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Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse Brochure

Lighthouse History View the brochure to learn about the history of the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse compliments of honorary lighthouse keepers Manitowoc Sunrise Rotary Club. View Brochure

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Algoma Intrepid at Port of Manitowoc
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Algoma Intrepid at Port of Manitowoc

Aided by two tugs, the ALGOMA INTREPID ship slipped into the Port of Manitowoc on April 28, 2022 across the river from the USS Cobia Submarine docked at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.  A number of people lined the banks of the river to watch as she sailed up the Manitowoc River to dock at the Briess Malting grain tower.  The tugs and the submarine provide a sense of scale.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPLUxuJ6cM0

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Sunrise over Lake Michigan beach
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Mother’s Day on the Coolest Coast

Mother’s Day makes us think of all the strong women in our lives. So often, we would not be the person we are today without their love, nurturing, advice, patience, and forgiveness. Those special women are a huge part of who we all are. It is interesting to remember how Mother’s Day came to be. You might be surprised to know that the woman behind Mother’s Day was never a mother herself. We thank Anna Jarvis for her efforts, because in 1914 Mother’s Day became a national holiday. Womanhood is motherhood. To all the woman out there who has the power of nurturing, listening, comforting, and loving – today is for you too! Spending time together is a special gift. What better place than to spend time on the Coolest Coast? Start your morning off with a walk on the beach with your favorite ladies. Unwind by feeling the sand

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Monkeying Around the Coolest Coast

Scamp the Monkey returns to the Coolest Coast! Dispatches from a Monkey. There once was a Monkey who loved to roam, and embark on adventures far from home. He’s traveled this planet up and down. He’s been here and there *monkeying* around. And, now he’s home! We’re excited to follow his upcoming adventures across the Coolest Coast.  « Skamp the Monkey is exploring Downtown Manitowoc. Shops, Restraurants, Museums and Attractions. Where on the Coolest Coast do you recommend he visit and snap a selfie? « Skamp the Monkey is exploring the Village of Mishicot. The historic covered bridge, Rockway Bridge, is located adjacent to the dam and Village Park. « Skamp the Monkey is dreaming of an ice cream sundae in downtown Two Rivers, home of the Ice Cream Sundae and other delightful treats. « Skamp the Monkey loves to make new friends. Here he is hanging out with the Badger

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Coolest Coast Champion
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Coolest Coast Champion

The Coolest Coast movement is about celebrating the people, places and things that make our community such a great place to live, work and play.  The Coolest Coast Champion Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Coolest Coast and who has gone above and beyond to support their community.  Coolest Coast Champion 2019 Brennan Seehafer Coolest Coast Champion 2020 Amber Daugs Coolest Coast Champion 2021 Cathy Green Cathy Green, the 2021 recipient, steered her organization through the storm that was Covid-19 while improvising and innovating on what it means to be a museum. Museums can often be a place of quiet reflection for observing history. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum has been transformed into a living experience that transcends its walls. You can start your day with sunrise yoga on the rooftop overlooking downtown Manitowoc, spend the day exploring maritime history, have a cocktail at

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Museums and More

The Coolest Coast has no shortage of new experiences and opportunities for any local or visitor. Whether it be boating out on the lake, enjoying an ice cream cone from one of the many ice cream shops, or simply exploring the streets of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, the possibilities are endless. But when it comes to learning about the rich history and many accomplishments of the Coolest Coast, there’s no better option than the vast array of local museums to indulge in a fascinating and hands-on educational experience. The Pinecrest Historical Society, formed in 1906, has dedicated their work to protecting the historical riches of Manitowoc County, and to making history relevant in the lives of all who come into contact with their work. Described as a “museum of living history,” The Society’s greatest work is the Pinecrest Historical Village. Situated on 60 acres of Wisconsin countryside, the village is

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Hmong Culture and Impact

 An integral aspect of the Coolest Coast is that of the Hmong people, who make up over a third of Manitowoc County’s Asian American population. With many family histories stemming from immigration due to the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the Hmong community of the Coolest Coast has made an exceptional impact in only a few decades. Through sharing an incredibly unique culture and rising above the odds against them, the Coolest Coast’s Hmong population has helped to make the shoreline a more culturally aware and accepting place to be. Following the United State’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War, it quickly became apparent that the local Hmong population was not safe in Laos and Vietnam. With many Hmong individuals being enlisted in US armed forces and others serving as spies in the “secret war,” they were heavily persecuted and punished for sacrificing their lives and wellbeing for the US government.

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Public Art on the Coolest Coast

Whether looking for it intentionally or stumbling across a piece by accident, public art is a flourishing art on the Coolest Coast. After Manitowoc’s first work of street art was awarded a Beautification Award by the state of Wisconsin, it quickly became apparent that the surroundings of the Port Cities could be viewed as canvases, and became the new spaces for both established and upcoming artists, whether it be solo pieces or collaborative efforts. From works of art standing out in the public view, to pieces that are tucked away in spots for the wanderer or explorer to find, the public art of the Coolest Coast dedicates itself to the past, future, and passions of the Port Cities.  The Maritime Triptych is a three paneled mural found on Quay Street, across from Manitowoc city hall. Painted by Jason Prigge, the piece was the first of many public art pieces in

