Find Your Spring Fashion in Wisconsin’s Shopping Place!

Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager There’s no time I look forward to more when talking fashion, than Spring! From open-toed shoes, bright colors and shorter hem-lines, to my Brewers gear, golf apparel and not wearing a jacket when going outdoors. Of course with a new season, brings another aspect along with it….time to go through your closet and clean out, which also means I get to go shopping! Having worked for the Bureau now for just about three years, I knew there was no better way to get info for this blog post than to go right to the many fashion resources available in the Fox Cities! I’ve chosen a few of the many great stores and boutiques where you can find your perfect Spring fashion piece. They’ve even let me in on some of the trends to look for so you can be fashion-forward this Spring! All of the stores mentioned below can be found on Facebook and I encourage you to check them out as you are shopping til you drop this Spring! Tina Palmer, Owner Vintique, A Vintage & Retro Boutique 131 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah I absolutely love the vibe you feel when walking in Tina’s store in Downtown Neenah. She allows non fashion-forward people such as myself to feel like I have a leg up on the rest of the world!


Handmade large wood sign $44, Leather Purse $68, Vegan Leather Jacket $108, Lace Scarf $28, Local artist necklace $42, Tulle and Lace Skirt $64, Small Wood Signs $24ea.

Tina mentions that at Vintique, Spring is well underway!  The hot color this season is truly navy.  Americana has strong pulls again this season with a lot of red, white and blue.  Fringe and lace are the embellishments you will find on a great many spring styles.  Ivory lace and crochet are everywhere and dresses, skirts and tunics are the go-to’s this season.  Tina’s favorite look this Spring, is pairing an inspirational tee with a fun skirt. For footwear, Tina suggests flats and short boots are the footwear of choice this Spring. Vintique is open Mon, Fri, Sat: 10-5 and Tues – Thurs: 10-6

Betsy Roisen, VP Store Manager Macy’s, Fox River Mall 4311 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton Betsy wanted to touch on four adorable trends she’s noticing for this spring season: Trend 1- Floral Large Hawaiian floral prints are really in right now. Add the contrast of black and white to make this a statement. Pair these looks with a bootie, slide sandal or wedge to top it off. Trend 2 -Earth Earth tones combine with folkloric brights rendered in Spanish-inspired embroideries on blouses and maxi dresses. Pair with fun flat sandals or wedges to complete the look.

Jessica Howard Floral-Print Belted Dress - $99

Jessica Howard Floral-Print Belted Dress – $99

Trend 3 -Dawn Look for soft, romantic colors to many different fabrics. Many beautiful pale pinks and blues in textures and floral patterns conjure up a classic style with a hint of romance. Pair the look with nude, pale or silver footwear and a floral necklace. Trend 4 -Active! As everyone is working to get in shape for the summer, we have some great, bright looks from Ideology and CK Performance- it’s all about making it fun and colorful! Macy’s, located at Fox River Mall, is open Mon-Sat 10a-9p and Sun 10a-6p

Catherine Fleischer, Owner Elements Unleashed 210 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah Elements Unleashed is a fun boutique located in Downtown Neenah. They offer different styles of fashion from casual to high-end. They also are experts in fur sales and service. When it comes to Spring fashion, Catherine wanted to bring to light three different trends she is noticing for this season and beyond: 1.     Summer whites in monochromatic, minimalist, romantic styling.  A monochromatic look is simple and chic, but some struggle with it because they think the all of the whites or all of the blues need to be exactly the same… and they don’t.

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Dusty rose dress with chiffon and lace bell sleeves by Rancho Estancia; $58

2.    Western-flavored wear has been really HOT and continues to grow.  All of the big fashion designers (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Bibhu Mohapatra just to name a few) are already displaying their Fall 2015 collections with inflections of western wear, fur, and long fringe.   No matter the season, just keep it simple.  You don’t need to dress like you’re ready to walk out on a John Wayne movie set.  Wear your favorite lace dress with cowboy boots and you are there! Elements Unleashed is open Mon, Wed & Fri: 10a-5p; Tues, Thurs: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.

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Neon Buddha pink jacket $139 Lisette black pant $118 Yellowbox flip flops $65

Sue Hawkinson J. Hawkinson Clothiers 10 E College Ave, Ste 114, Appleton Sue believes this spring is all about bright colors. From pink to the blue green colors of the Caribbean, wearing these bright colors will certainly help you feel more like spring! She mentioned that scarves are still one of the top fashion accessories and continue their dominance from fall. Hawkinson Clothiers is located inside City Center, Downtown Appleton. Their hours of operation are Mon-Wed: 10a-6p; Thurs: 10a-7p; Fri: 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p.  

