The Midwest might not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning winter ski trips, but there are plenty of places in the area to hit the slopes. Most ski areas have a wide variety of runs, making them perfect for all levels of ski enthusiasts. The hills may not be as steep as their competitors out West, but they have the perfect conditions for getting kids started on skis and families looking to spend quality time together in the snow. This winter, pack your gear and head to some of the best places to ski in the Midwest with kids.
When the wind begins to blow and the leaves fall from their branches, our kids know the time for our annual apple orchard visit is at hand. For eleven years we have journeyed north to Wisconsin, to a place called Apple Holler. It is not a small operation by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to offering pick your own fruit, they entice visitors with hay rides, games, a corn maze, a restaurant and store, and many other whimsical farm creations. It is a true retail operation. If you don’t live near one of the countless orchards of the Midwest, don’t worry, you can see if they’re picking apples somewhere near you by visiting PickYourOwn.org. This site offers the locations of… [Read More]
The town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is conveniently located an hour southwest of Milwaukee, and about ninety minutes north of Chicago, making it the perfect choice for a quick getaway. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is the town’s premier resort property, offering a variety of activities from golf to snow skiing, along with a wide variety of seasonal events, making it a perfect family getaway any time of year.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is a resort town located an hour and a half north of Chicago and an hour south of Milwaukee. In the summer, the town welcomes visitors coming to sail and swim on Geneva Lake, relax in their lake houses, or stroll down main street. Lake Geneva’s population hovers around the 7,700 mark, but on busy weekends the sidewalks swell with visitors. The winter is much quieter, with the exception of Winterfest, when tens of thousands of visitors gather to enjoy the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition and celebrate winter in earnest. This year the festival runs from February 3 through 13th, so if you haven’t been, there’s still time to go and have a fun time with your… [Read More]
If you haven’t visited Milwaukee with kids, you don’t know what you’re missing. This city on Lake Michigan has family friendly museums, restaurants, and festivals to appeal to children of all ages. The city is fairly easy to maneuver, has a stunning lakefront, and is perfect for a weekend getaway. We love visiting from Chicago and each time we are pleasantly surprised to discover new sights to explore as a family.
Every year, people head to the state fair to experience the rides, have fun as a family, and sample the deep fried food. When I recently read an article about the best state fairs in the country, Wisconsin’s was on the list. I have vivid memories of visiting the Arizona state fair with my parents when I was younger and I wanted my kids to have this experience. My husband was not a big fan when I proposed a trip to the fair, but he begrudgingly agreed to tag along when we visited last week. I think I won him over when I told him there would be Deep Fried Cookie Dough.