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A Weekend in Milwaukee, WI

A Weekend in Milwaukee, WI

Our first stop in Milwaukee, WI was the Art Museum, housed in the iconic, postmodern building right on Lake Michigan.  The fee to get into the museum is a little steep, at $17/person, but it’s also pretty worth it.  The entryway is beautiful, with a view of the lake through a convex wall of windows. The best part for me was the collection of contemporary art and the special exhibit of Rembrandts on the top floor.  The museum was having…

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Up North: A Photo Blog

Up North: A Photo Blog

Of all the places I have traveled, my favorite place of all can be found Up North.  A tiny town on a beautiful lake, hours on the boat spent with family, home cooked meals, what more could a girl ask for?  I’ve written about Maiden Lake before, but this time I will let the photos do (most of) the talking. Picture this: A gravel driveway leads to a picturesque cabin perched on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake.  The front…

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Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, WI is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend escape.  Whether you’re coming from Chicago (one and half hour drive), Milwaukee (less than an hour drive) or anywhere in between, this little city will charm you. I took the train the train from Chicago to Fox Lake (the end of the line for the Milwaukee District North Line Train) where my parents picked me up.  My family and I have been visiting Lake Geneva since I…

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Hiking by Candlelight

Hiking by Candlelight

Last month, my parents asked me if I had any interest in going on a candlelit hike with them in Kettle Moraine State Park.  Of course I said yes, it sounded so intriguing.  So this past Saturday, the time came to take the Metra train out to Fox Lake and, from there, drive the 30 minutes north to Kettle Moraine. I love Wisconsin.  Life seems simpler and more genuine there (yeah, I know, we are all watching “Making a Murderer”,…

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Harvest Time Apple Orchard

Harvest Time Apple Orchard

Every fall, my family and drive up to Twin Lakes, WI to pick apples, always on a Sunday.  It’s a tradition we’ve kept for as long as I can remember, and it goes hand in hand with our tradition to enjoy the fruits of our labor (heh heh) afterwards, while watching the Bears game. Harvest Time/Oriole Springs Orchard is about an hour and twenty-five minutes drive from Chicago.  It’s technically in Twin Lakes, WI (home of Country Thunder, if that’s…

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Life is Better on the Lake

Life is Better on the Lake

We go to Maiden Lake in Wisconsin every year for Independence Day, it’s a family tradition (as per my previous Lakewood, WI post).  This year, I drove up with my boyfriend straight from Chicago, which was a first.  We left at 6:30am on Friday, stopping for coffee first and then we were on our way.  It was an easy five hour jaunt up through Milwaukee, Green Bay and straight on to Lakewood.  We arrived just before noon and got ready…

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Day Trip: Milwaukee River Adventure

Day Trip: Milwaukee River Adventure

The day started early, with a cloudy sky overhead.  My boyfriend, Mike, and I had come to my home town in Northwestern Illinois the night before.  My mom was already in the kitchen making sandwiches for our lunch on the river, with coffee brewing behind her.  She immediately put us to work on getting everything ready to go.  We were going to drive up to the Milwaukee River in Kewaskum, WI (just north of Milwaukee) to kayak.  My mom and dad invited…

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Lakewood, WI

Lakewood, WI

My Aunt and Uncle own a cabin on Maiden Lake in Lakewood, WI.  We make the four and a half hour drive up there every year for the Fourth of July. Every time we pull into the gravel driveway, I feel exalted and eager to start a long weekend of cabin bliss.  It sits atop a wooded hill, its view of the lake obscured by the tall pines that surround it.  There is a stone path leading down the hill…

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