Spring Green General Store, Spring Green Wisconsin

5 day trips to visit in Southwest Wisconsin

Wondering where to go this weekend near Madison, Wisconsin?

Shop & Eat at the Spring Green General Store 🥪 Spring Green, WI

Whether you trek to Spring Green, WI via WI-23 northbound from southern Wisconsin or westbound from Madison, Wisconsin, the drive to Spring Green is amazing and could be considered part of the adventure. The Spring Green General Store features a cafe offering local fair and a retail store highlighting artists’ goods, environmentally-friendly groceries and household items. Look for fair trade and local items at this small community-focussed business which is a great place to meet friends for a drink, bite to eat or live music. In addition to regular music gigs at the cafe, mark your calendar for the Spring Green General Store’s annual music events including BobFest and BeatleFest. Visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest or read more about the Spring Green General Store on TravelWisconsin.com.

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Governor Dodge State Park 🌲 Dodgeville, WI

This popular park just west of Madison, WI boasts over 40 miles of hiking trails, fishing and beaches each with boat rentals and pavilion rentals in two lakes, two campgrounds plus groups campsites and backpack sites, two caves, an amazing waterfall along fields of lupine, gorgeous views, wildlife and so much more.


Historic Small Town Tour 🏘 Mineral Point, WI

High Street is the given name for the primary thoroughfare or Main Street in British towns and in Mineral Point, WI, you’ll find High Street to be there too. This beautiful city offers a variety of small family business including a brewpub, wood-fired pizzeria, a southwest cuisine craft bar, a historic opera house, historic homes and hotels, an artist retreat center, amazing local food, a beautiful garden center and so many more shopping and reasons to stay the night.


Canoe the Wisconsin River 🛶 Arena to Spring Green, WI

There’s a day trip opportunity to float down a lazy river with family or friends: canoe the Wisconsin River. Experienced swimmers only! The Wisconsin River can be very dangerous. However with safety and experience, the Wisconsin River provides remarkable recreation opportunities for families or an individual. Start in Arena, WI with a canoe or large inflatable to paddle for 3 hours or float for five hours all the way to Spring Green, WI. Drop off and pickup shuttle arrangements can be purchased ahead of time through canoe outfitters like Black Hawk River Runs or so many others along that stretch of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Another idea is launch from Spring Green, WI and end in Muscoda, WI which is an overnight adventure involving sleeping on the sand bars so make sure to tie the boat to a tree, periodically checking that your selected overnight sandbar hasn’t washed out and situating the tent away from the morning sun but preferably in the direction of wind, to blow away bugs before the sun sets.

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New Glarus Brewing Co. 🍺 New Glarus, WI

If you shy from alcohol consumption, feel free to skip this SW day trip recommendation. Overlooking the little Swiss town of New Glarus, WI, New Glarus Brewing Co’s tourist friendly hilltop location features self-guided brewery tours, a huge beer depot store, a gift shop and so much more to enjoy. This location seems to be under a state of constant expansion of its brewing and visitor facilities. Beer fans, this craft beer business is incredible.

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Dirt-cheap cabin glamping in beautiful SW Wisconsin

Are you wanting an inexpensive rustic weekend cabin with a covered front porch?

Tucked away in the woods of Southwestern Wisconsin is a nook of four cabins, at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area. Highland and Cobb, WI are the towns closest to the Black Hawk Lake and the park office has ice, bait, firewood (including kindling) and more. Look for the store at the turn for the park road which has a great selection of camping, fishing, hunting and adult party supplies!

The great find at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area are the four rustic cabins. The favorite (photos below) is Cabin #4 however Cabin #3 has an amazing view. The privacy and forest cover cannot be beat at Cabin #4 but the kicker is these cabins are all inexpensive at $70 (plus fees) per night. Check the Black Hawk Lake website for seasonal cabin pricing discounts and for more photos.

We setup a small table on the covered porch at the cabin which is perfect for hiding from the rain and sun.

The view from the porch overlooks the hill down to the campfire, woods past the campsite and beautiful water past the trees.

The beach at Black Hawk Lake State Rec Area is small but nice! There’s 3 charcoal bbq grills, a number of picnic tables, the concession stand has pool float rentals and it’s a beautiful view. Check out the park map for some great weekend glamping inspiration.

