We visited Kohler,
Wisconsin, home of the Kohler Company where they make everything for
your home enjoyment from kitchen sinks to bath tubs to faucets. We
visited the Kohler Design Center and took a tour of the Kohler Factories
to see how bathtubs, sinks and faucets are made.
The village of Kohler
is located outside of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and is about an hour from the
Milwaukee Airport. The free tour starts weekdays at 8:30 am and lasts
for 3 hours. Reservations are required, and you will visit the Pottery
Factory where ceramic sinks and toilets are poured into molds and heated
in huge kilns and the Brass Building where hundred of faucets are made
each day. The next factory is the Foundry where 6 foot cast iron tubs
are made by pouring red hot metal into molds and allowed to cool, then
they are sprayed with colored enamel and dried. We saw about 50 tubs on
the conveyor belts.
was a fascinating tour to actually see how all these products are made
and to see these hard working men at work, many working without shirts
on in the hot factory. Another interesting site was seeing men ride
around the factory on 3 wheel bicycles; a fast way to get around.
The factories are each
about the size of a foot ball field and three stories tall. You must
wear goggles and you are not allowed to take pictures. They also have a
division for artists from all over the world that design creative pieces
of art work. Our tour guide had worked at the factory for years and
made the tour very interesting.
Kohler is the largest plumbing-ware manufacturer in the nation. You can also visit the Design Center
9am – 5 pm and see many displays of kitchens, bathrooms, and spas. They
also have a floor that tells the history of the Kohler family. I have a
deeper appreciation at what it takes to make some of our most essential
home products. As a plumbing contractor, my husband was impressed with
the size of the company with 4,000 employees in Wisconsin and 200,000
stayed at the exclusive American Club, Carriage House, and enjoyed
complimentary breakfast, massages, shopping, afternoon tea and an
evening cocktail hour served with cheese and fruit before a delicious
dinner. Destination Kohler is a AAA5Diamond Hotel.During
the Cocktail hour we got to meet some of the other guests who included
an oilman from Texas. Everyone was extremely friendly. Most visitors
were there to golf. Whistling Straits is home to the US Senior Open in
We ate at Cucina for
dinner and enjoyed Minestrone, Salad, Veal Parmesan $25 and Beef
Bolognese $15 and a great chocolate dessert and limoncello cheesecake.
We also enjoyed dinner at the nostalgic Wisconsin Room where we enjoyed a
spectacular soup sampler of 3 soups for $7: Carrot and Ginger, Crab and
Shrimp Bisque, and Cold Cucumber soup. I was happy to be able to sample
each one; what a great idea! For dinner I enjoyed fettuccine and shrimp
with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms $26 and my husband enjoyed one of
the best filet mignons and whipped potatoes $31. Very reasonable! We
also sampled unique 12-year old cheddar cheese at the Market at
Following are some of
the pictures from the Design Center. Maybe they will give you some ideas
for your next project. Or better yet take a trip there to see it first
We woke up to a beautiful, calm day and were off to a day in
Bar Harbor. It is amazing how quickly the weather changes from stormy to calm.
Bar Harbor is a quaint town with shopping, restaurants,
hiking trails and spectacular views in Acadia National Park. The bus ride tour
included a great amount of information. Complimentary LL Bean busses will take
you through the park for free.
There is much to see and do in Acadia National Park- Forests,
lakes, rocky coastline, kayaking, biking, hiking, sailing, & camping to name
Lunch at Side Street Café - Awesome Lobster Macaroni and Cheese.
Tasty Pork sliders and a delicious Hamburger.
Tiffany Stained Glass Windows at this church.
Last Updated ( Sep 21, 2014 at 02:44 PM )
A Gorgeous Week Cruising Coastal Maine - "The Way Life Should Be"
Written by Jennifer Palermo
Sep 19, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Jennifer's Travel Journal
A Gorgeous Week Cruising Coastal Maine - "The Way Life
We were off to the rocky coast of Maine cruising along the
coast on American Cruise Lines, a 100 passenger cruise ship, starting in
Portland Maine. The week's adventure included Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park,
quaint coastal towns, a lobster bake and much more. We enjoyed great lectures
& tours, friendly people, delicious food and a nightly cocktail hour!
The weather was quite warm, near 80, for early Sept upon our
arrival in Portland Maine. We flew in a day early so we had the day to explore
Portland. The Holiday Inn offered a complementary shuttle from the airport to their
hotel Portland by the Bay. We were able to store our bags and headed off to
explore the historic wharf area...about a 15 min walk. We were just in time for the
11:30 am Portland City Tour Trolley
which included the famous Portland Head
Light...On the tour we learned a lot about the history of Portland- home of
Longfellow and Edna St Vincent Mallay's summer home on Ragged Island.
We had front row seats and got great pics of Portland- A
Large harbor & petroleum port.
Welcome breezes at Portland Head Light.
Portland Observatory circa 1807.
We had a late lunch at DiMillo's ship floating restaurant
Lobster Roll & cole slaw.
Dinner at the hotel and a shuttle to the docks to board the Independence.
Settled into our room with balcony and 2 chairs.
First day out the seas were rough but we adjusted quite well
since we grew up on the water...some passengers stayed in their rooms that night...not
sure if they were sea sick or just a little frightened? They missed a great
Off to Bar Harbor. The Captain decided to head inland up the
coast to Bucksport which saved us an additional 4 hrs of rough seas. We would
have to take a 45 min shuttle ride to Bar Harbor the next morning.
