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Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

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Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

Hello,

I am hoping to get an idea for a 40th anniversary present for my parents. In the past we have given them a gift certificate for the Pioneer Princess in Oshkosh (now closed), overnight stay in Door County, and dinner/show at Fireside in Fort Atkinson (this year High School Musical is playing and that isn't their thing). Does anyone have any other suggestions? They aren't big out of state travelers or outdoor people. They did enjoy the winerey, shows and eating.

I am open to anything in the state, as they would travel around Wisconsin.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

How about a trip to Spring Green to tour Taliesin? For a more amusing tour, they could do House on the Rock in the same area.

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2. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

dinner train:

http://www.mtmuseum.org/oscv.shtml

Osceola, WI

http://www.mtmuseum.org/oscv.shtml# (dinner train dates, scroll down on page)

Fanny Hill Dinner Theater and Lodging (on site) Eau Claire, WI:

http://www.fannyhill.com/

http://www.chaletlandhaus.com/ a stay here (it's a place we're looking into staying in the area which looks nice--(check reviews)and have family that's visited these areas) There's an on site (Swiss and American cuisine) restaurant. New Glarus and Mt. Horeb are interesting areas with things to do in town (Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb which moves out of Mt. Horeb in October after 16 years there... and the trolls around town), the Brewery in New Glarus and more.

If you do the House on the Rock suggestion another poster gave (and I like) you may try this place for lodging:

thehouseontherock.com/HOTR_Lodging_Inn.htm

I have not been here to stay but House on the Rock is something very interesting to visit once, very ecletic collections and unique :-)

Hope you enjoy planning their 40th!

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3. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

What about combining the Taliesen tour with ticket to New American Theater? Check out what's playing at the Overture Center in Madison. Pam

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4. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

Just a note on the house on the rock:

We have been here 4 or 5 times. We took our kids here last summer for their first visit (we hadn't been here for 8 years) and I will NEVER go again.

I was suprised to see that there were many broken displays. It was dirty as well.

For the cost of the tickets, I expect more. You can see other interesting things for much less.

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5. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

House on the Rock isn't in tip top shape any longer but it's still plenty fascinating if you're willing to overlook a few minor problems. It still is a neat place and it's imperfections don't taint that enough in my mind. It is one of the most unusual places I've seen. I say it's worth it if you don't mind a dehumidifier here and there because it's damp in spots, etc. Overall our family finds it a worthwhile experience. Hope this helps :-)

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6. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

For shows I highly recommend the Big Top near Bayfield, WI http://www.bigtop.org/ They have their schedule up for this season. Areas in Bayfield also have free shuttle service to and from the Big Top (or it's easy enough to get in, we skip the shuttle and just drive up, it doesn't take long to get out at all). One that has the shuttle service that's great quiet lodging with great service, Lake Superior views, etc. www.seagullbay.com . There is no air conditioning but it's a great basic stay. There's a trail directly below for biking and walking along (above) Lake Superior. It's very nice and also goes the direction to town so you can easily walk to town. Or just hop in the car and you're right there (non outdoors tourists). There's shops in town and good restaurants. A boat tour is good (lighthouse cruise, etc.). http://www.apostleisland.com/

those who love to get fresh berries or pick them:

We like Blue Vista (more pre-picked selection) and Highland Valley Farm. Late July/early August is great for the raspberries and blueberries.

For eating:

http://www.rittenhouseinn.com/ very unique for breakfast and lunch. A few years ago for the price of a Perkins meal you got a fancy basic meal here for the same price. It's worth the few dollars extra then your typical place. We've enjoyed our meals here.

this place there is great for breakfast to:

www.eggtoss-bayfield.com/flash/index.htm

I'd suggest Madeline Island, a jaunt over but if they're not outdoors people there's not enough on Main St. to keep them interested. It's more for outdoors ppl. but a neat place regardless. You can take a ferry and drive around the island which is fun but it will cost.

Bayfield is a fabulous area and if they really enjoy shows the Big Top is the place to go in summer. We've been there the last few years in a row.

For great trout spread try Newago's Fish Market, right up the hill from the Seagull Bay Motel and across the street from them.

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7. Re: Ideas for parents 40th anniversary

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! Some wonderful ideas! Now I am off to do some research...

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