There’s plenty of spots to go fishing and the park office store sells bait and fishing licenses too. The photo above shows one of the many private boat moring locations and on the far left is one of the park’s fishing piers.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area is located 10 minutes from Highland, WI and 25 minutes from Dodgeville, WI. In addition to the four cabins which sleep six guests, there’s also a 12 person cabin. All cabins feature heat, air conditioning a covered porch, bbq grill and more. The cabins do not have bathrooms, look for pit toilets for common use and the park features three shower houses with nice, hot water, a group campground ($45 per night) and two single family campgrounds.

The park also features power boat, canoe, kayak and pontoon rentals. For an affordable rustic weekend getaway, visit the cabins at Back Hawk Lake Recreation Area for a dirt-cheap option on your next glamping adventure.

5 awesome Father’s Day Gifts 🎁 he wants

Unique gifts which are meaningful and well received require knowing a person well so buying gifts which people actually want is not easy. This Father’s Day, make gift giving easy with one or more of these awesome gift ideas which a dad really wants to open.

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A Handcrafted Wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board is a St. Louis, USA based board game company that produces all kinds of unique wooden games using premium materials. This Baseball Game has slightly different rules than at the ball park using dice, metal pegs and a dry erase scoreboard. Play Ball!


This 4 Person Portable Hot Tub

This portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime so it ships in 2 days and has an awesome filter.Portable 4 person hot tub 🛀

This simple maintenance portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime, so it ships in 2 days, is large enough to comfortably fit 4 hot tubbers at 77 inches across plus it’s got an awesome filter and many more features.


A 3-Pack of Man Candles

This awesome three-pack of manly scented candles from a local brewery will provide a bourbon smell and more

Each manly three-pack includes:
1x Hoppy IPA Beer Candle (juicy apricot scent)
1x Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Candle (spicy, herbal, earthy scent)
1x Vintage Merlot Wine Candle (vanilla + brown sugar + blackberry scent)


A Bluetooth Speaker That’s a Cooler

Bluetooth travel speaker is battery powered

This portable bluetooth speaker is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the dad on the go—a travel companion for the beach, pool side or wherever you want music on the go. It also features a built in power bank for your iOS or Android devices, is battery powered and is not expensive either.


This Taco T-Shirt

Taco T-shirt

If they don’t have tacos, I’m not coming. Who doesn’t love tacos? Help your man show his love for the southwest food gods with this excellent T-shirt available in gray, green, blue and white. Not into tacos? Check out this huge selection of bargain finds for dad other marked down Father’s Day gifts from Amazon.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area Cabins

Must have packing list for cabin camping

Are you looking for a list of essential items to pack for your next camping weekend at the cabin?

Each time I go camping or on vacation, I always forget at least one thing. So I’ve learned to enjoy the ride and not sweat the details too much when it comes to packing for a road trip.

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many getaways across the USA and Canada and with these experiences, I’ve accumulated a fine-tuned camping trip packing list.

My next weekend getaway includes a cabin reservation at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area near Cobb and Highland, WI for myself and a friend and so below, I’m happy to share my cabin camping packing list.

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Unicorn Easter gifts kids want in 2019

Are you wanting to buy Easter gifts the kids will love?

Toy trends have taken some interesting turns with popularity in product categories including slime, poop and everything unicorn! This Easter, fill your kids’ baskets with some non-candy gifts with a unicorn twist! After scouring for the best unicorn Easter gifts, let’s obsess over these magical horses with their cuteness and enchantment to fill that obligatory Springtime gift basket with these top unicorn gift ideas from online retailers like Etsy, Amazon, Wish, Kohls and more—Enjoy!

Unicorn Aviators

at Target.com

These whimsical Elli by Capelli sunglasses from Kohls.com are rainbow styled with round frames which fit ages 3 and up.

$12 – Buy at Kohls.com


Unicorn Trinket Tray

availabe at Kohls.com

Everyone needs a place to organize accessories. This unicorn tray by LC Lauren Conrad is available at Kohls.com and is made of ceramic.

