Winery Straight Out of Europe
For wine lovers willing to spend their last dollar on a trip to Italy or Napa Valley, consider banking the money this year and instead traveling to little Prairie du Sac to experience the Wollersheim Winery. A short drive from Wisconsin Dells through some of the prettiest countryside in the state brings visitors to a most unexpected site: a winery that looks as though it was transplanted directly from Europe. You’ll stroll up a tumbled brick path, with views to the Wisconsin River just over your shoulder, to the limestone buildings circa 1858 that house the winery, tasting room, retail store and gathering room. The micro-climate of the Wisconsin River allows for the growing of a winter hardy French-American hybrid grape. The vines are meticulously maintained and lead to a grotto-like cave where wine was first aged more then 150 years ago. In 2006, the Wollersheim Winery reached a milestone, for the first time producing more than one million bottles of wine in a year.

Interview Recommendations

  • Julie Coquard, daughter of the founder who is carrying on the Wollersheim tradition with her husband and children Philippe Coquard, winemaker and Julie's husband who left his family's wineries in France to make wine in Wisconsin
  • Susan Tourdot, Fawn Creek Winery, a new entry to area vineyards

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Wine and Wisconsin artisan cheese pairings
  • How to host a wine tasting

Insider Shopping Finds
According to the area’s economic impact research, visitors to Wisconsin Dells spend more money on shopping than anything else, including lodging. For grown-ups in the group looking for fashionable finds, there are a few choices at very opposite ends of the spectrum. On the boardwalk downtown, visitors can impress their big city friends with the latest in moccasin fashion statements.

Interview Recommendations

  • Katherine Evans, owner of Artistic Expressions in downtown Wisconsin Dells

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • What’s the most popular resort wear in a casual community like the Dells
  • Shopping finds on a budget

Spa Tour Requires You to Slow Down
One of the most popular resort amenities these days is the spa. And who could blame travelers for wanting the ultimate in R&R when the purpose of their vacation is precisely R&R. While Wisconsin Dells is known worldwide for its family-friendly features, it doesn’t scrimp on the grown-up treat of spas. All the big waterpark resorts boast spas. At the Chula Vista Resort, for example, visitors can enjoy the resort's version of hot springs -- a huge outdoor whirlpool with heated concrete decks and a two story adobe fireplace set in an adult-only serene environment. Sundara Inn & Spa, the only destination spa in the Midwest, was named the Number 3 Favorite Spa Escape in the country by ABC’s "Good Morning America." All of Sundara is adult-only, and its signature product line incorporates botanicals and minerals native to the Dells.

Interview Recommendations

  • Spa manager at a day spa, resort spa and destination spa

Round-Up/Trend/Sidebar Story Ideas

  • Parents schedule downtime without the kids even in Wisconsin Dells
  • Creating authentic experiences that visitors won’t find anywhere else