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Take a hike or a bike ride through Stewart Tunnel and enjoy the beautiful scenery all along the Badger State Trail.

FREE VISITORS GUIDE

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Hello from the Mount Horeb Trollway!

New Glarus – America’s Lile Switzerland

Your guide to fascinating stops and shops, wining and dining, daytrips and drives in Southwestern Wisconsin.

The Opal Man, Spring Green

Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands

Wis. Arsts Showcase, Spring Green

EXPLORE ... DISCOVER ... EXPERIENCE ... SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN • 2016


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Welcome to the Driftless Explorer!

By Matt Geiger This is an ancient land full of new and excit­ ing life. A place where fiddlers play, small beer and wine makers hone their craft, and local farm­ ers pluck their crops from the rich soil and bring them directly to local markets and restaurants. There is Norwegian flare in Mount Horeb, Swiss charm in New Glarus and the rich river culture of Spring Green. There are wheels of delicious cheese, made from the milk of local cows and according to old world traditions that made their way here with the earliest pio­ Photo by Sue Moen

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neers. There are one­of­a­kind, locally owned shops, along with parks, trails and spectac­ ular wildlife. And with typical Midwestern congeniality, the people here want to share the special While the geography of this place is partic­ things about the Driftless region with people ularly ancient, the people of the Driftless re­ far and wide. The people here are eager to gion today are an eclectic blend of old and share their culture, their new. Painters mingle with farmers. food and drink, their Small, locally owned shops offer friendship, and of course, treasures that can be found nowhere their story… else. With some of the most fertile The tale of this part of soil on the planet, this corner of Wis­ Wisconsin stretches back consin is home to some of the fresh­ into prehistory, to a time est foods in the most pleasant when huge swaths of North restaurants. And when it comes to America and camping, hiking, fishing and other Eurasia were forms of outdoor recreation, there locked under are few places that can match what thick slabs of the Driftless region of Wisconsin has ice. to offer. But during Those who voyage out and Photo by Mary Kay Radke the last ice age, a see what this slice of southern Wisconsin was unique place has to spared. Technically, the “Drift­ offer are never dis­ less” area is the southwestern appointed, often quarter of the state, which was surprised, and al­ untouched by glaciers during that ways delighted. frigid epoch. The un­glaciated Whether it’s your area was cut deeply by ancient maiden voyage or streams into narrow, twisting valleys and you are returning ridges. to one of your As a result, the surface landforms are much favorite destina­ older than those in the rest of the state, which tions, let the was shaped by a relatively recent glacier, carv­ Driftless Explorer ing out a land totally unique from the sur­ be your guide. rounding area. Photo by Sue Moen

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Your guide to hotels and motels, beds and breakfasts, and campgrounds in the Driftless area

Kennedy’s Guest House

Quality Inn of Mineral Point

400 Railroad Street, New Glarus 608­527­4663 Full kitchen, large bathroom, queen bedroom +

1345 Business Park Road, Mineral Point 608­987­4747 www.qualityinn.com

Standard rooms and suites, sparkling indoor pool and spa, complimentary breakfast and free Wi­Fi

DODGEVILLE AREA

Indoor heated pool/whirlpool, complimentary continental breakfast and coffee, free Wi­Fi, close to area points of interest

Village Inn Motel

Best Western Quiet House

951 Springdale Street, Mount Horeb 608­437­3350 • www.littlebedder.com

Hwy. 18, 1130 N. Johns Street, Dodgeville 608­935­7739 • www.quiethouse.com

SPRING GREEN AREA

Clean rooms at reasonable rates, free Wi­Fi, located on the Military Ridge Trail and Trollway

Year­round indoor/outdoor pool, whirlpool rooms, microwaves/refrigerators in rooms, exercise facilities, complimentary breakfast

33533 Jay Lane, Lone Rock 608­583­5111 • www.firesidecampground.com

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Don Q Inn

Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn

3658 Hwy. 23 N, Dodgeville 608­935­2321 • DonQInn.net

GrandStay Hotel 175 Lillehammer Lane, Mount Horeb 608­437­5200 • grandstaymounthoreb.com

1090 Severson Road, Belleville 608­424­6340 • www.cameorose.com B&B retreat with 4­course complimentary breakfast, private bathrooms, close to biking/hiking trails

Chalet Landhaus Inn

Themed whirlpool suites and standard rooms, free wi­fi, indoor/outdoor pool, cable TV/HBO, AAA and AARP discounts

MINERAL POINT AREA

801 Hwy. 69, New Glarus 800­944­1716 or 608­527­5234 www.chaletlandhaus.com

Dairyland Motel

Family & whirlpool suites with Wi­Fi, indoor pool & hot tub, Alpine restaurant, fitness room, on the Sugar River Bike Trail

Cable TV, microwave/refrigerator, laundry, walking distance to restaurant

Circle M Market Farm Stay Bed & Breakfast Blanchardville • 608­558­0501 www.circlemfarm.com Homemade seasonal breakfast fare, stock­tank hot tub

535 Ridge Street, Mineral Point 608­987­3141

Fireside Campground New for 2016: 20 full hook up sites and 50 water and electric sites, 15 miles from Spring Green, tent camping or RVs with full hookups, flush toilets, showers, washers/dryers, pull­through sites, close to boat landings and trails

Wisconsin Riverside Resort S13220 Shifflet Road, Spring Green 608­588­2826 • www.wiriverside.com 90 sites, 1/2 mile from Spring Green, tent camping or RVs with full hookups, flush toilets, showers, washers/dryers, pull­through sites, on Wisconsin River, canoe rentals, bar & grill and more

High Street Suites B&C (Bed & Candy)

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124 High Street, Mineral Point 608­987­1522 • www.highstreetsuites.com The High Suite, with a king size sleigh bed and a lovely park view; and the Garden Suite with full­ size bed, gas fireplace, full kitchen, garden access

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Mount Horeb area Mount Horeb is known for family­ friendly festivals.

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Want to meet champion lumberjacks, mythological trolls, celebrated artists and hard working farmers all in the same place? Look no further than Mount Horeb, Wis­ consin. This village of 7,000 people, a bustling ode to Scandinavia that retains strong ties to its agricultural roots, is a place like no other. Together with their human counterparts, the trolls make Mount Horeb a special des­ tination for people from across the world, and even for those who simply visit for brief respite from the pleasant but decidedly urban culture of the capital city of Madison, just 20 miles away. The trolls, most of which are wooden or concrete, are spotted biking, gardening, hiking, shopping, eating and drinking. People can do all those things, and much more, in Mount Horeb. “Mount Horeb is full of treasures to ex­ plore,” said Melissa Theisen, executive di­ rector of the local chamber of commerce. “People who come to Mount Horeb fre­ quently exclaim, ‘What a great town!’ and I couldn’t agree more.” “The village is charming and our people

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are warm and welcom­ ing,” she continued. “Neighbors know neighbors. You will fall in love with the tranquility of the vast farm­ lands, the myriad of local activities, our strong Norwegian heritage and our capti­ vating historic district that combine to ness and mythology are rooted in a deep, make Mount Horeb an ideal tourist desti­ more serious love of history. Mount Horeb nation. Our trolls, scattered throughout is home to a thriving and highly active his­ town, will win your heart and love having torical society, complete with its own mu­ their picture taken with you and your fam­ seum featuring everything from ancient ily. Velkommen!” artifacts to antique firearms. If you’re visiting Mount Horeb, be sure to According to the Mount Horeb Area His­ stop by the Chamber of Commerce Wel­ torical Society, land purchases that eventu­ come Center to get a map to the attrac­ ally led to the creation of the village began tions. And Mount in 1849, but the com­ Horeb’s trolls love munity’s business cen­ kids, so be sure to ter started east of have your family’s pic­ where it is today. ture taken with them Englishman George along the “Trollway,” Wright gave the town its the village’s iconic name in 1861 when, shop and restaurant­ charged with choosing a dotted Main Street. name for the post Rich in history, office, he decided on Mount Horeb features the name of the several cultural festi­ place where the vals each year. The Book of Deuteron­ themes range from omy says God gave art to food and beer. Moses the Ten Com­ Distinctive shops and mandments. antique stores, lo­ When the railroad cated in authentic re­ The Feralcats playing their brand of came to town, it stored buildings and honky tonk at the Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. chose a station site Victorian homes, line farther west than the Main Street. business district and the look of the town Recreation is abundant in the Mount changed forever. Businesses moved to be Horeb area. Tucked among the deep valleys closer to the train, creating the Main Street and farmland of southern Wisconsin, visi­ area (the aforementioned Trollway) that is tors can enjoy camping, fishing, golfing, familiar to residents and visitors today. swimming and a 39­mile recreation trail Today, Mount Horeb has something for great for biking, hiking and jogging. everyone, but there is nothing generic Mount Horeb celebrated its 150th an­ about this place. Brewmaster Mark Knoebl niversary in 2011 as a community that has crafts award­winning beers using local hops seen much growth and change since its ear­ at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, where resi­ liest days, all while retaining its small town dents’ homebrews even wind up on tap charm. from time to time. Just down the road, While the community and its shops and Alwyn Fitzgerald makes award­winning people are undoubtedly whimsical, the silli­ continued on page 13 Photo by Matt Geiger

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Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce Welcome to the Troll Capital of the world! The Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds area is sit­ uated amid rolling wooded hills and narrow scenic valleys. Bike the Military Ridge State Trail, take a hike, drive through the beautiful countryside, ski or snowboard at Tyrol Basin or stroll the downtown and spot a few trolls. Be sure to pack your camera, as the many art­carved trolls along our “Trollway,â€? or Main Street, are very photogenic! Mount Horeb oers you an opportunity for unhurried shopping and discovery. The downtown is distinguished by its variety of specialty shops – many located in large Vic­ torian homes – which oer antiques, books, jewelry, unique home items, made­in­Wis­ consin items, homemade chocolate and pas­ tries, imported Scandinavian items and holiday dĂŠcor. The Mount Horeb area is also home to artists and crafters who sell their paintings, ceramics, pottery and more in consignment shops and galleries. Festivals and special events abound in

Mount Horeb and Blue Mounds, beginning with the Summer Frolic and Spring Art Tour (an open studios event) in June and ending with our Holiday Craft Bonanza in Novem­ ber. These events also include the Art Fair in July, Thirsty Troll Brew Fest in September, and Fall Heritage Festival in October. Join the Sons of Norway for a dazzling assort­ ment of traditional Norwegian foods during both their Art Fair Kae Stue brunch, and their Fall Heritage Festival Host Frokost breakfast with servers dressed in authentic colorful Norwegian costumes. You’ll also want to be sure to visit area museums. The Mount Horeb Area Museum, open Friday through Sunday, from May to December, has an award­winning ex­ hibit that concentrates on Southwestern Dane County’s ethnic evolution but also re­ ects on the history of the state. The Wally Keller Tool Museum, located in the agship Duluth Trading Company store, consists of over 1,000 vintage and antique tools. And foodies, and wine and microbrew connois­ seurs will delight in visiting the many won­

derful restaurants in the area, including the Grumpy Troll Brewery­Restaurant­Pizzeria, Fisher King Winery, and SjÜlinds Chocolate Shop and Factory. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and explore in the Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds area. For more information visit Trollway.com.

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Exploring Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds

Look (and listen) for links to the unique culture of Norway.

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Mount Horeb Area Arts Association The 10th Annual Spring Art Tour, pre­ sented by the Mount Horeb Area Arts As­ sociation, consists of three days, June 3­5, 2016, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. ­ 5 p.m. daily (June 2­4, 2017), when visitors will be able to watch area artists at work in their rarely seen studios and shop their wares. This year, 17 high­quality, professional artists from Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, Black Earth, Verona, Mazomanie, and rural areas in between, will be opening their stu­ dios and galleries. Their studios vary from small areas in the home to large barns in the countryside and even an old cheese warehouse in Mount Horeb. Each place is

unique to the artist. All are within a fifteen­mile radius of downtown Mount Horeb. The range of art media includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, origami, woodwork, ce­ ramics, and more. People love to come and enjoy being surrounded by the beautiful vistas, valleys and parks of Western Dane County. Is it any surprise that excellent artists are also drawn to this area? Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Western Dane County’s finest artists and crafters in their own work spaces. For more information about participating artists or to request a brochure, please visit springarttour.com.

This project is supported by Dane Arts, with additional funding from the Evjue Foundation, charitable arm of The Capital Times; the Mount Horeb Community Foun­ dation; DeWitt Ross & Stevens Law Firm; and numerous generous area businesses.

John Pahlas, steel sculptor

Peg Ginsberg Watercolors It’s never too late to nurture your inner artist. Although award­winning watercol­ orist Peg Ginsberg has created art her en­ tire life – personally, for sale and for show – it wasn't until she was 59 years old that she finally opened a shop on Main Street in

Mount Horeb. It was the fall of 2008, and Ginsberg was “feeling a little burned out on the art fair scene.” During one of her daily mocha­and­ scone runs to Sjölinds, a popular chocolate and coffee shop in downtown Mount

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Horeb, she heard there was a newly vacant space a few doors down with “the best landlord in town.” By then she'd been teaching painting classes for a while with­ out a central location, and so the opportu­ nity seemed too good to pass up. That October, Peg Ginsberg Watercolors opened its doors at 207 East Main Street, and the artist in Peg was finally home. Peg Ginsberg Watercolors is not just a gallery, not just a teaching spot, not just a studio. It showcases Peg’s diverse works – landscapes and waterscapes, both real and imagined; portraits of flowers and inviting gardens; peppers and whimsical vignettes of toy villages – available in original framed and matted paintings, limited edition giclee prints and blank notecards. It's also a com­ munity hub for novice and experienced artists alike to take private or small group lessons, shop for art supplies, or explore questions in their own work. “I learn just as much from my students and customers as they learn from me,” said Peg. “It's about so much more than color and technique. It's about the possibilities.” Peg Ginsberg Watercolors is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s also a stop on the Spring Art Tour, where Peg and her fellow artists open their studios and homes to curious patrons. (June 3­5, 2016, see the Spring Art Tour ad in the Mount Horeb section of this publication.) Check out Peg’s 15 minute “Talk of the Trollway” video on YouTube. For additional information call 608­437­ 0418 or visit PegGinsbergWatercolors.com. Mount Horeb area


Olson’s Christmas House are available year round. Two new lines added to the many collections are Mark Roberts and G. DeBrekht, Patience Brew­ ster, Santa’s by Pipka – a Wisconsin artist, are presented with pride. Nutcrackers, na­ tivities, Goebel and Hummel have been a tradition for many years. If you are looking for back issues of Goebel Angel Bells, Berta Hummel Ball Ornaments, or Radko and Department 56, you may find it here. The “Business Excellence Award” was presented to Olson’s Christmas House in recognition of excellence in customer serv­ ice, workplace environment, and commu­ nity service by Madison Magazine. Parking is available behind the Christmas House. As Bill and Muriel say “Don’t start Christmas without us.” You’ll probably be disappointed if you do!! Call 608­437­3017 for more information.

Look for the authentic Norwegian stabbur (grain shed) in front of Open House Imports in downtown Mount Horeb.

Schubert’s Restaurant Schubert’s knows a lot about serving great breakfasts. For more than 100 years, loyal cus­ tomers have flocked to this historic bakery first opened by the Olson family in 1911. Wiscon­ sin native Jerry Schubert purchased the bak­ ery in the 1970s and expanded service by introducing a classic diner menu featuring hearty country breakfasts and down­home comfort food. This charming restaurant with its original tin ceilings, cozy wood booths, checkered floor, and old­fashioned soda foun­ tain provides a nostalgic setting for great food. People travel from miles around for a won­ derful meal and a taste of Schubert’s famous Swedish Rye Bread, Norwegian Lefse, Rosettes, Fry­cakes and other traditional

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Find Christmas cheer all through the year at 220 E. Main Street in Mount Horeb! Olson’s Christmas House is recognized as one of the leading Christmas specialty shops in the Midwest. If it’s Christmas, it’s probably at Olson’s! At this magical shop, will find the area’s largest selection of the prestigious hand­ blown glass ornaments by Christoper Radko. These fine ornaments are the choice of discriminating collectors. To com­ pliment these fine glass blown ornaments, there is an outstanding selection by Old World Christmas. Olson’s is also a Department 56 dealer, featuring all of the lighted villages and their accessories, complimented by all the Snow­ babies, and Snow­bunnies. You will also find an extensive selection of trim. Much pride is given to offer the largest selection of BYERS’ CHOICE Carolers, which

favorites. Now there’s even more. Today, Jerry Schubert’s daughter, Kathleen, former owner of a popular Twin Cities cater­ ing company, has stirred the pot a bit by bringing her world­class cooking talents and keen sense of style to the kitchen to refresh Schubert’s menu. It’s clearly working; the eatery won a “Best of Madison” award in 2014 for its meatloaf sandwich. Enjoy this new menu featuring what Kath­ leen considers the “most perfect meal at any time of the day” … Breakfast, Brunch or ‘Brinner’ – whenever you like it, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by Schu­ bert’s at 128 East Main Street in Mount Horeb. Call 608­437­3393 for information.

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • ICE CREAM 128 EAST MAIN STREET, MT. HOREB SCHUBERTSRESTAURANT.COM 608-437-3393 • TUES-SUN 7AM-2PM

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Duluth Trading Company

Duluth Trading Company’s flagship store is thriving in downtown Mount Horeb. Photo by Matt Geiger

Ever since they started doing business in 1989, Duluth Trading Company has done things differently. Like offering work clothes and gear designed and tested by trades­ men, instead of high falutin’ designers. Hey – what fashion type would come up with a Longtail T® Shirt? And they’ve broken a few more rules with their Duluth Trading Flag­ ship store. It’s not in a mall, or even in a big city or sprawling suburb. It’s on the main street of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin – popu­ lation 6,703, not counting the fifteen or so trolls you see as you drive through town. It’s not a fancy new store, but a historic one, in an 1882 mercantile building; for­ merly home to the Mustard Museum, and

for 100 years before that, Mount Horeb’s original hardware store. Exactly the right setting for the hands on, hardworking mer­ chandise they sell. And it’s a store like nothin’ you’ve ever seen. A place where you can see, touch, try on their best­selling selection of innovative, problem­solving Duluth Trading work clothes for men and women. And the only place where you can explore the amazing Wally Keller Tool Museum, featuring hun­ dreds of antique tools dating from 1865­ 1950 that document the history of the American working man. (Don’t miss the Whatsis Board, sure to test the know­how of the most avid tool fan or collector.)

ALL OUR BESTSELLERS FOR MEN AND WOMEN—PLUS AN ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM At Duluth Trading, we do things differently. Like making workwear and gear designed and tested by tradesmen, not highfalutin’ designers. Shop our Flagship Store on Main Street for all your Duluth Trading favorites and explore the amazing Wally Keller Tool Museum featuring hundreds of tools of a bygone era.

100 W. Main St. Mount Horeb, WI duluthtrading.com/stores 608-437-8655

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Fisher King Winery Explore the expanding world of Wisconsin­ made wines at the Fisher King Winery in Mount Horeb. Walk into the welcoming tast­ ing room where you can sample award­win­ ning wines ranging from sweet whites to dry, complex reds. All the wines are crafted on­site in the winery’s fermentation cellar, which can be observed through windows at the rear of the tasting room. Owner/Winemaker Alwyn Fitzgerald is con­ stantly at work overseeing the wine produc­ tion and crafting new quality wines made primarily from locally­grown grapes. Several vintages have won national and international gold and double­gold medals. Named the 2015 Wisconsin Winery of the Year by the New York International Wine

Competition, the Fisher King Winery has be­ come a popular Mount Horeb destination. Don’t miss the winery’s live music from 6:30­ 8:30 p.m. on Friday evenings, and on many Saturdays as well. Ready to taste some new wines? Visitors may try out a flight of five wines at any time the tasting room is open (except during the live music.) Visitors may purchase glasses or bottles of wine along with artisan cheese and sausage sampler plat­ ters, warm baguettes and gourmet chocolate truffles. Craft beer as well as non­alcoholic drinks also are available. The Mount Horeb winery is named after the Fisher King, a mythical character tasked with keeping ancient relics securely hidden and cherished. It’s only fitting that Fisher

Sjölinds Chocolate House When you walk down the Trollway, you will come across a yellow building with a green roof. Don’t hesitate! Step right in the door and be prepared to have your senses enticed by everyone’s favorite, CHOCOLATE. Yes, you are in Sjölinds Chocolate House. Allow yourself to indulge in one of the day’s special desserts, like the aptly named Choco­ late Diablo Cake, Norwegian Princess Cake, or the Pure Chocolate Tart. Enjoy your treat with a cup of coffee. If chocolate is not on your list don’t despair, there are morning pastries and a number of different quiches prepared each day. Tracy and Chris Thompson, who own Sjölinds Chocolate House, not only make great desserts but other delectable food as well. They have now also opened a bean to bar factory on the east end of town. Make an ap­ pointment (608­437­2462) for a tour or just

come in and have a treat. Sjölinds Chocolate House is located at 219 East Main Street, or the factory at 150 Lille­ hammer Lane. For more information call 608­437­0233 or visit sjolinds.com.

King’s goal is to be the holy grail of Midwest­ ern wineries. The Winery is committed to pur­ chasing Wisconsin­grown grapes, which are fermented on site and then turned into com­ plex, delicious vintages. As the son of European parents, Mr. Fitzger­ ald grew­up with wine in the household; it was an integral part of his family culture. He began learning his craft early and his passion for producing and enjoying wine has contin­ ued ever since. The winery is located in downtown Mount Horeb, a tourism center just minutes from Madison. It’s an ideal excursion for regional wine lovers who want to check out the grow­ ing popularity of the finely­crafted Wisconsin wines. Currently at 102 West Main Street, the growing winery is also eying a new location in downtown Mount Horeb later this year. It’s open year­round. Call (608) 437­6020 or visit www. fisherkingwinery.com. Check it out on Facebook: facebook.com/fisherkingwinery

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Aztlán Mexican Grill When 14­year­old Jose Juan Onate left Mexico, moving to Georgia and landing a job washing dishes, the idea of owning his own restaurant in a quaint, snow­covered Wisconsin village wasn’t on his radar. But after years spent washing plates, crafting recipes, sautéing food and eventu­ ally becoming co­owner of three bustling Laredo’s eateries in the Madison area, com­ ing to Mount Horeb seemed like a logical next step. It wasn’t another Laredo’s that opened at 407 West Main Street. Instead, Onate, along with his brother, Gabriel, and their cousin, Miguel Macias, unveiled Aztlan, an authentic, family­owned Mexican restau­ rant adding culinary diversity to the local food scene. Jose Onate has lived in the United States longer now than he lived in Latin America, but some of his earliest memories are of his birthplace’s cuisine. They remain crystal clear. “We used to visit our grandma’s,” he recalls in an amiable timbre. “Our grandma and our mom would make a lot of good stuff, especially sweet treats.” Aztlan’s recipes are entrenched in those memories, he says. Adjacent to Military Ridge Trail and al­ ready serendipitously Mexican in appear­ ance thanks to a rich color scheme and red brick walls, the building received a fresh start under the Aztlan team. With a new, independent family working to make a go of it, some in Mount Horeb are predicting a business that will stand the test of time. “We are going to do our best,” says Onate. “Our family will work very hard to meet people here and make friends.”

