Monday, November 12, 2012
Port Washington officials are moving forward with an ordinance to increase the city's hotel/motel tax by 1 percent, which would generate tens of thousands of dollars to be used in marketing the city to tourists.
Officials are hoping to use what they call an improving economic situation in Port Washington to further benefit the city and attract more visitors. The Port Washington Common Council on Wednesday night unanimously gave approval for city officials to move forward with drafting an ordinance that would increase the city's hotel/motel tax from 7 percent to 8 percent. "I really think we've turned a corner in Port Washington. There's a new energy, there's a new vibrancy," Ald. Joe Dean said, pointing to increased traffic and hot-spot areas throughout the city. By adding one percent to the hotel/motel tax, officials said there would be an estimated $30,000 in additional revenue — all of which would benefit Port Washington Tourism and therefore …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Staycation? Vacation? Either way, upload photos of your summer travel experience.
The beginning of the summer may have been full of big plans for exciting adventures: road trips, far away vacations, long days spent relaxing on the beach. But with August now over, many people are likely wondering where the time went — and what ever happened to those vacation ideas? If you're one of those people, it turns out you're in the minority: AAA travel club reports that the number of Americans traveling has been on a slow and steady increase for the last two years. AAA's travel data from July 4 of this year showed a 4.9 increase from last year for people trekking more than 50 miles from home to celebrate. "Americans are still in love with their vacations and they are finding ways to finance those vacations despite the slow-growing…
Friday, May 11, 2012
I've got a confession to make — now will anyone else fess up?
I have a confession to make that, despite contemplating the repercussions of such, I decided to tell you about anyway. On Wednesday, I took my first trip along the breakwall — walking the entire thing and finally stand under the old lighthouse. My first time ever making that complete walk since moving to Port in December 2010. I'll add a clarification/disclaimer to my statement: on the Fourth of July, I did walk part way out onto the breakwall to watch the fireworks display. But, alas, I have never gone out under the lighthouse. I feel like living in Port and not ever having visited the breakwall lighthouse is a "crime." Just like the fact that I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and yet I never spent one day floating …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
On a day honoring the obscure, here are some strange sites to check out on those summer trips.
Want to see some weird stuff around Wisconsin this summer? In honor of Obscura Day today, here are some wacky Wisconsin attractions to put on your bucket list. Maybe some are on the way for your planned summer vacations. Here's how obscuraday.com describes its focus: "Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours & explorations of the hidden wonders in your own hometown." The closest planned Obscura Day events are over the border in Illinois. The website only lists two obscure sites in Wisconsin: the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum and the Yerkes Observatory in Lake Geneva. Then, there's always the Ripley's Believe it or Not museums, with the closest location in Wisconsin Dells. Know of …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Whether you visited a new or beloved destination or just stayed at home, Patch is inviting readers to share the ways you enjoyed spring break last week.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lyssa Beyer
Monday, April 16, 2012
With a high of only 46 and patchy frost expected early Tuesday morning, Port Washington and Saukville residents could use a little warm up. Lucky for us, spring break was last week — meaning a lot of people likely just got back from vacation. Put a little sunshine back in our lives by showing us the pictures from the places you visited! Didn't go anywhere for spring break? Don't worry — just upload your photos showing us the ways you enjoyed the week off with your kids.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Emergency turns mommy-only vacation into a cross-country experience with a toddler.
Sunday morning was a flurry of cleaning and packing as I prepared to leave for my photography workshop in Colorado. My mother-in-law was due to arrive in a few hours and the family and I were trying to enjoy our time together before I left for three days. Then, I received an email that the workshop had been canceled; the very young son of the hosts was in the hospital and things were not looking good. I was crushed, devastated and all other adjectives of the like. I could not imagine what the family was going through, their son was the priority and that I completely understand — but, I was still just so … sad. I had been looking forward to this workshop since March and now that it was here, it suddenly wasn’t. I decided to make some …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Stay tuned this month for 22 ways to get out and enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.
Has $4 gas got you down? Perhaps you're canceling that road trip or just need a change of pace for a family weekend bike ride. If you're looking for more options close to home, check with Patch throughout the month. Starting June 20 we're featuring 22 places you can beat summer boredom on a tank of gas or less. What makes a Gas Tank Getaway? So bookmark the front page if you haven't already, and set your smartphone to tell you to come on back June 20 to check them out.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
As a cross-country trip gets closer, local mom gets more nervous about leaving her son behind.
I just hit "Buy Now." It is official. I am leaving my baby for three whole days. OK, OK — two and a half. But still! I recently signed up for a photography workshop in Colorado in August. There was another one back in March, but I thought with my son only being 13 months old at the time, it was a little too soon. I heard about the August workshop and jumped on it. It had not really registered with me until I got my notification about buying my airline tickets. I would be leaving. And this isn’t an overnight in Appleton. I had another workshop back in March and, I have to admit, it was nice to sleep in a quiet room. I made it home in time to catch him before his nap and all was good. We survived. But this is Colorado — as in, across the …