Grand Opera House

Departments

Cool Summer 

Chill out this month with frozen treats and icy delights August is often one of the steamiest months of the year. With temperatures well into the 80s, 90s and beyond, sometimes the only way to cool off is with an ice cold popsicle, drippy ice cream cone or fruity blended drink. Embrace the heat this READ MORE

People, Places & Things: Our 12th annual photo contest

GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Lawrence Memorial Chapel Sunset” Hongwu Zhao, Neenah Photographer Hongwu Zhao took this grand prize-winning image of Lawrence University Memorial Chapel last July just as the summer sun was beginning to set. “The beautiful Lawrence Chapel was standing there quietly against this glowing colorful background,” Zhao says. “It was magnificent scenery and a magical READ MORE

The New Millennial Home Hotspot 

Move over Austin and Chicago – millennials are buying more homes in the Fox Cities than anywhere else in the country Realtor.com recently ranked Appleton as the number one market in the country where millennials buy homes. Millennials, as defined by the Pew Research Center, are the generation born between 1981 and 1996. Today they READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Breweries 

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

With Appleton (in)famously being the second-drunkest city in the nation and with the countless bars and taphouses on College Avenue alone, it’s no secret that drinking is our thing. But while much of the best is minutes away, there are some amazing breweries and taphouses from out of town that outshine the competition and provide READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Drive-In Theaters

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Next time you’re in the mood to catch a new movie, why not inject a bit of ’50s nostalgia with a drive-in instead? These seasonal attractions will require a bit of a road trip, but the moonlit spectacle that uniquely comes from an outdoor flick easily makes the trip worth it. Here are five Wisconsin READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Kayaking 

Posted on Jul. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

There’s nothing quite like experiencing nature on the open water, paddle in hand, traversing a winding river stretch or the wide-openness of a serene lake, and fortunately, Wisconsin is full of rivers and lakes. Below are five of the best kayaking experiences we think Northeast Wisconsin has to offer. Adventure Outfitters, LLC, Waupaca Waupaca is READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Chain O’ Lakes 

Waupaca is located 40 miles west of the Fox Cities and is home to just over 6,000 people. The 22 spring-fed, crystal clear, natural Chain O’ Lakes make the Waupaca area a prime tourist destination during the summer season. However, it is a beautiful area to visit all year round for those who seek adventure, READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Sheboygan 

Sheboygan is called many things – the Spirit on the Lake, the Malibu of the Midwest, the Bratwurst Capital of the World – but “boring” is never one of them.  Located about 70 miles southeast of the Fox Cities, Sheboygan sits on the shores of Lake Michigan about halfway along the state’s eastern seaboard. This READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Shawano 

Shawano County is known as “Wisconsin’s Playground” due to its abundance of outdoor recreational options. Just a scenic 60-minute drive north of the Fox Cities along Highway 47, Shawano is where many residents consider Wisconsin’s “up north” begins.  From snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter to boating and hiking in the summer, Shawano offers READ MORE

Restaurant Crawl

Three progressive dinner itineraries for meals on the move  You may have heard of (or participated in) something called a round robin where groups of friends or neighbors visit each others’ homes for one course of a multi-course meal. This concept can easily be applied to a night on the town, hitting several restaurants in READ MORE