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.

Saint Croix County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Saint Croix County by David Benbennick

Hudson is the county seat of this Northwestern Wisconsin County.  It is home to 84,400 people and occupies 720 square miles.

Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Glenwood City
  • New Richmond
  • Baldwin
  • Deer Park
  • Hammond
  • Roberts
  • Somerset
  • Star Prairie
  • Wilson
  • Woodville

The county’s name is taken from the Saint Croix River that forms its Western border.  The city of Hudson is within commuting distance to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro markets.  The Saint Croix River National Scenic Waterway provides recreational opportunities for boating and fishing.  Visitors can enjoy tour boat rides along a beautiful section of the river.  Hudson boasts of more than a dozen restored 1860-1880 homes  featuring designs of Romantic, Italianate, Princess Ann and Greek revival.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Saint Croix County

Croix Valley Steak Sauces

Croix Valley Foods  makes steak sauces are hand crafted in small batches using only the finest ingredients. They also make barbecue sauces, barbecue seasonings, and Bloody Mary seasonings.

Author Gary Porter shares his book “Duffy: The Tale of a Terrier.”  It is the life story of Gary and Melissa Porter’s rescue dog that lived with them in Hudson. Wisconsin.  The story appeals to dog lovers of all ages.

Additional Edible Antics Saint Croix Recommendations

  • Bass Lake Cheese makes their award-winning cheeses the old fashioned way, using traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
  • 45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond makes award winning vodka, bourbon and rye.
  • Olson’s Woodville Meats in Woodville is a full service butcher shop and meat market.
  • RJ’s Meats in Hudson is a full service local meat market.
  • Phillips Inn Bed and Breakfast  is on historic Third Street in beautiful Hudson.
  • Negret Wine Company on Second Street in Hudson has a tasting room and patio overlooking the Saint Croix River.
  • Pier 500 Restaurant is located on the scenic river in downtown Hudson with outdoor seating available in the summer.
  • Winzer Stube German Restaurant in Hudson features authentic German dishes and beers,
  • Oliphant Brewing in Somerset is a small craft brewery.
  • Pitchfork Brewing in Hudson Taproom is open evenings Wednesday through Sunday.
  • 65 Vines Winery in Robert is a small family owned winery started in 2014.

Sauk County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sauk County by David Benbennick

Baraboo is the county seat of the 838 square mile county that is home to 61,900 people.

Other cities and villages in the county include:

  • Reedsburg
  • LaValle
  • Lake Delton
  • Lime Ridge
  • Loganville
  • Merrimac
  • North Freedom
  • Plain
  • Prairie du Sac
  • Rock springs
  • Sauk City
Devils Lake State Park

The county’s name is believed to be derived from a large village of Sauk People that lived in the area.  Early settlers were from New England and upstate New York and were later joined by German immigrants.  Baraboo was the home base of the Ringling Brothers Circus from 1884 to 1917.   Baraboo is home to the Circus World Museum that showcases a number of circus wagons and circus related materials.  The city is restoring the historic Ringling Theater and the home of Mr. Ringling is still there.  The county includes Devil’s Lake State Park that is the most popular park in Wisconsin.  500 foot high bluffs above a 360 acre glacial lake along with beautiful camping areas make it a tourist favorite.  The Merrimac Ferry is a free car ferry across Lake Wisconsin that operates each summer.   A Sand Country Almanac was written by Aldo Leopold in a small converted chicken coop in rural Sauk County.  The building is still there.  The county also includes the 7,500 acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant that produced smokeless powder for small arms, acid and rocket propellant for World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  The facility is no longer in operation and is being repurposed to a variety of uses including recreational, farming and a return of a portion of the land to Native American uses.

Wisconsinmade Artisan partners in Sauk County

Carr Valley Cheese skilled cheesemakers turn milk delivered fresh from local dairy farms into more than 100 delicious cheese varieties.  In the past three years alone, Carr Valley cheeses have won more than 60 top awards in U.S. and international competitions. Many of these have been won by Sid’s one-of-a-kind American Originals – artisan cheeses you won’t find made anywhere else in the world.  Unfortunately these perishable items do not ship well in the summer heat here in North America.  We resume shipping in October.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will alert you when the cheese shipping resumes.

Cedar Grove Cheese makes cheese the old-fashioned way in a state-of-the-art facility located in the rich farm and dairy country of southwestern Wisconsin. Producing a variety of traditional and specialty cheeses, Cedar Grove Cheese maintains a strong commitment to the environment and quality cheese production.  Unfortunately these perishable items do not ship well in the summer heat here in North America.  We resume shipping in October.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will alert you when the cheese shipping resumes.

Additional Edible Antics Sauk County Recommendations

  • Straka’s Meats in Plain is a third generation full service meat market
  • House of Embers Supper Club in Wisconsin Dells is a traditional Wisconsin Supper Club.  Outdoor seating is available in summer.
  • Port Vista in Lake Delton offers waterfront dining year round with burgers, ribs and Friday night fish fry.
  • The Del Bar in Lake Delton features casual fine dining.
  • Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company has craft brewed beers and their own line of sodas.
  • Wollersheim Winery features award winning wines and a recently opened distillery.  Both facilities have tasting rooms.
  • Baraboo Bluff Winery is a new addition to Wisconsin Wineries and welcomes visitors to their tasting room.
  • Ishnala Supper Club on the shores of Mirror Lake offers summer dining in a unique setting.
  • Fitz’s on the Lake faces Lake Wisconsin with a restaurant and sports bar popular with boaters.
  • Driftless Glen Distillery is a new distillery and restaurant in Baraboo.
  • Little Village Cafe is a small but popular lunch spot in Baraboo.
  • Blue Spoon Cafe  in Prairie du Sac is a casual Euro style restaurant overlooking the Wisconsin River.
  • Leystra’s Venture in Sauk City operates in a restored historic building and features fresh pies daily.
  • The Meat Market in Baraboo is an award winning full service fresh cut market.

These rich lists of outstanding travel opportunities for adventure and edible fun in Saint Croix and Sauk counties should provide days of enjoyment.  Did I miss any of your favorites?  Let me know.

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

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