Ozaukee County is a short 20 minute drive north of downtown Milwaukee along the 1-43
corridor which runs parallel to Lake Michigan. The communities that make Ozaukee
County what it is...each have their own personality and attributes. Ozaukee County
offers lakeside and Countryside living. You will find a variety of produce farms,
roadside stands and orchards that offer fruits and vegetables.....jams, jellies,
salsas...a taste of the best nature has to offer.
Ozaukee Interurban Trail
The route of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is based on the Interurban railway that
connected Ozaukee County to the City of Milwaukee and Sheboygan. During its operation,
the Northern Route of the interurban line was also made famous for transporting African-American
blues musicians to Port Washington which was the main recording studio for Paramount
Today, the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is a 30-mile paved trail that spans the entire
length of Ozaukee County. The majority of the Trail is off-road and is a great source
for free family recreation.
The Trail connects the Ozaukee communities of Mequon, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton,
Port Washington and Belgium by using the existing right-of-way owned by We Energies.
It is used as a commuter route for employment, businesses, industry, and commerce.
In Cedarburg, rich in history...you will want to go to the Cedar Creek Settlement
Shops and enjoy the uniqueness and diversity of what these shops offer their clientele.
From the locally made wines at the Cedar Creek Winery to the furniture of the Amish
Craftman's Guild...the Eurpean flavor the gifts offered at the Alpine Gift Haus.
Enjoy the variety of the uniqueness...you'll always come back for more.
Grafton offers The Family Farm for the "city kids"where farm animals can be fed and
petted...rides on the hay wagon...a tour through the buildings...a step back in time
with antique implements...and a taste of homade goodies....celebrate a birthday or
just the weekend..something for everyone in the family. Stay the weekend at the bed
and breakfast or make a day of it...a trip back in time to rural America like you
can't experience anywhere else.
The Octagon Barn that was constructed a hundred years ago is now called "Octagon
Farms" and is owned by the Tetzlaff Family. They raise llamas, alpacas and emus.
The old milkhouse has become a retail store and tours of the working barn are given.
The architectural design of the barn is Dutch and German The eight walls of the barn
made the structure capable of withstanding the fierce winds off nearby Lake Michigan.
Each of the eight walls is 26 feet wide and 20 feet high. The barn has 3,200 square
feet of floor space. The top of the cupola stands 60 feet above ground level.
The lakeside community of Port Washington is the county seat and it is a picturesque
trip back in time combined with the conveniences of today. Port Washington brags
it has the world's largest all day fish fry along with lakeside festivals throughout
Cities\Towns\Villages: Belgium, Cedarburg, Fredonia, Grafton, Mequon, Port Washington,
Washington County offers Badger State visitors...and residents a gently rolling landscape
capped by the locally well known landmark of Holy Hill. Holy Hill is the highest
peak of the Kettle Moraine, a chain of hills and pot shaped valleys that begins in
the Whitewater area and extends northeast to Door County. The shrine itself sits
on about 40 acres, but over the years another 400 acres of surrounding woodland to
preserve the area's contemplative atmosphere.
There is much to see and do on Holy Hill no matter what your religious background.
You can tour the shrine chapel and the grounds, attend daily services, climb an observation
deck and, during the summer, eat at the Monastery Inn Cafeteria. There are daily
devotions at the shrine and weekend Masses, and confession is available. Many families
come to Holy Hill to attend Sunday services, then have a picnic on the beautiful
The Washington County Fairgrounds are located between Jackson and West Bend, 30 minutes
north of Milwaukee. The fair grounds host the traditional summer fair which includes
entertainment, food and fun for everyone. In the fall, there is another seasonal
celebration held on the 133 acre grounds. In addition, events include everything
from weddings to trade shows, exhibits, concerts and a variety of different animal
Milwaukee County is the hub of southeastern Wisconsin and the largest city in the
state, the city of Milwaukee lining the Lake Michigan shoreline with parks, homes
and condominiums. Hundreds of thousands of people come to the shoreline and Maier
Festival Park for a variety of ethnic festivals and what is billed as the largest
music festival, worldwide...Summerfest. Summerfest features everything from big name/brand
name entertainment to food and beverages,rides, and fireworks displays....some fun
for everyone of every age and every musical taste.
The city and suburbs have an outstanding park system that feature winter fun with
skating ponds, toboggan hills, sledding ....and snowshoe trails. Summer fun includes
ponds stocked with fish, playgrounds, golf and tennis courses, swimming pools and
water parks, softball diamonds, playgrounds with swings, slides, monkey bars and
teeter totters, ...organized arts and crafts classes and a variety of tournaments
for children of all ages. There are OVER 130 parks in the county system in neighborhoods
everywhere offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Green space to
play, enjoy, picnic, exercise...it's all here and improves the quality of life for
residents and visitors alike.
One of the attractions of the area visited most by both residents and tourists is
the Mitchell Park Conservatory. Locally the spectacular displays of colorful plants
is referred to as "the domes." Five times each year, the beautiful Show Dome has
elaborately planned seasonal floral displays. In the moist air of the Tropical Dome,
you will experience 1,200 species of tropical plants. The Desert Dome represents
the deserts of the world with plants grouped by geographic locations.
"The Domes" are the world's only conoidal glass houses. The three Domes are home
to flowers and plants from tropical and arid locations around the world. The architecturally
unique structures are filled with plants and animals from different climates. Each
Dome is almost half a football field wide, by seven stories tall. Twenty wildlife
species including birds, lizards, frogs, toads, fish, and turtles are found in what
appears to the "natural habitat" of the Domes.
Another pride of southeastern Wisconsin is the Milwaukee County Zoo which boasts
many species of animals. The animals have wonderful displays...watch the polar bears
dip in their own pools...the monkeys swinging from the favorite spots in their jungle
-like hang outs.
The Zoo is home to more than 1,800 mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles
with more than 350 species represented. It is a site for workshops, holiday celebrations,
summer concerts and food festivals. Recognized as one of the country’s finest zoological
attractions,it serves as a community resource to educate and entertain as well as
an attraction for a wealth of tourists.
The Harley Davidson Museum is one of the very newest additions to the landscape of
attractions in southeastern Wisconsin. If has been nearly 105 years in the making,
located near downtown Milwaukee, opened its doors to the public on Saturday, July
12, 2008. The 130,000-square-foot Museum gives visitors a feel for the freedom, camaraderie
and pride that Harley-Davidson riders experience every time they fire up their motorcycles.
Within the walls of the Harley-Davidson Museum there are motorcycles and artifacts
that tell the story of the Motor Company's rich history and heritage. Every gallery
and exhibit inside is an astonishing testimony to the legendary bikes, the people
who built them and, of course, every individual who ever felt their powerful rumble
on a long stretch of asphalt.
In addition to tours of the rich history of this internationally known company, it
is also a venue for everything from corporate meetings to birthday parties. Wisconsinites
know how to celebrate....this is just one more place to do it !
There are 11 regional medical centers offering residents state of the art technology
in a variety of areas from pediatric care at Childrens' Hospital...the Burn Center
at St. Mary's...the trauma center at Froedert....assurance and comfort in knowing
that whether it is a minor injury or a life saving transplant, the area has the experience
and expertise to provide the necessary skills and services.
For Sports Fans...Milwaukee county has something for everyone. The summer season
brings the Milwaukee Brewers who have a wonderful domed stadium to play rain or shine.
The Milwaukee Admirals bring hockey to the area for a thrill chill you will enjoy.
The Milwaukee Bucks bounce their way to a basketball season in downtown Milwaukee's
Bradley Center. Kick up the action with Soccer games and the Milwaukee Wave. If skating
is your sport...enjoy the Petit Ice Center in West Allis and you may get a peak at
some olympic hopefuls gliding around the rink.
Rich in culture...you can drink it in at the Milwaukee Art Museum or take in a gallery
or two. There is also the Milwaukee Public Museum, a cultural attraction not to be
missed. Exhibits on everything from space travel to dinosaurs. Exhibits that choose
to visit for a while such as the record setting Titanic exhibit...and those that
are more permanent. There are summer camps and lectures...you will want to go to
their website at: www.mpm.edu....enjoy a podcast, check out the calendar of events..exhibits,
Milwaukee has been called "the city of festivals" and no wonder...every weekend all
summer long you can find a festival at the lake front...people in southeastern Wisconsn
proudly celebrate their heritage and ethnicity. A visit to the lakefront will find
tastes of Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland...unique delicacies from local restaurants
that will have you coming back to their establishments all year long. In addition
to the food...and drink of course...there are exhibits rich in history and culture.