Jill Nelson, Owner Chic to Chic, LLC, A Women’s Consignment Boutique 301 N. Mall Dr, Appeleton Jill mentions that lace is a huge trend in both tops, dresses and tunics this spring/summer. Some even come with a built-in cami!


Blue Maxi dress is Chicos $56.99 (new was $129.99) Multi-color dress is authentic Kate Spade $152.99 (new was over $300)

Music to my ears, is that maxi dresses are back! Jill suggests that the colorful dresses of the season should be worn with flats or wedges this year.  Pair with a leather or jean jacket for those cool nights and you are good to go! Chic to Chic, A Women’s Consignment Boutique carries many designer brands as well as shoes, purses and jewelry. New Spring/Summer clothing, shoes, jewelry are coming in daily on consignment. Their hours of operation are Mon-Sat: 9a-8p; Sun: 10a-5p.

Brooke Graham, Owner The Revival 216 Main St, Menasha

Kimono 37.00 & Shift Dress 47.00

Kimono 37.00 & Shift Dress 47.00

The Revival is a new (opened in May 2014) store in downtown Menasha that has recently stolen my heart with some of their adorable clothing items. Brooke says that one of her absolute favorite clothing items right now is the kimono. She suggests pairing them with something really simple like a plain tank, cuffed skinny jeans and ankle boots to be casual or throw them over a solid shift dress to be moderately dressed up. The Revival is open Tues-Sat 10a-5p. Happy shopping!

Easter Fun in the Fox Cities!

easterWritten By: Jen Hecht, Convention Services Coordinator

Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner now! Are your family’s Easter plans still in the works? We are here to help! Here is a listing of Easter egg hunts and places serving Easter brunch in the Fox Cities area. Please note that many of the brunch spots either highly recommend or may even require reservations.

Fox Cities Easter Egg Hunts

9:00 am – 11:00 am  Appleton North’s National Honor Society Egg Hunt
Appleton High School, Appleton

10:00 am – 12:00 pm  Easter Family Fun And Pancake Breakfast (All Ages)/ACY
Apple Creek YMCA, Appleton WI

10:30 am – 11:30 am  Autism Family Network Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Faith Community United Methodist Church, Greenville

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  5th Annual Free Easter Egg Hunt
Prospera Credit Union, Appleton WI

10:00 am – 11:00 am  Free Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity Lutheran School, KAUKAUNA WI

10:00 am – 11:00 am  New Hope Easter Egg Hunt
New Hope Lutheran Church, Neenah

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg Hunt
St. Mary elementary campus, Menasha WI

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg hunt: SMCS CLUBHOUSE March 31 – Egg-stravaganza
St. Gabriel elementary campus, Neenah WI

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Easter Egg hunt: SMCS CLUBHOUSE March 31 – Egg-stravaganza
St. Margaret Mary elementary campus, Neenah WI

8:45 am – 11:00 am  Easter For Kids
St.Paul Lutheran Church and School, Appleton WI

9:00 am – 11:30 am  Easter Egg Hunt
Pathways Church, Appleton WI

10:30 am – 11:00 am  Town of Menasha Easter Egg Hunt
O’Hauser Park, Neenah WI

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm  2015 Appleton Area Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
Appleton Memorial Park, Appleton WI

Easter Brunch Spots

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah. Brunch 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations recommended: 920-720-8000, ext. 5030.

Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering, 111 E. Kimball St., Appleton. Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $17.50 for adults, $1.50 per year for children until age 10. Reservations: 920-731-7271.

Fratellos, 501 W. Water St., Appleton. Buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $18.99 for adults, $8.99 for ages 9 to 12, $6.99 for ages 4 to 8. Reservations recommended: 920-993-9087.

Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Buffet 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $16.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations: 920-968-2621.

Ground Round, 1010 Cameron Way, Neenah. Breakfast menu, including gluten-free items, served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations taken for groups of six or more. 920-725-1010.

Main Event Steakhouse, 1727 Freedom Road, Little Chute. Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $13.95 for adults, $1 per year for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations: 920-788-6246. More information on Facebook page.

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave., Appleton. Buffet served in Grand Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $21.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $6.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge is added. Reservations recommended: 920-733-8000, ext. 1529.

Red Ox, 2318 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Serves off the dinner and children’s menus, plus Easter specials, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All items available as carry-out as well. Can accommodate groups up to 8 people. Reservations: 920-830-4121.

Remington’s, inside Riverwalk Hotel, 123 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah. Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $18.95 for adults, $11.95 ages 8 to 12, $5.95 ages 3 to 7. An 18 percent service charge added. Reservations recommended: 920-725-8441.

