State Trunk Tour

State Trunk Tour

Pick Some Roads and GO!! We explore Wisconsin road-by-road and place-by-place, with plenty of interesting facts, history, trivia, twists, and kitsch. Because this is one interesting state.

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May 9, 2022 46 min
Manitowoc County features food trails, cave exploration, unique museums and maritime fun, all with cool stories behind them. Join host Eric Paulsen and guest Jason Ring to dive into Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and points throughout the county to find fun for everyone, including events that salute everything from ice cream sundaes to space.
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Port Washington may be a small town, but it has big offerings. From the incredible adventures you can have on the water and its beautiful harbor to its vibrant downtown, it's a great visit for a day trip, weekend, or for their may festivals - including their first-ever Winterfest, coming up February 6th. We dive into it all!
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Lake Geneva offers a world-class winter getaway experience, and with the coveted Ice Castles underway and their Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships coming, it was the perfect time for a conversation with VISIT Lake Geneva's dynamo CEO, Stephanie Klett. We also hit up winter sports, amazing shopping, resorts, apothecaries, Dungeons & Dragons, breweries, wineries, distilleries, magic shows, and a big u...
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Surfing in winter? Yes, they do that. Sheboygan is the Malibu of the Midwest and the Bratwurst Capital of the World. Buoyed by a diversifying food scene, a thriving arts and creative community, and a downtown people are increasingly moving to Sheboygan offers plenty of reasons to road trip. This includes upcoming holiday celebrations like the new Jingle & Mingle. Find out how to maximize your experience here. Guest: Shelly Harm...
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Hartford offers remarkable automotive history with its museum, natural beauty all around, some classic architecture, proximity to Erin Hills, Holy Hill, and plenty to enjoy from shopping to balloon festivals and more. State Trunk Tour's Eric Paulsen talks with Doreen Buntrock about Hartford's offerings, including the upcoming Hot Air Affair Balloon Rally. A State Trunk Tour road trip on Highways 60 or 83 brings you there!
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Green Bay is famous for being "Titletown." But don't let COVID-era attendance limitations at Lambeau stop you from heading to Wisconsin's oldest (and only NFL) city and taking in the sights, museums, history, gardens, family-friendly activities, breweries, and more. Brenda Krainik from the Green Bay CVB joins Eric Paulsen for more reasons to road trip to Packerland.
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It's October, and fall fun options include apple picking (and shooting them out of cannons), barn quilt views and tours, wine walks, beer gardens, corn mazes, Halloween Glow lights, even yoga with coffee along Lake Michigan. Cari Greving from Real Racine joins Eric Paulsen for a fun review of Fall Farm Fun across Racine County, east or west "of the I" on this State Trunk Tour Podcast episode.
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In the late 19th century, Waukesha's water and Hygeia Springs had a national reputation for health, to the point where an entrepreneur tried to build a pipeline sending the water to Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition. He succeeded - sort of. You can even visit this spring in Big Bend, just off Highway 164. We explore this clear-running but colorful liquid history, including the Great Pipeline Battle, in this episode ...
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Show of hands - who knew there was a HUGE early movement of Blues, R&B, Country and even some Big Band music in Grafton and Port Washington, Wisconsin? There was indeed, and the story is remarkable. The Paramount Music record label was created in a chair factory along the Milwaukee River, shuttling musicians from Mississippi to Wisconsin 100 years ago to make music that laid the groundwork for what rock & roll, country, and...
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The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the finest and largest zoos in the nation. Amidst a 190-acre park-like setting you can ride the Safari Train, explore Adventure Africa, check out over 2,100 animals representing 350 different species, and enjoy special events. We cover all of that Jenny Diliberti from the Zoo, from its history to the need for elephant pedicures and from the new otter exhibit to Zoo A La Carte, one of their biggest...
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The Wisconsin State Fair ranks among the nation's best, and the 2019 edition runs August 1-11. In this STT episode, Eric Paulsen talks with State Fair Director of Public Affairs Kristi Chuckel about everything from traditional foods (cream puffs) to new foods (like bug tacos?!?) to rides, slides, music, the history, and of course, the animals and their farmers and caretakers coming in from around the state. I-94, Highway 59, an...
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Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and the surrounding area is home to some amazing farms, bakeries, cheese factories, breweries, wineries, and even confectioneries that can tickle your taste buds. State Trunk Tour host Eric Paulsen talks with Jason Ring from the Manitowoc/Two Rivers CVB about their new Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and its destinations. Nearly 20 locations you can connect to via car, bike, or even on foot that delight your pal...
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Summerfest 2019 fills Milwaukee's lakefront with music from over 700 artists across many genres June 26-30 & July 2-7, 2019. State Trunk Tour's Eric Paulsen sits down with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. VP/Marketing Sarah Pancheri to talk new stages, artists, food, ways to get in at a reduced rate or even free, all in this episode of the State Trunk Tour Podcast.
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After a well-received interview with Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" show in January, we were invited back in March to talk about the State Trunk Tour, Wisconsin road trips, and hear from callers. This is our second WPR interview, as it aired live on March 27, 2019 on the state's radio network.
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The road tripping ideas behind StateTrunkTour.com caught the attention of "Central Time," an afternoon show on Wisconsin Public Radio. On January 16, 2019, State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen sat down with Rob Ferrett, discussed Wisconsin and the Tours, and got callers from around the state. Here's the interview as it aired on WPR's network of stations.
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Wisconsin winters mean a lot of outdoor fun involving snow and ice. But out of what we often skate, snowmobile, or slide on - or just shovel away - some artists create incredible art and sculptures. In this episode, we talk with professional ice carver and snow sculptor Jeff Shawhan - one of the talented people who can craft amazing art that wows onlookers... before it all melts.
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Ah, New Year's Eve! We all know about the ball drop in Times Square in NYC. But did you know about the Cherry Drop? A new way to ring in the New Year is blossoming in Sister Bay, where the Door County Cherry Drop debuted to ring in 2018. And they're ready to build on it and make it a tradition. Find out how this came about and how you can have some fun there for NYE, just take Highways 42 and 57 to get there!
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Chippewa Falls is a beautiful town in Wisconsin, known for Leinenkugel's Beer, natural beauty, and plenty to see and do - especially for a city this size. We talk with Jackie Boos, Tourism Director of the Chippewa Chamber, to cover everything from their gem of a zoo and park to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, floating the Chippewa River, historic sites, more breweries, shopping, and all there is to do and see in and around t...
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Marshfield is internationally known for its world-class Marshfield Clinic, but this city of 20,000 goes beyond medicine to prescribe a fun visit featuring the arts, historic structures, a zoo offering Kodiak bears, roaming buffalo and interactive exhibits, the unique "Jurustic Park" where words like "converted helicopter dragon" can be heard, the World's Largest Round Barn, the Blue Heron Brewery, and plenty of ...
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Sheboygan conjures up all kinds of images. This city of 50,000 on Lake Michigan is known for brats and good ol' Wisconsin traditions. But its admired harbor area, downtown development, world class golf, surfing reputation (seriously), support from companies and young professionals, Kohler-Andrae State Park, the new Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, and a new creation downtown called City Green is taking everything up a notch. We...
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