Filling our 2017 bucket list on ‘National Plan for Vacation Day’

Welcome to “National Plan for Vacation Day.” Jan. 31 has been designated as the day to help people plan their time off for the year. Project Time Off says that people who plan their vacations early in the year actually take time off from work for some recreation. It’s vital that people plan to take time […]

Travels 2016: Water, food, history and, of course, cheese awaits you in Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Kenosha area was the only Wisconsin stop for us this year. We had a great time visiting the city that is situated along Lake Michigan. It’s less than two hours north of downtown Chicago and less than an hour south of Milwaukee. Kenosha offers visitors a mix of big city life and small community […]

Kenosha’s knights seek their holy grail at Mars Cheese Castle

The Knights of the Cheesehead? I imagine if Kenosha’s Mars Cheese Castle had a team of knights, they may consider that name. I do know that the castle has some great food, cheese and drink selections. Mars is a tourist attraction because the store’s building resembles a medieval castle. People shop there because it has […]

Kenosha’s public art scene

Art comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a mural on the side of a building, or a statue along the lakefront. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, the public art we viewed also included business signs. The city, located about halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, offers a lot of art to enjoy. Carthage College has […]

Jelly Belly center is sweet tour near Kenosha, Wisconsin

My mom used to work at an ice cream factory in Omaha. She once said that you never want to see how something is made, especially if it’s something you like. I’m not a huge candy fan, but I do like a handful of jelly beans once in a while. Lisa and I visited the […]

Kenosha museums explore history from dinosaurs to manufacturing

Prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Earth can be found alongside some of Wisconsin’s native and familiar animals at Kenosha’s museums. The city recognizes its history during the Civil War and other American conflicts, as well as looking at its growth from a small town to the state’s fourth largest city. All this can be […]

Tenuta’s Deli serves up a local landmark

It hits you as soon as you get out of your car. The smell. What is it? What is being grilled outside Tenuta’s? The aroma of original Italian sausages draws you to the order stand, while you watch the meat being cooked over an open grill, just a few feet from the entrance to Tenuta’s […]

Durkee Mansion: Major player in Kenosha history

Upon first view, you might think Durkee Mansion is one huge place. You’d sort of be correct, as well as wrong. Durkee Mansion is actually small compared to rest of the facility, known as Kemper Hall. The mansion was sold to the local Episcopal Church, which added a chapel and a girls school to the […]

Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – Join us for Kenosha Fun!

Disclosure: Thanks to Visit Kenosha for sponsoring this post and the July Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Hugging the Lake Michigan shoreline and snuggled right between Chicago and Milwaukee, lies Kenosha, WI. As the Visit Kenosha website says, “Discover what lies beyond the expected”. After visiting Kenosha in early May, we now understand […]

‘Seeing the elephant’ at Kenosha’s Civil War Museum

After the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, throwing the United States into its Civil War, more than a million men from the upper Midwest enlisted in the Union Army to squash the Confederacy’s attempt to permanently divide the nation. These men’s stories are among those told at the Kenosha Civil War Museum. The […]

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