A Guide: Where to Eat & Drink in Downtown Kenosha, WI

When visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to eat!  There are restaurants and cafes to suit all budgets including some fun and unique options!  Here is my guide to just a few of the possibilities!  Where would YOU go?

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Hiking The ‘Devil’s Staircase’ Segment of the Ice Age Trail in Janesville, WI

The Wisconsin Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile hiking trail stretching from the Minnesota border, all the way to Lake Michigan.  Think of it as Wisconsin’s version of the Appalachian Trail!  Over 12,000 years ago glacial ice cut through Wisconsin shaping the landscape, the trail passes some of the most scenic parts of this terrain.  On my recent visit to Janesville, I hiked a very small section of the trail called the Devil’s Staircase Segment!

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Discovering The History of Kenosha, WI at the Southport Light Station Museum

Now I was shocked to find out that it is in fact possible to reach the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Michigan.  I just always assumed with it being a 1000 miles away from the sea that it was probably land locked.  But after discovering that cargo ships could in fact travel from Kenosha Wisconsin all the way to SOUTH AFRICA, the dots of Kenosha’s history all connect together!

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Visiting Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin

It’s hard to imagine what the area would have looked like before the creation of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin.  30 years ago the site was a disused quarry and BMX track but thanks to the creative vision of Dr. Robert Yahr, a local orthodontist, the old quarry is now 24 different styles of international gardens spanning across 20 acres!

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A 10,000 Step Self Guided Walking Tour of Kenosha, Wisconsin

I love flicking through destination visitor guides.  Sometimes on a website you may miss something if you’re not quite looking in the right place but in a guide, it’s all there in black and white for you to see.  Back in April, I discovered that Kenosha (Wisconsin) had a section of their guide entitled “Get Your 10,000 Steps While Enjoying the Kenosha Area”.  Now as a Fitbit obsessed person, I was desperate to get back to Kenosha in the summer to test a couple of the routes out!  I was so impressed that a destination was actually targeting the 10,000 step counting market!

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Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

I do eat normal food, honestly I do.  But when it comes to food and travel I just can’t help but share anything that satisfies the sweet tooth!  Ice cream, cake, sweets, you name it, it’s the one area of eating where I’m not fussy.  Can you believe that I don’t eat cheese (just don’t say that in Wisconsin!)…believe me, that one is a nightmare when it comes to living in America!  So imagine my joy at discovering you can have a FREE tour of the Jelly Belly jelly bean warehouse in Pleasant Prairie (Wisconsin), right here in the Midwest!

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A Day Trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin

For me, sometimes it’s the silliest of things that attract me to a destination.  For example, I went to Jamaica to go on a bobsleigh track in a rainforest.  I signed up for the Kenosha pre conference trip at the Women in Travel Summit, purely because I wanted to go on a tour of the Jelly Belly Warehouse.  Little did I realise, that Kenosha would steal my heart, I was just about ready to pack up and move into one of the houses along 1st Avenue, that overlook the waters of Lake Michigan.

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Tips For Attending The Women in Travel Summit

I recently attended my very first travel blogging conference!  I umm’ed and ahh’ed about going for ages.  The 2017 Women in Travel Summit (or WITS for short) was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…just a 3 hour drive from where I now live in Iowa!  I’d have been silly not to have gone!  But all the thoughts were there…what if my old banger of an American car breaks down? Would I get totally lost driving all that way just 7 months after passing my USA driving test? Would I be spending the whole weekend alone? Is my blog too small to really benefit from anything? Little fish in a big pond…would all the other larger blogs outshine me?

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