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May 26, 2016

Your Guide to Wisconsin’s Best Ice Cream Shops

Wisconsin’s Best Ice Cream Shops

We all scream!
Summer ice cream season is here! There’s no better place to find an ice cream shop than America’s Dairyland – the state where cows are king and ice cream cones are elevated to an art form. Wisconsin is home to more shops scooping up more delicious flavors than just about any place on earth. From can’t-go-wrong classics like vanilla and chocolate to new-fangled concoctions made with bourbon and bacon, find your favorite flavor in Wisconsin’s ice cream parlors. Take a peek at the case, make your choice and decide: one scoop or two? Now, is that really a choice?

Here are some of Wisconsin’s ice cream shops worth seeking out.

Land O’ Lakes

Dari-Maid Drive-In
This Land O’ Lakes ice cream parlor is a classic walk-up stand in the heart of Land O’ Lakes. Try the Dari-Maid’s delicious flurries!

Rhinelander

Briq’s Soft Serve
Look for the “Jet’s Dairy Bar” sign and don’t ask any questions! You’re in the right place – go ahead and order a cone, sundae or flurry – or kick things up with a Briq-A-Latte, a concoction that contains fresh ground espresso and vanilla soft serve. You won’t be disappointed!

Sayner-Star Lake

The Corner Store
This Northwoods institution, which is open May through September, is located in the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. It’s a perfect place to cool off after some time on the trails or on the water. While you’re there, pick up some bait and some firewood for your campfire!

West Bend

Toucan Food and Custard
This 50’s-style custard stand on Main Street is a blast from the past. Serving sizes are ample so come with an appetite. Check out the flavor of the day – it’s sometimes a little unusual but it’s always delicious!

Middleton

Villa Dolce
While many diners choose this Italian restaurant for its delicious pizza, steak and pasta, many in the know head straight for dessert. A frozen Italian dessert, specifically. The “gelato cup” features three generous scoops of artisan gelato. Delizioso!

 

 

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May 12, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST SUMMER RIDES

Biking in Wisconsin

Go for a summer bike ride!

There’s nothing like a summer bike ride. With a turn of the pedals, bikes carry people of all ages headlong into the best moments of summer. Is there a better way to feel a cool breeze on a warm summer day? Is there a better way to spend time with your family? These are all good questions to ponder this summer when you’re out enjoying Wisconsin’s beautiful riding routes and trails.

Wisconsin is one of the best places on earth to enjoy summer bike rides. So put your bike on a car rack – or jump on a rental – and head to one of these places. They will remind you why summer rides in Wisconsin are so much fun.

Ride the rails!

Long ago, the railroads opened up the beautiful wilds of Wisconsin to vacationers. Today, the steam engines are silent, but these old railroads are still leading visitors through some of the most beautiful areas of Wisconsin. All across Wisconsin, former railroad beds have been converted into easy-riding bike paths that are great for family rides. For example, the 25-mile Eisenbahn State Trail in West Bend takes bikers from the city’s historic downtown all the way to Fond du Lac County. The trail celebrates the area’s German heritage with its name: Eisenbahn means “Railroad” in German.

After the ride: Celebrate a little more German heritage with a stop to one of West Bend’s pubs or restaurants. For the adults on the ride, there’s nothing like a cold pilsner!

Supersize it!

One of the hottest trends in biking is fat biking. There’s a reason: these bikes are a blast! While they are great for riding in the snow, they bounce over summer trails with ease and take trail riding to a whole new level. Adventurous riders can head for the single track; families with kids can stick to gentle trails. A great place with a variety of riding is the forested WinMan Trails in Vilas County. The trails are located near the North Lakeland Discovery Center on more than 1,300 acres of private and public land.

After the ride: Cool off with a refreshing swim in one of Vilas County’s lakes – you have a lot of lakes to choose from; Vilas County has more than 1,300 lakes!

Go long!

A ride that’s on the bucket list of many challenge seekers is the “century” ride. The ride, which covers 100 miles, is a great way to test your endurance while having some fun. Manitowish Waters in Vilas County hosts the Solstice Road Ride on June 19. It covers a beautiful road route in Northern Wisconsin. Not up for 100 miles? There’s also a 50-mile ride and a 29-mile ride that day. The day before, there’s also a 1- to 12-mile family ride, also sponsored by the event.

After the ride: Enjoy the finish line party and relax to live music that night.

Go longer!

Grabaawr is a ride that takes bikers all the way across Wisconsin. The route passes through Oneida County, Rhinelander, Merrill, Stevens Point, Adams Friendship, Baraboo, Richland Center and Prairie du Chien. The ride takes place June 18-25 and covers 427 miles. As many as 700 cyclists complete the ride each year.

After the ride: Give your tired legs a soak in the cool waters of the Mississippi!

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