The Midwest is a fantastic getaway for those looking for a bit of nostalgia, kitsch, and beautiful unspoiled scenery. The cities along the Wisconsin’s Fox River (Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha, and Neenah) are known as the Fox Cities. Here are just a couple reasons to put Fox Cities on your vacation short list this year.
Supper clubs are common restaurants found in Wisconsin. These restaurants are throw backs to decades ago with a kitschy decor. Start your meal with a Brandy Old Fashioned, the supper club drink of choice. Sit in the lounge and order some fried cheese curds (you are in Wisconsin!) to go with your drink. Typical foods you’ll find on the menu are fried fish or Prime rib. After dinner it is common to return to the bar and get a dessert drink like a Grasshopper or a Pink Squirrel, an almond-flavored ice cream drink.
2. Wilmar Chocolates
This spot gives new meaning to the phrase, “A kid in a candy store!” Ever wanted to create your own chocolate bar? For around ten bucks you can pick four high quality ingredients (think pistachio, toasted coconut, toffee). Go in the back of the candy-filled store and view your yummy chocolate bar being created. While you wait, browse the selection of chocolates and other delectable candies.
3. Lion’s Tail Brewing
Even if you’ve been to many craft breweries across the United States, you’ll be impressed with Lion’s Tail. Here are just a couple of beers they have:
- King Kula (Rum barrel aged beer)
- Nitro Stout – Nitro gas forms much smaller bubbles, giving the beer a creamy mouthfeel
- Royale with Bees – a French-Style Saison with Local Honey
Who knows how old the milk you buy at your regular grocer is. When you drink milk from Lamer’s Dairy in Appleton, you are having milk that was in the cow that morning. The 100+ year old family run company supports farms within 30 miles of Fox Cities. Here you’ll also find local wines as an incredible selection of cheese. Don’t leave without sampling some of their made in house ice cream too. The seasonal Pumpkin Spice is a highlight.