museums offer fascinating collections that will take you back.

Oshkosh CourthouseOld Courthouse Museum

320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 335-4678

This museum is worth visiting for its impressive historical architecture alone. Built in 1889, the Old Courthouse Museum is a superb example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. It originally served as the county courthouse and it later housed other county offices. In the 1990s, community members, county officials and the Washington County Historical Society saved and renovated the building to its 1800s splendor. Today the museum features hands on and interactive activities and exhibits that tell the story of Washington County from the age of the glaciers to the industrial age.

Oshkosh Public Museum
Oshkosh Public Museum

Oshkosh Public Museum
1331 Algoma Blvd.,
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 236-5799

Located in Oshkosh’s historic downtown, this museum is home to exhibits that showcase the rich history of the Oshkosh area, including the lumbering and logging industries that helped build Oshkosh into the city it is today. The museum features 10,000-square-feet of exhibit space and it regularly hosts world-class traveling exhibitions and events. The museum’s hands-on and interactive local history exhibits appeal to visitors of all ages. Several of the museum’s galleries are located in the historic Sawyer family home, a 1908 English Tudor Revival residence built in 1908.

Dinosaur ExhibitUW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History

106 Albertson Learning Resources Center
UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-2858

Explore the richness of natural history at the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. The museum opened in 1968 to exhibit portions of UW-Stevens Point’s research and teaching collections and to acquire specimens related to its areas of research. Today the museum holds collections featuring 11 areas of natural history including anthropology, archaeology, botany, entomology (the study of insects), geology, herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), ichthyology (the study of fish), mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology and paleontology. The museum focuses its collection efforts on the Upper Great Lakes and adjacent Great Plains.


October 1, 2014

Wine Sipping in Wisconsin

Wine glass with fall background
MiddletonBarriques Wine Cave

Nestled in downtown Middleton, Barriques is a café and coffee shop with a twist. They also serve wine, beer and scotch, and host bi-weekly wine tastings on Friday evenings. Visit Barriques “Wall of 100” and take home one of their 100 different wines from around the world, all offered at under $10 a bottle.


Boulder JunctionMcGann’s Café and Wine Bar

Designed as a comfortable and relaxing place to land, McGann’s Café and Wine Bar in Boulder Junction is a great place to spend a happy hour (or two!). You’ll find more than two dozen wines on the menu here including Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, red and white Zins and delectable dessert wines.

Vilas CountyRiverstone Restaurant and Tavern

Riverstone Restaurant and Tavern boasts a spectacular view of the Eagle River, perfect for raising a toast to a fun vacation in Vilas County. Riverstone has been named “One of the Best Restaurants in the World for Wine Lovers” by Wine Spectator Magazine for the past nine years in a row. Their extensive wine list is moderately priced and varied enough to please any palate.