Edible Antics is traveling this week to historic Wisconsin communities of Waukesha and Waupaca 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.
Waukesha is the county seat of the 556 square mile county. 389,900 people live here making it the third most populous county in Wisconsin. Other cities in the county include:
- Brookfield – is located on the sub-continent divide. On the east side water flows to the Atlantic and on the west side of the city the water flows to the Mississippi.
- Delafield – has a Williamsburg-style downtown area that looks like it’s from a bygone era.
- Muskego – has three lakes within the city boundary.
- Oconomowoc – has many historic homes around Oconomowoc Lake from the late 1800’s
- Pewaukee – is home to Harker, Inc. a maker of sailboat and yacht gear, especially for racing.
Early settlers to this part of the state came from the New England area and then were supplemented by European immigrants. Many of the early historic homes, businesses, churches and government builds have been preserved and restored. There are 150 historic places in Waukesha County recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wisconsin is a recreated historical village operated by the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The Northern terminal of the East Troy Electric Railroad is in Mukwonago.
Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Waukesha County
- Sensations in Suds makes soap themed gift baskets where the soaps are entirely handmade and only pure essential oils are used, no artificial fragrances
- Old Tavern Food Products offers soft cheese spreads and gift packages of delightful Wisconsin goodies.
- Dog Gone Glamorous provides an all-natural dog shampoo and a dog bath towel
- Jeff’s Sports specializes in sports memorabilia for collectors of Wisconsin’s sporting teams.
- Sweet P’s Pantry makes all natural toffee and confections that taste like the ones Grandma used to make. With the hot weather past us they resume shipping September 1st.
- Coaster Buddy makes Packer and Brewer themed special purpose drink coaster that is meant to provide a stable surface where there usually is not one, like carpets, sand and grass.
- Badger State of Mind is a book about living in Wisconsin.
Edible Antics Waukesha County Recommendations
- Eagle Centre House Bed and Breakfast in Eagle is an authentic replica of an 1846 Greek revival style stagecoach inn.
- Inn at Pine Terrace in Oconomowoc is a restored 1879 French themed Victorian mansion.
- Pedal’rs Inn in Wales is a restored grand Victorian home.
- The Villa at Heaven City in Mukwonago is an upscale but not pretentious restaurant at this historic site along the Fox River.
- Pleasant Street Bed and Breakfast in Oconomowoc is a classic craftsman style home originally built for one of the area’s leading lumberman.
- Suhmer’s Saloon and Eatery in Eagle is a western themed bar, restaurant and motel
- Weissgerber’s Golden Mast Inn on Okauchee Lake has a marina and outdoor dining along with their traditional quality food.
- The Clarke Hotel in Waukesha is a neoclassical style downtown hotel with an Irish Pub and an Irish Restaurant.
- The Delafield Hotel is a full service boutique hotel that is a frequent wedding location.
- Haus of Prime Meats and Deli in Oconomowoc and Brookfield offers quality meats and service in a family owned location.
- Loaf and Jug restaurant in Pewaukee has casual dining in a unique atmosphere.
- Kurt’s Steak House in Delafield is a casual fine dining restaurant in the heart of Delafield.
- Butler Inn in Pewaukee has a classic American supper club menu with a casual approach to fine dining.
- Jake’s in Pewaukee is a classic American steak house supper club.
- Mr. B’s- A Bartolotta Steakhouse in Brookfield has both indoor and outdoor seating in this American supper club.
Waupaca is the county seat of this 751 square mile county. 52,400 people live here. Other cities in the county include:
- Clintonville – Home the nearby Navarino Nature Center
- Manawa – derives its name from the Indian word for “Long Bow”
- Weyauwega – means “Here we rest” to Native Americans. It was a resting point on a portage between two rivers.
- Iola – the Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet annually is the largest car show in the Midwest.
Waupaca County is the location of Hartman’s Creek State Park. This 1,417-acre park is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O’ Lakes. It has year-round camping. The Chain O’ Lakes is a series of 23 interconnecting lakes with crystal clear waters that offer popular boating and fishing activities. The historic Wisconsin Veteran’s Home is in King, Wisconsin and they provide housing for Wisconsin veterans.
Edible Antics Waupaca County Recommendations
- Green Fountain Inn in Waupaca offers lodging, dining, a bakery and cooking classes too.
- Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast in Manawa is an 1892 Victorian home in the heart of historic Manawa.
- Ding’s Dock on the 23 lake Chain O’ Lakes is home to the famous Crystal River Canoeing/tubing trips offers boat rentals.
- Iola Old Car Show is one of the biggest and best in the US will be held July 6-8 in 2017.
- Pigeon River Brewing Company in Marion craft brews small batches of quality beer.
- Crystal Cafe in Iola is a fourth generation family run cafe that is widely known for their homemade fresh pies.
- Clear Water Harbor is a waterfront restaurant and bar on Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes.
- Winemaker’s Daughter in Manawa is a winery and tasting bar featuring some of the daughter’s wines and some of her parents.
As the new school year starts up travel opportunities may become more limited for some families, but Wisconsin in fall is beautiful. Crisp evenings, sunny days, fewer bugs and lovely fall foliage makes this time of year special. Enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations as you tour Wisconsin.
Be sure you celebrate International Bacon Day on Saturday, September 3rd. How about some Bacon Caramel Corn?
Join us next week as we continue our tour in Waushara and Winnebago counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin