Madison Road Trip

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Long Weekend

Bearskin Trail

Starting in a small park in Minoqua, the Bearskin Trail leads west over a series of small bridges over-looking the serene Minoqua Lake. The area is a popular Northwoods tourist destination with many water sports, galleries and shops, trails and… Continue Reading →

Little Girls Point County Park and Beach

Despite miles of open shoreline, finding a decent beach near the Porkies (Porcupine Mountains) can be a trick. Some beaches are hard to reach, many are private and still others are extremely rocky. Little Girls Point Beach does have rocky… Continue Reading →

Copper Falls

Copper Falls State Park is one of the most breathtaking parks in Wisconsin. Trails wind along the Bad River, giving visitors fantastic views of canyons and waterfalls. The dark red water, due to the amount of pine tannins in the… Continue Reading →

Lyndale Park Rose & Peace Gardens

Lyndale Park Rose and Peace Gardens are a lovely, public haven on the edge of Lake Harriet. Wander the gardens, admiring the experimental plants, topiary and roses. You will share the park with couples taking wedding photos, quinceaƱera, parties, Hmong… Continue Reading →

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Do you like giant carved heads? Tiki statues? Palm-roofed huts? Complicated drinks with bits of fruit on sticks and silly names? Pizza? Psycho Suzi’s has it all! The club is two stories of kitsch, tropical plants, pleather booths, low mood… Continue Reading →

Caponi Art Park

The former home of artist and educator Anthony Caponi is now a wonderful, dreamy park open to anyone. Wander the sprawling yard and woods, filled with Caponi’s work. Ranging from cast metal pieces reminiscent of Rodin, to carved sculptures which… Continue Reading →

Devil’s Kettle Trail

The “Devil’s Kettle” may be over-selling it a bit much, sauce-pan may be more apt. But this short trail and kettle – created by a teeny waterfall – is a fun, short hike. The kettle, so round as to appear… Continue Reading →

Milwaukee Blacksmith

The Milwaukee Blacksmith is a unique business – blacksmithing for beginners!

LeDuc Historic Estate

The LeDuc Estate is a gorgeous gothic revival house in Hastings, MN. Built by William LeDuc in the 1850s, the perpetually broke businessman took years to complete the house. Always one to speculate, and never one to collect, the family… Continue Reading →

Minneapolis Institute of Art

The entire world of decorative art is here. Fantastic and endlessly amazing.

Wangensteen Historical Library

Hidden five flights up in Diehl Hall, the Wangensteen library is not exactly accessible. Nor is it meant to be, as it is a working academic library with offices and teaching staff working in it. However, any bibliophile worth their… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Museum of American Art

The “Minnesota Museum of American Art” is a most grandiose and inaccurately named location. The small, one-room gallery is dwarfed by the size of the outer ante-chamber and shop. Additionally, the one show on display when we visited was of… Continue Reading →

Bell Museum of Natural History

The new Bell has the warmth and appeal of an airport. Too little actual content, too much faux puffery.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

The Minnesota Center for Books Arts is primarily a place for book-art related classes and workshops.

Prospect Park Water Tower

Have you ever been driving on 94-West and noticed a strange tower on a hill, shaped like a witch’s hat?

Textile Center

The Textile Center – A National Center for Fiber Art – is primarily a learning center for all things fiber art.