So why did they choose Mount Horeb? “First, because there are no Mexican restaurants here,” Onate explains. “We like that it’s a small town, and we also have a very good friend who lives here. She’s wonderful, and she’s been trying to get us to have a restaurant here for years.” That friend is Cindy Cordts, a loyal fol­ lower of Laredo’s who travels there each Friday night with her husband, Dennis, pre­ ferring enchiladas and burritos to the re­ gion’s ubiquitous fish fries. “When we first went to the Laredo’s on the west side of Madison, we just loved the food and we loved the way they treated people,” Cordts said. “We’ve been going there for [15] years, now we don’t have to leave Mount Horeb to see them.” That’s a good thing for Cordts, who has grown close to the family in recent years. Onate promises it will be good for many

others in Mount Horeb and the surround­ ing communities, as well. “The recipes are from Mexico,” he says. “The idea is to have a family­run business where food is fast, authentic, and a good price. We always try to accommodate what people like.” With the success of the Mount Horeb lo­ cation, they have opened up an outside dining experience for their customers to enjoy. Nothing better than sitting on the patio and enjoying friends and family with fresh salsa and chips and a summer drink in hand. Feeling so welcome in the area they decided in 2015 to open a second Aztlan Mexican Grill, in the heart of downtown Dodgeville. Now you can enjoy the same authentic Mexican food at 233 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville. Call 608­437­7600 for more in­ formation. Carry­outs are always welcome at both locations.

Isaac’s Antique Mall & Isaac’s Soaps Isaac’s Antique Mall and Isaac’s Soaps, located at 132 E. Main St. in downtown Mount Horeb, has 40 dealers occupying this large antique mall. Look for quality furniture and a variety of other items sup­ plied by their faithful dealers. Isaac’s motto is “The usual, the unusual, the unique!” The soap and fragrance store features top of the line products, essential oils, natural products, handmade products from Wisconsin, including a full selection from Jangle Soapworks. Janelle at Jangle

AZTLÁN MEXICAN GRILL Authentic Family Owned Mexican Restaurant

Featuring Mexican Beers, Margaritas, Mojitos & Daily Specials Complimentary Chips & Salsa Ample Parking • Patio Seating • Carry Outs Welcome

Now With Two Locations to Serve You! 407 W. Main Street, Mount Horeb • 608-437-7600 233 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville • 608-930-7400

Soapworks raises and milks her goats then makes her wonderful products by hand. And come see their new local product “American Provenance” by Kyle LaFond. He offers products for men or women. Look for the attractive Rustic Display. Are you looking for a full skin care line? Ask for “Brightside” from Madison. This store has Thymes, Crabtree & Evelyn, Caswell Massey, Burt’s Bees, Kiss My Face, Jason, Candles, Ty, greeting cards and more! Call 608­437­6151 for ad­ ditional information.

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GrandStay Hotel & Suites The GrandStayŽ Hotel & Suites is a brand new hotel in the beautiful Village of Mount Horeb. The GrandStayŽ opened in May 2015 and has quickly become the place to stay when visiting the area. The GrandStayŽ offers a variety of rooms, all of which are meticulously clean and beautifully ap­ pointed. Our sparkling indoor pool and spa will help you unwind after a long day of work or play. Standard rooms offer ei­ ther one king or two queen beds. Execu­ tive rooms feature one king bed and a sofa sleeper. Suites offer a little some­ thing extra: a bedroom with a king bed and flat screen television, a living area complete with a sofa sleeper and another television, and a kitchenette area where you can sit down and eat dinner with your family. All rooms feature a mini­fridge and microwave, a KeurigŽ coffee maker,

Bath & Body WorksŽ toiletries, plush white towels, soft cotton sheets, and comfortable SertaŽ mattresses. The GrandStayŽ has become an integral part of the Mount Horeb community. We invite locals to stop by for a tour, book a romantic staycation or a fun­filled birth­ day pool party, reserve our meeting room for small events such as work meetings or holiday parties, or set up a block of rooms for family coming in to town for a

special event. The GrandStayŽ Hotel & Suites Mount Horeb is ideal for business travelers work­ ing in the area and for visitors to Blue Mound State Park, Cave of the Mounds, Tyrol Basin, Military Ridge State Trail, and our village’s many other treasures. Stop by and take a look at what the GrandStayŽ has to offer. They value every guest – every time.

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Botham Vineyards Situated in the heart of Wisconsin’s Iowa County Uplands, and surrounded by more than 900 acres of nature conser­ vancy, Botham Vineyards & Winery has been growing and producing regionally distinctive Wisconsin wines of interna­ tional acclaim since 1989. Botham Vineyards produces 10 award­ winning wines each year, hand­crafted and carefully monitored through each la­ borious step in the vine­to­bottle process. The estate’s 10­acre vineyard, which is more than 25 years old, supplies the win­ ery with premium­quality grapes for use in crafting these wines. Highly acclaimed for their structure and balance, the Botham Vineyards wines have earned more than 350 medals in national and in­ ternational competition over the last decade. Designed and built as a dairy farm in the early 1900s, the soul of the property has been carefully reclaimed and restored with new purpose. Its gently sloping pas­ tures, once deeply lined with the hoof

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prints of a half­century’s herds and knot­ ted with rocks and tree stumps, became host to the tranquil symmetry of trellis. The circa­1900 hung barn was lovingly re­ furbished and now houses the tasting room, gallery, gift shop and two separate indoor spaces for private and public gath­ erings. The vast grounds and a large out­ door terrace provide spectacular views in every season and are the ideal backdrop for live music, family gatherings, private and corporate events and a host of special events throughout the late spring, sum­ mer and fall. The venue is also a romantic destination for wedding ceremonies and small receptions. The dirt floor and cinder block walls of a one­time cattle shed provided the shell for the original winery, but by 2002 pro­ duction had outgrown the space. That year, a 5,000 square­foot, purpose­built winery replaced it and the original build­ ing was repurposed yet again, for the vineyard’s corporate offices. This is a family company, founded by

winegrower and winemaker, Peter Botham, who runs the business with as­ sistance from his wife, Sarah, their son, Mills, and a staff of warm and welcoming associates passionate about tending the vineyard and pouring, enjoying and shar­ ing the delightful bounty in a great glass of wine. Botham Vineyards is located approxi­ mately 1.5 miles south of Barneveld and 25 miles southwest of Madison. To get there, take County Road K south off High­ way 18/151 and follow the signs. For pub­ lic events information, to schedule tours, inquire about hosting a wedding or pri­ vate event or for details about the 21st Annual Vintage Celebration, please call 888­GR8­WINE (478­9463) or visit www.bothamvineyards.com. Visitors welcomed for public and pri­ vate group tastings and tours by appoint­ ment, 10 a.m.­5 p.m. on weekends in March, then Wednesday through Sunday, April 1 through December 24. Local Flavor. National Acclaim.™

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The Historic Hoff Mall

Erin Ulrich opened Telsaan Loose Leaf Tea in early 2015.

Telsaan Loose Leaf Tea Welcome to a unique place where there’s a perfect cup for everyone! Telsaan has a vision of bringing a healthy lifestyle to your table. The knowledgeable and ap­ proachable staff let their passion for hon­ est, heartfelt interactions infuse everything they do. Telsaan is pleased to present to you over 140 loose­leaf teas, tisanes, and specialty coffees. The only real question is: which tea are you going to try first? Telsaan is a charming tea shop located in downtown Mount Horeb, and is known for its eclectic mix of loose­leaf teas and warm, inviting atmosphere. Telsaan offers a ver­ satile space with Wi­Fi and catering for events, meetings, and gatherings. It's a quiet place to study or catch up with a friend, or make a new one during a lively evening of board games. More information can be found by visit­ ing www.telsaan.com.

The residents of Mount Horeb have a long­standing respect for the solid buildings that many of the village’s founders con­ structed. However, times change, and with changing times come changing uses of these buildings. The Hoff Mall once housed the village’s general store where clothing, shoes, dry goods, dishes, and more needed items could be found. Many a child knew school was about to be back in session after a trip to the Hoff’s Shoe Department. Now remodeled for present day use,

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101 East Main Street • Downtown Mount Horeb (608) 437-8300 www.hoffmall.com

Where the Midwest & Mediterranean Meet Open Tues. ~ Sat. at 4 p.m. for cocktails, 5 p.m. for dinner (closed Sun. & Mon.) (608)

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“Bridal gown shopping, just the way it should be.”

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visitors can find an eclectic mix of shops and services in the Historic Hoff Mall, listed in the State and National Registries of Historic Places. Stop by New York Minute, a boutique and salon; pick out a gown – bridal or spe­ cial occasion at Elegant Bridal; sample some tasty wine and enjoy dinner at Hoff Bistro 101; check out skin care products and services at Angelic Skin Care; or make one of the unique one­bedroom apart­ ments your home.

608-475-6882 • www.angelicskincare.com

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The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, Restaurant and Pizzeria is family friendly and located at 105 S. 2nd Street in the heart of down­ town Mount Horeb. The building was originally the Mount Horeb Creamery and later a large­scale cheese factory. In 1998, the 100­year­old building was transformed into a brewery and restaurant. The Brewmaster has produced many award­winning beers at the Grumpy Troll, such as Amnesia Baltic Porter, winner of the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup as best Baltic Porter in the world. In ad­ dition, RateBeer.com rated the Grumpy Troll 40th best brewpub in the world in 2007. There are 12 beers on tap year­round including several selections of IPAs, lagers and seasonal barrel­aged beer, all made on­ site in the Grumpy Troll’s brewery. Most beers are regional or national award win­ ners. The brewery is visible through large windows in the main dining room, allowing you to see the Brewmaster and assistants at work. Call for information about brewery

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Nearly New Shop Family Book Store and Clothing Consignment 132 East Main Street Mount Horeb, WI 53572 608-437-4146 Open Monday-Friday 11-5; Saturday 10-5; most Sunday afternoons In business since 1981

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tours. The first floor pub features lunch and din­ ner selections including fantastic burgers made from locally­raised beef; fresh wraps; masterfully­built sandwiches; their mouth­ watering pastas; homemade soups and salads and tasty appetizers as well as local in­season produce. There are daily specials, and a traditional beer­battered fish fry on Fridays. Saturdays feature a crowd­pleasing prime rib dinner. Weather permitting; you can enjoy your handcrafted brew and meal in the 30­seat beer garden. The second floor is home to the Grumpy Troll Pizzeria featuring gourmet pizzas on a ‘Treber grain’ crust, the same grain used to produce their handcrafted ales and lagers. This is a pizza lover’s destination featuring a full bar, all 12 Grumpy Troll beers, video games for kids and adults, large screen TV’s for sports lovers, steep­tipped darts and a pool table. The entire facility is handi­ capped accessible and provides free Wi­Fi. You won’t leave empty handed, as the Grumpy Troll has a large selection of retail items including shirts, hats, pint glasses and ceramic steins made by a local artist, just to

Photo by Matt Geiger

The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, Restaurant and Pizzeria

Brewmaster Mark Knoebl, hard at work in the brew house. name a few. You can also take your favorite Grumpy Troll beer home in a traditional 64­ ounce glass growler, a double­wall insu­ lated 64­ or 32­ounce metal growler or a 22­ounce bomber. Visit the website for information about beer, Pub and Pizzeria menus, upcoming events, direction or anything else Grumpy! The pub opens daily at 11 a.m. For more information call the Pub at 608­437­2739 or the Pizzeria at 608­437­2741, or visit the website at www.thegrumpytroll.com.

The Nearly New Shop The Nearly New Shop is a slightly hidden gem in Mount Horeb, at 132 East Main Street. It is worth taking a trip down the stairs to see what bargains you might find. There are over 40,000 books cataloged by subject, author, and title. Puzzles, mag­ azines, comics, records, and movies are also part of the mix. Venture to the back of the store and you will find gently used family clothing, household items, and

collectibles. The Nearly New Shop has been in busi­ ness since 1981 and the floor to ceiling dis­ plays are proof of it. All clothing is gently used and is sold on consignment. Books can be purchased out right or traded. If you are looking for hidden treasures, this might be just the place to find them. Call 608­437­4146 for more information.

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MOUNT HOREB wines using Wisconsin grapes at Fisher King Winery. Duluth Trading Company helps an­ chor the downtown with its selection of rugged outdoors­wear, and Mount Horeb is currently in the midst of an economic development boom that will bring several

Artisan Woods Gallery Artisan Woods Gallery is now in it’s 14th year of providing a place to shop for that perfect gift or accessory. They are located in the lower level of the historic Opera House in downtown Mount Horeb. The 120­year­old birch flooring, high ceilings, and many windows give the space a com­

J­V Collectibles J­V Collectibles was started in 1976 as a sports card and sports collectibles shop. Due to a drop in sports cards interest, they later added other collectibles to the shop. They now offer small collectibles, stamps, postcards, sports and non­sports cards, comic books, books and much more. There is also glassware, from decorative to beer and pop bottles and beer glasses. And it doesn’t end there. Find items and collecting supplies available for sale, as well. Customers young and old enjoy the shop and variety. They leave with a smile and a happy memory of things from the past. Stop in and leave with a smile! They are open six days a week and on Sunday by chance. The store is located in Isaac's Antique Mall at 132 E. Main St., downtown Mount Horeb, lower level.

fortable, airy feel. Artisan Woods Gallery carries a large va­ riety of contemporary woodcrafts hand­ crafted by over 70 local and national artisans. Most of their woodcraft consists of functional gift items such as kitchen utensils, cutting boards, chimes, clocks, lamps, mirrors, bowls, boxes, vases, jew­ elry, bookmarks, purses and much more! Enjoy exploring their two rooms for that perfect gift! Free gift boxes are included with most items. Please refer to the web­ site for seasonal hours, call 608­437­1811 or visit artisanwoodsgallery.com.

J-V COLLECTIBLES 132 E. Main Front Lower Level, Mt. Horeb

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new shops to town this year. A village golf course, a bowling alley, and even a petting zoo all call Mount Horeb home. For those looking for Scandinavian goods or antiques, the Trollway has the most to offer this side of Norway. And for readers wondering where to see those champion lumberjacks mentioned at the beginning of this story, look no further: Brawny competitors with axes and saws will descend upon Mount Horeb this summer for the Stihl Timbersports Professional Mid­ West Qualifier. Based on historic lumber­ jack traditions, the Stihl Timbersports Series challenges the nation’s top lumber­ jack athletes in the disciplines of hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. These traditional disciplines test the competitors’ strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility. The competition will take place June 11­ 12 in conjunction with the annual Mount Horeb Summer Frolic festival.

Share the joy of collecting with those you love. Lots of ideas here. Open daily. Gift certificates.

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Fisher King Winery is just one of Mount Horeb’s live music venues.

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Campo di Bella Winery and Family Farm Campo di Bella is a small, family run win­ ery and diversified organic farm. They are dedicated to providing local, naturally pro­ duced food and Italian seasonally inspired meals from their own heritage breed pork, lamb and organic vegetables. Join them for farm­to­table dinners, or Cenetta dinners, on Saturday evenings at the winery. See a full list of events, menus and make your reservations online at their website: www.campodibella.org or call them at 608­320­9287.

While in Mount Horeb, be on the lookout for

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Trolls!

To embark on your very own troll hunt, grab a map at the Mount Horeb Welcome Center at 300 E. Main Street, pick up a Mount Horeb on the Trollway guide, or visit www.trollway.com.

Campo di Bella's wine bar is open every Friday evening during the summer, from 4:00 p.m.­9:00 p.m., with no reservations required. Enjoy a glass of their family crafted wine and a la carte dinner menu overlooking the beautiful countryside and Driftless landscape. They offer their own hand crafted and bottled wine from local grapes crushed and fermented at the win­ ery. Organic vegetables, pasture­raised grass fed lamb, heritage pork and wine will be of­ fered for sale on site. Sit down with your family for a wonderful locally grown meal and reawaken a more traditional and sim­ ple way of life. Need a great place to stay? See our full Lodging & Amenities chart on page 1.

Village Inn Motel The Village Inn is a family­owned and operated motel that is committed to pro­ viding visitors with a clean, safe and com­ fortable place to stay. Welcome to a slower pace in the middle of the Military Ridge Bike Trail and on the Trollway. Enjoy hiking, biking, trout fishing and small town living. Indulge in a memo­ rable breakfast or dinner at any of Mount Horeb’s many local restaurants. Call (608) 437­3350 for reservations or visit www.littlebedder.com for additional information.

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Rust & Lace

Rust & Lace is located in the heart of Mount Horeb at 117 E. Main Street, on the corner of the historic Mount Horeb Opera House. Owners are a mother­daughter duo who have “A Vintage Obsession!” This quaint shop offers home décor, soy candles, jewelry, vintage rentals, customized paint­ ing, monthly classes, and one­of­a­kind repurposed pieces. Stop in and say ‘hi’ to Marijean and Jaimee and see what project they are up to next. For store hours and to learn more about Rust & Lace, please visit their website at www.rustandlacemh.wordpress.com

117 E. Main Mount Horeb 608-574-4117 WED & FRI 10-5 THUR 10-6 • SAT 10-4 SUN 12-4 • OR BY APPT

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Quality Used and New Apparel and Recycled Treasures

MOTEL • • • • Winebar~ Farm to Table Dinners Private Events~Weekly Dining Specials For Hours and Upcoming Events: www.campodibella.org. 10229 Sharp Road, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 608-320-9287 • info@campodibella.org 14

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Family owned & operated Clean rooms, reasonable rates On the Military Ridge Trail & Trollway Free Wi-Fi

Call (608) 437-3350 www.littlebedder.com 951 Springdale Street Mount Horeb, WI 53572

Five locations in southwest Wisconsin! Mineral Point ~ Darlington ~ Platteville Spring Green ~ Mount Horeb

Open 7 days/week! Mount Horeb area


Trollway Liquors At the edge of the troll­inhabited village of Mount Horeb, there exists one of the most unusual liquor stores in all the land. A small Hobbit warren decorated with ancient runes and antique liquor posters from a bygone age, Trollway Liquors is a delight for the senses. Inside you will find one of the finest wine, spirit, and craft beer selections in the state. The proprietors, Missy and Mike Rogers and frequently their two dogs

(Duncan and Maggie), are there to take you through their extensive selection of potables and find what's right for you and your occasion. Inside the welcoming and mysterious shoppe you can find every­ thing from a summer cooler to rare Grand Cru Burgundy. Typically over a hundred craft­brewed beers from around the state, country and world fill their icy cold cooler and their shelves teem with fine bour­ bons, whiskeys, liqueurs and distilled spir­

its that defy the imagination. There's always something wonderful open to taste – on the weekends, wine, cider, beer; and every Tuesday they offer a specially priced wine to taste before you buy. For those who like a nice cigar, be sure to check the humidor. Bring your cooler in because there's always free ice with a purchase.

Trollway Liquors Free Loose Ice With Pur chase!

504 West Main Street, Mt. Horeb WI 53572 608-437-5570 Like us on Facebook for updates on tasting events and specials.

❖ Fine Wines ❖ Excellent and Rare Bourbon, Whiskeys & Distilled Spirits ❖ Huge selection of Craf t Beer ❖ Nice Cigars

Area

Attractions

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Take time to enjoy all of the Mount Horeb area attractions and be sure to come back often! For a map and locations of these attractions, visit www.trollway.com

Mount Horeb area

• Blue Mound State Park • Brigham County Park • Cave of the Mounds • District #1 Old School House • Donald Park • Havens Petting Farm • Military Ridge State Trail • Mount Horeb Landmarks Foundation • Stewart County Park • Tyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area • Wally Keller Tool Museum

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Photo by Steve Longo

New Glarus area www.swisstown.com

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tiques and artifacts from around the world. It has three floors of coins, artwork, Swiss scissor cutting, antique glass The New Glarus Brewing Company horse and china, dolls and more. Their other mu­ drawn wagon can be frequently seen in seum is the Swiss Historical Village. First downtown New Glarus. opening in 1942, it tells the story of the the only cheese factory in the United States founding of New Glarus. Visit the fourteen that produces Limburger, a potently aro­ matic but mild (in buildings with ex­ flavor) delicacy. hibits focusing on Enjoy the beauti­ rural life during the ful Alpine­reminis­ 19th century. Dan Carey, Master Brewer at New Glarus cent landscapes on Dining in New Brewing Company taps a wooden keg the Sugar River Glarus transports during Oktoberfest. Recreational Trail. you to Europe with Whether you pre­ dishes based on Gruezi to New Glarus, Wisconsin! fer to bike or hike, family traditions. “America’s Little Switzerland” the 23­mile trail Area specialties in­ offers a wonderful Schnitzel, Established in 1845 as a Swiss colony, clude outdoors experi­ New Glarus is conveniently located on G e s c h n e t ze l e t s , ence for all skill lev­ Highway 69 in Southern Wisconsin, in the Roesti potatoes, The historic depot is home to the els. Bring your clubs heart of Green County. You will find its and the perennial fa­ Chamber of Commerce. Trail passes for as New Glarus is beautiful rolling hills, farms, wooded pas­ vorite – Swiss Fon­ the bike trail can be purchased there. home to two scenic tures, and grazing cattle are much like the due. Your meal will alpine meadows and farmland around be complete with delectable selections of golf courses nestled in the rolling foothills. Swiss and European style desserts and The town also has a natural miniature golf Glarus, Switzerland. crusty European style course for all ages to enjoy. You’ll love the restored New Glarus boasts warm Swiss hospital­ breads. After dining in downtown featur­ New Glarus, you’ll know ity and folklore traditions of the homeland. ing charming why Swiss cuisine is con­ The local citizens love to share those tradi­ chalet­styled archi­ sidered among the finest tions with our visitors who come here every tecture home to year. From Alpine music in the streets to in the world. some of the most For a perfect comple­ shop owners happy to speak the Swiss lan­ interesting and ment to a hearty Swiss guage, the people of New Glarus will make unique shops out­ meal, try a specialty beer you feel welcome. Visit www.swisstown.com. side of Europe. from the New Glarus Find treasures im­ Brewing Company. The ported straight brewery has won many from Europe, re­ national and interna­ gionally crafted gifts tional awards. For a com­ and exquisite art plement of a different pieces from locally flavor, try sampling the owned shops. Learn New Glarus Primrose about the history of Winery’s wide selection New Glarus by at­ Traditional Alphorn music can be found of dinner and dessert tending one of their at almost all New Glarus festivals. wines, made primarily ethnic festivals or from Wisconsin grown visiting their area museums. The picturesque hills and valleys around New Glarus is home to two unique mu­ grapes and fruit. Take part in a tour of an New Glarus attracted Swiss settlers seums. The Chalet of the Golden Fleece area cheese factory and find out just how over 150 years ago and we continue Museum has an unusual collection of an­ cheese is made. Green County is home to to celebrate that heritage today. New Glarus area


New Glarus Chamber of Commerce Whether you’re visiting New Glarus for a week, a day or just pedaling through, it’s easy to see why New Glarus’ Swiss founders chose to settle in the picturesque hills of Green County. More than 150 years later, New Glarus is as beautiful as ever, and its people continue to celebrate their rich heritage with attractions sure to delight: festivals, museums, shopping, lodging, dining, plus so much more. The historic Swiss charm of New Glarus awaits you. June 10­12: New Glarus Polka Fest and Beer, Bacon & Cheese Festival. New Glarus’ 3­day celebration of polka kicks off at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, with the David Austin Band. The weekend­long event, showcas­ ing an impressive polka lineup. Free admis­ sion all weekend under the fest tent in historic downtown New Glarus. A highlight of Polkafest weekend is Sat­ urday, June 11, for the 5th annual Beer, Bacon & Cheese (BBC), where one wrist­ band entitles fest­goers to unlimited sam­ pling of some of the greatest regional

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flavors – craft beer, specialty meats and ar­ tisan cheeses. BBC wristbands are $40.00 per person, and can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 800­527­6838. New Glarus restaurants will also serve beer, bacon and cheese­inspired specialties including bacon jam burgers, beer cheese soup, cheese pie with bacon, mac and cheese with bacon, fudge with bacon, and ice cream with bacon. June 24­26: Heidi Festival. Join us for our Heidi Festival weekend filled with great food, entertainment, music, and fun for the whole family. On Saturday and Sunday we have a craft fair by the Village Park. The weekend’s highlight is the presenta­ tion of Johanna Spyri’s classic play, Heidi. It's the heartwarming story of the young girl with braids, Heidi, her gruff grandfather, and their love of the majestic Alps of Switzerland. The performances are staged by local actors in a warm presentation that includes live goats and kittens on stage! The Heidi play is staged at the New Glarus High School: Saturday, June 25: 1:30 p.m.;

and Sunday, June 26: 1:30 p.m. June 24­26: New Glarus is the place to be for family fun, music and more! The fun begins on Friday night with a street dance and Lion’s chicken BBQ and on Saturday with a 5k run/walk, co­ed volleyball and a great day of music! Enjoy a variety of local musical talent on Sunday and “Furniture With Flair” auction in the park. Great food, beverages, games, face painting, music and more all weekend. Don’t miss a minute. For the full Music Fest lineup, go to www.ngmusicfest.com. September 2­4: Wilhelm Tell Festival. Share with your family the story of Swiss in­ dependence, written by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. It’s a live theater presen­ tation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses. More than 100 local volunteers join to make each colorful performance come to life. Performances are staged in a beautiful outdoor setting, just a short distance from downtown New Glarus. continued on page 20

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Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn Welcome to a world of luxury and beauty amid 120 private acres of rolling hills, scenic woodlands, and miles of mowed hiking trails. Enjoy immense peace and quiet as you view a variety of wildlife and birds from the wrap­around porch, screened gazebo

on the pond or the beautiful flower gar­ dens. Hike or bike from the driveway one­half mile to the Ice Age Trail and Badger Trail, which connect to the beautiful Sugar River, Military Ridge and Capital City Trails.

