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COMPASS GREAT LAKES Jelly Belly Visitor Center If you’re scouting out the Milwaukee area leading up to Travel Exchange ’18 next November, be sure to build in a visit to Kenosha, located between Milwaukee and Chicago. Groups can discover the variety of flavors—and some candy-making secrets—at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, which offers a free train ride through the distribution facility. The center recently added new videos, display screens and an updated audio system for the tour, and interactive components will debut this fall. Another food-themed attraction is the Mars Cheese Castle, which doubled in size this year. The cheese shop opened in 1947 in a renovated schoolhouse, and it has evolved into the distinctive castle visitors now see. The Kenosha Area CVB has itinerary suggestions for shoppers (featuring Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets) and history buffs. The two-day Feeling Museumical itin- erary includes visits to the Civil War Museum, Kenosha History Center and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and a ride on an authentic electric street- car that connects guests to sites in the historical district. See more of the city at visitkenosha.com or contact Eva Hoey at eva@visitkenosha.com. A    Enjoy the history and unique ambiance of Grand Hotel. Stay overnight and enjoy a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily or visit for the day and experience our legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet. For details contact Julia Luckey at 906-847-3331 or email grouptours@grandhotel.com. 1-800-33GRAND • gr and h ot el .c om 44 August/September 2017 Wisconsin cheese, history … and jelly beans On the move in Green Bay Fall and football season take on enormous significance in Green Bay, Wisconsin (home of the NFL’s Packers), but groups can enjoy attractions and activities away from the gridiron. You can, um, kick off your visit at The Automobile Gallery, which features more than 50 vehicles of distinction, from a 1917 Milburn Electric to a 1981 DeLorean and a 2015 Cadillac CTS-V. The attraction is the vision of local car enthusiast Red Lewis. “He dreamed of converting a Cadillac dealership in downtown Green Bay into a gallery featuring the car as art,” says Cameron Teske, marketing man- ager at the Greater Green Bay CVB. “Each car is displayed with its own storyboard to help you understand and appreciate the impact and beauty of the automobile.” Another transportation gem is the National Railroad Museum, where guests can explore the train car used by Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II; meet Big Boy, the world’s largest steam locomotive; and inspect a vari- ety of railroad memorabilia. And going from the rails to the waterway, groups can board the River Tyme for a Fox River Tours cruise. Themed excursions and private char- ters are available. For more info on Green Bay, contact Julie Gerczak at julie@greenbay.com or go to greenbay.com.