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101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha, WI Area – Part 4 of 4

I’d rather pay for experiences than hoard a “rich deposit” of materialistic goods that will sit around most of the time collecting dust.  Yes, I need and want basic items to satisfy my likes, values, desires, habits and hobbies, but after a while a lot of possessions will start to control ones mind.  I’m wealthy but not rich.  Being wealthy is more rewarding and satisfying.

When Meridith Jumisko compiled the list of 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under in the Kenosha, WI Area for the Kenosha Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, I had to share.  There is a wealth of knowledge one will gain by experiencing these attractions and events that will not break the bank.  Shed the rich man mindset to become truly wealthy.

76. Create art in the Clay Studio at Lemon Street Gallery! Clay costs $3 per pound

77. Also see incredible art at Re:Vision Gallery, Pollard Gallery, Anderson Arts Center,Kenosha Art Association,Carthage College, and UW-Parkside! FREE

78. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Pike Bike Trail or the Kenosha County Bike Trail.FREE

Even the dogs enjoy the Kenosha Harbor Market. Photo by The Walking Traveler

79. Mikey’s features a new menu with gourmet Hot Dogs, create-your-own pizza, and more! Prices vary

80. Find your favorite childhood video game and try it out at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles. Many under $10 /FREE to try

81. Exhibitors bring samples, brochures, giveaways, and smiles to the I-94 Visitor Information Center for First Fridays.FREE

82. Pick up a homemade Bloody Mary mix or lemonade mix at Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, who offer more than pies and jams! $6.50/$8.50

83. Hike 4.2 miles of trails at KD Park. FREE

84. Checkmate! Play chess or checkers at the chess tables in Fox River Park; bring your own pieces. FREE

85. Take time to enjoy the distinctive wall murals, unique hand-painted storefront signs, and amazing historic architecture in Downtown Kenosha! FREE

86. Visit Abe! Library Park is home to an Abraham Lincoln statue, as well as the Kenosha County Soldiers’ Monument “Winged Victory”. FREE

87. Take a selfie by the red 1906 Pierhead Lighthouse.FREE

88. A slice of Kenosha nightlife can be found at Fusion, a Downtown performing arts venue. Some events FREE

89. At Scoops Ice Cream, ask for the Badger Brownie: two scoops of ice cream on a warm chocolate chunk brownie, with many toppings! $5.75

90. Aspiring young paleontologists will dig this: Dino Digs are held most Saturday andSunday afternoons at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. FREE

91. Bring the kids to the Field Station inside the Kenosha Public Museum, where they can explore the arts and sciences in this popular hands-on activity area. FREE

92. Labor Day weekend includes Cheese-A-Palooza (Sept 3-4), the Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show (Sept 3), and the 14th Annual Car Show To Benefit Our Wounded Warriors (Sept 4). FREE for spectators

93. All ages enjoy getting artsy at Alpaca Art Pottery Painting. $7 studio fee plus the cost of your pottery ($3+)

Street Festivals are better when live music hits the air. Photo by The Walking Traveler

94. At NovelTea Bookstore, you can purchase 2 oz. packaged loose leaf tea in a variety of flavors. Most under $10; average price $7

95. Meet internationally-known cartoonists during the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning,Sept 15-17. FREE

96. Enjoy a picnic at Wolfenbuttel Park, next to Lake Michigan. FREE

97. Electric Streetcars are celebrated during Kenosha Streetcar Day on Sept 17!  $1 & under fare

98. You can’t go to Brat Stop without having the Famous Charcoal Grill Original Bratwurst served with chips! $6.99

99. You’ll find the Lilli Soapworks product line at A Summer’s Garden Florist. These soaps are handmade in Kenosha with shea butter. $5.50

100. Enjoy a delicious made-from-scratch soup in the outdoor Garden of Eatin’ at The Coffee Pot. $2-4

101. The famous “backroom” offers amazing savings at the Jockey Factory Store in Downtown Kenosha. Get a $10 off coupon in the FREE 2016 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide

Thank you again Meridith for your help over the past couple of years.

Oh Those Unhappy Tourists

God dammit! I want to scream at these people who write this nonsensical, irritating bullshit.  Are these people down to their last remaining brain cells?  Do I laugh or do I cry for humanity?  What about laughing my ass off?  It’s a mix. Scream at the stupidity, laugh at the feeble-mindedness.  I read this list of complaints from dissatisfied customers of Thomas Cook Vacations.  I’m compelled to share these complaints along with identifying the differences between a tourist and a traveler.  There are vast differences, in fact, the differences are polar opposites.  These complaints fit the very definition of a tourist.

This is not a complaint about Thomas Cook Vacations.  This is a highlight of those who complain for the sake of it, who feel entitled but are not, who lack cultural understanding and/or who simply don’t have common sense.  At first, these complaints don’t seem legit, but they are and they are ignorantly absurd.  Who could be so ignorant?  The next time you travel, be open-mined and adventurous.  Stop your complaining and don’t be an entitled douche bag.

Here are some simple differences between a tourist and a traveler.

Tourists – Tourists tend to stay in their comfort zones that are familiar with their home lifestyle.  They huddle around an area with the masses speaking their native tongue – unwilling to learn local languages and phrases.  Tourists normally stay around large cities and don’t go off-the-beaten-path.  The amenities they seek are similar to home.  They can often be seen staring into oblivion like a deer in headlights, asking for the nearest fast food chain or franchise restaurant, wear non-cultural clothing and have their minds stuck on an itinerary that has no flexibility.  Yawn, snore, Zzzzzz!

Photo via www.stylespalace.com
Photo via www.stylespalace.com


Travelers –  Travelers are open-minded and want to learn everything they can while in a new place. They go off-the-beaten-path to immerse themselves with the locals.  Travelers will eat unique local foods, sit in boutique coffee shops and converse with strangers and consider their trip an adventure not a vacation.  Travelers understand they are in a foreign place – the culture, language and vibe is different and they love every minute of their experience.  Travelers may have an itinerary and use a guide-book, but they are flexible and willing to alter their plans at any given moment. Spontaneity and adapting is key.  Being uptight and rigid is not a sign of a traveler.  Travelers want fun and mental orgasms not stiff unhappiness – what do you think jobs are for?

Photo via www.afs.org
Photo via www.afs.org


Brace yourselves for dullness, ignorance and hilarity. Thank you Thomas Cook Vacations for sharing the mindset of the unhappy, bored, simple-minded tourist.


1. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

2. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

3. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

where the magic happens


Here’s to the free-spirited, laid-back, open-minded and common sense travelers.  I’m one of them.  If I’m with an up-tight, complaint filled tourist, I go off on my own.  I’d hang with the locals, learn from them and alter my plans based on their suggestions to experience the magic of their hometown.

Feature photo via blogs.hrhero.com by Dan Oswald

Classic American Road Power – Uke’s Harley-Davidson

Rising sixty feet in the air the five level, triangular-shaped glass tower points due west over-looking Interstate-94. In an awesome display of strength, ten Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two per level, lie facing the highway. Standing at the base of the tower, I slowly tilt my head back allowing my eyes to crawl up each floor. As I admire the biker enthusiasts’ “eye” candy, I start to walk towards the entrance as my eyes lock on the famous black, orange and white logo. I open the door and immediately feel welcome with classic rock music playing throughout the showroom and upper floor museum.

I’m not a motorcycle rider and have only been a ‘backseater’ once when I was a kid. However, throwing my leg over a Harley, turning the key, hearing the V-engine rumble and roar, slipping on sunglasses and hitting the open road has always been appealing.

Riders ready their bikes for the inaugural ride of the season and the annual Frank Ulicki memorial ride. The “extended family” that rides are from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers and firefighters.
Riders ready their bikes for the inaugural ride of the season and the annual Frank Ulicki memorial ride. The “extended family” that rides are from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers and firefighters.

Standing at the front of the showroom floor, eyeing the Tri-Glide Ultra with her Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engine and the slick Dyna Low Rider with Wrinkle Black paint and chrome and machined aluminum finishes, I feel the allure of these dazzling ladies as their captivating charm fills the air like a London fog.

