(Routes are 60-65 miles/day unless otherwise noted)
Day 0 - Wednesday, June 27: Begin your adventure in the artisan community of Spring Green situated along the Wisconsin River and consistently earning top honors for its scenery and attractions. Meet your fellow riders, pick up your rider packet and hear what's in store for the next four days over refreshments and dinner. Come early or stay late and visit Taliesin--Frank Lloyd Wright's home for 48 years along with buildings from nearly every decade of his career on the 600 acre estate. Enjoy an outdoor play at the world-renowned American Players Theater or check out the Wright-inspired House on the Rock. Or, visit nearby Mineral Point, a charming community settled by Cornish miners from England known for its historic sites and artisans. Day 1: Thursday, June 28: Spring Green - New Glarus And we're off! Quiet back roads and beautiful scenery are the theme of the day. We're in cheese country so it's only fitting that our first stop be at a cheese factory. Watch cheese being made as the cheese maker explains the process and lets us taste some of their delectable cheeses. Our next stop is Mount Horeb, the Troll Capital of the World, where trolls, shops and eateries, including the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, line Main Street. Our final stop for the day showcases a dairy farm where you can tour the farm and learn about current dairy practices. Once in New Glarus, our overnight destination, take a self-guided tour and/or taste the freshly brewed samples at the New Glarus Brewing Co--home of Spotted Cow ale--while relaxing on their outdoor patio. You can also learn how the town became 'America's Little Switzerland" by touring the 14 artifact-filled buildings, including a settler's cabin, school, bee house and church, at the Swiss Historical Village. Or, stroll through downtown and find all 15 painted cows, pick up some locally made Yodelay yogurt, or stop at the bakery, chocolate shop, winery, meat market, etc. In the evening, enjoy Swiss entertainment and yodel with your fellow riders at dinner. Day 2: Friday, June 29 New Glarus - Madison All roads lead to Wisconsin's state capitol - Madison, a big city with a small town feel. You will be amazed at the incredible bicycling infrastructure in this vibrant town. Today's route will include a shorter option (45-50 miles) in addition to the standard 60-65 mile route for those of you who would like more time to explore this college town which consistently earns top honors for its charm, downtown, food and more! Ride along more scenic, pastoral roadways with a stop at a hops farm to see where hops for many of the local breweries is grown along with a stop at a dairy plant to learn about milk bottling, cheese and ice cream production. You'll want to treat yourself to one of their 25+ fantastic ice cream flavors, including Badger Blast (chocolate ice cream w/dark chocolate flakes and a fudge swirl), Union Utopia (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter, fudge and caramel swirls), Mocha Macchiato (coffee-flavored ice cream with dark chocolate flakes and a caramel swirl), or good ol' fashioned vanilla, to name a few. You can also stop at the Vilas Zoo to see the 200+ animals, view the many exhibits, eat more locally made ice cream, etc. Our hotel is steps away from State Street and downtown where you'll find eateries, brew pubs and shops galore. Listen to live music, tour the Wisconsin State Capitol building with its handcrafted furniture, glass mosaics, elegant art and unusual granite dome, or stroll the 16 acres of outdoor gardens, including a 2-acre Rose Garden, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. There is so much to see and do in Madison -- you won't know where to start! Saturday, June 30: Madison - Baraboo Before leaving Madison, you'll definitely want to check out the Dane County Farmer's Market, the granddaddy of all farmers markets! It is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country and encircles the capitol building with plenty of Wisconsin goodness. Complete with street musicians, it's an experience to be had. You're sure to find plenty of great coffee, goo-ey cinnamon rolls, cheese and plump, juicy strawberries there, not to mention all of the other locally produced items. Today's route takes us to Merrimac where we'll hop aboard the ferry for the 8-minute ride across the beautiful Wisconsin River. Lest we go in calorie deficit mode, we'll want to grab an ice cream cone from more locally made ice cream before we board. In case you missed your opportunity, you'll have another chance on the other side of the ferry! From there, we'll cross the Baraboo Range via outstanding scenery en route to Devil's Lake State Park -- Wisconsin's most visited state park. Our destination for the evening is Baraboo, a picturesque town nestled in a beautiful valley and home to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Explore Circus World - attend a big top circus performance, visit the world's largest circus wagon collection, watch a tiger show and even ride an elephant! Or, tour the beautifully restored Al Ringling Theatre built in 1915, check out the downtown square or take a tour of the Driftless Glen Distillery.
Sunday, July 1: Baraboo - Spring Green Our final route is 55-60 miles and has us stopping at a lavender farm where we can stroll through lavender fields. Back on our bikes, we'll ride along more picturesque country roads en route to Spring Green, the tours end.
Wisconsin's state capitol at night, just minutes from our hotel
Watch cheese being made and taste some award-winning Wisconsin cheese
One of the riders testing her skills on the Swiss alphorn
There's no shortage of locally made ice cream and chin drippin' peaches on this tour!
Refueling on freshly made cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls -- what could be better?