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.

Portage County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Portage County by David Benbennick

Stevens Point is the county seat for this 806 square mile county where 70,000 people live.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Amherst
  • Amherst Junction
  • Nelsonville
  • Park Ridge
  • Plover
  • Rosholt
  • Whiting
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Hardware Mutual Insurance building – Sentry Insurance original

Portage County has many points of interest forvisitors to explore.  The Historic Fox Theater on Main closed in 1985 after nearly a century of hosting local events.  The community of Stevens Point is working to restore this venue to its previous glory and status as a prime piece of community culture.

The Sentry Insurance Company national headquarters is in Stevens Point.  Their modern office building and resorted original building both occupy prominent spots in town.   Sentry World golf course is one of Wisconsin golfer’s favorite courses.

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Sentry Insurance Home Office

The public square in downtown Stevens Point has hosted a seasonal farmers market since 1870.  The fountain in the square entertains children of all ages.  Heritage Park in Plover is a gathering of historical buildings offering insights into early settler’s lives.   Outdoor wildlife opportunities to explore in Portage County include:

  • Buena Vista Marsh is noted by tourists in the spring who flock to see the mating rituals of the Prairie Chicken.
  • Dewey Marsh is managed to maintain large blocks of sedge meadow within a complex of associated wetlands.
  • Mead Wildlife Area encompasses over 33,000 acres and is one of the largest wildlife areas in Wisconsin.
  • Paul J. Olson Wildlife Area is managed for grassland for Greater Prairie Chickens and other grassland-dependent species.

It county’s name is derived from the historical canoe portage between the Fox River and the Wisconsin River.  This important route allowed early traders to move from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Price County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Price County by David Benbennick

Phillips is the county seat for this 1,252 square mile county where 14,100 people live.  Other cities and villages include:

  • Park Falls
  • Catawba
  • Kennan
  • Prentice
  • Emery
  • Flambeau
  • Spirit

The Chequamegon National Forest spreads over a number of northern Wisconsin counties including portions of Price County.   Northern Wisconsin boasts the largest ruffed grouse population in the nation.  There are over 300,000 acres of hunting land available across these northern forests.  Hunters find grouse, bear, deer, turkey and waterfowl abundant here.

Visitors enjoy the Knox Creek Heritage Center near Brandwood that is composed of 8 buildings and historical items representative of seven ethic groups that settled in this area.

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Happy Birthday America!

July 4, 2016 marks the 240th birthday celebration for the United States.   We hope you have a wonderful Holiday weekend and join us here in Wisconsin to share in some of these Edible Antics recommendations.

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