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American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is likely the most ornate house in the midwest open to the public. The original owners, the Turnblad family, made their fortune with a Swedish language newspaper. The mansion has every feature de rigueur to the… Continue Reading →

Architectural Antiques

Housed in an old warehouse, Architectural Antiques hosts a vast array of salvaged architectural features. Many of the most graceful details on historic architecture end up in dumpsters – lighting fixtures, glass doorknobs, stained glass windows, wood paneling and more…. Continue Reading →

Bakken Museum

Come for the architecture, stay for the electric shocks! No wait, maybe it’s the other way around? The Bakken Museum’s focus is on electricity, its history and properties. Founded by Earl Bakken, inventor of the first battery operated pace-maker, the… Continue Reading →

Matilda and Paul Wegner Grotto

Paul and Matilda Wegner, immigrants from Germany, were so deeply impressed by the Dickeyville Grotto that they decided to create their own installations. From the late 1920s to mid-30s, they decorated the yard of the farm with wondrous creations –… Continue Reading →

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area is a surprise hidden in the rolling fields around Baraboo. The entrance and parking lot is tucked in the sharp curve of County Road W. Up a short path is a beautiful little sandy pool,… Continue Reading →

Ono Kine Grindz

Ono Kine Grindz is most likely the only Hawaiian restaurant in Wisconsin. This colorful and lively cafe and shop serves traditional Hawaiian  meals – bento boxes, pork sliders, ribs and other delicacies. Sides are exotic and fun, from seaweed salad,… Continue Reading →

Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron

Dr Evermor’s Forevertron is the world’s largest junk sculpture. It’s creator, Tom Every, a retired demolition expert, created The Forevertron to launch himself into the heavens. The Forevetron looms over the scrap metal yard, both delicate and massive. Parts include… Continue Reading →

FAST Corporation Fiberglass Graveyard

Update May 2016: While the FAST Corp. Fiberglass graveyard is still going strong and full of lots of new and bizarre bits and bobs, the giant fiberglass eyeball is no longer in front of the building. Currently there is a… Continue Reading →

Kitch-iti-kipi Springs

Kitch-iti-kipi Springs in the Upper Peninsula is a natural wonder must-see. At first glance, the water appears smooth and placid. On closer inspection, the color ranges from toxic green to a shocking, Caribbean turquoise. Once you are on the self-propelled… Continue Reading →

Monroe Balloon Festival

There’s always something magical and slightly unreal about seeing a hot air balloon drifting through the sky. The Monroe Hot Air Festival is like coming upon a whole herd of unicorns in their native habitat. While there is plenty of… Continue Reading →

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