Trivago Travel Tuesday took us to one of our favorite cities, Madison, Wisconsin.
We were excited to find we were visiting Madison during the annual Heavy Bombers Weekend, a celebration of historic aviation held at Dane County Airport.
One of the planes at the show was the famous B-25 “Miss Mitchell.” This bomber earned her place in World War II history books on April 18, 1942 when, piloted by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, she was launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to bomb mainland Japan in an action that changed the course of WWII. In her lifetime she served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy completing over 130 missions with zero crew fatalities during all of her missions.
After a 12 year restoration by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18, 1992 ~ exactly 50 years to the day of the daring Doolittle raid. Today, Miss Mitchell appears at air shows and special events throughout the United States and Canada. Gailen was fortunate to be able to take a flight at the airshow. Also, he and Bobby were able to meet Congressional Gold Medal recipient Lt. Col. Dick Cole, Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot.
To enter Fromagination is to enter into the world of cheese. The shelves and refrigerated cases are filled with local and imported cheeses. In late 2013 Fromagination began production of their own specialty line of cheeses handmade right in their own cheese room. You are invited to watch as their artisans create each variety.
Wisconsin is synonymous with cheese. Indeed, every visitor will meet cheese at every turn. In order to sort out the best of what is on offer we invited local cheese guru Jeanne Carpenter to guide us. She admits to having been raised on Velveeta, but over the years has progressed to being a cheese expert. She publishes a blog, Cheese Underground and organizes events for her favorite organizations: Wisconsin Cheese Originals and the Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild. Her motto is: Have Fun. Do Good. Eat Cheese.
Jeanne introduced Bobby and Gailen to Pleasant Ridge Reserve, the most-awarded cheese in American history, having won Best of Show in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition three times (2001, 2005 and 2010), and having also won the US Cheese Championships in 2003. It is the only cheese to have won Best of Show three times, and the only cheese to have ever won both of the major, national cheese competitions.
Taliesin in nearby Spring Green is acknowledged as the embodiment of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s commitment to the creation of exceptional environments that harmonize architecture, art, culture, and the land. It is one of the top “must see” destinations for any traveler to the Madison area.
Taliesin’s visitor center and bookstore is open seasonally with reduced hours April – November and closed December – March. See the website for complete visit and tours information.
For more information on our visits to Madison click here and be sure to tune in for our series Take Off! on Destination America