5 Favorite Stops in Appleton, Wisconsin | Midwest Living

5 Favorite Stops in Appleton, Wisconsin

Magic, history and Dalí paintings merit a side trip to Appleton, Wisconsin, 75 miles southwest of Door County.
Trout Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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Copperleaf Hotel. Photo by Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz.
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1 The Trout Museum of Art A modern glass facade connected to an old brick building defines the new-meets-classic feel inside, where minimalist galleries house works by the likes of Whistler and Dalí. (920) 733-4089; troutmuseum.org

2 History Museum at the Castle Legendary magician Harry Houdini was raised in Appleton, and this three-story castle honors the native son with interactive stations allowing guests to try their hand at shaking free of shackles and escaping from a straitjacket. (866) 733-7115; myhistorymuseum.org

3 Harp Gallery With its careful arrangement of 18th- to 20th-century home furnishings, the sprawling gallery feels less like the antiques store it is and more like a museum. Finds might include vintage pianos and bronze busts. Many items are restored on-site by a small army of 20 specialists. (920) 733-7115; harpgallery.com

4 Cena Restaurant and Bar Creative appetizers like Mediterranean nachos (chips topped with braised lamb and tzatziki sauce) complement a worldly wine collection in an intimate downtown space. On some nights, jazz or blues bands play. (920) 830-7820; cenarestaurant.net

5 Copperleaf Hotel This downtown luxury boutique hotel generously indulges guests with amenities like jetted tubs, Aveda bath products, plush Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, and free Wi-Fi and breakfast buffet. Need more? Hit the posh spa. From $129. (877) 303-0303; copperleafhotel.com

For more information: Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 236-6673; foxcities.org

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