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Other Tours

Summer 2017

Try one of our shorter private small group tours or try a tour from our friends at Bike Tour Vacations.                                more

Flavors of Wisconsin

July 16 -22, 2017 

Tour is full. Please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 Cycle for six days on a moderate to challenging road route through the scenic vistas of south central Wisconsin. Visit cheese factories and microbreweries. Watch cheese being made and pair one of its many varieties with just the right craft beer.

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Northern Woods & Waters

August 6 – 12, 2017      

We have an opening for two people sharing a room due to a cancellation. Call or email.

 Cycle for six days on lightly traveled back roads through the woods of northern Wisconsin, past quiet lakes too numerous to count. Paddle a kayak on a quiet lake and tour the Eagle River Chain on a pirate ship!

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“We really enjoyed Wisconsin’s extensive trail system.”

Rick and Gary, Lafayette IN

“The before dinner get togethers were fun and a great way to get to know the other riders and swap tall bike tales.”

2014 Northern Woods Partipant, NE

“This was a first class trip!”

Mike, Ontario Canada

“Great route with combination of roads and paved trails and plenty of scenery.”

John, Omaha NE

“I hope many more people get the chance to discover Wisconsin and all your tour has to offer!”

2014 Flavors Participant, CO

Flavors of Wisconsin Day by Day*

Sunday July 16, Meet in Fitchburg (Madison suburb) Approximate mileage 0 or 20

We’ll meet between noon and 4:00 p.m. for check in followed by a brief pre-tour meeting. If you can arrive by 1:00 p.m. you’ll have the opportunity to ride a 20-mile guided tour on the paved Madison bike trails. Later that evening we’ll learn how to pair cheese with genuine Wisconsin microbrews in a private room at the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, and then enjoy a light supper. Before retiring at the Wyndham Garden Inn next door, we may go for a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool or a soak in its hot tub.

Monday July 17, Cycle to Mineral Point, Approximate mileage 61

After breakfast at a restaurant next to the hotel, we’ll leave Madison via the Badger State paved trail on our way to charming Mineral Point, first Wisconsin city to be listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. We’ll bike through the hills and valleys east of Madison passing through the quaint village of Paoli and on to troll ridden ??!! Mt. Horeb where we may choose to stop for lunch at the Grumpy Troll Brewub or one of the town’s other restaurants.  Once through Mt. Horeb, we’ll be treated to scenic vistas as we work our way to the tiny town of Hollendale, another potential lunch stop, and on to Grandview, a most interesting tourist attraction just outside of Hollendale. Once in Mineral Point, we may want to stop at the shops and galleries or visit the historic sites of Pendarvis and the Merry Christmas mine, which tell the story of the town’s early settlement by Cornish miners. Award winning Hook’s Cheese Factory is located here, and their cheese can be bought across the street at the convenience store. We’ll forgo the hotel room tonight and stay in five beautifully restored historic buildings. One of those buildings, the Walker House, will also be the site for tonight’s group dinner. Before dinner we’ll meet in the basement of this historic building which has been remodeled into an authentic Cornish pub. There we’ll be able to sample the town’s local microbrew beer delivered just for us by the Brewery Creek Brewpub while we entertain each other with stories of the day’s ride.

Tuesday July 18, Cycle to Galena, IL, Approximate mileage 55

We’ll enjoy a hot family style breakfast at the Walker House in order to fuel us for our ride to Galena.  We’ll pass through the charming little town of Rewey before reaching the halfway point in Platteville. With its bicycle shop and restaurants, it’s a great place for a lunch break. Be sure to notice the huge M in the hills on the way into town and see if you can find out what it stands for. Several miles beyond Platteville we can take a rest break at the community park in Hazel Green before dropping into the popular tourist town of Galena, Illinois. Upon arrival in Galena we’ll check in to the charming De Soto House Hotel, the oldest operating hotel in Illinois. The De Soto House has hosted in the past such notable figures as Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, and has retained its air of luxury and comfort for over 150 years.  This will be our home for the next two nights. We’ll freshen up at the hotel before  stepping  out to discover the many shops, attractions, and pubs of downtown Galena. A bit later we’ll meet at the Galena Brewing Company for a tour of the brewery followed by an order-off-the-menu (cost included) dinner.

