By Shelby Deering | Photo courtesy 414loral



For a floral bouquet that’s truly stunning, visit 414loral. Owner Mikel McGee crafts Instagram-ready arrangements in an oh-so-stylish space.

2714 N Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Milwaukee

While You’re There: You won’t be far from Milwaukee’s famed Bradford Beach, with lovely Lake Michigan views and cabana rentals.


If you’re in the market for midcentury décor, you’re in luck with BC Modern. Located in Walker’s Point and owned by Eric Lewis, here is where you’ll find the rattan table, owl sculpture or fiberglass chair you’ve been looking for.

908 S. 5th St., Milwaukee

While You’re There: Walker’s Point is known as one of Milwaukee’s best antique districts. Meander the area and pick up plenty of treasures to take home.

West Central


Owned by husband-and-wife duo Herdie Baisden and Carol Wiersma, this winery and cidery is geared toward fans of apple-flavored beverages. Visit the tasting room to experience their hard ciders and sweet wines for yourself.

W12266 King Ln., Stockholm

While You’re There: This libation destination is located less than 10 minutes from Maiden Rock Bluff, a perfect place to view the Mississippi River.


For a delectable fusion of supper-club standards and Asian flavors, pay a visit to the Hmong-owned ClaireWaters Bar & Restaurant. You’ll love the Ahi tuna wontons and the Asian Bloody Mary.

2106 N. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire

While You’re There: To continue your multicultural eating tour of Eau Claire, head to nearby Shanghai Bistro or Azul Tequila Bar & Grill.

South Central


It’s not easy to jet off on a plane to Paris these days, so instead, get your fix at Virginie Ok’s La Kitchenette. Brunch isn’t to be missed, along with its the Lavender Crème Brûlée and Beef Bourguignon.

805 Williamson St., Madison

While You’re There: Make a day of it on Willy Street! Shop storefronts like MadCat, Hazel General Store, Hatch Art House and Change.


As Stoughton’s first Black-owned bookstore, Dominique Lenaye purveys beautiful new and used books in an equally gorgeous space (by appointment only currently), outfitted in blooming floral wall murals.

123 E. Main St., Stoughton

While You’re There: Eugster’s Farm Market is located nearby, just the thing for a fun-filled family outing with animals to visit and sunflower fields to roam.



Northern Wisconsin is home to the country’s first Native American-owned distillery. Enjoy the outdoor patio and order the Wheat Vodka or Navy Strength Dark Rum.

37395 State Hwy. 13, Bayfield

While You’re There: Before heading to the distillery, spend an afternoon kayaking the waters of Lake Superior, located right down the road.


Specializing in takeout and delivery, the Black-owned, family-run Stop and Go Pizza has many fans of their delicious offerings, like the taco pizza and Italian beef sandwich. Plus, they make the dough, sauce and a few other ingredients in-house.

1908 Tower Ave., Superior

While You’re There: Smack-dab in the middle of northern Wisconsin’s gorgeous natural scenery, don’t miss a hike in the nearby 4,400-acre Superior Municipal Forest.



Award-winning chef Ace Champion, seen on the Today Show and the Food Network, teaches cooking classes in the Green Bay area. To soak up his expertise, check his website for upcoming events.

Various locations near Green Bay,

While You’re There: In keeping with the food theme, stop by Scray Cheese in De Pere.


If you have a taste for Caribbean food, look no further than Appleton’s The Jerk Joint. Mango lime chicken Bowl? Mac and cheese jerk burger? Rum cake? Sign us up.

1619 W. College Ave., Appleton

While You’re There: College Avenue is also a wonderful shopping destination, with boutiques like The Vintage Garden.

Sweet Sleeps

These accommodations have caught our eye.


As Door County’s first newly built hotel in two decades, The Dörr is rooted in Scandinavian coziness and aesthetics. Slated for a May 2021 opening, the hygge-laden hotel overlooks Death’s Door (the strait that links Lake Michigan and Green Bay) and has 47 stunningly styled rooms. If you can pull yourself away from the fireplace, cocktails at the lobby bar await.


We could all use a little extra self-care these days, right? That’s where Wild Rice Retreat comes in. With a May 2021 grand opening, it’s a Lake Superior respite that’s already been previewed in Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Bazaar. In stylish surroundings, take part in an all- inclusive retreat that focuses on yoga and meditation, or perhaps you’d fancy a creative release through a writing or photography class.


Perhaps you’re craving something with history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Fig and the Pheasant is all about bygone times. Since 1892, it’s been one of Wisconsin’s longest continually operating hotels, and it has the old- fashioned architectural details to prove it. But don’t worry — there’s still WiFi and the latest, greatest culinary creations at the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

Whitewater’s Rich Native American History

Located amongst the hills of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is the aptly named city of Whitewater. Native Americans once called it “Minneiska” (meaning “city beautiful”), but it was the Potawatomi Native Americans that named it Wau-be-gan-naw-po-cat, which translates to its modern-day moniker, referring to the white sands at the bottom of the Whitewater Creek. Here you’ll also find Whitewater’s Indian Mounds Park, a preserved burial ground dating back almost 2,000 years. Native tribes used to hold ceremonies here and prayed to the Great Spirit. A trail system with site information was created to honor this sacred place, and visitors can quietly walk through it to observe the historically significant mounds.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer from Madison, Wisconsin, contributing to national and regional outlets like Midwest Living, Rodale’s Organic Life, and BRAVA. You can learn more about her at

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