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Monk Botanical Gardens

Billed as “Wausau’s Happy Place”, this 30 acre garden is a lovely new(ish) location to visit. Donated in 2003, the 30-acre gardens are clearly still a work in progress. What is there and growing in is quite attractive. Wander through… Continue Reading →

Highway 18 Drive-In Theatre

A drive-in is a delightful anachronism in these days of streaming services. But there’s something so truly summery about going to the drive-in. Though the Highway 18 Theatre has since switched to digital projection to the get newest movies, they… Continue Reading →

A Room of One’s Own

A long-time Madison staple since 1975, A Room of One’s Own bookstore has recently moved to a wonderful new Atwood Ave. location. While the square footage is actually a bit smaller than their former location off of State Street, the… Continue Reading →

Glacier Hills County Park

Just a few miles north of Monches is a fantastic county park. Glacier Hills is a large, hilly area with something to offer for every season – hiking, sledding, swimming, kayaking, skiing, plus reservable hall and chapel for special events…. Continue Reading →

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 →

Mad-City Ski Team

A long-time tradition, the Mad-City Ski Team offers free shows throughout the summer (end of May-Sept). Wander down to the shores of Lake Monona (next to Monona Terrace) on most Sunday evenings. Spread out a blanket, site back and marvel… 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 →

White Mound County Park

The 100-acres of White Mound County Park are a bucolic place to hike, boat, swim, camp or fish. Like many county parks, you will find it far less busy than the state parks. Additionally, no motorized boats are allowed on… Continue Reading →

Dorothy Carnes County Park & Rose Lake State Natural Area

The Dorothy Carnes County Park is a large chunk of protected land surrounding the Rose Lake Marsh – a major birding location. A large, well-built viewing deck over the marsh is easy available by a nicely paved trail. Surrounding the… Continue Reading →

Magnolia Bluff Park

County parks are the gifts that keep giving. They are often of a good size, containing unique features, well-kept and rarely busy. Magnolia Bluff is one of these hidden gems. Located outside Evansville, the park is centered around a sandstone… Continue Reading →

Hickory Hill Conservancy Park

This pleasant section of the Ice Age Trail is hidden behind a quiet neighborhood in Cross Plains. Both trails in are steep, though the one on Hickory Hill Street is a bit less so. The trails wind around the top… Continue Reading →

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Enjoy a scenic drive to Yellowstone Lake. Then spend the afternoon hiking a series of easy paths, fishing, canoeing or swimming in the large lake. Bring along a picnic and enjoy the peaceful scenery. A perfect day-trip location. Yellowstone Lake… Continue Reading →

CamRock County Park and Trail

Perhaps not the most scintillating of hikes, but still shady and pleasant with glimpses of the creek.

Phil’s Woods

Follow the trail back down south for a ferny walk, paralleled by a small gorge covered in moss-covered fallen trees. A short, pleasant and very private little hike.

William Lunney Lake Farm County Park

There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.

Stewart Lake County Park

Slightly north of Mt. Horeb, Stewart Lake offers a picnic area, beach and placid lake, created by a small damn. A hiking trail runs first along the lake, then splits, crossing a marsh and a small stream. The shady wooded,… Continue Reading →