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The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

If you're looking for a more unique way to see the fall colors this year, consider climbing aboard The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Every year starting in September, the vintage trains chug slowly along the St. Croix River Valley, offering the opportunity...

I Adopted a Cat!

I Adopted a Cat!

Meet Luna. I adopted her last Wednesday and she's already stolen my heart! She was extremely neglected at her previous home and was taken into a shelter. Her coat was completely matted, her teeth were in rough shape, and her claws had grown into her paw pads so she...

What’s In My Camera Bag?

What’s In My Camera Bag?

With all the different kinds of camera brands and accessories out there, it can be really overwhelming to decide what to buy. Over the past five years, I've purchased various brands, tested things out, sent stuff back, and now have my go-to gear that I use every...

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

Earlier this year, I partnered with Eddyline Kayaks and have been testing out the Rio. The Rio is specifically designed for the small to medium-sized paddler and weighs in at only 35 lbs. Today, I wanted to do a more detailed blog post about this kayak and the various...

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

This fall-like weather we've been having lately prompted me to do a bit of seasonal shopping. Today, I thought I'd share two new fall wardrobe pieces that I've recently added to my closet and have been loving so far!The first item is a pair of the Levi Wedgie Icon...

Four Ingredient Apple Sauce

Four Ingredient Apple Sauce

We have two apple trees in our backyard, one of which produces Golden Delicious apples. A few weeks ago, we propped up the ladder and harvested the entire tree. After we were done, we had two heaping baskets full! I couldn't believe how many apples we got off of just...

Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain

Whenever we travel, I always like to have a list of detour spots that we can stop at along the way. I like to keep within a 20-mile radius so that we're not deviating too far from our original route. So when we were on our way up to the Porcupine Mountains, we decided...

Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery

The sheer beauty of Wollersheim Winery is enough to make you stop in awe. With its ivy-covered buildings and lavish grounds, you'll feel as if you've just wandered onto a French estate. When Sean and I arrived, we were greeted by Jessi, Wollersheim's marketing...

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This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

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Sylvania Wilderness | Clark Lake, Michigan

Sylvania Wilderness | Clark Lake, Michigan

Just across Wisconsin’s northern border in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an area called Sylvania Wilderness. Located entirely within the Ottawa National Forest, Sylvania offers 18,000 acres of pristine lakes and old-growth forests. It was a beautiful summer...

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Getting up for sunrise at this time of year isn't the easiest but the early morning views usually make up for it. It was about 5:15 am when I unloaded my kayak on Lake Nokomis, a popular lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin.The lake is in both Oneida and Lincoln counties; a...

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Eddyline Kayaks, a manufacturer of premier touring kayaks and paddles! As their Midwest brand ambassador, I’ll be sharing a lot of kayaking blog posts and photos over the course of the summer and fall. I can't wait to get...

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Timms Hill

Timms Hill

One of my favorite places in northern Wisconsin is Timms Hill, a county park located near the little town of Ogema. At 1,951 feet, Timms Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin and a beautiful spot to view the fall colors. A short hike from the parking lot will bring...

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

Yesterday, I decided to take a drive to see how the fall colors were coming along. I ended up finding this little spot called Alta Springs State Fishery Area. Located in Lincoln County, just 20 minutes northeast of Merrill, this small section of public land is a...

Corrigan’s Lookout

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

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This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

Photographing Holy Hill

Photographing Holy Hill

Perched atop 435 acres in southeast Wisconsin, you’ll find Holy Hill, a church that looks like it’s been shipped in from Europe. It’s a unique and beautiful place to visit and photograph and I finally got the chance to go there yesterday. Here are a few of my tips for photographing Holy Hill.

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Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.

Our First Door County Trip

Our First Door County Trip

Last weekend, Sean and I went on a camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We were lucky enough to secure a campsite at Peninsula State Park (thanks to Sean’s master booking skills!), so we spent three days and two nights exploring the area.

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Maiden Rock Bluff

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.

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Wisconsin Pizza Farms

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

Sylvia Green's backyard is bursting with color. Flowers I never even knew existed stretch out in rows, filling up every inch of her 3/4 acre property. She took me up and down each row, describing every variety of flower with astounding ease. Her cat Brynn danced...

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

I stumbled upon this little place a few months ago on one of my country drives. I was heading back home and just so happened to see a wooden sign tucked into the foliage off of Weston Avenue. Curiosity got the best of me so I went to investigate, turning off of Weston...

Raven Trail

Raven Trail

Last week, my mom and I had a girls day in Minocqua. We did some antiquing, went out to lunch, and just spent some quality time together. It ended being a gorgeous and sunny day so around mid-afternoon we laced up our hiking boots and went for a fall hike on the Raven...

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

This post is sponsored by the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In early October, Sean and I headed north to Eagle River for Cranberry Fest! We arrived on Friday evening and dropped our bags off at Edgewater Inn & Cottages, a...

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Timms Hill

Timms Hill

One of my favorite places in northern Wisconsin is Timms Hill, a county park located near the little town of Ogema. At 1,951 feet, Timms Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin and a beautiful spot to view the fall colors. A short hike from the parking lot will bring...

Kayaking Through The Fall Colors

Kayaking Through The Fall Colors

It has been quite a rainy fall this year but these last few days have been really beautiful. The temperatures have warmed up and the sun finally decided to come back out. I figured I should take advantage of this gorgeous fall weather (considering what the weekend...

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Hi there! My name is Kristen Carlson. I’m the writer and photographer behind Miss Northerner, your go-to Wisconsin travel & lifestyle blog. To learn more, head over to my about page!

What’s In My Camera Bag?

What’s In My Camera Bag?

With all the different kinds of camera brands and accessories out there, it can be really overwhelming to decide what to buy. Over the past five years, I've purchased various brands, tested things out, sent stuff back, and now have my go-to gear that I use every...

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

The Eddyline Rio: Features and Specs

Earlier this year, I partnered with Eddyline Kayaks and have been testing out the Rio. The Rio is specifically designed for the small to medium-sized paddler and weighs in at only 35 lbs. Today, I wanted to do a more detailed blog post about this kayak and the various...

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

Two Fall Wardrobe Pieces I’ll Be Wearing All Season Long

This fall-like weather we've been having lately prompted me to do a bit of seasonal shopping. Today, I thought I'd share two new fall wardrobe pieces that I've recently added to my closet and have been loving so far!The first item is a pair of the Levi Wedgie Icon...

Four Ingredient Apple Sauce

Four Ingredient Apple Sauce

We have two apple trees in our backyard, one of which produces Golden Delicious apples. A few weeks ago, we propped up the ladder and harvested the entire tree. After we were done, we had two heaping baskets full! I couldn't believe how many apples we got off of just...

Wolf Mountain

Wolf Mountain

Whenever we travel, I always like to have a list of detour spots that we can stop at along the way. I like to keep within a 20-mile radius so that we're not deviating too far from our original route. So when we were on our way up to the Porcupine Mountains, we decided...

Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery

The sheer beauty of Wollersheim Winery is enough to make you stop in awe. With its ivy-covered buildings and lavish grounds, you'll feel as if you've just wandered onto a French estate. When Sean and I arrived, we were greeted by Jessi, Wollersheim's marketing...

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This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

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