Wednesday July 19, Galena, IL Approximate mileage 0, 30, or 40

After an order-off-the-menu breakfast (cost included) in De Soto’s Courtyard restaurant, we’ll have some choices to make: a day off the bike to rest our bodies, or a scenic and hilly circle ride to the Sinsinawa Mound area northwest of Galena. The most energetic members of our group may choose to add on a 10 mile out and back trip to the mighty Mississippi River. For those choosing not to bike, there are many shops, galleries, wineries, and historic homes to visit in Galena. Whether we choose to ride or not, we’ll meet in the early afternoon for a short bus ride to the tiny town of Potosi, WI, home of the National Brewery Museum and the Whispering Bluffs Winery. The Museum is located inside the Potosi Brewery which features a full menu restaurant, as well as over a dozen of it’s own brews on tap in the brewpub. Food and beer are also available in the beautiful outside garden restaurant. Once in Potosi we can choose a self guided tour of the Museum where exhibits detail the complete history of beer and its production in the United States. There will also be time for some beer sampling in the pub and/or a visit to the Whispering Bluffs Winery across the street before the bus returns us to Galena. It’s dinner on our own tonight and we’ll have plenty of choices, from the quiet elegance of De Soto’s Generals Restaurant to great Italian at Vinny Vanucchi’s, or casual food in the outdoor garden at Gobbies Sports Pub.

Thursday July 20, Cycle to Monroe, Approximate mileage 52

After another great breakfast at De Soto’s Courtyard Restaurant, we’ll leave Galena on our way to Monroe. We’ll be riding just south of the Wisconsin Illinois border passing through small historic towns. We’ll spend much of our day cycling on Stagecoach Trail Road, which as the name implies, was the major stagecoach route from Chicago to Galina in the early 1800’s. On our route is one of the original stagecoach stops, the Old Stone Hotel, which still stands and is now the Community Center in downtown Warren. Our route lies just south of the highest natural point in the state of Illinois, Charles Mound, which is unfortunately located on private land with no public access. We’ll again enter Wisconsin and the town of Monroe, known as the ” Cheese Capital of the USA.” It is the birthplace of the Swiss Colony, Inc. the largest mail-order cheese operation in the U.S.  At one time during the 1900’s there were more than 300 cheese factories dotting the countryside, and many are still there. When in Monroe, a visit to the quaint town square and the Baumgartner Cheese Store and Tavern is a must. The brave among us can sample Limburger cheese made in a nearby factory, one of only two places in the United States where it is still made. Be sure to notice the  mural depicting a very strange war involving beer and wine, and note the ceiling full of dollar bills. For a hilarious demonstration, ask a waiter how they got there! We’ll meet in the afternoon for a visit to the National Historic Cheesemaking Center to learn all about the history of cheese and how it’s made. We may want to take a dip in the hotel pool before walking across the street to dinner at Vince’s where we can choose what we like from the menu (cost included).

Friday July 21, Cycle to New Glarus, Approximate Mileage 47

After a hot buffet breakfast at Vince’s we’ll set out for a day of cheese, visiting award winning Wisconsin craft cheese factories along our route. The Silver Lewis Cheese Cooperative, Decatur Dairy, and Maple Leaf Cheese factories will welcome us with samples to try and the opportunity to buy cheese for ourselves or to send to friends and relatives back home. Don’t want to carry cheese on your bike? No problem, our SAG drivers will pick it up and have it waiting for you at the hotel. If cheese isn’t your thing, remember it’s a dairy product so most of the cheese factories also sell ice cream! On our way into New Glarus we may stop at the New Glarus Brewing Company, home of such popular brews as Spotted Cow and many other varieties. Since the company sells beer only in Wisconsin, once out-of-state beer lovers taste it, they drive for miles from neighboring states to get more! At the brewery we can taste microbrews  in the beautiful outside beer garden, go on a self-guided tour, or just browse the gift shop filled with beer and cheese novelties. A few miles down the road we’ll check in to the Chalet Landhaus hotel (with indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna) in the town of  New Glarus, known as Wisconsin’s Little Switzerland for its Swiss heritage, chalet style buildings, and restaurants serving Swiss food. A walking visit to the quaint downtown is a must before enjoying dinner at the hotel featuring a pre-dinner Swiss fondue demonstration with yodeling entertainment. Local New Glarus microbrew beer will, of course, be available.

Saturday July 22, Cycle to Fitchburg, Approximate mileage 33

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll  head northeast on our way back to Fitchburg.  On the way, we could spend a little time in the the half-way town of Paoli where we might visit the Schoolhouse Shops and Cafe, the Hop Garden Tap Room, or the Artisan Gallery, which may not have been open when we passed through on Monday. A few miles out of Paoli we’ll return to the Wyndham Garden Inn via the Badger State Trail. At the hotel, showers will be available for us to clean up before saying goodbye to new friends and starting our journey home.

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