Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Click here for the full list. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit. Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our WisconsinMade artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.
This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for WisconsinMade edibles and fun places to visit.
Occupies 342 square miles and is home to 20,600 Wisconsinites. The city of Kewaunee is the county seat and additional cities and villages include:
The Kewaunee pier head lighthouse is often photographed and is a nautical feature of this Lake Michigan harbor town. There is a museum in the Tugboat Ludington moored in the harbor in Kewanee. The 44 mile long Ahnapee State Trail, a converted railroad bed, runs from Kewaunee to Sturgeon Bay in Door County. Bikers, hikers, snowmobilers, cross country skiers and horses all share the trail.
Edible Antics Kewaunee County recommendations include:
- Von Stiel Winery in Algoma is Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery.
- Ahnapee Brewery is part of the Von Stiel operations in Algoma
- Parallel 44 Wine in Kewaunee was awarded Best Wines in Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015
- Gibb’s on the Lake Supper Club in Kewaunee on the Lake Michigan shore.
- The Hotel Stebbins is a historic restored hotel in downtown Algoma.
- Bearcats Fish Market in Algoma features a wide selection of fresh and smoked seafood
- North Water Bakery and Deli in Algoma is a full service bakery
- “Buzz” Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility raises salmon and trout for stocking into Lake Michigan for sport fishing.
- Salmon’s Meats fresh meat and sausage from a family owned shop in Luxemburg
- The Karsten Hotel in Kewaunee is a beautifully preserved brick hotel built in 1912
- Ron’s Cheese in Luxemburg makes 12 different flavors, with their Spreadable Cream Cheese with Herbs & Spice being their customer’s favorite.
- Pet friendly lodging for travelers to Kewaunee County
La Crosse County
La Crosse is the county for this 453 square mile county that is home to 114,600 people. Other cities and villages include
Main Street in LaCrosse ends at the base of Grandad Bluff, a 570 foot high shear rock bluff that overlooks the city. From the park at the top you can see three states; Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The city has a number of historic districts featuring well-kept early elaborate homes. Nearby natural attractions include the Samuels Cave containing human form petroglyphs and the Mindoro Cut a 74 foot deep road cut that was hand cut to accommodate the roadway and is one of the deepest remaining examples of this technique. The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is adjacent to LaCrosse.
WisconsinMade artisan partner in LaCrosse County is Last Course Sensations a boutique bakery specializing in single-serving, hand-crafted desserts. Her individual servings and elegant packaging make these specialty desserts a great gift, wedding favor, and last course sensation.
Edible Antics LaCrosse County recommendations include:
- West Salem Wilson Schoolhouse Inn is listed on the City of La Crosse, the State of Wisconsin, and National Register of Historic Buildings. It is located in a rural setting on 12 acres of woods, fields, and gardens only 8 minutes from historic downtown La Crosse. Rental includes the entire schoolhouse and will comfortably accommodate 2 to 8 adults during their stay in La Crosse, WI.
- The Chateau is a beautiful french restaurant – fine dining at it’s best
- Rudy’s Drive In is drive in restaurant with roller skating car hops with summer time “cruise nights” on Tuesdays.
- Bentley-Wheeler bed and breakfast is located in two refurbished and finely detailed historic homes in LaCrosse
- Turtle Stack Brewery is a small craft brewery and tasting room located in historic downtown La Crosse
- Pearl Street Brewery features some award winning beers in LaCrosse
- 4 Sisters Wine Bar in the heart of historic La Crosse, across from Riverside Park, with views of the majestic upper Mississippi River,
- The Charmant Hotel is a 67-room luxury boutique hotel in downtown La Crosse, in a renovated candy factory, built in 1898.
- Piggy’s Restaurant and Blues Lounge in the renovated old Pioneer Foundry Building features smoked entries of ribs, chops, prime rib, swordfish and chicken.
- The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor and Coffee House
- The Waterfront Restaurant in LaCrosse offers fine dining with a seasonal outdoor patio overlooking the Mississippi River.
- Pet friendly lodging for travelers to LaCrosse County.
As you travel Wisconsin we hope you have a chance to enjoy these Edible Antics recommendations.
Join us next week as we explore Lafayette County and Langlade County looking for people, places and edibles all made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.