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March 19, 2014

Spring Shopping Escapes

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Go on a shopping getaway this spring. Wisconsin offers some great shopping destinations with a variety of shops and affordable lodging options. Go bargain hunting at outlet stores. Visit fun and quirky galleries filled with interesting artwork. Shop brand-name retailers offering the latest styles. Here are four of Wisconsin’s best shopping destinations.


Conveniently located just 90 minutes north of Milwaukee on Highway 41, the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh are just a short drive away from millions of Wisconsin shoppers. This outlet mall is home to more than 40 brand-name stores selling everything from footwear to kitchenware. Men’s clothing offerings include Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger. Women’s clothing retailers include rue21, Dress Barn, Maurices and Christopher & Banks Outlet. And everyone will love the GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Aeropostale, Bass, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Jockey, Levi’s Outlet Store and Lands’ End Inlet. Children’s apparel can be found at American Girl, Carter’s Childrenswear, Gymboree Outlet, Justice, Oshkosh B’Gosh and The Children’s Place Outlet.

Get fashionable footwear at Bass, Famous Footwear Outlet, Nine West and Skechers. And, for the athletically inclined, there’s Nike Factory Store and Under Armour.  Foodies will love kitchenware and culinary-related merchandise on display at Le Gourmet Chef, Kitchen Collection and Corningware Corelle & More.

There’s something for everyone at this huge mall. Plus, downtown Oshkosh offers interesting shops and galleries, and the community is home to the EAA AirVenture Museum, the Oshkosh Public Museum and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Plan your Oshkosh shopping getaway today.


Located just minutes from Madison, Middleton is a popular place to stay when visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, downtown Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol. And, with dozens of shops, it’s also a great place to go shopping.

Greenway Station is a shopping and dining complex featuring landscaped walkways and a fountain. The mix of shops and restaurants makes it a relaxing place to spend the day. National clothing retailers include Chico’s, Christopher & Banks, C.J. Banks, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank, Justice Just for Girls, LOFT, Marshalls, Maurices and White House|Black Market. You’ll find home furnishings at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore and World Market. Specialty shops include Archiver’s, Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Endurance House, Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, Francesca’s Collections, Soma Intimates, Sprint and Michaels. Grab a bite to eat at Bison Jack’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Claddagh Irish Pub, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Tanner’s Bar & Grill and TGI Fridays. There’s also a Cold Stone Creamery and a Starbucks.

Middleton offers seven hotels, three of which are Travel Green Certified. Get complete information for planning your trip to Middleton this spring.


This spring, relax in Onalaska on the Mississippi River. This friendly river town offers wonderful views of the Mississippi River as well as and fishing and boating on Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the river. Onalaska is also home to the largest shopping district in a nine-county area and a variety of comfortable and affordable hotels. This, coupled with easy access from I-90, makes Onalaska one of the easiest and most convenient getaway destinations in the state.

Onalaska’s Valley View Mall is home to more than 90 retailers. Major department stores include Sears, Macy’s, JC Penney and Herbergers. The mall is also home to a large Barnes & Noble. Clothing retailers include Gap, Hollister, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Buckle, rue21, Hot Topic, Zumiez and Express/Express Men. Footwear can be found at Finish Line and Foot Locker.  You’ll also find five children’s clothing stores, seven jewelry stores and ten restaurants, including a Chuck E. Cheese’s. That’s just a few of the 90 retailers that call Valley View Mall home.

While you’re in Onalaska, take a bike ride or walk along the 24-mile Great River State Trail, which follows the Mississippi River. Start planning your trip to Onalaska.


Located in the pine forests of northern Wisconsin and surrounded by crystal clear lakes, Boulder Junction is the classic Northwoods vacation destination. It’s famous for its musky fishing as well as its excellent system of paved and unpaved bike trails. The community also boasts a number of interesting shops.

One of the most eclectic shops in the Northwoods is Moondeer and Friends. The gallery displays regional, contemporary fine art and handmade items. They also carry antiques and artifacts from around the world. The shop is open May through December.

Firemouth Pottery and Gallery showcases the pottery of owner Bill Karaffa. His pottery is characterized by extraordinary coloration and elegant shapes. The gallery also includes the works of several other artists and craftspeople. You’ll find hand-blown glass, etchings, prints and oil paintings.