$26 – Buy on Kohls.com


LLAMACORN SLIPPERZ

by Moosh-Moosh plushies

These plush Slipperz by Moosh-Moosh will melt your heart. Available in many styles, the Llamacorn Slipperz are super soft and are available for $16.99 on Moosh-Moosh.com.

$16.99 – Buy on Moosh-Moosh.com


Unicorn Chuck Taylors

on Kohls.com

These super slick Converse All-Star gym shoes are to die for! Available in both unicorn and rainbow print, and only $34.99 at Kohls.com.

$34.66 – Buy on Kohls.com


Plush Unicorn Pillow

from Moosh-Moosh

Moosh-Moosh also makes a number of sequin and non-sequin style plush pillows which may be the squishiest, cutest, huggable “plush buddies” that you can buy! These pillow friends are your cuddle buddy and there’s too many plush characters choose from! Available in different sizes, pictured here is the large Moosh-Moosh Plushie, available for $16.99 on Moosh-Moosh.com.

$16.99 – Buy on Moosh-Moosh.com


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Top 10 Michigan Influencers on Instagram

This summer, we’re headed to Lake Cadillac in Cadillac Lake, Michigan for a sunny family vacation with the whole gang! Our Airbnb lakefront vacation home has 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 4 season solarium facing Lake Cadillac, pier with boats and much more. Part of the adventure of heading to a new community for a vacation, has always been planning ahead by reaching out to the local Chamber of Commerce and visitors bureau to get area info packets and hopefully a map!

I get excited about an upcoming travel destination by looking at Instagram’s huge collection of local influencers. Let’s enjoy the beauty and fun of Michigan with a best-of list of 10 favorite Michigan based influencers popular on Instagram.


1. @naturalmichigan

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvobZuGAzNO/

NatureMichigan reshares other adventure travel photos, above photo by @lindzjoy1188


2. @michiganskymedia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSc3BpA4tS/
Check out Tyler’s photos at www.michiganskymedia.com


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Showaflops are the flip-flops you’ve always wanted #giveaway

Are you looking for a durable, stylish flip-flop which keeps your feet free of germs?

Feet are gross. They’re sweaty and dirty because our feet get lots of use! When I start wearing flip-flops, I wear them frequently. So I cycle through men’s flip-flops at least twice a summer. This year, I discovered Showaflops, a fun and stylish slide which can be worn almost anywhere. I’m excited to try Showflops this summer on glamping trips here in Wisconsin and at the pool and beach nearby.


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10 luxury Midwest getaways for nature lovers + Showaflops #Giveaway

But who still want Wifi, a hot tub and queen-size bed or larger

Do you enjoy camping but still left wanting a hot tub, heat, A/C, a queen size bed and Wifi? Think glamping! A combination of camping and luxurious accommodations.

Glamour + Camping = Glamping!

We’ve partnered with GlampingHub.com to bring the best and most unique glamping vacation destination in the Midwest which also feature wifi, hot tubs, and at least a queen-size bed. Also, be sure to enter the Showaflops giveaway and read below for more info about Showaflops. We’re showing off the best Midwest trip ideas to get into nature but also have a cozy, comfortable stay. Glamping Hub features more than 30,000 luxurious locations for nature lovers in more than 180 countries! Discover more amazing trip ideas from GlampingHub.com in this feature article on TRAVEL+LEISURE or on their social accounts at Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter.


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Vintage Kentucky postcard


Cottage at Daniel Boone National Forest

Burnside, KY – $105/night

This super-cute cottage which sleeps up to 4 guests is located near the Cumberland River and has luxurious conveniences including wifi, two flat-screen TV’s, queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, large stone fireplace, bubbling hot tub, bbq grill and shared swimming pool. Families with kids will be happy to know that the cottage is kid and infant-friendly however pets are not allowed on the property and there is a two-night stay minimum.

“For those looking to explore the surroundings, head out for some hiking and biking through Daniel Boone National Forest. The adventurers out there can head out for some rock climbing or hiking while those looking to relax can enjoy some boating while scouting out the best picnicking spots. Lake Cumberland also offers guests an array of activities including shopping, swimming, and hiking.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/south/kentucky/burnside/cottage-daniel-boone-national-forest-kentucky/


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