Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Sights & Sites
Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail – 101 South Webster Street (Madison, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; 608-267-2108;; divided into 5 ecological regions, spotlighting 368 sites.

Maggie’s – 257 Manypenny Avenue; 715-779-5641;; famous for whitefish and apple pie.
Sights & Sites
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – 415 Washington Avenue (main office); 715-779-3397;; 21 islands (Apostle Islands) & shoreline encompassing 70K acres on Wisconsin’s northern tip (Lake Superior): Eagle; Sand (dock, ranger station, camping & lighthouse); York (camping); Bear; Devils (dock, lighthouse & camping); Rocky (dock, ranger station & camping); South (dock & camping); North Twin; Outer (dock, lighthouse & camping); Cat (camping); Ironwood (camping); Otter (dock & camping); Raspberry (dock, ranger station & lighthouse); Oak (dock, ranger station & camping); Manitou (dock, ranger station, Manitou fish camp & camping); Stockton (2 docks, ranger station & camping); Gull; Michigan (dock, lighthouse & camping); Hermit (sandstone quarry); Basswood (dock, camping & McCloud-Brigham Farm); & Long (modern lighthouse on point); many islands offer public docking; shoreline contains some historical sites, such as many lighthouses.

Canoe Bay – W16065 Hogsback Road; 715-924-4594 or 800-568-1995;; 23 cottages and/or rooms, each with stone fireplace, porch, and deep bathtub; beautiful and isolated.

Madison (includes Genesee Depot & Paoli)
Bars & Nightclubs
Café Montmartre – 127 East Mifflin Street; 608-255-5900;; cocktail list inspired by 7 deadly sins; live music on weekends.
High Noon Saloon – 701 A East Washington Avenue; 608-268-1122;; western saloon feel; grab balcony seat for catbird view of bands.
Memorial Union Terrace – 800 Langdon Street (at University of Wisconsin); 608-265-3000;; outdoors, 4-tiered space; beer.
Smoky’s – 3005 University Avenue; 608-233-2120;; famous for martinis.
Arbor House – 3402 Monroe Street; 608-238-2981;; environmentally conscious hotel.
Dahlmann Campus Inn – 601 Langdon Street; 608-257-4391;; boutique atmosphere in campus’ heart.
Doubletree Madison – 525 West Johnson Street; 608-251-5511 or 800-222-8733;; between University and Capitol Square; airport shuttle service.
Mansion Hill Inn – 424 North Pinckney Street; 608-255-0172 or 800-798-9070;; boutique; restored mansion; try to get #1 (large bedroom area, 2 sitting areas, and huge bath).
L’Etoile – 1 South Pinckney Street; 608-251-0500;; highly regarded, upscale farm-to-table operation.
Forequarter – 708¼ East Johnson Street; 608-609-4717;; no sign per se hangs outside; often crowded, tiny restaurant (just 16 seats at tables, another dozen at bar); Old World wines; compelling cocktails and notable spirits; 5 craft beers on tap; ever-changing dinner menu.
Great Dane Pub – 123 East Doty Street #1; 608-284-0000;;; several locations; makes root beer in-house.
Harvest – 21 North Pinckney Street; 608-255-6075;; sophisticated, regional dishes and extensive wine list; housemade tagliatelle is outstanding.
Inka Heritage – 602 South Park Street; 608-310-4282;; Peruvian food.
Lazy Jane’s Café & Bakery – 1358 Williamson Street; 608-257-5263; comfort food for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
Old Fashioned – 23 North Pinckney Street; 608-310-4545;; try spicy Bloody Mary and “cheese curds.”
Pig in Fur Coat – 940 Williamson Street; 608-316-3300;; glorious shrine to swine.
Machinery Row Bicycles – 601 Williamson Street; 608-442-5974;; take bike path around Lake Monona.
Smoky’s – 3005 University Avenue; 608-233-2120;; steaks.
Tornado Steakhouse – 116 South Hamilton Street; 608-256-3570;
Wingra Boats – 824 Knickerbocker Street; 608-233-5332;; paddleboat rentals.
Anthology – 218 State Street; 608-204-2644;; whimsical boutique with crafts.
B-Side Records – 436 State Street; 608-255-1977;; vinyl records.
Soap Opera – 319 State Street; 800-251-7627;; fragrances.
Sights & Sites
Allen Centennial Gardens – 620 Babcock Drive; 608-262-1490; gardens; 2.5 acres around Victorian building; 29 paths to wander.
Henry Vilas Zoo – 702 South Randall Avenue; 608-266-4732;
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center – 1 John Nolen Drive; 608-261-4000;; designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; roof garden and café have city’s best view over lake.
Paoli – 9 miles southwest of Madison at crossroads of Highways PB & 69;; preserved 1870s village.
State Street – road proper extends from Capitol grounds’ west corner (at Carroll and Mifflin Streets’ corners), west to Lake Street (adjoining University’s campus at Library Mall); pedestrian mall located downtown, near Capitol; hosts variety bars, restaurants, and shops; interesting sites are Madison Children’s Museum, Overture Center for Arts, and Memorial Library Mall.
Ten Chimneys – Depot Road; 262-968-4110 (reservations);; Lunt family home, with extensive gardens.
Unitarian Meeting House – 900 University Bay Drive; 608-233-9774;; Frank Lloyd Wright design; built of copper and local limestone.
University of Wisconsin Arboretum – 1207 Seminole Highway; 608-263-7888;; 1,260 acres; rent bike at Machinery Row and pedal over.

