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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kettle moraine scenic drive

Kettle moraine is one of the best scenic drive I ever had. There is two way of these drive you can go either north to south or south to north. As I live in south Wisconsin, we decided to go farthest point first so we went to Start point of north to south drive. I would advise you to Download direction instructions PDF from these link. Kettle moraine scenic drive . The reason why to keep print out because if you miss any turn you will get away from scenic drive. So better to be prepared I lost my path twice but thank god I had the direction instructions with me.

Start point of north to south drive starts from outside of Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park, Tower and Wildlife Area. So we first went to check out the view from tower. If you are planning to visit Marsh tower than get ready to clime stairs around 4 floors.

So started our scenic drive after exploring marsh tower. In these drive you will see many small towns and forest areas. Within 3 miles you will reach to Elkhart lake town, which is famous for historic race circuits. After crossing these town two other town will be on the way Glenbeulah and Greenbush. In Greenbush one of the left turn sign is missing so make sure you take left from Old Wade House.

After crossing Greenbush you will enter forest area and beautiful fall colors. Both sides of road covered with colorful trees. 

You will drive by long lake recreational area follow by Dundee town and than New Prospect. It also includes Kettle Moraine state park area in drive. You will drive by Forest lake. You can stop by if you want but we preferred to continue the drive. We decided to stop by at Parnell tower to explore top view of fall colors from 60 feet high tower. You need state park parking permit or you can buy it on the spot. 

Parnell tower

View from Parnell tower
Further we drove by the kettle moraine forest area and crossed smith lake, Big cedar lake and Slinger town. Next is pike lake Unit of kettle forest. Pike lake is great destination to explore fall colors through kayaking. 

We also cross by holy hill. Holy hill is known for The basilica of national shrine of Mary. It has scenic tower which gives great view. Also you will encounter Monches recreation area and North lake town. Which leads to drive between Pine lake and Cornell lake. And followed by Moose lake and okauchee lake. As we almost reached south side. 

Kettle moraine forest
We explore some of new recreational area and small towns which hardly half an hour from our place. We didn't knew about Nashotah park. Next we cross by Delafield town looks like live and amazing town. There is also Nagawicka lake at Delafield so you can enjoy water activities as well. These drive was so fun and amazing views.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Elkhart Lake - The Racing town

You must heard about road America racing in Sheboygan county. If not, then don't worry, you got plenty of reason to explore this town. These time my trip was unplanned almost. I was very excited to view fall colors and that too in Wisconsin as I heard that fall in Wisconsin is a lot of fun. I searched so many places to view fall colors. Than I check fall color report of Wisconsin. Wisconsin tourism have their own website Wisconsin fall color report. So I found out the places for hiking with 100% fall colors. But then on Thursday night weather channel exploded with whole day temperatures in 30s, and I was not quite ready for winter yet. So since Friday morning I started exploring where to go on Saturday. And I found out ELKHART lake town.

Elkhart Lake

How to get there?

You can land on any of three airports Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. You can take a rental car from airport rentals and head to the Elkhart Lake.

Tips to explore Elkhart Lake

  1. If you are going to explore fall colors than do check the fall color report and then plan your trip.
  2. If you are living in a nearby city than you can do a one day trip easily.
  3. Check the weather and decide your attire accordingly.
  4. In Wisconsin many of the attractions open from Memorial Day to Labor Day so check out before making your itinerary.

Things to do in Elkhart Lake

This is a small town with a bunch of things to do in and around it. This town is famous for road America racing. There are many recreational activities you can do on Lake Elkhart. As I mentioned earlier, it was roughly planned trip so we decided to go visitor center first, but unfortunately it was closed on that day. But they kept some of brochures besides the building so we got from there.

Visitor center Elkhart lake

You can see Elkhart Lake historic depot museum just across the street. It is century old railroad station house and they kept original furnishings.

