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Instagram-Worthy Fox Cities Spots

Instagram has fast become a place to not just post a photo, but to show your followers the world from your perspective. We love seeing photos of the Fox Cities from a view we maybe haven’t seen before. From our cool downtown’s to our beautiful parks and nature centers, we’ve put together a little list of great Instagram-worthy spots. Thanks for sharing your Fox Cities view! #explorefoxcities #foxcitieswi

  • Vibrant Downtowns

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Pictured from Top Left: Downtown Appleton; Shattuck Park, Downtown Neenah; Lawrence University Main Hall, Appleton; 222 Building, Appleton; Art Alley Project, Appleton; Shattuck Park, Neenah; Fox Cities Performing Arts Center; Houdini Plaza, Appleton; Shattuck Park, Arial view; Downtown Appleton Farm Market; :Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Appleton; Octoberfest, Appleton

  • Beautiful Trails and Nature
    You’ll find more than just city amenities here, we’ve got plenty of gorgeous nature centers and parks waiting for you to enjoy!

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Pictured from Top Left: Heckrodt Wetleand Reserve, Menasha; Appleton Sunset; Trestle Trail, Menasha; Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton; Trestle Trail, Menasha; Jones Park, Appleton; Menasha Locks Bridge; 1000 Islands Environmental Center; High Cliff State Park, Sherwood; Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton; High Cliff state Park, Sherwood. 

  • Fox Cities Foodies
    The Fox Cities is home to countless great locally owned restaurants.

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Pictured from Top Left: Broken Tree Pizza, Neenah; Rye, Appleton; SAP, Appleton; Appleton Beer Factory, Appleton; The Source Public House, Menasha; Happy Bellies, Appleton; Antojitos Mexicanos, Appleton; Zuppas Cafe, Neenah; Stone Cellar Brew Pub, Appleton; Timshel Cafe, Neenah; Lion’s Tail Brewing Co, Neenah; Mark’s East Side, Appleton

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium

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  • Waterfront Oasis
    Gorgeous views on the Fox River and Lake Winnebago

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*Photo Credits to the following Instagram users:
@kruegerphotos, @lindsayghintz, @lindseyschmidt, @kimjwillems22, @g_toxx, @alikoestner, @hintzilla, @jkehring, @mitslittle, @brianne_zinger, @chuckzachariasphotography, @kimthielphoto, @joshdukelow, @therealtorsofc21ace, @particktcooper, @vaughnlowery, @maryrhode, @ellieg17, @patrickjnowak, @michelle.a.gauthier, @kaijuluvspnut, @pampi_25

The Sweetest Treats in Town…

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Looking for a sweet treat? The Fox Cities is home to some great bakery, candy and ice cream shops that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From cupcakes and cookies to chocolate and candies we’ve got you covered!

Crazy Sweet Candy Store Crazy for sweets? They have more than 100 different ways to satisfy your sweet tooth! Jelly Belly jelly beans, scoop your own bulk candy or saltwater taffy just to name a few. The next time you need a sweet pick me up be sure to stop in! Watch for the addition of their ice cream shop, set to open soon!

Happy Bellies This bakery is special for its dedication to providing dairy & gluten-free options that don’t taste like they’re missing a thing. My son loves their vanilla donuts and their honey lavender cupcakes are incredible. They also have a rotation of take-and-bake options so you can enjoy them at home anytime!

Manderfields Bakery A local favorite with two locations in the Appleton area and one on Menasha. Their donuts are a favorite but also serve up amazing cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pies and breads. They also offer amazing seasonal and holiday cookie and candies options.

Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique This small boutique bakery offers coffee, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, sweet treats and custom cakes too! They bake in small batches from scratch everyday so it’s sure to be delicious!

SAP Brunch, Brown Bag and BakeryThey pride themselves on made-from-scratch products and locally sourced ingredients. They’re bakery case is ever changing with flavors and products but never disappoints! Everything from breakfast pastries to fabulous fancy desserts; the scones are so so good and the mini pies are delightful! Bonus; they’re coffee is awesome too.

Simple Simon’s Bakery  Another long-time Appleton local favorite, Simple Simon is a traditional bakery with classic favorites. Serving up delicious donuts daily, eclairs, napoleons, turnovers, pies of all kinds, cookies and bars. They also offer custom cakes as well!

Tamara’s the Cake Guru Specializing in all things cupcake and custom cakes. With a flavor list that goes on and on, you’re sure to find something for any taste!

Wilmar Chocolates In business since 1956, they specialize in fresh batch chocolates. Stop in their store any time and they meet you at the door with a free sample. You can purchase pre-made or build your own gift boxes, or try out your candy making skills and make your own candy bar!

