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Top Choice Bakery in Southwest Wisconsin

Stockholm Pie & General Store

You may have to wait in line at this old-timey spot with wood plank floors and red-checkered tablecloths, but that allows you to study the blackboard and its lengthy list of pies available. Sour cream raisin, double…
American in Pepin

Harbor View Cafe

The book-stuffed Harbor View is a Slow Food stalwart. Staff write the changing menu on a chalkboard twice daily – once for lunch, once for dinner. Cross your fingers the list shows the four-cheese stuffed mushrooms,…
Brewery in Southwest Wisconsin

Potosi Brewing Company

It's your one-stop shop for food, drink, memorabilia and historical information. The thick-stone building began brewing beer in 1852. Imbibe indoors amid neon-lit beer signs or outdoors in the pretty beer garden. Su…
Museum in Pepin

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Little House on the Prairie fans can make a pit stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. This is where she was born and the abode that starred in Little House in the Big Woods. There's not a lot in the museum (and t…
American in Southwest Wisconsin

Nelson Cheese Factory

The name is a bit misleading: the refurbished building no longer produces cheese, but the shop carries a big stash of Wisconsin hunks, and the cozy wine bar serves 'em on tasting plates. The lines, though, are for t…
Viewpoint in La Crosse

Grandad Bluff

Grandad Bluff offers grand views of the river. The overlook is part of Grandad Bluff Park, which also includes good hiking trails. It's east of town along Main St (which becomes Bliss Rd); follow Bliss Rd up the hil…
Cafe in La Crosse

Root Note

This vintage, exposed-brick cafe is fine place to soak up the river town vibe with a dose of hipster chic. Linger over coffee, beer or a banana Nutella crepe while listening to local musicians perform most nights of…
Pizza in Southwest Wisconsin

Stone Barn

Browse the antique store or amble through the herb garden while waiting for your wafer-thin-crusted pizza to emerge from the wood-fired oven. All tables are set outdoors, surrounded by hilly farmland.
Monument in La Crosse

World's Largest Six-Pack

The 'cans' are actually storage tanks for City Brewery and hold enough beer to provide one person with a six-pack a day for 3351 years (or so the sign says).
Food in Southwest Wisconsin

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

It's the cheese curd maker for A&W and Dairy Queen, and a prime place to savor the squeaky goodness hot off the press (11am is prime time).