Elkhart Lake, historic depot museum

After that we decided to take a walk and explore the town. There are nice shops and dining options nearby. We started walking on Lake street it was very nice view of the street. Both sides of the road covered with colorful trees.

Elkhart lake

There is Gessert's ice cream & confectionery, which is old fashioned ice cream parlor running since 1920s. They offer more than 20 flavors not only that, they also serves Sunday's, ice cream soda and fudge. The Presentation itself is mouth watering. So don't miss to try it. 

Gessert's ice cream & confectionery 

There is ample of options to select for lunch /dinner. They have Lake street cafe on the same lake street. Lake street cafe is famous for wood fired pizza and home made soups.

Lake street cafe

Across the lake street cafe you can see off the rail in red building. Off the rail offers specialty coffee and tea drinks as well as home made baked goods. 

Off the rail

If you follow gottfried street than you will find Gina's fine gifts and framing shop just next to off the rain restaurant. This shop carries an eclectic collection of wonderful things from bath & body products to home decor. It also includes apparel and toys as well. They offers custom framing with highest quality as well. I love the collection of these shop.

Gina's fine gifts & framing

Still we are taking walk and I saw brings orange leaves on tree. I was hopping to see and capture at least one tree with orange leaves. I don't know why but I love orange leaves. So I immediately walk there and trying to get the perfect snap. 

Orange leaves

So we decided to turn back from that place. My husband having fast. So he hasn't eaten anything and suddenly I saw the SainRx organic juice bar. Juice is the best drink to make you feel full. The lady who runs these juice bar is Dr. Grace Hameiter. She is very nice and friendly. We were looking at menu and checking ingredients because my husband can have fruit juice only no vegetables allowed in fast. So she suggested us to go to pick your own. So we decided to go for it. While she was making juice she share her experience and great moments. I love her picture wall as well. 

Sain Rx organic juice bar

The best thing of these juice bar is 100% organic corn free, GMO free, dairy free, gluten free and very low sugar juice. She also offers fresh organic produce,grab n go salads. Isn't it great? So even on vacation at Elkhart lake you can stay healthy. Not only that, but she also specializes in weight management and fitness programs and pain reduction. Besides all these she is the great human being. I was so pleased to meet her.

Dr. Grace suggested us to visit road America racing event and Vintage wine shop. Earlier, when we stop by at the visitor center I saw many people were carrying paper bags and I was wondering what they are buying? Than I come to know they have been to the vintage wine shop. It carries more than 250 wines around the world. They also carry local cheese, olive oils, chocolate, cigars and other stuff. Wine tasting is much more fun in Wisconsin. If you are living outside Wisconsin than must must try to attend wine tasting. 

Our last stop was road America racing Do you love racing?? So do I. In summer road America racing have lots of racing events. You can pre-purchase your tickets for it. They have different gates to enter so verify it so you don't have to roam around to find gate. Besides these racing event Village of Elkhart lake have historic race circuits. Fourteen historic markers are placed around these winding circuits to commemorate big names and big events that occurred here between 1950 and 1952.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Top 10 things to do when it's raining outside

Me and my husband are rain lovers. We moved to States before two and half year. We moved to Seattle so you can imagine you should love rain anyway. As we love rain we enjoyed staying in Seattle so much.  I know many people don't like to go outside during its raining and some like us loves to get wet. So I thought to share my experience of how to enjoy even if it's raining outside.

1. Long drive

Long drive is my all time favorite activity. I love that rain drops splashing on your windshield and trying to touch you. I feel Wet road, drive and playing soft music is best romantic moment anyone can thought on rainy day. Isn't it?

2. Enjoy Hot coffee at your patio

If the weather is cold than you might don't want to get wet but still want to enjoy rain, definitely you can. You can stand at you patio or balcony and watch rain drops falling on ground. I love watching rain drops and having hot coffee. As I stay in apartment there is big sliding window in our living room. So generally we take coffee and sit on couch so we can see beautiful views of rainfall.