Indulge in a memorable four­course breakfast every day. Special dietary re­ quests are also accommodated. Please call 608­424­6340 or visit www.cameorose. com for additional information.

Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn 1090 SEVERSON ROAD • BELLEVILLE, WI 53508 (608) 424-6340 • www.cameorose.com Dawn & Gary Bahr Award-winning Bed & Breakfast Getaway amid 120 acres of wooded hills and miles of mowed hiking trails, pond and gardens. Private baths, double whirlpools, fireplaces. Ultimate quiet; memorable 4-course breakfast. 15 minutes to Madison, New Glarus or Epic. Just off the Badger Trail--connected to Sugar River, Military Ridge & Capital City Trails.

Cameo Rose offers affordable luxury, relaxing stays and romantic escapes.

The Bramble Patch

Pottery handmade and hand­painted in Poland, designed to be enjoyed everyday can be found at The Bramble Patch.

It's more than you can imagine. Wan­ dering into the Bramble Patch for the first time is an amazing experience. The first thing you notice is their vast collection of brightly­colored handmade Polish Pottery. Each piece is literally a work of art, yet designed to be used everyday. This is definitely one of the largest collections of Polish Pottery you will ever discover. “Our background is in working with nature and creating the best product pos­ sible,” says owner Carol Allen. “Every year since 1889, our family has been making award­winning maple syrup on the same

land in Wisconsin. We have won numer­ ous international awards, and the secret lies in the attention to every little detail, the focus on quality every step of the way, and a lot of dedication. When I find other products that follow that same philoso­ phy, I gladly add them to our store.” In addition to Polish Pottery and maple syrup, you will also find quality local apparel with custom designed embroi­ dery and artwork; honey, jams, salsas and mustard that are made in Wisconsin; locally made soaps and candles; jewelry, seasonal decor and a huge display of Christmas items every fall.

Created by hand. Designed for everyday use. Thousands are in stock. More than you can imagine.

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New Glarus Hotel Restaurant The New Glarus Hotel can help fulfill a hunger for both food and history—it has a rich story that starts all the way back in 1853. There is sometimes confusion about why the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant is called a hotel when it primarily serves guests as a restaurant. The reason is simple: history. The building began its life as a hotel, housing salesmen, travelers, and those awaiting the services of nearby livery stables or harness makers. The hotel’s main dining room was once an old opera house. Traveling stock shows and vaudeville revues were billed often at the old theater. It later featured silent movies, complete with pianists. The first motion pic­ ture in the village was shown in the hall in 1922. Talking movies were introduced in 1930. But the stage stood mostly dark and silent from 1950 until 1965. It was then con­ verted into a Swiss­style Yodel Club, com­ plete with restaurant. While yodeling is now mostly reserved for performances, the au­ thentic Swiss­style dining experience still en­ dures. The hotel has known only three generations of owners since it first became a restaurant: Robbie Schneider, Hans Len­

zlinger, and now partners Roland Fürst and Mike Nevil. They honor and respect their history and heritage and the role it plays in making the restaurant unique. The New Glarus Hotel spans and connects generations – it is a place where new friends meet, relationships flourish, children grow up, and old friends reflect. It’s a welcoming place to dine, have a drink, and share a dance. Enjoy the charm and hospitality of Switzerland without leaving Wisconsin! Dis­ cover Swiss specialties like Geschnetzeltes, Cheese Fondue à la Neuchatel, Beef Fondue Bourguignonne, Rösti, and more. Pair your meal with your spirit of choice — try one of the wines from the diverse landscape of Switzerland or a locally­brewed beer like Spotted Cow. Dine, drink, and relax in the warm glow and ambiance of the charming dining room, or experience the New Glarus villagescape against a welcoming interior balcony. Come in Friday and Saturday evenings for live polka music. Not sure if polka's your thing? Most people are sur­ prised just how much they like it. continued on page 25

Edelweiss Cheese On the corner of First Street and Sixth Avenue in New Glarus is Edelweiss Cheese Authentic Wisconsin. Edelweiss Cheese shop is a picturesque store, with authentic artisan cheeses. At Edelweiss Cheese shop, you can select from 98 cheeses made by Wisconsin cheese­ makers. Their signature cheese, Emmentaler Swiss, is made traditionally, in a copper ket­ tle. There are local sausages, mustard and jams to choose from. You can also purchase specialty chocolates, cookies and candy. Nov­ elty cheese gifts, including magnets, stuffed cows, key chains, coloring books and mugs, are displayed. Owner Kathy Workman and her staff will create a cheese sampler board to pair with wine or beer. You can enjoy a cheese board and a beverage at the outside tables during the months of May­October, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cheese trays and shipping are available year round.

Ticino Pizzeria Ticino Pizzeria is all about the rich diver­ sity of Switzerland and her Italian influence. Most people don't think of pizza when they think of Switzerland. However, if you head south to Ticino (away from the Ger­ man­speaking region of Central Switzer­ land) you'll discover an Italian­infused paradise. It's a region where the taste and quality of pizza rivals that of its neighbor. Ticino Pizzeria in New Glarus admires and embraces the same sentiments and culture

in its own pizzeria – with passionate pizza chefs, fresh ingredients, and dough that marries the flavors of the pizza together whether you prefer thick, thin, or gluten­ free crusts. They shop, eat, and drink local whenever possible because they value their unique community and the local economy. They are a local, old­fashioned pizzeria – a single location without franchises – with their heart in an amazing small town.

EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC SWISS CUISINE!

We offer 98 varieties of Cheese!

529 First St., New Glarus

608-636-2155

Eat­In ✚ Take & Bake ✚ Carryout

Enjoy the charm and hospitality of Switzerland without leaving the States! Discover our Swiss specialties. Pair your meal with one of our Swiss wines or a locally­brewed beer like Spotted Cow. Dine, drink, and relax in the warm glow and ambiance of our charming dining room, or our welcoming interior balcony. Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy live polka music! Located under the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant balcony

100 6th Avenue, New Glarus, WI www.newglarushotel.com Reservations Accepted ~ 608­527­5244

• Pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccini alfredo • Appetizers, salads, and sandwiches • Dine inside, or at our sidewalk café • Open daily 4­9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 10 p.m.

(608) 527­5245 www.ticinopizzeria.com

Setting the standard for Swiss cuisine in southern Wisconsin for over 35 years. New Glarus area

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Puempel’s Olde Tavern

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Puempel’s Olde Tavern was established in 1893 by Josef and Bertha Puempel, as a tavern and boarding house. They operated it until 1935, whereupon their son Otto took over and operated it for 58 years until 1993, when the current owners, Chuck and Lessia Bigler, purchased the business. The original back bar, made by the Brunswick Corporation in 1912, still looks proudly over its visitors. The murals on the wall were painted in 1913 by Albert Strue­ bin, in exchange for his room and board (60 cents per day). It took him six months to complete, painting them from Puempel family postcards. Feel free to look around (and up), throw

a dollar on the ceiling (donated to charity) and ask questions. Stop in at 18 6th Avenue in New Glarus. They will be glad you visited. Visit them at puempels.com or like them on Facebook.

The interior of the bar remains virtually the same as it was at the turn of the century.

Esther’s European Imports Esther’s European Imports is a unique destination in the heart of beautiful down­ town New Glarus. It feels like being in Little Switzerland. Esther’s offers a wide variety of Swiss

Your favorite Swiss Store for bells, fondue supplies, raclette grills, linens, music, jewelry, and much more!

www.shopswiss.com email: info@shopswiss.com (608) 527-2417 • “Like” us on Facebook 523 First Street, New Glarus, WI 53574

and European gifts. A large selection of Fondue Accessories, Raclette Grills, Swiss Cow Bells, Victorinox Knives, Clothing, Home Décor, Linens, Heritage Lace, Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks, German Nutcrack­ ers, Smokers, Beer Steins, Glassware, Edel­ weiss Jewelry, Chocolates, Cheese and much more. Find something unique and special for yourself, a gift for a special per­ son or occasion, or a great souvenir of New Glarus. Shop at Esther's European Imports, lo­ cated in the historic downtown New Glarus. In the heart of the action of the many local festivals that are such an inte­ gral part of the village known as America's Little Switzerland. The shop is located at 523 First Street, New Glarus. Call 608­527­2417 or visit their website at www.shopswiss.com for additional information.

For a schedule of Wilhelm Tell perform­ ance times, tickets and festival events, visit wilhelmtell.org Learn more at www.swisstown.com. September 23­25: Oktoberfest. Free ad­ mission to the festival tent all weekend! Ok­ toberfest presents many activities and events in downtown New Glarus featuring live music, great food, wagon rides, chain­ saw carving, plus plenty of family fun. There will be music in the festival tent all weekend. See the complete Oktoberfest Weekend schedule, as well as a description of all 2016 New Glarus events at swisstown.com.

Plumfyre Make your escape to beautiful down­ town New Glarus, where your skin will re­ ceive one­on­one relaxing and rejuvenating attention. Customized facials, eye treatments, body wraps or scrubs, and of course full­body waxing. Your quality skin care is Plumfyre's focus. Plumfyre provides top­of­the­line skin care services and products to enhance the beautiful skin in each client, while keeping the traditions of nurturing humankind and the Earth close to heart. Using PCA, Original Swiss Aromatics and L'BRI for meeting your skin's expectations and end results. Unisex friendly. Located in #11 on the New Glarus historical buildings register, at 16 6th Avenue, (608) 558­5080. Operated by a licensed aesthetician. Remember, you deserve it.

Visit us at our historic tavern and enjoy a sandwich, pizza, soup, plus our large selection of New Glarus Brewery beer

18 6th Ave., New Glarus (Next to the Post Office) • 608-527-2045

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or looking to send your family Stollen for the holidays, a handmade treat from New Glarus Bakery can brighten anyone’s day. New Glarus Bakery is located at 534 First Street. Call (608) 527­2916 or visit their web­ site at www.NewGlarusBakery.com for more information and store hours.

New Glarus Bakery Since 1910, the New Glarus Bakery has been making the finest Swiss and American pastries. With old world recipes and traditional techniques, along with a commitment to the highest quality ingredients, the bakery has maintained the same authentic breads, pas­ tries, cookies, and specialty desserts you’ve come to know and love. Hard­crusted Hearth Breads, Ethnic Cookies, and even

Patches and Petals Patches and Petals, located in the heart of Belleville at 13 W. Main Street, is a unique store offering everything you need for your quilting projects, as well as gifts, collectibles and antiques. They take great pride in their store, where high quality fabrics are combined with gifts, patterns and books to create a quilter’s paradise. If you are visiting south­ ern Wisconsin make sure to include a trip to Belleville and Patches and Petals. The friendly, trained and talented staff is eager to meet you and help you with your needs. The store is open daily. Come see them Monday­Friday, 10:00 a.m.­6:00 p.m., Sat­ urday 9:00 a.m.­4:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m.­4:00 p.m. They can easily accommodate bus groups. Just give them a call, 608­424­1516, as soon as you know your plans so they can arrange to have plenty of staff available to serve you. Visit www.patchesandpetals.com for more information.

decadent chocolates can be found alongside popular donuts and rolls. Sinfully delicious cheesecakes are offered side by side with Schnitten and Éclairs. Scones and Brownies can be found, along with the bakery’s famous Original Nut Horns. Each product is lovingly handmade, and with the breadth of the baked goods found at New Glarus Bakery, there is surely something for every taste. “Oh, I haven’t had these in years,” or “My grandma used to make these...” are frequent exclamations upon entering the doors. Some of the bakery’s offerings have been enjoyed by generations, and some are newfound favorites. Indeed, the combination of tradi­ tion and continued innovation with flavorful delights sets New Glarus Bakery apart. If you can’t make it to the bakery’s charm­ ing storefront in beautiful Green County, you can still enjoy your favorites – delivered to the comfort of your home. Some of the most popular items are available online with na­ tionwide shipping. Whether you’re in need of a nostalgic fix

Enjoy fresh Birnbrot (Swiss Pear Bread) or the bakery’s famous Original Nut Horns.

New Glarus Bakery Open everyday, 7am–5pm

Creating the finest Swiss and American breads, pastries, and specialty desserts since 1910. 534 First Street New Glarus, WI 53574 Closed Mondays January & February Closed January 1-17, 2017 Closed at 3pm Mother’s Day

Stop in today, call, or order online for delivery:

(608) 527-2916 www.NewGlarusBakery.com

Patches & Petals The Quilter’s General Store A cozy and inviting shop located in a historical building offering everything you need for your quilting projects as well as gifts, collectibles and antiques.

Home of Sweet Pea Designs patches_1@myfrontiermail.com 13 W. MAIN ST. | BELLEVILLE | WWW.PATCHESANDPETALS.COM | OPEN MONFRI 106 • SAT 94 • SUN NOON4 | 608.424.1516 New Glarus area

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Kennedy’s Ice Cream & Grill and Kennedy’s Guest House Kennedy’s Ice Cream & Grill’s colorful 1950s­themed restaurant décor matches the vintage Coca­Cola® items on display, with red and black tiled floors and walls accented with polished stainless diamond plate, red vinyl bar stools in front of a curved counter. Enjoy a 1919 popcorn wagon that serves fresh pop­ corn, cotton candy, hot dogs, nachos and lots of treats for kids of all ages. An upstairs guest house with a birdseye view of the downtown offers you all the amenities of home while you enjoy your vacation. Kennedy’s Guest House is available for festival fun to an extended stay. They are open daily spring, summer and fall, with limited hours in the winter. Proudly serving all your favorite Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream flavors, come treat yourself today. Take­out is available, as is free Wi­Fi. Enjoy Kennedy’s at 400 Railroad St., New Glarus, 608­527­4663. Open daily at 11 a.m.

Lunch • Dinner • Dessert Serving Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and much more! Call for reservations to enjoy your stay at Kennedy’s Guest House.

400 Railroad St., New Glarus

608-527-GOOD (4663)

Chalet Landhaus Inn  Greetings from the Chalet Landhaus Inn, where traditional Swiss hospitality and charm welcome you all year round. The Chalet Landhaus Inn is built with a perfect blend of modern convenience and old­fash­ ioned Swiss decor to give you a touch of Switzerland close to home, in the rolling hills of New Glarus. The pool, sauna, hot tub, and fitness room are sure to please everyone in your group.

Guests are a short walk from the many shops and restaurants New Glarus has to offer. Many other activities guests can enjoy include the Sugar River Bike Trail and golf course just minutes from the Chalet. The Chalet Landhaus Inn specializes in group tours with special group packages. For more information call (800) 944­ 1716, visit chaletlandhaus.com, or like the Chalet Landhaus Inn on Facebook. Chalet Landhaus Inn is located at 801 Hwy. 69.

Chalet Landhaus Restaurant Influenced by a small canton in northeast Switzerland, the Chalet Landhaus Restau­ rant’s beautiful Swiss­style inn was a grand vision by a cheesemaker, restauranteur, architect, and printer. The dream became a reality in 1980, and has been a treasure of New Glarus ever since it was built. The Chalet Landhaus Inn at 801 Highway 69 in New Glarus was built in a traditional Swiss style with a perfect blend of modern convenience and old­world Swiss décor. It’s a touch of Switzerland close to home. Their famous alpine restaurant was added in 1985, just five years after the inn

was built. They serve Swiss specialties and American cuisine, along with daily break­ fast and Sunday brunch. Visit the Älpli Bar for your favorite cocktails and beers, and the restaurant for authentic and delicious Swiss food, featuring locally­produced meats, sausages, in­season vegetables and, of course, famous Green County cheeses. Visit them in the summertime for the legendary Swiss Cookout on their outdoor garden terrace. For more information call (608) 527­5234 or (800) 944­1716 or see their website at www.chaletlandhaus.com.

Chalet Landhaus is a full service Inn famous for Swiss hospitality and old world charm – with all the modern amenities you expect. • Family & Whirlpool Suites with Wireless Internet • Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Exercise Room • On the Sugar River Bike Trail • Alpine Restaurant serving Swiss & American Cuisine • Walk to shops, attractions, and museums • Swissland Mini­Golf across the street • A short drive from anywhere in the Driftless area! Special Summer, Winter, and New Glarus Brewery Taste & Tour Packages available!

801 Highway 69, New Glarus, WI www.chaletlandhaus.com (800) 944­1716 or (608) 527­5234

Enjoy breakfast or gourmet evening dining in our famous Chalet Landhaus Restaurant.

www.chaletlandhaus.com chalet@chaletlandhaus.com

801 Hwy. 69, New Glarus, WI (800) 944­1716 or (608) 527­5234

Furnished in a comfortable Swiss chalet style, the restaurant has proven equally popular with guests, and local residents too. Start your day with a Continental breakfast; on Sundays enjoy our delicious breakfast buffet. Evenings, dine on the best of Swiss and American cuisine. And be sure to save room for one of our fabulous Swiss desserts.

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Very Tres Chic & Paper Moon Tea House Visit Very Tres Chic and experience a magical atmosphere while you preview a lavishly curated line of bridal and evening gowns that are available nowhere else. Paula Stanton's remarkable line features new and vintage gowns, alternative, vin­ tage inspired and themed styles from gatsby to Bohemian. Also a huge selection of accessories, jewelry, headpieces, feath­ ers and furs. Fabulous music, creative styling and experienced service. They also offer a quality selection of vintage clothing. And now it’s together with the Paper Moon Tea House, New Glarus's newest attraction. Dress up with hats, gloves and costumes, and take photos while you enjoy a vintage tea party. Daily specials – includ­ ing wine tasting with cheese boards, gour­ met teas, lemonade, and fondue in the fall.

Sisters

The hats, costumes and music together, with photo options galore. Paris streets – Vintage Paper Moon – Kissing Booth and ZOLTAR the Fortune Teller. Very Tres Chic and Paper Moon are also available for private parties and photo shoots. Visit Verytreschic.com for more information.

Wäsche Center & Storage Bringing much­needed services to the small, idyllic village of New Glarus, the

New Glarus

Wäsche Center

& Storage

Car Wash Open 24/7 Laundromat & Dog Wash, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

608-620-4287 1500 Hwy 69, New Glarus Self-Storage: 10x10’, 10x15’, 10x20’, 10x25’

new Wäsche Center and Storage has recently opened its doors. A state­of­the­art car wash, laundromat, and self storage facility (and dog wash sta­ tion), providing vital services to residents and visitors alike. Car wash packages and a loyalty package add to an already im­ pressive menu of both touchless and soft­ touch washes. The dog wash keeps the mess and fuss out of the home, and the laundromat’s washers and dryers can clean clothes and bedding from delicate to denim. Stop by and enjoy a sparkling vehicle, fresh laundry, and a soft, clean pet today! They are located at 1500 Hwy. 69. For more information, call 608­620­4287.

Bridal & Evening Contemporary & Vintage Jewelry & Veils Furs~Feathers~Fringes Intimate~Experienced~Creative For the Woman who wants the Extraordinary

Sisters, located on First Street in beautiful downtown New Glarus is a fabulous mix of old and new. Sisters offers a unique selection of not to be found anywhere else, home accents, antique and vintage pieces, gift ideas and personalized signs and boxes. If you're looking for wonderful wicker pieces, the perfect antique trunk to use for a coffee table or a well­loved bench, Sisters is the place to find it. To complement your vintage finds, you can find a bounty of picked just for you new and vintage items such as pictures, pottery and locally made pillows along with all of the other things that truly make a house, your home. Don't think too long about what you're going to take home with you or someone else will get that “we only have one” piece. So if you're looking for a special place to spend a couple of hours, spend it at Sisters, at 523 First Street, in New Glarus. Sisters is open seven days a week, year around. Find hours on Facebook or call them at 608­ 527­5558.

Sisters “Where casual antiques meet urban accents”

“Where casual antiques sistersnewglarus.com • Findaccents” us on Facebook! meet urban

523 First Street, New Glarus, WI 53574 • 608.527.5558

Sisters 523 First Street, New Glarus, WI 53574 608.527.5558 “Where casual antiques meet urban accents”

sistersnewglarus.com 523 First Street, New Glarus, WI 53574 • 608.527.5558 sistersnewglarus.com Find us on Facebook! Find us on• Facebook!

Paper Moon Tea House Dress up Costumes - Hats Gloves Boas Photo Backdrops Galore – TAKE PICS Paper Moon - Kissing Booth - Paris Home of Zoltar Fortune Teller Private Parties - Bridal Showers Birthday Parties and More!

405 2nd St. ~ verytreschic.com ~ 608-527-3100 ~ a must see shop! New Glarus area

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Circle M Market Farm Stay The Circle M Market Farm Stay in beauti­ ful rural Blanchardville, just 15 minutes west of New Glarus, oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a unique bed­ and­breakfast experience on a working

20­acre heirloom vegetable farm with sheep, goats, steers, hogs, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs. Tucked into a misty valley next to the

Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumenladen Brimming with style, Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumen­ laden is a fresh mix of fashion, home dĂŠcor, gifts and garden. The collections of ladies apparel are al­ ways on trend, providing the comfort and style customers love. Mix in fashion acces­ sories like jewelry, scarves and hats and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the whole look. They are proud to carry top brands like Vera Bradley, Tribal, Papillon and Brighton. Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumenladen is known for a vast selection of home dĂŠcor and gifts, with everything from unique wall pieces to can­ dles. Set your table with the perfect com­ bination of linens, dishes and accessories to warm your home, or ďŹ nd something fun and new for your kitchen! Along with being a full­service ďŹ&#x201A;orist, the

Blumenladen is a complete garden center. Stroll the trellised walkways among fresh, colorful annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumenladen also has a great selection of trees, evergreens and ďŹ&#x201A;owering bushes for your landscape. En­ hance your outdoor space with gorgeous fountains, statuary and pottery, and here youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd the largest display of running fountains in the area. Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumenladen is more than a ďŹ&#x201A;oral shop; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a destination. They have it all, for the fashionista, the decorator, the gift­giver, and the inspired gardener of all interests. Customers will be impressed with their experience at Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumenladen. Stop in at 17 6th Avenue; call 608­527­ 2230 or visit brendasblumenladen.com.

