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5 Things to Do in Northwest Wisconsin

Home to the state’s largest waterfall, bucolic farmland for days and plenty of Wisconsin cheese shops, you’ll never run out of reasons to explore Northwest Wisconsin! The adventure is limitless in this corner of the state. Here are just five of our favorite things to do in this region of Wisconsin:

Stop in at Burnett Dairy Cooperative in Grantsburg.

…because what’s a road trip without a place to stop and load up on award-winning Wisconsin cheese?!
Founded over 100 years ago, Burnett Dairy Cooperative is one of the only full agricultural cooperatives in the U.S. In addition to the fully-operating cheese factory, you can also swing through the general store, retail store and bistro, including a full-service deli and ice cream parlor. Choose from more than 100 varieties of Wisconsin cheese and over 100 wines—and treat yourself to fried cheese curds, pizza or a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, including our recommendation: “the Wisconsin” with Alpine-style cheese on cranberry and wild rice bread!
2. Try a Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza at Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie.
Heading south to Menomonie in Dunn County, dine inside or grab a table on the patio at Lucette Brewing Company. Pick out a cold brew (perhaps Farmer’s Daughter or a Birkie Brew-ski!) and a delicious woodfire pizza – made fresh in the brewery’s Neapolitan-style brick pizza oven. Lucette Brewing Company’s pizzas are made with 24-hour fermented dough, fresh hand-pulled mozzarella cheese and other locally-sourced ingredients. Their ‘not-to-miss’ bruschetta is unique and amazing! You won’t forget this meal and neither will we if you post a photo to Instagram using #wisconsincheese!

3. Float your way down the gorgeous Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.
With over 200 miles to discover, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers come together to form a national park in Wisconsin: the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. And there’s no wrong way to explore this treasure: kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard or tube down America’s first Wild and Scenic River National Park.
4. Explore the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
In total, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest includes federally protected land in five northwest Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price and Taylor. First, pick your adventure: hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Then hit up a trail!
5. Cruise along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Voted “The Best Drive in America,” Wisconsin’s segment of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River for 250 miles through 33 river towns. The northern end of Wisconsin’s Great River Road starts in Prescott. Along the way, make pit stops at towns like Stockholm, where you’ll want to grab some Carr Valley cheddars and Ellsworth Cheese Curds for the road at Stockholm Pie & General Store. And keep your pantry furnished with the very best Wisconsin cheeses, wines and gourmet oils, sauces and more when you stop in at Nelson Cheese Factory in Nelson.
For a getaway that takes you off the beaten path, it doesn’t get any better than Northwest Wisconsin. Chime in with your itinerary favorites below!
 
 
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A Road Trip to Green County for Wisconsin Cheese!

Welcome to Green County…where there are more cows than people! Famous for its Swiss heritage, serene bike trails, barn quilts and dairy farms, this southern Wisconsin destination will have you escaping to the rolling hills for a little countryside R&R.
Green County is also known as the Gateway to Cheese Country—so you know everyone’s favorite delicacy will be top-notch here! Read on for a few of our top suggestions for your next epicurean road trip.

Order Decatur Dairy’s signature grilled cheese sandwich in Brodhead.

Opening its doors for the first time in 1942, this Swiss-inspired cheese creamery and store is perhaps best known for serving up their signature grilled cheese sandwich utilizing some of their award-winning specialty cheeses. (And some say it’s the best grilled cheese in the whole county…) What started as a fluke idea has expanded into several varieties of grilled cheese and even soup and mac and cheese. Decatur Dairy takes things to the next level with their original creations, including memorable combinations like Colby-Swiss and chedster. If you’re planning a trip or passing through the Napa Valley of Cheese (Green County, that is) then consider Decatur Dairy an absolute must-stop!
Enjoy an iconic Wisconsin brew on the patio at New Glarus Brewing Co.

Let’s talk about Wisconsin icons. There’s Aaron Rodgers, Wisconsin Cheese and of course, Spotted Cow. The latter of the bunch is the brain child of the now-legendary New Glarus Brewing Company. Take a fascinating self-guided tour of this mammoth brewery before enjoying your own interestingly named brew on the relaxing patio. Before you head out, make sure to check out the gift shop to stock up on your favorite Wisconsin cheeses and more!
Indulge in cheese fondue at Glarner Stube in New Glarus.

