Written by: Amy Karas, Sales & Marketing Manager
The weather these past few weeks have proved that summer is officially here. One of my favorite seasonal pastimes is meeting up with friends for meals and drinks in an outdoor setting to enjoy the weather. My back deck is not set up very well for entertaining groups of friends, but lucky for me, the Fox Cities has many amazing patio options from the downtown area to gorgeous waterfront views. The biggest bonus for me when dining out… I don’t have to make the food or drinks myself! We can just sit back and enjoy the day with friends and family
I belong to several professional and social networking groups that hold weekly and monthly lunches and Happy Hours around the Fox Cities. The attendance is always a lot larger in the summertime when we can be outside enjoying the sunshine. We have many favorite spots including Bazil’s and D2 in downtown Appleton, Pullmans and Fratellos on the locks in Appleton, Waverly Beach in Menasha, Willie Beamons in Neenah, and Tanners Bar & Grill in Kimberly.
Some restaurants and pubs will also have live entertainment on their patios. The Stone Cellar Brewpub has live entertainment on Tuesday nights, in the courtyard at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on Wednesday nights, Headliners Bar & Grill on Thursday nights and Spats has live shows on multiple nights during the week and weekends.
Make this summer even more enjoyable by soaking up the sun, taking in some live music and dining with friends on one of the Fox Cities fabulous patios. Check out our website for a full list of restaurants and more information on these venues.
Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing and Communications Manager
Looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower, birthday, anniversary or even yourself? Look no further than Scatter Joy in Appleton. This adorable gift shop located close to Fox River Mall, is home to many unique gift and home décor items. Spanning multiple store-fronts, you’ll want to be sure to allow plenty of browsing time. From purses and jewelry to welcome mats, bird houses, cooking utensils, greeting cards and oh so much more! The store is bright, cheery and customer service is priority number one for the owner, Susan. You can guarantee to be greeted with a friendly hello and sent on your way with a ‘come back soon’.
When I stopped in just this week, I quickly began browsing near the jewelry section and was VERY excited to come across the Lenny & Eva line. I’m a big fan of their items and follow them diligently on social media. I never knew that a store in our area carried their line until I discovered it at Scatter Joy. I will definitely be back to select my bracelet and saying!
With weddings and birthdays coming up this summer, it was very difficult to not shop for me! There were so many items that would make perfect gifts for people I know celebrating events this summer and yet I walked out of the store with three items for myself. If I did happen to buy something for someone else, the friendly staff at Scatter Joy would have wrapped it for me! How great is that!?
Next time you visit the Greater Appleton area, I definitely recommend you stop into Scatter Joy. Say hello to Susan, Sheree and the rest of the crew and buy some adorable items for yourself and those you love! The store is located at 1879 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton. Also, you can check them out on Facebook!
Tired of the same old date night routine? We can help! We’ve got some great ideas for you and your significant other to get out and enjoy some time together.
- Pinot’s Palette: 226 E College Ave, Appleton – Have a drink or two while you create your own art!
- The Wobbly Painter: 112 E Bell St, Neenah – New to the Fox Cities and they just had their grand opening. Head out for a night of wine and canvas painting!
- The Fire – Pottery, Mosaic & Glass Fusing Studio: 230 E College Ave, Appleton – Bring your creativity and they’ve got all the supplies! Pick out your art and create, they’ll finish and fire it for you to pick up later!
Want Wine without the Paint?
Take in a Show!
- Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Downtown Appleton – Plan a night out with a broadway show! The performing Arts Center brings many different shows to the area every year. Old classic favorites and new and upcoming hits, there’s something for everyone!
- Skyline Comedy Cafe: 1004 Olde Oneida St, Appleton – Take your date out for some laughs! With fantastic comedians from all over the United States, the shows are sure to please!
Get Out and Play!
- Badger Sports Park: 3600 E Evergreen Drive, Appleton – Channel your inner child with arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, batting cages and go-karts!
- Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton – Take yourselves out to the ballgame! With ticket options for any budget, theme nights, and fun fan interaction, you’re sure to have a great time!
- Wisconsin International Raceway, Kaukauna – Stock car and drag races. Check their schedule for upcoming events and race schedule.
- Appleton Family Ice Center – Couples skate!😉 Check their website for open skate dates and times.
- Escape Room of Wisconsin, Appleton – Test your detective skills in their date night themed escape room! Can you figure out the clues in time to get out?
- Field of Scenes, Freedom – Catch a flick at the outdoor theater! Cozy up in your car or on the reclined benches up front for a movie under the stars!
- The Wire Whisk, Appleton – Take a cooking class! They offer evening classes throughout the year.
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- The Fox Cities has countless options for catching some great live music. Click here to see a list of upcoming venues and shows!
- Plan a visit, or maybe a ‘stay-cation’ if you’re a local, during Mile of Music, Appleton’s largest live music event!
Have a Coffee Day-Date!
