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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Inspiration

As we hit mid-February, I start to get a little restless with winter. I find Valentine’s Day a bright spot on the calendar!  Setting aside time with the special people in my life is more meaningful than ever as we persist through COVID.  So, show your Valentine or Galentine that you’re really thinking about them.…

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Cross-Country Skiing in the Kettle Moraine State Forest

Activity around Elkhart Lake doesn’t stop when the water turns cold and the last Fall leaves settle on the ground. In fact, many outdoor enthusiasts can’t wait for the snow to fly. Over the last two years, I’ve been introduced to a very loyal and passionate group of cross-country skiers in the area. As a…

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Ready, Set, Schnee

Everyone knows how to do summer here. That’s easy. What’s not to love? Embracing January, however —  that takes some grit. It takes some local knowledge regarding how to survive, and better yet, how to thrive, when deep winter sets in. Whether it was lining up gear the night before school for a snowy recess,…

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Old Fashioneds by Firelight

There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear — a mantra I’ve learned all my life in northern climates. If there is one thing that my Wisconsin roots have provided me, it is the strong foundational spirit of leaning into winter. Hat, check. Gloves, check. Let’s go, the sun will soon set!…

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Bundle Up & Bring on 2021!

Oh 2020, what a ride it’s been. Only a few days remaining in the year we will never forget. What do we make of it? Do we reflect on all we’ve learned during the past year?  Do we set intentions for the year ahead? Do we make a toast for simply coming this far with…

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Christmas Crowlers

It’s always a mad dash to the finish line for Christmas, isn’t it?  And it never fails, there are always a few gifts that are a challenge.  I find food and beverages always make great gifts, but especially for the holidays.  I would recommend checking out  Switchgear Brewery .  Their selection of craft brews makes…

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6 Reasons to Spend the Holidays at The Osthoff Resort

The holidays are a time that we usually spend running around from Christmas at grandmas and grandpas, to Christmas at your extended family and then maybe a Christmas celebration with friends. We love to be surrounded by our friends, family, and relatives, but unfortunately things are looking a little different this year. With the flexibility…

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Christmas Dinner in the Village

Planning for the holidays during a pandemic has added new layers of stress for all of us.  I come from a large Italian family with many holiday traditions.  We are desperately trying to hold on to these delicious traditions, but honestly, many of them are sadly slipping away this year.  Big gatherings and meals are…

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Hanging Out at The Hard Left Lounge

The holiday season is in full swing, so it’s time to sip on World-Class cocktails and indulge in delicious bites at Siebkens Resort's Hard Left Lounge. This winter pop-up allows visitors to social distance comfortably in your own little cozy pod made up of vintage furniture collected over the years at the historic Siebkens Resort.…

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‘Tis the Season for a Holiday Themed Pop-Up Restaurant

Preparing for the Holidays is always a bit stressful for me.  I’m a list maker and this time of year the list is long; decorating, cards, baking, shopping, wrapping.  Santa is checking his list twice-right?  Me…..I’m checking it daily, sometimes hourly!  So, if you’re like me, when the work is all said and done, some…

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