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.
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:
- Arcadia – is the world headquarters of the Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
- Blair – shares its Norwegian ancestors heritage with recent Amish settlers
- Galesville – is named after its founder, Judge George Gale a native of Vermont.
- Independence – formed in 1876 and was named in honor of the nation’s centennial of independence.
- Osseo – stop in for a Norske Nook pie or beer, wine and cheese, see below recommendations
- Pigeon Falls – is located at the falls of Pigeon Creek, a tributary of the Trempealeau River.
The Perrot State Park is the site of sacred Indian mounds and the Perrot Park Trails offers recreational opportunities for visitors. The historic Trempealeau Hotel was built in the mid-eighteen hundreds and survived the local fire in 1888. It overlooks the Mississippi River and hosts live music most summer weekends.
Edible Antics Trempealeau County Recommendations
- Northwood Brew Pub and Grill in Osseo offers beers and burgers in a lodge-like setting.
- Elmaro Vineyard in Trempealeau produces an interesting variety of wines.
- Tenba Ridge Winery in Blair produces bold boutique wines
- Sandstone Ridge Vineyard in Osseo offers wines in a relaxing setting.
- Falls Meat Service in Pigeon Falls is a full service meat store.
- Foster Cheese House in Osseo offers fine Wisconsin cheeses, but is also a restaurant.
- Lucas House B&B in Trempealeau where the original portion of the house was built in 1895.
Viroqua is the county seat of this 795 square mile county where 29,800 people live. Other cities and villages in the county include:
- Hillsboro – calls itself “The Czech Capital of Wisconsin” and is in the rolling hills area of Wisconsin.
- Westby – celebrates its Scandinavian heritage at the headwaters of the Bad Ax River.
- Chaseburg – home of Chaseburg Manufacturing, custom steel fabricators.
- Coon Valley – is home to Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center preserving local Norwegian culture.
- DeSoto – is located on the Mississippi River and The Great River Road.
- Genoa – is the location of the decommissioned La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor.
- LaFarge – is headquarters of Organic Valley, an organic farmer-owned cooperative.
Wildcat Mountain State Park offers camping and is on the shore of the Kickapoo River that runs through this “Hidden Valleys” section of Wisconsin. This river rolls through an area of Indian mounds and caves with petroglyphs and is an important look into early settlers’ uses. The Western border of the county includes the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
Edible Antics Vernon County Recommendations
- Westby Locker and Meats a full services meat shop in Westby.
- Westby House Inn and Restaurant provides elegant lodging in Westby.
- Old Towne Inn Supper Club in Westby is known for its large salad bar and prime rib.
- Trillium Cottage in LaFarge has two private rural cottages in the Kickapoo Valley
- Vernon Vineyards in Viroqua offers wines made with 100% Wisconsin grown grapes.
We hope you have a chance to sample some of these Edible Antics recommendations for yourself. Wisconsin offers the visitor and the native all of these treats on a daily basis. Have we missed any of your favorites? Let us know and we will try to add them in.
Join us next week as we continue our tour in Vilas and Walworth counties searching for people, places and edibles Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin