Updated: Mar 16, 2022
Need a weekend away? Here's my idea of travel fun to Western Wisconsin in the winter. Grab some friends, book a room and hit the road!
Last year I posted a "Tiny Town Fun Day Itinerary" with travel ideas for visitors during our Valentine's POP-UP weekend. We had so much fun on the farm that very cold day last year, (-11 degrees!) we decided to open for the whole weekend this year. Considering you may have already followed last year's itinerary, I thought I'd design a new Western Wisconsin adventure for you based on things you might find William and I heading out to enjoy.
Get your Google Map App opened up and start planning:)
1) If you're coming from the Twin Cities, stop in River Falls for breakfast either at the Kinni Cafe or The Table on Main. Wherever you're coming from, stop for a big country breakfast at any small town diner to fuel you up for the day.
2) Time your trip just right to get fresh squeaky cheese curds at 11:00 at"The Cheese Curd Capital of the World," Ellsworth Coop Creamery
3) Visit our farm to say hi to the cows and shop our SUPER COOL Lake View Organic Farm Store. We're open Valentine's Weekend 9-5 (February 12-13) with all sorts of new products for your plates, pantries, self-care, gardens or grazers.
4) Head to our neighbor's to gaze at the AMAZING ICE SCULPTURES. Roger Nelson, a local plumber, pipes his artesian well in the winter. The water pushing up out of the earth through the pipes make for some spectacular natural formations that you don't want to miss. These are must see both day and night when they are uplit. Find them at this address: N2699 County Rd A, Maiden Rock, Wisconsin midway between Highway 35 and Highway 10.
5) Take a Driving Tour along the Great River Road through Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin. Then head North to Menomonie or South to Alma (Decide this based on your supper choice below). Stop along the way to take in the river valleys, galleries or gas stations where you can also grab a six-pack or a bottle of wine!
6) Where do your farmers like to eat? This time of year you might find us:
At the bar at Lucette Brewing studying the moves of the pizzaioli and enjoying their EXCEPTIONAL Neapolitan Pizza while sipping a Jazz Cabbage Hazy IPA and Farmer's Daughter Saison.
At Bucknuckles, one of the wackiest backcountry Wisconsin roadhouse's around. This place is off the beaten path just outside of Alma in Praag, Wisconsin. They have an eclectic bar food menu and decor that is wild and fun.
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BEER FUN: Head our way to see the ice sculptures, stop at the farm and then hit Menomonie for a brewery tour with friends. You'd want to visit Lucette, Nonic, and Zymurgy.
EXERCISE FUN: Need some winter exercise? First, visit Lake View Farm, then check out the ice sculptures and end your morning swooshing on Lake Pepin on skis or snowshoes. If you prefer solid footing, park your car on a side road and take a countryroad walk, or hike the bluff in Maiden Rock if it's not too windy.
FOOD FUN: Our backroads offer both spectacular scenery and unique food opportunities as well. If you're into that, find Spring Valley and the amazing Spring Valley Bakery , The Butchery and Cady Cheese just to the north. For other old fashioned Wisconsin meats, Watkins in Plum City and Sailers in Elmwood are fantastic. Eau Galle Cheese is just north of Durand.
I hope this inspires you to book a room, mark your calendars and come out to the country for a weekend visit! It's cold and snowy, but gorgeous and fun:)
Sending love from the farm,