Other Boulder Junction shops include Blueberry Patch, Boulder Junction Trading Company, Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop, The Frog House, Peeplelures, Stormy Kromer and the sporting goods shop Coontail Play in Style. Don’t miss this fun little community of shops and galleries. Find Boulder Junction resorts, motels, cabins, cottages and more.

These are just four Wisconsin shopping destinations. For more places to shop this spring, visit witravelbestbets.com.




October 14, 2013

Warm Winter Fun – Wisconsin’s Most Interesting Indoor Attractions

When the wind is howling outside, head indoors and discover some of Wisconsin’s most interesting attractions.

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Housed in a dramatic new building on the banks of the Milwaukee River, West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art is a great place to spend a cold winter’s day. West Bend is located less than an hour northwest of Milwaukee in the rolling, green hills of the Kettle Moraine. The museum features art by Wisconsin artists. It’s the largest collection of its kind and includes a definitive collection of paintings by the Milwaukee-born artist Carl Von Marr. Don’t miss the breathtaking exhibit of Native American photographs, “Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race,” which runs through January 5.

AirVenture Museum

EAA AirVenture Museum

See more than 250 airplanes on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Each of the planes housed in this enormous museum is an important piece of the story of experimental aviation. You’ll find planes on the floor, ceiling and walls of this exciting and colorful museum. There’s also a section devoted to children – you’ll find exhibits that teach about the physics behind flight as well as piloting an airplane and air-traffic control. You’ll leave with an appreciation for the amazing technology behind flight and the brave men and women who dared to pilot these machines.

Mustard Museum

National Mustard Museum

One of the strangest museums in Wisconsin is the National Mustard Museum, located in downtown Middleton. This one-of-a-kind shrine to the ubiquitous sandwich topping is pure fun. If you’re a lover of mustard, you’ll be thrilled by the sheer size of the collection – thousands of jars, tubes and bottles adorn the walls. But, even if you’re merely neutral when it comes to the subject of mustard, you’ll leave with a sincere appreciation of the condiment. Don’t miss this quirky and creative collection.


November 23, 2011

Interesting Industries

Three Wisconsin museums each tell the story of an important American industry

Manufacturing has been an important part of Wisconsin’s history. Factories in Wisconsin have produced everything from appliances to beer. Considering the state’s industrial roots, it’s no surprise that there are some excellent museums here in Wisconsin that focus on the history of important industries. Here are three museums where you can explore the world of aircraft development, cookware manufacturing and beer brewing.


EAA AirfieldEach summer, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Airventure Oshkosh attracts more than 500,000 people from more than 60 different countries for “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

The EAA Airventure Museum serves as a year-round celebration of aviation. There is perhaps no better place to learn about the history of aviation than this vast museum. The story of flight is told through a dazzling array of exhibits, including 250 historic airplanes. Five movie theatres show films highlighting aeronautical innovators and important moments in the history of flight.

In the new Innovations Gallery, you’ll learn about some of the most interesting aircraft ever created. See World War II planes and learn about their pilots in the Eagle Hangar. For kids, there’s hands-on exhibits in the KidVenture Gallery.

The West Bend Company/Regal Ware Museum

Photo by: Makenzie Averil

The West Bend Company/Regal Ware MuseumWest Bend

In the historic community of West Bend, you can get a glimpse into the world of American consumer product manufacturing and marketing. The West Bend Company/Regal Ware Museum tells the story of the West Bend Company and Regal Ware.

These two companies produced aluminum products for kitchens across America. The products manufactured in West Bend helped to shape how American’s lived, cooked and thought about their homes. It’s an interesting look at American manufacturing and culture in the 20th Century.

Potosi Brewery MuseumWisconsin Great River Road

Potosi Brewery MuseumBrewing beer is one of the things that Wisconsin is famous for. Before refrigeration allowed for the long-distance transport of beer, the Badger State was home to dozens of small breweries. One of those breweries was the Potosi Brewery.

Today, the Potosi Brewery Museum tells the story of the brewery industry in 19th and 20th Century America. See artifacts, exhibits and advertising materials that tell the story of how small-town breweries produced and transported their products throughout the region. You’ll see how advances in technology helped to both change the way products are made and shipped, but also the culture itself.