Last Updated ( Sep 22, 2014 at 05:58 PM )
What to do at the Jersey Shore on a Rainy Day
Written by Jennifer Palermo
Jul 20, 2014 at 08:11 AM
What to do at the Jersey Shore on a Rainy Day
On most summer days you'll find
vacationers going to the beach at the Jersey Shore, but there's a lot to do on
a rainy or cloudy day as well. The region is full of great spots to keep kids
of all ages entertained and many are free or charge a nominal fee. Here are
some suggestions for our welcomed guests who might not know the Cape May,
Atlantic and southern Ocean County area.
The Jersey Shore has many interesting
lighthouses and tours are available. Check out the website http://www.njlighthouses.com/ for directions and info. In Cape May County you will see the Cape May Lighthouse and the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North
Wildwood. In Atlantic City you can visit the Absecon Lighthouse and
in Ocean County, the Barnegat Lighthouse.
Run Gardens on Rt. 9 in Swainton is an oasis of beautiful gardens to walk
through and sit and watch hummingbirds and butterflies. Wear good walking shoes
and a hat and spend a few minutes sitting in the gazebo. http://www.leamingsrungardens.com/
For those interested in touring a home from
1775 and seeing exhibits including furnishings, costumes, tools and decorative
objects the Cape May County Museum is a great place to explore. On Rt. 9- Exit 11 off the Parkway in North Cape
May Court House. http://www.cmcmuseum.org/
Cape May Trolley tours
and horse-drawn carriages are a great way to learn about this charming Victorian town by
the sea. At night it's a romantic way to see the town and do a little "parlor
peeking." You can also tour the Physick
I also ‘love' to get
take-out seafood and eat on the docks at the
Lobster House, the freshest seafood in the world and you can watch the
fishing boats unload their catch-of-the day. Every year we enjoy the Southern
Buffet on Sunday Nights at the Chalfonte
Hotel. The food is fabulous and Lucille's rolls are ‘to die for'! Tell her
I told you! She told me her secret ingredient last year, but I'll never tell!
Cold Spring Village is a charming re-enactment
village near Cape May, including 25 restored buildings with costumed
interpreters. Check out the site for weekend festivities including Railroad
Days, an Antique Show and War Re-enactments. http://www.hcsv.org/ I love this place!
The Cape May County Zoo, off exit 11 of the Parkway, is a great way to
spend an afternoon and maybe even pack a lunch. The zoo is free, although
donations are accepted. You will be delighted to see the new baby bears,
giraffes, lions and zebras. It is well kept and there is a gift shop and food
vendors on the premises. For more info http://www.thejerseycape.net/
Another great trip is to visit the Wetland's
Institute, "a great place to learn about conservation and preservation of
coastal ecosystems by providing a fun and educational experience for families
and vacationers of all ages!" It's on the causeway going into Stone Harbor in
Cape May County- Parkway Exit 10B. Admission. http://www.wetlandsinstitute.org/
The Ocean City Museum is a great way to
learn about the history of this seaside resort voted ‘the #1 Family Beach Resort in the Nation.' The museum is located at 18th and Simpson Ave. Come
and learn about the history of Ocean City formerly called Peck's Beach and
visit their gift shop. Learn about the Sindia shipwreck. Free! http://www.ocnjmuseum.org/
Then moving up the coast to Atlantic County, Lucy the Elephant is a must see for
children and the folks at home will love to see pictures of this 65-foot high
wooden elephant that once was a hotel in Margate, NJ. http://lucytheelephant.org/ Book lovers must purchase the book "Lucy the Elephant & Sami the Mouse"
and their new book too, "Sami & Lucy 2: The Birthday Party."
While on Absecon Island, check out the Atlantic City Historical Museum, http://www.acmuseum.org on the boardwalk near Showboat. Call (609) 347-5839.
Open 10 am to 4 pm. It is
free to the public.
Further north in Atlantic City
is Gardner's Basin and the Ocean Life Center, http://www.gardnersbasin.com/,
"a fun and educational look into more than 100
varieties of fish and marine animals.". Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm,
348-2880. While there go for a boat ride or enjoy at meal at the Flying Cloud.
The whole area is enjoying revitalization.
Storybook Land is a great
kiddie park located on Rt. 322/40 between the Hamilton Mall and the Shore Mall,
10 miles west of Atlantic City, in Cardiff, EHT. storybook attractions and unlimited rides. http://www.storybookland.com
A short drive from Atlantic City north on
Rt. 9 is Historic Smithville. It's a
fun place for dining, shopping with 60 shops and there is a little village to
walk through. Be sure to cross the bridge and try the paddle boats. http://www.smithvillenj.com/
Save time for the Tuckerton Seaport, a maritime village celebrating the early
settler's who were baymen. See decoy carvers and clamming exhibits and
climb to the top of the replica of the Tucker's Island Lighthouse. (609)
296-8868. Rt 9 Tuckerton. Enjoy lunch at Skeeter's Seafood Café. http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/ Open 10 - 5 pm.
Most of all have a good time and spend quality, educational time with your
children. Why not go off the beaten path and learn something while you're at
it. I can't believe the summer is almost over! September is one of our
greatest months! Make sure to stop and smell the roses.