Kinderladen Kinderladen believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the little things that count. Since 2013 they have provided little ones with the tools to make playtime more fun, including hand­picked books, games, toys, puzzles and crafts. Owner Brenda Siegenthaler took a small corner of her shop at Brendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blumen­ laden, ďŹ lled with popular Melissa and Doug, Haba, and other specialty toys, and moved it into the Anderson Mall on 1st Street. Wooden toys, baby dolls and games ďŹ ll shelves just waiting for the perfect home

to go to. Kinderladen also has Magna­Tiles, Keva Contraptions, ThinkFun games like Zingo, and many more specialty toys, games and crafts. Need a quick gift? Stop in to get person­ alized gift suggestions from our friendly staďŹ&#x20AC; and have it wrapped for free. Kinder­ laden is great for families on the go, or families on a stroll. Call ahead and your gift can be ready for easy pick up, or visit their website at shop­ kinderladen.com to shop online.

Pecatonica River, Circle M is well­placed to provide guests with a variety of simple country pleasures, including a generous farmhouse breakfast spread of veggies, eggs and meats all raised on the farm and ďŹ&#x201A;avored from large perennial herb beds. Guests are welcome to join hosts Kriss and Shannon Marion as they tend to live­ stock and make the rounds of produce ďŹ elds, hoophouse and greenhouse. Local activities include canoe rentals, bik­ ing and ATV trails, and various historical at­ tractions in a half­hour radius. For those whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to relax on the farm, there are hiking trails, benches, multiple swings for children, lawn games, a wood­heated hot tub, picnic tables and lots of books to bor­ row. Blanchardville has a zero­depth pool and stone­bleacher baseball park for both high school and home talent games. Chil­ dren and adults are both welcome for overnight stays and classes. Pets are not recommended. See circlemfarm.com for pictures, rates and information on rooms, send an email to maidmarion@circlemfarm.com or call Kriss at 608­558­0501. The farm can also be found on Facebook.         

        

   

   

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Books ~ Games ~ Toys ~ Puzzles Crafts ~ Science 523 1st St., New Glarus, WI shopkinderladen.com ~ 527­2772

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Sportsman’s Bar & Grill Want a growler of fresh craft beer? How about a great hamburger or a cheesy pizza? How about a game of pool? Even in the middle of the night? Sportsman’s Bar & Grill in downtown New Glarus is the place to go. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the pub’s friendly atmosphere, great food and the area’s largest selection of New Glarus beer on tap. The grill is open until 12 a.m. daily and the fryers are on until they close. Sportsman’s Bar & Grill even uses solar power to reduce its impact on the environ­ ment, and visitors can use free Wi­Fi Inter­ net access while there. They offer more than 10 different types

Find great food and a large selection of New Glarus beer on tap at Sportsman’s Bar & Grill.

Families Welcome! • Extensive Menu ~ Daily Specials Carryouts ~ Home-baked Breads • Great Burgers! ~ Over 10 different types of Burgers using 8-oz. ground chuck! Always a dessert with pizza, baskets, sandwiches and daily specials. • Best Pizza in New Glarus ~ Our homemade Pizza has over 1-pound of cheese on each 14-inch pizza! • 9 New Glarus Brewery Beers on tap! Plus competitive carryout prices on New Glarus beers! 6-packs, cases, plus quarter- and half-barrels available. Call with special orders. • Growler Headquarters ~ For New Glarus beers! • ALL Major Credit Cards accepted • Wi-Fi Network/Families Welcome Grill open until midnight – French fryers on until closing

Sportsman’s Bar & Grill 506 First Street, New Glarus

(608) 527-2225 www.sportsmansbarnewglarus.com New Glarus area

of burger, each using a half­pound of juicy ground chuck and placed on home baked buns. There are also homemade desserts free with every meal. There are nine kinds of New Glarus beer on tap, and a full complement of New Glarus beer for carryout. The extensive menu also includes daily specials and a Fri­ day Fish Fry. Sportsman’s Bar & Grill is located at 506 First Street in New Glarus, and can be reached at 888­814­6275 or 608­527­2225.

NEW GLARUS HOTEL RESTAURANT continued from page 19 From Jaegerschnitzel and Rösti to Fondue and Spätzli, they serve authentic Swiss cui­ sine prepared by trained chefs and served by a friendly wait staff. The Swiss are histor­ ically a nation of farmers, so they know that good food starts with good ingredients. Fresh products plus expert preparation are the two qualities they value most in their cooking. They doubt you will feel neutral about their signature dishes.

Sugar River Pizza Sugar River Pizza Company opened their first pizzeria in Belleville in 2009. The fam­ ily owned and operated restaurant started with the simple idea that fresh, local ingre­ dients mixed with passion makes great pizza! SRP’s passion for great food starts with dough prepared fresh daily. Their zest for quality continues when the toppings go on. They combine award­winning local Wiscon­ sin cheese, additive­free meats from local Wisconsin farms and fresh produce. In ad­ dition to delicious mainstay offerings like pepperoni and sausage pizza, they offer more than 20 specialty pizzas ranging from a Mediterranean, Pulled Pork (smoked and pulled in their kitchens) to Chicken Bacon (made with their homemade ranch) and Meat Lovers! Their authentic and unique recipes go beyond pizzas – they also offer gourmet salads, homemade sauces, pastas and sandwiches, which are just as delicious. Quickly established by the locals as the best pizza in the area, Sugar River Pizza now has three locations. Belleville, their first

location, specializes in carry­out and deliv­ ery. The New Glarus location, right on the bike trail at 700 Railroad Street, boasts two floors of dining, over 100 micro­brews, a covered patio and two large fire tables. The third location in Verona, at 957 Liberty Drive, invites you to enjoy two large, invit­ ing dining areas, a full bar and covered patio with fire­tables. For great food with friends or family stop at any of their three locations.

NOW WITH 3 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! NEW GLARUS 700 Railroad Street 527-5000 DINE IN • CARRYOUT • DELIVERY

BELLEVILLE 1019 River Street 424-6777 DINE IN • CARRYOUT • DELIVERY

VERONA 959 Liberty Drive 497-1800 DINE IN • CARRYOUT

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Tofflers Pub & Grill In 1880, Fred Schindler, a Swiss immi­ grant, first built the “Four Corners” build­ ing at the corner of 2nd Street and 5th Avenue in New Glarus, Wisconsin. The original building housed a tavern boarding house, and a meat market, and, at one point, even had a bowling alley. Since then, the building has transformed and changed hands several times. Tofflers was established in 2006, with the goal of being a place for both locals and visitors to have a satisfying meal and an ice­cold beer. Tofflers is a Swiss slang term for “bikers,” and they welcome motorcyclists who come to ride the ridges and valleys of Southwest Wisconsin, along with bicyclists, motorists and other visitors. Tofflers serves as a great venue to watch live music, the big game or to relax outside with friends and family on the patio. They hope you enjoy your experience today and find your way back to Tofflers again.

Maple Leaf Cheese & Chocolate Haus Green County is famous for its large num­ ber of Master Cheesemakers, and the best place to try their award winning cheese is the Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus in New Glarus. This charming shop, styled after a Swiss Chalet, provides a large variety of Wisconsin cheese and everything that pairs with it, along with local artisanal and Euro­ pean chocolates, homemade fudge and ice cream. This year the shop is under new owner­ ship. Mark and Barb Ryan and Jim and Cindy Shumway plan to keep the shop’s tradition of focusing on local cheeses, and are excited about serving people who visit New Glarus. Jim, the general manager of the store, has

over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and has dedicated his career to friendly customer service. His goal is to make Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus a fun place to visit for the whole family. Stop by and sample award winning cheese, learn what to pair with your favorite – including wine, jams, and meats; try some homemade fudge or enjoy an ice cream cone on our patio. The staff is eager to help you build your own cheeseboard, pack a picnic basket, or create a customized gift box. Open seven days a week, May through December, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check out their new website at www. mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com.

Award-Winning Wisconsin Cheese!  Wide selection of local and artisnal foods  Fine wines, including Swiss imports  Homemade butter cream fudge  Cheese and wine accessories  Ice cream in homemade waffle cones  Gluten-free cookies and crackers  Under new ownership!

Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through December 554 First St., New Glarus • 608-527-2000 • www.mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com

• Best burgers in Green County • Friday fish fry • Daily lunch and dinner specials • Breakfast on Sunday • New Glarus beer on tap • Outdoor patio and beer garden • Live music • Banquet facilities • Fully accessible 200 5th Avenue, New Glarus 608.527.2490 • www.tofflers.com 26

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Attractions

Whether you’re visiting New Glarus for a week, a day or just pedaling through, see why our Swiss founders chose to settle in the picturesque hills of Green County. For more informa­ tion, visit us at: www.swisstown.com • Chalet of the Golden Fleece Museum • New Glarus Brewing Company • New Glarus ‘cows on parade’ • Swiss Center of North America • Swiss Historical Village • New Glarus Woods State Park

Photo by Sue Moen

Tofflers is the place for great local beers, good food, family dining, relaxing Sunday afternoons and rocking evenings.

New Glarus area


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Dodgeville area Dodgeville, Wisconsin is a destina­ tion for a little bit of everything. Be­ tween the wildlife, the shopping, the festivities and the historical attrac­ tions, there is something for every visitor to enjoy. It’s no wonder the community’s motto is: “Dodgeville is at the heart of it all.”

Photo courtesy Dodgeville Chamber

Photo courtesy Dodgeville Chamber

www.dodgeville.com

Home for the Holidays carriage rides (above) and the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship (left) offer fun for all in the Dodgeville area.

Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is at the heart of it all and welcomes visitors with the coziness of a small rural town, the thrill of outdoor ac­ tivities, and a colorful history. Daytrips are a popular way for visitors to explore the beautiful region of Southwest Wisconsin, because you can head in any di­ rection to take in scenic views, visit an attrac­ tion, or play in the great outdoors. During the summer months the area parks offer trails for hiking, picnic areas, horseback rid­ ing, hunting, rock climbing, biking, swim­ ming, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and picture­perfect views from the bluffs. We have three golf courses within a very short driving distance and three state parks – Governor Dodge State Park, Tower Hill, and Blue Mounds State Park. Take a walk in the historic business district and tour the oldest active courthouse in the state of Wis­ consin or meander through our quaint shops

Area

Attractions

and stores all around town. Local restaurants and familiar national chains dish up an inviting menu of choices for where to eat. From cozy cafés to award­win­ ning BBQ, mouth­watering Mexican or that comforting homemade style meal – we are sure you will delight in the food and service from our people! Top it off with a sweet treat from the local bakery or a hot beverage from the local coffeehouse. The nightlife brims with activity at our bars, brewpub, bowling alley, and even a place for wine lovers (and don’t forget about Friday night fish fries!). After a day of fun, you will find peaceful rest at one of the hotels, motels, camp grounds or area Bed & Breakfasts, and wake re­ freshed and ready to go again. During the cooler months, photographers and road trip enthusiasts can soak up the beauty of the colorful rolling hills, winding roads, and scenic countryside. The Fall Art No matter what the season, there is no better place to visit than the Dodgeville area. Come and enjoy abundant natural resources, which include state parks, state trails, fish­ ing, camping, shopping and more.

Photo courtesy Dodgeville Chamber

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Tour takes place late October and visitors will enjoy touring the local artisan’s workshops and galleries while watching them skillfully create their pieces of artwork. Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling are popular snow activities in the parks and on county trails, and we also invite you to check out our very own ice­skating rink at Ley Memorial Pavilion in Harris Park. We welcome you to join us for one of our many family­friendly events and festivals in the Dodgeville area. The WI Grilled Cheese Championship is held in early Spring, and highlights the cheese and dairy industry of Wisconsin. From late Spring to mid­Decem­ ber, the calendar is filled with music festivals and classes at Folklore Village, a bike tour sponsored by Taliesin, Summer Concert Series sponsored by Lands’ End, Farmers Appreciation Day, Dodgeville Days, the Fall Art Tour, Halloween Street Party, and Home for the Holidays, where you can take a nostalgic horse­drawn carriage ride through the downtown district.

Governor Dodge State Park Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wiscon­ sin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoe­ ing, biking, hunting, fishing, off­road biking, cross­country skiing and horseback riding opportunities. Dodgeville area


Governor Dodge State Park

Cave of the Mounds

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April

E V E N T S : August

22 Grilled Cheese School 23 5th Annual WI Grilled Cheese Championship City Wide Garage Sales

may

30 Dodgeville Memorial Day Parade

Pendarvis

june

4 1,8,22,29 12 26-28

Iowa County Dairy Breakfast Lands’ End Summer Concert Series Lion’s Club Flea Market 2016 State Bath Ruth Baseball Tournaments (12U Cal Ripken)

JULY

9 9-12

House on the Rock

Dodgeville Fireworks 2016 State Bath Ruth Baseball Tournaments (15U Babe Ruth) 10 Farmers Appreciation Day 28 Annual Chamber Golf Outing Competition 30 Dodgeville Fireman’s Dance

3-8 18-21 18 19 20 21

Governor Dodge State Park Lands’ End Warehouse Sale Dodgeville Days Kiwanis Chicken BBQ Sidewalk Sales/Fire truck/Face painting Sidewalk Sales/Fire truck/Face painting Lions Club Flea Market

september

1-5 Iowa County Fair 16 Off the Vine

october

20-23 SW Wisconsin Fall Art Tour 28 8th Annual Halloween Street Party

november

26 Small Business Saturday (Home for the Holidays kick off)

december

3,10 Santa Secret Shop 3,10 Home for the Holidays

***DODGEVILLE FARMERS MARKET***

Saturdays 8 am – 11 am May 14 through the end of October

Taliesin

If you are staying overnight in Dodgeville, please contact the Chamber to receive a FREE Dodgeville Deals packet! 338 N.Iowa Street • Dodgeville, WI 53533 • (608)935-9200 • www.dodgeville.com Dodgeville area

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Our Front Porch & The Vintage Vestibule Candle Co. Located in historic downtown Dodgeville at 301 N. Iowa St., Our Front Porch & The Vintage Vestibule Candle Co. takes great pride in offering great prices for a wide vari­ ety of gift items, home decor, essential oils and much more. They sell LANG calendars, scarves, jewelry, handbags, items for babies and kids and home décor, along with Willow Tree cards, Packer gifts, puzzles, wine and wine acces­

sories. They also offer local products including The Vintage Vestibule Soy Candles, hand poured with purpose, passion and pride. Soy wax is 100% vegetable by­product. Soy can­ dles are easier on people with breathing problems. Soy candle wax is a renewable re­ source. Soy is grown on American soil. Soy supports our nation's economy and farmers. Soy is non­toxic and non­carcinogenic. Soy

Enhancements Located across the street from the his­ toric Iowa County Courthouse at 225 N. Iowa Street, Enhancements offers fresh flowers, custom designed and delivered throughout the area. In addition, they have gifts ranging from candles, bath, ladies accessories, linens and garden accents located out back. If that is not enough, Enhancements is an event flower and rental headquarters. Planning a wedding or other event? Enhancements

will create elegant floral arrangements, rent all the finishing touches and style the event for you. For more information, you can visit www.champagneandlaceeventrental.com, call 608­935­9787 or you can email them at enhancementsflwr@mhtc.net

Gifts, Home Décor, Fresh Flowers, Ladies Accessories and Your Wedding Headquarters

225 N Iowa St., Dodgeville WI

enhancementsflwr@mhtc.net 608-935-9787

Something for everyone at Enhancements.

candle wax produces 95% less soot than paraffin candles. Soy candle wax burns evenly with a steady flame. Soy candle wax burns cooler. Other local products include handmade soap and body care products, jewelry, wine, jam, mustard, honey and more. Store hours are 10:30­5:30 Tuesday­ Friday; Saturday 9:00­4:00; Sunday 10:00­ 2:00 (summer & holiday). They look forward to proudly serving you.

Time & Again Vintage Time and Again Vintage has a unique business plan. They are only open five days per month, and each month they have new displays and new inventory. The beauty of their events is that they re­ stock items each day. They strive to showcase decorating with architectural pieces, vintage wares, repur­ posed and recycled furniture, rustic and retro, shabby chic, cabin and cottage style accessories, household and garden wares, antiques, primitives, textiles and all sorts of fun doo­dads. Find them in beautiful downtown Dodgeville – at 146 N. Iowa Street, right next to the delicious Quality Bakery. They hope to see you there. 2016 Event Dates: May 18­22, June 15­ 19, July 20­24, August 17­21, September 14­18, October 19­23, and November 16­ 20; Wednesday nights, 5:00 p.m.­9:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 9:00 a.m.­6:00 p.m.

Gifts

Time & Again Vintage

Accessories Home Décor Essential Oils Soy Candles * * *

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Antiques ~ Collectables ~ Vintage ~ Home Décor

OPEN 5 DAYS A MONTH WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 5 PM ~ 9 PM THURSDAYS ~ SUNDAYS 9 AM ~ 6 PM May 18th~22nd • June 15th~19th • July 20th~24th August 17th~21st • September 14th~18th October 19th~23rd • November 16th~20th Open daily after Thanksgiving thru Christmas Eve excluding Mondays



146 N. Iowa St. (Main St.) Dodgeville ❖ 608-574-3505 Dodgeville area


Lots of sweet treats can be found at Quality Bakery.

Duke’s Brew Pub & Ale House Duke’s Brew Pub & Ale House at 105 E. Chapel Street is a laid­back pub­style tav­ ern that specializes in craft beers. Duke’s is named in honor of Duke, the family Australian Shepherd/Border Collie. Duke’s is Dodgeville’s very first single barrel brewpub. They offer a rotation of their own brews to complement the ex­ pansive selection of microbrews already stocked in Duke’s coolers. They also offer a wide selection of top shelf and call spirits. Duke’s has five flat

screen high definition TVs that show a va­ riety of programs and sports. They offer specials for sports, racing and local air­ ings, and pride themselves on being a headquarters for anything you would want to gather for. Join Duke’s for live music and music and comedy events. Duke’s now serves food, including burg­ ers, wings, and appetizers and much more, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Cobblestone Coffee House The Cobblestone Coffeehouse is located in downtown Dodgeville, Wisconsin, across the street from the Historic Iowa County Courthouse. Serving hot coffee, freshly pre­ pared bakery items, specialty drinks, and a full breakfast menu, along with delicious sandwiches, salads, and soup, it’s the per­ fect place to stop any time of day. The Cob­ blestone is proud to provide a healthy alternative that uses fresh daily organic and

gluten­free ingredients whenever possible. The Cobblestone provides free Wi­Fi and has several rooms available for meetings or events. The Cobblestone also caters and delivers. Like them on Facebook and check out their menu. They are located at 239 N. Iowa Street 608­930­2070. You can also visit them at cobblestonecoffeeshop.com

COBBLESTONE coffee house 239 n. iowa street dodgeville (608) 930-2070

Coffee ✸ Sandwiches ✸ Salads ✸ Bakery

Dodgeville area

Quality Bakery Stop by for a treat at Quality Bakery, in downtown Dodgeville where four genera­ tions of bakers have served the community for over 80 years. Baked goods are made fresh daily from time­tested family recipes using quality ingredients. Try their ethnic specialties: Cornish Pasties, Saffron Buns, and Tea Biscuits. Call 608­935­3812 for more information.

Celebrating our 88thYear! Stop in and check out our complete line of homemade bakery goods. HOT CORNISH PASTIES DAILY Open 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

DOWNTOWN DODGEVILLE

(608) 935-3812 Single Barrel Brews Microbrews Live Music 5 Flat Screen TVs



Serving food 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 Days a week 105 E. CHAPEL STREET ~ DODGEVILLE dukesbrewpub.com • (608) 574-5651 2016 • The DRIFTLESS EXPLORER

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The Don Q Inn is a unique theme­style hotel located in the rolling glaciated hills of southwestern Wisconsin that is truly unique. Bits of history meet you around every corner. The Don Q Inn staff can help you plan your next special occasion or roman­ tic getaway with a variety of options. Stan­ dard rooms are available for families with children. The spacious standard guest rooms are an excellent choice for your family trip to enjoy all the wonderful at­ tractions in the area. One of the unique attractions at the Don Q Inn is a Boeing C­97. The plane flew to its present location, adjacent to the hotel. Actress Farrah Fawcett signed the fuselage after filming a TV commercial there long ago. They welcome you to join them any Sat­ urday or Sunday at 3 p.m. for our public tours. Recreational amenities available for guests include one of the first indoor/out­ door pool complexes in Wisconsin and an eight­person whirlpool.

Photo courtesy Dodgeville Chamber

Don Q Inn Hotel

Enjoy Dodgeville’s many parks and recreation activities for kids and adults alike.

Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese Schurman's Wisconsin Cheese has been part of Wisconsin's rich tradition of cheese making for 89 years. They take great pride in their excellent Cheddar Cheeses, espe­ cially their Aged Xtra Sharp Cheddars; they also carry many additional award­winning cheeses. Try any of their 40 other varieties of cheese for great flavor and a real taste of Wisconsin. Schurman’s can provide you with a cus­ tom aging and warehousing program. They procure only the finest quality Wisconsin cheeses for your selection. Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese outlet store also offers

Chocolate Shoppe ice cream. Visit Schurman’s at 1401 Hwy. 23 N, next to the bike trail. They are open daily, Monday through Fri­ day, 8:00 a.m.­6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.­4:00 p.m. Open Sundays, Memo­ rial Day through Labor Day, 10:00 a.m.­3:00 p.m. You may call to place an order for any of their famous Wisconsin Cheddar Cheeses or other Wisconsin Cheese varieties, 608­ 935­5741. They ship cheese year­round, packing carefully to preserve quality. Dur­ ing the holiday season, Schurman's Wiscon­ sin Cheese also offers cheese gift boxes.

Red Room Bar & Restaurant Minutes from House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, American Players Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin • Unique Standard Rooms • FantaSuite® Suites • Wireless Internet • Tours of a Boeing C-97 Airplane • Indoor/Outdoor Pool • Whirlpool • AAA & AARP Discounts • Cable TV/HBO

The Red Room was established in 1934, shortly after prohibition ended. Over the 80 plus years in business, no one has ever changed the name. The Red Room is a family friendly busi­ ness, catering to all ages. Whether you need a meal or a place to hold a gathering, large or small, they can help you out. From baby showers to celebrations of life and everything in between, they’ve done it all. They also have an outdoor beer garden

Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese

40 other varieties to choose from

Fresh Curd

Reservations (800) 666-7848 www.DonQInn.net Free Tours of FantaSuite® Suites every Sat. & Sun. at 3 p.m. Highway 23 North, Dodgeville, WI 53533 32

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PART OF OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1934

“Home of the 5-year-old cheddar”

Mondays & Fridays

(608) 935-2321

for those nice days, to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Or, if you’d rather stay inside, they have pool tables, dartboards, a ping pong table, bean bag games and board games to keep you entertained. Occasionally they have live music or a DJ if you’d like to dance the night away. Stop on in at The Red Room, they would love to see you. You can find them at 108 E. Merri­ mac Street, Dodgeville, or call them at 608­ 935­7108.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Plus MEATS • BEER • WINE • SNACKS • ICE 1401 Hwy. 23 N. (Next to the Bike Trail) Dodgeville • 608-935-5741 • Mon.-Fri. 8-6; Sat. 8-4 Open Sundays, Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend 10-3

BAR & RESTAURANT 108 E. Merrimac Street • Dodgeville, WI

608-935-7108

Serving Breakfast, Daily Specials, Homemade Soups, Desserts and Salad Bar, Friday Fish Fry and Homemade Pizza Grill Hours: MONDAY-FRIDAY 6am-9pm SATURDAY 7am-9pm • SUNDAY 7am-2pm

SUNDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET 8AM-12PM Dodgeville area


Photo courtesy Dodgeville Chamber

The Cook’s Room

Bring your clubs along and visit the Dodge­Point Golf Course.

