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FREE VISITORS GUIDE

A light haze remains as the sun comes up on a new day in the Driless Region of Southwestern Wisconsin. Cover photo by Sue Moen

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

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Welcome to the Driftless Explorer!

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There is Norwegian charm in Mount Horeb, Swiss culture in New Glarus and the vibrant river culture of Spring Green. There are wheels Enjoy the beauty of the Wisconsin River! of delicious cheese, made from the milk of local cows and according to old world tradi­ was shaped by a relatively recent glacier, By Ma Geiger It’s not just cheese in this part of Wisconsin. tions that made their way here with the earli­ carving out a land totally unique from the (But don’t worry, there is actually quite a lot est pioneers (see, we promised there is plenty surrounding area. While the geography of this place of delicious, one­of­a­kind cheese to enjoy of cheese). There are one­of­a­kind, is particularly ancient, the people of while you are taking in all the wonderful sights locally owned shops, along the Driftless region today are an and sounds in this beautiful and surprising with parks, trails and spectac­ eclectic blend of old and new. ular wildlife. place.) Painters mingle with farmers. Small, And with typical What makes Wiscon­ locally owned shops offer treasures Midwestern conge­ sin’s “Driftless” area that can be found nowhere else. niality, the resi­ unique is the way it mar­ With some of the most fertile soil dents here want to ries the old and the new. It on the planet, this corner of Wis­ share the special is a land where ancient consin is home to some of the things about the times are still visible, but freshest foods in the most pleasant Driftless region with where young people and restaurants. And when it comes to people from far and new places are constantly camping, hiking, fishing and other wide. People here finding fresh ways to cre­ forms of outdoor recreation, there are eager to share ate art, music, food, fash­ Geiger Photo by Ma are few places that can match their culture, their ion and so much more. Mount Horeb what the Driftless region of Wis­ food and drink, their The ers Market. A place where fiddlers Farm consin has to offer. friendship, and of play, small beer and wine Those who voyage out and see what course, their story… makers hone their craft, Photo by Ma Geiger this unique place has to offer are never The tale of this part of Wisconsin and local farmers pluck The Wisconsin Dells Singers disappointed, often surprised, and always stretches back into prehistory, to a their crops from the rich, helped celebrate construc­ delighted. Whether it’s your maiden voyage or time when huge swaths of North black soil and bring them on of the Driless Histo­ you are returning to one of your favorite America and Eurasia were locked directly to local markets rium museum and cultural center in Mount Horeb. destinations, let the Driftless Explorer be your under thick slabs of ice. and restaurants. But during the last ice age, a slice guide. of southern Wisconsin was spared. Technically, the “Driftless” area is the southwestern quar­ ter of the state, which was untouched by gla­ 2017 ciers during that frigid epoch. The un­glaciated A publicaon of News Publishing Company, area was cut deeply by ancient streams into 1126 Mills Street, P.O. Box 286, narrow, twisting valleys and ridges. Black Earth, WI 53515 • 608­767­3655 As a result, the surface landforms are much older than those in the rest of the state, which The Promenade in Mazomanie. Adversing Sales:

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Karin Henning Marc Mickelson Dave Pronold

Layout & Design: Brenda Carlson, Brianna Chizek, Jamie Hughes, Rita Krause, Richmond Powers, and Clint Smith

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Where to find it .... • Driless Lodging...................................2 • Gateway to the Driless Region.......4­17 Including Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Middleton, Madison, Verona, and Paoli

• New Glarus area ............................18­31 Including Belleville

• Driless Taste & Toast Tour............32­33 • Mount Horeb area .........................34­47 Including Blue Mounds and Barneveld

• Dodgeville area..............................48­51 • Mineral Point area.........................52­58 • Spring Green area..........................59­64 Including Lone Rock and Plain


Where to find it ...

• Driftless Lodging ..............2 • Gateway to the Driftless Region ..........4­17 Including Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Middleton, Madison, Verona, and Paoli

• New Glarus area .......18­31

• Taste & Toast Tour.....32­33 • Mount Horeb area ....34­47 Including Blue Mounds and Barneveld

• Dodgeville area.........48­51 • Mineral Point area ....52­58 • Spring Green area .....59­64 Including Lone Rock and Plain

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

GUIDE TO LODGING AND AMENITIES 121 Commerce Street, Mineral Point 608­987­3889 www.mineralpointhotel.com

175 Lillehammer Lane, Mount Horeb 608­437­5200 grandstaymounthoreb.com Standard rooms and suites, sparkling indoor pool and spa, complimentary breakfast and free Wi­Fi

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Village Inn Motel

Staybridge Suites

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

7790 Elmwood Avenue, Middleton 608­664­5888 www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/ middleton/msnua/hoteldetail Free Wi­Fi, complimentary shuttle to the Dane County Regional Airport, on­site laundry, complimentary breakfast buffet, on­site fitness center, pets welcome (restrictions apply)

NEW GLARUS AREA Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn 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 801 Hwy. 69, New Glarus 800­944­1716 or 608­527­5234 www.chaletlandhaus.com Family & whirlpool suites with Wi­Fi, indoor pool & hot tub, Alpine restaurant, fitness room, on the Sugar River Bike Trail

Swiss Aire Motel 1200 Hwy. 69, New Glarus 608­527­2138 www.swissaire.com

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Best Western Inn and Suites

Fireside Campground

1130 N. Johns Street, Dodgeville 608­935­7739 www.bestwestern.com

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

Spacious, well­appointed rooms, indoor/outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast

Twenty 20/30/50 amp full hook­up sites with both pull through and back­in sites available. Big Rig friendly. Fifty water and electric sites, ten with 50 amp, rest are 30 amp. Ten tent sites with and with­ out electric, each with fire ring and picnic table. Free internet, dog­friendly, motorcycle­friendly, laundry facilities

Don Q Inn 3658 Hwy. 23 N, Dodgeville 608­935­2321 or 1­800­666­7848 DonQInn.net Themed whirlpool suites and standard rooms, free Wi­Fi, indoor/outdoor pool, cable TV/HBO, AAA and AARP discounts

MINERAL POINT AREA Dairyland Motel 535 Ridge Street, Mineral Point 608­987­3141

All the comforts of home: full kitchen, large bathroom and queen bedroom adjacent to the park, pool, and Sugar River Trail

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Wisconsin Riverside Resort S13220 Shifflet Road, Spring Green 608­588­2826 www.wiriverside.com Ninety sites, tent camping or RVs with full hookups, flush toilets, showers, washers/dryers, pull­through sites, on Wisconsin River, canoe rentals, bar and grill, swimming pool and splash pad, handicap accessible

Cable TV, microwave and refrigerator, laundromat on site, walking distance to restaurants

124 High Street, Mineral Point 608­987­1522 www.highstreetsuites.com

400 Railroad Street, New Glarus 608­527­4663

615 Dodge Street, Mineral Point 608­987­6500 www.thetravelersinnwi.com

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Holy Cow! Guest Haus

Kennedy’s Guest House

The Traveler’s Inn

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

High Street Suites B&C (Bed & Candy)

Charming vintage home, located just one block to the wonderful restaurants, shops, bakery and festivals in New Glarus; offering Wi­Fi, satellite TV, central air and heat

Clawfoot tubs, microwave and refrigerator, free Wi­Fi, Kickapoo organic coffee, secure and covered bicycle parking, long­term and veteran discounts

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

Ground floor rooms, non­smoking, in­room coffee and cable TV, continental breakfast weekends, free Wi­Fi, pets welcome

601 2nd Street, New Glarus 608­636­6312 www.holycowguesthaus.com

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Mineral Point Hotel

GrandStay Hotel

Choose from The High Suite, with a king size sleigh bed and a lovely park view; and the Garden Suite with full­size bed, gas fireplace, full kitchen, plus garden access

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There are plenty of places to stay in the Driftless area that are located on area biking and hiking trails.

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Quality Inn of Mineral Point 1345 Business Park Road, Mineral Point 608­987­4747 www.qualityinn.com Indoor heated pool and whirlpool, complimentary continental breakfast, free Wi­Fi, close to area points of interest

Plan a camping trip and spend a day on the Wisconsin River!

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Culver’s wouldn’t be what it is today without family farms, both locally in Wisconsin and across the nation, growing and producing the wholesome, delicious food we so proudly serve. From the cattle ranches of the Great Plains to the dairy farms of Wisconsin and south to Georgia’s chicken country, Culver’s remains committed to sourcing the finest ingredients America’s farmers have to offer. Through our Thank You Farmers program, Culver’s restaurants and guests turn their gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families while ensuring the future of the next generation.

Culver’s is committed to helping future agricultural leaders by advocating for and supporting agricultural education. That’s why Culver’s has a long-standing relationship with the National FFA Organization. From sponsoring career development events in milk quality and dairy products to supporting ag educators, Culver’s is there. In the first four years of the Thank You Farmers program, Culver’s was proud to raise over a million dollars for the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations.

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Featuring Prairie du Sac, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Middleton, Madison, Verona and Paoli Want to be charmed by The Purple Goose? Dine at Base Camp? View scene after scenic scene, from pristine trout streams to verdant prairies? Then the Gateway to the Driftless Region

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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

du Sac, where you can find yourself among the grapes of a world class vineyard and winery, and watch the eagles soar. From Middleton, the “Good Neighbor City”, to continued on page 5

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery Wollersheim Winery sits on a scenic hill­ side across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac. European vintners planted grape­ vines and built limestone buildings on this National Historic Site over 150 years ago. Robert and JoAnn Wollersheim estab­ lished the property as Wollersheim Winery in 1972. Winemaker Philippe Coquard arrived in 1984 from the Beaujolais region of France, with a rich family history in winemak­ ing. The family legacy lives on in Philippe and his wife Julie, Bob & JoAnn’s oldest daughter, who now run the winery. Today, Wollersheim Winery features a 30­acre vineyard of French­American hybrid grapes, as well as the original 1850s limestone buildings. Wollersheim Winery is best­known for its popular Prairie Fumé wine, and is considered a leader in the Midwest’s wine industry. The winery has won many awards for its pre­ mium grape wines, including the honors of 2015 Small Winery of the Year at the River­ side 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 Competition. In addition to wine, Wollersheim began distilling and released its first batch of Coquard Brandy in 2013. The success of this product inspired Wollersheim to construct a distillery on the winery’s property in 2015. Wollersheim Distillery includes its own tast­ ing room and store with a view of the still­ house. Coquard Brandy is being made there alongside other family crafted brandies, whiskey, absinthe, and gin. The fruits for 4

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the all­Wisconsin brandies are locally­ grown, and the grains for the whiskey and gin come from farmers located just minutes from the distillery. Wollersheim’s newest offering, 1876 Presshouse Brandy, was awarded Gold in 2016 at the Beverage Test­ ing Institute in Chicago.

Wollersheim Winery is open for tours and tastings from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wollersheim Distillery is open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily. For more information, visit www.woller sheim.com, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The Old Feed Mill Restaurant 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

parties, 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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Halfway Prairie Schoolhouse, located in the Town of Mazomanie at the junction of County Highway F and Hwy. 19, two and one­half miles north of the Village of Black Earth.

The new Wisconsin Heights Splash Pad is free to users, handicapped accessible and inclusive of all ages.

GATEWAY continued from page 4 Madison, Wisconsin’s capital city; to Verona, which is often considered “Home­ town USA”. From Black Earth and Mazo­ manie’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.

Base Camp Café Venture off the main drag into historic downtown Mazomanie to 18 Brodhead Street, the Base Camp Café. The building has great historical significance as the venue for the Ringling Brothers traveling show in the late 1800s. Base Camp is just two years old and already has been recog­ nized as ‘Best of the Burbs’ for pizza and breakfast. Think comfort food in a comfortable set­ ting. That’s the background for the naming of Base Camp. Everyone should have a space where they feel warm and comforted, and can leave ready to face whatever lies ahead. Purposely priced to be affordable for the av­

Enjoy homemade pot roast and more at The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie.

erage family, Base Camp has a comfort menu of pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches, but also many items that are often not typical fare, such as homemade quiches, Greek pizzas, homemade soups, and breakfast casseroles. The full menu is available all day, except the pizzas that are available after 11:00 am. Base Camp is the hub of downtown Mazomanie, offering visitor information, free Wi­Fi, and an event room with a large­screen TV. It’s a great room for small parties, watching athletic events, etc. Base Camp is closed Tuesdays. Like them on Facebook or contact them by phone at 608­401­1088.

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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, scallops, and shrimp. Saturday 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.

The Black Earth Creek, which is fed by the Garfoot, Vermont, Spring Valley and Blue Mounds creeks, is one of the top 100 trout streams in North America. Strong populations of German Brown and Rainbow Trout attract hundreds of fly and spin­fishing enthusiasts each year. Photo by Janelle Miller

The Shoe Box

The Shoe Box carries brands that put their very best into everything they make, providing customers with quality shoes that last a lifetime. Every brand has a unique story behind it – it’s not just about good­ looking shoes. It’s about quality, commit­ ment and the knowledge that the best possible work has gone into every stitch, every sole, and every shining, hand­pol­ ished surface. When you visit The Shoe Box it's like stepping back in time, when cus­ tomer service was the number one priority. The engaging and friendly Shoe Box staff takes you back to a time when old fash­ ioned values were the rule – not the excep­ tion. “Service like it ‘oughta be!” is their motto. The staff loves to share their passion for great footwear. Whether you’re in the store to buy or browse, the friendly, knowledge­ able Shoe Box family will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable, an­ swer your questions, and help you on your 6

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road to the perfect pair of shoes. When you’re in Black Earth be sure to stop at The Shoe Box, located at the inter­ section of Highway 14 and Highway 78, on Canal Street. Open daily, see their website for details: www.theshoebox.com, or call 608­767­3447.

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

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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 nestled in the northwestern section of Dane County. Cross Plains is part of the region along the Gateway to Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, an area un­ touched by glaciers. This beautiful sculpted topography hosts some of the most scenic

and choice recreational areas. It is a great destination for hiking, biking and fishing. They invite you to experience all Cross Plains has to offer, from great local businesses to excellent recreational opportunities! The Parks and Recreation Department maintains 13 parks with approximately 63 acres of open space, which include amenities such as: baseball, football and soccer fields, basketball, pickleball, and tennis courts, swimming pool, outdoor skating rinks, play­

Cross Plains Family Restaurant When Sam Kasoski emigrated from Macedonia to the United States in 1993, he was leaving a region in turmoil and heading for a country that calls itself, “the land of opportunity.” Kasoski took the U.S. motto seriously. He eventually gained citizenship, then re­ turned to his homeland to gather up his family and bring them to the United States. Trained as a barber in Macedonia, he found

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that here he was not certified, so he de­ cided to try a new line of work. He got a job at a restaurant. Kasoski got a job as a bus boy, worked his way up to the kitchen, and eventually came to own his own places. Now he’s in Cross Plains, where he is the owner of the Cross Plains Family Restaurant, located in Glacier’s Edge Square. “I make my dream come true,” said Kasoski, 50. “I love the people here in Cross Plains. They are so nice, and I’m trying to do my best.” The Cross Plains Family Restaurant is open each day from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, serving breakfast and lunch. It boasts a wide­ranging menu, and daily specials. There are traditional meals and sand­ wiches, but there are also wraps, salads, melts and more. Soups are made from scratch each day. The eatery offers a Senior Citizen menu for persons 60 and up, where all the meals are priced at $6.99. And there’s a full dessert menu, for those who still have the room.

ground equipment, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and a World Class Trout Stream, the Black Earth Creek. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 160 acres of conservancy land with roughly 25 miles of community and regional trails, in­ cluding the Ice Age Trail. Hike the Ice Age Trail Like so many residents in the area, the Ice Age Trail Alliance is proud to call Cross Plains home. Since moving here in 2009, the Al­ liance has worked to create new opportuni­ ties for outdoor recreation on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, both throughout the state and right here in Cross Plains. These initiatives include implementing multiple trail building events through the Alliance’s Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) program. Featur­ ing trained volunteers from across the Upper Midwest, MSC has helped build local gems such as the Cross Plains and Table Bluff seg­ ments. The Ice Age Trail Alliance and Ice Age Trail are integral parts of all aspects of the community. As a medium for personal, eco­ nomic and social well­being, the Trail will long be a positive force in Cross Plains. Rosemary Garfoot Public Library The Rosemary Garfoot Public Library is a community hub where people gather to enjoy quality services and programming for all ages. The library also serves as a meeting place for the Cross Plains Golden Agers, pro­ vides archival and office space for the Cross Plains Historical Society, and exhibits the work of area artists. Among the robust li­ brary collections are books, audiobooks, dig­ ital books, DVDs, music CDs, software, continued on page 8

