Wisconsin Journals

The Wisconsin Series - SE Wisconsin

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An October 2012 trip to Wisconsin by MilwVon

Apple Holler Family Farm Photo, Sturtevant, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: This journal will feature a number of attractions and things to see within an hour's drive of Milwaukee.

Apple Holler Family Farm

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Attraction | "Apples Rule the Day!"

Apple Holler Family Farm Photo, Sturtevant, Wisconsin
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Apple Holler is a family farm that is well known throughout SE Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Visible from I94, those driving by on any weekend in the fall may be put off trying to visit during what I would assume is their busiest time of the year. Cars can be seen parked along the frontage road for blocks. For our trip, my friend Pam and I decided to go midweek thinking it would be less crowded. WHOOPS - it was a hopping place on a Tuesday with school field trips and a group of seniors visiting from Illinois.Apple Holler is first and foremost a working apple farm, hence their name. Visitors can buy apples from inside one of the many shops on the property or they can go out in the o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2012

Apple Holler Family Farm
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, Wisconsin
(262) 884-7100

Cedar Creek Winery

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Attraction | "Pleasant Little Find Just North of Milwaukee"

Cedar Creek Winery Photo, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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As I planned for this particular journal, I researched local points of interest that are off the beaten path. Milwaukee is rich with brewery history and our cheesemaking tradition can also be found close to the city. In spite of our vast rural farmland that can be found throughout the state, I was surprised to learn that we had a winery just one county north in Cedarburg (Ozaukee County).Located in the Cedar Creek Settlement, the Cedar Creek Winery has been in existence since 1990 when the Wollersheim family purchased the Stone Mill Winery which had occupied this space since 1972. The Wollersheims also own and operate the Wollersheim Winery in Praire du Sac, located on a 27 acre vineyar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2012

Cedar Creek Winery
N70 W6340 Bridge Road
Cedarburg, Wisconsin 53012
(262) 377-8020

How About Cedarburg, Wisconsin?

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Cedarburg Covered Bridge Photo, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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For visitors to Milwaukee or SE Wisconsin, you may want to consider a short jaunt up to Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Cedarburg is far enough out of the city to give you a flavor of what life in rural Wisconsin is like while also providing for a bit of the eclectic and historical.The Village of Cedarburg was founded in 1845 as a number of mills were being built along Cedar Creek, which runs through the center of the city today. Today several of the old buildings built, including the Cedarburg Mill, Concordia Mill and Hilgen & Wittenberg Woolen Mill remain standing and are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.Th...Read More

Holy Hill

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Attraction | "Classic Fall Drive Pilgrimage"

Holy Hill Photo, Hubertus, Wisconsin
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Holy Hill is an area located roughly 30 minutes north of the Milwaukee in an area known as the Kettle Moraine. Created by glaciers thousands of years ago, the "kettles" are pockets where once the frozen ice melted creating lakes and in some cases dry "holes" in the land. The rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine are especially beautiful in the fall.It is known as Holy Hill in part because the Native American Indians believe the lands were sacred. While the US Government had the land for a period in the mid 1800's, it has primarily served as a religious center for nearly 200 years. Today the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill stands 1,300 feet above s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2010

Holy Hill
1525 Carmel Road
Hubertus, Wisconsin
(262) 670-8820

Jelly Belly Visitor Center and Warehouse Tours

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Attraction | "Fun for Kids Young & Old"

Jelly Belly Visitor Center and Warehouse Tours Photo, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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Who doesn't like jelly beans? The Jelly Belly Tour in Kenosha County, Wisconsin is a fun way to learn about the gourmet candy, and sample their many flavors and other confectionery treats. With Halloween right around the corner, even candy corn seems special when sampled in their store.Located about 10 minutes east of I94 just north of the WI/ILL state border, this Jelly Belly location is a warehouse operation. Their free 30 minute tour is provided via a guided train ride around the perimeter of the warehouse that provides video supplemented by the tour guide along the way. Each of the five stops were educational and contributed to visitors' understanding of the history and manufacturi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Jelly Belly Visitor Center and Warehouse Tours
10100 Jelly Belly Lane
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin 53158
(866) 868-7522

Widmer's Cheese Cellars

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Attraction | "Third Generation Cheese Factory"

Widmer's Cheese Cellars Photo, Theresa, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin is not only the largest cheese producing state in the United States, it is where two varieties were invented back in the 1870's . . . Wisconsin Brick and Colby. Since 1922, Widmer's Cheese Cellars has been producing award winning, handcrafted cheese, including brick, cheddar and colby. John Widmer emigrated from Switzerland to America in 1905. After serving as a cheesemaker's apprentice for several years, he settled in Theresa, Wisconsin in 1922 and founded Widmer's Cheese Cellars. Today Joe Widmer is the owner and master cheesemaker at the same location found by his grandfather.From the street Widmer's looks like any neighborhood house with an adjoining tavern or corner mark...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2012

Widmer's Cheese Cellars
214 W. Henni Street
Theresa, Wisconsin
920-488-2503