February 14, 2012

Discover These Distinctive Downtowns

Late winter is an ideal time to explore these three charming downtown districts

Looking for something fun to do in late winter? These three destinations offer distinctive downtowns full of shops, restaurants, historic architecture and one-of-a-kind attractions. Hop in your car and head downtown!

Neighborhood on the Fox

Oshkosh Grand Opera HouseDowntown Oshkosh is an eclectic neighborhood on the banks of the Fox River, offering a mix of interesting businesses and historic architecture. You’ll find more than 40 unique shops and galleries, over a dozen restaurants and a variety of pubs and nightclubs. Galleries, studios and art collectives add a unique flavor to the area. During the Oshkosh Gallery Walk, which is held the first Saturday of every month, businesses open their doors to the public to showcase the work of local artists. The historic Grand Opera House hosts a full schedule of first-class performances by local performers and nationally-known acts. If you’re in Oshkosh, save some time for exploring downtown Oshkosh.

Mustard, Beer and Pie

Middleton Hubbard Avenue DinerBright and cheery downtown Middleton is the ideal destination for a late-winter day. The mix of well-kept historic storefronts blend nicely with the clean, modern businesses they house inside. Two of the top stops for visitors to downtown Middleton are the National Mustard Museum, which houses more than 5,000 types of mustard, and the Capital Brewery, which boasts the best beer on earth. Check out some of the small shops and then head to the Hubbard Avenue Diner for lunch. But, save room for dessert. The diner offers more than a dozen alluring varieties of pie. Don’t miss this truly charming downtown.

Wonderful Walks

Blue SculptureWest Bend’s cheerful downtown is full of surprises, the first being its museums. Downtown West Bend is home to four interesting museums: the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Old Courthouse Museum, the Old Jailhouse Museum and the West Bend Company/Regal Ware Museum. To fully appreciate downtown West Bend’s other surprises, you need to put on your walking shoes. The Riverwalk, which runs along the Milwaukee River, offers peaceful waterscapes. The West Bend Sculpture Walk lets you practice your art critic skills as you stroll past 25 sculptures. A stroll up Main Street will reveal dozens of shops and galleries. So, grab your walking shoes and head to West Bend.

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