I still find it hard to believe that a lake has beaches…and waves! Growing up by the English coast, it’s a given that the sea comes with sand and a tide, lakes are usually surrounded by mud and grass, but not Lake Michigan! The sheer size of it is crazy, it’s 307 miles long and 118 miles wide, it has a total shoreline of 1640 MILES. Putting this into perspective, the whole coastline of the UK is 7723 miles! Lake Michigan borders 4 US states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan and each state is home to various Lake Michigan beaches and beach towns that you should visit!
Wisconsin – The birth place of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, a company that’s now well over 100 years old and still going strong. As part of my trip to the Women in Travel Summit, the Milwaukee Harley Davidson Museum opened its door, after hours for the attendees to explore. I went, knowing I was seeing it for my Grandad, he’ll never be able to make the trip to see it for himself. He’s nearly 80 years old and still rides around on a Harley.
I’ve written about Kenosha, Wisconsin several times already but what better way than to stick it all together in a helpful guide, just in time for the summer! Kenosha is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 40 miles South of Milwaukee and 66 miles North of Chicago! There are lots of fun things to do in Kenosha and so many great places to eat!
The city of Janesville is located in the south of Wisconsin, just 25 minutes away from the Illinois border. It lays along the Rock River and offers a range of ways to get out and enjoy the outdoors, after all, it is known for the amount of parks and green spaces! Here are a few ideas of ways to enjoy your summer days!
Mineral Point, Wisconsin has a strong Cornish heritage and lead mining history. In the early 1800’s when the mines in Cornwall, England started closing up, the miners emigrated to the USA in search of work, eventually settling in this corner of the Midwest. Today, the Pendarvis Historic Site allows visitors to take a look into past.
Mineral Point is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin thanks to the lead mining industry. It also has a strong Cornish heritage! Cornwall is a county in the UK (and a place I have visited 6 times, it holds a special place in my heart!). In the early 1800’s when the mines in Southwest England started to close down, the Cornish miners emigrated to the ‘New World’ in search of work. Some miners settled in Mineral Point WI. During the 25th Annual Cornish Festival, I decided to dig deep and find some of the British connections!
During my recent trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin I spent 2 nights at the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside. As the name suggests, it is located in the heart of Downtown alongside the harbour and offers great views of the waterfront! (Plus…they have free cookies…!!)
Coming from the UK, touring old mansion houses is something I’ve done plenty of. You may know the drill, standing behind a rope, trying to peer through a doorway with 20 other people all standing on tip toes trying to look over your shoulders. However, tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville, Wisconsin are COMPLETELY different, it lets you experience the house and how life would have been living there.