Best Western Quiet House & Suites Best Western Quiet House & Suites on Hwy. 18 in Dodgeville features a year­round outdoor pool connected to an indoor pool. Enjoy theme rooms to make your stay special. Whirlpool rooms are available for guests who are looking for an extra touch of luxury, and microwaves and refrigerators are in all rooms. Spend your days discover­ ing the beauty of the region, including a slew of local bike trails. Dodgeville is a na­ ture lover's delight, and there's plenty to do year­round including golfing, hunting and fishing. All Best Western guests can enjoy a com­ plimentary breakfast. Indulge in a daily buf­ fet spread featuring eggs and waffles, yogurts, fruits and pastries, cereals, 100 percent Arabica coffee and chilled juices. It's the perfect start to any morning and a great way to prepare for your daily adven­ ture. The friendly and welcoming staff help

We invite you to stay at Dodgeville’s Quiet House & Suites

Best Western Quiet House & Suites ®

Dodgeville Hwy. 18, 1130 N. Johns St. 608-935-7739 Reservations ~ 1-800-Western www.quiethouse.com You’ll Always feel right at home Dodgeville area

There’s a world beyond ordinary coffee, and visitors can go there at The Cook’s Room in downtown Dodgeville. A quaint small town coffee house, The Cook’s Room has been in business since 1999. Offering a full espresso bar where vis­ itors can indulge in their favorite coffee drinks or a variety of teas. They also serve a lunch menu featuring items ranging from big bowl salads to grilled Panini sandwiches. The Cook’s Room is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 138 N. Iowa St. in Dodgeville. You can find out more at 608­935­JAVA or www.cooksroomcafe.com.

make each stay special. Enjoy a spacious, well­appointed room or spend the day sun­ bathing by the pool. For reservations call 1­800­Western or visit www.quiethouse.com.

Aztlán Mexican Grill Feeling so welcome in Mount Horeb, Aztlan Mexican Grill decided in 2015 to open a second location, in the heart of downtown Dodgeville. Now you can enjoy the same authentic Mexican food at 233 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville. Call 608­437­7600 for more in­ formation. Carry­outs are always welcome at both locations. See the complete article in the Mount Horeb section of The Driftless Explorer.

Enjoy a big bowl salad at the Cook’s Room.



The Cook’s Room There’s a world beyond ordinary coffee...go there!

Café and Espresso Bar Paninis, Wraps, Sandwiches, Big Bowl Salads, and Great Coffee!

138 N. Iowa St. Dodgeville, WI 608.935.JAVA

cooksroomcafe.com

AZTLÁN MEXICAN GRILL Authentic Family Owned Mexican Restaurant

Featuring Mexican Beers, Margaritas, Mojitos & Daily Specials Complimentary Chips & Salsa Ample Parking • Patio Seating • Carry Outs Welcome

Now With Two Locations to Serve You! 233 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville • 608-930-7400 407 W. Main Street, Mount Horeb • 608-437-7600 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11:00 AM TO 9:00 PM 2016 • The DRIFTLESS EXPLORER

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The Southwest Wisconsin Grassland and Stream Conservation Area A Hiking Tour of the Southwest Wisconsin Grassland and Stream Conservation Area’s WDNR Bird Conservations Areas by Maureen Rowe SWGSCA WDNR Coordinator/ Wildlife Biologist Maureen.rowe@wisconsin.gov The Southwest Grassland Stream & Con­ servation Area (SWGSCA) sits within the Southwest Wisconsin Driftless Area. It is a 470,000­acre grassland landscape that be­ gins 30 miles southwest of Madison and continues west with its northern border flanked by Mount Horeb, Barneveld, Dodgeville and Montfort. The southern boundary drops to the Platteville area and skirts back east to the Your Prairies just west of New Glarus. A diverse group of partners who are all interested in these grasslands for many different reasons are working together to insure generations to come will inherit this wonderful grassland landscape and the rich culture that it sup­ ports. The Department of Natural Re­ sources owns land in several SWGSCA Bird Conservation Areas which you can hike and even fish and hunt if you choose. Stop #1 & #2 SWGSCA Sherven and Gnewuch Properties DIRECTIONS: From the Madison area: Take US Highway 18/151 west. Proceed to

Dickcissel

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County Highway G and turn south. Con­ tinue Southwest to where Highway A joins Highway G. Watch for the WDNR parking lot sign on the west side of the road. From Mount Horeb: Take either Highway 92 and turn right (west) or take Highway 78 and turn left (east) on Highway A. The park­ ing lot is in the west side of the section of road where both Highways G and A join. From the South: US Highway 39, turn north on Highways J & JG. Take Highways A and G north and look for the parking lot to the west. The Sherven and Gnewuch properties are located in Perry and Primrose town­ ships in western Dane County. Here you will find a sea of grass in which the threatened Henslow’s sparrow loves to nest in. Look for the regal upland sandpiper. Many grassland dependent species thrive on this property including meadowlarks and bobolinks. These properties have been broken down into management units that are currently bordered by mowed trail to facilitate habi­ tat work. These ephemeral trails offer easy hikes into the grasslands. There is a parking lot off of Highway G where there is a trail head. On the NE corner of the property look for evidence of where a forestry mower recently removed invasive brush and reclaimed the grassland needed by

these birds. These grasslands are the result of the former landowner’s enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program. The ocean of grass you see the cool season and domestic brome grass. There are remnant prairie species and the insects they host on most of the knolls that crest the acres of grass. Management will focus on mowing, with burning and chemical control of weeds used if needed. Please contact Maureen.rowe@wisconsin.gov if you are interested in helping out in the property through the “Adopt a Wildlife Program”. continued on page 35

Upland Sandpiper

Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands


Photo by Travis Anderson, Wisconsin DNR

Photo by C. Bleser

SWGSCA continued from page 34 You can head north from here to enjoy the Norwegian town of Mount Horeb and find good bakery, restaurants and shops – Or, you can continue to our third hiking desti­ nation: the SWGSCA Davis Property near Mineral Point.

92 and turn right (west) or take Highway 78 and turn left (east) on Highway A. The parking lot is in the west side of the section of road where both Highways G and A join. From the South: US Highway 39, turn north on Highways J & JG. Take Highways A and G north and look for the parking lot to the west.

The SWGSCA Davis Property north of Mineral Point is currently being managed through the use DIRECTIONS: From the of cattle which have kept Sherven and Gnewuch shrubs out. We will grad­ Properties go south on ually be increasing species Highways J & JG and take diversity through a suite a right (west) on Highway Regal fritillary butterfly of management tech­ 39. Photo by Ann Swengel/WI & US Butterfly Specialist© niques. Parking is avail­ From the Madison able on the property off of area: Take US Highway 18/151 west. Proceed to County Highway Bennett Road. Be sure to close the cattle G and turn south. Continue Southwest to gates behind you and enjoy walking down where Highway A joins Highway G. Watch the graveled access lane which intersects the for the WDNR parking lot sign on the west heart of the property. Steer clear of the live­ stock, be sure never to get between a cow side of the road. From Mount Horeb: Take either Highway and her calf or a bull and his herd and enjoy

the valley! Look for evidence of the original homestead and bring your binoculars and perhaps a fishing pole as you walk parallel to the stream. You will feel like you are a visiting the land as it was found a hundred years ago. You are then only a hop, skip and a jump from Mineral Point where you will find many great eats, shops and galleries in this historic mining town.

Southwest Wisconsin Grasslands

Photo by D. Sherony

Stop # 3 SWGSCA Davis Property

Henslow’s Sparrow Prairie is the most endangered habitat in the Midwest. Southwest Wisconsin has the highest number of prairie remnants in the Midwest. This area is a hotbed for grass­ land songbirds. We are managing for grass­ land dependent species including: Henslow’s sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper sparrow, Dickcissel, Mead­ owlark. Within the oak savannas we are targeting: Bell’s Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Field sparrow, red­headed woodpecker and Willow Flycatcher. Visiting SWGSCA WDNR BCA’s offers a beautiful tour by car – and also allows you to step out for hike. Visit dnr.wi.gov/topics/Lands/grasslands/ swgrassland.html to find an interactive map showing the location of these and partners properties. 2016 • The DRIFTLESS EXPLORER

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Fishing Streams in Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southwest Grasslands Stream easements allow easy water access in the Driftless Area

The WDNR and landowners have been working together to ensure fishing access to high quality trout and smallmouth bass streams across the state. Many of these are concentrated right here in the Driftless region! Streambank easements generally allow public access on 66 feet to either side of streams.

Look up open lands in your area! http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/PAL/

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Photos by Gerald H. Emmerich, Jr.©

The Nature Conservancy

Barneveld Prairie flowers

A Driving Tour of the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area by Cate Harrington TNC Senior Conservation Writer charrington@tnc.org The Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area, a 95,000­acre grassland landscape in Dane, Iowa and Green counties, is located about 30 miles southwest of Madison. Prairie is the most endangered habitat in the Midwest, with only 0.1% of remnant prairie habitat remaining. Stop #1: Thomson Memorial Prairie Preserve DIRECTIONS: From the Madison area, take US Hwy. 18/151 west. Proceed to the southwestern edge of Blue Mounds. Turn left on County F and continue south for just over one mile. At the intersection with County Highway Z, turn right – this will keep you on County Highway F. The preserve will be on your right after another half mile. Park in the small fenced parking lot or along the side of the road and take a few minutes to read our informational kiosk. You may hike the prairie, however, there are no marked trails here, and poison ivy is found in patches, and one patch grows near the kiosk – so please be careful! Recreating a larger grassland ecosystem At our first stop, you’ll see great examples of remnant prairie on the rocky hilltops, which we are supplementing with new prairie plantings. Prior to settlement, many hilltops and steep slopes in this part of the The Nature Conservancy

Sandhill cranes

Monarch on stiff goldenrod

state were covered with the dry prairie veg­ Butterflies, badgers and bull snakes etation you see here. Little remains of Wis­ The Nature Conservancy is known for consin’s once extensive grasslands, and bringing partners together to achieve today, this is one of the few remaining dry greater results than if we were to work prairies in the state. Those that have man­ alone. Our relationships with other non­ aged to survive, like Thomson Memorial profit organizations, local landowners, uni­ Prairie, are small, isolated and fragmented. versity researchers and government The Nature Conservancy owns and manages agencies are essential to success in places more than 500 acres of land here at Thom­ like Military Ridge. son Prairie. The Prairie Enthusiasts is one of these key The Nature Conservancy, The Prairie En­ partners and they have been working to re­ thusiasts and other Military Ridge partners store this site for more than 20 years. Thanks are working to recreate a larger grassland to their efforts, Schurch­Thomson Prairie ecosystem, which involves carefully manag­ now contains more than 220 species of na­ ing and expanding places like tive plants and supports Thomson Memorial Prairie. many butterflies and other If you look across the road prairie insects, as well as rare behind you, you’ll also see grassland birds and animals land owned by a farmer who like the badger and bull has 300 acres enrolled in the snake. Conservation Reserve Pro­ Run mainly by volunteers, gram (CRP). Keeping land in The Prairie Enthusiasts is a CRP is another way of man­ private, grassroots organiza­ Eastern meadowlark aging land that complements tion solely dedicated to pro­ our goal of protecting and en­ Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy© tecting and managing the last larging this grassland landscape. remaining pieces of the once vast, now en­ dangered prairies and savannas of the Upper Stop #2: Schurch­Thomson Prairie Midwest. DIRECTIONS: From Thomson Prairie, con­ In addition to The Prairie Enthusiasts, tinue driving south about three miles on other partners working in the Military Ridge County Highway F until you reach Reilly Prairie Heritage Area include the Natural Re­ Road. On your right, prior to making the turn sources Conservation Service, Wisconsin De­ onto Reilly Road, slow down to view an ex­ partment of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & tensive, privately­owned grassland property Wildlife Service, Pheasants Forever, South­ that provides a valuable, treeless landscape west Badger Resource Conservation and De­ for grassland birds. This land is used as a re­ velopment Council, and faculty and students search site by university and Department of from the University of Wisconsin­Madison. Natural Resources bird researchers. For the Another way The Nature Conservancy second stop, you will take a right on Reilly works with partners is by assisting private Road and follow the road until it dead ends landowners who want to plant their land to at The Prairie Enthusiasts sign and kiosk. We native grasses. Private support, from the Al­ encourage you to read the kiosk and get out liant Energy Foundation and other donors, and explore this beautiful prairie preserve. helps us secure the public funding that continued on page 38 2016 • The DRIFTLESS EXPLORER

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NATURE CONSERVANCY continued from page 37 makes our work with private landowners possible. You drove by one example of this as you made your way down County Highway F, right after the intersection of County High­ ways F and Z. A neighboring farmer on the west side of the road has used this additional money to plant new prairie on his land. Stop #3: Pecatonica Stream Restoration Site DIRECTIONS: To get to the third stop, head back to County Highway F and take a right. Continue south, then west to Mounds View Road. Once you reach Mounds View Road take a right. This landscape is a mix of working dairy farms and native grasslands. You will also pass several other prairie rem­ nants on the eastern side of the road, as well as another Prairie Enthusiasts kiosk. Con­ tinue on Mounds View Road until it inter­ sects with Prairie Grove Road. Take a left on Prairie Grove Road and head west toward the intersection of Prairie Grove and County Highway K. Ahead of you, across County Highway K, you will see grasslands, ridges and an oak savanna restoration in progress. As you cross the bridge over a branch of the Pecatonica River, look to the south (on the left) and you will see our stream restoration project. Park in the parking area found on the west side of County Highway K just up the road from Prairie Grove Road. There is no infor­ mational kiosk at this stop. To best view our work here, walk back down Prairie Grove Road to the stream. We encourage you to spend a few minutes walking along the stream and through the prairie. Frogs calling once again In 2006, The Nature Conservancy restored a half mile of habitat along the Pecatonica River. If you stand on the bridge, looking north you can see what the river looked like

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before the restoration. Like many streams in southwestern Wisconsin, the banks are high and covered with trees, with steep banks of beautiful dark soil that crumbles easily into the water. Whenever the stream rises, por­ tions of the bank slump down and wash down the river, creating water pollution downstream. The waters of the Pecatonica flow into the Mississippi and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Looking south, you will see the restored section of the river, which now flows shallow and wide and is lined with native prairie. During the restoration, trees were removed from the stream corridor, sedi­ ment in the floodplain was excavated and the land was re­contoured to grad­ ually slope toward the river. The area was seeded with native wet­ prairie plant species. More than 50 native plants and five species of frogs and toads have colonized the restored floodplain. Monitoring of this restoration by the Uni­ versity of Wisconsin­Madison shows that stream banks have withstood severe flood­ ing releasing very little sediment into the river. The Nature Conservancy continues to work with partners to monitor the results of these restoration efforts. This restoration project is being used as a model for preventing sediment runoff and creating wetland habitat critical for frogs, turtles, dragonflies and migrating birds, as well as helping to mitigate flood damage during heavy rains. Southwest Wisconsin rivers, like the Pecatonica, are a tremendous regional resource. Not only are they an im­ portant source of freshwater for people and nature, they also are economically valuable trout streams. The new prairie that is planted in the uplands of the Military Ridge region will help prevent agricultural runoff and will work to keep streams like the Peca­ tonica clean and healthy.

Stop #4: Muehllehner Addition to Barneveld Prairie DIRECTIONS: For the fourth and final stop, exit the parking lot (if you parked your car) and head north on County Highway K for ap­ proximately one mile until it junctions with Langberry Road. Turn left and head west on Langberry Road. You will pass the Botham Vineyards and Winery on your right. At the intersection of Langberry and Lee roads, you can park on the side of the road. There is an­ other information kiosk just a short walk in front of you. When you are fin­ ished at this stop, head back on Langberry Road to County Highway K. Take a left on County Highway K and head north to US Hwy. 18/151. Turn right to head east back to Madison. Restoring the prairie The Muehllehner addition to Barneveld Prairie is a great example of how a working agricultural landscape can also support conservation. We are actively planning and re­storing prairie on what was once mar­ ginal farmland, as well as allowing neigh­ boring landowners to graze certain parcels of the preserve and remove hay from the prairie after the grassland birds have fin­ ished nesting. In 2002, when The Nature Conservancy purchased the property, more than 200 acres of this land was covered in soybeans and corn, and many former pastures were overrun with brush and trees. Since then we have been removing buckthorn, honey­ suckle, prickly ash, and other invading trees and shrubs, and collecting the seeds of native wildflowers for use in future prairie plantings to create the diverse prairie landscape you see in front of you today. Another way we partner with neighbor­ ing landowners is by sharing the wood that is cleared off our land during the restora­ tion process. Local landowners help us manage our land by sharing their re­ sources and equipment and, in turn, use the wood that is cleared to heat their farms using outdoor woodburning stoves. Through our project, we hope to inspire other landowners to turn oak woods, over­ run by invading brush and shade tolerant trees, into oak openings that add to the grassland landscape of Military Ridge.

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Mineral Point, with its historic past and unique identity as a creative community, is a wonderful place to get away. Wisconsin’s third oldest city, Mineral Point was first settled in 1827, becoming a lead and zinc mining center during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today this architectural gem in the hills of southwest Wisconsin con­ tinues to attract artists and people who ap­ preciate historic architecture. Historic buildings, working artists, locally owned shops and restaurants, plus relaxing places to stay and lots of friendly folks … that is just part of what makes this a special place. Mineral Point has a great variety of shops and art galleries for a wonderful shopping ex­ perience and many unique bed and breakfast and hotels for a wonderful overnight experi­ ence. Mineral Point was the first city in Wiscon­ sin to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the stone cottages and businesses crafted by the Cornish set­

Explore Pendarvis: A Cornish mining settlement.

tlers in the 1800s are well preserved for mod­ ern use. Pendarvis Historic Site is open for tours from May through October. You will hear about the life of early miners and witness how the work of two men in the 1930s has created a legacy of historic preservation. Costumed interpreters and self­guided book­ lets lead the way through the Pendarvis com­ plex, recalling the days when Mineral Point was a rough and tumble lead mining camp and explaining what brought the Cornish, with their expert knowledge of mining and stone masonry, to settle in the Shake Rag neighborhood. The Merry Christmas Mine Hill preserves vestiges of both early lead mining and later zinc mining. It also contains 43 acres of re­ stored prairie. Shake Rag Alley, with seven historic structures, is an arts education cen­ ter that inspires creativity for all ages. The historic buildings are classrooms for work­ shops that offer you the opportunity to ex­

plore a new craft or improve your skills in a variety of artistic endeavors. Tours of Or­ chard Lawn, the 1868 historic Italianate home surrounded by nine acres of lawns, flowers, and trees, are available May through September, Friday ­ Sunday. The Mineral Point Depot is one of few surviving pre­Civil War depots in the United States. Recognized as the oldest depot in Wisconsin, it is the old­ est surviving structure of the Milwaukee Road. Dedicated in 1915, the Mineral Point Opera House was built as a vaudeville house that attracted touring artists who presented first class entertainment to an enthusiastic community. Today, this beautifully restored Opera House combines live stage and the big screen to provide audiences with a variety of entertainment. Shopping in Mineral Point is a big part of what makes us original — a small town with a flair for creativity. Potters, painters, glass continued on page 43

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts Located in the heart of historic Mineral Point, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is a wellspring of creativity in arts and crafts. Utilizing nine buildings dating back to the 1830s, Shake Rag Alley is unlike any other art school. Now in its eleventh year, Shake Rag offers 200 classes all year round, ranging from jewelry to garden arts, rug hooking, mosaic, blacksmithing, writing and rustic art. Beginners to advanced crafters are wel­ come. The summer season features engaging classes and art camps for children as well. Mosaic Madness, Beads & Bangles, Woodlan­ ders Gathering, Garden Getaway, and a Tour of Fairy Homes are only a few of the major events through Shake Rag’s main season. Visit with award winning artists in the Winter Writers Residency program. Historic, onsite lodging is available for students or travelers. Take a self­guided tour through rustic gardens, or come see a concert or 40

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show under the stars at Alley Stage, the out­ door theater. Shake Rag Alley’s beautiful campus is available for rentals for weddings, recep­ tions, art parties, reunions, birthdays and corporate retreats. The latest addition to the campus is a handsomely renovated 1950s

quonset hut, which offers 3200 square feet of prime workshop or gathering space. Shake Rag Alley is perfect for large or small groups for a unique and memorable get­ away. Visit www.ShakeRagAlley.com or you can call 608­987­3292 to find out more.

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Mayday Press Born from an unquenchable love of de­ sign, ink, paper and possibility, Mayday Press produces handcrafted letterpress goods. Each card, note pad and notebook is de­ signed and printed right in Mineral Point. At Mayday Press you’ll find some guilty pleasures, too. Explore their range of func­ tional and fabulous pens, pencils, and other off­the­clock office supplies. They have mod­ ern gifts that inspire, unique toys for the

Pendarvis In the 1830s, aspiring miners began to flow into the Wisconsin Territory. They were lured by the prospect of plentiful lead to be had in shallow diggings throughout the region. As the easy lead became scarce, and greater technical knowledge was required to work the earth for its deeper lead and zinc de­ posits, immigrants from Cornwall, England, filled the need. A century later, Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum purchased and rehabilitated a derelict stone cottage left from these Cornish settlers. They named their house Pendarvis. The pair continued acquiring buildings and supported their venture by operating a restaurant on the site. At Pendarvis, you can see these stone cot­ tages, learn about the lives and work of the settlers, and come to understand how their legacy was preserved by Neal and Hellum, who also added a new chapter to the story of the place. Guided and self­guided tours of the site are available, along with walking trails on the Merry Christmas Mine Hill. Browsers looking for an interesting gift or keepsake are welcome at the Museum Store. Open daily May 11 – October 31. Call (608) 987­2122 or visit pendarvis. wisconsinhistory.org to learn more.

young at heart, and a curated selection of de­ sign and letterpress books. Located at 109 Commerce Street in Min­ eral Point, they are open Thursday through Sunday throughout the year. Their online store, hours and much more can be found at mayday­press.com.

Longbranch Gallery “Folks walk into Longbranch Gallery for the first time and start saying ‘Wow!’ when they see the painted shadows on the floor, way before they notice all the great art on the old stone walls, all the handmade fur­ niture, all the jewelry. But eventually they see it all, two rooms full of local, regional, even international art, from folk to fine. Plus the unusual hand painted floor,” says Sandra Scott, Longbranch proprietor. The 1840s lead mining era limestone building has had many lives. From the 1970s into the late ‘90s it was a major re­ pair shop for truck engines before it was lovingly and historically preserved by San­ dra Scott and Judith Sutcliffe, who pur­ chased it in 2000. It’s now a unique background for the art collections on dis­ play, which delightfully range from whimsi­ cal folk art style to Renaissance still life oils to delicate watercolor fantasies to stark woodcuts to rustic willow rocking chairs to a wide variety of regional artisan jewelry. There seems to be a whimsical, playful touch to it all. “Must be because we like that sort of art,” says Scott. Obviously their customers do, too. Longbranch Gallery is located at 203 Commerce Street in Mineral Point. For more information call 608­987­4499 or visit longbranchgallery.com.

