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A Trip to the ‘Bold Look of Kohler’
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 04, 2017 at 08:23 AM

Jennifer’s Travel Journal

 

A Trip to the ‘Bold Look of Kohler’

 

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.

 

It 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 worldwide.

 

 

We 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 July 2007.

 

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 Woodlake.

 

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 hand.

Call (800) 344-2838 for reservations and more information. www.DestinationKohler.com 

         

What's Happening in November at the Jersey Shore 2017
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM

What's Happening in November at the Jersey Shore 2017

Th. - Sun. Nov. 2 - 5 - Cape May Restaurant Weekend $35 http://www.cmrestaurantweek.com/

Fri. - Sun. Nov. 3 - 5 & 10 - 12 - Somers Point - Gateway Playhouse "Our Town" 609 653-0553 7:30 pm & Sun. @2 pm $25 & 35

Sat. Nov. 4 - Upper Twp Fall Fest & Pumpkin Run Car Show 8 - 4 pm, Amanda's Field Petersburg Food, vendors, Music

Sat. Nov. 4 - "Trail of Two Cities" Ocean City to Somers Point Bridge Walk/Run Regist. 7 am. 8 am start more info 399-6111


Sat. Nov. 4 - Historic Cold Spring Village - Candlelight Walk - 6 - 8 pm Tickets $30 Get tix here https://hcsv.org/event-directory/?event_id1=16

Sun. Nov. 5 - End of Daylight Savings Time

Sun. Nov. 5 - Upper Twp - Fundraiser for Teudy's Road to Recovery @ Sketties 4 - 7 pm Food, music, silent auction.$25 tix @ Peace of Wood & 7th St Surf Shop OC https://www.facebook.com/teudysroadtorecovery/

Tues. Nov. 7 - Election Day - Make your vote count!

Wed. Nov. 8 - Tuckerton Seaport - Lunch & Learn "NJ Birds & Bird Watching" $2 Hunting Shanty 9:30 - 10:30 pm 609 296-8868  

Sat. Nov. 11 - Veterans Day- Thank you for serving our country!

Sat. Nov. 11 - Ocean City Tabernacle - Veterans Day Program 11 am 399-6111

Fri. - Sat. Nov. 17 - 18 - Somers Point - Charity League Christmas Mart - Fri. 10 - 8 pm, Sat. 1 - 4 pm. Crafts, food, gifts, lunch & Picture with Santa!

Th. Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Day! Count your blessings!

SAVE THE DATE

Fri. Dec. 1 - Ocean City Christmas Parade - 6 pm Asbury Ave.

Wed. Dec. 13 - Hanukkah

Mon. Dec. 25 - Christmas

Last Updated ( Oct 30, 2017 at 10:20 AM )
Check out Fall Foliage on the Highways and Byways in South Jersey
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 04, 2017 at 08:36 AM

Check out Fall Foliage on the Highways and Byways in South Jersey

Beautiful fall leaves are at their peak in South Jersey, so it's a perfect time to head out and drive the Scenic Byways of the Pine Barrens. Get a good local map to map out your trip. We took the Southern Loop and the next day the Great Egg Harbor Loop. Our next trip will be the Mullica River Loop- Smithville-Port Republic-Sweetwater-Batsto-Green Creek- New Gretna in Atlantic and Ocean County.

There are some good restaurants along the way that I will mention later. Take time out of your busy life to enjoy the beauty around us. Go to my blog for comments and questions. http://jerseyshorejournal.blogspot.com

Check out  for peak foliage in the Northeast: http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/fallfoliage/regiondetail/nj1?from=from_ff_reg_txt

More about the Pinebarrens Byways:    http://www.pinebarrensbyway.org

Cape May/Cumberland County


The Southern Most Loop takes you up Rt. 50 in Seaville, (Dino's Diner, great food) to Rt. 49 in Tuckahoe. Make a left on Rt. 49, (you'll go over the new bridge). After DiLuzio's farm make a left on 548, then a left on 605. Then make a left on 550.  You are now in Belleplain. If you have extra time you may want to turn right (Down a bit)  into the Belleplain State Forest and see the lake. Or else stay on 550 into the town of Woodbine.  At the light in Woodbine 550 goes left and then turn right down Woodbine-Ocean View Rd(550).  Stay on 550 (You will pass the Woodbine State School and (further down on your right will be the Beef n Bear Tavern, a great place for some food. The Camppark next door is home to the $89 Million Lottery winner) then you will see Dennisville Rd. 610 at the light. Make a right on Dennisville Rd. Travel  along until you reach Dennisville enjoying the leaves along the way.



When you get into Dennisville, you will see many historical houses. (On Dec. 19 will be their Christmas Historical House tour, a lot of fun!) 610 intersects with Rt. 47 at the light. Make a right on Rt. 47. You will pass Dennisville Lake on your right.

If you have time take Rt. 47 north to Port Elizabeth. Don't go on Rt. 347, take the scenic Rt. 47. You are near East Point Light House, (not open) if you want to Google it) But on 47, you will pass Bayside Prison and when you get into Port Elizabeth check out the Maurice River Diner on the left. (After 347 reconnects. It was packed when we went past)

If you want to explore Millville stay on Rt. 47, or else turn onto Rt. 548 which will take you back to 49. I must say there was nothing on Rt. 548. Really the middle of nowhere! But it gets you back where you started. When you hit Rt. 49 turn right and it will take you to Rt. 50 turn right. (Over an hour ride)

Atlantic County

Another great loop is the Great Egg Harbor River Loop. Beautiful leaves as well!

Start at Rt. 9 & Mays Landing Rd. 559 in Somers Point. Go west on Mays Landing Rd. 559 all the way into May Landing. This is a nice road with beautiful leaves.  You will get some nice views of the water. (Before you get to Mays Landing you will see Sugar Hill Subs on the left, a great place to stop.) When you get into Mays Landing turn left at the light. You will pass The Sugar Hill Inn on the left, a dressy place, so I would make reservations if you stop here.  The next light turn left 559 the lake will be on your left. There is a parking lot on the left if you want to stop for pictures. 

If not proceed to Rt. 50/40 light and make a left. Past the McDonald's at the light is Rt. 50. Turn left and this will take you all the way to Rt. 9 in Seaville, about 20 min. ride. (On the left you will pass Atlantic County Park. In Corbin City on the right, you will pass The Buck Tavern and L's Restaurant . Both great restaurants.) Take Rt 50 (you will see more colorful leaves) to Rt. 9 North (left) will take you into Marmora. Make a right on Roosevelt Blvd and take the Parkway North back to Somers Point. (Over an hour ride)

 

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