Mary Bergin

Madison freelance writer Mary Bergin ( is the author of Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook.


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The best of these little luxuries are novel experiences that expose you to something new and maybe stretch your comfort zone. Consider this range of what you can do without leaving Milwaukee. Read more

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Daylight shrinks, temps plummet, you yearn to escape and tropical jet setting is not an option. Fear not, Dejected Wanderer. Close to home are beautiful options, including this quick Top Ten. Read more


Day trippers have no excuse to be bored as the weather warms: Within two hours of Milwaukee are several good reasons to hit the road for a quick rendezvous that won’t flatten the wallet. Read more

Summer Guide

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No need to scrap your summer vacation because of budget-guzzling gas prices. These nine good-value options won't drain the tank. Free attractions are noted; others require a reasonable fee or donation. Read more

Happening Now

Summertime road trips of 700-some miles into South Dakota,the Badlands and the Black Hills seem like a rite of passage. This isthe most classic of vacations, especially for families, who followtypically flat and easy-to-drive I-90 for a glimpse o... Read more

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In her gorgeous Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook: Iconic Fare and Nostalgia from Landmark Eateries, Mary Bergin profiles 40 supper clubs with stunning photos, bringing to life the unique histories of her selected supper clubs and their owners... Read more