Welcome to The Cabin, a weekly podcast produced by the crew that brings you the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, Discover Wisconsin. Join Eric Paulsen and AnaElise Beckman for a behind-the-scenes trip to the heart of the Midwest as they cover a wide variety of topics.
Wisconsin Holiday Traditions
In the last episode of The Cabin, we covered Wisconsin holiday gifts; this week, we turn to some of Wisconsin’s holiday traditions… food, drink, sights, and sounds that are emblematic of the holiday season in our wonderful state. We cover hot toddies and cannibal sandwiches; aluminum Christmas trees and the traditions of St. Nick; sending kringle to loved ones and crawling for hot chocolate and other treats in town, and more. Join us as we also celebrate the eve of St. Nick’s today on The Cabin!
Tales of the Ho-Chunk Nation
In this BONUS episode, Ana and Eric welcome Robert Reider, Senior Marketing Director for Ho-Chunk Nation, into The Cabin to discuss the Ho-Chunk society and governance structure today. Along with a look at history, which is how the entire culture is based, Eric, Ana, and Robert discuss how the Ho-Chunk government operates as an independent entity, right down to license plates and school systems. They discuss how they preserve and pass on tribal traditions, have their educational system set up with an eye on bringing an emphasis back on the Ho-Chunk native language, how the economics are driving the future from casino operations to artistic endeavors and small business, and the impact of notable natives like Truman Lowe.
Wisconsin's Festive Gift Guide
We’re now fully into the holiday shopping season and Kortnee Hass joins Eric & Ana in the Cabin for a festive look at Wisconsin-y holiday gifts to consider for all the special people in your life, from clothing to cookware shaped like Wisconsin to “passes” that let you explore supper clubs, craft breweries and distilleries, and more. Get inspired for the holidays and make your shopping easier with this episode of The Cabin!
Best Wisconsin Comfort Foods
It’s that special time of year - for comfort food! In this episode of The Cabin, Eric and Ana dive into the delicacies Wisconsinites love when the weather cools down. Whether home cooking or something great at a restaurant, varieties of dishes like mac & cheese, stews and soup, meat loaf, pot pies, chili, quintessential Wisconsin casseroles, and of course desserts all get some love in this hearty and filling edition of The Cabin.
A Deep Dive into Cold Weather Bushcrafting in Wisconsin
Camping can be a four-season experience in Wisconsin at whatever level you wish. While some prefer “glamping,” increasing numbers of people want to truly experience themselves vs. nature… an adventure known as bushcrafting. Winter camping - or bushcrafting - has different rules vs. summer and Ramsay Plautz joins Eric and Ana in The Cabin to discuss things to remember and the best places to experience bushcrafting during Wisconsin’s all-encompassing winters.
VFW Halls of Wisconsin & Why You Should Check Them Out
Veterans Day is coming up Saturday the 11th, and in Wisconsin the many VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars - posts serve these veterans and the general public. Have you ever checked out a VFW post or hall? Had a drink there? Been to an event there? Tried the fish fry or other foods many of them offer there? Uncovered the history there? No? Then you should go! We welcome Adam Wallace, the State Adjutant for VFWs of Wisconsin, into The Cabin to discuss al of this and more.
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I'm Moving Back!
My wife and I are currently out in Oregon. I moved out to Portland in 2016 for grad school after living in Milwaukee for undergrad. The moment I left Wisconsin, I realized how incredibly great it is and began to miss it - although Oregon has been a great home for the last 7 years. I appreciate the enthusiasm that all the hosts share about the great state of Wisconsin and my Oregonian wife and I are very excited to be tourists in Wisconsin when we move to Milwaukee this fall. Thank you for all the great suggestions. I will add a shout out to a supper club I am surprised hasn't been mentioned in this podcast. Growing up in Portage, my family and I used to drive out to Cimarolis Supper Club, well-known for their award-winning flat-iron steaks and (of course) brandy old-fashioneds. If none of you have been there, I highly recommend it! Thanks Cabin Podcast!
Great banter, great for trip planning!
We’re headed on a road trip this summer and headed into Wisconsin! We have never been to Wisconsin so I was looking for some info and stumbled across The Cabin Podcast! Woah! Not only have we learned so much about Wisconsin but we are now super excited to visit the state! We added details to our road trip that we never would have otherwise! I have been binging all the episodes that pertain to where we are going (Devil’s Lake, Green Bay, Door County, Milwaukee, to name a few) and others as well. We love the hosts’ voices and their jolly banter. We even looked up some homes on zillow to see how affordable the state was in case we want to move there!!! Thank you!!