March is a time of year that leaves many of us longing for spring, and in Wisconsin, we still have a number of weeks before those warmer temperatures grace us once again and entice us to spend more time outdoors. This is when cabin fever can be at its worse. The ski hills do a great job of making snow for the downhill skiers and snowboarders. But for those of us who prefer to stay on a more level plane, March’s weather in Wisconsin can be tricky and many times there may not be enough snow for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Let’s face it, it’s been a long winter and most of us are ready to do more than go for a walk in the neighborhood or visit the mall to get out and about and feel rejuvenated. Fortunately, Wisconsin has much to offer in the way of indoor activities, and most of the time we don’t need to look much further than our own backyard.
Visit a local museum, what a better way to find out about our local and state history than to visit a museum. With a quick search on the internet I discovered Wisconsin has over 420 museums. The list is long and varied, you are sure to find one that suits your interest. Here are a few out of the ordinary that may peak your interest and be worth getting in the car to go visit.
The Chocolate Experience Museum in Burlington, WI is free to the public during regular business hours. What’s not to love… a free tour (they do ask for a donation) and chocolate!! Burlington’s Chocolate Experience Museum exists to educate visitors about the history of chocolate and the part it plays in the world, improve the local economy and economic stability for Burlington as a tourism destination.
Did you know Harry Houdini was from Appleton, WI? The History Museum at the Castle has an exhibit, AKA Houdini which lets you experience some of Harry Houdini’s tricks of the trade through hands-on activities. It is great fun for the whole family! See why the world renowned magician called Appleton his hometown.
And we can’t talk about Wisconsin without mentioning cheese. Monroe, WI has the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. Enter ….”an era that was, that will never be again” as you step inside the Imobersteg Cheese Factory, restored and located on our campus, where each year on the second Saturday of June a 90 pound wheel of Swiss cheese is made right before your eyes, as it was done over 100 years ago.
Check out the local Center for the Arts, Wisconsin communities are doing a wonderful job of bringing in exhibits, entertainers and artists to their area. You can see an up-and-coming comedian, a musical, an orchestra, or the ballet. They have art exhibits, magicians, and choir concerts.
The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls has a wide variety of activities scheduled for March, which includes 2 exhibits, Industrial Art and Design, and GEMS: Contemporary Metalsmiths and Art Jewelers in Menomonie, a community choir concert, the music of Simon and Garfunkel, and TV Town: A Midwest Musical Comedy.
The Grand Theater in Wausau has quite a range of entertainment scheduled for the month. Get The Led Out on March 2 is committed to recreating the magic of Led Zeppelin in all its depth and glory, Get The Led Out features six talented musicians playing all of the classic hits! 42nd Street, March 21, tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. “Symphony on the Rocks”, March 25, is VIC FERRARI and 26 of the best classical and pop musicians from the Midwest. This is the first Symphony in North America to perform with iPads only! You see all musicians working together, not hiding behind a conductor or a music stand.
Dine at a Supper Club What could be more Wisconsin-like than having dinner at a Wisconsin Supper Club? Did you know there are over 350 of them in this state? And, they even have a website to help you find the nearest one, Wisconsin Supper Clubs. Supper clubs are a dying breed, which is sad, because we’ve turned to quick food from chain restaurants rather than supporting these great places. Take a night off from cooking, get gussied up, and head to one of our great Wisconsin supper clubs.
Book a stay at a luxurious B&B One more wonderful thing about Wisconsin is the hospitality of the innkeepers at our Bed and Breakfasts. Did you know there are more than 120 B&B’s listed on the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association’s website? No matter the weather, you will find a Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast to be warm and inviting. It is the perfect place to start your March adventure, you might find a roaring fire in the common area where you can enjoy a glass of wine or hot cocoa with other guests, or maybe your room will have it’s own fireplace and even a Jacuzzi tub where you and your loved one can relax in a warm bath. A delicious home-cooked breakfast will be made just for you with plenty of hot coffee and juice to get you going. Our innkeepers are a wealth of knowledge of local activities, so if you don’t have an itinerary planned for the day, they will be able to help with suggestions of interesting things to do in the area that fit your interests. There is an abundance of activities in Wisconsin during the month of March, and you are sure to find an unique adventure close to a Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast.