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Revamped Edgewater breathes life into a Madison landmark Image

Revamped Edgewater breathes life into a Madison landmark

Published Thursday, Jan. 22

By the 1970s, an ugly addition and the gutting of the deco charm inside left The Edgewater a mere shadow of its original glory on the shores of Lake Mendota. But now, with a new owner, a completely new renovation and a brand new sister building across an inviting plaza, The Edgewater is clearly atop the world of Madison hotels once again.

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Why Walker should approve the Kenosha casino

Published Monday, Jan. 19

This week a group of Iowa social conservatives issued Gov. Scott Walker an ultimatum: If you want to be president, kill the Kenosha casino, they said. To which I retort: Butt out. Maybe the Iowa Republicans should focus their umbrage on their own riverboats instead.

Sometimes holidays are easier from a distance Image

Sometimes holidays are easier from a distance

Published Tuesday, Jan. 6

As much as we love our families, our roots and some of our old ways, I think there's usually a reason (besides our jobs) that we opt to live thousands of miles away from them. So, if you didn't get a chance to see those closest to you this holiday, please enjoy them from a distance; sometimes it's easier that way!

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Dazzling "Varekai" redefines the circus

Published Thursday, Dec. 4

"Cirque du Soleil: Varekai" comes to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Dec. 18-21, but OnMilwaukee.com's Molly Snyder got a sneak peek of the show in New Orleans last month.

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Bobblehead Museum eyes Milwaukee

Published Tuesday, Nov. 18

Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced its establishment and intention to locate in Milwaukee. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will display the world's largest collection of bobbleheads and bobblehead-related exhibits and will be "the premier source of bobblehead related news and information," it said in a release.

Urban spelunking: Charles Allis Art Museum Image

Urban spelunking: Charles Allis Art Museum

Published Tuesday, Nov. 11

The building that houses the Charles Allis Art Museum, 1630 E. Royall Pl., on Milwaukee's East Side was designed and built as a home, but in a sense it's also always served as an art museum. Built by a captain of industry, Charles Allis, the house -- designed by Alexander Eschweiler and built in 1909 -- was planned as more than a home for Eschweiler and his wife, Sarah. It was meant to be a showplace for their ever-growing collection of art.

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9 best reasons to visit Wisconsin

Published Monday, Oct. 27

Thrillist -- a website that focuses on food, drink, travel and being merry in general -- recently posted a list of nine of the best reasons to visit Wisconsin. We want to hear your addition for No. 10.

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Cave of the Mounds is a Wisconsin wonder

Published Saturday, Oct. 18

It seems to always happen in a farm field. A kid sees the mother of God, a white buffalo is born, an astonishing cave full of prehistoric paintings is accidentally uncovered. That's where Wisconsin and the world stumbled upon one of the state's most stunning natural attractions, Cave of the Mounds, too, in 1939.

Blowing in to the Windy City: 3 quick and easy overnights Image

Blowing in to the Windy City: 3 quick and easy overnights

Published Thursday, Oct. 9

Looking for a quick and easy getaway? Chicago's just a short, smooth train ride south and whether you're traveling with kids, as a couple or on your own, the possibilities are endless. So endless that it might seem a little daunting to plan. Don't you worry, sit back and let us do the work. Here are three quick and easy Windy City overnights that will make for memorable little getaways.

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Fall into family fun in Door County

Published Wednesday, Oct. 8

Once upon a time, I figured that the magnificent, serene and beautiful Door County is a place only to be enjoyed by adults. Maybe my priorities have changed, though, because even after 20 years of visits, only recently did I come to the conclusion that kids could fall in love with this magical retreat, too. Turns out I was right. After the summer rush died down, we took our daughter up to Door County for the first time this weekend. It was a wonderful journey.

Historic Yerkes Observatory offers a look at history, stars Image

Historic Yerkes Observatory offers a look at history, stars

Published Sunday, Aug. 31

Why not check out Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, near Lake Geneva? Situated 190 feet above Geneva Lake, the observatory is a fascinating place in an architecturally interesting building and offers great views of the surrounding area.

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Plan a weekend escape to Viroqua

Published Saturday, Aug. 30

Because Viroqua is only three hours west of Milwaukee, Viroqua - the county seat of Vernon County - is a possible destination for an affordable weekend getaway. OnMilwaukee.com's Molly Snyder recently went for a visit and developed this list of local places and spaces to check out.

Little Amerricka amusement park provides good, old, inexpensive fun Image

Little Amerricka amusement park provides good, old, inexpensive fun

Published Thursday, Aug. 28

Little Amerricka, in Marshall -- 20 miles northeast of Madison -- was a revelation when we discovered it recently. Of course, it's been there for years and is no secret, but we'd never made the trip before. There, we found fun at a refreshingly reasonable price.