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CROSS PLAINS continued from page 9 multimedia kits, humanities­themed back­ packs, Launchpad electronic educational tablets for kids, newspapers, a diverse blend of magazine titles, and a new pilot collection of gadgets and games. The library provides access to a number of databases as well as

Qet Botanicals Made locally and awarded nationally – stop in and discover handmade treatments for face, hair and body! From the fields to their lab, and then to your fingertips, at Qet® Botanicals (pronounced “keet”), when they say fresh, they mean it. There are no toxic ingredients, synthetics, or harmful chemicals in any of their products. Zero. They are formulators, purveys, and users of these unique, pure, personal care products. Like a gourmet chocolate shop, they formulate their hair, skin and body treatments from scratch in fresh batches every day. They launched in April of 2013, and share treatments near and far – and ship globally. In April of 2015 they opened their lab and skin studio in Cross Plains. They have re­ ceived national awards for their products, and they take pride in every ingredient, right down to the very last drop. They have skin suites for various skin con­ ditions. Sensitive skin, teen acne, adult acne, Rosacea, rashes, aging skin, normal and com­ bination complexions looking for safe, wholesome and clean ways to care for skin can benefit. Proudly formulated, manufac­ tured, filled and shipped from Cross Plains. Shop online at QetBotanicals.com or stop in and treat yourself and say hi.

internet computers and wireless access. Rosemary Garfoot Public Library Website: www.rgpl.org. Festge County Park Festge County Park, located just west of Cross Plains on US Hwy. 14, is along the gate­ way to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, where the hills and valleys escaped the lev­ eling forces of the glaciers occurring more than 10,000 years ago. With bluffs soaring high above the Black Earth Creek valley floor, Festge Park is home to a rare bur oak sa­ vanna, hickory­covered hills, and remnant prairies. Step into a sanctuary full of colors, light, and shadows, where creatures awake to the vibrations and whispers of the forest. Come experience a place where joy, inspira­ tion, and discovery await you. Nearby Salmo Pond is adjacent to the Black Earth Creek, south of US Hwy. 14, and offers shoreline fishing, an accessible fishing pier and picnic areas. Indian Lake County Park At 483 acres, Indian Lake is one of Dane County's largest parks. The main entrance to Indian Lake County Park is located in the Town of Berry on State Hwy. 19, about two miles west of US Hwy. 12. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, lo­ cated on a hilltop that provides a breath­tak­ ing view of the lake and surrounding valley. Calendar of Events May 2017 29 – Memorial Day Chicken BBQ June 2017 18 – Optimist Fishing Day 28 – Chamber Golf Outing July 2017 14­15 Cross Plains Trail Community Event 15­ 16 – Saint Francis Church Picnic

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August 2017 4­5 – Spike Rett’s Syndrome Fundraiser September 2017 16 – Hill & Valley Antique Auto/ Americana Show November 2017 9 – Business Fair December 2017 2 – Santa’s Visit 14 – St. Francis Christmas Program

Coach’s Club Sports Bar Restaurant Have you been to Coach’s Club Sports Bar and Restaurant yet? Coach's Club is dedi­ cated to all the coaches, volunteers, teach­ ers and trainers who, through their hard work and dedication, have made our world a better place. Their inspiration, caring and motivation have helped to make Cross Plains and the surrounding communities something everyone can 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 chef­created Sandwich of the Month, or any of their delicious menu offerings. Along with a great break­ fast, lunch and dinner 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. Put them on your short list of places to visit while in town!

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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, Crossroads is conveniently located be­ tween Main Street (US Hwy. 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.

Sisters on Main Sisters on Main is a family­owned dry cleaners, established in 2004 by two sisters. They opened the first dry cleaners in Cross Plains. They are not just a dry clean­ ers. They have over 40 years of experi­ ence in alterations/tailoring and custom sewing. They also provide expert alter­ ations in bridal, bridesmaids, prom, and mothers dresses. Regular alterations and tailoring for men are also available. Owner Cathy Barman has been design­ ing and custom sewing in bridal and cus­ tom veils for over 40 years. Sisters on Main also has Tuxedo Rentals, Touchstone Crystal Jewelry and accessories. Sisters on Main is located at 2022 Main Street, Cross Plains. For appointments for alterations, call 608­798­2323. Go to www.sistersonmain.com and like them on Facebook.

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 coun­ tryside surrounding Cross Plains. Cross­ roads is a great meeting place to begin or end your outing. Established in 2007, Crossroads features live music on Friday nights, art openings, science cafes, community dinners and other public events. They serves locally sourced and seasonal food to grab­and­go, or to enjoy in the warm setting of Cross­ roads’ 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 608­ 798­2080.

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Pastries ❁ Soups Salads ❁ Sandwiches ❁ paninis Espresso ❁ Tea ❁ Wine Spirits ❁ Craft Beer

Stop in for live music and more Friday nights at Crossroads Coffeehouse.

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 Wisconsin­Madison watercolor scenes, metal sculpture, fine silver jewelry, acrylic landscapes on canvas, wooden bowl turn­ ings, nature photography and wildlife prints. The gallery also performs quality picture framing and repairs on framing at afford­ able prices – no job is too small. 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 the business. Call 608­712­3737 or 608­798­1122 for additional information.

❁ Local Art ❁ ❁ Live Music ❁

Outdoor Seating

Open Daily

•DRYCLEANING •ALTERATIONS •ACCESSORIES •FORMAL WEAR •CUSTOM SEWING

2020 Main Street Cross Plains, WI 53528

2022 MAIN ST., CROSS PLAINS

crossroadscoffeehouse.net

(608) 798-2323 WWW .SISTERSONMAIN.COM Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Cross Plains

608-798-2080

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

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Pizza Brutta Well over two centuries ago, pizza was born on the backstreets of Naples, Italy. Brought to life in wood­fired ovens, Neapoli­ tan pizza is made with flour, water, salt and yeast, crushed tomatoes grown from the vol­ canic soils of Mt. Vesuvio, extra virgin olive oil from nearby groves and fresh mozzarella made just out of town. The ingredients come

mostly from the Campania region and repre­ sent the Neapolitan local food system. At Pizza Brutta they use the same spirit and philosophy as the Neapolitans, sourcing our ingredients from our own region – in­ cluding free­range pork from the Midwest, fresh Wisconsin mozzarella curd and mixed greens and vegetables from local farmers.

Their intention is to make the best Neapoli­ tan style we can on this soil while strength­ ening the local food system and community in the process. They pour our hearts into this product everyday and hope you’ll enjoy it. Pizza Brutta has two locations. The Mid­ dleton location is at 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue and can be reached by calling 608­ 841­1882. The Madison location is at 1805 Monroe Street and can be reached by calling 608­257­2120. www.pizzabrutta.com

Staybridge Suites Located in quaint and historic downtown Middleton, Staybridge Suites unobtrusively blends esthetically with the neighborhood more as a residential feature than that of a garish hotel. Inside you will find true comfort just like at home. The great living­room wel­ comes you with soft furniture, big screen tel­ evisions and a self­serve hot beverage station serving coffee, decaf, hot cider, tea and cocoa. You’ll find their staff doubly welcoming, saying hello and goodbye to their guests as if they were old friends…and many are. There is hardly a TripAdvisor review that doesn’t glow about the outstanding employ­ ees here that know what service truly is. Staybridge Suites has been a contributing neighbor to the community since it was erected in 2003. It is currently under the di­ rection of Janko Hospitality Management Group, as well as their eastside location. Mr. Fausto Coello is the Area General Manager of both properties.

Staybridge Suites is a brand by IHG Hotels that combines the amenities of a hotel but the convenience of a residence, with a fully equipped kitchen in every one of the four types of suites they provide. Staybridge Suites has a complimentary laundry room, underground parking, a full hot breakfast buffet daily, as well as a light dinner with beer and wine three nights a week. Hidden from the street on Elmwood is an outdoor flowered garden with seating, gazebo covered gas grills, fire pit and basket­ ball court. Unlike the typical hotel, they have a 24­hour indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. You can’t go wrong booking a pleasant get­ away at Staybridge Suites Middleton, just a short walk to many great cafés, a coffee house, the National Mustard Museum and historical walking tour. For more information, including small group accommodation, call Judy Alberts, Director of Sales, at 608­662­ 1452.

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Located in the quaint, historic neighborhood of downtown Middleton, Staybridge Suites is perfect for a weekend getaway to enjoy small shops, cafes, the free trolley and more! All rooms are suites with fully equipped kitchens. Rates include: • Hot breakfast buffet • WiFi • Indoor parking • 24 hour pool, fitness room and hot tub.

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7790 Elmwood Avenue, Middleton, WI 608-664-5888 www.Staybridge.com/madisonwest

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Middleton & Madison


Rising Sons Lao & Thai Cuisine

It is Rising Sons’ loyal customers that kept their business thriving through three moves. In 2000, Be Macvilay and her mother and grandmother ran Rising Sons Grocery and Deli on Park Street. Due to redevelopment, they moved to University Square in 2004. When that space came under redevelop­ ment in 2006, they closed for a few months and it was their customers who encouraged them to reopen, and one of their customers found their current space on State Street in downtown Madison. They have since expanded to a second lo­ cation at Sauk Point Square, in west Madison. Sauk Point Square is at the corner of High Point Road and Old Sauk Road. Their family­ run restaurants now include Be’s husband, son, brother, and nephew. Rising Sons specializes in freshly made Lao and Thai regional cuisine including appetiz­ ers, curry dishes, laab, pad thai, drunken noodles, and many soups. The desserts are both beautiful and delicious. Wine and beer are available. If you are planning an event, call for catering. Located at 617 State Street, 608­661­4334, and 745 North High Point Road, 608­841­ 1884.

Rising Sons

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 de­ signed 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 shapewear. 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 fantas­ tic. 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, Fresh Pro­ duce, Neon Buddha, Flax, Oh My Gauze, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman and Nic + Zoe, and is located right off University Avenue in downtown Middleton, across from the fire station.

Plus Size Fashion – and More!

LAO & THAI CUISINE Regional cuisine, freshly made, by 3 generations. Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM 617 State Street 745 North High Point Rd. Madison, WI • 608-661-4334 Madison, WI • 608-841-1884 Dine-In, Carry Out, Catering

1903 Cayuga St., Suite 101 Middleton • 608.827.8700

www.zbellaboutique.com Located just off University Ave. & the Beltline in Downtown Middleton

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Freska Mediterranean Grill Thomas Paras proudly welcomes you to Freska Mediterranean Grill to experience authentic Greek Mediterranean food. After owning and running Amy’s Cafe in down­ town Madison for 31 years, Thomas de­ cided to retire. After a couple of years he came out of retirement to open Freska, which is located in the Greenway Station shopping center.

Freska uses only the freshest Mediter­ ranean ingredients, which include roasted and grilled meats and seafood, vegetables, salad greens, homemade pitas made fresh throughout the day, beans, nuts, olives, olive oil, delicious spices and herbs. Using these traditional ingredients their menu consists of gyros, kebabs, spinach pie, falafel, shawarma, salads (Mediterranean,

Tabouleh and Greek), soups, sides of babaghanoush and hummus, sauces (tahini, aioli, harissa and tzatziki). Their aim is to provide healthy delicious dishes with Greek Mediterranean flavor. If you are interested in a healthy and quick meal during lunch or dinner, come visit Freska Mediterranean Grill! Dine in, or carry out. Freska is open seven days a week, from 11:00 am–8:30 pm. Catering is also available, so your group can go to Greece without a passport.

O’Connell’s & Neil’s Liquor Fresh Authentic Mediterranean food, served Fast and Delicious! Privately owned and operated.

608-203-5034 8310 Greenway Blvd, Ste. 104 • Middleton, in Greenway Station www.FreskaMediterraneanGrill.com

Large selection of Craft Beer, Fine Wine and Bourbon

O’Connell’s L I Q U O R

3111 Parmenter St. Middleton 608-831-8400

O’Connell’s L I Q U O R

6325 Monona Dr. Monona 608-204-2887 Locally owned 12

2415 Allen Blvd. Middleton 608-831-1644

O’Connell’s L I Q U O R

3064 Fish Hatchery Rd. Fitchburg 608-442-0606

Price Leader

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Four Locations

O’Connell’s and Neil’s Liquor have four convenient locations in Dane County. Two of these stores are located in Middleton, one at 2415 Allen Boulevard and the other at 3111 Parmenter Street. Their other two locations are at 3064 Fish Hatchery Road in Fitchburg, and 6325 Monona Drive in Monona. They offer Dane County the largest selec­ tion of fine wines and bourbons. Being an independent chain of liquor stores they are able to get new products on the shelf as soon as they are released into the market. Between the owners and managers at their locations, they have over 125 years in the alcohol business. With all this experience, they are able to customize each store to its customer base depending on its location. This also allows them to have the most competitive prices on beer, liquor and wine in Dane County. They hope you come and visit them soon.

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Middleton & Madison


Amber Indian Cuisine Located just off University Avenue near the Willy Street Co­op is a family run, au­ thentic Indian restaurant, Amber Indian Cuisine. The owner, Bala Polachi, spent four years in India’s leading culinary school. Using his skills first in hotels in India, he was then offered the opportunity to bring his family to Madison in 2005, to work as a chef at an Indian restaurant. In 2016, Bala and his family decided to

open their own restaurant, Amber Indian Cuisine, serving traditional Indian flavors from the North, South, and Indo Chinese regions. The nice interior and white table­ cloths makes their restaurant perfect for a business lunch, dinner date, or family meal. Their vast menu ensures that there is something for everyone’s tastes. All meats are Halal quality and include: Chicken, Beef, Goat and Lamb, as well as Seafood. There are Vegetarian and Gluten Free op­ tions available. Traditional handmade bread is made daily. All ingredients are carefully sourced and prepared fresh. The

popular lunch buffet is a great way to taste a variety of entrees. Experience the flavors of Indian cooking at Amber Indian Cuisine restaurant or call for catering at your next event. Located at 6913 University Avenue in Middleton, 608­ 824­0324, amberindianmadison.com.

See pages 32 and 33 to Taste & Toast your way through the Driftless area!

Bavaria Sausage, Inc. Serving Traditional Indian food Halal quality meats Gluten Free and Vegetarian options Take Out and Catering

Lunch Buffet 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM A La Carte also Available

Dinner 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM A La Carte Only 6913 University Avenue Middleton 608-824-0324

amberindianmadison.com

In 1956, master sausage maker Fred Voll and his wife, Kathe came from Bavaria, Germany, bringing their craftsmanship and old­fashioned 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 variety 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,

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 am and 2 pm. They serve three different kinds of bratwurst, their Old Fashioned 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” experience a memorable one. Visit www.bavariasausage.com or call 800­733­6695 for additional information.

Madison’s European Specialty Store ® AGE S AUS

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BRAT COOKOUT Wednesdays & Fridays 11:00-2:00 May-September

• 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

Weather permitting

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Middleton & Madison

• 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

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Verona Area Visitor’s Center Are you looking for a destination offering small town charm with big city conveniences? Verona is only minutes from anything you could want in Madison as well as several other locations in southwest Dane County. Why not stay here? 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 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 their 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.

Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery 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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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

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 regionally­touring performers, mixing musical genres from Americana to jazz and international 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.

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Verona


Fisher King Winery Fisher King Winery has moved to its brand­ new location, just 15 minutes east of Mount Horeb – now in Verona, Wisconsin! The new, larger facility can host larger events and groups of customers, and provides more space for the winery’s increased wine pro­ duction. Enter the winery and be welcomed into the tasting room, where you can sample award­winning wines, ranging from sweet whites to dry, complex reds. All the wines are produced on­site in the winery's fermenta­ tion cellar and can be observed through the large interior windows at one end of the tast­ ing room. You may even be lucky enough to catch the Winemakers, Bill Lancaster or Alwyn Fitzgerald, toiling away as they create the next delicious wine release.

The Purple Goose The Purple Goose is a charming clothing and gift boutique located along Business 151, in Verona. Since opening in 2005, The Purple Goose has been a favorite destina­ tion place for Madison area shoppers seek­ ing “big city style with small town charm.” The styles are on trend and the prices are amazing. Need help finding the perfect outfit for that special occasion? The staff at The Purple Goose prides themselves in making sure that you leave the store feeling as good on the inside as you look on the outside! Next time you’re in the Madison area, take the five­minute drive to Verona and experience shopping at The Purple Goose. You won’t be disappointed.

