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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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