Madison Road Trip

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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 →

Durward’s Glen Retreat and Conference Center

Durward’s Glen is akin to many other secret natural areas in Wisconsin. Tucked away and hidden by the landscape, they open suddenly into deep ravines, steep hills and snaking waterways. The glen is owned by non-profit group but is affiliated… Continue Reading →

Cave Point County Park

Door County is an immensely beautiful region that often verges on the fantastic. Cave Point County Park has a magical quality. On a windy day, there are waves as large as on the ocean. The trails are on a rock… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a short drive from Minneapolis. With its more rural location, the Arboretum has the opportunity to spread and sprawl in a highly satisfactory manner. At over 1100 acres, plan to spend at least… Continue Reading →

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 →

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