Sandstone Nursery “Relax, Unwind, Dream and Design” at Sandstone Nursery – Home, Antiques, Gar­ den, and Nursery. Wander through Sandstone Nursery, and you will be energized with new ideas for your home and garden. Mineral Point’s small town garden center for over 15 years welcomes you to a place where you can enjoy the true experiences of sight, scent and sound. A des­ tination known for quality restored and re­ purposed antiques, home accents, and unique garden gadgets. Sandstone Nursery proudly carries a large array of Midwest and local products for gift giving. From home and personal fragrances to local artisan pieces. Upon visiting be sure to take a stroll through the nursery and take in a fantastic selection of trees, shrubs, and evergreens. Be sure to put them on your list of must see stops while visiting historic Mineral Point. Open seven days a week through Christmas. Follow them on Facebook: Sandstone Nurs­ ery, 802 Ridge St., Mineral Point, 608­987­ 1400; office@sandstonenursery.com.

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Johnston Gallery Nestled in the top block of High Street in Mineral Point's historic downtown sits Johnston Gallery. Opening 27 years ago in 1989, Johnston Gallery has been adding new artwork by local, regional, and national artists every

Ben Franklin 5­10 Put Ben Franklin 5­10 on the top of your holiday shopping list and explore the won­ der of Christmas in Mineral Point. Ben Franklin is a traditional variety store, carry­ ing general merchandise, household goods, quality fabrics and crafts, yarns, home décor, pet supplies, toys, games, plus a vintage section. Ben Franklin has the area’s largest selec­ tion of Melissa and Doug’s product line, perfect for any children on your gift list. It’s all at Ben Franklin, 206 High Street in Mineral Point, serving the area for over 57 years. You can call them at 608­987­2234 for more information.

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year. It offers a diverse selection of hand­ made art crafted by over 200 artists in nu­ merous mediums. The distinctive and functional pottery, paintings, and mixed­media assemblage made locally by artist/owners Diana and Tom Johnston are joined by handblown glass, woodwork, fiber, pewter, ironwork, and photography, just to name a few. Pieces are chosen for their originality, strong design and lasting appeal. Johnston Gallery also offers a huge selection of jew­ elry made by over 50 artisans. Featured in Niche magazine as a Top 100 Retailer of American Craft, Johnston Gallery is open daily all year. To learn more you can visit www.johnstongallery.com.

A wide range of media including clay, wood, glass, fiber, pewter, painting, iron, photography and mixed media can be found at Johnston Gallery.

Brewery Pottery A rambling 1850 limestone brewery at 276 Shake Rag Street serves as an unusual home, working studio and gallery for Tom and Diana Johnston. Tucked in a hillside on the edge of Min­ eral Point, Brewery Pottery gives one an ever­changing view of a working pottery studio. Diana and Tom Johnston have en­ joyed making pottery together for close to 40 years. They produce a wide variety of functional items for daily use. Each doing their own part of the process – throwing on the wheel, rolling slabs, hand building, making glazes, firing the pot – their joint efforts combine to make each piece indi­ vidual. Diana also enjoys welding and painting. Brewery Pottery carries the work of over 100 artists. Along with the pottery, paint­

ing and mixed media made by Tom and Diana, Brewery Pottery features the work of many local artists. The artwork is spread throughout the main floor of the old brew­ ery. The work studio is in the old bottling room which adjoins the first gallery room. Many of the paintings are on display in a large room that housed the brew kettles. Diana uses the bits and pieces of discarded treasures to create clocks and other mixed media pieces in the welding studio located on the lower level of the brewery where a spring, which was once used to make beer, still flows through. Brewery enthusiasts will enjoy looking at the collection of old brewery artifacts. Brewery Pottery is open daily 10­5 April through December. For more information see www.brewerypottery.com

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Phoebe’s Nest In the heart of Mineral Point’s Historic Dis­ trict, Phoebe’s Nest, a beautiful boutique at 145 High Street, is your go­to for gifts, per­ sonal retail therapy and the best customer service. The shop offers an eclectic mix of new and old, including vintage and antique furniture; accessories for the home; beautiful and unique jewelry, scarves and fine leather handbags. They feature work by local, re­ gional and U.S. artists including pottery, pho­ tography, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, fine wood craft, and fabric creations. You are sure to find something unique, whether it's a gift for family or friends – or a gift just for you. Phoebe’s Nest is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays­Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Find out more by calling 608­987­1500 or at phoebesnest@myfrontiermail.com.

MINERAL POINT continued from page 40 artists, woodworkers, sculptors, fiber artists, and more creative people live and work here. Sit back and enjoy small town hospitality and great food. Sample a traditional Cornish pasty ... it’s a meal packaged in pastry, a sta­ ple for the early miners. Another Cornish treat is figgyhobbin... a rich dessert made with pastry and rolled with brown sugar, cin­ namon, nuts and raisins. But those are only a small part of the Mineral Point menu ... we have meals to satisfy all appetites. And when the day is done and it’s time to rest, choose from full­service modern motels, retro mo­ tels, luxurious and historic bed and break­ fasts, and rustic and romantic guest houses. Annual events include Gallery Nights, held on the first Saturdays of April, June, August and December. Mineral Point celebrates the Fourth of July with a run, a huge parade, a community cookout and lots of music and

High Street Sweets & Suites High Street Sweets is located at 124 High Street in Mineral Point. This old­time candy store has so much candy you won't know where to look. There's a wall of hard­to­find retro candy you probably haven't seen since you were a kid. They have towers of suckers, a section of sour candy, candy for every season, candy in glass jars, rock candy on sticks, penny candy, candy novelties, licorice, Harry Potter candy, Amish­made confections, imported British candy, local chocolate, jelly beans, Bean­Boo­ zled, and real insects encased in candy. They have Pez out the wazoo! Put the President Pez in order (without assistance) and receive a wooden token to buy candy! They have all the vice­related candy: candy cigarettes, licorice pipes, Big League Chew, and beer flavored jelly beans. There's al­ ways something new and fun at High Street Sweets. You're guaran­ teed to leave with a smile on your face after visiting what might be the happi­ est place in South­ west Wisconsin. And, don't forget to ask about their lodg­ Mineral Point area

ing at High Street Suites. It’s not a B & B, it’s a B & C (Bed & Candy). For more information call 608­987­1522 or visit their website at www.highstreetsweets.com.

ballgames. Mineral Point’s Cornish heritage is celebrated on the last weekend of Septem­ ber with Celtic music, food, workshops and more. The Fall Art Tour, on the third weekend of October, is an especially inviting time to visit, where you can see artist demonstra­ tions up close. Keep up to date with special events hap­ pening in Mineral Point throughout the year by visiting www.mineralpoint.com.

Dairyland Motel Dairyland Motel is a small, family­run motel dedicated to providing guests with clean and comfortable rooms, and friendly service at affordable prices. Each motel room includes cable TV, a mi­ crowave and a refrigerator. On­site laundry is also available. They are located within walking distance of restaurants and historic downtown Mineral Point. Dairyland Motel can be found just off of Highway 51, behind the Kwik Trip, at 535 Ridge Street. It can be reached at 608­987­ 3141 or found online at www.freewebs. com/dairyland.

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The Bargain Nooks The Bargain Nooks have been growing and changing for 33 years. They provide jobs for more than 30 indi­ viduals in the communities they are lo­ cated in. There are five Bargain Nook stores in five unique and thriving towns in southwest Wisconsin: Mineral Point, Dar­ lington, Spring Green, Platteville and Mount Horeb. These stores are sub­ sidiaries of Hodan Community Services in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It is the mission of Hodan Community Services to provide and promote opportu­ nities for work and personal development so that persons with disabilities can achieve individual life goals. These unique stores carry a variety of

quality merchandise. Gently used, vintage and brand new items fill the sales floor to make it a veritable “treasure hunt” each time you stop in. Clothing, housewares, home furnishings, luggage and accessories are, many times, one of a kind. In fact, it's probably a good idea to fre­ quently stop by to see what new items have arrived. Merchandise is put on the sales floor daily. They encourage you to stop in a Bargain Nook while you are passing through the area. You may find a “treasure” to take home, or at the very least, you will leave with a smile because they have some of the nicest folks around working at their stores.

Quality Inn of Mineral Point Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient location when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mineral Point. They are ideally located off of Highway 151/23 near many area points of interest. Get refreshed in inviting guest rooms, all of which feature expanded cable televi­ sion channels along with free local calls. Additional amenities include complimen­ tary continental breakfast, including waf­ fles, free weekday newspaper, free Wi­Fi, indoor heated pool, guest laundry, mi­ crowave and refrigerator and whirlpool suites. Take care of basic business needs with access to copy and fax services, and for added convenience, guest laundry facili­ ties are available onsite. They offer a banquet facility that can ac­ commodate over 300 people.

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The Mulberry Pottery The Mulberry Pottery was established in 1977 by Studio Potter Frank Polizzi. From wood fired stoneware, porcelain and flame­ ware to pit fired earthenware, his pieces are traditional in form. The locally dug food­safe glazes add a vibrant and natural element for both functional and aesthetic needs. Many demonstrations are available to the public at no charge nearly every day during the season. Frank shares the magic of the potter’s wheel, hands on glazing, clay mixing by foot, and the fascinating science of it all. At the heart of The Mulberry Pottery is a 120­cubic­foot “fast fire” wood burning kiln that reaches 2,400 degrees – the tempera­ ture inside a volcano. It is located at Frank’s Winter Studio (November­April) just six miles east of Mineral Point on State Road 39. Visit themulberypottery.com or call 608­987­3659.

ifinder Antiques ifinder Antiques at 138 High Street brings together a wide range of unique, quality items, including true antiques, fine jewelry, art, and mid­century modern; as well as ethnic antiques, from all over the world. It’s not just a shop – it’s an experience. In addition, a fine selection of vintage audio equipment, instruments, and LPs complement the relaxed but aesthetically invigorating environment. Now serving espresso and latte, with seating. ifinder is open Wednesday through Sun­ day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (from noon to 5 p.m. during the winter). Call Stephen at 608­553­1936 to make a special appointment outside regular busi­ ness hours.

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Spring Green area Photo by Linda Schwanke

www.springgreen.com By Linda Schwanke The River Valley area in southwest Wiscon­ sin is home to natural wonders, the arts, cul­ tural landmarks and unique dining and shopping experiences. From the gateway to the River Valley in Arena, historical Lone Rock, to the hills of Plain and diversity of Spring Green, the area is a magnet for any­ one and everyone, whether for a day, a week or a lifetime. Just over 20 miles west of Madison on Highway 14, the Village of Arena boasts two beautiful parks which feature ball diamonds

and also a fishing pond at West Park. The vil­ lage has a nice selection of restaurants and a large cheese factory where visitors can watch cheese being made. The boat launch onto the Wisconsin River is located north of the village on River Road. It’s the perfect spot to boat, canoe, picnic or fish off the banks. Further along Highway 14 is Lone Rock, which is also home to two beautiful village parks. Battery Park, commemorating those who lost their lives in the Civil War, is located in the heart of the village. Firemen’s Park, located on the south side of the village,

Play a round of golf (or two) at the Spring Green Golf Course. is the location of a 4th of July celebration with fireworks each year. Plain is nestled amid valleys and bluffs along Highway 23 in central Sauk County. The village park features a swimming pool along with a ball diamond, sand volleyball court and shelter. The nine­hole Westbrook Hills Golf Course is a favorite spot to play a few holes. Not to be missed is St. Anne’s Shrine continued on page 48

Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair bring this prestigious and profitable fair to town. Artists are selected by a jury from more than 400 entries. The primary criteria for selection are: creativity, excellence of the artists work and overall quality of the booth display. Popular appeal, affordability and variety are also considered. Each year proceeds from the fair are granted to non­ profit community needs in the Arts. A schol­ arship is also awarded to a River Valley High School graduate who is pursuing a college degree in the Arts. Don’t leave the fair without sampling from the food/drink stands located along the fair route. All the food vendors are local groups who use their profits for various local projects. Visit the fair website at www.spring­

On Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, 2016, Spring Green’s main street will fill with 200 artists from all over the country to celebrate the 47th annual fair. The fair hours are Saturday 9 a.m.­5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.­4 p.m. In a leisurely five block stroll on Jefferson Street you will find creative works to view and purchase. Fairgoers will find quality, variety, and uniqueness in a wide range of prices. Those interested in crafts can choose from leather, wearable art (clothing), rugs, soft sculp­ tures, clocks and much more! For the arts buyer there are graphic designers, potters, photographers, glass artists, sculptors, painters, wood carvers, jewelers and fiber artists. The fair committee works year­round to

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Expect the unexpected at Freddy's, the best that Sauk County has to offer. Great food and good times start at Freddy Valentine's. Visit www.freddyvalentines.com.

Arcadia Books and Enos Farms Arcadia Books and Enos Farms organic cafe at Arcadia Books combine a real inde­ pendent bookstore you'd be thrilled to find anywhere, and a from­scratch cafe that will delight any eater, all in a lovely building in the heart of downtown Spring Green. The bookstore carries thousands of titles, including full sections of poetry, plays, chil­ dren's books, cookbooks, history, mysteries,

art, literature, and many others, and has a full calendar of author appearances and other store events, often on Sunday after­ noons. Enos Farms organic cafe offers sand­ wiches, salads, baked goods and other tasty surprises every day, ready to eat here or take away. Plus coffee and espresso drinks, and beer and wine.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind meal from a one-ina-million bookstore.”

- Madison Magazine

Great book selection, made-to-order The bookstore you’ll wish was sandwiches, salads and soups, fresh-baked in your own neighborhood bread & desserts, beer, wine and espresso.

and the locally-sourced organic cafe you’ll be glad to find inside.

Great book selection, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and soups, fresh-baked bread & desserts, beer, wine and espresso.

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American Players Theatre (APT) is excited to announce its 37th season, which will run June 4 to October 16, 2016. In APT’s flag­ ship outdoor amphitheater, William Shake­ speare will bookend the Hill season with The Comedy of Errors and King Lear. Also playing on the Hill: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. The 200­seat indoor Touchstone Theatre will host: The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl and Endgame by Samuel Beck­ ett. Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding will comprise the 2016 shoulder season in the Touchstone in late October and Novem­ ber. APT is on track to have record­breaking attendance in 2016.

The outdoor stage On the Hill at American Players Theatre (APT). The renowned theatre is located south of Spring Green at 5950 Golf Course off of County C.

Taliesin Open every day & evening.

Taliesin (tal­ee­EH­sin), built in 1911, has been coined Frank Lloyd Wright’s “autobi­ ography in wood and stone,” where he spent more than fifty years of his dramatic life and profound career. Reservations are recommended for all tours. For rate information or to make a reservation, call toll free at 877­588­7900. For more information, e­mail: tours@ taliesinpreservation.org Photo copyright Gwen Schwanke, courtesy Taliesin Preservation, Inc.

The Freddy Valentine’s slogan is “Historic Building, Food and Cheer.” Freddy's is located in the beautiful historic State Bank of Spring Green at 134 W. Jeffer­ son Street. An eclectic menu is always made from scratch and delicious, with specials daily. The unique pub offers a huge beer selection, fine wines and well­crafted mixed drinks. They are open seven days a week and when weather permits have seating on the patio.

American Players Theatre

Photo by Linda Schwanke

Freddy Valentine’s Public House

Spring Green area


The Jura Silverman Gallery In the early 1900s, every small town along the railroad tracks in SW Wisconsin had a cheese warehouse where dairy farmers brought their cheeses for packaging and dis­ tribution to cities around the country. Spring Green had two such cheese warehouses. One is now the Jura Silverman Gallery, hous­ ing the Wisconsin Artists Showcase, the other, once a farmer's co­op, is the Spring Green General Store and Cafe. The Jura Sil­ verman Gallery was Richland Center's Schmidt Brothers Dairy's 3000 sq. ft. Spring Green Warehouse, later acquired by the Bor­ den Company, and served as a distribution point for area cheeses until the 1950s when the US highway system was developed and trucking replaced rail as the main distributor for the nation's food. The gallery is located on Washington Street in Spring Green, across from the Spring Green Post Office. The gallery shows work by over 75 of Wis­ consin’s finest artists and artisans in all media, but it still retains many features re­ flecting its past. The old exhaust fan which carried off the fumes from the paraffin vat

into which cheeses were dipped to seal them now serves as an outdoor sculpture. The floors are marked with nail gouges from the wooden crates that held the cheeses as they were slid across the floor to the shipping area for loading into the box cars waiting on the railroad siding outside. A large window has replaced the open doorway to the boxcars, though the large sliding wooden door still hangs outside. Large cheddar hoop marks still form dark rings on the gallery floor, mark­ ing spots where the round cheddar boxes stood. The floors creak loudly, announcing visitors to the gallery. The rough oak wain­ scoting in the gallery is made from the raised flooring which kept stored cheeses off the ce­ ment floors in the basement. Heavy refriger­ ator doors still exist in front of the cool room in the cork­insulated basement. The wooden walls retain the signatures of many of the for­ mer employees who worked there over many years, reflecting their wish to be re­ membered. The gallery has retained the his­ toric personality of its previous incarnation. The back room, which now houses the stu­

dio of papermaker and printmaker Jura Sil­ verman, was the ice storage room to which blocks of ice, cut from the nearby Wisconsin River, were hauled by sleigh in winter to be stored through the summer covered by saw­ dust in a room lined with thick cork on all sides and ceiling for insulation. Now an in­ taglio etching press, a large vacuum table for pouring and forming paper, a Hollander beater, a hydraulic press, a handmade paper dryer, and work tables fill the area. Hand­ made paper and prints hang on the wall in the full printmaking and papermaking studio, but the sense of history lingers on. Jura’s handmade paper mixed media works combine handmade paper with prints, copper and copper enamel figures, other metals and stone, found objects, and natural fibers. She uses pulp painting, textural em­ bossing, and embedding techniques to cre­ ate a surface with depth, imagery, and symbolism to create series of works in and on paper. The gallery has seasonal hours which can be checked on its website www.jurasilver­ mangallery.com. Between May and October, it is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11­5 and by chance or advance appointment.

Wisconsin Artists Showcase at the Jura Silverman Gallery 143 S. Washington • Spring Green • 608-588-7049 • www.jurasilvermangallery.com Spring Green area

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SPRING GREEN continued from page 45 and grotto located on a remote hilltop. The Stations of the Cross mark the path from St. Luke’s Church to the shrine. The Town of Spring Green is a designated Wisconsin “Bird City.” The town has made a commitment to conservation and sustain­ ability for bird habitats and the area draws many bird watching enthusiasts each year. The natural beauty of the rolling hills, prairie and Wisconsin River valley are home to flora and fauna galore. Whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, eagles, other cranes and pel­ icans, herons, song birds, many species of turtles, rare cacti and grasses are only the be­ ginning. Hiking is a popular pastime at the Nature Conservancy just north of Spring Green. Trips along the river in canoes or inner tubes offer an up close look at nature that few spots can rival. Fishing along the river is another popular pastime, summer or winter. Spring Green is located at the heart of the River Valley area. It is home to art galleries, unique shops and restaurants in addition to two village parks. North Park features a mu­ nicipal swimming pool and large shelter. The Spring Green Golf Course makes a nice spot

The Woods Bar & Grill

Steaks, Seafood, Homemade Pizzas and More! Tues. Night Mexican Thurs. Night All-You-Can-Eat Wings Friday Fish Fry Saturday Prime Rib Plus our regular menu (available anytime)

to take a break in the sun and play a few holes. South of Spring Green is Wyoming Valley, where one will find American Players The­ atre, one of the Midwest’s premier repara­ tory theaters. Taliesin, the home of world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is open May through November for tours. It’s also the home the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The House on the Rock, one of the state’s biggest tourist draws, is located just up the road from Taliesin. Also in the

The Woods Bar & Grill The Woods Bar & Grill was re­established in 2014 with a new owner, Calvin Weier. Weier has made great improvements to the building and its menu. With the addi­ tion of a large outdoor seating area, the bar is now handicapped accessible. The atmos­ phere is great, the staff super friendly and helpful and the food is wonderful. This just isn’t any bar food, you can get your burgers and fries, but there are also a number of wraps, salads, appetizers and specials available. After 5 p.m. you will also be able to choose from a local favorites such as Friday Fish Fry, Saturdays Prime Rib and a wonderful selection of steaks, and seafood.

Wisconsin Riverside Resort is located on the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin River. Under the same family ownership since opening in 1961, you will find big rig RV sites, riverside sites, tent sites and cabins overlook­ ing the river. If you are looking to spend the day out on the river and sandbars, there are canoes, tubes and kayaks available for rent. Trips can last from half­hour to four days.

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After your trip, enjoy your favorite drink while watching the river go by and listening to music on the patio. Or grab a bite to eat at the bar and grille. Open daily with lunch and dinner specials including a Friday fish fry or Saturday prime rib dinner. Call to make your camping and canoe reservations at 608­588­2826 or go online to www.wiriverside.com.

Wisconsin Riverside Resort

320 S. Oak St., Lone Rock Tues.-Fri. 11 am • Sat. 6 am • Sun. 8 am

Since reopening in 2014 this has become the place to eat in the Lone Rock and Spring Green areas, so if you are in the mood for something different head to downtown Lone Rock and check out the new Woods Bar and Grill. Visit them at 320 S. Oak Street in Lone Rock. Call 608­583­2625.

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area is the White Church Theatre Project, which features mime and physical theater. Beyond all this, what makes Spring Green and the River Valley stand out is an infectious sense of community. The residents of this area are dedicated to helping their neigh­ bors, serving their community, and welcom­ ing its visitors. The people of the River Valley hope you’ll feel welcome and become part of the River Valley community as well – whether you’re visiting for a day or staying here permanently.

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Rite­Way Plaza Come visit the only convenience store and car wash designed by James Charles Montooth at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture. It is characterized by large overhangs, limestone walls, and frameless windows. It is a Shell branded store with an eco­friendly car wash, new clean earthtone mosaic glass tiled restrooms, a beer cave, and an eating area with a warming fire­ place. Enjoy a hand­tossed made­from­ scratch Pizza Pit pizza. Local delivery is available by calling 608­588­9377. We also have daily specials, deli sandwiches, locally­ made hot sticks and jerky, a variety of cheese, fruit, dairy products, along with a huge selection of beverages. Other items available include an ATM, DVDs, firewood, live bait, and bagged ice. We are located on the corner of Highways 14 and 23, at the only stop and go lights in Spring Green. Call 608­588­2465 for info.

Fireside Campground

FIRESIDE Campground New for 2016 - full hook up sites! 20 full hook-up sites and 50 water & electric sites. Close to boat landings and trails. 33533 Jay Lane Lone Rock, WI 53556

If you are looking for that perfect gift for the perfect someone, then you have ar­ rived at the right place at Arena Cheese. Whether it's anniversary gifts, birthday gifts, holiday gifts, or corporate gifts we are certain Arena Cheese unique gift ideas has you covered. Arena Cheese specializes in producing the finest Wisconsin Cheese for the entire country to enjoy. Arena Cheese is located in the Wisconsin River Valley on State Highway 14 in Arena. Arena Cheese is the home of the original Co­Jack Cheese and is easily recognized by the large mouse in front of the cheese and gift store.

The Shed Welcome to The Shed, located in down­ town Spring Green. Offering a friendly atmosphere, great food, and a wide selection of local beers. The bar is a great place to meet locals and relax after a play at American Players

Theater or a tour of Taliesin or The House on the Rock. The Shed is a favorite of locals and visi­ tors alike! Visit us at www.shedspringgreen.com for additional information.

