To me, Wisconsin is more than a random state on the map or the backdrop for my first two novels, The Haunting Love and Finding Elizabeth. Wisconsin is home. Allow me to show you my little corner of the world through the eyes of my sometimes untraditional twenty-something-year-old self.
Sure, I could tell you about Door County, the Wisconsin Dells, or about the Packer Stadium in Green Bay; but I’m all about the hidden gems, the off-the-beaten-path places you’d never know were there until you stumbled across them.
Come summertime my favorite place in the world is the Clear Water Harbor restaurant on the Chain-O-Lakes on the outskirts of Waupaca. You can’t beat the view as you sit on their back deck and enjoy quite possibly the best burgers in the world, especially as the sun is setting over the lake.
If you’re a car buff you won’t want to miss the Iola Old Car Show in Iola, Wisconsin held every year on the second week in July. Be sure to stop and say hi to the lady with the VW Beetles if you’re able. My mother makes sure to show one or two of her bugs at the show every year.
If you’re a music lover like me you’ll love Summerfest, the world’s largest multi-genre music festival, which calls Milwaukee home. While you’re there explore the Historic Third Ward, home to many unique boutique shops and Brady Street in the middle of the Italian District. Stop in and bulk up on Italian groceries at Gloriosos Italian Market across the street from The Emperor of China restaurant which boasts some of the best Chinese food in Milwaukee.
If you’re a ghost and paranormal fanatic like me, book a night at the Brumder Mansion Bed and Breakfast on Wisconsin Avenue and see if you encounter any paranormal activity.
Closer to home I find weekly entertainment in Appleton, Wisconsin. Downtown College Avenue comes alive with various festivals, a large farmer’s market, and in the summer it shows its support to local artists with monthly outings called “Art on the Town”. College Avenue is also home to my favorite store: Angels Forever, Windows of Light; an eclectic gift shop with an uber friendly staff.
Have a love for ink? Stop in and get a new tattoo at Colt’s Timeless Tattoos, either on College Avenue or in their Fox River Mall location. They do amazing work and I would never go anywhere else.
I myself may live in a small Wisconsin city but if you look hard enough there's plenty of stuff to do in Shawano County. For the sports lover kayaks, canoes, and tubes can be rented to take down the Wolf River in the summertime. Every fall Shawano County hosts a "Miles of Art" weekend showcasing local artists including the amazing murals painted on the sides of local businesses in Wittenberg. For the equestrian in your life, you definitely have to check out the Caroline Colorama in the fall. Imagine riding your horse through the beautiful autumn foliage. North of Shawano County sits Peshtigo, the location of The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 - the same night as the great Chicago Fire. What few know is that the Peshtigo Fire was larger and more destructive than the more famous fire to our south. I’m sure there are a few ghosts still hanging around there too!
With all of these interesting places to spend time, how could I not be inspired?
Taylor Fenner grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She's been an avid reader with a vivid imagination since she was very young. Most of her childhood can be described as having her nose stuck in one book or another. She's a strong believer in ghosts and the paranormal, which led to her interest in writing paranormal romance.
When she's not busy writing you can find her reading and reviewing YA novels, adding to her extensive book collection, experimenting with new recipes, and fighting with her cross-eyed cat, Tiger.
Taylor still currently lives in Wisconsin, not far from where her first novel, The Haunting Love is set. Taylor is the author of The Haunting Love, Finding Elizabeth, and the Eternals Trilogy. Into the Light, the second book in the Eternals Trilogy will be available in eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover on December 13, 2016!
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