Australasia – Sturgeon Bay (Lake Michigan); in 17' water.
Frank O’Connor – Sister Bay (Lake Michigan); 300' steamer with intact boilers and 12' prop.
Ocean Wave – Sturgeon Bay (Lake Michigan); well-preserved eagle figurehead.
Chanticleer – 4072 Cherry Road (Sturgeon Bay); 920-746-0334;; 12-room, red farmhouse on 30 acres; horses & sheep all over place.
Sister Bay Bowl – 10640 North Bay Shore Drive (Sister Bay); 920-854-2841;; excellent restaurant-supper club AND bowling alley.

New Glarus
Bars & Nightclubs
Puempel’s Olde Tavern – 18 6th Avenue; 608-527-2045;; established in 1893; mural depicts Andreas Hofer, Tirolean soldier arrested by Napoleon’s soldiers.

Milwaukee (includes Shorewood)
Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. – 2920 South Kinnickinnic Avenue (Bay View); 414-489-0765;; so good local short film maker & futures trader made short film about it.
Bars & Nightclubs
Cafe Benelux & Market – 346 North Broadway Street (3rd Ward); 414-501-2500;; brewpub that serves noshes.
Milwaukee Brewing Co. – 613 South 2nd Street; 414-226-2337;; almost mandatory visit.
Safe House – 779 North Front Street; 414-271-2007;; spy-themed bar; if do nothing else in Milwaukee, come here.
Spin Milwaukee – 233 East Chicago Street (3rd Ward); 414-831-7746;; table tennis bar that serves noshes.
Iron Horse Hotel – 500 West Florida Street; 414-374-4766 or 888-543-4766;; converted mattress factory whose 100 rooms have exposed brick walls and sweeping city views.
Benji’s Deli – 4156 North Oakland Avenue (Shorewood); 414-332-7777; try breakfast dish, “hoppel poppel” – browned potatoes, chewy salami, scrambled eggs, and melted cheese.
Braise – 1101 South 2nd Street (Walker’s Point); 414-212-8843;; locally sourced food.
Ryan Braun’s Graffito – 102 North Water Street (3rd Ward); 414-727-2888;; owned by Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star outfielder, Ryan Braun; homey Italian food.
Clock Shadow Creamery – 138 West Bruce Street; 414-273-9711;; factory shop of dairy that uses only anti-biotic free & hormone-free milk to make cheese.
Home Market – 222 East Erie Street (3rd Ward); 414-755-2165;; full-service design boutique in historic warehouse space.
Hot Pop – 213 North Broadway Street (3rd Ward); 414-273-1301;; boutique-emporium; toy collectibles and creative housewares.
Sights & Sites
Lake Park – 3233 East Kenwood Boulevard; 414-962-8809;; designed as part of 3-park system by Frederick Law Olmsted; Lake Park is system’s “jewel”; laced with walking paths.
Milwaukee Art Museum – 700 North Art Museum Drive; 414-224-3200;; make sure to see Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Milwaukee Public Museum – 800 West Wells Street; 414-278-2728;; taxidermy.
Red Arrow Park – 920 North Water Street; 414-277-0860;; outdoor iceskating and cider.
Riverside Park – 2808 North Bartlett Avenue; 414-962-8809;; designed as part of 3-park system by Frederick Law Olmsted; has untamed, rural feeling; 12-acres open park, wooded land, and riverside habitat; bike path slices between 2 halves where railroad once existed; west side offers woods and trails down to river while east contains tennis courts, football field and track, softball field, and nature-themed playground.
Washington Park – 1859 North 40th Street; 414-342-0215;; designed as part of 3-park system by Frederick Law Olmsted.

ONEIDA COUNTY (includes Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, Necedah, Rhinelander, Sugar Camp & Woodruff)
Al-Gen Dinner Club – 3428 North Faust Lake Road (Rhinelander); 715-362-2230; in faux log cabin; same sign since 1954; cozy steakhouse with no windows; decorated with taxidermy.
Marty’s Place North – 2721 US 51 North (Arbor Vitae, Woodruff); 715-356-4335;; former farmhouse and resort; now, supper club restaurant.
White Stag Inn – 7141 Wisconsin State Route 17 (Sugar Camp); 715-272-1057; dinner club; make sure to have ice cream cocktail for dessert.
Sights & Sites
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge – N11385 Headquarters Road (Necedah); 608-565-2551;; located in northern Juneau County; established in 1939 & famous as northern nesting site for eastern United States Whooping Crane population reintroduction; other rare/threatened species include Karner Blue butterfly, massasauga rattlesnake, Blanding’s Turtle, and gray wolf; also, sandhill crane, Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, white tailed deer, canvasback duck, & wild turkey; in 2001, Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership raised chicks in refuge & then guided them to Florida’s Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, utilizing ultra-light aircraft; that population was successful and by 2010 there were up to 105 migrating birds established in eastern United States for 1st time in over 100 years; on Mississippi Flyway.

Sights & Sites
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – 306 3rd Street; 715-442-2142;
Little House Wayside – County Highway CC (1 mile south of Lund); 715-442-2142;; where Laura Ingalls was born.

Park Falls
Sights & Sites
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest – 1170 4th Avenue South; 715-762-2461;

Sights & Sites
Johnson Wax Administration Building – 1525 Howe Street; 414-631-2154 or 262-260-2154;; designed by Frank Lloyd Rights; call ahead for tour; includes S.C. Johnson Gallery.

Bricks Neapolitan Pizza – 407 2nd Street; 715-377-7670;; terrific Naples-style pizza; all profits go to local children’s charity.

SAUK COUNTY (includes Baraboo & Spring Green)
Sights & Sites
International Crane Foundation – E-11376 Shady Lane Road (Baraboo); 608-356-9462;
Taliesin – 5607 County Highway C (Spring Green); 608-588-7900;; American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s summer home; Wright began building it in 1911.

St. Germain
McGregor’s Blink Bonnie Supper Club – 1506 County Road C; 715-542-3678.

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