Round up the whole family and head on in to one of New Glarus’ most historic restaurants. At Glarner Stube, Swiss cheese fondue reigns supreme and whether it’s your first time dining in or your 100th, it’s a must-try shareable dish. Local aged swiss cheese is a key ingredient in many of the meals here, including the Roesti potato and their famous Reuben.
The verdict is in: Green County is Wisconsin cheese heaven! Have you been to any of these iconic spots in southern Wisconsin? Chime in below!
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How to tour Door County for the best Wisconsin Cheese

Ah, Door County…land of charming small towns, historic lighthouses and idyllic sunsets. It’s also a foodie’s dream thanks to the many shops and restaurants that pepper the peninsula. You’ll find more than your fair share of chocolate, wine, baked goods, cherry-flavored anything and of course, Wisconsin cheese to bring home.
Now, here’s our gift to you: A Door County itinerary featuring three fantastic Wisconsin cheese destinations!
Door Artisan Cheese (Egg Harbor)

Sure, you can buy Wisconsin cheese here. But what makes Door Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor extra special is the fact that this culinary hot spot is all about celebrating the art and science of Wisconsin cheesemaking. Guests have the opportunity to see cheesemaking in action—and ask questions along the way—while sampling specialty cheeses along with regional and international wines.
The restaurant at Door Artisan Cheese is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy lunch once you’ve stocked up on goodies to go. Pair fresh cheese platters with a local wine or dine on a burger topped with house-made, award-winning cheese.

Renard’s Cheese (Sturgeon Bay)

At Renard’s Cheese, curd is the word. Known for their famous cheese curds, made fresh every day, you’ll have fun browsing their impressive variety of more than 50 flavor-infused cheeses. Just as impressive is the fun playground right outside—making this gem of a spot a true family-friendly destination!
If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience at Renard’s, take a tour of the facility and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the cheese is made. Post-tour, we have a feeling you’ll have worked up a craving for Wisconsin’s famous delicacy, so head over to the in-store deli and indulge in your choice of pizza, sandwiches or soups all topped with – you guessed it! – Renard’s fresh-from-the-creamery Wisconsin cheese.
Waseda Farms Market (Baileys Harbor)

Waseda Farm Market in Baileys Harbor does things a bit differently and we love them for it! Here you’re invited to wander the grounds to see how they raise their animals and grow their produce – plus, you can pick your very own veggies! Stock up on the goods for your next family feast and then head inside to the on-site market to browse fresh and organic items, including award-winning Wisconsin cheese, from a variety of local artisans, producers and farmers.
You’ll love the quaint, bucolic feel of Waseda Farms. Come for the goodies, stay for the cows and baby goats!
Have you made your way to one of these iconic Door County destinations? Let us know below!
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6 of Wisconsin’s Best Pie Shops

Once Halloween is over and it’s officially November, the realization that the holidays are fast approaching sets in. One of the best parts about the holidays? Pie! From apple, to pecan, to pumpkin, and everything in between, holiday pies are something to look forward to. With a little mouthwatering research, we’ve found just a few of the best places in Wisconsin for pie:

Elsie Mae’s Canning and Pies
This Kenosha hot spot uses local produce and family recipes for traditional baking and canning. Favorite “fall” flavors include maple cranberry, pumpkin chocolate swirl, and pumpkin s’more. Christmas pies include fruit cake pie and mincemeat pie. Don’t forget about the savory pies for cold days, including a beer, brat and cheese pot pie!
Main Street Café
Pies at the Main Street Café in Bloomer are made fresh to order for any occasion, and are also delivered to various convenience stores around the Chippewa Valley. Choose from the classics, like Banana Cream, Chocolate Silk, Dutch Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin, or venture out and go with Christmas Mint, M&M, White Fudge Oreo and so many more!
Norske Nook
With locations in Osseo, Rice Lake, Hayward and DeForest, Norske Nook is a statewide favorite when it comes to pies. Their award-winning pies include blueberry, pumpkin cream cheese, pecan, harvest apple, and a new “pie of the month” each month.
Market Street Diner and Bakery
In addition to its old-school diner feel, this Sun Prairie restaurant and bakery serves up some fantastic pies. Whether you’re stopping in for a meal or pre-ordering a pie for pickup, you’ll enjoy the variety of daily made-from-scratch pies, like Apple Raspberry, Chocolate Walnut, Grasshopper, Mint Oreo, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip.
Sweetie Pies
As if Door County wasn’t charming enough, this Fish Creek pie shop is the cherry on top (get it? Door County cherries?). Stop in for fresh pie, or order a frozen pie online to bake at home. Speaking of cherries, you’re going to want to try the Cherry pie, plus Chocolate Chip Cookie pie, Rhubarb, Peach, Pecan, and so much more!
Stockholm Pie & General Store
Located in Stockholm (Wisconsin, not Sweden), this local favorite makes a variety of handcrafted pies, including Caramel Apple Crunch, Double Lemon, Blackberry Apple, and Triple Chocolate Pecan. Your holiday guests will be thanking you.

The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s never too early to place your pie order and then tell all your guests you baked it (no shame). Which Wisconsin pie shop is your favorite? Share with us on social media!

Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)
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