Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 25, 2016

Your Guide to Wisconsin’s Best Foodie Travel

Wisconsin’s best cuisine

Wisconsin is a state that loves a great meal, and food lovers who travel the Dairy State will want to pack an appetite. In communities across Wisconsin, you’ll find a fresh mix of classic culinary traditions that go back generations. Today, inventive chefs and passionate producers embrace that tasty past while putting a few surprises on the menu.

So what’s for dinner? You’ll have to do a little traveling to find out. Here are a few tips from a well-traveled Wisconsin foodie:

Follow the locals. See a supper club with a packed parking lot? Put on your turn signal, this is the place! See an endless cue of people at a custard stand? Stop what you’re doing and get in line! There’s a reason why certain places are so popular with the local crowd. It’s your job to find out!

Chase the cheese. When you are in the Dairy State, you simply have to visit a cheese factory. Step inside, take a look at the stainless steel cheese making equipment and sample some fresh finds that aren’t always available in the store. Later, head in to town, and enjoy the melted deliciousness that’s a Wisconsin fried cheese curd. There’s an ongoing debate on what place serves up the best curd. Do your own field research!

Find the beef. Wisconsin is home to many specialty beef producers. You can explore their products in specialty butcher shops that have anchored small Wisconsin towns for decades. Some of the state’s best chefs are working magic with these fine cuts. Take your time in these restaurants and discover why Wisconsin’s beef is so special.

Go Euro. In the 1800s, waves of European settlers arrived in Wisconsin and they brought rich culinary traditions from their homelands. These traditions live on in Wisconsin community restaurants that continue to offer sweet memories of a land far away. You’ll find goodies with German, Scandinavian, Italian, French and Eastern European roots – if you can’t decide what to purchase, just go for something you can’t pronounce!

Must stops: When you’re out on the road, be sure to stop in Land O’ Lakes for a lakeside fish fry, Sayner-Star Lake for some of the best curds in the Northwoods, the Stevens Point Area for a delicious Wisconsin-raised steak and Middleton for some old-school European delicacies. Bon appétit!


October 13, 2016

Your Guide to Wisconsin’s Spookiest Fun

Haunted Hustle
Get in the Halloween spirit this year with a getaway that provides some chills and thrills. These Wisconsin Halloween events are an easy drive away – just remember to pack your costume!

Here are a few travel ideas from the Wisconsin Travel Best Bets crypt.

Haunted Hustle

Run with the ghosts and goblins in Middleton Oct. 29-30. The Haunted Hustle races include a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, ending with a Haunted Hustle Finish Festival. The Haunted Hustle races feature a costume contest, so dress to win!

Halloween Hootenanny

Oneida County
Celebrate Halloween, bluegrass style! The Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua will hold a fun Halloween event on Oct. 29. There will be dancing, live music and cold brews from the Minocqua Brewing Company. Costumes are encouraged!

Zombie 5K

Vilas County
Find some new motivation to run in Eagle River. On Oct. 29, the Zombie 5K run will take place on the picturesque Three Eagle Trail in Eagle River. Don’t completely lose yourself in the tranquil scenery – there will be zombies chasing you!