WI Travel Guide
Thinking of where to go this spring and summer—how about Wisconsin? Okay, we understand that it might not have the appeal of the Caribbean or Europe, but their latest tourism campaign has put the state back on our radar.
Take a break from the cubicle this morning and watch the tourism board’s latest attempt at humor and getting visitors into the state. They do their best to do a little remake of Airplane! complete with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays doing their thing.
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
There may be many great motivations to head up into Wisconsin (like last week's Oshkosh's annual mega airshow), but no matter the reason you've got to stop for cheese curds.
Ignore the souvenir shops just off the expressway, each packed with overpriced foam hats shaped like cheese wedges, and instead take an exit and head to the town's market. Cheese curds live with other cheese products in dairy departments, but differ in that they're ideal finger foods, snacks, and tasty without the addition of anything else.
The fresher the curds, the squeakier they'll be.
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15,000 people saw the Disney movie "Planes" before you, but how can that be? The 3D animated film, which follows the (mis)adventures of a cropduster airplane named "Dusty" in his quest to become a race plane, doesn't debut until this Friday, August 9.
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What are you doing this weekend?
Waitdon't answer, because if it's not "heading to Oshkosh, Wisconsin," then it's the wrong reply. What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all this week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture, and this weekend will see the bulk of the tens of thousands of participating aircraft in the skies and on the ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport the title of busiest control tower in the world for the week of the festival.
Although we flew in last year, this time we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.
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Here at Jaunted, we spend considerable time and (virtual) ink drooling over weird festivals. So, this summer, we've decided to visit a few. Today Lara Zielin reports back from the Pure Water Days beer fest in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin was once little more than a scar on the terrain—a place where the trees were ripped up by hardy loggers, then rolled downriver and shipped far afield.
Much of that changed when Jacob Leinenkugel, a Bavarian immigrant and brewer, descended on the town in 1866 and started making beer using the clear, cold spring water on site. First, the loggers drank the beer. Then everyone else started drinking the beer, which is still true today, especially during the town’s Pure Water Days festival.
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Jack Dawson was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. You know, that guy from Titanic? The guy Rose says there’s no room for on the door at the end?
Jack was escaping this small Wisconsin town for bigger—and ultimately colder—adventures, but if he’d just hung around long enough, he could have attended the town’s annual Pure Water Days Festival, which is probably better than any party his pals threw in steerage.
This weekend, August 10-12, this once lumber- and railroad-dependent town will celebrate its history sprouting up from the banks of the Chippewa River, the source of all that pure water. These days, said water is used for many things, among them Leinenkugel’s beer, which is headquartered in Chippewa Falls.
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It has always been said that the state of Ohio is the "birthplace of aviation" (it also happens to the birthplace of your intrepid editor. Coincidence? I think not). Still, head some 40 minutes north of the state line and up into Michigan, and you'll hit a town that serves as the birthplace of the automotive industry.
It's Dearborn, MI, the international home of the Ford Motor Company and former location of Ford Airport, site of many firsts: first U.S. airport hotel, first concrete runway, first U.S. scheduled passenger service, first contracted airmail service, first radio control for a commercial flight and first U.S. passenger terminal. Though the airfield is no more, the planes that earned their wings on it are, somewhat miraculously, still flying.
Around 18 of the 199 Ford Tri-Motors originally produced still have the sun glinting off their corrugated metal wings, the wind through their three radial engines. And two of these 18 were present at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, offering rides for $80 per person this past weekend. You know we had to.
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Admit it. You'll ogle aircraft at any available opportunity. We understand. There is help out there for you...in the form of yet more airplane porn from our day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
In addition to the slew of pro photos and slick video, we of course shot from the hip with an iPhone 4S, uploading to Instagram all the live-long day.
Understanding that not everyone has Instagram (get it & get it now!) and it can be trying to keep up with all images in a constantly flowing stream of visual candy, we've included most (but not all!) of our Oshkosh Instagrams from this past weekend. Check 'em out:
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport has no regularly scheduled flights. And yet it manages to rack up over 90,000 landings every year. It has no impressive passenger terminal. And yet it counts visitors in the millions. What OSH does have, you see, is EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, a massive aviation celebration that swamps the tiny town for one week every summer.
At 8am this past Saturday we landed right in the thick of things, arriving on one of Southwest Airlines' newest, shiniest Boeing 737-700s after a quickie flight up from Chicago-Midway International. Here we could type a slew of fawning adjectives to describe our day (not even a full day!) spent zipping from the expansive cockpits of military transports to reclining in the slim leather seats of private props, but luckily a simple worda word we maybe whispered and shouted a thousand times at OSHsums it up: awesome.
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For one week every summer, the airport of a small city in Wisconsin operates the busiest air traffic control tower in the world. The reason: America's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts and the planes they love. It's called EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and it sees 15,000 aircraft and up to a million attendees....plus us.
We'll be heading to "Super Saturday" at Oshkosh onboard one of Southwest Airlines' newest 737s, flying right into the show from Chicago-Midway. It's going to be craaaaayyyyzay awesome, and we want you along for the ride.
Although we'll be up early tomorrow and there for only one day, the fun will be constant. Here's how to follow along for all our hot and bothered OSH excitement tomorrow, Saturday:
We’ve seen wine trails, beer trails, and even a green chile cheeseburger trail, but the latest foodie map is all about dairy delights. Residents of Wisconsin have another claim to fame, as the state just released a traveler’s guide to help you discover and explore some of the state’s greatest cheese options.
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of the stinky sharp stuff or a whole week filled with curds, they have you covered. "A Travelers Guide to America’s Dairyland" is available for download, but if you need something to add to your kitchen they’ll even send you one for free.
After a long summer filled with uncertainty, it’s finally time to get ready for some football. NFL players and owners worked out their differences, and the 2011 season is ready to kickoff on September 8 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year it’s the Super Bowl champions—the Packers—facing the Saints to get things started. The season’s first games run through the weekend, but most of the party is focused on that first Thursday night.
To celebrate the return of football the NFL is teaming up with EA Sports—makers of the Madden video game series—to welcome the season opener. The league’s 92nd season will begin with a little bit of music, as it was just announced that Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon 5 will be on hand to get the party started. Things will all be taking place live outside of the Packers’ home at Lambeau Field, and things will be broadcast on NBC before the game starts just you can’t attend in person.