SW WI Beer and Cheese Tour - Day 1

Earlier this month Christian and I took a 5-day vacation to southwest Wisconsin and Iowa. Our first stop was the little town of Albany, WI. We parked the car, jumped on our bikes and set off down the Sugar River Trail.


The Sugar River Trail is a "rail-trail" meaning that the trail used to be a railroad but has since been converted into a recreational trail. 


Wisconsin was the first state to start the rails-to-trails program. We now have over 2,000 miles of rail-trails in our state!


After 16 miles of pedaling, we rolled into the town of New Glarus. We locked up our bikes and set off walking downtown. First we stopped at Tofflers Pub where we had some delicious burgers while enjoying their outdoor patio.


We browsed a few shops downtown and then set off on our bikes again to reach the New Glarus Brewery. New Glarus is loved by many but they don't export to other states so you'll have to come to WI if you want a taste. (We had Spotted Cow at our wedding and my current favorite is Moon Man)


The brewery is in a brand new building and I was a bit shocked by how upscale everything is. They must be doing pretty well for themselves! We had a few drinks in the outdoor beer garden then pedaled the LONG 16 miles back to Albany.

Our resting spot for the night was the Albany Guest House which was built in 1908!


I loved the front porch. We enjoyed dinner and our morning coffee sitting among the hanging ferns.


Our room, the Rose Room, as well as the rest of the house was decorated with beautiful antiques. 


That bed was the perfect cushion after a long day in the car and on a bicycle! We loved the Albany House and will definitely stay there again. The breakfast was amazing - ever have glazed bacon? - and the owners were a delight.

Stay tuned for Day 2 of our SW WI Beer and Cheese Tour.

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