Big City Style, Hometown Charm

Fisher King Winery produces premium wines crafted primarily from locally­grown Wisconsin grapes, as well as grapes brought in from out of state. Several vintages have won both national and international gold and double gold medals. Fisher King was named the 2015 Wisconsin Winery of the Year at New York International Wine Competition. Its Moscato was recently rated 94 and its lo­ cally grown St. Pepin Wine rated 92 at the 2016 Ultimate Wine Challenge held in Mid­ town Manhattan. Don't miss the winery’s live music every Friday night from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm (even on some Saturdays,) where they showcase and support talented, local musicians. Visitors may purchase wine by the glass or bottle. You can also try a flight of five different wines at any time during regular hours of operation, for only $5.00 (flights are not available during live music events though). The winery also offers a wide selection of cheese and sausage platters, warm baguettes, chocolate truffles and craft beer. Non­alcoholic beverages are also available. Later in 2017, the business is planning to expand its food menu to include

items such as panini sandwiches, tapas finger food, small salads, and perhaps soups. The Madison area winery is named after the Fisher King, a mythological creature tasked with keeping ancient relics securely hidden and cherished. It’s only fitting that Fisher King's goal is to be the holy grail of Midwestern wineries. As the son of European parents, the owner, Alwyn Fitzgerald, grew up with wine in the household, as it was part of his family culture. He began learning his craft early and his passion for producing and enjoying wine has continued ever since. Located near the Wisconsin Brewing Com­ pany and right next to Sugar River Pizza, the Verona Woods restaurant, as well as the new Hyatt Hotel, the winery is easily reached off Hwy. 151 at Exit 79. Fisher King Winery is the ideal place for wine lovers to check out the growing popularity of the finely­crafted Wis­ consin wines and enjoy the bounty of Wis­ consin winecraft. Their outdoor wine patio is a great place for you to sip and enjoy the fruit of their labors on those sunny warm­weather days. Open year­round, seven days a week. Call 608­497­1056 or visit www.fisherking­ winery.com for more information and hours of operation. Follow them on Facebook: face­ book.com/fisherkingwinery.

Gold Medal Winning Wines Hand Crafted On-site New Location Now Open! • Tasting Room Open Year-round • Live Music Friday Nights!

400 W. Verona Ave Verona, WI 53593

shopthepurplegoose.com

1105 Laser Street · Verona · Wisconsin 608.437.6020 · www.fisherkingwinery.com

Tues-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Open til 8pm every Wednesday

facebook/fisherkingwinery

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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

Sugar River Pizza Sugar River Pizza Company opened their first pizzeria in 2009. The family owned and operated restaurant started with the simple idea that fresh, local ingredients mixed with passion makes great pizza! Quickly established by the locals as the best pizza in the area, Sugar River Pizza now has two family­friendly locations. The Sugar River Pizza Verona location has been a huge hit since opening March 21, 2016. Located at 957 Liberty Drive, they offer two large inviting din­

ing areas, a full bar, covered patio and large fire tables. SRP’s passion for great food starts with dough prepared fresh daily. Their attention to quality continues throughout their extensive topping choices. They combine award­win­ ning local Wisconsin cheese and additive­free meats from local Wisconsin farms with fresh produce. See the complete article in the New Glarus section of The Driftless Explorer.

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

Ruegsegger Farms Kenneth D. Ruegsegger Grass Fed & Soy Free

www.naturalmeats.org

Paoli Café & Grocery 6895 Paoli Road • Belleville (Paoli), WI 53508

Attractions

• 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 • Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville • Tower Hill State Park, Spring Green • Natural Bridge State Park, Spring Green • Southwest Wisconsin Grassland and Stream Conservation Area

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Photo by Janelle Miller

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Photo by John Donaldson

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

Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Verona & Paoli


Paoli charms with art, history and natural beauty Located just a few miles southwest of Madison, the picturesque arts community of Paoli oers visitors a relaxing blend of culture and character. With its historic main street bisected by the beautiful Sugar River, this charming hamlet combines a vibrant, sophisticated gallery scene with an eclectic mix of unusual shops and restaurants, including Texas­style barbecue, craft beer and ďŹ ne dining. Whether your preference is for ďŹ ne art, folk art or antiques, you will ďŹ nd a unique and ever­changing selection to satisfy your interests. Paoli’s business district is anchored by a large stone gristmill built in 1864 on the banks of the Sugar River. A two­room schoolhouse, now the Schoolhouse Shops & CafĂŠ, dates from 1854. Galleries, restau­ rants and shops dot the two­block long main street where you will discover elegant art, unusual gifts and a variety of good food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere. Besides being the eastern gateway to the Driftless Region, Paoli is home to Dane

County’s newest park, the Falk­Wells Wildlife Area, a 466­acre preserve that includes 2½ miles of the Sugar River, which attracts ďŹ sh­ ers, hikers, canoeists, kayakers and painters. Bicyclists arrive via the Badger State bike trail and a network of bike­friendly country roads.

The crown architectural jewel of Paoli is its historic stone mill.

Paoli’s unique galleries, shops and restaurants: • Artisan Gallery – One of Wisconsin’s pre­eminent collections of ďŹ ne art and ďŹ ne craft features the work of more than 100 national and regional artists. artisangal.com • Paoli Bread and Brat Haus – Homemade bread, pies, pastries, and sandwiches featuring in­house smoked meat and brats. Babcock Hall ice cream, too. paolibreadandbrat.com • The Hop Garden Tap Room – Located in the historic Paoli Mill, this tasting room features locally brewed craft beer made with home­grown Wisconsin hops. thehopgarden.net • Paoli Print Gallery – Photographic prints, contemporary art, posters and a unique mix of 18th and 19th Century botanical, bird and Civil War engravings. paolishop.com • CLUCK the Chicken Store – Feed, supplies and artisan­built coops for backyard chickens; ďŹ ne art, folk art and home dĂŠcor by regional artists. cluckthechickenstore.com • Zazen Gallery – Gallery showcases Richard Judd’s award­winning modern furniture plus original work by other contemporary artists. richardjudd.com • John/Christine Designs – Innovative, hand­crafted jewelry created in gold and platinum, set with ďŹ ne gems and pearls. Located in the Artisan Gallery. johnchristinedesigns.com • Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & CafĂŠ – Upscale American bistro features ďŹ ne dining and wine in an elegant former school­house with gift shop. paolischoolhouseshops.com • Sugar River Outfitters – Explore the beautiful Upper Sugar River! Rent canoes or kayaks; convenient drop­offs and pick­ups. SugarRiverOutfittersWI.com Gateway to the Driftless Region ~ Paoli

The community is a favorite of artists and art lovers, gourmets and shoppers seeking an elegant and offbeat experience close to the city. For driving directions, live music, and event schedules: www.visitpaoli.com

• Cottage Goddess – A unique boutique in the historic Paoli Mill, ďŹ lled with vintage ďŹ nds, jewelry, furniture and other treasures. • Paoli Road Mercantile – Original jewelry, paintings, ceramics, prints and more by local, regional and national artists located in the Mill’s former stone scale house. paoli­mercantile.com • Paoli Mill Terrace & Park – A scenic, historic private park along the Sugar River available to rent for weddings, meetings or other gatherings. paolimillpark.com

  

 

    

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New Glarus area Photo by Sue Moen

www.swisstown.com Including New Glarus and Belleville Gruezi to New Glarus, Wisconsin! “America’s Little Switzerland”

Photo by Sue Moen

Established in 1845 as a Swiss colony, New Glarus is conveniently located on Highway

A rainbow over the Swiss United Church of Christ. This historic church was built in 1900, and replaced a white stone church. The original log church had been built in 1849.

69 in southern Wisconsin, in the heart of The New Glarus Village Hall sits across Green County. You will find its beautiful from the Village Park, and is the home of rolling hills, farms, wooded pastures, and Village Government, the New Glarus grazing cattle are much like the alpine mead­ Public Library, New Glarus Utilities office, ows and farmland around Glarus, Switzer­ and the New Glarus Police Department. land. Chalet of the Golden Fleece You’ll love the restored Museum has an unusual downtown area, featuring collection of antiques and charming chalet­styled ar­ artifacts from around the chitecture and home to world. It has three floors of some of the most interest­ coins, artwork, Swiss scis­ ing and unique shops out­ sor cutting, antique glass side of Europe. Find and china, dolls and more. treasures imported straight Their other museum is the from Europe, regionally Swiss Historical Village. crafted gifts and exquisite First opening in 1942, it art pieces from locally tells the story of the owned shops. Learn about founding of New Glarus. the history of New Glarus Visit the fourteen build­ Photo by Sue Moen by attending one of their ings with exhibits ethnic festivals or visiting Members of the Swiss Miss focusing on rural life dur­ Dancers. They perform during their area museums. ing the 19th century. New Glarus is home to the Wilhelm Tell pageant held two unique museums. The every Labor Day Weekend. continued on page 20

Belleville Chamber of Commerce Somewhat of a hidden treasure, Belleville prides itself in being a ‘Small Com­ munity with a Big Heart’. Belleville is an ideal place to live, work and play.

Belleville, meaning “beautiful village,” and named after founder John Frederick’s hometown in Ontario, Canada, is a village southwest of Madison tucked away on the

www.belleville-wi.com

edge of Dane and Green counties. What makes Belleville unique is the natural beauty, available recreation, and busi­ nesses, restaurants and bars that beckon visitors and residents with a welcoming, friendly atmospheres and great food and drinks. Did you say fish fry? Several restaurant’s ‘claim to fame’ is their Friday Night Fish Fry or homemade, family­style menus. Spend a day in Community Park enjoying activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayak­ ing or stroll across the berm for spectacular views of Lake Belle View and the Sugar River. You might observe an Eagle or two, Great Blue Herons, and other wildlife. Construction of a river walk is progress­ ing along the Sugar River from Belleville’s Community Park, through the downtown continued on page 31

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Eat ~ Shop ~ Play ~ Stay ~ Live The Belleville Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with over 60 members that helps cultivate a positive business climate, promote the Belleville community, and organize and facilitate community events.

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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, din­ ing, plus so much more. The historic Swiss charm of New Glarus awaits you. June 9­10: New Glarus Polka Fest and Beer, Bacon & Cheese Festival. New Glarus’ two­day celebration of polka kicks off at 6:00 pm, Friday, June 9, with the David Austin Band. The weekend­long event showcases an impressive polka lineup. Free admission all weekend under the fest tent in historic downtown New Glarus. A highlight of Polkafest weekend is Sat­ urday, June 10, for the 6th 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. 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 23­24: Heidi Festival. Enjoy the Heidi Festival weekend filled with great food, entertainment, music, and fun for the whole family. Taste of New Glarus, June 24. 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 at 1:30 pm; and Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 pm. Labor Day Weekend: Wilhelm Tell Festi­

val. Share with your family the story of Swiss independence, written by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. It’s a live the­ ater presentation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses. More than 100 local volun­ teers join to make each colorful perform­ ance come to life. Performances are staged in a beautiful outdoor setting, just a short distance from downtown New Glarus. For a schedule of Wilhelm Tell perform­ ance times, tickets and festival events, visit wilhelmtell.org. September 22­24: Oktoberfest. Free ad­ mission to the festival tent all weekend! Oktoberfest 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 2017 events in New Glarus, by visiting swisstown.com.

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awards. For a complement of a different fla­ vor, try sampling the Hawk’s Mill WineHaus’ continued from page 18 wide selection of dinner and dessert wines, made primarily from Wisconsin grown Dining in New Glarus transports you to Eu­ grapes and fruit. Take part in a tour of an rope, with dishes based on family traditions. area cheese factory and find out just how Area specialties include Schnitzel, Geschnet­ cheese is made. Green County is home to zelets, Roesti potatoes, and the perennial fa­ the only cheese factory in the United States vorite – Swiss Fondue. Your meal will be that produces Limburger, a potently aro­ complete with delectable selections of Swiss matic but mild (in flavor) delicacy. and European style desserts and crusty Eu­ Enjoy the beautiful Alpine­reminiscent ropean style breads. After dining in New landscapes on the Sugar River Recreational Glarus, you’ll know why Swiss cuisine is con­ Trail. Whether you prefer to bike or hike, the sidered among the finest in the world. 23­mile trail offers a wonderful outdoors ex­ For a perfect complement to a hearty perience for all skill levels. Bring your clubs Swiss meal, try a specialty beer from the as New Glarus is home to two scenic golf New Glarus Brewing Company. The brewery courses nestled in the rolling foothills. The has won many national and international town also has a natural miniature golf course for all ages to enjoy. New Glarus boasts warm Swiss hospitality and folk­ lore traditions of the home­ land. The local citizens love to share those traditions with our visitors who come here every year. From Alpine music in the streets to shop owners happy to speak the Swiss language, the people of New Glarus will make you feel welcome. Music is an integral part of every New Glarus festival. Visit www.swisstown.com. Photo by Sue Moen

Glarner Bier Haus Stock up on all your favorite beverages at the Glarner Bier Haus on Highway 69 in New Glarus, right next door to the Swiss Aire Motel. They carry a vast assortment of wines from all over the world, and wines made right here in Wisconsin. If beer is what you’re after then check out the massive beer cave – step through the

doors into 400 square feet of beer para­ dise. They stock the largest selection of craft beers around, over 150 craft beers to be exact. The Glarner Bier Haus is conveniently located on Highway 69, which means you can get in and get out and be on your way without ever having to wait in line.

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The New Glarus Woods State Park, located just south of the village has a variety of wildlife.

Swiss Aire Motel Gruetzi! When your travels bring you to beautiful New Glarus, the Swiss Aire Motel, located on Hwy. 69, is where you will want to stay for an authentic experience. You will be within walking distance from shops, restaurants and entertainment. The motel is located among the rolling hills and woodlands that so resemble the scenery of Glarus, Switzerland. Enjoy shopping and recreational activi­ ties such as biking and hiking along the Sugar River Trail. They have a wonderful golf course located within minutes of the motel. The staff at the Swiss Aire Motel prides itself on offering both hospitality and local tradition. For more information, call 608­527­2138, visit www.swissaire.com, or like the Swiss Aire Motel on Facebook. Your Hosts, the Gobeli Family

1200 Hwy. 69 New Glarus, WI 53574 For Reservations:

(608) 527-2138 info@swissaire.com

Open 7 Days/Week • Offering a large selection of beer, wine, liquor • 400 sq. ft. beer cave featuring 150 craft beers, including New Glarus Brewing Co. beers • We special order kegs for your parties and events • Cheese, Hoesly’s meats and party snacks • Follow us on Facebook for specials

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Located next to the Swiss Aire Motel 1201 Hwy 69, New Glarus, WI 53574

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www.swissaire.com Located on the Sugar River Bike Trail connecting to the Badger State Trail All rooms ground floor, non-smoking, in-room coffee, cable TV New Glarus shops, dining attractions within walking distance Free wifi, hi-speed internet Continental breakfast weekends Pets welcome

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Hoesly’s Meats Since 1983, the family of Dennis and Lillian Hoesly has been processing a variety of meats and making sausages at their New Glarus shop. Known for their traditional Swiss favorites such as Kalberwurst, veal sausage, and dried beef Landjaegers, they also offer unique sausage spice combinations that keep their customers coming back. There is no shortage of flavors at Hoesly’s. When it comes to Wursts, Dennis, his son, Dusten, and Head Sausage Maker, Tim Kum­ mer, offer many varieties. Swiss and Mush­ room, Cajun, Pizza, Italian, Jalapeño Cheddar, Smoked, and Veal brats are popular at sum­ mertime cookouts, as well as the many New Glarus festival celebrations. Their award­ winning all­natural casing Wieners and their original Honey Wieners are favorites of locals and tourists alike. In addition to sausages, the Hoesly family

are masters of beef jerky. The popular flavors of Tex Mex, BBQ, and Original are made with carefully combined ingredients that cus­ tomers have come to appreciate. Their Old­ Fashioned and Jalapeño Cheddar sausages enhance any of Green County’s famous cheeses. Hoesly’s also offers Snack Sticks in assorted flavors to satisfy any snack craving! Hoesly’s Meats is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturdays. Whether you want to pack some beef jerky for your road trip or need a fresh cut ribeye steak for dinner, Lillian and her daughter, Devon, can customize your order or help you choose from many precise cuts of quality beef and pork from their fresh meat counter. Come visit Hoesly’s Meats at 219 Industrial Drive to enjoy the original flavors created by this local New Glarus family.

Holy Cow! Guest Haus Explore New Glarus while enjoying all of the comforts of home. Holy Cow! Guest

Whole House Rental 1 Block to Restaurants 3 bedrooms, 2 baths - sleeps 6 5 - Star Rating on Airbnb

601 2nd St., New Glarus, WI 608.636.6312 • holycow608@gmail.com www.HolyCowGuestHaus.com is ad for Mention th ount 25% disc nights & Wed Mon, Tues

Haus is situated on an elevated lot with beautiful views of picturesque hillsides, lo­ cated just one block to amazing restau­ rants, shops, music, and festivals. This vintage three bedroom, two bath home has been lovingly updated to modern comforts and conveniences, beautiful kitchen and baths, arched entryways, and hardwood floors. Holy Cow! Guest Haus is ideal for family gatherings, wedding parties, retreats, re­ unions, or a ladies’ getaway. The owners, Mike and Teri, extend a warm invitation for you and your guests to stay. “Unser Haus ist dein Haus. ~ Our haus is your haus.” For more information visit them at: www.holycowguesthaus.com

Lollygag Antiques Do you want your personal space to re­ flect your enthusiasm for decorating while showcasing your great taste? Then step in­ side Lollygag Antiques, New Glarus’ home for carefully collected and curated items to spruce up any living space. Lollygag Antiques is a sweet little shop that specializes in unparalleled vintage and antique items to enhance and offset any­ one’s personal and unique style. From rus­ tic to industrial, rural to urban, the constantly rotating array of objects are in abundance. Within the tiny shop are mar­ velously unique items tucked away in nooks, crannies and between other objects. Many are seasonal and holiday­themed, making the shop worth several visits a year. Lollygag Antiques specializes in vintage and antique home and seasonal décor and furnishings. It is located at 112 6th Avenue, New Glarus, WI. Call (630) 209­0423 or on Facebook and Instagram at Lollygag Antiques.

LOLLYGAG ANTIQUES “time well wasted” Lollygag Antiques specializes in unique vintage and antique items. Whether you’re looking for home decor, seasonal decor, wedding and event props or something to add to a collection, Lollygag Antiques offers an array of accent pieces and furnishings to compliment any environment.

630-209-0423 112 6th Ave., New

Sausage- Old-Fashioned Summer Sausage, Jalapeño Summer Sausage, Schublig and Cervelats. Snack Sticks / Jerky- Snack Sticks, Beef Jerky, All Beef Snack Sticks, BBQ Beef Strips, BBQ Sticks, Chopped & Formed Beef Strips, Ham & Cheese and Jalapeño flavors.

Wieners- All Natural Casings, unless other wise indicated, available in All Beef Skinless Wieners, Cheese Skinless Wieners, Cheese Wieners, Chili Cheese and our very own Honey Wieners. Bratwurst- BEST BRATS IN WISCONSIN! With flavors such as Beer & Bacon, Cajun, Pizza, Italian, Jalapeño & Cheddar, Smoked, Smoked Cheddar and many more! Custom Meat Processing- Pork, Beef, or Wild Game Processing, including Venison, Bear, Elk, Moose, Caribou, Antelope and Wild Boar.

219 Industrial Drive, New Glarus 608-527-2513 www.hoeslysmeats.com New Glarus area

Glarus, WI

Thurs.–Mon. 10:30am–5:00pm

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm

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The Bramble Patch

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

In 1880, Fred Schindler, a Swiss immi­ grant, first built the “Four Corners” building 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 vis­ itors to have a satisfying meal and an ice­ cold 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.

“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.

Photo by Sue Moen

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.

The Wilhelm Tell Usherettes wear costumes inspired by the cantons of Switzerland.

Polish Pottery Created by hand. Designed for everyday use.

Thousands are in stock. More than you can imagine.

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Brenda’s Blumenladen & Railroad Street Boutique Brenda’s Blumenladen adds to its “des­ tination shopping” status by opening Railroad Street Boutique in summer 2017! Showcasing the latest styles, Railroad Street Boutique will house trendy collec­ tions of ladies’ apparel that offer comfort and style. Brands like Natural Life, Vera Bradley and Brighton offer customers unique purses, travel bags, jewelry, scarves, and hats to give any outfit a whole new look. Add uplifting fragrances and body care products to complete your special fashion experience. Brenda’s Blumenladen has a vast selec­ tion of home décor, gifts and cards for everyone; from unique Badger, Packer and “man cave” items, to silk florals and candles. Set your table with the perfect

combination of linens, dishes and acces­ sories to warm your kitchen and find something fun and new for your home. In addition to being a full­service florist, the Blumenladen is a complete garden center with indoor plants, garden accents and supplies. Stroll the trellised walkways among fresh, colorful annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. Enhance your outdoor space with their incredible assortment of bird feeders, fountains, unique statuary and colorful pottery. Come enjoy your entire shopping expe­ rience with friendly customer service at Brenda’s Blumenladen and Railroad Street Boutique. You can find them at 17 6th Avenue in New Glarus; 608­527­2230 or for more information visit them online at brendasblumenladen.com.

Kinderladen Kinderladen believes kids should use more brain power than battery power. Give them the opportunity to unplug and use their imaginations with the tools to make playtime more fun, including books, games, toys, puz­ zles and crafts. Wall­to­wall shelves are filled with popular Melissa and Doug, K’nex, and other specialty toys. With games, science projects, books and art supplies, find all you need to expand those growing imaginations. Kinderladen also has Magna­Tiles, Plus Plus, ThinkFun games like Zingo! and Balance Beans, Orb Factory Plush Crafts, and many more unique

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toys, games and crafts. Want to learn more about a game or toy? They’ve played with almost everything – so they can suggest the best item for you and your family! Need a quick gift? Stop in to get personal­ ized gift suggestions from their knowledge­ able, friendly staff, and have it wrapped for free! Parents, grandparents and friends all agree – Kinderladen is great for families on the go, or families on a stroll, so we invite you to stop in and play! Call ahead and your gift can be ready for easy pick up, or visit our website at shop­ kinderladen.com for more gift ideas.

Sisters 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”

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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!

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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

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

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 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.

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 mid­ dle 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 state’s largest selection of New Glarus beer on tap. The grill is open until 12:00 am 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 internet

access while there. They offer more than 10 different types 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 compliment of New Glarus beer for carryout. The extensive menu also includes daily specials and a Friday Fish Fry. Sportsman’s Bar & Grill is located at 506 First Street in New Glarus, and can be reached at 608­527­2225.

Chalet Landhaus is a full service Inn famous for Swiss hospitality and old world charm – with all the modern amenies 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, aracons, and museums • Swissland Mini-Golf across the street • A short drive from anywhere in the Driless area! Special Summer, Winter, and New Glarus Brewery Taste & Tour Packages available!

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

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) 944-1716 or (608) 527-5234

Furnished in a comfortable Swiss chalet style, the restaurant has proven equally popular with guests, and local residents too. Start your day with a Connental 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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New Glarus Hotel Restaurant

The New Glarus Fire Department’s Ladder Team is very popular, performing in many parades throughout the summer.

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, hous­ ing salesmen, travelers, and those awaiting the services of nearby livery stables or har­ ness 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 picture in the village was shown in the hall in 1922. Talking movies were in­ troduced in 1930. But the stage stood mostly dark and silent from 1950 until 1965. It was then converted into a Swiss­ style Yodel Club, complete with restaurant. While yodeling is now mostly reserved for performances, the authentic Swiss­style dining experience still endures. The hotel

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!

has known only three generations of own­ ers since it first became a restaurant: Rob­ bie Schneider, Hans Lenzlinger, 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, relation­ ships 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! Discover Swiss specialties like Geschnet­ zeltes, 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 land­ scape 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 wel­ coming interior balcony. Come in Friday and Saturday evenings for live polka music. Not sure if polka’s your thing? Most people are surprised just how much they like it. From Jaegerschnitzel and Rösti to Fon­ due and Spätzli, they serve authentic Swiss cuisine prepared by trained chefs and served by a friendly wait staff. The Swiss are historically a nation of farmers, so they know that good food starts with good in­ gredients. 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.

Eat­In ✚ Take & Bake ✚ Carryout

Enjoy the charm and hospitality of Switzerland without leaving the States! Discover our Swiss speciales. Pair your meal with one of our Swiss wines or a locally­brewed beer like Spoed 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 Reservaons 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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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 am to 5:00 pm. Please check out their new website at www. mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com.

Enjoy delicious wines without the attitude at Hawk’s Mill WineHaus.

Hawk’s Mill WineHaus Hawk’s Mill Winery in Browntown is ex­ cited about the opening of their second win­ ery, Hawk’s Mill WineHaus, in New Glarus. After Hawk’s Mill Winery in Browntown opened two years ago, owners Ric and Teresa Joranlien were contacted by Primrose Winery in New Glarus because their owners were considering retirement. Primrose owners Bob and Peg Borucki decided to sell their building to Ric and Teresa, and the sale was finalized in the fall of 2016. In March 2017, Hawk’s Mill WineHaus

AWARD WINNING CHEESE, CHOCOLATE, WINE, FUDGE, ICE CREAM, AND MORE!

554 First St., New Glarus • 608-527-2000 www.mapleleafcheeseandchocolatehaus.com

officially opened its doors, and the response from the local area has been wonderful. Hawk’s Mill WineHaus features daily wine tastings with many of the popular wine fla­ vors from the Browntown location, plus sev­ eral of the favorites from Primrose, including Summer Wine and Classic American. Hawk’s Mill believes that visiting a winery should always be a great experience, so every effort is made to be sure that cus­ tomers enjoy their time at the WineHaus. This starts with a great staff and delicious wines, and continues with a cozy environ­ ment to relax and enjoy some locally made wines. While there is a full range from dry to sweet wines, the sweeter blends and fruit wines are truly remarkable. A refined palate and vast knowledge of wines is definitely not required to visit – their motto is “we offer delicious wines without the attitude.” Hawk’s Mill WineHaus is located at 500 First Street in downtown New Glarus, next to the Sportsman’s Bar. WineHaus’ winter hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 am­ 7:00 pm; and Sunday, 11:00 am­5:00 pm; and starting May 1st the WineHaus will be open seven days a week from 11:00 am­7:00 pm.

500 First Street, Downtown New Glarus www.hawksmillwinehaus.com • 608-636-2202 Wine tastings daily  Delicious wines ... without the attitude SUMMER HOURS: DAILY 11:00AM - 7:00PM Also visit us at: Hawk’s Mill Winery, W8170 Pilz Rd., Browntown, WI • 608-966-HAWK (4295) 26

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The Swiss Historical Village & Museum has been a popular stop for visitors to New Glarus since it first opened in 1942. The museum not only shares the 1845 migra­ tion story of Swiss colonists, but also shows the evolution of agriculture and dairying and explains New Glarus’ transformation into a tourist destination. The museum’s 14 buildings include a cheese factory, a one­room schoolhouse, a print shop, an authentic 1850’s cabin, and a replica of the community’s first church. The museum’s annual Harvest Fest – a family­friendly day devoted to old world traditions and demonstrations – is Sunday, October 8, 2017. The museum is open seven days a week, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, from May 1st to October 15th. An admission fee is charged and group tours are welcome by appoint­ ment.

Traditional Alphorn music can be found at almost all New Glarus festivals.

Photo by Sue Moen

The Swiss Historical Village & Museum

Spend a day visiting the Swiss Historical Village and Museum in New Glarus.

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, pastries, cookies, and specialty desserts you’ve come to know and love. Hard­ crusted hearth breads, ethnic cookies, and even 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 bak­ ery’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 fre­

quent exclamations upon entering the doors. Some of the bakery’s offerings have been enjoyed by generations, and some are newfound favorites. Indeed, the combina­ tion of tradition and continued innovation with flavorful delights sets New Glarus Bak­ ery apart. If you can’t make it to the bakery’s charming 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 avail­ able online with nationwide shipping. Whether you’re in need of a nostalgic fix 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 website at www.NewGlarusBakery. com for more information and store hours.

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 at 3pm Mother’s Day

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

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Puempel’s Olde Tavern 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 1912 Brunswick back bar could tell many stories if it could speak. The original ice box, now electrified, still cools the beers from the New Glarus Brewing Company.

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

Very Tres Chic 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 fea­ tures new and vintage gowns, on the rack for immediate purchase. They also fea­ ture contemporary gowns, alternative, vintage inspired and themed styles, from Gatsby to Bohemian. If you want a gown that is unique and fabulous, Very Tres Chic is for you. They also have a huge selec­ tion of accessories, jewelry, headpieces, feathers and furs. Fabulous music, cre­ ative styling and experienced service. They also offer a quality selection of vin­ tage clothing. Call for appointments, 608­ 527­3100. Very Tres Chic is available for private parties and photo shoots. Visit Retro Vin­ tage Weddings 1920s & 1930s and Very Tres Chic on Facebook!

Bridal & Evening Contemporary & Vintage Jewelry & Veils Furs~Feathers~Fringes Intimate~Experienced~Creative For the Woman who wants the Extraordinary 405 2nd St. New Glarus ~ verytreschic.com 608-527-3100 ~ a must see shop!

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

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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

www.puempels.com New Glarus area


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 offers affordable luxury, relaxing stays and romantic escapes.

Sugar River Pizza Sugar River Pizza Company opened their first pizzeria in 2009. The family owned and operated restaurant started with the simple idea that fresh, local ingredients mixed with passion makes great pizza! SRP’s passion for great food starts with dough prepared fresh daily. Their attention to quality continues throughout their extensive topping choices. They combine award­win­ ning local Wisconsin cheese and additive­free meats from local Wisconsin farms with fresh produce. In addition to delicious mainstay of­ ferings like pepperoni and sausage pizza, they offer more than 20 specialty pizzas ranging from a Mediterranean, Pulled Pork to Chicken Bacon and Mac N Cheese Pizza! The home­ made Mac N Cheese was featured in Madison Magazine as one of the top five comfort foods, and the restaurant among the top 13 pizzerias people love in the area! Quickly established by the locals as the best pizza in the area, Sugar River Pizza now has

two family­friendly locations. The Sugar River Pizza Verona location has been a huge hit since opening March 21, 2016. Located at 957 Liberty Drive, they offer two large inviting dining areas, a full bar, covered patio and large fire tables. They approach their beer and cocktail lists with the same attention to detail they put into their food menu featuring an impressive, rotating beer list (24 on tap with local favorites) and extensive cocktail of­ ferings. The New Glarus Sugar River Pizza, located at 700 Railroad Street in the picturesque vil­ lage of New Glarus, is nestled alongside the Sugar River State Trail. Offering two floors of dining, over 80 micro­brews, both local and international, extensive wine list, and a lovely dining patio including covered area and two large fire tables. You may go to Sugar River for the pizza, and be back again and again for their many other unique offerings.

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 bird’s­eye 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 reservaons to enjoy your stay at Kennedy’s Guest House.

400 Railroad St., New Glarus

608-527-GOOD (4663)

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. New Glarus area ~ New Glarus & Belleville

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There's almost nothing better than sitting back and enjoying some music in the park on summer evenings. Free concerts are held in Belleville’s Library Park from 6:30–8:00 pm every Tuesday in June and July. Bands are sponsored by the Belleville Public Library, Belleville Area Cultural Foundation, and local businesses. Bring a picnic, or support a local organization's food or dessert stand. Photo courtesy Belleville Public Library

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 am–6:00 pm; Satur­ day, 9:00 am–4:00 pm; and Sunday, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm. They can easily accommodate bus groups, just give them a call at 608­424­ 1516 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 about this cozy and invit­ ing shop.

Hometown Pharmacy – New Glarus & Belleville The Hometown Pharmacy of New Glarus and Belleville are wonderful destinations for your gift shopping and pharmacy needs. Each store has full­time pharmacists and friendly, helpful staff. They have vitamins, over­the­counter medications, Mueller care products and Truform support acces­ sories. A lovely assortment of women’s apparel and jewelry change with the seasons, along with their home décor items, some of which are picture frames, wooden plaques and kitchen linens. You’ll love the natural

soaps, lotions and soy based candle lines – all made in the USA. Need any children’s or baby gifts? They have a variety of stuffed animals, clothing, books, and toys. If you are hungry, they have Now Foods products for healthy eat­ ing, along with Stonewall Kitchen, Orange Crate and Davis & Davis products, and yummy candies. They also offer a full assortment of greet­ ing cards and gift wrap. The New Glarus Pharmacy also has a gift card mall for your convenience.

NEW GLARUS & BELLEVILLE

Trusted Pharmacy Care Unique Womens Apparel & Jewelry Baby & Children’s Toys & Gifts • Home Decor Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap • Candy & Specialty Foods Lotions & Soaps • American Provenance Products for Men & Women Over the Counter Medications 1101 St. Hwy. 69, New Glarus 608.527.3750

1 W. Main, Belleville 608.424.3364

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.

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Lake Belle View is a picturesque place to enjoy a variety of recreational activities for people of all ages and abilities, including wildlife viewing, walking and biking, canoeing and kayaking in the river and the new “in­lake loop,” and fishing in the river.