You may find music or traditional dances, small parades through the festival grounds.....celebration
is everything everywhere in Wisconsin. In addition, there is always a variety of
other music and performers on stages throughout Maier Festival Park. You get a real
sense of "community" with the sponsorship of many stages from local companies throughout
the area. Harley Davidson, Miller-Coors just to name a couple. You will find rock,
rhythm and blues, country....ethic ...music for everyone...tune up your sing-a-long
voice and bring your dancing shoes, you will want to be an active participant in
all the fun.
Lots of folks refer to Wisconsinites as "Cheeseheads"....especially those envious
folks in Illinois who only wish they were from Wisconsin. In St. Francis, there is
a creative company born out of this nickname called Foamation Inc.
In 1987 this idea was born from the creative mind of Foamation's "Father of Fromage",
Ralph Bruno. The birth of the world famous Cheesehead® hat was not initially about
fashion, but a gouda, self-deprecating response to those we kindly call the "flat-landers".
...Illinois residents. Riding high from their only Super Bowl victory, fans of Chicago
sports began ridiculing citizens of the Dairy State by calling them "Cheeseheads".
They probably didn't predict the amount of pride and success that would follow.
Cheesehead® products have now sold in all 50 states and over 30 nations around the
globe. The variety of people enjoying the products is simply stunning. Some are transplanted
Wisconsinites, some dedicated Green Bay Packer fans, and some - simply like cheese.
The Cheeseheads are a diverse bunch - all bound together by 1 thing: the CHEESE!
Visit their website: www.Cheesehead.com and enjoy the variety of products you can
now see worldwide !
West Allis, a southeastern suburb of Milwaukee is home to the Wisconsin State Fair...and
whether you "hope to kiss a pig" wanna sample some of the state famous cream puffs...tour
the animal barns, check out the crafts...who won the pie contest, go to midway and
ride till you're dizzy...go to the stadium for the entertainment...check out the
ever-popular slicer dicer salesperson in the exhibit hall..have a spit roasted lamb
dinner or a corn dog....you can do it all for 10 days every August. The fairgrounds
have other exhibits and shows throughout the year from lawn and garden to antiques...you
will find something to learn, to eat to have fun and enjoy at this venue all year
When you are at the fairgrounds..you may want to stop and ice skate at the world
renowned Petit Ice Arena, home to many olympic skaters who have trained at this location.
Cities: Brown Deer, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Oak Creek,
St. Francis, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis, West Milwaukee.
Waukesha County is the next county west of Milwaukee; it is composed of 576 square
miles and 37 municipalities. We have lived in all of the four counties where the
majority of our business is concentrated. Waukesha county is the answer for homeowners
who want "a little bit country" in their community...OR a lot if you choose the hobby
or real farm, farmette or just a larger lot with some room to roam.
A part of Waukesha County is referred to by people locally as "Lake Country" and
the county has 118 lakes which cover over 23 square miles. There are lakes to boat,
float and swim,fish, skate, snowmobile...premiums are paid for lake country living
with water frontage....the ambience is sooo enjoyable !
Waukesha County is home to Waukesha County Technical College which has enrollment
of over 30,000 students in a variety of disciplines including: Business and IT, Cosmetology
and Barber College, Nursing and Allied Health fields, Education, Interior Design
and Human Services, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Graphics, Engineering, Skilled
Trades and Protective Services. Over 20% of the school's enrollment are students
who have already attained a degree and are looking to enhance and/or diversify their
Culturally....the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is in Brookfield. The center
is named for a courageous lady, wife and mother of 3 who was taken too young and
died of breast cancer. A fierce proponent of the arts...this magnificent center celebrates
art in every sense of the word. From art shows to plays,arts camp, lectures, dance....a
great place to drink in a variety of wonderful events.
You just can't have "too much information" with the Waukesha County outstanding library
system which is composed of 16 branches throughout the county where you can find
not only books, magazines and CD's but also a variety of community programs.
Historical societies and specialized museums are found throughout the area with everything
from trains to postal history...a great way to appreciate the roots of the ancestry
and interests of the area.
For parents who want their sons to have early military training, St.John's Northwestern
Military Academy in Delafield is known nationally for their high standards of academic
excellence, character and spirtual foundations and ethical values for boys grades
One of the natural features of Waukesha County is the Kettle Morraine. This area
has been uniquely carved by glaciers of centuries passed. Rolling and irregular terrain
dotted with ponds where beds of glacial ice once were...add the variety of trees
with awesome fall colors, a huge variety of wildflowers in spring and summer and
snowshoe and snowmobile trails in the winter...some people would tell you it just
doesn't get any better for a display of nature's canvas than in this area of the