Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fall Runaway: Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Where Frank Lloyd Wright and German beer meet


Just because you’re heading out of town for fall's changing foliage doesn't mean you have to rough it in a tent.
How does a house sound? Good? How about a Frank Lloyd Wright house? Well, okay then.
Three hours north is the friendly little lakefront town of Two Rivers, where Mr. Wright is rolling out the red carpet for you. (OK, not literally, he's been dead for 50 years.)
There are no walls inside the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bernard Schwartz House. Instead, subtly varied ceiling heights denote different rooms with heated floors and a beautiful lawn set atop a marsh where the two rivers meet. Fish off your private dock or catch the sunrise through huge picture windows.
$350 and up per night (two-night minimum.) 3425 Adams St. (612-840-7507)
Immerse yourself in fall foliage as you stroll through aspens and red maples at the nearby Woodland Dunes State Natural Area, where you can also check out migrating raptors over the lakeshore. For more of a classic beach vibe, park it along six miles of quiet lighthouse-dotted beach at Point Beach State Forest.
Woodland Dunes State Natural Area: 3000 Hawthorne Ave. (920-793-4007)
Point Beach State Forest: 9400 County Highway O. (920-794-7480)

Worked up an appetite from all this activity? Hit up the lakeside Waters Edge Restaurant at the Lighthouse Inn, where you’ll start things out with seafood Alfredo fondue before moving on to bacon-wrapped Wisconsin maple syrup center cut pork and pan-seared tilapia. Lingering is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.
1515 Memorial Drive. (920-793-4524)
It’s always Oktoberfest at locals hangout Kurt’s Pub & Deli, an old-school establishment that takes its German beer seriously. With three different types of Hacker-Pschorr on tap plus made-from-scratch bratwurst and German potato salad, you probably won't see the St. Pauli girl here. Trust us, you won’t need to.
1410 Washington St. (920-793-1222)

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