Wandering Wisconsin helps you propose a fall getaway | WUWM 89.7 FM
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Wandering Wisconsin helps you propose a fall getaway | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin is residence to 50 state parks, greater than 40 historic landmarks and, in fact, plenty of good beer and cheese. With so many sudden adventures and locations to find, why not plan your subsequent trip proper right here in our residence state?

We’ve teamed up with Journey Wisconsin that will help you make it occur. Wandering Wisconsin is our new month-to-month dialog the place we convey you options for nice locations to go to all through the state. To kick issues off, we’ll provide help to plan a fall getaway.

Fall colours

You can plan a complete trip simply based mostly round Wisconsin’s lovely fall colours and Journey Wisconsin has a useful resource that will help you do it. Their Fall Colour Report is an interactive map that reveals the standing of the leaves development from inexperienced to peak colours, in keeping with Amanda Weibel, the communications officer for Journey Wisconsin.

“And when you choose a location, you can too discover close by eating and lodging suggestions, plus a 3 day climate forecast to make your journey planning as easy as doable,” she says.

Wisconsin is almost half lined in forests so there are limitless areas to take a look at the colours and alternative ways to get pleasure from them like by foot, bike or automobile. One distinctive approach Weibel suggests having fun with the autumn colours is from a kayak or a canoe.

Family enjoys Fall colors from the water

One technique to get pleasure from Wisconsin’s fall colours — by way of canoe.

“It is simply such a neat expertise to be on the water [to] have the distinction of that water or the reflection of the leaves,” Weibel says. “That makes fall shade much more spectacular, and a terrific spot to take a look at is the Kickapoo Water Path within the Driftless Area. There are outfitters alongside the river that may help you with tools leases and shuttle providers, which makes the journey even simpler, and you’ll simply get pleasure from winding your approach alongside the Kickapoo River.”

Kickapoo River Valley
Distance from Milwaukee: Approx. three hours

If you wish to keep nearer to Milwaukee, Weibel additionally recommends Holy Hill Basilica to soak up the autumn colours.

“Constructed practically a century in the past that sits atop a hill shaped by glaciers in the course of the Ice Age. And there are 178 stairs to get to the highest of that scenic tower, however it’s completely definitely worth the climb. You’ll see for miles over that colourful cover,” she says.

Holy Hill
Distance from Milwaukee: Approx. 40 minutes

Farm go to

When you are out having fun with fall colours, you would possibly as nicely participate in one other important a part of any fall getaway — a cease at a farm.

Skelly’s Farm Market in Janesville has pumpkin selecting, apple cider and hay rides. However the huge draw at Skelly’s is their elaborate corn mazes. They had been one of many first farms within the nation to begin doing corn mazes.

Corn mazes at Skelly's Farm Market

Skelly’s Farm Market


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You’ll find two elaborate corn mazes at Skelly’s Farm Market in Janesville.

Scott Skelly, Skelly’s director of enjoyable, explains, “This yr for our twenty fifth yr, we actually needed to combine it up and we now have two mazes really on our farm — one which’s six acres, one which’s 9 acres. And the six acre maze, we have simply innovated with one thing actually new this yr, it is like an escape room inside the corn maze. So, you discover clues and once you get to the tip of the maze, you really should unlock an precise door to get out of the maze based mostly off the clues and the keys that you just discovered as you went via. Then, over on the unimaginable maze, it is actually an superior expertise. We principally made it right into a life-size online game. In order you undergo the maze, you are discovering completely different misplaced fruits or greens and also you get factors and scores and also you get to see the way you’re stacking up towards different folks that have gone via the maze, all by utilizing your smartphone to scan.”

One other distinctive factor Skelly’s provides is choose-your-own-adventure hay rides.

Skelly’s Farm Market
Distance from Milwaukee: Approx. one hour and half-hour

If you wish to make a complete weekend out of a visit to Skelly’s, there may be meals and purchasing locations in downtown Janesville — just like the Sandwich Bar. Adorn Janesville sells ethically produced attire, jewellery, equipment and items if you wish to get a leap on vacation purchasing. ANd, you can too try the The Glass Backyard the place you may strive your hand at making your individual stained glass creations.

And naturally, you may want a spot to remain when planning your fall weekend journey.

“There’s just a few neat native inns, whether or not you are proper on the Rock River in downtown Janesville, there’s even some mattress and breakfasts. If tenting is your factor, we now have Lake Koshkonong not too distant that has campgrounds and different close by locations. So, at all times a very good time to get out and discover a great spot to remain and luxuriate in the entire weekend,” Skelly explains.

Wandering Wisconsin is a partnership between WUWM and Journey Wisconsin. You possibly can hear them month-to-month on Lake Impact.