As my fantasy comes back to reality, I’m quickly reminded that today is the inaugural ride of the season with all the riders starting to arrive in the parking lot. Looking outside then back towards the showroom floor, I’m greeted by the owner of Uke’s Harley-Davidson, Keith Ulicki. He shares with me a brief history of his family’s ownership in a Harley dealership. Keith’s father Frank opened the first Uke’s location over eight decades ago. “He started Uke’s in 1930. He wanted to buy a Harley store and had to go to Milwaukee to get approval from the home office. He opened his store on April 1st and brought in four cents,” Keith says with a chuckle and smile.

“Four cents,” I say smiling with him.

“I took over in 1985 and this building is our fourth location,” Keith says as he points to the various pictures on the memorial wall.

Keith and Nanc Ulicki. Uke’s sponsors the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter that organizes rides throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin during the riding season.
Keith and Nanc Ulicki. Uke’s sponsors the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter that organizes rides throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin during the riding season.

As Keith finishes with a brief history of Uke’s, I ask when the inaugural ride of the season is going to begin. “Staging is set for 10:45 and we leave at 11:00,” Keith says. “Not only is it the inaugural ride of the season but it is the annual Frank Ulicki memorial ride.”

“I didn’t know it was the Frank Ulicki memorial ride as well,” I say thinking how admirable it is to honor a local legend.

Keith and I head outside and he introduces me to some of the riders and local H.O.G. Chapter members sponsored by Uke’s. After spending over an hour talking with these riders from all walks of life, I gain a deeper understanding that Uke’s Harley Davidson is not just a dealership selling motorcycles, but an extended family.

Hipmunk City Love Orlando: 8 Spa Hotels for Relaxation After a Day in the Sun

Orlando, FL is one of the world’s top travel destinations for families. Adults love the warm weather and kids enjoy spending time at Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Studio’s Orlando. There is nothing better for a parent than seeing a smile on their child’s face. But after a long day playing on the kid’s stage, parents are ready for relaxation and downtime. Orlando has amazing spa and sauna hotels to sooth mom and dad after a long day in the sun. Here are 8 spa and sauna hotels to rejuvenate every parent.


Photo by Dalyn Ripley via Trover.com

1. A stay at the Universal’s Lowes Royal Pacific Resort will give guests access to the Mandara Spa. Relax and recharge in one of the 14 treatment rooms before going to the Wantilan Luau.

2. The Poseidon Spa inside the Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection offers massages from its Jewels of the Sea Collection. Other amenities offered by Poseidon include body wraps, body scrubs, couples massage, facials, and in-suite massages. The Poseidon Spa is perfect for couples to indulge after a long day with the kids.

3. Select Massage, Inc. inside The Florida Hotel and Conference Center offers luxurious spas including a Swedish and sports massage. After a long day in meetings or at a theme park, a reflexology session is a perfect way to end the day. Romantic couple’s massages are available as well.


Photo by Kim Coulombe via Trover.com

4. With only 17 rooms at The Eo Inn And Spa Hotel, guests experience special pampering and extra attention. Surrounded by a quiet atmosphere and tranquil environment, travelers can receive facials, massages, and body treatments at this posh hotel.

5. The kids can get in on the action at The Seasons A Two Bedroom by swimming in the kids pool as mom and dad enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub. A sauna is also available for further pampering.

6. Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay. When guests stay at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel,  they will enjoy an exciting swim in the outdoor pool and a relaxing time in the sauna. Of course this comes after playing air guitar and rockin’ out to great music.

7. Whether in town for a conference or leisure, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel offers a fitness room, outdoor pool, and spa tub. Conveniently located north of Orlando, the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel allows travelers to get away for a while from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

Downtown Orlando

Photo by Mathias Pohl via Trover.com

8. Universal’s Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel has three themed pools on its property including one with a water slide that looks like a Roman aqueduct. The Portofino also has a fitness center and a steam and sauna room to relax in after a jog or walk around the property’s walking path.

Orlando is a giant playground for children and adults. Staying young at heart is essential to longevity and happiness. After a day of playing in the sun with your children, enter into a state of relaxed bliss in a spa and sauna hotel in and around Mickey’s paradise.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.