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Sisterly (City) Love

A unique feature of the Coolest Coast, and in particular the city of Manitowoc, is the existence of what is known as a sister city. Oxford dictionaries describe a sister city as “a city that is linked to another, usually for the purposes of cultural exchange.” The definition may appear to be straightforward and simple, but a look into the link between two cities separated by thousands of miles shows the experience to be deeply-rooted in curiosity, respect, and a love for connecting the world, one step at a time. In 1990, Wisconsin became sister states with the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, due to the location of a Kikkoman Soy Sauce facility in Walworth County, Wisconsin . Beginning in 1992, a search was conducted to find a sister city for Kamogawa, a city located in Chiba. After a search that spread far and wide across the state of Wisconsin, the

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Land and Water Trails

Whatever your preferred mode of exploration may be, the Coolest Coast provides options and accommodation for any adventurer or nature lover. Whether exploring the waters of the Twin Rivers Water Trail, or traversing the Ice Age Trail across the county, opportunities for finding exciting thrills, the perfect spot to stop and relax, and everything in between are just waiting to be uncovered by you! No matter the time of the year, many of the Coolest Coast’s trails and parks are open and ready to accept visitors of all kinds. Devil’s River has ample opportunity for walking, jogging and biking; and once the snow comes down, trails turn into paths for skiing, snowshoeing, and kayaking! The park connects several towns and villages across its expanse, and branches off into other parks, including the local Maribel Caves and Devil’s River Camper Park. The close locations create a single destination for all of

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Adventures In Ice Cream

If you are visiting the Coolest Coast, you have to experience the dairy industry of Wisconsin, and in particular, the ice cream. There aren’t too many places where folks can get up close and personal with every step of the ice cream making process, but a showcase of the Coolest Coast’s dairy industry can do just that! With there being 1.14 cows for every one person in Manitowoc County, you can’t avoid the fact that dairy is truly a cornerstone of the local lifestyle. Ice cream has to come from somewhere, right? That’s where the dairy farms come in. Any drive into the countryside will mean driving by fields and barns of all sizes, with farms being home to anywhere from 20 to 5,000 cattle a piece. If an educational experience about dairy is something you desire, then the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center is the place to explore! From interactive

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The Doggy Diaries

When I woke up this morning, I knew that the day ahead on the Coolest Coast was going to be great! As I laid in the lap of my owner last night, I heard them telling me about all the plans ahead of us.  As we walked out the house and into town, I thought about how our morning would start. Was today going to involve a practice round at one of the obstacle courses at Halversen Park or Indian Creek park? If I was lucky, I would be able to cross paths with a homemade treat from The Silver Lake Country Store! But I knew my owner had made the right choice for the two of us: we were headed to Paws n Play! As we strolled towards the park, I took in the sight of seagulls and the scent of a fresh morning breeze coming off the lake.

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Bike the Coolest Coast
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The Bicyclist Blog

If you love cruising and exploring on two wheels, then you will love the opportunities found for biking on the Coolest Coast! The Mariners Trail is, as it states, a trail that hugs the beautiful Lake Michigan for 7 miles, forging a connection between the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. A smooth paved route, what may appear to be a simple path for all to leisurely stroll upon is quickly realized to be the basis for a personal and customizable experience that anybody can enjoy, from the individual stopping in town for nothing more than a gas refill and looking for a place to stretch their legs, to the residents of Manitowoc who know the trail and its many features by heart.  No matter how one enjoys traveling, the trail is more than able to assist in getting patrons up and moving along the coast of Lake Michigan. The

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Maribel Caves
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Maribel Caves Hotel Brief History

Cherney Maribel Caves Park volunteer Michael Sobush was kind of enough to provide a brief history of the Maribel Caves Hotel (National Register of Historic Places). Built in 1900, only a few sections of the original structure are intact after a 1984 fire gutted the building and a 2013 tornado brought down some walls. Situated near the healing mineral waters of Spring Cave, the Maribel Caves Hotel served as a health spa in the early days for travelers from New York, Chicago, Ohio and Milwaukee. And during Prohibition, characters including John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson used it to their advantage. #coolestcoast #maribelcaves #maribelhotel #cherneymaribel #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

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SS Badger Carferry Experience
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SS Badger Carferry Experience

Discovered some previously unshared footage in the archives. Here’s a quick glimpse of the the SS Badger Carferry Experience, crossing Lake Michigan from Manitowoc to Ludington. (circa 2017?) This National Historic Landmark sails again in May 2021 🙂

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Bee Kind
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How Sweet It Is, Honey!

Life is sweet on the Coolest Coast®. Today we discover the buzz about beekeeping and honey making. Thanks to hobbyists Jason & Heather Allard of Allard & Kretsch Family Honey and Dan Dueno and Steve Massey at 100 Acre Hunny for letting us glimpse their annual harvest.Informative and delicious. How sweet it is! (And no one was stung in the making of this video!)

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Lakeshore Wind Ensemble featuring vocalist Emily Kosloski

The Lakeshore Wind Ensemble is a band of talented musicians performing an entertaining repertoire on the #coolestcoast. From students to professionals, for 36 years the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble has been sharing music. You’ve got to check out the horn section! Join us for this episode, under the direction of conductor Marc Sackman, as we enjoy an outstanding concert with an incredible performance by LA guest vocalist and Manitowoc native Emily Kosloski.

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Coolest Coast East – International Edition

Join us as we visit Manitowoc’s sister-city of Kamogawa, Japan for the 25th anniversary of the sister-city friendship. Located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Kamogawa’s beautiful coast is a natural companion to the #coolestcoast. The warm and friendly citizens of Kamogawa extended a hearty welcome to the delegation visiting from Manitowoc. Glimpse the beautiful countryside, seashore, palm trees, mountains, culture and people of Kamogawa, Japan.

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