Downtown Spring Green 588-9049 www.shedspringgreen.com

Open 7 Days A Week With Daily Specials! PIZZA SERVED NIGHTLY available after APT performances

Watch Cheese Being Made OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Best time to observe is 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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Arena Cheese is a 10­time medal winner in the US and World Cheese Contest. Arena Cheese provides a viewing area so you can watch artesian cheese makers making different varieties of cheeses. Samples of some of their various cheeses are available for your tasting pleasure. Don’t forget to take home fresh “squeaky” cheese curds made daily. Bus tour groups are always welcome and a narrative of the cheese making process is available with an advance notice. Please feel free to give them a call at 608­753­2501 for any questions or con­ cerns.

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New for 2016: Full Hook­Up Sites! Fireside Campground is located between Spring Green and Richland Center, just off of Highway 14. It offers 70 shady sites with 20 full hook­up & 50 water and electric service, most of which are pullthrough sites and big rig friendly. Fireside is just one mile from two public boat landings for the Wisconsin River access. The 14­mile Pine River Recreation Trail is nearby and runs from Lone Rock to Richland Center. Clean, updated bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet are available. Visit www.firesidecampground.com for more information.

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Attractions

Photo by Linda Schwanke

Area

• American Players Theatre • White Church Theatre Project • Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center/Taliesin • 47th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair June 25 and 26 • House on the Rock • Natural Bridge State Park • Tower Hill State Park • Spring Green Municipal Golf Course • Westbrook Hills Golf Course • Military Ridge State Trail • White Mound County Park • Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Wisconsin River

The White Church Theatre Project The beautiful Wyoming Valley Church, just down State Road 23 from Taliesin and the American Players Theatre, has been refur­ bished and given a new life as a theatre space, and is now the Home of The White Church Theatre Project with its company in residence: The Theatre de l’Ange Fou. The goal of The White Church Theatre Project is to create and coordinate events specifically dedicated to the multi­faceted art of Mime and Physical Theatre, through the

presentation of performances, lectures, films and training: a jump into a world of dream and transformation. The directors Steven Wasson (American) and Corinne Soum (French) met in Paris in the early ‘80s. Both of them were students, and later on the last assistants of the leg­ endary Etienne Decroux, known as the father of Modern Mime, and quoted by the London Times as one of the great luminaries of the 20th century theatre world. In 1984 Steven

and Corinne created in Paris a physical the­ atre company, the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, and a school, offering different training programs in Corporeal Mime. The company and the school relocated in 1994 to London and are now permanently based in Wisconsin with The White Church Theatre Project. The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has toured throughout Europe, Russia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, Japan and Israel. The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has cre­ ated many different plays, devised work as well as adaptations ranging from large en­ semble work to duets. The work of Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum has been de­ scribed by The London Sunday Times as “A beautifully staged atmospheric piece of total theatre” and by The Scotsman: “If Beckett had ever produced a ballet it would have looked something like this.” Please join The White Church Theatre Proj­ ect for a season of performances, lectures, films and workshops. For information about schedules and dates visit the website: www.angefou.co.uk, or telephone 815­441­ 8828.

Quality Used and New Apparel and Recycled Treasures

Five locations in southwest Wisconsin! Mineral Point ~ Darlington ~ Platteville Spring Green ~ Mount Horeb

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The Opal Man As the only all opal­jewelry gallery in the nation, The Opal Man obtains opal in the rough from the mines of Australia and art­ fully cuts and polishes the stones inside their shop. The process begins with an annual journey of over 10,000 kilometers within the Outback of Australia. From the town of Ko­ roit in the territory of Queensland, through the central parts of Coober Pedy and An­ damooka, South Australia, to the ďŹ elds of

Driftless Depot From the moment you walk into the Drift­ less Depot, you are welcomed by old time jazz and swing music accompanied by the delicious scent of freshly brewed coďŹ&#x20AC;ee or freshly baked cookies. With a cafĂŠ on one side of the shop and an organic grocery and deli on the other, the Driftless Depot oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with something for the "foodie" in everyone. Within the grocery you will ďŹ nd organic and locally sourced produce, artisan cheeses, meats, European homemade sausages, lovely wines and local micro­ brews. Enjoy local jams, hard­toÂ­ďŹ nd spe­ cialty non­alcoholic beverages and juices. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also spot a variety of gluten free options, and a unique section of Asian, Ital­ ian, and German food products! The owner is always glad to discuss recipes and to write down special request items. She will also create your next party platter for take­ out or prepare a picnic basket for your APT event or Wisconsin River canoe adventure. The cafĂŠ is ideal for sipping excellently brewed espresso and nibbling on a scone while using Wi­Fi. The lunch menu consists

Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Dennis Dahl â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Opal Manâ&#x20AC;? is constantly on the search for the perfect parcel of opal. The Opal Man oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a distinctive shopping experience with stunning opals of tremen­ dous color for your pleasure. Once inside the historic Tudor Revival cottage­style building, you will ďŹ nd light opal, boulder opal, Mexican and Ethiopian opals and the highly sought after Black opal in â&#x20AC;&#x153;one­of­a­kindâ&#x20AC;? settings of gold and silver. The distinctive selection of rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants are each crafted around a masterfully shaped of artisan sandwiches such as Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper or the ever­popular Smoked Trout and Cream Cheese. On Friday evenings an elegant three course fresh Wis­ consin TROUT DINNER is oďŹ&#x20AC;ered. Enjoy a glass of wine and cheese platter outside on the patio anytime. In December join their annual German Christmas Market event. Located as you enter Spring Green on R23 next to the railroad tracks where the patio, tables, umbrellas and ďŹ&#x201A;owers greet you. Tasty treats are waiting for you ... â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover What Is In Seasonâ&#x20AC;?. The Driftless Depot is located at 140 S. Winsted St./Hwy. 23 and the railroad tracks, Spring Green. They can be visited online at www.driftlessdepot.com or reached by phone at 608­628­1001.

Fresh Wisconsin Trout Fridays at Driftless Depot. Three delectable courses. Al Fresco or Cafe. RSVP.

opal that has been artfully cut and polished to perfection on lapidary wheels. You will deďŹ nitely see why opals are set apart from all other gemstones. The Opal Man is so much more than just a jewelry store, it is an artisan studio in which selected goldsmiths create exclusive pieces of opal jewelry to showcase or custom make an opal piece to your speciďŹ cations. Owner Dennis Dahl and staďŹ&#x20AC; create a family­like at­ mosphere from the moment you step inside. It starts with the coziness of the building it­ self. Built in the early 1900s as a gas station it has had a storied past in the history of Spring Green. Located at 137 S. Winsted Street on Hwy. 23 South it was commis­ sioned as a gas station, horse farrier, beer dis­ tributorship, book store and now North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only all opal retail store. With over 45 years of experience as a professional opal cutter, Dennis has supplied the jewelry indus­ try with awe inspiring, colorful opals that have gained him national recognition as one of the best in the trade. When you visit, you will experience and see where the â&#x20AC;&#x153;magicâ&#x20AC;? all begins as the opals transform from rough stone to a jewel like polish. In other words, they take opal from â&#x20AC;&#x153;the land to your handâ&#x20AC;? for your lasting en­ joyment. They welcome you to visit when you venture to beautiful Spring Green. Sum­ mer hours (June ­ Oct.) are 10 a.m. ­ 6 p.m. and winter hours (Nov. ­ May) are 10 a.m. ­ 5 p.m. Open daily except Sundays and Tuesdays. For more information call 608­588­9317 or visit www.theopalman.com.

Organic Market, Deli and CafĂŠ Espresso, Gelato, Wine, Deli Fare Sandwiches, Antipasto or Full Dinners for your Picnic, Home Table or Camping Experience Indoor & Outdoor Seating Full Range Organic Market 140 S. Winsted St. (on Hwy 23 next to the RR tracks) 3PRING'REEN 7)ssWWWDRIFTLESSDEPOTCOM Spring Green area

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Gateway to the

Driftless Region

Featuring Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Middleton, Verona and Paoli

Wollersheim Winery and Distillery sits on a scenic hillside across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac.

Photo by John Donaldson

Want to see thousands of mustard jars from all around the world? Taste beer that’s inexorably linked to the Wisconsin way of life? Or view scene after scenic scene, from pristine trout streams to verdant prairies? Then the Gateway to the Driftless Region is the place for you. From Paoli, a little artistic hub where you can pick up organic, locally­sourced food or supplies to start your own backyard chicken coop when you get back home, to Prairie

Verona Area Community Theater brings world­class entertainers to Verona.

Photo by John Donaldson

Area

Attractions

Photo by Matt Geiger

Black Earth Creek is a nationally famous trout stream that runs through the Village of Cross Plains.

du Sac, where you can find yourself among the grapes of a world class vineyard and winery. From Middleton, the “Good Neigh­ bor City” and home to the world famous Mustard Museum as well as Capital Brew­ ery, to Verona, which is often considered “Hometown USA”. From Black Earth and Mazomanie’s pastoral beauty and summer concerts to Cross Plains’ exciting new downtown situated right on the renowned Black Earth Creek. It’s an eclectic mix that promises some­ thing for everyone.

National Mustard Day in Middleton. Photo by John Donaldson

Photo courtesy Cross Plains Chamber

Black Earth’s summer Concerts in the Park.

• Festge County Park, Cross Plains • Indian Lake County Park, Cross Plains • August Derleth Park, Sauk City • Walking Iron Park, Mazomanie • Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton • Military Ridge State Trail • Fireman’s Park Beach, Verona • Falk­Wells Wildlife Area, Paoli • The beautiful Wisconsin River 52

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Wollersheim Winery & Distillery Wollersheim Winery sits on a scenic hillside across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac. European vintners planted grapevines and built limestone buildings on this National Historic Site over 150 years ago. Robert and JoAnn Wollersheim estab­ lished the property as Wollersheim Win­ ery in 1972. Winemaker Philippe Coquard arrived in 1984 from the Beaujolais region of France, with a rich family history in winemaking. The family legacy lives on in Philippe and his wife Julie, Bob and JoAnn’s oldest daughter, who now run the winery. Today, Wollersheim Winery fea­ tures a 27­acre vineyard of French­Amer­ ican hybrid grapes, as well as the original 1850s limestone buildings. Wollersheim Winery is best­known for its popular Prairie Fumé wine, and is con­ sidered a leader in the Midwest’s wine in­ dustry. The winery has won many awards for its premium grape wines, including the honors of 2015 Small Winery of the Year at the Riverside County California Wine Competition, 2013 Wine of the Year for its Dry Riesling and 2012 Winery of the Year at the San Diego International Wine Com­ petition. In addition to wine, Wollersheim began distilling and released its first batch of Co­ quard Brandy in 2013. The success of this product inspired Wollersheim to con­ struct a distillery on the winery’s property in 2015. Wollersheim Distillery includes its own tasting room and store with a view of the stillhouse. Coquard Brandy is being made there alongside other brandies, whiskey, ab­ sinthe, and gin. The fruits for the new brandies are Wisconsin­grown, and the grains for the whiskey and gin come from farmers located just minutes from the dis­ tillery. Wollersheim Winery is open for tours and tastings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wollersheim Distillery is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.woller­ sheim.com, or follow on Facebook, Twit­ ter, and Instagram.

River Arts on Water Gallery River Arts on Water is a beautiful retail gallery, concert, workshop and gathering space on the banks of the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Opened in November of 2011, it is operated by River Arts, Inc., a non­profit organization with a mission “to inspire, enrich, and educate the community through the arts.” Visit them to find unique pieces of art created by local and regional artists. A va­

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Prairie du Sac

riety of mediums are represented including pottery, fine art cards, watercolors, oil paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry, woodcarvings, quilts, clothing, mosaics, and much more. With artworks starting at only $5, it’s truly possible for everyone to have his or her very own beautiful art collection! For a list of events and more information, visit www.RiverArtsInc.Org.

Family-crafted wine and spirits in a historic setting overlooking the Wisconsin River.

Winery Tours & Tastings Spirits Tastings

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WISCONSIN wollersheim.com

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Black Earth and Mazomanie Chambers of Commerce Dane County may be best known as being home to Wisconsin’s capital city, Madison. But just a half­hour west of Madison, the communities of Black Earth and Mazomanie make up the county’s best­kept secret: the Wisconsin Heights area. The Wisconsin Heights area offers a delightful mix of natural beauty and urban

convenience that rivals any other region in the state. It is Dane County’s gateway to the rugged, unglaciated Driftless Area and is bor­ dered on the northwest by the wild, largely untamed Lower Wisconsin River. Meander­ ing through the region is the Black Earth Creek, one of the top trout streams in the Continental United States.

The Old Feed Mill For the best in country cuisine and a one­ of­a­kind dining experience, The Old Feed Mill at 114 Cramer Street in Mazomanie is the place. Housed in a working grain mill dating back to 1857, history surrounds guests as they taste famous pot roast, bread pudding and warm honey wheat bread. Flour is ground fresh daily in stone burr mills from whole wheat and rye berries grown locally. Beautiful, handmade quilts hang in Miller’s Loft, located on the second floor of The Old Feed Mill, and other items such as milled soaps, body products and local art are avail­ able for purchase at Millstone Mercantile, a

clever gift shop located on the first floor. Year ‘round, groups of all sizes choose The Old Feed Mill to celebrate weddings, holiday par­ ties, anniversaries and more. If it’s history you desire you can take a self guided tour through the mill. Staff are always happy to talk about the milling process and its significance in the area’s development. Vis­ itors should also ask about the spirits that are part of the Old Feed Mill’s fascinating history. For current hours call or visit their website at www.oldfeedmill.com. Call 888­345­4909 or locally 608­795­4909 for additional infor­ mation.

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The region is dominated by wonderful, craggy hills that stand like sentinels over slen­ der, fertile valleys that open into the expansive Black Earth Valley. Wisconsin Heights is also the name of the region’s school district, which offers a sea­ soned teaching staff and a low pupil­teacher ratio. The small­town, rural nature of the communities that make up the Wisconsin Heights School District translate into a safe school environment where parents can feel confident their children are in good hands. They love where they live, and we encourage you to use this tourism guide as a way to get to know their secret. Then come and see it for yourself: you won’t be disappointed.

The Shack Bar & Grill The Shack Bar & Grill in Black Earth is your socialization destination! Great food includes burgers and fries, but also such fare as Friday Fish Fry with baked or deep fried cod, scal­ lops, and shrimp. Sat­ urday night special is prime rib and garlic mashed potatoes. Carryouts are welcome. Enjoy assorted drink specials during Wis­ consin and Green Bay games. Pool, volleyball, and a patio will provide entertainment for hours. You can always find great food, great fun, and spotty service at The Shack, 1103 Mills Street.

Calendar of Events Mazo Fire Dept. 150th Anniversary Celebration

Village-wide Garage Sale weekend every April Concerts in the Park, Tuesdays, June – July (8 weeks)

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June 18th

Mazo FunDayz Car & Bike Show July 23rd

River Rumble Tractor Pull July 29th

www.mazochamber.org Wild West Days September 9th-11th

Gandy Dancer Festival

Mazo BBQ Fest

August 20th

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Black Earth Lanes Since 1947, Black Earth Lanes has been the place to get a cold beer and bowl a few frames. In 2014, Jonathan and Lori Abing took over ownership of the Lanes and expanded the food menu to include more scrump­ tious burgers, quesadillas, salads, delicious sandwiches and incredible burritos. This retro bowling alley has the original wood lanes and was voted the Best Bowling Alley in Madison Magazine’s “Best of the ‘Burbs” in 2015. The Lanes also has retro video games like Pac Man and Galaga or you can play a game of pool or darts and listen to the juke box while you enjoy your libations. May through August, stop in for the incredibly popular Taco Tuesdays, which in­ clude beef, chicken, fish tacos and freshly made chips and salsa. There is always something new at Black Earth Lanes, as

Jonathan and Lori continually strive to im­ prove and update the Lanes, while keeping the old school, retro feeling that so many locals have grown to love. Whether you are out for the day or looking for a fun night­ time atmosphere, stop in at the Lanes and grab a drink, some great grub and get in a game of bowling. Black Earth Lanes is located at 1031 Mills Street in Black Earth. Call them at (608) 767­2382 or check out the website at www.BlackEarthLanes.com.

FRIDAY FISH FRY Sand Volleyball Court and Beer Garden

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Located at 18 W. Commercial Street in Mazomanie, Mazo Liquor offers a large variety of liquor favorites, assorted wines, plus an expanded selection of Wisconsin and regional Craft Beers! Try out their Beer of the Month, and don’t forget the ice! Get a free bag of ice with any purchase of $25 or more. Grilling season is just around the corner – how about picking up your favorite Wytten­ bach Meats products, available at Mazo Liquor? Going fishing? Fishing bait and supplies are available there too. Stop by and check out the assortment of DVDs for rent if you’re planning a night in. Visit their Facebook page for the lastest promotions, plus great drink recipes and ideas for your summer and holiday parties.

DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS!

Open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch!

1103 Mills St., Black Earth (608) 767-3725

DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS

Mazo Liquor

Happy Hour Specials • Open Bowling Cold Beer • Great Food 1031 Mills Street • 608-767-2382

MAZO LIQUOR

BEER • WINE • SPIRITS Come check out our large variety of liquor favorites, assorted wines, plus our expanded selection of Wisconsin and regional Craft Beers! Wyttenbach Meats products are available here too!

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Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Cross Plains is located in southern Wiscon­ sin, about seven miles west of Middleton and approximately 12 miles west of Madison. It is a 10­minute ride from Cross Plains to the Beltline (U.S. Highways 12/14). The Village of Cross Plains is home to ap­ proximately 3,500 people, nestled in the northwestern section of Dane County. Cross Plains is the Gateway to Wisconsin’s Driftless Area and some of the most scenic and choice recreation areas. They are a great destina­ tion for hiking, biking and fishing. Cross Plains businesses know most of their cus­ tomers by name in the village, which is “Fa­ mous for Friendliness.” The Village of Cross Plains maintains 12

parks with approximately 52 acres of open space, which include amenities such as base­ ball, football and soccer fields; softball dia­ monds; basketball and tennis courts; swimming pool; world class trout stream, outdoor skating rinks; playground equip­ ment; sand volleyball court and picnic shel­ ters. The Village of Cross Plains also maintains over 160 acres of conservancy land, which consist of miles of trails. Hike the Ice Age Trail Hikers and nature lovers flock to Cross Plains to walk along the glacially­carved land­ scapes of the Ice Age Trail. The Cross Plains area is not only privileged to host property

Coach’s Club Sports Bar & Restaurant Have you been to Coach’s Club Sports Bar and Restaurant yet? Coach’s Club is dedicated to all the coaches, volunteers,

Daily Food & Drink Specials •Friday Night Fish Fry •Chicago Thin Crust Pizza •Try our Burger of the Month! 1200 Main St., Cross Plains 608-413-0400

teachers and trainers who, through their hard work and dedication, have made our world a better place. Their inspiration, car­ ing and motivation have helped to make Cross Plains and the surrounding commu­ nities something everyone can all be proud of. For all of those who have helped youth by teaching them the principles of life and principles of the game, Coach’s Club Sports Bar and Restaurant salutes you. At Coach’s Club they feature local craft beer, wine and spirits, along with a family­ friendly sports bar atmosphere. Stop in today and enjoy the chef created Burger of the Month or any of their delicious menu offerings. Along with a great menu, Coach’s Club has craft beer and wine tasting events, bus trip tailgate parties, live music on the patio, trivia, meat raffles and more.

dedicated to the Ice Age Trail, one of 11 National Parks Service Trails, but also is home to the Ice Age Trail Alliance headquarters on Main Street. Fish the Black Earth Creek Black Earth Creek is a nationally famous trout stream that runs through the Village of Cross Plains. The village and the creek are banked by beautiful bluffs that create the Black Earth Creek valley. The headwaters of this Class I trout stream are just downstream from the Village of Cross Plains. Village of Cross Plains officials and volunteers have long since been diligent stewards of this cold water stream, making strides in mitigating any pollution through the decades. Anglers come from all over to fly­fish here. It is also the location of Cross Plains’ popular Trout Day annual fishing event. Visit the Veterans Memorial The Cross Plains Veterans Memorial is lo­ cated at the South corner entrance to Post #245, American Legion Park. The memorial consists of five perimeter seating benches that are supported with side mounted columns. The perimeter benches are en­ graved and dedicated to the five military branches of the United States. Rosemary Garfoot Public Library The Rosemary Garfoot Public Library is the first library in the state of Wisconsin to re­ ceive a Leadership in Energy and Environ­ mental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The library col­ lection includes books, audiobooks, digital books, DVDs, videos, CDs, CD­ROMs, multi­ media theme kits, and magazine and news­ continued on page 58

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Qet Botanicals There is food for thought, food for the soul, and there’s also food for the skin (and hair!). From the fields to the lab, and then to your fingertips, at Qēt® Botanicals (pro­ nounced “keet”), when they say fresh, they mean it – without the use of toxins, syn­ thetics, or harmful chemicals or irritants. They are formulators, purveyors, and users of their own unique, premium, personal care products. They formulate their own treatments for hair, skin, and body in small, fresh batches every day. Launched first online in April of 2013, they ship regularly to their near and far

C.A. Tupa Gallery and Framing At C.A. Tupa Gallery and Framing in Cross Plains, visitors will find quality original art pieces by local and regional artists in a variety of media. They have University of Wisconsin­Madi­ son watercolor scenes, metal sculpture, fine silver jewelry, acrylic landscapes on canvas, wooden bowl turnings, nature photography and wildlife prints. The gallery also performs quality picture framing and repairs on framing at affordable prices, and now offers color printing services. C.A. Tupa Gallery is located at the center of Cross Plains, 2034 Main Street, adjacent to the Black Earth Creek on the Mill Creek Parkway, and has plenty of parking space in back of businesses. Call 608­712­3737 or 608­798­1122 for additional information.

Qēt® customers, and they opened a lab and skin studio in Cross Plains in April of 2015. They have received national Earth Day Beauty Awards for their facial and hair products. They take pride in their ingredients and hand­blend them together from scratch be­ fore sharing with their Qēt® friends and customers. Sensitive skin, teen acne, adult

Crossroads Coffeehouse Crossroads Coffeehouse is known for its award­winning artisanal coffees, teas and a variety of delicious house­made items featuring seasonal local food products. Located in downtown Cross Plains, Cross­ roads is conveniently located between Main Street (USH 14) and Mill Creek Parkway on the Black Earth Creek, with ample parking available. Visit, relax, read, play board games, or use free Wi­Fi to keep in touch. Take a stroll along Black Earth Creek, or venture a little further onto the nearby Ice Age Trail or Village Conservancies. Cyclists will find challenging hills and scenic country­ side surrounding Cross Plains. Crossroads is a great meeting place to begin or end your

C.A. Tupa Gallery and Framing

Union Chairs: $15 each or 2 for $25 Handmade, metal, 6” tall

Treat yourself by treating your skin!

We craft artisan skincare, hair, and body care. Made in Cross Plains.

Gift certificates available.

acne, Rosacea, rashes, and normal com­ plexions looking for safe, wholesome, and clean ways to care for skin all can benefit – they have treatments for every condition of skin. Proudly formulated, manufactured, filled, and shipped from Cross Plains, Wis­ consin. Shop online or in their skin studio at Qetbotanicals.com.



2015 and 2014 Earth Day Beauty Award winners

QetBotanicals.com • 608-798-1Qet

outing. Established in 2007, Crossroads features live music on Friday nights, art openings, sci­ ence cafes, community dinners, and other public events. It serves locally­sourced and seasonal food to grab­and­go or to enjoy in the warm setting of Crossroads’ seating area inside or on the patio. The menu includes brewed coffee, espresso classics, smoothies, salads, soups, quiches, Wisconsin cheeses, and daily lunch specials. Crossroads also serves craft beers, wine and spirits. Take a look at the menu and stop in for your favorite standby or to try something new. Go to www.crossroadscoffeehouse.net for additional information or call 608­798­ 2080.

