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Rosemont tempts O’Hare travelers

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I am a fickle consumer when it comes to airline transportation and spend way too much time weighing fares and gateways. I favor no airline but repeatedly head to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport because of often-remarkable price differences compared with Wisconsin options.

When a deep discount means spending a night in the area because of odd flight times, I typically book cheap lodging, hold my breath and get in and out fast. Now the rejuvenated village of Rosemont, Ill., tempts travelers to consider doing more and staying longer.

New since 2011 is a high-end outlet mall and entertainment district within a walk or quick shuttle ride from numerous hotels. These venues are two miles from O’Hare, within view of runway takeoffs and landings.


Paralympic skiers to race in Cable

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If you look at winter as a season of limitations, head to Cable and the Chequamegon National Forest in southern Bayfield County for a profoundly different perspective.

I’m not talking about the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski races in February, held since 1973, although the demonstration of athleticism, endurance and grit is bold.

So many ‘Places to See’

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Patricia Schultz was raised in Beacon, N.Y., a Hudson River town with some of our nation’s earliest settlements and the late folkster Pete Seeger as a hometown icon. She calls the city “a real Norman Rockwell corner of the world.”

“I had a lovely childhood, but it wasn’t quite enough for me,” says the author of the 2003 bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” an ambitious book that was a fast hit and published four years before “The Bucket List” was released as a film.

For the love of bratwurst

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You say you love bratwurst? Germany’s Bavaria is centuries ahead of us in that regard, and now a new exhibit in Nuremberg’s local history museum is devoted to the sausage.

The show about Nuremberg Rostbratwurst fills the first level of Stadtmuseum Fembohaus and is a first step toward deciding whether the city should open a permanent bratwurst museum.

For the love of bratwurst

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You say you love bratwurst? Germany’s Bavaria is centuries ahead of us in that regard, and now a new exhibit in Nuremberg’s local history museum is devoted to the sausage.

The show about Nuremberg Rostbratwurst fills the first level of Stadtmuseum Fembohaus and is a first step toward deciding whether the city should open a permanent bratwurst museum.

Enjoying the unexpected

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Little luxuries and surprises are a part of what makes travel a joy, and this applies to my wanderings throughout Wisconsin in 2014. Remember that what you take for granted in the backyard indeed might earn ovations from out-of-towners. Here is a glimpse of what impressed me unexpectedly.

I know what you’re thinking, and it’s true that independently owned lodging is a gamble, but this one is a winner. Almost in the shadow of Lambeau Field is a clean, cheerful, retro and accommodating motel from the 1950s whose U-shaped layout adds a layer of privacy. Attached is a restaurant with lovely bakery, reasonable prices and lots of locals as customers for breakfast. Room rates quadruple on Packer game days, because the stadium is within a walk, but watch ’em dive deep after the season ends. I paid less than $50. baymotelgreenbay.com, 920-494-3441

Welcome to Waupaca: Area is home to many distinctive B&Bs

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Booking a bed and breakfast at the Green Fountain Inn could mean lunch or dinner, too, if you time it right.

Accommodations at the Waupaca B&B, a roomy Victorian-style house built in 1908, are more about comfort and affordability than excess and luxury. Room rates stay well under $100, which includes a continental breakfast with bakery made just down the stairs.

‘Winterful Wisconsin’: Top places to visit in Madison

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Dreams of a white Christmas usually come true for us in Wisconsin, but there’s a quick skid of difference between picturesque wintry weather and an avalanche of discontent.

A new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, gently reminds us that the modern-day pleasures and pitfalls of winter are gentle when compared to what our forefathers experienced.

What to say about The Edgewater?

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One of the bigger city cat fights in Madison during the past few years involved a $100 million restoration of The Edgewater, a 1948 Art Deco hotel that overlooks Lake Mendota downtown.

This is where celebrities chose to stay, and a wall crowded with autographed photos proved it. It wasn’t unusual for groupies to head to the hotel’s bar, hoping for a post-show glimpse of a performer in need of a nightcap.

Let’s take a ride

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Mobster Al Capone was released from federal prison 75 years ago and sent home to Chicago. He was 40 years old and in bad health, mentally and physically, because of advanced syphilis; he refused treatment because he didn’t trust people with needles.

That’s how Johnny Three Knives recounts it, and he’ll tell a lot more if you follow the Sicilian code of conduct. The wheelman, a guy named Nails, adds a scowl of agreement.

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