Friday, March 31, 2017

Travel in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin

Ecosystems Farmland Wetlands and Watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River Basin
The Driftless Area in the Upper Mississippi River Basin comprises parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. 85 percent of the area lies within Wisconsin and is largely rural in character, land cover is forest, farmland, and grassland/pasture; modest wetlands are found in river valleys, and along the Mississippi. Row crop farming is less encountered than elsewhere in the state. Away from the Mississippi, the terrain is gently rolling, supporting dairy farms.
Rivers and Streams approaching confluence with the Mississippi, feature steep and deep canyons in the last 25 miles - 40 km. The change in elevation above sea level can reach 650 feet -200 m. The glaciers that covered much of the Midwest bypassed the Driftless Area, giving rivers time to cut down into ancient bedrock and create distinctive landforms. The soils that cover the steep slopes are fragile ecosystems and the cold-water streams and rivers are recognized for their economic, environmental, and recreational importance.
Watersheds, defined as an area within which water that is deposited on the ground through rainfall, irrigation, snow melt, or other means, drain to a common exit point and provide a natural unit for management planning, as conservation activities within a watershed will affect the quality of surface and ground water leaving the area.
Managed Areas land and water resources under management are an important part of the management planning picture. Areas such as state parks, fish and wildlife refuges and conservation easements can serve as nuclei around which habitat preservation and restoration can take place.
Driftless Area Tourism the land is still farmed by the Ho-Chunk, French, Norwegian, Irish and Scotch-Irish descendants of the original settlers, and by those traveling the Underground Railroad. The region was a popular destination for a new breed of organic farmer starting in the 1960s. More recently, Amish, Mennonite and Hispanic farming communities are dotting the landscape.  Aspiring young farmers find the area both affordable and supportive of innovation and new business ventures.
The region is a Birthplace of the Cooperative Movement in the United States
Travel Duration 3 nights and 4 days. Group Size Minimum 4, Maximum 50 persons.
Cost/Person USD 735 for adults age 19 to 64 USD 585 for seniors 65+ and children under 18.
Information for Booking First and Last Name, Passport Number, Expiration date and Issuing country, Date of birth, Email address.
Included Travel between cities and states that are part of the itinerary, 5 lunches and dinners, accommodations in double occupancy with breakfast for ten nights, applicable local and state taxes, 5 one-half day sightseeing events, local transport services.
Excluded Evening entertainment and transport to tour location start and from tour ending location.
Day/time Day to day programs and specific events at each location, as well as the sequence of the tour stops, will be finalized with the participation of the clients after details on family/group composition have been determined to take-into-account client priorities and preferences.
Reductions Children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65 traveling with parents and/or guardians, staying in the same hotel room receive a 20 percent discount.
The Mississippi Riverbanks are dotted with larger towns and rural villages and the area’s diversity offers a countryside experience with coffee from a local roaster and a glass of wine from a local vineyard as well as trout fishing, biking, canoeing and kayaking. You can shop for art, antiques, handmade furniture, artisanal cheeses, or locally-grown foods in the small towns and their farmer markets. Locally-owned small hotels and Bed & Breakfast accommodations are much sought-after, as are cabins in the forest, campground spots and Farm stays.
Stonefield Village celebrates Wisconsin's rich agricultural heritage. Learn about the rise of turn-of-the-century dairy farming and the development of modern farm implements, including tractors, reapers and threshing machines. Experience the sights and sounds of the local railroad.
 What Made Stonefield and Wisconsin America's Dairyland
The Railroad Depot Museum in Mineral Point takes you back to the days when the railroad was the lifeblood of commerce. Discover the elegant lifestyle of a local 19th century merchant family.
Local Architecture the Mineral Point Historical Society has compiled photos and architectural histories of each downtown building. Look for the binder in every downtown building – and add your own comments. 

Reagan Creek Orchard features Unusual Apple Varieties Grown for Artisan Hard Apple Cider and Brandy

Viroqua is home to an art collective, Organic Valley, Fifth Season Coop and several green businesses. The downtown district is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and is home to dozens of shops that offer everything from metal and glassware, to art, wine tasting and dining.

Westby was named after Civil War Union soldier Ole T. Westby who, like many of the town residents, was originally from Biri, Norway. The local economy is built on cooperative businesses, hence the term Co-op City.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tourism the Environment and Your Community

energy efficiency water conservation business and vacation travel
The Importance to a community of environmental issues and practices like energy efficiency and water conservation cannot be underestimated, especially if tourism is a contributor to the local economy.

Highly Educated Travelers family and group vacationers select destinations primarily on-the-basis of cultural, gastronomic, wellness and other preferences; increasingly, they expect that the places they visit reflect their values on key issues like recycling practices, air and water quality, as well as the availability and quality of public transit. The Logistics of Travel are defined as:
Anchoring stays in strategic locations along planned trip routes conveniently located to local points of interest and minimizing the number of accommodation changes; hence, fewer times packing and unpacking, thus lowering accommodations and transport costs in
Hub and Spoke Locations smaller towns and rural communities with regional rail, bus, van, car and air connections strategically located within 200 or less miles of larger metropolitan areas
Sightseeing, meals and other planned events in a hub and spoke fashion, saving time and money, but also an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the places and the people you are visiting
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Mode of Transport selections are a function of number of persons, trip length as well as the time of year you are traveling. Rationalizing travel movements, ascertaining transport mode(s) availability and costs are the key to a successful trip planning.

Business Travelers require efficient plans to meet trip objectives. This may entail visiting several locations in a compressed period-of-time to seek investment and sales opportunities. They look to Main Streets shopping and entertainment venues, Historic Districts and other community neighborhoods that have or plan to put in place energy savings measures as well as other environmental safeguards that help reduce the cost of doing business in that local area. A successful community requires:
Developing Projects built around existing facilities that need upgrading and/or expansion to manage tourism flows and local production capabilities to enhance the community’s offerings.

tourism energy transit and water conservation projects

Make your Community a reference point for multiple overnight stays and for travelers who visit adjacent territories, with a focus on:
Business events to market local, regional and global products and services;
Vacation offers built around families and small groups with an emphasis on culinary, wellness, historic preservation, cultural heritage and local typical products;
Educational Tours seminars and professional enrichment itineraries designed for visiting tour operators and travel agents, community developers, sustainability officers and city managers, among others, help a community boost its tourism revenues while achieving it environmental objectives.