Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Sauk County. Sauk County is situated in the southern part of the state and is known for its picturesque scenery, including rolling hills, rivers, and lakes. The Wisconsin River flows through the county, providing a wide range of recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, and kayaking. Sauk County has a rich history and culture, and it offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and small-town charm. While visiting the area, I was able to experience several small towns, great hikes, and delicious food.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Sauk City. The hotel features a range of modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a fitness center. I was so happy to be able to get my workout in! The room had a TV, refrigerator, microwave, and a coffee maker. The bathroom was a generous size and everything was so clean! Additionally, there is a complimentary hot breakfast buffet provided in the morning.
FOOD & DRINK
While visiting Lake Redstone in LaValle (I'll touch on that later), I stopped by Redstone's North End Tavern for dinner. It was wing night, so I ordered 8 bone-in wings with their house sauce, along with cheese curds & an old fashioned. The tavern is located fairly close to the water and has both an indoor and outdoor seating area. I sat outside because the weather was perfect (finally) and enjoyed my meal. The service was great and the food was fantastic. I recommend stopping here if you are ever in the area. It's such a vibe!
For lunch the following day, I traveled to Loganville and ate at Logan's Heroes Bar & Grill. Loganville is a fairly small town but Logan's Heroes is serving up very large portions. I ordered the chicken bacon ranch wrap with a side of French fries. The wrap was stuffed to the brim and the fries were overflowing the plate. It was so tasty. The bar itself is very clean and includes a pool table along with some slot machines. Logan's is the definition of a small-town dive bar and I love it.
Dinner at Prairie House Food and Spirits in Sauk City was delightful. They serve muenster cheese curds and we really enjoyed them! I also ordered a California BLT which ended up being a gigantic sandwich. The service was friendly and super quick. Prairie House is known for its extensive selection of craft beers and spirits with a diverse collection of whiskey and bourbon. Prairie House also hosts regular events and live music performances regularly!
Obviously I needed to pay a visit to Cedar Grove Cheese while I was in town. Located in Plain, WI, Cedar Grove Cheese is a family owned and operated cheese factory. Unfortunately I was not able to tour the facility, but I was able to watch fresh curds being made through the window! They have so many selections to choose from within the store; I grabbed a bag of cheese curds (duh) and some cheddar garlic & herb for later.
A few miles down the road from Cedar Grove Cheese was the cutest shop called Block 23. They have a selection of local meats and cheeses, along with premade sandwiches and desserts. They also sell the cutest gifts - the perfect stop if you are looking for something to bring home with you! I purchased one of their iced chai lavender lattes and Renard's Cheese Whips (my favorite).
Sometimes I go places in Wisconsin and become totally baffled on how I am still in Wisconsin. Lake Redstone, located in La Valle, is a beautiful spot! There is a public beach, boat landings, a small waterfall, and it is a fantastic lake for musky fishing. I spent some time walking along the beach and enjoying the views. It was very quiet - a great area to disconnect if you need it!
When I tell you that Ferry Bluff State Natural Area left me breathless - I mean it. The hike to the top is fairly steep, but only about .4 miles. I decided to go early in the morning and I am so glad that I did. Look at these views! Overlooking the Wisconsin River, you will find sandstone bluffs and acres upon acres of forests. The area is absolutely gorgeous. The trail is closed from November 1 - April 1 to allow for eagle breeding, so make sure to visit outside of this timeframe.