The Source Public House, 890 Lake Park Road, Menasha. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 adults, $9.95 children ages 6 to 12, $4.95 children ages 4 to 6. Reservations recommended: 920-830-2050.

Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.99 for adults, $8.99 ages 4 to 12. An 18 percent service charge added. Gluten-free and dairy-free options. Special children’s buffet. Reservations preferred: 920-731-3322.

Waverly Beach, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha. Buffet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $16.95 adults, $8.95 for children ages 4 to 10. Will have Easter bunny and live entertainment. Reservations recommended: 920-733-9721.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N. Casaloma Dr., Grand Chute. Upstairs club level. Two seatings, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations taken through April 1. No walk-ins allowed that day. 920-733-4152.

Fox Cities Visitor Center, Not Just For Visitors!










Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Are you looking for a place in the state to visit or for information on local attractions, hotels and dining options?  If you’re from the Fox Cities, it probably hasn’t occurred to you to stop at the Visitor Center. After all, you’re not a visitor and you know your way around . . . or do you? I’m willing to bet that you’ll find lots of new things to do in the Fox Cities, as well as nearby Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oshkosh and all around the state. You’ll find it all when you visit the Fox Cities Visitor Center, located inside the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here are just a few of the items we have:

  • Local attraction brochures including tours, museums, kids’ activities and more!
  • Local dining information
  • Walking/Bike trail maps (local and state)
  • Travel Wisconsin Guides including Fall & Winter Events Guide and Activity Guide
  • Rustic Road Guide
  • The Official Travel Guide and Wisconsin State Maps
  • Milwaukee Brewer Schedules and Green Bay Packer Schedules
  • Wisconsin International Raceway schedules
  • Timber Rattlers Schedules
  • Destination Guides for most areas of the state including: Door County, Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Green Bay, Bayfield, Cedarburg, La Crosse/Onalaska, Uplands (Southwest Wisconsin) and close to 100 different brochures on places to visit in the state.

Our Visitor Center is located at 3433 W. College Ave and is open Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm. All of our information is FREE and we have a friendly staff member waiting to help you!  We hope to see you soon! You can also visit us online at for information and a list of upcoming events!LogoVG

The weather is warming up! Time to get outside!

Posted by: Amy Karas, Convention Sales Representative

Growing up in Door County, I was surrounded by scenic shoreline and had plenty of parks available for swimming or hiking. When I moved to Appleton 9 years ago, I was excited to find that I could still enjoy nature while living in a bigger city. One of my favorite places to hike is at High Cliff State Park. The park is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Winnebago in Sherwood, Wisconsin, just a short 15 to 20 minute drive from Appleton, Wisconsin, the Fox Cities’ largest community.

High Cliff1High Cliff State Park has over 26 miles of trails including the Bike and Horse trails, Forest Management Trail, Butterfly Pond Trail, Indian Mound Trail and the Lime-Kiln Trail. The Lime-Kiln trail is a combination of hiking near the Winnebago shoreline, in the steep Niagra Escarpment and through the kiln remains. From 1895 to 1956 a company town operated the limestone quarry in this area. All that remains today are the kiln ruins and the store. I have included pictures of the kiln ruins and other beautiful scenery from the Lime-Kiln Trail.

There are many other activities to do at High Cliff State Park for any season although the spring, summer and fall have the largest variety including picnicking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, biking, horseback riding and fishing. It is definitely worth climbing the tower to look out across the fields from the observation deck.

High Cliff3I have also utilized the group campsites which can hold up to 60 people and are separate from the family campground. The field in the middle of the group sites is perfect for volleyball nets and other recreational activities. During the winter months, the trails are converted to snowshoe and cross country ski paths as well. Visitors do need a state park sticker for entry. Day passes are also available.

The scenic 18-hole High Cliff Public Golf Course is located just outside of the park and overlooks the Niagra Escarpment and Winnebago shoreline. High Cliff Restaurant and Banquets is also just outside of the park and is open year round for events. If camping is not your thing, but you would still like to experience the park, golf course or banquet hall, arrange to stay at the High Cliff Resort Suites in Sherwood or any of our Fox Cities hotels just a short drive away.

Cupcakes, and Cookies, and Cakes..Oh My!

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Written By: Jeni Strom, Group Visitor Services Coordinator

I recently had the opportunity to attend a VIP Pre-Grand Opening event at Tamara’s The Cake Guru’s new location located at 1859 Casaloma Dr in Appleton. She already has an established location in Oshkosh and as of today, Friday, February 27, their new Appleton location is officially open for business. I thought having this pre-grand opening was such a fun idea and a great way to reach out to other local businesses and give them a chance to experience what you have to offer. It wasn’t a large event but it did give myself and other attendees to taste her wonderful cupcakes, ask questions, and find out everything they will have to offer.

