Sep 21, 2020

Hooray for Dollywood (and Splash Country Water Park)

I may travel like a commoner, but I am not an amusement or theme park person.  Just ask Punky.  She’ll probably roll her eyes.  So, when we planned a two-day itinerary at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., as part of our weeklong family fun road trip last summer, I kind of felt like I was “taking one (or two) for the team.”

But I have a confession to make.  Dollywood was every bit as cheesy, camp, and crowded as I anticipated.  And I really liked it. 

Probably more than the Kiddo did.

Sep 11, 2020

Noshing at the Norbert, West Bend, Wis.

When my work took me to the quiet and cozy community of West Bend in southeastern Wisconsin, I quickly discovered the best downtown pub and grub for comforting food and drink.  Then, I found the best place for a funky, far out far-Eastern food experience.  But if you really want to know where the finest dining and drinking experience in West Bend is, I’d have to tell you to go to the Norbert


A commoner dines at Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern, Monroe, Wis.

I wasn’t sure a place existed that could be the perfect representation of Wisconsin life, but then I traveled through Monroe, Wis., one week...