Week #45 – Spotlight: Green Lake, Wisconsin

You might think this Second City Gal lives for fine dining and spa treatments, but I have a little secret for you: I heart the quiet life.

Yes, it’s true, I love country living. That’s just one of the reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Green Lake, Wisconsin, recently. The main reason I loved it? Spending time with my awesome friends.

Lauren and Bill invited a bunch of us up to Wisconsin for the weekend (Bill’s parents have a gorgeous home in Green Lake), and I’ve been wanting to go since Nate and I missed the chance to go two years ago.

Everything about this weekend was lovely. The house (like out of a magazine). The food (home cooking and lunch at Norton’s). The fun (bonfires, games, and lots of Rumchata).

In honor of my gal, Oprah, let me tell you what I know for sure after this trip:

1. Green Lake might be better than Lake Geneva because it’s not quite so touristy. But it is a little further.
2. Never lose faith in winning the game LCR (Left Right Center). Luck will find you! When you least expect it, you’ll win twice in one night (please see my cheesy photos below).
3. Puppy Chow is an amazing snack at any age.
4. Rumchata is a crowd pleaser (thanks, Liz!).
5. Bait shops are cool.
6. Fried cheese curds are delicious. (When in Rome…)
7. Fires (bonfires and fireplaces) are the best to gather around.
8. You always learn a lot about your friends while playing Cards Against Humanity.
9. It’s okay to do nothing…sometimes.
10. Did I mention my friends are awesome?

Check out some of the photo highlights from our relaxing weekend!

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Week #40 – Spotlight: Jackson Hole

Nate and I have been looking forward to our Jackson Hole trip for months, and what a trip it was!

Our friends Brad and Sandra surprised us the morning of, and came with us for the first half of the trip. Because it was their sixth time to the area, they were the best tour guides we could have asked for.

We stayed in a great condo in Teton Village, right by the mountains. We flew in at night, and I’ll never forget how excited Nate and I were to see the landscape when we woke up our first morning–it was like Christmas! Teton Village, Jackson, and the parks are unreal: breathtaking mountains, wide open space as wide as the eye can see, animals everywhere (we saw buffalo, elk, bald eagles, bears, a moose, and lots more), and peace and quiet.

We explored almost all day, every day, going on walks and drives and even a scenic float trip through the Grand Tetons. One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting the brewery in Victor, Idaho, too. Here is a list of some of my favorite eats and drinks:

DINNER

DRINKS

One of the best things about Jackson Hole is your proximity to the national parks! Make sure to spend at least a day exploring Yellowstone. We only had time to do the bottom loop (the park is in a figure eight), but we were glad to see Old Faithful and other crazy cool geysers, as well as sulphur pots and lots of buffalo (right next to the car!) and elk. I really enjoyed our time at the Grand Tetons though. Probably more. It was so close, and we saw so many animals and lots of beautiful scenery (Jenny Lake!).

I highly recommend going to Jackson sometime in your life. I really enjoyed going in the fall, but the summer and winter are really popular too.

These photos below are only a few of the pics from my phone, we probably have more than 1,000 on our camera. Let me know if you need a tour guide…

Now, it’s time to plan our next adventure!

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