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Hidden Greens North

Hidden Greens North

Hidden Greens North Golf Course, is an 18-hole course in the pristine northern Wisconsin rural landscape of water and forests on highway A south of Solon Springs WI. This location welcomes locals and visitors alike to a setting where it is not unusual for deer […]

Tourism, Chambers, and Local Businesses – A Collaborative Effort

Tourism, Chambers, and Local Businesses – A Collaborative Effort

Anyone who knows me is aware I do a lot of traveling and in the last couple decades more around the states. I’ve greatly reduced my travel by plane and taken to the cross-country jaunts. Since I have sisters who live in Seattle WA and […]

The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop

The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop

One of the remarkable aspects of northern Wisconsin towns is the history of each business, making them mainstays in their communities. Such is the history of The Little Gift House & Coffeee Shop in Solon Springs – transitioning from a thrift shop to today’s current […]

Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center – Preserving the Region’s Past

Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center – Preserving the Region’s Past

Nestled into a wooded property surrounded with once cultivated fields is the Oulu Cultural & Heritage Center. Oulu (pronounced in Finnish “O-Lu” is a small township north of highway just west of Brule, WI. This location’s elevation presents views of forests and farms north to […]

Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

I’ve spent several Christmas holidays living and traveling in other countries. Although everywhere I’ve lived has at least a small population of Christians, the majority religion in Indonesia is Islam and in Laos it’s Buddhism. So this will not be an article about the interesting […]

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

White Winter Winery makes it home in Iron River, Wisconsin. Walking into the spacious, neatly merchandised area you are welcomed with a vast variety of wines, ciders, meads, and creative product packages for a special gift. Across from the entry is a “tasting bar” for […]

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

Twenty-nine years ago, Keith Colalillo, his brother Tim and father Al created a homestyle restaurant at the intersection of Highway 53 and County Rd B in Hawthorne, WI. Becky Hebb was hired as a waitress four years into the business. A year ago, Tim Colalillo, […]

December Photo Credit

December Photo Credit

Submitted by: Janet Abell of Barnes, WI This month’s cover is a lovely mum taken from Janet’s yard. She writes, “We moved to Barnes in July 2015.  We grew up in Elkhorn, WI and after retiring completely in 2013, moved to Sun Lakes AZ, and […]

Editor’s Note – December 2016

Editor’s Note – December 2016

A year ago, this month, Lu Peet, founder of the Barnes Blog, handed over the reins of the publication to Christie Carlson and me. We all agreed the publication was on a path of expansion and change. In the six and half years Lu was […]

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

A fleeting sunset flamed through a ragged stand of jack pines across our bay on Lake Two. Patchy clouds provided just substrate enough to catch the color, and the faint breeze barely ruffled their reflection on the lake. Here, on a classic rock knob campsite […]