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area and to several residential neighbor­ hoods on the west side of Belleville. It is sure to be a popular trail for runners, walk­ ers and bicyclists, who also have easy ac­ cess to the Badger State Trail and the Sugar River Trail. A highlight of the Badger State Trail is the Stewart Tunnel. Make sure to bring your flashlight! Just north of Belleville, Dane County pur­ chased several properties to make the Sugar River available to the public. Preserv­ ing this corridor means families for gener­ ations to come will be able to partake in a variety of recreational activities. If plans include shopping, the Duluth Trading Outlet offers great deals or stop at Belleville Hometown Pharmacy or Patches

Corner Café

Are you hungry? The Corner Café, on Main Street in beautiful downtown Belleville, is the perfect place to bring the family for a hearty meal. Their full breakfast menu is available all day and lunch starts at 11:00 am; and no matter what time of day it is, your coffee cup will never be empty! There is something for everyone’s taste sandwiches, salads, burgers and pasta, and you don’t want to miss their freshly made pizzas. Their delicious Friday Fish Fry is available starting at 11:00 am. They also offer daily Mexican specials that will bring you back every day of the week. Carlos Tlatoa has been cooking for over 20 years, and has owned the Corner Café since October 2016. The Corner Café serves great food by friendly staff that’s fast and hot, in a comfortable and casual diner atmosphere.

& Petals for the perfect gift. Patches & Petals also offers everything you need for your quilting projects. Whatever you find to do in Belleville, you will find a small community with a big heart and lots of activities to add to your experi­ ence. For more information, contact the Belleville Chamber of Commerce at 608­ 424­3336 or www.belleville­wi.com.

Schwoegler’s Sugar River Lanes The Schwoegler family took over the for­ mer Super Bowl in 1994, and Mark Schwoe­ gler has been the owner and operator ever since. The Schwoegler family has a long his­ tory in bowling. In 1917, the first Schwoe­ gler’s was built in Stoughton, then came the Plaza Lanes in Madison, then the Schwoegler’s on Gilman Street, then Schwoegler’s Nakoma lanes on the West­ side, and finally Parktowne Lanes on the far west side. Tony built the first Schwoegler’s. He was also the doubles national champion in 1919. Tony’s sons, Connie and Bill, both built the west side centers and Bill’s son, Mark, is now running the Sugar River Lanes in Belleville. Connie became a world cham­ pion bowler in the late 1940s. The Schwoegler family is known for out­ standing service and dedication to bowling. They also enjoy serving up bowling alley burgers and cheesy fries to many of their bowling customers. Bowling is a part of Americana and that's what you get at Schwoegler’s!

Open Bowling, Bags & Volleyball Friday Fish Fry Full Bar & Grill

SCHWOEGLER’S SUGAR RIVER LANES Belleville • (608) 424-3774

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GATEWAY TO THE DRIFTLESS REGION Amber Indian Cuisine..................................................Page 13 Base Camp Café ............................................................Page 5 Coach’s Club Sports Bar Restaurant .............................Page 8 Cross Plains Family Restaurant .....................................Page 7 Crossroads Coffeehouse ...............................................Page 9 Culver’s of Cross Plains, Middleton & Sauk City ......Back Cover Freska Mediterranean Grill .........................................Page 12 O’Connell’s Liquor.......................................................Page 12 The Old Feed Mill Restaurant .......................................Page 5 Pizza Brutta .................................................................Page 10 Rising Sons Lao and Thai Cuisine ................................Page 11 The Shack Bar and Grill .................................................Page 6 Wollersheim Winery and Distillery ...............................Page 4 VERONA & PAOLI Bavaria Sausage ..........................................................Page 13 Culver’s of Verona..................................................Back Cover The Hop Garden Tap Room.........................................Page 17 Fisher King Winery......................................................Page 15 Paoli Bread and Brat Haus ..........................................Page 17 Paoli Café and Grocery................................................Page 16 Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café.................................Page 17 Tuvalu Coffeehouse ....................................................Page 14 Sugar River Pizza .........................................................Page 16 NEW GLARUS & BELLEVILLE Chalet Landhaus Restaurant .......................................Page 24 Corner Café .................................................................Page 31 Culver’s of New Glarus ..........................................Back Cover Glarner Bier Haus........................................................Page 20 Hawk’s Mill WineHaus ................................................Page 26 Hoesly’s Meats............................................................Page 21 Kennedy’s Ice Cream and Grill ....................................Page 29 Maple Leaf Cheese & Chocolate Haus ........................Page 26 New Glarus Bakery......................................................Page 27 New Glarus Hotel Restaurant .....................................Page 25 Puempel’s Olde Tavern ...............................................Page 28 Schwoegler’s Sugar River Lanes ..................................Page 31 Sportsman’s Bar and Grill ...........................................Page 24 Sugar River Pizza .........................................................Page 29 Ticino Pizzeria .............................................................Page 25 Tofflers Pub & Grill ......................................................Page 22

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MOUNT HOREB AREA Aztlán Mexican Grill....................................................Page 44 Bistro 101....................................................................Page 42 Botham Vineyards.......................................................Page 47 Campo di Bella Winery and Farm to Table..................Page 42 Culver’s of Mount Horeb .......................................Back Cover The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub ........................................Page 41 Harley Blue Bar and Grill.............................................Page 46 Schubert’s Restaurant.................................................Page 36 Sjölinds Chocolate House............................................Page 37 Sunn Café....................................................................Page 38 Telsaan Loose Leaf Tea................................................Page 42 Trollway Liquors ..........................................................Page 43 DODGEVILLE Aztlán Mexican Grill....................................................Page 50 The Cook’s Room ........................................................Page 50 Culver’s of Dodgeville ............................................Back Cover Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese....................................Page 51 Quality Bakery.............................................................Page 50 MINERAL POINT AREA Cyndy’s Fudge and Ice Cream Shoppe ........................Page 55 High Street Sweets......................................................Page 53 Popolo.........................................................................Page 55 Triple P Express ...........................................................Page 56 SPRING GREEN Culver’s of Spring Green ........................................Back Cover Driftless Depot ............................................................Page 60 Arena Cheese, Inc. ......................................................Page 61 Freddy Valentine’s Public House.................................Page 61 Arcadia Books and The Kitchen...................................Page 64 Rite­Way Plaza, Pizza Pit .............................................Page 63 The Shed .....................................................................Page 62 Wisconsin Riverside Resort.........................................Page 64 The Woods Bar and Grill .............................................Page 63

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The Stihl Timbersports competition at Grundahl Park.

Including Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, and Barneveld By Matt Geiger

Photo by Matt Geiger

If you stroll around Mount Horeb for a few minutes, you’ll probably see a few things that stop you in your ambling tracks. It’s just hard not to pause and have a look, a listen, or a taste in a community with so much to offer. You might see an affable young man with a fiery beard on his chin and a leather apron covering his chest, as he uses white­hot fire to turn rusty old agricultural tools into new and vibrant art that celebrates Wisconsin’s natural splendor. You could hear any number of musicians

The Mount Horeb Farmers Market.

as they pluck, strum and drum. Or, you might shake the well­calloused hand of a local farmer as you peruse a cor­ nucopia of local vegetables and meats at the farmers market. You might order coffee next to an ac­ claimed author or stop and ask a talented playwright for directions. You will absolutely get to meet some of the many trolls that inhabit this unique Midwest­ ern town. 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 desti­ nation 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, hik­ ing, 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 direc­

Spring Art Tour www.springarttour.com The 11th Annual Spring Art Tour, pre­ sented by the Mount Horeb Area Arts As­ sociation, consists of three days annually on the first weekend of June, Friday through Sunday, from 10:00 am­5:00 pm, daily – June 2­4, in 2017 (and June 1­3 in 2018). Visitors will be able to watch area artists at work in their rarely seen studios and shop their wares. This year, 21 high quality professional artists from Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, Black Earth, Verona, Mazomanie, and rural areas in between, will be opening their 34

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studios and galleries to the public. Their studios vary from small areas in the home to large barns in the countryside. Each place is unique to the artist. All are within a twenty­mile 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 continued on page 36

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tor of the local chamber of commerce. “Peo­ ple who come to Mount Horeb frequently exclaim, ‘What a great town!’ and I couldn’t agree more.” “The village is charming and our people are warm and welcoming,” 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 captivat­ ing historic district that combine to make Mount Horeb an ideal tourist destination. Our trolls, scattered throughout town, will win your heart and love having their picture taken with you and your family. Velkom­ men!” If you’re visiting Mount Horeb, be sure to stop by the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center to get a map to the attractions. And Mount Horeb’s trolls love kids, so be sure to have your family’s picture taken with them along the “Trollway,” the village’s iconic shop and restaurant­dotted Main Street. Rich in history, Mount Horeb features sev­ eral cultural festivals each year. The themes range from art to food and beer. Distinctive shops and antique stores, located in authen­ tic restored buildings and Victorian homes, line Main Street. Recreation is abundant in the Mount Horeb area. Tucked among the deep valleys and farmland of southern Wisconsin, visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, golfing, swim­ ming and a 39­mile recreation trail great for biking, hiking and jogging. Mount Horeb celebrated its 150th an­ niversary in 2011 as a community that has seen much growth and change since its ear­ liest days, all while retaining its small town charm. While the community and its shops and continued on page 36 Mount Horeb area


Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce

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elry, unique home items, made­in­Wiscon­ Exploring Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds Welcome to the Troll Capital of the sin items, homemade chocolate and pas­ World®! The Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds tries, imported Scandinavian items and area is situated amid rolling wooded hills holiday décor. The Mount Horeb area is and narrow scenic valleys. Bike the Military also home to artists and crafters who sell their paintings, ceram­ Ridge State Trail, take a hike, drive through ics, pottery and more the beautiful country­ in consignment shops side, ski or snow­ and galleries. board at Tyrol Basin Festivals and spe­ or stroll the down­ cial events abound town and spot a few in Mount Horeb and trolls. Be sure to pack Blue Mounds, be­ your camera, as the ginning with the many art­carved trolls Summer Frolic and along our “Trollway,” Spring Art Tour (an or Main Street, are open studios very photogenic! event) in June and Mount Horeb offers ending with our you an opportunity for Holiday Craft Bo­ unhurried shopping and nanza in Novem­ discovery. The down­ Art Fair. ber. These events town is distinguished by The Mount Horeb also include the Art its variety of specialty shops – many located in large Victorian Fair in July, Thirsty Troll Brew Fest in Sep­ homes – which offer antiques, books, jew­ tember, and Fall Heritage Festival in Octo­

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ber. Join the Sons of Norway for a dazzling assortment of traditional Norwegian foods during both their Art Fair Kaffe 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 Mu­ seum, open Friday through Sunday from May to December, has an award­winning exhibit that concentrates on Southwestern Dane County’s ethnic evolution but also re­ flects on the history of the state. The Wally Keller Tool Museum, located in the flagship 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, Botham Vineyards and Sjölinds 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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continued from page 34 people are undoubtedly whimsical, the silli­ ness and mythology are rooted in a deep, more serious love of history. Mount Horeb is home to a thriving and highly active historical society, complete with its own museum fea­ turing everything from ancient artifacts to antique firearms. According to the Mount Horeb Area His­ torical Society, land purchases that eventu­ ally led to the creation of the village began in 1849, but the community’s business center started east of where it is today.

SPRING ART TOUR continued from page 34 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 the Mount Horeb Community Foundation; Dane Arts, with addi­ tional funding from Endres Manufacturing Com­ pany Foundation, the Evjue Foundation Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; and numerous generous area businesses.

John Pahlas, steel sculptor

Englishman George Wright gave the town its name in 1861 when, charged with choos­ ing a name for the post office, he decided on the name of the place where the Book of Deuteronomy says God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. When the railroad came to town, it chose a station site farther west than the business district and the look of the town changed for­ ever. Businesses moved to be closer to the train, creating the Main Street area (the aforementioned Trollway) that is familiar to residents and visitors today. Today, Mount Horeb has something for everyone, but there is nothing generic or bland about this place. Brewmaster Mark Knoebl crafts award­winning beers using local hops at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, where residents’ homebrews even wind up on tap from time to time. Duluth Trading Company helps anchor the downtown with its selection of rugged outdoors­wear.

And if you go there yourself and take a few moments to amble amongst the trolls, the artists and the farmers, you will likely find something entirely new, utterly surprising and uniquely wonderful.

Photo by Matt Geiger

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Celebrating July 4th in Mt. Vernon.

Schubert’s Restaurant Schubert’s knows a lot about serving great breakfasts. For more than 100 years, loyal customers have flocked to this historic bak­ ery first opened by the Olson family in 1911. Wisconsin native Jerry Schubert purchased the bakery in the 1970s and expanded serv­ ice by introducing a classic diner menu, fea­ turing hearty country breakfasts and down­home comfort food. This charming restaurant with its original tin ceilings, cozy wood booths, checkered floor, and old­fash­ ioned soda fountain provides a nostalgic set­ ting 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 fa­ vorites. Now there’s even more.

Today, Antonio Estrada and his family, with 13 years of experience in restaurants like Pancake Café, La Brioche True Food, Le Crois­ sant Bakery, are part of Schubert’s. Together, Jerry Schubert and Antonio will keep the Schubert’s tradition of this beautiful place alive. Adding a couple of new dishes into menu, but of course still leaving the clas­ sics ones on the menu. Also adding some gourmet hot drinks, with Espresso, Latte, Mocha, Teas made with fresh organic home­ made tea bags. New sandwiches and salads also join the menu. Plus the best part… desserts. They also do catering for any kind of occa­ sion. Stop by Schubert’s at 128 E. Main Street, Mount Horeb. Call 608­437­3393.

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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.

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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.

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chandising. Once bitten by the retailing bug, she was unstoppable. After graduation she landed a job with Ralph Lauren, an interna­ tional design firm that was taking the indus­ try by storm. She grew with the company, eventually being named Senior Director Brand Manager. She officially retired earlier this year. “I was blessed to have a great career with Ralph Lauren, truly a dream come true,” says McFee. But she’s not done with retail yet. Now the McFees are living in Mount Horeb full­time, and Lynn is focusing all of her energy on McFee on Main. McFee was looking to share her own pas­ sion for all things artistic. She and husband John watched the property at 400 E. Main Street for some time before making their de­ cision. Once they did, they were all in.

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most prominent merchandisers, she opened her own shop in downtown Mount Horeb, long a mecca for southern Wisconsin shop­ pers looking for unique stores and restau­ rants. McFee on Main is located at 400 E. Main Street, at the east end of Mount Horeb’s busy downtown business district. McFee said her new shop features home décor, unique art pieces, gifts, women’s cloth­ ing and more. Eventually, plans are to include a small restaurant. “I want it to be an experience, a fun place to visit,” said McFee. “You’ll be able to find a gift, something for yourself, something for your home. We expect you will find what you are looking for!” McFee is no novice when it comes to mer­

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Sunn Café Located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb, just a block off the bike trail, Sunn Café offers Troll Town a fresh new place to grab a bite to eat with freshly made soups, sandwiches, salads and more. “Sunn” is Norwegian for “wholesome” or “good for you.” Sunn Café aspires to hold true to this meaning—using local and or­ ganic ingredients when possible and con­ centrating on inventive recipes and flavor combinations. Sunn’s menu changes often and features seasonal fare. Sunn opened in October 2017, after an extensive renovation of their historic space. With a bright, friendly farmhouse­industrial vibe, Sunn is a welcoming environment for all. And don’t miss the sunny outdoor seat­ ing! Sunn features a wide selection of craft beers and wines and showcases local music talent two Friday evenings each month. Sunn Café is currently open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, with some additional hours during the summer months.

   





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Olson’s Christmas House 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

Isaac’s Antique Mall & Isaac’s Soaps Isaac’s Antique Mall and Isaac’s Soaps at 132 E. Main St. downtown Mount Horeb has 40 dealers occupying this large Antique Mall. Look for quality refinished furniture including primitive, and mid century mod­ ern furniture along with a large variety of items supplied by our faithful dealers who re­stock weekly. Isaac’s motto is “The Usual, the Unusual, the Unique!” The Soap and Fragrance Store takes pride in selling quality essential oils, natural products, some from our own Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Janelle from Jangle Soapworks raises and milks her goats, pro­

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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.

viding many natural products. “American Provenance” by Kyle LaFond offers prod­ ucts for men and women displayed in an at­ tractive rustic display. Isaac’s Soaps has offered natural prod­ ucts from Jason, Tom’s, Kiss My Face, Burts Bees, and many others for years. We con­ tinue to add natural products including Pacifica. Isaac’s has Thymes, Crabtree & Evelyn, Caswell Massey, Aromatique, candles, Ty, greeting cards and surprises. Call 608­437­ 6151 for additional information.

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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.