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The cupcakes were delicious! She offered up a small variety for us to try, the strawberry champagne cupcakes were amazing and the red velvet were sinfully good, really they were all delicious, and offer so many more flavors to choose from! This location is small but quaint and comfortable, and the decor follows her pink and green logo colors. The bakery will have a small seating area with coffee and drink options available so you can sit and enjoy your treats there if you choose. They will have a selection of cupcakes and treats in house everyday, and pre-ordering is available for weddings and events with a wide variety of custom options to choose from! I got to meet Tamara, the owner, who was very welcoming, and the manager and staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the product. The prices are very reasonable too!


2015 Destination Guide..The One Publication You’ll Need for Fox Cities Info!

Written By: Mary Rhode, Marketing and Communications Manager 2015GuideCover (1)

Beyond the colorful exterior, lies an abundance of information for a first-time visitor or the long-time local. I wanted to make sure to highlight some of the new sections, let you know where you can pick one up for yourself and of course share my favorite article in our guide this year. One new addition to our guide is the ABOUT page. Located in the front of the guide on page 2, this page lets you know which cities make up the Fox Cities as well as give you a few of the facts and figures about our area. Another new addition is the shopping series article; this three-part series highlights the many great options for shopping in the Fox Cities. The first part in the series focuses on Fox River Mall, with the other two parts focused on Downtown Appleton and Downtown Neenah, and will appear in the 2016 and 2017 guides respectively. Another new addition is the consignment and resale store listing. This special listing in the SHOP section of our guide was a request from visitors and locals alike. Lastly, our 2015 guide has a new and improved Visitor Services section. This section has new content headers including; kayak rental, boat rentals, sledding hills, outdoor/public pools and cross country ski trails. It seemed only logical to put this information in our guide to make it available for all visitors to discover. The Destination Guide is a labor of love for me to work on every year. When it comes to writing the articles for it, I love the challenge of coming up with interesting content for our visitors and locals alike to read. If I had to pick a favorite in the 2015 guide, it would be the ‘My Fox Cities’ article. This year’s guide highlights Cory Chisel and his journey from Appleton to Nashville and back to Appleton to create Mile of Music. This Q&A article was fun to do and as you read it, you can truly feel the passion Cory has not only for the festival but for his hometown of Appleton. A close second place for my favorite article would have to be the Local Brewers article. Although this article appeared in our 2014 Destination Guide, the 2015 article has the addition of Appleton Beer Factory. With it opening late in 2013, I was unable to include it before the final proof of the 2014 guide. I am thrilled to have them included in the 2015 article and I hope you find that article informative! The Fox Cities Destination Guide is available at a number of locations throughout our 20 communities. We have 15 Visitor Information Kiosks located at various attractions. The guide is also available at area hotels, Chambers of Commerce and the airport. Live outside of the area? Not a problem, as you can request one to be mailed to you by following this link: You can also view a digital version of the guide through our website by following this link:

New Years Eve in the Fox Cities

Written By: Jeni Strom, Group Visitor Services Coordinator

Looking for a way to celebrate your New Year Eve? Here’s a list of a few places around the Fox Cities that can help you ring in the New Year!

  • Noodles Around The World – 12-5pm at the Building for Kids Appleton. A family friendly event! For details and contact information click here.
  • Noon Years Eve! – Funset Boulevard is hosting this fun event. starting at 10am with all-day specials. For information and details click here
  • Mile of Music new Years Encore Eve - Held at The Radisson Paper Valley. A small selection of bands return for a New Years Eve celebration. Event starts at 6pm and package options are available! Click here for more information.
  • Skyline Comedy Cafe – Comedian Graham Elwood. You can pre-order your tickets now. Visit their website for more information.
  • Badger Sports Park, New Years Eve Family Party – Enjoy laser tag, unlimited video games, mini bowling, inflatables and a balloon drop at 9:10 with great prizes. Advance tickets available by phone or at their front counter. Limited spots available. First come, first serve. Event starts at 7pm.
  • First Eve - This FREE event held in downtown Menasha will feature live TV coverage from Curtis Reed Square hosted by Tom Zalaski and Erin Davisson. A family-friendly, alcohol-free event that includes live music, street dance, lantern launch, midnight ball drop, fireworks and prizes. Warm up by the hot air balloon warming stations. Event begins at 10pm.
  • Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant  – Ring in the New Year with our four-course New Year’s Eve menu. Book a reservation between 2:30-4 p.m. and receive a $10 gift card! For details click here.
  • Gather Americana New Years Eve EventClick here for times and menu details.