We have officially launched our Instagram account! Be sure to follow us @foxcitieswi
where you’ll find photos of all there is to see and do in the Fox Cities. We’ll also be posting videos on area attractions, restaurants, events and more!
Show us your Fox Cities experience!
Whether you’re at a local event, shopping, dining, out in nature, or enjoying an area attraction; post a photo with #ExploreFoxCities and it could be chosen to appear in our 2017 Destination Guide!
*Photo submissions must be posted by October 1, 2016
Watch for our upcoming Instagram contest #FollowtheFoxCities, May 8-14th. During the contest, you can enter for a chance to win some great daily prizes! Stay tuned to our social media pages for rules and how to enter!
Only 10 days til Mother’s Day, do you have a plan yet? It’s not always easy finding just the right gift for Mom, but we’ve got ideas! Instead of the same old flowers and a card; why not a gift basket from a local spot, tickets to a show, a spa day, or a mini getaway? The Fox Cities has plenty to help make Mom happy! Here’s a little list of great places to find something special.
Coffee with a personal touch – Sunsethill Stone Ware (located inside the Hang Up Gallery); personalize a mug just for Mom and pair it with coffee from Uncommon Grounds for a nice little gift basket!
Wine and Chocolate – Wine from Kerrigan Brothers Winery and chocolates from Wilmar Chocolates.
Does she love to cook? Williams-Sonoma in the Fox River Mall has great kitchen accessories, cook and bakeware that would make perfect gifts for mom and they’ll gift wrap for free! The Wire Whisk also offers great themed cooking class nights!
Spa Day – Get her a gift certificate for a day of relaxation with massage, facial, pedicure, etc…Click here to see a full list of spas in the Fox Cities.
Give her a mini-getaway with a one or two night stay at one of our many Fox Cities lodging options. We offer some great shop and stay packages, perfect for Mom! Click here for details!
Take her out to the ballgame with tickets to a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Game! With promotions going on throughout their season and something fun for everyone, she’s sure to have a great time!
A night out to remember! Get her tickets to an upcoming Broadway show at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Click here for schedule and ticket pricing. Pair it with a dinner gift certificate and she’ll have a fantastic night out! Click here to see a list of dining options.
Give the gift of Art! Make her something special at The Fire Art Studio or get her a gift certificate to create her own. Or a gift certificate to Pinot’s Palette for an artsy night out.
Have Mother’s Brunch on your list? Click here to see a list of options!
Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing and Visitor Services Coordinator
Looking for a great way to let your kids burn off some energy? I recently took my kids to Xtreme Air in Appleton, they opened last year and we finally made it in for some jump time. As Wisconsin’s largest trampoline park complete with basketball hoops, rock climbing wall, laser maze and xtreme jump, there’s no shortage of fun to be had!
We spent an hour and a half there and I think I may have had more fun than my kids! Most parents sit and watch their kids jump from the sidelines but what fun is that?! I kind of felt like a kid again playing dodgeball, jump basketball and gladiator jousting with my kids. It’s definitely something we’ll do again. My only regret was not paying extra to do the rock climbing wall (we didn’t have proper shoes so we couldn’t), next time we’ll be sure to prepare for that!
Xtreme Air also has great birthday party options, and space for meetings or corporate team building. There’s options for all ages, so get out and jump around!!
Click here for details about hours, pricing and special deals!
Since then, the Fox Cities has welcomed a second trampoline park to the area called Sky Zone..click here for their information.
Looking for some ways to celebrate Earth Day? The Fox Cities has a few things going on that are worth checking out!
Earth Week Bicycle Drive at Riverview Gardens: During Earth Week, April 18-23, 2016, Riverview Gardens is hosting a bicycle drive to support its Earn-A-Bike Program. Donate your used bicycles, as well as bike parts, supplies and tools. You can donate at the gardens or at area bike shops. You can also check out all of the other ways to get involved with Riverview Gardens throughout the year. Their mission is to not just create a sustainable environment, but a sustainable community as well! Click here to find out how you can get involved.
Earth Day Celebration at Just Act Natural: April 22, 2016 – Help them celebrate Earth Day and their 7th Anniversary! Cake and Ice Cream, live music by John Pfeiffer from 10am to noon, register to win a great goodie basket and roll the dice to receive more discounts throughout the store!
High Cliff State Park Annual Arbor Day Spring Clean Up: Help plant trees and clean up the park! The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing lunch for all volunteers. A great way to help your local park and get out for Earth Day!
Just get outside and enjoy nature! Weather you walk, hike, bike or play, the Fox Cities is full of great nature centers and trails to help you get out and explore! Click here for a list of trails and parks.
We also want to acknowledge and congratulate Stone Cellar Brewpub as they have announced they will be switching to clean wind energy in partnership with Arcadia Power Clean Energy! By doing so they will not only be greatly reducing their carbon footprint, but will also meet Green Power partnership requirements. Visit their website to learn more about what Stone Cellar Brewpub has to offer!