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Board and Brush Creative Studio Board and Brush Creative Studio is here to guide your inner DIY! Its workshops pro­ vide guided instruction and a relaxed envi­

Moonhill Mercantile With over two decades on the Trollway, Moonhill Mercantile is one of Mount Horeb’s premier shopping destinations. They specialize in amusing and pleasing customers with their extensive product lines. The shelves are lined with home décor, custom­made braided rugs, baby gifts, handmade soaps and candles, jew­ elry, clothing and specialty foods. Gift cards available. While you’re strolling along the Trollway, Moonhill Mercantile welcomes you to stop in for a visit at 108 East Main Street!

ronment. Just bring your creativity and a willingness to learn, and you will build a wooden décor piece from scratch that is worthy of your walls. Board and Brush offers a wide variety of hands­on experiences, from workshops, private parties, bridal showers, bache­ lorette gatherings, children’s birthday bashes, corporate events to fundraisers. For those events, the studio offers over 150 sign/project choices, including licensed trademark Wisconsin Badger and Sconnie designs. They can also work with you to create a custom design. All projects include everything you will need to leave with a beautiful, classic wooden piece. Come and enjoy a glass of wine with your girlfriends, spouse, family, or co­workers while you hone your woodworking skills! Please visit our website at www.boar­ dandbrush.com/mthoreb to view our work­ shop schedule. Call 608­419­0253 or email mthoreb@boardandbrush.com if you have any questions.

Bergey Jewelry Bergey Jewelry is a family­owned and operated small­town jeweler in business since 1951. You will feel the history as soon as you walk through the door. The newly renovated store, on the Trollway in Mount Horeb, brings out the downtown's historic character. Bergey Jewelry is a full­service retailer, offering custom, locally made and fine jewelry for all of life’s occasions. The com­ petitively priced merchandise selection in­ cludes timeless styles and current trends. The store’s knowledgeable and trustwor­ thy staff is known for delivering excellent customer service and great value to its customers. Repairs, gold buying and in­ house jewelry designs by an experienced goldsmith are available, with a certified gemologist and watchmaker on staff too. To make shopping easier, the store keeps wish lists on file and offers free gift wrap­ ping. To learn more about Bergey Jewelry, visit BergeyJewelry.com or stop in today.

MOONHILL MERCANTILE Dane County’s Lang Center Featuring Gifts and Goods for Everyday Living and Giving. Visit us at 108 East Main Street Mount Horeb, WI 53572

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Quality New and Used Apparel and Recycled Treasures

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

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Peg Ginsberg Watercolors It’s never too late to nurture your inner artist. Although award­winning watercolorist Peg Ginsberg has created art her entire 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, 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 without a central location, and so the oppor­ tunity seemed too good to pass up. That October, Peg Ginsberg Watercolors opened its doors at 207 East Main Street. 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 Giclée prints and blank notecards. It's also a com­ munity hub for novice and experienced artists alike to take private or small group les­ sons, shop for art supplies, or explore ques­ tions in their own work. Peg Ginsberg Watercolors is open six days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s also a stop on the Spring Art Tour, where Peg and her fellow artists open their studios and homes to curious patrons. For additional information call 608­437­ 0418 or visit PegGinsbergWatercolors.com.

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The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub While touring the Troll Capital of the World, be sure to stop at the family­friendly Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, Restaurant and Pizzeria. Located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb, the Grumpy Troll building was originally the Mount Horeb Creamery and later a large­scale cheese factory. The Brewmaster has produced many award­winning beers, such as Amnesia Baltic Porter, winner of the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup as best Baltic Porter in the world. In 2016, the Spetsnaz Stout won a Silver World Beer Cup Medal in the Export Stout category. In addition, RateBeer.com rated the Grumpy Troll the 40th Best Brew­ pub in the World in 2007. Madison Maga­ zine voted the Grumpy Troll as the Best Brewery in their Best of the Burbs competi­ tion in 2015 and 2016. There are 12 beers on tap year round, in­ cluding several selections of IPAs, lagers and seasonal barrel aged beer, all made on­site. The first floor pub features an expansive menu, including burgers and sandwiches made with locally­sourced and produced

beef and bacon, as well as house­made soups and salads. There are daily specials, a traditional beer­battered fish fry on Fridays and crowd­pleasing prime rib on Saturday nights. Weather permitting, you can enjoy your handcrafted brew and meal in the out­ door beer garden. The second floor is home to the Grumpy Troll Pizzeria, boasting gourmet pizzas on a “Treber Grain” crust, the same grain used to produce the handcrafted ales and lagers. This is a pizza lover’s destination featuring a full bar, all 12 Grumpy Troll beers and video games for the kids. Catch your favorite sports team on one of several large screen TVs. The entire facility is handicapped 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. The first floor pub opens daily at 11:00 am; pizzeria hours vary, please contact us. Go to www.thegrumpytroll.com or call 608­437­ 2739 for more information.

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Bistro 101 For an unforgettable dinner, reserve a table at Bistro 101, a restaurant with ďŹ ne food and a relaxing atmosphere located in the historic Ho Mall at 101 E. Main Street, downtown Mount Horeb. Chef and Manag­ ing Partner Mark Valaskey has spent decades cultivating relationships with local farmers and foragers who provide the restaurant with a bounty of seasonal Wis­ consin fare: wild mushrooms, spring ramps and morels, heirloom tomatoes, summer berries, fresh honey comb, hickory nuts, and much more. Nightly features showcase fresh ďŹ sh and seafood, specialty poultry, prime cuts of pork and beef, and elegant homemade desserts. The full bar features classic and contemporary cocktails, a selec­ tion of craft and conventional beers, and wine by the glass and bottle.

Come as you are; families are welcome. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Cocktails at 4:00 pm, dinner at 5:00 pm. Reservations recommended – call 608­437­9463. Closed Sunday and Monday. For information on specials, catering serv­ ices, and events, follow Bistro 101 on Face­ book and visit hoffbistro101.com.

Telsaan Loose Leaf Tea Welcome to a unique place where there's a perfect cup for everyone! Telsaan is a

charming tea shop located in downtown Mount Horeb, and is known for its eclectic mix of loose­leaf teas and warm, inviting at­ mosphere. Telsaan oers a versatile space with Wi­Fi and catering for events, meetings, and classes. Board games, card games, and other tabletop games are welcomed. Telsaan is pleased to oer you over 140 loose­leaf teas, herbs, and spices. The knowledgeable and approachable sta let their passion for honest, heartfelt interac­ tions infuse everything they do. Telsaan has a vision of bringing a healthy lifestyle to your table. The only real question is: which tea will you take home ďŹ rst? More information and events are at telsaan.com.

Campo di Bella Winery and Farm to Table Campo di Bella is a small, family run winery and diversiďŹ ed sustainable farm. They are dedicated to providing local, nat­ urally produced food and Italian seasonally inspired meals from their own heritage breed pork, lamb and sustainably grown vegetables. Join them for farm­to­table dinners on Saturday evenings at the winery. See a full list of dinner events, menus and make your reservations online at their website: www.campodibella.org, or call them at 608­320­9287. Campo di Bella's wine bar is open every Friday evening during the summer, from 4:30 pm–9:00 pm, and Saturday afternoons continued on page 43

Village Inn Motel The Village Inn Motel is a family­owned and operated motel that is committed to providing visitors with a clean, safe and comfortable 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 ďŹ shing and small town living. Indulge in a memo­ rable breakfast or dinner at any of Mount Horeb’s local restaurants. Call 608­437­3350 for reservations, or visit www.littlebedder.com for additional information.

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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 three dogs (Duncan, Maggie and Vivi), are there to take you through their extensive selection of potables and find what's right for you and your occasion. In­ side the welcoming and mysterious shoppe you can find everything 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 bourbons, whiskeys, liqueurs and dis­ tilled spirits 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.

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Acorns Ray and Val moved from London to Wis­ consin in 2004, and have now brought their love of vintage décor to Main Street Mount Horeb, along with a wide selection of new and locally made home acces­ sories. Their delightful store is filled with vin­ tage furniture, antiques, classic home ac­ cessories and unique gifts for every occasion. It’s the perfect addition to the Trollway, joining other locally owned spe­ cialty stores. Acorns is located in the heart of Mount Horeb at 304 E. Main Street, right next door to the Visitor Centre, in between the Town Troll and the traditional Norwegian stabbur. To learn more about upcoming store events and local festival weekends, visit their website at www.acornsmounthoreb. com, or check Acorns out on Facebook. Ray and Val look forward to meeting you soon!

continued from page 42 from 1:00 pm–5:00 pm, with no reserva­ tions 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 winery. Call or visit their website for seasonal hours of operation and weekly dinner spe­ cials. Consider having a private or semi­pri­ vate event at the winery for your next special occasion. Sit down with your family for a wonderful locally grown meal and reawaken a more traditional and simple way of life.

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

Home Accessories, Vintage Furniture, & Unique Gifts 304 E. Main Street, Mt. Horeb Open 10­4 Thursday ­ Monday 608 833 3679 www.acornsmounthoreb.com

Trollway Liquors Free Loose Ice With Pur chase!

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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 even­ tually becoming co­owner of three bustling Laredo’s eateries in the Madison area, coming 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 restaurant 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 memo­ ries 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 pre­

Artisan Woods Gallery Artisan Woods Gallery is now in it’s 15th year of providing a place to shop for that per­ fect gift or accessory. They are located in the lower level of the historic Opera House, in downtown Mount Horeb. The 121­year­old birch flooring, high ceilings, and many win­ dows give the space a comfortable, airy feel. Artisan Woods Gallery carries a large vari­ ety of contemporary woodcrafts handcrafted 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, jewelry, bookmarks and much more! Enjoy exploring their two rooms for that perfect gift! Free gift boxes are included with most items. Please refer to the website for

seasonal hours, call 608­437­1811 or visit artisanwoodsgallery.com.

dicting 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.” “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 location, 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 information. Carry­outs are always wel­ come at both locations.

AZTLÁN MEXICAN GRILL Authentic Family Owned Mexican Restaurant

Featuring Mexican Beers, Margaritas, Mojitos & Daily Specials Complimentary Chips & Salsa 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

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GrandStay Hotel & Suites The GrandStayÂŽ Hotel & Suites is located in the beautiful Village of Mount Horeb. Opened in May 2015, the GrandStayÂŽ has quickly become the place to stay when visiting the area. We oer a variety of rooms, all of which are meticulously clean and beautifully appointed. Our sparkling indoor pool and spa will help you unwind after a long day of work or play. Standard rooms oer ei­ ther one king or two queen beds. Executive rooms feature one king bed and a sofa sleeper. Suites oer a little something extra: a bed­ room with a king bed and at 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 KeurigÂŽ coee maker, Bath & Body WorksÂŽ toiletries, plush white towels, soft cotton sheets, and comfortable SertaÂŽ mattresses. The GrandStayÂŽ 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 funÂ­ďŹ lled birthday 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 GrandStayÂŽ Hotel & Suites Mount Horeb is ideal for business travelers working 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 GrandStayÂŽ has to oer. We value every guest – every time.

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Fresh Complexions & Dazzling Digits Your one­stop shop for beauty and pam­ pering is now open at 2965 Main Street in Blue Mounds! Fresh Complexions Personal Skincare offers a variety of specialty facials and skin­ care; treating acne, dry skin, mature skin, rosacea and other concerns. They also do waxing, body scrubs, body wraps, and CryoClear® treatments (for age spots and skin tag removal). Fresh Complexions fea­ tures Bioline products from Italy that use the purest ingredients to create products that are results driven. Everyone’s skin is dif­ ferent, let them help you find what works best for you! You can check them out online at www.FreshComplexions.com, or call 608­843­3788 for additional information. Dazzling Digits is your destination for all things nails, offering a wide variety of serv­ ices for the hands and feet. From mani­ cures and nail enhancements to pedicures and toenail correction and/or repair. They do it all! Wisconsin’s first certified Master Pedicurist. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 608­576­3429 or visit www.dazdigits.com.

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Harley Blue Bar & Grill Looking for a friendly, traditional Wiscon­ sin neighborhood tavern? Harley Blue Bar and Grill in Blue Mounds is the place! Harley Blue (Harley for our dog, Blue for the Mounds) has been in operation since March 2004. It opens every day at 11:00 am and serves lunch specials each day, featuring old­fash­ ioned favorites such as scalloped potatoes

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with ham and spaghetti and meatballs. Sand­ wiches (including 1/3 lb. burgers made with fresh, local ground beef) and appetizers are available also. Harley Blue is particularly proud of its Friday Fish Fry, featuring deep­ fried or broiled fish and shrimp made to order; dinners come with choice of potatoes and a soup and salad bar on Friday evenings. The bar offers a good selection of liquors and beers. Harley Blue Bar and Grill is located at 2961 Main Street in Blue Mounds; phone 608­437­3780.

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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 conservancy, Botham Vineyards & Winery has been grow­ ing and producing regionally distinctive wines of international acclaim since 1989. Botham Vineyards produces 10 award­ winning wines each year, handcrafted and carefully monitored through each laborious step in the vine­to­bottle process. The es­ tate’s 10­acre vineyard, planted in 1989, sup­ plies the winery 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 inter­ national competition over the last decade. Botham Vineyards was recognized as Wis­ consin Winery of the Year in 2016. 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 pastures, once deeply lined with the hoof prints of a half­century’s herds and knotted with rocks and tree stumps, became host to the tranquil

symmetry of trellis. The circa­1900 ‘hung’ barn, revered for its beauty and historical sig­ nificance, was lovingly refurbished and now houses the tasting room, gallery, gift shop and two indoor spaces for private and public gatherings. The vast grounds and a large outdoor ter­ race provide spectacular views in every sea­ son and are the ideal backdrop for live music, family gatherings, private and corporate events and a host of special events through­ out the late spring, summer and fall. The venue is also a romantic destination for wed­ ding ceremonies and intimate receptions. This is a family company, founded by wine­ grower and winemaker, Peter Botham, who runs the business with assistance from his wife, Sarah, their son, Mills, and a staff of warm and welcoming associates passionate about tending the vineyard and pouring, en­ joying and sharing 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, at the intersec­ tion of County K and Langberry Road. To get

there, take County Road K south off Highway 18/151 and follow the signs. For public events information, to schedule tours or pri­ vate tastings, inquire about hosting a wed­ ding or private event or for details about the 22nd Annual Vintage Celebration please call 888­GR8­WINE (478­9463) or visit www. bothamvineyards.com. Visitors welcomed for public and private group tastings, 10:00 am–5:00 pm on weekends in March, then Wednesday through Sunday from April 1st through De­ cember 24th. Tours by appointment for groups of 15 or more. Local Flavor. National Acclaim.™

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Dodgeville area

Photo by Alyssa Thuli

Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is a destination for driving distance and three state parks a little bit of everything. From the great out­ – Governor Dodge State Park, Tower doors to the quaint shopping, to the festivi­ Hill, and Blue Mounds State Park. ties and historical attractions, there is Local specialty restaurants and familiar something for every visitor to enjoy. Come national chains dish up an inviting menu of explore and wrap choices for where to yourself in the eat. They are sure beauty of the you will delight in the Driftless area. food and service Dodgeville, Wis­ from our people! consin, welcomes Top it off with a visitors with the sweet treat from coziness of a small the local bakery rural town, the or a hot beverage thrill of outdoor ac­ from the local tivities, and a color­ coffeehouse. ful history. The nightlife Daytrips are a brims with activ­ popular way for vis­ ity at the bars, camp. up itors to explore the brewpub, bowling gro ar ne ffs blu the A view from beautiful region of alley, and even a Southwest Wiscon­ place for wine lovers (and don’t forget about sin, because you can head in any direction to Friday night fish fries!). After a day of fun, take in scenic views, visit an attraction, or you will find peaceful rest at one of the ho­ play in the great outdoors. During the sum­ mer months the area parks offer trails for hik­ ing, picnic areas, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and Folklore Village is a nationally recognized picture­perfect views from the bluffs. They folk arts and culture center dedicated to have three golf courses within a very short enriching lives through time­honored tradi­ tions. Founded by renowned international folk dance leader Jane Farwell on her family’s historic farm, Folklore Village presents artistic and cultural programming that in­ cludes concerts, weekend learning retreat festivals, barn dances, old­fashioned Satur­ day evening socials, monthly Open Mics, special seasonal events, and field trips for area school children. During weekend fes­ tivals we offer intensive learning opportu­ nities in dance, music, crafts and cultural traditions; simple rustic lodging in our two bunkhouses, and delicious ethnic­themed food, fresh from our restaurant­quality kitchen, prepared by Red Barn Catering. Most events are family friendly. Folklore Village facilities are available as The waterfalls at Taliesin.