Vande Walle’s Candies Over 75 years in business, 29 years in the Appleton area. Best known for their hand-made creamy caramels, they also have award winning chocolates and specialize in custom candy gift boxes for any occasion.

September “Fests” Keeping Summer Alive

 

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Written by: Pam Seidl, Executive Director

While many may view Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of summer, September in the Fox Cities is full of summer-like festivals that keep the fun going!

Fox Jazz Fest kicks off the month with great music on Labor Day weekend (September 3 and 4 this year).  Fox Jazz Fest is a free, 2-day concert from local, regional and national jazz artists. The 2016 Jazz Fest theme this year is ‘How My Heart Sings’.

2013 seafood fest logoSeafood Fest is September 9 & 10.  This legendary event is a fundraiser for several local Rotary clubs.  Lobster and salmon plated dinners, live music both nights and, new for this year, the Fox Valley Food Truck Rally will also be offering delicious food for any palette. Fun for the whole family!

IMG_2060The Fox Cities Marathon is a festival of races September 16 through 18.  The Guardian Kids Run & the Kimberly Clark Diaper Dash & Toddler Trot take place at the Fox Cities Stadium.  A 5k course starts and finishes at Riverside Park in Neenah on Saturday.  The main marathon, half-marathon and relay races start at UW Fox Valley and finish at Riverside Park. If you’re not a runner, not a problem! There’s plenty of fun to be had by spectators as well!

OctoberfestChalk_dsc_0165f6Octoberfest, the biggest “fest” of all, wraps up the September fun on the 24th.  This community-driven festival that provides family-friendly events for all ages while raising funds for more than 100 local nonprofit organizations.  Locals and visitor alike enjoy this summer-ending days of live music on five stages and great food at one of the 100+ food booths!

 

These signature festivals plus many other events like Fox Cities Restaurant Week, make September a great time to plan a  visit to the Fox Cities today!

10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in the Fox Cities

Fall is fast approaching and with back-to-school on the horizon, people are gearing up for sweater weather, football season, apple-picking, pumpkin patches and all things fall. We’ve put together a little list of ways to make the most of your fall in the Fox Cities!

AppletonFarmersMarket_dsc_2852y.jpg1. Farm Markets – Many of our area farm markets run through October, with downtown Appleton switching to an indoor market in November. It’s the perfect time to check out new fall crafts, fresh in-season produce and enjoy the tastes of fall! Click here to see a full list of farm markets in our area.

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2. Kayak the Fox River with the Appleton Locks Paddle event! A scenic course with a little bit of history as you paddle through four of the Fox River locks. Held on Saturday, September 24. Click here for more.

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3. Pick some apples, find a pumpkin or get lost in a corn maze! The Fox Cities is home to plenty of orchards to choose from so get out and get picking and try your luck through a corn maze! Check out any of the orchards listed below for a great way to spend a fall day!

IMG_78154. Mulberry Lane Farm starts their Pumpkin Harvest Celebration mid-September and runs through October. Visit the farm anytime during that time and pick a FREE pumpkin, and while you’re there take some time to ride a pony, play with a pig, pet a goat, take a hayride and have some fun of the farm! Click here for details.

 

Octoberfest_Appleton Sidewalk5. License to Cruise and Octoberfest will make Downtown Appleton the place to be on September 23 & 24. The festival kicks off Friday night with License to Cruise, where hundreds of classic cars line up and down College Avenue. The fun continues on Saturday and brings thousands to the area to enjoy live music, great food and plenty of fun! Click here for details.

HighCliffRunners6. Enjoy the fall colors at High Cliff State Park. With trails for any skill level, you can take a leisurely walk or hike a more challenging trail and enjoy the views of Lake Winnebago or visit the old Lime Kiln Ruins. Best time for peak fall colors is late September to mid-October.

7. Head to Greenville Lions Park on October 2 for the 42nd Annual Greenville Fall Craft Fair! You’ll find everything from homemade crafts and bakery to fresh produce and food. Click here for more.

FallTrees8. Spend the afternoon in Downtown Appleton on Saturday October 15 for their annual Soup Walk! Stop at participating downtown restaurants to taste their soups and vote for your favorite!  Tickets go on sale October 1; quantities limited so don’t wait!

9. Head out to Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve October 22 for the Romp in the Autumn Swamp! Celebrate the season with a hay-ride, trick-or-treat trail, Halloween games, and more! Click here for details.