Est. 2007

Pastries ❁ Soups Salads ❁ Sandwiches Espresso ❁ Tea ❁ Wine Spirits ❁ Craft Beer ❁ Local Art ❁ ❁ Live Music ❁

Outdoor Seating

Open Daily 2020 Main Street Cross Plains, WI 53528

608-798-2080 crossroadscoffeehouse.net

2018 MAIN STREET • CROSS PLAINS • NEXT TO CROSSROADS COFFEEHOUSE Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Cross Plains

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z.bella boutique z.bella boutique specializes in women’s fashions and accessories in sizes 14 and up. “We offer the selection and personal serv­ ice to make sure our customers find fashion that fits and flatters,” says owner Zoe Schuler. “We also care about quality,” says Zoe. “That’s why many of our brands are designed and made in the United States. There’s no reason that curvy women should have to compromise.” z.bella carries everything from active wear to jeans and leggings, to dresses perfect for special occasions—and a full selection of foundation wear. But the expert, personal service that separates a boutique from a chain store is what keeps customers coming back — in person, and online. “We become many customers’ personal shopper,” explains Zoe. “It’s about knowing what makes someone look and feel fantastic. Our mission is to offer curvy women like us the selection, the quality and the service that we deserve, but couldn’t find anywhere else before we opened z.bella in 2013.” z.bella Boutique carries brands like Comfy USA, Lucky Brand, Chalet, Karen Kane, Spanx,

London Times, Adrianna Papell, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Jag Jeans, Cut Loose, Neon Buddha, Flax and Nic + Zoe, and is located right of University Avenue in downtown Mid­ dleton, across from the Fire Station.

CROSS PLAINS continued from page 56 paper titles. The library also provides access to thousands of e­books and a number of databases, as well as internet computers and wireless. Children’s, teen and adult program­ ming are offered year round. Check it out at www.rgpl.org. World Class Biking Cross Plains is the bicycling gateway to western Dane County and the Driftless Area, an area that was never touched by ice age glaciers. The area is popular because of the challenging terrain and beautiful country­ side. Every spring and summer, thousands of riders come through Cross Plains on Bourbon Road and County Highway KP before fanning out to find their favorite routes. Many organ­ ized rides originate or pass through the vil­ lage every year. County Highway KP, Bourbon Road and County Highway P are also part of the Ironman Wisconsin bicycle course. Area Parks Also plan to visit Festge Park, Salmo Pond, and Indian Lake Park to experience more breathtaking natural resources. Cross Plains Calendar of Events:

Plus Size Fashion – and More!

May 2016 • 30 – Chamber Memorial Day Chicken BBQ June 2016 • 10 – Ice Age Trail Community Celebration • 22 – Chamber Golf Outing • 25­26 – Cross Plains World’s Fair July 2016 • 17 – St. Francis Church Picnic • 19 – Chamber Lunch & Learn August 2016 • 5­6 – Spike Rett’s Syndrome Fundraiser September 2016 • 13 – Chamber After Hours Networking • 17 – Hill & Valley Antique Auto/ Americana Show October 2016 • 8 – Cross Plains Lions Octoberfest

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November 2016 • 10 – Chamber Business Fair December 2016 • 3 – Optimist’s Santa Visit Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Middleton


National Mustard Museum Is there really a museum dedicated to mustard? Absolutely! The National Mus­ tard Museum in Middleton is home to the world’s largest collection of mustards (more than 5,800) and mustard memora­ bilia. You’ll see hundreds of antique mustard tins and mustard pots, vintage mustard ads, a historical video in the MustardPiece The­ atre and more. There’s even an exhibit about mustard and medicine – did you know mustard cures lots of ailments? Founder and Curator Barry Levenson began collecting jars of mustard after his beloved Boston Red Sox lost the 1986 World Series. This quirky hobby became an obsession and is now internationally known for its passionate devotion to the King of Condiments. But unlike most museums, it’s not all ‘look­don’t­touch.’ You can taste hundreds of exotic mustards in the gift shop as our Confidential Condiment Counselors find the perfect mustards for your life style and personality.

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There are fun and giggles every day, espe­ cially when you join the staff in singing the fight song from America’s Mustard College: POUPON U. You’ll love the souvenirs from POUPON U and the Mustard Museum. Join the celebration on the first Saturday in August for the annual National Mustard Day event, when thousands of mustard lovers come to Middleton for live music, great food (including hot dogs with mus­ tard, of course), mustard games and total mustard mayhem. You may have seen them on TV – the Food Network, the Travel Channel, TLC, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and more. Now come visit and see what the fuss is all about. Find out why the National Mustard Museum is consistently named one of Wisconsin’s top ten museums. It’s a must see. The National Mustard Museum is located in the heart of downtown Middleton, bor­ dering Madison to the west, a 45­minute drive from the Wisconsin Dells, 1­1/2 hours from Dubuque, and 6,798 kilometers from Dijon, France.

Home of the world’s largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia

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the magic and history of mustard in the MustardPiece Theatre LEARN ... Discover and from the many exhibits. Test your knowledge on the interactive Food Whiz computer game. samples of hundreds of mustards, plus local Wisconsin specialties TASTE ... Free at our Ultimate Mustard Tasting Bar. Museum Gift Shop sells the most and best SHOP ... The mustards on the planet, along with the latest mustard fashions, novelty gifts and souvenirs from POUPON U, America’s Mustard College. why we’re on the National Registry of LAUGH ... See Hysterical Places!

MUSTARDMUSEUM.COM

Open 7 days a week* 10 am–5 pm

7477 HUBBARD AVE. • MIDDLETON, WI 53562

*Except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. *Call for seasonal hours.

800-438-6878 • 608-831-2222 Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Middleton

Momentum Floral & Décor Bringing people joy through beauty is their passion at Momentum Floral and Decor. Momentum Floral and Décor is a full serv­ ice florist, offering unique gifts and home décor located in Middleton. Momentum brings elegance and natural brilliance to any special event and everyday celebrations through their lush floral creations and unique gift offerings. Offering a selection of high quality candles, including the well­known Vo­ luspa and Himalayan lines, wall art, fresh soaps and lotions, and fantastic jewelry such as UnaDe50 from Spain, along with other unique finds. With an artist’s eye and hands of pure craftsmanship, Momentum’s tal­ ented staff caters to every client’s aesthetic needs. Same day delivery is always offered for every occasion. Stop in today for some­ thing extraordinaire for yourself or unique gift for someone special! Let every day be enhanced with the sight and scent of Momentum Floral and Decor.

Floral Gifts Décor Order by phone OOFFFFEERIN RINGG W or online at WOORRLLDD W ID W IDEE 608.824.1121 DDEELLIV IVEERRYY momentumfloralanddecor.com 1821 Parmenter St. Middleton

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Capital Brewery Conveniently located in downtown Middleton, Capital Brewery is the perfect place to host an event, or to enjoy award­ winning beer with your family and friends. With more than 235 medals, this is one of the most lauded craft breweries in the country – and it continues to grow and evolve with brewmaster Ashley Kinart at the helm. During the summer season, the Bier Garten is a wonderful outdoor space, offering live music and food vendors sev­ eral days of the week. With a perform­ ance stage, waterproof tent, bar and picnic tables, it can accommodate up to 1,200 people. An adjacent Beer Patio can accommodate 50 to 70 people, and plenty of on and off street parking is avail­ able. The Bier Stube, open to the public in the winter season, has an intimate feel and includes a century old Brunswick back bar. It’s the perfect place for smaller private gatherings anytime of the year.

Galas ~ Career ~ Casual Mother of the Bride/Groom Wedding Guest Special Occasion



A bedazzled gown, or nothing fancy...shop MDC!

Middleton Dress Co. 1819 Parmenter St. Downtown Middleton (608) 827-0006

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Capital Brewery also offers tours, al­ lowing guests to learn about the com­ pany, how the beer is made and to sample a variety of award winning brews – or take a self­guided Tasting Tour and sample a flight of six beers of your choos­ ing. Come ride the free Middleton Trolley (April – November) and hop off at the Ter­ race Avenue Pavilion. Celebrate 30 years of craft brewing excellence. For more information about what’s happening at Capital Brewery, reserve a tour or to inquire about booking an event, Book a Capital Brewing Tour & Tasting BREW­VENTURE anytime throughout the year. please visit www.capitalbrewery.com.

Middleton Dress Company Middleton Dress Company was estab­ lished 12/12/12, on Parmenter Street in downtown Middleton. It is the perfect an­ swer when shopping for a Gown, Mother­of­ the­Bride/Groom, Prom, Cocktail, Career or Casual Dress, Tops/Tunics and Accessories. They offer excellent customer pampering, including expert consult and honest critique to make certain you have the perfect look and fit. With size offerings from 0 to 16 (capability of up to size 24), and a wide selection of styles, they are able to accommodate almost every woman, every size, every budget. They have sold dresses that have walked the Red Carpet at the Emmys and Academy Awards, dresses that have been worn at the Country Music Awards, that first interview or just something comfortable and casual. Stop in and see what you won’t see any­ where else and enjoy a Middleton Dress Company shopping experience.

Middleton Dress Company is located at 1819 Parmenter Street. Call 608­827­0006 or visit shopmdc.com for more information. They are open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middleton Dress Co. is all about dresses ... gowns, cocktail, prom, mother­of­the­ bride or groom, career and casual.

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Verona Area Visitor’s Center could want in Madison as well as several other locations in southwest Dane County. Why not stay here?

Photo by Mary Kay Radke

Are you looking for a destination offering small town charm with big city conveniences? Verona is only minutes from anything you

Of course, Verona has a great deal to offer on its own. Are you a bicyclist? If so, Verona is your place to start. Our community is the eastern trailhead for the Military Ridge State Trail. From the Military Ridge Trail, bikers can enjoy easy access to the Capital City Trail and the Badger State Trail. For more competitive rid­ ers, Verona is the hub of the Ironman Wiscon­ sin bicycle loop, and we are just 10 minutes from the Horribly Hilly 100 course in Mount Horeb. Off­road types might enjoy the Quarry continued on page 64

Verona Public Library, located at 500 Silent Street, features a two­story view of Badger Prairie County Park. It’s close proximity to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and down­ town Verona makes the library a destination for both residents and visitors.

Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery Tuvalu is a family­owned and run coffee­ house and art gallery with a commitment to fair trade and environmental awareness. They aspire to provide the highest quality products, using the freshest and best pos­ sible ingredients in a manner that pro­ motes sound environmental practices and encourages social awareness and responsi­ bility. The coffeehouse provides 100% fair trade, locally roasted, and organic coffee from Just Coffee and Rishi Tea; features fresh bakery from Le Petit Croissant and Clasen’s; and serves breakfast and lunch with made­to­order sandwiches and soups. Offering hands­on toys for kids and free Wi­ Fi for customers, Tuvalu is a great place to meet for a delicious and healthy meal or

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just relax with a cup of coffee and a book. In addition to promoting local artists, Tuvalu supports creativity from around the world. The eclectic gift shop includes a wide variety of functional and decorative art pieces, carved figurines, pottery, books, and other amazing fair trade pieces created by over 40 artisans from across the globe. Each piece is one of a kind and handmade. Their live music series presents local and region­ ally­touring performers, mixing musical genres from Americana to jazz and interna­ tional styles. They strive to make Tuvalu a comfortable hub for Verona and surrounding communi­ ties. Visit Tuvalu at 300 S. Main Street, call 608­845­6800 or check them out online at tuvalucoffeehouse.com.

Verona's Community Corner

• Local • Fair Trade • Organic Coffee • Community Room • Homemade Menu • Live Music • Unique Gifts

300 S. Main St.,

Verona, WI 53593 (608) 845-6800 tuvalucoffeehouse.com

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Bavaria Sausage, Inc. In 1956, master sausage maker Fred Voll and his wife, Kathe came from Bavaria, Ger­ many, bringing their craftsmanship and old­ fashioned values to America. After years of hard work, they were able to save and build a beautiful federally­in­ spected sausage manufacturing plant. Then a beautiful chalet retail store was built for the public to enjoy their authentic sausage. They named it Bavaria Sausage. When you enter Bavaria Sausage Cheese

Chalet, you are transported to Old World Germany with the largest selection of sausage, cheese and imported grocery items under one roof. They offer a wide va­ riety of German specialty sausages and cheddar aged up to 14 years. European specialty foods, such as candy, chocolates, cakes, breads, coffees, pretzels, snacks, krauts, pickles and fresh cheese curds, line the shelves. They use no artificial colors, flavors,

Sugar River Pizza Sugar River Pizza Company opened their first pizzeria in Belleville in 2009. The family owned and operated restaurant started with the simple idea that fresh, local ingre­ dients mixed with passion makes great pizza! Quickly established by the locals as the best pizza in the area, Sugar River Pizza now has three locations. Belleville, their first location, specializes in carry­out and deliv­

ery. The New Glarus location, right on the bike trail at 700 Railroad Street, boasts two floors of dining, over 100 micro­brews, a covered patio and two large fire tables. The third location in Verona, at 957 Liberty Drive, invites you to enjoy two large, invit­ ing dining areas, a full bar and covered patio with fire­tables. See the complete article in the New Glarus section of The Driftless Explorer.

gluten, fillers, additives, preservatives (ex­ cept smoked products), or chemicals and they don’t use MSG in their products. All of their products are made from lean beef and pork, and natural spices that are mixed by hand from bulk spices and then naturally hickory smoked or cooked. Next time you zip along U.S. 151, just west of the intersection with County PD (McKee Road), turn in and visit. If you visit between May and September, Bavaria has a wonderful brat fry in the parking lot be­ tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They serve three different kinds of bratwurst, their Old Fash­ ioned Wieners and kraut. They look forward to serving you with their finest German hospitality, whether online in their Internet shop or visiting their brick and mortar store, they would like to make your “Old World Germany” experi­ ence a memorable one. Visit www.bavariasausage.com or call 800­733­6695 for additional information.

NOW WITH 3 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! VERONA 959 Liberty Drive 497-1800 DINE IN • CARRYOUT

NEW GLARUS 700 Railroad Street 527-5000 DINE IN • CARRYOUT • DELIVERY

BELLEVILLE 1019 River Street 424-6777 DINE IN • CARRYOUT • DELIVERY

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• Large Variety of Authentic German Sausage & Salami • German Bratwurst • Domestic & Imported Cheese • Imported Hard Rolls and Breads • Over 70 Varieties of Specialty European Chocolates and Cookies • Five types of Liver Sausage

• Custom Made Gift Boxes and Bratwurst Mailed Anywhere in the U.S. • Rouladen, Schnitzel and Sauerbraten • Spaetzle and Dumplings • Candy, Jams, Pickles and Kraut • Baking Items and Quark • Imported Coffee and Teas • Select Imported Herring

6317 Nesbitt Road, Madison, WI (between Quivey’s Grove & Felly’s) 608-271-1295 or 845-6691 • Open M-F 9-5, Sat 8-1

Visit us on the web at www.bavariasausage.com Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Verona


Paoli – A small artistic enclave with much to offer The picturesque arts community of Paoli offers visitors a relaxing blend of culture and character.

Artisan Gallery

With its historic main street bisected by the lovely Sugar River, Paoli combines a vi­ brant, sophisticated gallery scene and an eclectic mix of unusual shops, as well as din­ ing options that include Texas­style barbe­ cue, craft beer and fine dining. Paoli is the gateway to Wisconsin’s Drift­ less Area and Dane County’s new Falk­Wells Wildlife Area. Located just four miles south

of Verona, at the intersection of Highway 69 and County Highway PB, Paoli is a favorite haunt of art lovers, bicyclists, kayakers, gour­ mets and shoppers looking for an elegant and offbeat experience close to the city. Go to www.visitpaoli.com for driving directions, an events schedule and more information about Paoli's diverse shops and restaurants.

Artisan Gallery features over 100 artists from throughout the United States. With a focus on Fine Craft and Fine Art, the Artisan Gallery for the last 29 years has been building a reputation for one of the largest and most impressive collections of artwork in Wisconsin; featuring over 100 artists from throughout the United States. Located in a converted creamery immedi­ ately southwest of Madison in historic Paoli, the gallery opened in 1987. Over the years the gallery has grown in quality and reputa­ tion exhibiting artists with national reputa­ tions along with work of well known local artists. The 5,000 square foot gallery features notable work in many media, hosting three concurrent exhibits every six to seven weeks. The gallery also includes an alternative dis­ play space “the Cooler” utilizing that original feature of the creamery and which offers an opportunity for more evocative work such as installations and video art. Stop in for a visit at 6858 Paoli Road, or check them out online at artisangal.com.

Paoli is just a short five to ten minute drive southwest of Verona. Filled with small shops specializing in art, restoration antiques, and garden knickknacks. Nestled along a small creek, Paoli is a charming place to visit.

CLUCK the Chicken Store CLUCK the Chicken Store is an urban farm store, gallery and gift shop that combines the fun of backyard chickens with the grow­

ing interest in whole, fresh and local food. CLUCK sells supplies for small­scale chicken keeping, as well as original art and unusual gifts. There are beautiful coops cre­ ated by local artisans, organic and conven­ tional feed milled in Wisconsin, books, elegant home décor, natural bath and body products and lovely children’s toys. An intriguing destination store, CLUCK is definitely one­of­a­kind. Visit cluckthechickenstore.com or call 608­848­1200 for additional information.

GIFTS FOR CHICKEN LOVERS AND THEIR FRIENDS Chicken Coops • Original Art • Books Toys • Home Decor • Organic & Conventional Feed www.cluckthechickenstore.com • Paoli, WI • 608-848-1200 Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Paoli

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Rüegsegger Farms and Paoli Café & Grocery Rüegsegger Farms has been in operation over 55 years, producing the highest quality dairy, eggs, produce, chicken and pork. Their latest emphasis is their own 100% grass­fed Black Angus Beef. The health benefits and flavor make “grass­fed” an easy choice. They converted to an all soy­free diet several years ago, caus­ ing their chicken and duck eggs, and turkey, chicken and pork to be some of the safest, healthiest, best flavored foods available. The opening of their “Local Foods” health

store/meat market (located at 6895 Paoli Road, just across from the little village park) in Paoli back in 2007 made it so much easier for the general community to purchase their products. Folks flock in from Indiana, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and of course Madison to obtain their quality foods. 2012 marked the opening of Rüegsegger Farms Paoli “Kitchen” Café. Along with “The World’s Best Reuben,” their famous pulled pork, and quiche that “real men eat,” and apple pie three feet tall served with organic

Zazen Gallery

Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café

Located at 6896 Paoli Road in historic Paoli, Zazen Gallery features contemporary furniture design by Richard Judd, and fine craft from a collection of American artists. Their work spans a variety of mediums, including local oil and watercolor paintings, kitchen­ready ceramics, and fine jewelry. Visit www.richardjudd.com for more information, or call 608­845­9722.

Current works at Zazen Gallery include this Ribbon Chair featuring some of the most beautiful woods of the world.

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Contemporary American Craft

Richard Judd Furniture

Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café, located on the banks of the Sugar River was origi­ nally a one­room schoolhouse built in 1854. Converted into the cozy Paoli School­ house Shops & Café it consists of a shop that offers a delightfully distinctive array of gifts, jewelry, and home & garden acces­ sories, while the Café offers elegant but casual dining. Weather permitting, there is outdoor dining available on the deck/patio over­ looking the river. The Schoolhouse is open all year long and features live music from 6­8 p.m. most Saturday evenings and both Thursday and Saturday evenings in the summer. Visit the website at www.paolischool­ houseshops.com where you will find more information on our menus, events, shop­ ping and the concert series.

ice cream; they are highly known for their fermented foods such as kombucha, kimchi, kraut, brussels sprouts and more.

VERONA continued from page 61 Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, or you can recreate the Cyclo­Cross National Championship Course in Verona’s Badger Prairie Park. If you prefer to travel by foot, the Ice Age Trail comes right through town. If arts are more of your thing, Verona has plenty to offer. Free music is available at Con­ certs in the Park each Thursday night in July. The Verona Area Community Theater (vact.org) will satisfy your yearnings for the stage with three performances each year, and the Verona Area Performing Arts Series (vapas.org) brings world­class entertainers to our local auditorium. Perhaps your life revolves around your kids. Verona is home to some of the premier youth sports facilities in the state, including Reddan Soccer Park, the Verona Little League com­ plex, the Verona Ice Arena and the Verona Athletic Center. On tournament weekends we recommend staying in Verona and relax­ ing between games instead of logging miles and hours in the car. Adults can choose from golf courses cater­ ing to all skill levels within a very short drive. There’s even a spot for bass and trout fishing right in the middle of town! Finally, don’t forget Verona’s businesses for your lodging, lunch and other shopping needs. Everything you need is right here. You can find out more by going to their websites: www.veronawi.com and also www.visitveronawi.com.

Where to find it ....

Open Tuesday Tuesday u d - Saturday S d 10am 10 - 5pm

Ruegsegger Farms

Quaint dining & shopping along the Sugar River

Kenneth D. Ruegsegger

6857 Paoli Rd, Paoli, WI 53508 Phone: (608) 848-6261 Website: paolischoolhouseshops.com

Grass Fed & Soy Free

www.naturalmeats.org

Paoli Café & Grocery 6895 Paoli Road • Belleville (Paoli), WI 53508 6896 P Paoli aoli R Road oad | (608) 845 - 9722 | www www.richardjudd.com .richardjudd.com

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608-845-FOOD (3663) • www.paolicafe.com

LUNCH: Monday-Saturday 11:00am–2:30pm, Sunday Brunch 10:00am-2:30pm DINNER: Thursday-Saturday beginning at 5:00pm SHOP HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Paoli


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137 S. Winsted Street • P.O. Box 148 Spring Green, WI 53588 608.588.9317 www.TheOpalMan.com Open every day 10-5pm except Sun. and Tues.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

Get out and enjoy Southwest Wisconsin ... by bicycle! Southwest Wisconsin has some of the best bicy­ cling anywhere. This corner of Wisconsin, known as the Driftless Area, was by­passed by glaciers. Left untouched by the giant ice sheets, it retains the landscape of the pre­glacial era. Bordered on the north by the beautiful Wisconsin River and on the west by the mighty Mississippi River, it is home to numerous attractions and historical sites. Wisconsin bike trails will take you on a picturesque journey you are un­ likely to forget. So get your copy of our Wisconsin bike trail map and ride one of our 28 pre­designed Wisconsin bike trails on your next bicycling trip. At the end of your bike ride stay with us for awhile and enjoy another of our nat­ ural resources – the friendly people in our southwest Wisconsin commu­ nities. • Come for the bike ride and discover so much more... • Wisconsin bike trails – bicycle across Southwest Wisconsin with your free Wiscon­ sin bike trail map • A tapestry of scenic hills, verdant valleys,

and panoramic ridges as you bicycle across Southwest Wisconsin • Lodging specials for bicyclists look­ ing for a great cycling vacation • Dining, shopping, sightseeing along each bike trail (all on roads) • Art, theater, historic sites, and world famous architecture • Small towns with the best of Amer­ ica's hospitality Visit www.cyclesouth­ westwisconsin.com for in­ formation, trail maps, routes and more. For Mili­ tary Ridge Bike Trail infor­ mation please go to w w w. m i l i t a r y r i d g e ­ trail.org or general Wis­ consin bicycling info can be found at www.dnr.wi.gov.


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