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Maypole Dancing and other artistic and cultural programming is offered at Folklore Village. tels, motels, campgrounds or area bed & breakfasts, and wake refreshed and ready to go again. Dodgeville welcomes you to join us for one of their many family­friendly events and fes­ tivals in the Dodgeville area. The Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship is held in early Spring, and highlights the cheese and dairy industry of Wisconsin. From late Spring to mid­December, the calendar is filled with music festivals and classes at Folklore Vil­ lage, a bike tour sponsored by Taliesin, Sum­ mer Concert Series sponsored by Lands’ End, Farmers Appreciation Day, and many other events. Visit www.dodgeville.com for more listings.

Folklore Village

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a rental for your dream barn wedding, your next family reunion, company picnic or meeting. Find details and updated program infor­ mation at www.folklorevillage.org.

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White Oak Savanna Set on 66 acres of Oak Savanna Prairie nes­ tled in Southwest Wisconsin's dramatic Drift­ less Region, White Oak Savanna is an organic, eco­friendly farm/event space for weddings, corporate meetings, retreats, farm­to­table meals and musical events and festivals. White Oak Savanna is deeply committed to sustainable farming and business practices, including organic prairie restoration, solar en­ ergy, rain water collection, the use of re­ claimed items and selection of local goods and services whenever possible. The property’s primary events venue is the Lloyd Jones Pavilion Barn. A meticulously re­ stored 1920s barn built by Frank Lloyd Wright's first cousin, Charles Lloyd Jones, it accommodates up to 200 guests seated, 300 guests for a cocktail reception or concert, and another 100 guests outdoors under the shelter of a large tent. The Bluestem Kitchen Complex features a state­of­the­art commer­ cial kitchen, ADA compliant restrooms and spacious dressing rooms.

White Oak Savanna is a popular venue for weddings and more.

Another soon­to­be­favorite spot for wed­ ding ceremonies, musical performances and other events is the Pond Amphitheater, fea­ turing a naturally stepped limestone rock for­ mation overlooking a spring­fed pond. A short walk overland leads to a shady, secluded Oak Savanna Sanctuary surrounded by sun­drenched, dramatic hills: yet another spot to gather and celebrate. White Oak Savanna also offers unique op­ tions for overnight stays: the charming Nor­ wegian Hollow Farmhouse has four bed­

rooms and two bathrooms for up to 12 guests, as well as a full kitchen, dining room, living room, outdoor seating area and laun­ dry facilities. The intimate Driftless Cottage is a secluded, luxuriously “tiny house” with sweeping views of the prairie. The Cottage accommodates up to four people with one bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen and deck with outdoor seating. Perfect for the bride and groom! Please visit whiteoaksavanna.com or call 608­636­5776 for additional information and booking.

Don Q Inn Hotel 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 cor­ ner. The Don Q Inn staff can help you plan your next special occasion or romantic get­ away with a variety of options. Standard rooms are available for families with chil­ dren. The spacious standard guest rooms are an excellent choice for your family trip to enjoy all the wonderful attractions 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 3:00 pm for public tours. Recreational amenities available for guests include one of the first indoor/outdoor pool complexes in Wisconsin and an eight­person whirlpool.

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

(608) 935-2321 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

White Oak Savanna is a spectacular setting for weddings, events and retreats featuring a beautifully restored 1920’s barn on 66 acres of hilly farmland and oak savanna prairie. Visit whiteoaksavanna.com or call 608-636-5776 for bookings and information. Dodgeville area

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The Cook’s Room 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 am to 4 pm, and Sat­ urday from 9 am to 3 pm. It is located at 138 N. Iowa St. in Dodgeville. You can find out more at 608­935­JAVA or www.cooksroomcafe.com.

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.

Wise Owl Workshop Wise Owl Workshop features an eclectic mix of chalk painted furniture, home décor, one­of­a­kind items, repurposed pieces, and vintage finds. It opened in November 2016, and is located within the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce building at 338 N. Iowa Street. Although the space is small, it “packs quite a punch!” The workshop started out as a chalk painting and crafting space (as there are no stairs to enter) and retail space

quickly started to grow. “Like” their site on Facebook and you will see photos new items as they are com­ pleted. Hours are Wednesday­Saturday, 2:00 pm–6:00 pm. (And any other time when the Wise Owl sign is placed out front.) Pop in for a visit to see what they’re working on or chat about new painting techniques and/or challenges you may be facing. They hope to see you soon!

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.

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Time & Again Vintage

Best Western Inn & 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 pancakes, yogurts, fruits and pastries, cereals, 100 per­ cent Arabica coffee and chilled juices. It’s the perfect start to any morning and a great way to prepare for your daily adventure.

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. 2017 Event Dates: May 17­21, June 14­ 18, July 19­23, August 16­20, September 20­24, October 18­22, and November 15­ 19. Wednesday nights, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thursdays through Sundays, 9:00 am–6:00 pm.

Photo by Alyssa Thuli

Best Western Inn & Suites

Enjoy a hike at Governor Dodge State Park. The friendly and welcoming staff help make each stay special. Enjoy a spacious, well­appointed room or spend the day sun­ bathing by the pool. For reservations call 608­935­7739 or visit www.bestwestern.com.

Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese has been part of Wisconsin's rich tradition of cheese making for 96 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 Wis­ consin Cheese outlet store also offers Choco­

We invite you to stay at

Best Western Inn & Suites Dodgeville 1130 N. Johns St. Reservations 608-935-7739 www.bestwestern.com

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late Shoppe ice cream. Visit Schurman’s at 1401 Hwy. 23 N, Dodgeville, next to the bike trail. They are open daily, Monday through Fri­ day, 8:00 am–6:00 pm, and Saturdays, 8:00 am–4:00 pm. They are closed Sundays and holidays. You may call to place an order for any of their famous Wisconsin Cheddar Cheeses or other Wisconsin Cheese varieties, 608­ 935­5741. Please call in advance for large curd orders. They ship cheese year­round, packing carefully to preserve quality. Dur­ ing the holiday season, Schurman’s Wiscon­ sin Cheese also offers cheese gift boxes.

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Schurman’s Wisconsin Cheese

“Home of the 5-year-old cheddar”

40 other varieties to choose from

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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 Closed Sundays & Holidays

Antiques ~ Collectables ~ Vintage ~ Home Décor

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



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

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Mineral Point area

Explore Pendarvis: A Cornish mining settlement. creativity. Potters, painters, glass 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 staple for the early miners. Another Cornish treat is figgyhobbin...a rich dessert made with pas­ try and rolled with brown sugar, cinnamon, 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 motels, luxurious and historic bed and breakfasts, 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 ballgames. Mineral Point’s Cornish heritage is celebrated September 28 – October 1, 2017, with Celtic music, food, workshops and more. The Fall Art Tour, on the third week­ end of October, is an especially inviting time to visit, where you can see artist demonstra­ tions up close. And every year on the first Saturday of December, the town is turned into a magical winter wonderland with lumi­ naries, roasting chestnuts and carolers strolling the streets while you shop for every­ one on your holiday list. Keep up to date with special events hap­ pening in Mineral Point throughout the year by visiting www.mineralpoint.com.

Photo by Sue Moen

Mineral Point, with its historic past and about the life of early miners and witness unique identity as a creative community, is a how the work of two men in the 1930s has wonderful place to get away. created a legacy of historic preservation. Wisconsin’s third oldest city, Mineral Point The Merry Christmas Mine Hill preserves was first settled in 1827, becoming a lead vestiges of both early lead mining and later and zinc mining center during the 19th and zinc mining. It also contains 43 acres of re­ early 20th centuries. Today this architectural stored prairie. Shake Rag Alley, with seven gem in the hills of southwest Wisconsin con­ historic structures, is an arts education cen­ tinues to attract artists ter that inspires and people who appre­ creativity for all ciate historic architec­ ages. The historic ture. buildings are class­ Historic buildings, rooms for work­ working artists, locally shops that offer owned shops and you the opportu­ restaurants, plus relax­ nity to explore a ing places to stay and new craft or im­ lots of friendly folks… prove your skills in that is just part of what a variety of artistic makes this a special endeavors. Tours place. Mineral Point has of Orchard Lawn, a great variety of shops the 1868 historic and art galleries for a Enjoy a workshop at Shake Rag Alley. Italianate home sur­ wonderful shopping ex­ rounded by nine perience and many unique bed and breakfast acres of lawns, flowers, and trees, are avail­ and hotels for a wonderful overnight experi­ able May through September, Friday ­ Sun­ ence. day. The Mineral Point Depot is one of few Mineral Point was the first city in Wiscon­ surviving pre­Civil War depots in the United sin to be listed on the National Register of States. Recognized as the oldest depot in Historic Places. Many of the stone cottages Wisconsin, it is the oldest surviving structure and businesses crafted by the Cornish set­ of the Milwaukee Road. tlers in the 1800s are well preserved for mod­ Dedicated in 1915, the Mineral Point ern use. Opera House was built as a vaudeville house Pendarvis Historic Site is open for tours that attracted touring artists who presented from May through October. You will hear first class entertainment to an enthusiastic community. Today, this beautifully re­ stored Opera House combines live stage and the big screen to provide audiences with a variety of en­ tertainment. Shopping in Min­ eral Point is a big part of what makes us original — a small town with a flair for Mineral Point's historic railroad depot was built in 1857.

Photos courtesy Mineral Point Chamber

www.mineralpoint.com

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Pendarvis and Trelawny houses. Mineral Point area


The Bargain Nooks The Bargain Nook stores are owned and operated by Hodan Community Services, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and have been part of our communities for 34 years. The mission of Hodan Community Services is to provide and promote opportunities for work and personal development so that persons with disabilities can achieve individual life goals. The dollars generated by the Bargain Nooks directly support this mission in two ways. First, by providing work opportunities for people with disabilities at the Bargain Nook stores. And secondly, by generating revenues that are used to provide life enrich­ ing opportunities in and through Hodan Community Services’ many service pro­ grams. The Bargain Nooks offer gently used, vin­ tage, and brand new items at affordable prices. It is a veritable “treasure hunt” each time you shop. Clothing, housewares, home furnishings, luggage, and accessories are, many times, one of a kind. With weekly delivery of donations, they

encourage you to visit frequently to check out their most recent merchandise. You may find a “treasure” to take home, or at the very least, a friendly smile because they have some of the nicest folks around working at their stores. Visit all five Bargain Nooks located throughout southwest Wisconsin: Mineral Point, Darlington, Spring Green, Platteville, and Mount Horeb. Open seven days a week: Monday­Friday (10:00 am–5:30 pm), Satur­ day (10:00 am–5:00 pm) and Sunday (Noon­ 4:00 pm). Follow them on Facebook too.

Lots of treasures can be found at any of the Bargain Nook stores.

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 first. There’s a wall of hard­to­find retro candy you probably haven't seen since you were a kid. They have towers of suckers, candy for every season, penny candy, candy novelties, licorice, Harry Potter candy, Amish­made con­ fections, imported British candy, local choco­ late, jelly beans, and real insects encased in

candy. They have Pez out the wazoo! There’s always something new and fun at High Street Sweets. You’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face after visiting what might be the happiest place in Southwest Wisconsin. And, don’t forget to ask about their lodging at High Street Suites. It’s not a B & B, it’s a B & C (Bed & Candy). For more information call 608­987­ 1522 or visit their website at www.high­ streetsweets.com.

Shake Rag Alley 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 thirteenth year, Shake Rag offers 200 classes a year, ranging from jew­ elry to garden arts, rug hooking, mixed media, blacksmithing, writing and rustic art. Beginners to advanced crafters are welcome. The summer season features engaging classes and art camps for children as well. Garden Getaway, Beads & Bangles, Wood­ landers Gathering, Art Adventure and a Tour of Fairy Homes are only a few of the major events through Shake Rag’s main season. Historic, onsite lodging is available for stu­ dents or travelers. Take a self­guided tour through the rustic and charming campus anytime. When not in use for programming, Shake Rag Alley’s beautiful campus is avail­ able for rentals for weddings, receptions, art parties, reunions, birthdays and corporate re­ treats. Visit www.ShakeRagAlley.com, or you can call 608­987­3292 to find out more.

Quality New and Used Apparel and Recycled Treasures

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

Open 7 days/week!

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts Art workshops Historic lodging Youth Programs Site rentals 124 High St. • Mineral Point 608.987.1522 • www.highstreetsuites.com Mineral Point area

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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 designed and printed right in Mineral Point. Beyond paper, you’ll find some guilty pleasures, too. Explore their range of func­ tional and fabulous pens, pencils, and desk­ top supplies you won’t find anywhere else.

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They have modern gifts that inspire, unique toys for the young at heart, bags and pouches made in small design houses, and a curated selection of design and letter­ press 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.

Sandstone Nursery “Relax, Unwind, Dream and Design” at Sandstone Nursery – Home, Garden, 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 wel­ comes you to a place where you can enjoy the true experiences of sight, scent and sound. A destination known for home ac­ cents, unique garden gadgets and plants.

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Featuring unique home and garden gadgets and gifts, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and more. 802 Ridge St., Mineral Point 608-987-1400 Follow us on Facebook!

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. Follow them on Facebook: Sandstone Nurs­ ery, 802 Ridge Street, Mineral Point, 608­ 987­1400; office@sandstonenursery.com.

Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient lo­ cation when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mineral Point. They are ideally located off of Highway 151/23 near many area points of in­ terest. Get refreshed in inviting guest rooms, all of which feature expanded cable television channels along with free local calls. Addi­ tional amenities include complimentary con­ tinental breakfast, including waffles, free weekday newspaper, free Wi­Fi, indoor

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• Indoor Pool and Whirlpool • Free Continental Breakfast • 100% Non-Smoking Rooms • Free Wi-Fi • Meeting Rooms • Banquet Room with Bar for Over 300 People 1345 Business Park Road (Exit 40 off Hwy. 151) Mineral Point, WI 53565

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ifinder Antiques, at 138 High Street in Mineral Point, WI, brings together a wide range of unique, quality items, including true antiques, fine jewelry, art, Mid­Cen­ tury Modern, as well as books, and ethnic antiques from all over the world. In addi­ tion, a fine selection of vintage audio equipment, LPs, and instruments, comple­ ment a relaxed and aesthetically invigorat­ ing environment, steeped in social history. ifinder Antiques is open Wednesday– Sunday, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm (Thursday– Sunday in winter). You may also call Stephen at 608­553­ 1936 to make a special appointment out­ side regular business hours. ifinder Antiques: Not just a shop, an experience!

heated pool, guest laundry, microwave and refrigerator and whirlpool suites. Take care of basic business needs with ac­ cess to copy and fax services, and for added convenience, guest laundry facilities are available onsite. They offer a banquet facility that can accommodate over 300 people. Make your reservation today at the Quality Inn hotel in Mineral Point for a memorable stay in a great location, all at an affordable price.

ifinder antiques STEPHEN LADD, Proprietor 138 High Street • Mineral Point Wisconsin 53565 608-553-1936 • delayinthefall@gmail.com

608.987.4747

ANTIQUES • JEWELRY • ART Books, Vintage Audio, Collectables... not just a shop, an experience.

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Popolo Popolo is Italian for “people.” Ovens in Italy were communal for a long time and they became a gathering point for the town folk. Popolo’s food is for the people, in the tradition of old world Italy. Sean Henninger and Wendy Dueling moved to Mineral Point from Milwaukee to open Popolo in the spring of 2016. Sean is a pizza expert. He has been mak­ ing pizza professionally in Milwaukee for 20 years, and at the Art Institute of Wiscon­ sin’s International Culinary School Sean taught classes on making pizza, chocolates, confections, baking technique, artisanal bread, and European cakes and tortes. As Wendy explains, “Sean and I have worked closely for years, and enjoy cooking to­ gether. We play off each other’s creativity. We are food geeks; we love writing menus, jotting down drink ideas and planning themed parties. Working together never gets dull.” Popolo offers a casual dining experience appealing to locals and visitors alike. The

main attractions are the hand­tossed, wood­fired, New York style pizza. The menu consists of pizza, pasta, salads, antipasti, steaks, chops, and seafood. For nightly specials and events, refer to their Facebook page. Popolo is located at 20 Commerce Street, in Mineral Point. Call 608­987­0480 for in­ formation. Food is served Wednesday­Sat­ urday 4:00–10:00 pm.and Sunday 4:00– 8 pm. Their bar stays open late.

Enjoy wood­fired pizza, nightly specials and more at Popolo.

