Eating and Drinking along Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s Back Roads


The search for local foods and drinks took us off of I-90 and onto the backroads. We traveled most of Wisconsin on wonderful backroads, as well as through the Minnesota bluffs before having to deal with the monotony and construction on I-90.

First stop was Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. They had some very nice wines and made Cam happy by serving him his own sparkling grape juice. We bought the Prairie Fume, made with Finger Lakes grapes, and Dry Riesling, with Washington grapes. And of course, we bought their sparkling grape juice.

Next stop was County Bumpkin’s Farmers Market in the Wisconsin Dells for some freshly picked berries and local dilly beans (pickled string beans). Cam spent a good hour playing there while the dog and I chilled out in a nice breezy gazebo.

We ended our day at Tom Sawyer’s on the Mississippi River in La Crosse with some nachos loaded with gooey, creamy Wisconsin cheese!

Cam so enjoyed the winery visit, we started Minnesota with a visit to Four Daughters Winery, which is also the home to Loon Juice, delicious hard cider based on Honeycrisp apples (note how Cam matches the sign 😊).

While I tried the Loon Juice flight, Cam tried out the local root beer. We went home with a 6 pack of Strawberry Shandy and a few bottles of root beer and sour lemon pop.

After we finally rejoined the interstate, we found a welcomed break at Green Giant Park. Not only was the statue a hoot, we were all fascinated by the green giant museum, even Zuko!

It’s been 1,800 miles and we are halfway distance-wise on our cross country road trip.