Northwoods meets Old World at Garmisch Resort


When I think about classic summer resort design in the Midwest, Old World architecture isn’t the first thing to come to mind.

That is a part of what makes the Garmisch Resort, eight miles east of Cable, unusual in Wisconsin.

Consider some of the lodging options at this 65-acre Bayfield County property, on the south shore of Lake Namakagon: the five-bedroom Edelweiss Haus and Blarney Castle, three-bedroom Alpine Haus, Schwaben Haus and Chateau des Alpes.

A window to Milwaukee


The Potawatomi this month will open a new restaurant and 19-story hotel in Milwaukee, and the project is remarkable for more than one reason.

In each of the 381 hotel rooms and suites is at least one wall of windows to reveal city landscapes. The higher the floor, the more you see from these floor-to-ceiling panes.

On the river


Around the time Jonathan Lucroy hit his second RBI double during the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, I sat 15 miles east, without a television, clue or care in the world.

In front of me was an exquisite, peaceful and 360-degree view of the Mississippi River as sunset neared.

St. Paul shines as rail brings Twin Cities closer


Some siblings come across as rivals who seem disconnected, and that’s the way I saw Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul until this summer.

Now light rail connects these sisters, which means there’s no reason to stay with one and ignore the other.

A collection of collections


Red Wing, a Mississippi River city on the Minnesota side, has been home to a pottery museum for years — but now it’s billed as home to the nation’s largest pottery collection.

The donation of a Nebraska couple’s private stash, 5,000 pieces worth around $1.5 million, motivated the all-volunteer Red Wing Pottery Foundation to successfully relocate and expand the museum into the longtime factory’s annex. It is near the kilns that used to transform clay to vessels that held coffee cream to casseroles.

Car buffs ready to shine


A 1977 Gremlin van soon will be moved into the Kenosha History Center, and the timing is deliberate.

The van (an American Motors Corp. prototype that never went into production) and Jeeps from five decades will be in place in time for “Kenosha Homecoming: Great Cars on a Great Lake,” July 22-26. The homecoming, an official American Motors Owners Association car show with up to 700 vehicles, occurs every three years.

Pizza fresh from the farm

9 declares that 93 percent of Americans ate pizza in the last month, and each of us averages 46 slices per year.

Dustin Booth and Emily Fradenburgh are among a growing number of rural Wisconsinites who smelled opportunity because of conclusions like these. They live on Polk County farmland with a former sawmill that his parents used to operate, near the end of a dead-end road in Echo Valley, near Clear Lake.

Nominating Wright sites


Savvy international travelers pay attention to UNESCO World Heritage Sites because on this list are the planet’s most awesomely significant destinations.

What makes the cut? Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. China’s Great Wall. Cuba’s Old Havana. Egypt’s Giza Pyramids. India’s Taj Mahal. Peru’s Machu Picchu. Add the Banks of the Seine in Paris, Acropolis in Athens, Vatican City in the Holy See, the Old City of Jerusalem and Sydney Opera House.

Native American flavor


Wild rice and cranberry dishes show up on many restaurant menus, especially in autumn, but rare is the restaurant that regularly serves fry bread or venison in Wisconsin.

I dine at many types of ethnic and specialty restaurants but have yet to see one devoted to Native American cuisine. Is this a gaping hole in our culinary offerings or proof of not enough interest to successfully frame a restaurant this way?

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