Retromantic Emporium The minute you walk into Retromantic (or Retromantic Emporium as they are known in some online areas) at 148 High Street, you know you are somewhere fun and unique. Vintage treasures from an earlier era sur­ round you, but in such an appealing way that you don’t know where to look first. You will find great tables, linens, dishes, and many other bits you would have seen at Grandma’s, but presented in a new fresh

way. Added in are vintage inspired home décor items for your nest or for gifting. Retromantic is devoted to reuse, restoring, and all natural products. This is clear when you peruse their selection of home, bath, candles, and cleaning lines. All smell amazing and are made locally or by small family, or women based companies. Be sure to not miss this inspiring shop in the middle of High Street.

Cyndy’s Fudge & Ice Cream Shoppe Cyndy’s Fudge & Ice Cream Shoppe is so much more! Located at 231 High Street in Mineral Point, it has much to offer. The 20 flavors of fudge and other baked goods are made right in the shop. The aro­ mas of fresh baked breads, pies and cook­ ies are worth the stop all by themselves. The shop offers Blue Bunny Ice Cream in 14 different flavors. They have sundaes, shakes of every flavor, waffle cones and old fashioned cake cones, and even banana

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splits. The bakery area has home baked goodness. They have award winning pies, breads, cookies and brownies. So stop by often to see what’s cooking. Along with all of the good stuff to eat, they have a great arts and crafts section. For more information you can like them on Facebook, see their website at www.cyndysfudgeicecream.com, or give them a call at 608­987­0587!

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Triple P Express Triple P Expres is a new convenience store located right off of Mineral Point Exit 40, on Highway 23/151. It is a family owned business that thrives on serving their local communities and offering a pleasant at­ mosphere and clean facility for travelers. Triple P features several food choices to sat­ isfy most hunger pangs, including some local specialties. In addition to these op­ tions, they offer local cheese, cheese curds, meat products, and beef sticks. Daily fresh bakery donuts and bread are available. Of course, you can find candy, chips, snacks,

and necessities. You could also take a walk into our beer cave to find a large variety of craft beers or just your favorite regular beer! Wine and liquor options are vast and varied. To top it all off, we have a friendly staff who are more than happy to help you in any way that they can. At the pumps, you will find three grades of gasoline – regular, midgrade and pre­ mium. Triple P also provides On Road and Off Road Diesel Fuel. Make sure to stop in and check them out when you are in the area!

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 furniture, all the jewelry. But eventually they see it all, two rooms full of local, regional, even interna­

tional art, from folk to fine. Plus the unusual hand painted floor,” says Sandra Scott, Long­ branch proprietor. The 1840s lead mining era limestone build­ ing has had many lives. From the 1970s into the late ‘90s it was a major repair shop for truck engines before it was lovingly and his­ torically preserved by Sandra Scott and Ju­ dith Sutcliffe, who purchased it in 2000. It’s now a unique background for the art collec­ tions on display, which delightfully range from whimsical 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, play­ ful 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 Com­ merce Street in Mineral Point. For more in­ formation call 608­987­4499 or visit longbranchgallery.com.

DeeConstruct A love of art, found objects, and fun in­ spired owners Dee and Joel Hooks to create DeeConstruct at 214 High Street, in Mineral Point. The Hooks purchased the building in 2014, and opened for business in June of 2016. Billed as "An Art and Junk Emporium,” DeeConstruct features the colorful and quirky recycled art of owner Dee, as well as a variety of work by other local and regional artists. The shop also sells an assortment of vin­ tage goods, specializing in mid­century modern glassware and pottery. The Art Parts department, popular with assem­ blage and mixed media artists, offers bags and bins filled fun objects of all kinds. DeeConstruct, Recyled Fun, on Face­ book, is filled with pictures and information about 214 High Street, or feel free to con­ tact deeconstructonhigh@gmail.com.

The Travelers Inn Wisconsin is a place where you always feel welcome and Mineral Point is a town where you always feel at home. Enjoy a restful stay here during your visit to Mineral Point. Amenities include: Wi­Fi, mini fridge and microwave in every room, and use of the laundry facilities. Located close to shop­ ping and downtown. Special pricing is offered for extended­stay guests. Let The Travelers Inn be your home away from home in historic Mineral Point. Located at 615 Dodge Street. Book your room today at 608­987­6500, thetravelersinnwi.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 in 1989, Johnston Gallery has been adding new artwork by local, regional, and national artists every year. It offers a di­ verse selection of handmade art crafted by over 200 artists in numerous 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.

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 Mineral Point, Brewery Pottery gives one an ever­ changing view of a working pottery studio. Diana and Tom Johnston have enjoyed mak­ ing pottery together for close to 40 years.

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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 individual. Diana also enjoys welding and painting. Brewery Pottery carries the work of over 100 artists. Along with the pottery, painting and mixed media made by Tom and Diana, Brewery Pottery features the work of many local artists. The artwork is spread through­ out the main floor of the old brewery. 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 Pottery is open daily 10 am–5 pm April through December. For more informa­ tion see www.brewerypottery.com.

See pages 32 and 33 to Taste & Toast your way through the Driftless area!

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 Wi­Fi, cable TV, a microwave and a refrigerator. On­site laundry is also available. They are located within walking distance of restaurants and historic downtown Min­ eral 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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Ben Franklin 5­10 Stop by Ben Franklin 5­10 while you are in Mineral Point. Ben Franklin is a tradi­ tional variety store, carrying general mer­ chandise, 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 toy line, perfect for any child. It’s all at Ben Franklin, 206 High Street in Mineral Point, serving the area for over 58 years. You can call them at 608­987­2234 for more information.

The Mineral Point Hotel The Mineral Point Hotel is perfectly lo­ cated in the heart of Mineral Point’s historic downtown. They are just a few steps away from award winning restaurants, art gal­ leries, antique shops, museums, and artist’s studios. They feature five affordably priced and beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bath, thermostat control, cable TV, Wi­Fi access and refriger­ ator. Single night stays are welcome too! The Mineral Point Hotel was built in 1857. This two­story building features an all stone foundation with an “Italianate Stone” architectural style exterior. The interior has been fully rebuilt and updated to modern comfort standards of the industry, while retaining classic charm and a nostalgic nod to an earlier time. They invite you to be their guests and enjoy all Mineral Point has to offer, right outside their front door! To see more, go to www.mineralpoint hotel.com or call 608­987­3889.

Sugar Row Studio and Gallery Sugar Row Studio is the Mineral Point, Wisconsin, studio of painters Clyde Paton and Lorna Filippini, both graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Relatively new to Mineral Point, they felt their gallery should contribute to the charac­ ter of the town that charmed them so com­ pletely. They are nearing the end of a complete makeover of the façade, replacing the 1970s structure’s façade and gallery with new construction that closely recalls that which stood at the turn of the 20th century. This transformation has been the work of many artists and craftsmen in Mineral Point, most particularly, its master carpenter, con­

The Mulberry Pottery Celebrating 40 years in the Mineral Point art scene, Studio Potter Frank Polizzi con­ tinues to create a variety of functional and decorative pottery. Traditional stoneware, porcelain and earthenware pieces are all wheel thrown, wood fired and hand deco­ rated. Local clays are prominent in the in­ ventory as well. The Mulberry Pottery Studio/Gallery, at 14 Jail Alley in downtown Mineral Point, is an open and casual browsing space. The upstairs Student Studio provides four pot­ tery wheels to accommodate those inter­ ested in a “hands on” experience. During the season from May – October, Frank and his visitors explore the magic of the potter’s wheel, the science of glazing and the mys­ teries of porcelain. Visit themulberrypottery.com or call 608­ 987­3659.

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tractor Alex Hendrix. They’d also like to acknowledge Mineral Points’ treasured stone mason, the late Roland Sandeson, who con­ served and enhanced the gallery’s walls with his own creative contributions. Sugar Row Gallery hopes to open monthly exhibits throughout the year showing Clyde and Lorna’s work on occasion – and work of a variety of artists working in a variety of medium, some exhibiting work in Mineral Point for the first time. They are open by chance or appointment. For appointment, 312­479­2832. Visit them at 234 High Street, Mineral Point. www.sugarrowstudioandgallery.com.

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The 2017 Spring Green Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 8 am to 5 pm in downtown Spring Green.

Including Spring Green, Lone Rock, and Plain 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, is the location of a 4th of July celebration with fireworks each year. continued on page 61

Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair On Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017, Spring Green’s main street will fill with 200 artists from all over the country to

celebrate the 48th annual fair. The fair hours are Saturday 9 am–5 pm and Sunday 9 am–4 pm. 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 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 greenartfair.com for additional information. Applications to exhibit in a future fair are available to download from the website.

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The Opal Man As the only all opal­jew­ elry gallery in the na­ tion, The Opal Man obtains opal in the rough from the mines of Australia and artfully cuts and polishes the stones inside their shop. The process begins with an annual journey of over 10,000 kilo­ meters within the Outback of Australia. From the town of Koroit in the territory of Queens­ land, through the central parts of Coober Pedy and Andamooka, South Australia, to the ďŹ elds of 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 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 distributorship, 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 in­ dustry 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 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm and winter hours (Nov. ­ May) are 10 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm. Open daily except Sundays and Tuesdays. For more information call 608­588­9317 or visit www.theopalman.com.

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 de­ licious 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 microbrews. Enjoy local jams, hard­toÂ­ďŹ nd specialty non­alco­ holic beverages and juices. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also spot a variety of gluten free options, and a unique section of Asian, Italian, 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 take­out 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 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 an­ nual 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.

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SPRING GREEN continued from page 58 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. 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 beginning. 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

Arena Cheese, Inc. 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.

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. Sam­ ples 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 concerns.

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 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 Theatre, one of the Midwest’s premier reparatory theaters. Taliesin, the home of world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is open May through November for tours. It’s also the home of 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 Tal­ iesin. Also in the 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 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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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. Local meats, cheeses and produce are incorporated in their menu items, especially in the growing season. The unique pub offers a huge beer selection, fine wines and well­ crafted mixed drinks.

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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

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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

The Shed Welcome to The Shed, located in down­ town Spring Green. Offering a friendly atmosphere, great food, and a wide selec­ tion 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 Tal­ iesin or The House on the Rock. The Shed is a favorite of locals and visi­ tors alike! Visit them at www.shedspring­ green.com.

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 call 815­441­8828 or visit www.angefou.co.uk.

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Open 7 Days A Week With Daily Specials! PIZZA SERVED NIGHTLY available after APT performances BREAKFAST SERVED SUNDAYS starting at 8:30 a.m. LOCAL NIGHT THURSDAYS! Everyone Welcome! KARAOKE 3rd Friday of the Month

The Birkemeier family business has fol­ lowed the traditional teachings of the Menominee Tribe of northern Wisconsin for over 35 years. They use just a portion of the wood their forest naturally gives them in dead and dying trees. Carefully salvaging the trees, milling onsite and drying the wood in solar kilns earned them Earth Day’s Most Sustainable Small Business Award in WI! Drop in the retail store and flooring show­ room to find unique handcrafted gifts, cut­ ting boards of all sizes, tables, and so much more. Ask how they can make and install a beautiful custom floor for your home!

Timber Growers Store Locally grown wood and handcrafted items for your home. You’ll be amazed at the beauty of our hardwood floors!

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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 pm you will also be able to choose from local favorites such as Friday’s Fish Fry and Saturday’s Prime

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Rib, plus a wonderful selection of steaks and seafood. 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 Woods Bar and Grill. Visit them at 320 S. Oak Street in Lone Rock. Call 608­583­2625.

Fireside Campground 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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FIRESIDE Campground Full Hook Up Available Big Red Friendly Mostly Pull Thru Sites WiFi Throughout the Park Dog & Motorcycle Friendly 33533 Jay Lane Lone Rock, WI 53556

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The Woods Bar & Grill

The Nature Conservancy’s Spring Green Preserve is located at E5196A Jones Road, just north of Spring Green off Highway 23. The preserve is “known as the ‘Wisconsin Desert,’ … a place where forest meets bluff, and bluff levels off into plains and dunes. It is located in the unglaciated re­ gion of the state,” according the group’s website. For more info go to nature.org.

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 over­ hangs, limestone walls, and frameless win­ dows. 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 fireplace. Enjoy a hand­tossed made­from­scratch Pizza Pit pizza. Local delivery is available by calling 608­588­9377. We also have daily spe­ cials, deli sandwiches, locally­made hot sticks and jerky, a variety of cheese, fruit, dairy products, along with a huge selection of bev­ erages. Other items available include an ATM, DVDs, firewood, live bait, and bagged ice. We are located on the corner of High­ ways 14 and 23, at the only stop and go lights in Spring Green. Call 608­588­2465 for info.

RITE-WAY PLAZA • 24 Hour Pumps & Car Wash • Camping Supplies • Propane Tanks • ATM • Bait & Tackle • Beer • Liquor • Wine • Local Cheese and Meat By the stop lights in Spring Green - 588-2465

608-583-5111

588-9377

www.firesidecampground.com

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Photo by Linda Schwanke

Photo by Linda Schwanke

The Spring Green Municipal Golf Course is one of three courses in the area. Both the Spring Green and Plain courses, Westbrook Hills, are nine­holes while the Springs Golf Course features 27 holes of golf.

Downtown Spring Green features food and shopping galore.

Quality New and Used Apparel and Recycled Treasures

Arcadia Books and The Kitchen Arcadia Books and The Kitchen organic cafe combine a real independent book­ store 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, children’s books, cookbooks, history, mysteries, art, literature, and many others, and has a full calendar of author appear­ ances and other store events, often on Sunday afternoons. The Kitchen features soup, salad, sand­ wiches, baked goods, coffee, espresso and more.

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

Open 7 days/week!

Wisconsin Riverside Resort 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 overlooking the river. If you are looking to spend the day out on the river and sand­ bars there are canoes, tubes and kayaks available for rent. Trips can last from half­ hour to four days. You can play a round of mini­golf at Sinker’s 18­hole course or

spend the day relaxing and playing in the swim pond with fun inflatables! After a busy day, enjoy your favorite drink watch­ ing the river go by and listening to music on the patio and grab a bite to eat at the bar and grille. Open daily with lunch and dinner specials including a Friday fish fry or Satur­ day prime rib dinner. Call to make your camping and canoe reservations at 608­588­2826 or go online to www.wiriverside.com.

& KITCHEN

Spring Green’s beautiful independent

bookstore with a first-rate selection and knowledgable staff, along with The Kitchen, featuring from-scratch cooking cooking sourced sourced from from o our ur llocal ocal farmers and producers. soup u salad u sandwiches u baked goods u espresso u beer u wine

readinutopia.com 608.588.7638 102 E. Jefferson Street downtown Spring Green Monday-Saturday 10-8pm Sunday 10-6pm 64

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GENUINE. NATURAL. PERFECTION 137 S. Winsted Street • P.O. Box 148 Spring Green, WI 53588 608.588.9317 www.TheOpalMan.com June through October: Open 10-6 November through May: Open 10-5 Closed Tuesdays and Sundays

SPRING GREEN’S

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 Driless area, was by­passed by glaciers. Le untouched by the giant ice sheets, it retains the landscape of the pre­glacial era. Bordered on the north by the beau­ ful Wisconsin River and on the west by the mighty Mississippi River, it is home to numerous aracons and historical sites. Wisconsin bike trails will take you on a picturesque journey you are unlikely 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 natural resources – the friendly people in our southwest Wisconsin communies. • 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 looking for a great cycling vacaon • Dining, shopping, sightseeing along each bike trail (all on roads) • Art, theater, historic sites, and world famous architecture • Small towns with the best of America’s hospitality Visit www.cyclesouth­ westwisconsin.com for in­ formaon, trail maps, routes and more. For Mili­ tary Ridge Bike Trail infor­ maon 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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Visit your local Culver’s retaurant today: Culver’s of Cross Plains 2523 Main St, Cross Plains, WI 53528 (608) 798-1600

Culver’s of Dodgeville 1122 N. Johns St, Dodgeville, WI 53533 (608) 935-9094

Culver’s of Middleton 2906 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 836-5577

Culver’s of Mt. Horeb 1700 Springdale St, Mt Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-2858

Culver’s of New Glarus 1405 WI-69, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-5690

Culver’s of Sauk City 716 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City, WI 53583 (608) 643-6620

Culver’s of Spring Green E4919 Us Hwy 14, Spring Green, WI 53588 (608) 588-2305

Culver’s of Verona 430 E Verona Ave, Verona, WI 53593

10% OFF

(608) 845-2010

Entire Order Expires 12/31/17

Electronic versions of this coupon are not accepted.

Based on purchase at regular menu price. All Value Baskets include designated sandwich, regular Crinkle Cut fries and medium soft drink. Please no substitutions. Not valid with any other offer. Coupon not valid with SnackPak meals. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s® restaurants. 03/17 Valid only at participating locations. The Wisconsin Dairy logo is a registered trademark of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. © 2017 Culver Franchising System, Inc 03/17

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