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Como Park Conservatory

The Como Park Conservatory is a tropical paradise on the frozen Minnesota prairie. Substantially larger than most midwest conservatories, it houses a Fern Room, Palm House, Sunken Garden, Orchid and Tropical houses, along with many outdoor gardens. The venerable collection… Continue Reading →

Hunt & Gather

Minneapolis’s Hunt & Gather calls itself an “antique store,” but the title doesn’t do it justice. The  location, once seen, is never forgotten. One of their specialties is old sign letters.  The front of the store is crusted (for lack… Continue Reading →

Spectacular Sculpture

Spectacular Sculpture is one of the rarest of the rare – a magical, hidden, road-trip location tucked off the beaten track. Paul Bobrowitz has been making found art metal sculpture as a hobby since the late 80s. His property is… Continue Reading →

West of the Lake Gardens

The West of the Lake Gardens are a private garden located just south of Two Rivers. They were created by Ruth and John West. After purchasing the property, Ruth got the gardening bug and spent her first few years hand… Continue Reading →

Upper Dells Boat Tours

Wisconsin Dells became famous for its strange rock formations, first photographer by the photographer HH Bennett. He visited many of these locations on the winter, when he could walk across the ice. His most famous pictures were highly imporbably action… Continue Reading →

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center is amazing both inside and out. The European-inspired mansion is architecturally awesome on its own. The ever-changing gallery of shows is eclectic and unique – Gee’s Bend Quilts, Craig Blietz’s paintings, Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland photos, Chihuly… Continue Reading →

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Hidden behind a weathered wooden fence, on an unremarkable road, is a truly fantastic collection of modern sculpture.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden, opened 2010, houses more than 50 large-scale modern pieces spread over 40 acres of grounds. The wide, open,… Continue Reading →

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Tucked in a quiet, hilly, neighborhood of Wausau is one of Wisconsin’s most interesting museums. The Tudor home that was the base building was donated by the Forester family in the 1970s. It has been expanded greatly since then, with… Continue Reading →

Jurustic Park

What better way to spend your retirement than making massive, clever and whimsical sculptures for your yard? Clyde and Nancy Wynia have turned their property into an “efforts of amateur paleontologist [to]…excavate and recreate as best as possible the now… Continue Reading →

National Mustard Museum

Let’s be clear here, this is the National Mustard Museum, mmm-kay? This isn’t just some local, small-time mustard museum. Nope, national. Top of the line, leader of the pack, far out-ranking any other mustard museum in the country. That is,… Continue Reading →

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