3. Watch movie 

In our busy life sometimes you don't get time to watch movies and tv series. So in rainy day you can say back and enjoy your favorite movies which you were planning to watch since long time. 

4. Candle light dinner 

Personally I feel rain create very romantic atmosphere. So I really like to organize candle light dinner. Set up the table near big window or in patio. You can also do it in sun room from where you can see rainfall. Light up the candle and put it in the center. Cook meal which takes less time and spend more time together. You can cook soup and past,vehicles is very quick.

5. Gather family and play board games

Do you love board games? So do I. Playing board games is great activity specially with kids. You can also gather friends and play board games. You can play monopoly, The whole brain game, checkers etc.

6. Go out in rain and play

I really love playing football and basketball in rain. It's so much fun. Splashing water with your football nothing else can make you happier.

7. Enjoy spicy popcorn 

I love eating hot and spicy food in rainy weather, at the same time I feel lazy to cooking. So I generally pop up the corns in microwave or just fry the potato fries. To make it spicy I use flavored powder like jalapeños, chilly cheese, black pepper etc. so your spicy snack will be ready in few mins. Now I really feel carving for pop corn.

8. Go for indoor activities like bowling, pool, snooker

As you spend whole summer enjoying sun but in rainfall no options for outside activities much. So find out nearest bowling ale or game zone. You can practice indoor archery as well.

9. Bake some delicious recipes 

It's totally your choice what you want to bake? I love baking some dessert recipes as am found of sweet dishes. I love making sponge cake and brownies so much. But my husband loves cupcakes and cookies. There so many varieties where you can brush up your baking skills.

10. Photography 

I love doing photography anytime in any season. I love capturing moments. Even though I am out for long drive than also my photography is still on. You should too. You don't need to be perfect photographer, just grab your phone and capture it.

Rainy evening

Drive in rain

What you would like to do while its raining?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Best things to do during fall in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is great place for viewing fall colors. But except fall colors there are many things to explore to make your fall memorable.

Train ride viewing fall colors

Usually people viewing fall foliage through road trips is very common. But Wisconsin's train ride is more fun and exciting to experience the stunning autumn. There are some train services which provides dinner as well. And kids will love it. As the leaves transform into brilliant hues of reds, oranges and gold, you will not miss a beat as you pair your trip in the vintage cars with the magnificent sights of the season. 

Train ride

There are five famous train rides in Wisconsin
  1. Lumber jack steam train at Laona 
  2. Mid-continental steam train at North Freedom 
  3. Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway at Osceola 
  4. Riverside & Great Northern Railway at Wisconsin Dells
  5. Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Excursion train at Spooner 

Cheese factory tour

Wisconsin is dairyland, so how can your trip can be finished without cheese tasting? Cheese has been made here for more than 150 years. It is a craft, a tradition and a way of life. Cheese making was originally taught in Europe and emigrated with the pioneers who settled in Wisconsin. There are n number of varieties in cheese, which I haven't heard before.

I remember some of the names like bass lake cheese factory, cedar grove cheese, simon's speciality cheese. There are so many cheese factories so find your nearest.

Wisconsin Cheese

Explore wine trails and winery at Door county

Fall is best time to experience Wisconsin's beautiful wineries. So make your trip little bit foodie. The Door county wine trail include seven wineries throughout the Door Peninsula. As you taste your way though the wineries, take in the beauty of the season. Door County offers a gorgeous backdrop of fall color.

Wine trails

The Door County Distillery is a must-stop on the trail. Opened as an expansion to the most famous winery Door Peninsula. it's one of the hand-crafted distilleries in the state of Wisconsin and the first in the region to produce vodka and gin.

