The Wisconsin Historical Society preserves the knowledge, artifacts, and historic sites that have popped up over the course of Wisconsin's tenure as a territory and state. Browse the hallowed halls of history in the historical museum, the First Capitol, or the Wade House, an 1844 settlement home. Click here to see a full listing of the sites maintained by the society.
One look at an eagle soaring across the sky or a talkative duck swimming by, and the bustle of the city starts to fade. Lynn Ann's Campground hands folks a respite from daily life with a wooded campground tucked into the shoreline of Big St. Germain Lake. The campground celebrates the great outdoors with activities such as hiking, swimming, boating, and biking. Die-hard fisher-persons can search for the prized fish in the lake, just as the pros do during the Big St. Germain championship musky tournament each year. And a nearby casino, golf course, and tennis courts augment the camp's excursions and amenities if you want to get away from the getaway.
If pure relaxation is the desire, guests can kick back and warm their hands next to a roaring campfire as the native loons entertain them with a chorus of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore." Lynn Ann?s is not without a link to the rest of the world; Wifi is available in many areas of the campground, and certain campsites are equipped with cable TV.
Rain, shine, or 6 inches of snow?groups can head to Big Dog Adventure Park's sprawling outdoor fields for high-octane games of paintball and laser tag. Spread across 100 acres, the fields cover varied terrain, incorporating both wide-open land and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering. Players get onto the fields in games of classic Capture the Flag?or funkier face-offs such as Steal the Bacon?after renting their gear onsite.
To create small batches of wines and spirits at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, the proprietor draws upon the best raw materials available throughout the United States. But those aren't always the raw materials you'd imagine: Spirits include vodka made from midwest apples rather than grain, authentic fruit brandies, and whiskey distilled from full-flavored craft beer to be released in November 2014. The one-of-a-kind wine recipes are equally distinctive, ranging from sweet-tasting pinot noir and zinfandel to port-style moscato and classic dry reds such as syrah and pinot noir.
At Infinity Beverage's Tasting Lounge, visitors enjoy samples of hand-crafted wines, spirits, cocktails, and libations-in-development in a relaxing atmosphere. Customers are urged to visit Infinity's website to view their ever-growing list of current products.
Though Sand Creek Brewing Company officially launched in 2004, its heritage stretches all the way back to 1856. That's when the Swiss-born Ulrich Oderbolz built his Oderbolz Brewing Company. on the side of a hill in Black River Falls. The facility changed hands and names over the years?Badger Brewing Company, Pioneer Brewing Company?before the Sand Creek team relocated from their makeshift brewery on a Wisconsin dairy farm.
These days, Pioneer's brewmaster Todd Krueger?a winner of three World Beer Cup golds?joins forces with Sand Creek's Jim Wiesender. Together, the duo concocts 10 year-round and seasonal brews, from an award-winning oatmeal chocolate stout to a German-style ale made with Wisconsin-grown cranberries. Brews flow every Friday evening at Sand Creek's taproom, while free tours offer glimpses into the historic building and its 19th-century beer cellar, where bottles are fashionably attired with top hats and monocles. Besides extended taproom hours each summer, the microbrewery participates in myriad events throughout the year.