WISCONSIN’S EASTERN SHORE RACINE & MILWAUKEE
1 NORTHWARD BOUND: Welcome Aboard! This morning we board our deluxe Motorcoach for a journey toward Wisconsin. We overnight near Gary, Indiana.
2 FRED HERMES BASEMENT BIJOU / WIND POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Our day begins with a tour of SC Johnson & Company. This company had grown from a small flooring company to being the leading maker of household brands. From here we visit Wind Point Lighthouse, the oldest and tallest working lighthouse on Lake Michigan. This 112 foot structure was built in 1880 to warn ships away from the shallow waters off Wind Point. Wind Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1880. The Village of Wind Point has maintained the lighthouse and grounds since 1964, and uses the old keepers’ quarters as a village hall and police headquarters. We will end the day with witnessing the star attraction – an elaborate Theater Organ Console – rising from the floor with a man seated with his back to us playing a majestic overture.
Fred Hermes spent 46 years restoring this unique artifact of musical, cinematic, and technological history. You will enjoy a 90 minute presentation which includes a concert, demos, a talk with a question-and answer period, a sing-along, and more. Fred says “I built the house for the organ”!
3 KRINGLES / MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM / CITY TOUR / PABST MANSION: No trip to Racine would be complete without a trip to a local bakery for the famous Danish Pastry known as a “kringle”. We will start our day
by visiting a bakery and enjoying a cup of coffee, a kringle and learning the history of this tasty treat. We then travel to Milwaukee to watch the “wings” open on the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Pavilion contains a movable, wing-like extension that opens up for a wingspan of 217 feet during the day, folding over the tall, arched structure at night or during inclement weather. It is such a marvel to witness!
Before lunch while in Milwaukee, we will have a Step on Tour Guide spend some time with us to share the history and points of interest in this city. We have lunch at a local Brewery. After lunch we tour the Pabst Mansion, home to Milwaukee’s pioneer brewing family and five archbishops, this mansion has been restored to its original splendor. We end our day with a Narrated Sightseeing River Cruise and dinner at a local restaurant before we return to Racine.
4 HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM / CHEESE CASTLE: Before leaving the area we visit the Harley Davidson Museum and have lunch there. It is then on toward Indianapolis for the night stopping along the way at the “Cheese Castle”.
5 HOMEWARD: Today we begin our journey home remembering the unique area of Racine and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Area(s) 1 and 2
Price per Person
Deposit$50.00 per person
• Round Trip Motor Coach Transportation
• Trip Start Breakfast
• 4 Nights Hotel Accommodations
• Admission to All Attractions
• One Dinner
• River Cruise
• Baggage Handling at Hotels
• Services of a Tour Director
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