Pumpkin run ATV rally 

Iron county pumpkin run ATV rally is sponsored by the Mercer Area Chambers of Commerce. This rally gives chance to ride and explore the 250 miles of ATV trails throughout Iron County. These event also includes Friday night parade, weekend long poker run, great trails, food, games, prizes and more! Events take place in both Mercer and Hurley. You can ride Wisconsin's largest ATV trail system during the beautiful fall season. You can also get view of fall colors on trail. Event held on October and registration starts from mid September. 
Starting address :- Iron County Wisconsin ATV trails , 5150N Hwy 51, Mercer, WI 54547
End address :- Po Box 97, Hurley, WI 54534

ATV rally

Wisconsin fall color run

There are many counties who organize fall color run but Fontana sports is very famous. You can join these race for a 2, 4 or 8 Mile Run/Walk on the Ice Age Trail on the Gibraltar Segment in Lodi. Enjoy the fall colors seen along the bluffs on this run! They take around $10 from each registration.

They will not throw any powder colors as usual color run. These just old fashion run. You can also enjoy views of Lake Wisconsin and Devils lake from the top of the bluffs.

Fall color run

Canopy tour

In Wisconsin you will find many zip line tours. But to view fall colors I personally preference Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dells and Door county zip line tours. All tours have different features like speedy ride, sky bridges and spiral staircase. It's all up to you how difficult you want to choose.

Canopy tour

Viewing fall colors through Hot air balloon 

Want to view fall colors from the top? We have option for you. Climb into the eight-passenger gondola basket for a relaxing hour long ride over the Wisconsin countryside. Dress warmly and be prepared to be flexible in scheduling; even seemingly calm days can produce strong winds higher in the sky that make rides unsafe.

Hot air balloon 

Enjoy a scenic sunset hot air balloon flight over the beautiful Green Lake County area with Wisconsin's Majestic balloons. You need to do pre book your tickets for these ride. Sunset flights are scheduled daily from mid-May through early September and also on most weekends year-round. 
Destination address will be Majestic Balloons, Ltd., Box 406, Ripon, Wisconsin 54971

View fall colors through Kayaking 

There are more than 15000 lakes in Wisconsin. These includes all small and large lakes. Some of them are very famous to view fall colors. Devil's lake state park, Lake Geneva, Oshkosh etc are some of the famous places to view fall colors throughout kayaking.


Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday, October 05, 2015

10 fall date ideas

Cold and breezy atmosphere sounds like romantic isn't it ? So have you thought how will you spend these season with your someone special? If not than never mind I am here to give you great ideas. Don't worry it won't be so costly..... 

1. Bonfire

Bonfire is so much fun and make you feel warm in cold breezy fall. You can set up bonfire on beach site or even in your backyard. Get some marshmallows and chocolate dip and enjoy.

2. Tailgate party

Are you football lover? Than tailgate parties are so much more fun. Hanging out, having barbecue and cheer up your favorite team.

3. Watch football 

Watching football with your loved once is amazing. Either you can buy tickets and go to stadium or you can watch on tv at your home, choice is yours. Instead of watching football alone these will be much more fun.

4. Take drive to view fall foliage 

I love viewing fall colors. Those orange, yellow and red colors looks so pretty. 

5. Enjoy hot coffee outside

I love sitting at my patio and having hot coffee in cold weather. These feels so great. These will give you a chance to get to know each other better.

6. Corn maze

Do you love puzzle? If yes than you will love corn maze. It's so much fun.

7. Bake Apple pie together 

There are so many farms who give you chance to pick your own apples. Isn't it so much fun? And you can use your baking skills to impress someone special.

8. Go to Halloween costume party

Halloween is one of my favorite celebration season. We go to normal parties all around the year but costume parties are much more fun.

9. Go for pumpkin patch and carve it together 

Pumpkin patch is same as apple picking. Some farms offer both apple picking as well as pumpkin patch. They also provide carving tools to show your carving skills. If you don't like carving than you can bake pumpkin bread or cupcakes.

10. Collect fall leaves and make something creative 

These is great season with the great view of colorful leaves. so why don't we use those leaves and make the house colorful. Take a walk collect some different color leaves and make some beautiful decor together.