Key Milwaukee

October 2015

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

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ctober is Wisconsin's most colorful month, and nowhere are nature's colors more evident than in the rolling hills of Washington County, just a 30-minute 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, with outstanding views of the rolling Kettle Moraine and spires of Holy Hill. If the weather is chilly, inside options include the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, 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. For history buffs, the Old Courthouse Museum and Jailhouse in West Bend is considered a masterpiece of late 19th century architecture. This recently renovated museum features exhibits on local business and early settlers. The Richfield Historical Park and Historical Society features an 1870s gristmill, restored house where the milling families lived, barn and smokehouse. Special October events in Washington County include: • Fall Festival & BBQ Smoke Off, Oct. 3; Veterans Park, Allenton; • Autumn Fest, Oct. 3; Hartford; • Autumn Open House Oct. 3 & 4; Monches Farm; Colgate; • Harvest Around the Bend, Oct. 17; West Bend; For additional information on Washington County events and attractions, be sure to visit Monches Farm Ice Age Trail SEE FALL COLORS & MORE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY O S I D E T R I P S ATTRACTIONS g 39

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