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Betty Danger’s Country Club/Animal Farm

Billed as the “country club for the 99%”, this ludicrous haven of pink and green plaid is (unsurprisingly) neither in the country, nor a club.

Kinstone Stone Circles

Kinstone is a place outside time. Or perhaps, a place situated back in time. This self-guided art garden takes you back to the Neolithic age with numerous standing stones, henges, dolmans, rock tables and round, thatched buildings. The mown trails,… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a tiny museum with a breath-taking collection of art. Despite having only 5 galleries, its permanent collection contains many of the biggest names in art. Wander among Klee, Monet, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, O’Keefe.

Grohmann Engineering Museum

An engineering art museum may seem like a dichotomy, but the Grohmann Museum, presented by the UW-Milwaukee School of Engineering, is a fascinating and excellent blend of the two. This surprisingly large museum is elegantly designed and the collection presented… Continue Reading →

The Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen (formerly Elvehjem) Museum of Art underwent a massive expansion in 2011, along with the name change. The formerly small and sleepy art museum is now substantially larger and far more vibrant. A large ground floor gallery and two… Continue Reading →

Maharishi University/Fairfield, IA

The best term I’ve heard to describe Fairfield and the Maharishi University is “cognitive dissonance.” Drive into the downtown and you’ll find gorgeous Victorian-era homes, a red stone courthouse with clock tower, and a central park with a gazebo out… Continue Reading →

Wildcat Mountain, the Kickapoo River & Viroqua

Located in the heart of the driftless region, an area of Wisconsin that the glaciers took a pass on, Wildcat Mountain State Park is gorgeous year-round. The terrain in the driftless region is far hillier than the rest of the… Continue Reading →

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The first time we visited the JMKAC, a docent ran up and asked if I had seen the men’s room yet. An odd question to ask anyone, especially a woman. When I confessed that somehow I had missed it, she… Continue Reading →

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 →