Travel Wisconsin: Events for a girlfriend getaway

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Head to Bayfield to see the month-long blooming of over 50,000 daffodils, lupines and apple blossoms. 
- The event kicks off on May 12 with the Bayfield in Bloom Garden Expo, featuring local horticultural experts and the latest garden-themed products and gear.
- On June 3, visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the plants at some of city’s finest gardens on the Bayfield Garden Tour. The self-guided tour gives visitors a city-wide sneak peek of local public and private gardens.
The festivities end on June 11 with the Blessing of the Fleet. 
- Every kind of boat – from commercial fishing boats to powerboats and kayaks pass by Bayfield’s City Harbor, where clergy from the Apostle Islands community grant each vessel a blessing for safe passage and a prosperous season on Lake Superior. 
For 11 days, 75 artists make Milwaukee’s historic East Side their backdrop for this open-air painting event. They use the city’s iconic culture, architecture and natural landscapes as inspiration for their paintings. 
- Artists will be located along the Milwaukee Museum Mile, made up of five museums: the Charles Allis Art Museum, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, the North Point Lighthouse, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and Saint John’s On the Lake.
- The 11-day event will culminate with an artwork judging and art sale, with proceeds benefitting the Museum Mile.
Last year was the first ever Plein Air MKE event and drew thousands of visitors to see the artists at work and tour the museums. For the second year in a row, the Department of Tourism is supporting promotion of this event with a Joint Effort Marketing grant of $21,000. 
Burlington is known as “Chocolate City USA,” and every year over 35,000 visitors come to Burlington for ChocolateFest.
- They have a Chocolate Tent for the chocolate carving competition, cooking contests and demos. Visitors can also try a variety of chocolates, like Mexican chocolate bars, German chocolate and even Wisconsin-crafted chocolate. 
- There are also a multiple live music stages and fun games like Giant Choco-Jenga. 
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of art galleries and farm studios across six different communities in Southwest Wisconsin.
- Local artists welcome visitors for a sneak peek at their artistic process – you can see them working with everything from painting and sculpture to jewelry, glass and origami. 
The art tour is self-guided, so you can choose with studios to visit and explore the countryside of the Driftless Area as you go. 
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