Gilded Age glamour, Civil War history, jelly beans, Danish pastry, and vintage cars captivate motorcoach groups.
Day 1 Lake Geneva/Kenosha
Begin the day with a private tour at Northwind Perennial Farm. This turn-of-the-20th century farm is a destination for gardeners and nature lovers with stunning display gardens showcasing their passion to cultivate, educate and inspire. Lunch is on the shores of Lake Geneva at Baker House 1885, a fantastical folly set in a bygone era, a place where reality fadesand decadence takes center stage. Experiencing vintage glamour and a dash of Old World aristocracy, be completely swept away to a world of Gilded Age living. After lunch enjoy a cruise on Lake Geneva with a stop at Black Point Estate, a fine example of Queen Anne architecture, and view one of the most intact collections of Victorian furnishings in the Midwest. Our next stop, the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The museum focuses on the war from the perspective of the people of the six states of the Upper Middle West. This region sent over 750,000 men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the Northern states. Through personal stories and narratives, the museum explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the western home front before, during and after the war by connecting the pre-war causes to the post-war effects.
Day 2 Kenosha/Racine Milwaukee
Today we indulge. First stop, Jelly Belly. Take the Jelly Belly Train for a tour of this distribution center. Your experience would not be complete without exploring the Jelly Belly Candy Store. Stop at the Sample Bar where you can try each and every flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, along with any other new or favorite confection on the menu. Try them one at a time or in combination to create a colorful and tasty recipe. Enjoy lunch today in Kenosha or Racine on Lake Michigan. Racine Kringle Bakery tour is our next delicious treat. Kringles are a thin and delicate pastry made from a traditional Danish recipe and today with a back room bakery tour we see how they are made. You won’t walk away with just one. Head up to Milwaukee to explore the city’s signature beverage, beer. A tour of Lakefront Brewery is an educational, funny and thirst-quenching experience. Voted one of the very best brewery tours in the nation, you won’t be disappointed or thirsty.
Day 3 Milwaukee/Cedarburg
Our day begins with a behind-the-scenes adventure at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Learn what zookeepers do and venture into work areas in selected parts of the zoo while enjoying the animal exhibits. Visit and enjoy lunch today at the Harley-Davidson Museum. See “Serial #1” the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle, along with over 300 other motorcycles built since 1903. Head to Cedarburg and explore its charming shops and meticulously maintained historic buildings and stop in at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.
Day 4 West Bend /Hartford Fort Atkinson
The morning starts with a visit to America’s only regional art museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art. Featuring the works of Wisconsin artists, the richness is reflective in its landscapes and history – from the breathtaking lakes and rolling hills carved out by the massive glaciers, to factories and cities created by the early settlers and industrialists, to modern day metropolis. Our next stop is the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, the state’s largest auto museum featuring a display of classic, vintage automobiles and artifacts. Included is the Hartford manufactured Kissel (1906- 1931). Other exhibit areas are dedicated to Nash, Hudson and the 1003 steam locomotive, in addition to over 100 other rare vehicles made by such companies as Kaiser, Chrysler, Pontiac, Studebaker, Chevrolet and Ford. As we head home, stop at the all-new Jones Dairy Farm retail store to pick up fresh products that you can’t get any- where else. They have tripled the size of the store, so even more fresh products are available for purchase.