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October 2013

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Side Trip! See fall colors and more in Washington County OCTOBER IS WISCONSIN'S most colorful month and nowhere are nature's colors more evident than in the rolling hills of Washington County, just a 30minute drive northwest of downtown Milwaukee. The high point of any visit to Washington County is the Holy Hill National Shrine, a Roman Catholic basilica located near Richfield. From a spire of the basilica, one of the highest points in Southeastern Wisconsin, visitors can see the hues of fall throughout the wooded hills. For golfers, Washington County is home to two of the best courses in the state – Erin Hills and Washington County. And both courses offer outstanding views of the rolling Kettle Moraine and spires of Holy Hill. If a rain shower takes you inside, don't miss the acclaimed Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, shopping in downtown Kewaskum, Germantown's Sila Lydia Bast Bell Museum with its collection of more than 5,000 bells or the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, the state's largest auto museum. Historical sites abound, beginning with the Old Courthouse Museum & Jailhouse in West Bend, considered a masterpiece of late 19th century architecture. The recently renovated museum displays exhibits on local business and early settlers. 48 In Richfield, where some of the best Fall Color roads are located, you'll find the Richfield Historical Park and Historical Society, with an 1870s gristmill, restored house where the milling families lived, barn and smokehouse, all nestled among towering evergreens. While Washington County is a great side trip any time of year, here are some special October events worth considering: • Fall Fest, Friday, Oct. 18; Historic Downtown West Bend. Celebrate the season of pumpkins, cider, trick or treat and fun downtown. Contests, scarecrows and costumes and more. 262-338-3909. • Joshua Kane's Tales of Terror; Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Schauer Arts & Activities Center, Hartford. Drawing from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Joshua Kane takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride of thrills and laughter. 262-670-0560. • Newburg Village Halloween Bon Fire; Saturday, Oct. 26; Fireman's Park, Newburg.Trick-or Treat-from 3-5 p.m. then bring refreshments and chair for the Bon Fire. 262-689-0712 For information on Washington County events and attractions,

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