Two-Day Getaway to Green Bay
For legions of Packer fans, Green Bay, Wisconsin, stands as a pilgrimage destination. Lambeau Field is their temple, and the Packers' owned-by-the-fans identity feeds their faith. Even opposing fans find themselves awed on stadium tours. But an off-season visit reveals a different side of this working-class city of 101,000: fantastic restaurants, appealing trails and top-notch attractions for all ages. Whether your blood runs green, gold or just plain red, you'll come away rooting for Titletown.
Packer fan or not, check out Lambeau Field. On tours of the stadium, guides spin stories while guests sit in the bleachers and walk through the tunnel where the team bursts onto the field.
Right across the way, diner Kroll's West serves old-fashioned broasted chicken.
For all-in-one dining and lodging, try St. Brendan's Inn, an Irish-theme boutique hotel with posh rooms and a cozy restaurant that starts meals with warm brown Irish bread.
Morning is a great time to visit the free Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, a wooded 700 acres filled with wildlife and interpretive displays. Across the street, the charmingly retro Bay Beach Amusement Park offers classic rides for just 25 or 50 cents.
For lunch, Cheese Cake Heaven promises hearty sandwiches that are as good as the 100-plus varieties of cheesecake.
For more information: Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau (888) 867-3342; greenbay.com