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Bite and sip your way through Fox Cities, Wisconsin

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.

1. Mark’s East Side

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Enjoy a Brandy Old Fashioned at Mark’s East Side

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.

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Watch as candied apples are hand made at Wilmar Chocolates in Fox Cities

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

4. Lamer’s Dairy

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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.


Is Coffee More Popular than Sex?

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According to a recent survey conducted by Le Méridien hotels, some would prefer coffee over sex for. The survey found that coffee surpasses sex as the ideal wake-up call according to more than half (53%) of the global respondents. Further, 78% of respondents would rather give up alcohol, social media or sex with their spouse for a year rather than forfeit coffee. It didn’t say if they would give up sex with their lover in favor of coffee ;-)

Spilling the Beans:
• A majority of respondents (51%) feel they could go longer without sex than coffee.
• Of all the effects felt from lack of coffee, approximately one-fourth (28%) feel
less creative, 22% cannot get out of bed, and 16% say that they are not able to talk
to other people without it.
• 73% of respondents would give up television and internet in a hotel for the perfect cup of coffee.
• The majority of respondents (63%) would give up alcohol over coffee

These are pretty astonishing results as most would expect nookie to be more popular than java. Le Meridien hasn’t wasted any time on putting the results of this survey to good use for their hotels. They’ve added a Master Barista onsite at each one of their properties. Every hotel will have it’s own dedicated coffee space in their lobby.