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Tourism in Washburn and Washington counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Washburn and Washington counties in Wisconsin.  One is Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

Washburn County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Washburn County by David Benbennick

The city of Shell Lake is the county seat of this 809 square mile county.  15,900 people live here.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Spooner – over 900 lakes and 350 miles of connected groomed snowmobile and ATV trails make this one of Wisconsin’s favorite recreation destinations.
  • Birchwood – this Bluegill Capital hosts its annual Bluegill festival in July.
  • Minong – the name is derived from the Ojibwa word for “good place”

Birchwood call itself the Bluegill Capital for its fishing popularity.  The Totogatic County Park is a 1,600 acre park with extensive access to the Minong Flowage.

Spooner is the home of the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum that celebrates canoeing with an exhibit of a variety of antique and historic canoes as well as work by contemporary builders.  It is the only museum in the US focused on the heritage of the canoe.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Washburn County

  • DHH designs handcrafts wooden creations by David and Jeneice Haessig using their original designs.  Each unique wooden piece is highly polished with a natural finish.

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    DHH designs baby rattle-

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    Mayana Bon Bon Collection

    Mayana Chocolates – At Mayana, chocolate is seen as a canvas for beauty and vibrant flavors. The finest quality, all-natural ingredients are used in making their artisan creations.

 

Edible Antics Washburn County Recommendations

  • Clover Meadow Winery in Shell Lake is the only certified organic winery in the Midwest with23 varieties of wine.
  • Tagalong Golf Resort in Birchwood offers lodging on the lake, fine dining and golf.
  • Spooner Train Ride – They run very popular robbery, western style, cowboy, and buffet style as well as more formal dinner trains.   There is also an overnight bed and breakfast optional train ride offered.
  • The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake is and eclectic art gallery, cafe and music venue “like nowhere else.”

Washington County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Washington County by David Benbennick

West Bend is the county seat of this 430 square mile county.  131,900 people live here.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Hartford – home to the Kissel Motor Car Company from 1907 to 1930.  Also home to Erin Hills, a public golf course that will be the site of the 2017 US Open Golf Tournament.
  • Germantown maintains its German heritage and traditional fachwerk architecture dating back to the 1840’s
  • Jackson
  • Richfield
  • Slinger – is home to Little Switzerland ski area and Slinger Super Speedway, the world’s fastest quarter mile paved oval.

Washington County is the home of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill popularly known as “Holy Hill.”  This fully restored Basilica attracts many visitors each year to worship and take part in various fairs and festivals hosted here.

Originally this area was settled for agriculture and its rich farmlands but has evolved into many suburban communities for Milwaukee.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Washington County

  • Rustic Books has published a history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) construction work and the history behind Copper Falls State Park.
  • Cookies From Scratch  by Laura Verage
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    Deluxe Homemade Cookie Sampler

    are made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients and plenty of them. Living in the Dairy State gives her an advantage, with nearby local producers of quality ingredients. One by one, each cookie is baked with tender loving care.

Edible Antics Washington County Recommendations

Travel Wisconsin to enjoy these recommended stops.  The owners and staff at these locations look forward to serving you.

Join us next week as we continue our tour in Waukesha and Waupaca counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Tourism in Vilas and Walworth counties

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vilas County by David Benbennick

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Vilas and Walworth counties in Wisconsin.  One is a Northwoods forest tourism and recreation area, the other is a tourism playground for urban visitors.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Wine in Trempealeau and Vernon Counties

Trempealeau County

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Trempealeau and Vernon counties in Wisconsin.  Both counties are home to good wine producers.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Trempealeau County by David Benbennick

Whitehall is the county seat of this 734 square miles county.  28,800 people live here.  The Trempealeau River joins the Mississippi close to a nearby mountain.  The French fur traders named this location for “Mountain steeped in water.”  Other cities in the county include:

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State Fair, Sheboygan and Taylor counties

Wisconsin State Fair and other important dates

The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th.  Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here.  Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.

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Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards

The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day.  In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history.  Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing.  However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.

August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes.  Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels.  The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Wisconsinmade in Sawyer and Shawano counties

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sawyer and Shawano counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything Wisconsinmade we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

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Saint Croix and Sauk counties Edible Fun

Edible fun is available this week by touring Saint Croix and Sauk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

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Touring Rock and Rusk Counties

Edible Antics this week is touring Rock and Rusk counties in Wisconsin.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county alphabetically by county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Rock and Rusk counties looking for edibles and adventures.

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Racine Kringle and Richland County tour

Tour Racine (Kringle Capitol) and Richland counties in Wisconsin with Edible Antics on tour posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Racine and Richland counties looking for edibles and adventures.  These two counties have more in common than just being in alphabetical order.  World famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a number of buildings in Racine County for the family owners of the Johnson Wax Company.  Richland County is the birthplace of this famous architect.

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Explore Portage and Price Counties

Explore Portage and Price counties in Wisconsin with Edible Antics on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Where are the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit?  We’ll post to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Portage and Price counties looking for edibles and adventures.

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Tour Pierce and Polk Counties

Edible Antics is on tour in Wisconsin posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order.  Browse the rest of the blog for some of the Wisconsin counties we were touring in previous weeks.  We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post some background information on each county followed by specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Pierce and Polk counties looking for edibles and adventures.

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