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 County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waukesha County by David Benbennick

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.

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    VIP Cheese Spread PAckage

  • 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

Waupaca County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Waupaca County by David Benbennick

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

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.

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bacon carmel corn

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