Fishing & Boating in the Northwoods

A Wisconsin Fish Fry in Middleton & a Visit to Taliesin

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For me, Friday in Wisconsin is just not complete without a fish fry. So, after returning to the Staybridge Suites hotel (located in Middleton, a bit west of Madison) after our tour of Capital Brewery, we changed our clothes  and headed out again to find a fish fry. Our selected venue was located a stone’s […]

Friday Night in Fond du Lac

lake winnebago harbor

Heidi and I arrived at Fond du Lac in the early afternoon and were able to get an early check-in to our hotel. We had ample time prior to our Friday night dinner, so we headed east about 15 miles or so to Mt. Calvary and a unique place called Villa Loretto and Cristo Rey […]

Oconomowoc, WI – A Lot to Like

golden mast exterior

Can you say Pasty? I knew you could! But more on what is thought to be a Cornish creation a bit later… The purpose of the weekend road trip was originally a plan to meet family members in Oconomowoc, one of whom was to be married this summer in New York. Unsure as to whether […]

Grey Rock Restaurant Review

grey rock mansion

Nestled against the shore of the deepest lake in Wisconsin – Green Lake – is the Grey Rock Mansion at the Heidel House Resort. The resort boasts one of the most picturesque settings I have visited. And the Grey Rock is truly an adventure in fine dining. From the outside, and even upon entering, it […]

The Heidel House Resort on Green Lake

heidel house sign

GI have looked all over the area within 100 miles or so of the Fox Valley area (Illinois) for an out-of-the-way place to go for a weekend retreat in the dead of winter. Guess I just didn’t look quite far or quite hard enough. Boy, do I have a place to recommend to you. It […]

Courthouse Pub Restaurant Review

Manitowoc courthouse pub exterior

With plate presentations that rival some of the best that I have seen and service that is superior to many places that I have visited, the Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc, Wisconsin is certainly a place that I could make a habit of revisiting – several times a year! We were fortunate enough to have had […]

Wisconsin Rapids & Nekoosa, WI

R Karl finds some snacks in Rudolph, WI

Another trek – would this time take us to Wisconsin Rapids and the area roads that are now known as The Cranberry Highway. For this excursion, we left the suburbs of Chicago just before 2:00 PM on a Friday afternoon and headed north on Interstate 90-94. Just north of Madison, Wisconsin we turned onto State […]

Fireside Dinner Theater – “Those Fabulous 50’s”

Fireside Theater

A small hole had opened in my schedule and presented itself like a freshly drilled orifice in the ice of my favorite lake. This was an opportunity to get away for an “overnighter” and we were off like a flash to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Destination? The Fireside. A good friend had been urging me to […]

Mars Resort & Bar – Lake Geneva WI

mars resort entrance

Sometimes, a short excursion is better than no excursion at all. And so, at the end of a very long week, Heidi and I decided to head a short distance north to one of our favorite dinner venues: a small restaurant on the shores of Lake Como (just north of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin). It’s called […]