10. Get your spooky on with these family friendly Halloween events!

  • Heckrodt Halloween EventHalloween Campground Walk at High Cliff State Park on October 22 for trick-or-treating throughout the parks campground! Open to the public but vehicle admission is required.
  • Neenah’s Farm Market Boo Fest! – Neenah’s last farm market will be hauntingly fun! With a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and activities for the whole family, it will be a Boo-tastic event you won’t want to miss!
  • YMCA Freeky 5k – The run/walk event where costumes are encouraged! Enter to win the costume contest, all participants receive a halloween goodie bag. Register by October 18.
  • Creepy Crawlies Halloween at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, October 7 & 8. Enjoy hayrides, kids crafts, live owl interactions and haunted trail! Fun for kids of all ages!
  • Haunted Hearthstone: Take a tour through the Hearthstone Historic House Museum and explore the Victorian customs of death, the supernatural, and mysticism. Tours will be every Friday night through October from 6-8pm. On October 28 they will have an extended haunted tour from 8:30-10:30pm where you’ll get a glimpse of Hearthstone’s ghostly past.

 

In Appleton: A ring dance on a wedding day — Minnesota Prairie Roots

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT KIDS and water on a hot summer day that brings joy and, for me, a longing for the carefree days of youth. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to a piece of art centering City Park in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Ring Dance,” created by internationally-acclaimed sculptor Dallas Anderson, a […]

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The Fox Trot Trail: A Walk Through Appleton’s History

The Fox Trot Trail: A Walk Through Appleton’s History

Written by:  Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Houdini  plaza springThe site of a famous magician’s childhood home, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant, and a 4-time NFL Super Bowl champion are just a few of the people and places walkers can learn about on the new self-guided 16-stop, 2.2-mile Fox Trot Trail showcasing the history of downtown Appleton
and the Fox River. The Fox Trot Trail opened just Lawrence Memorial Chapel_AppletonWIin time for Mile of Music as 60,000+ attendees filled downtown Appleton August 4-7. Perhaps you have seen the blue fox footprints on the sidewalks and signs throughout downtown?

The trail starts in Houdini Plaza, heads towards Lawrence University, goes through the former industrial flats, and concludes in Jones Park. The History Museum at the Castle, Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Between the Locks Building, Trolley Square, Fox River Mills, and Rocky Bleier Run are just some of the points of interest you will read about. Several of the stops along the trail are related to each other in history.

FoxRiverMills_LUSkyline.jpgThere is a scenic shortcut along the Fox River if you do not feel up to walking the entire 2.2 miles, although you will miss out on 5 of the 16 points of interest along the trail. Pick up a trail brochure at our Visitor Center or view the online map on the Appleton Parks & Recreation website. Happy walking!

Appleton’s Alive with the Sounds of Music!

Written by: Amy Karas, Convention Sales & Marketing Manager

Raquel Rodriguez_Chadwick'sThe fourth annual Mile of Music Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a reception on Lawrence University’s main hall lawn (sponsored by Tundraland), live music at Memorial Chapel and a First Songs Kickoff Concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Starting Thursday morning through Sunday evening there will be 800 live performances from 240 artists at 70 venues located within one walkable mile in Downtown Appleton.

13669375_823856191049325_4533490706018608072_oThe Mile of Music Bus and Downtown Trolley will also be running for free during the event. The festival features original artists from around the world showcasing different musical backgrounds including folk, indie rock, R&B and many more genres. There is no cover charge for any of the entertainment. Music Maker badges are available for purchase and gives a more exclusive experience.
*Photo credit: Mile of Music facebook page

Mile Of Music Pale Ale2Food and beverage will be available for purchase in the coffee shops, bars, parks and museums where artists are performing. Local Stone Arch Brew House crafted and distributed their specialty Mile of Music Americana Pale Ale for the event. It is currently being sold in Festival Foods and Woodman’s and will be on tap at Stone Cellar Brewpub, Spats, Fox River House and the Clubhouse inside of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel during the festival.

Mile of Music is a grass-roots festival co-founded by Appleton Marketing Executive Dave Willems and Appleton/Nashville-based national recording artist and Grammy nominee Cory Chisel with support from nearly 100 community organizations and 200 volunteers. Profits support two funds, the Mile of Music Education Fund and the Appleton Education Fund, which award musical scholarships and other opportunities to local youth.

Want to see more original music from these artists? Every Wednesday night from 5:30 – 7pm through September 21st, different Mile of Music featured musicians are performing free concerts in the courtyard at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The hotel also hosts the Mile of Music’s New Year’s Encore Eve event which includes concerts with options to add on dinner and sleeping rooms. For more information on Mile 4, including artists and schedule, visit their website.