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Guidebook for Spring Green

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Guidebook for Spring Green

Arts & Culture
Check out their website for all you'll need to know. Put simply - it's the best.
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American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
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Check out their website for all you'll need to know. Put simply - it's the best.
Housed in an historic white church - as in - the clapboard siding has always been painted white. My husband and I were married here almost 30 years ago when it was the local Methodist Church. Now an internationally acclaimed School of Mime, hosting international students and productions. Sophisticated and thought-provoking theater.
White Church Theatre Project
6348 WI-23
Housed in an historic white church - as in - the clapboard siding has always been painted white. My husband and I were married here almost 30 years ago when it was the local Methodist Church. Now an internationally acclaimed School of Mime, hosting international students and productions. Sophisticated and thought-provoking theater.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home and School of Architecture. Tours available.
Frank Lloyd Wright TALIESI
Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home and School of Architecture. Tours available.
Local theater in Spring Green. Home to River Valley Players, the local Community Theater group. Hosts events including Saturday night movies and local High School productions.
Gard Theatre
Local theater in Spring Green. Home to River Valley Players, the local Community Theater group. Hosts events including Saturday night movies and local High School productions.
Sightseeing
Iconic American Roadside Attraction
House on the Rock
Iconic American Roadside Attraction
Former elementary school for local, rural students - where I attended and managed to stay out of trouble, for the most part. Designed as an elementary school by FLLW in honor of his mother who was a school teacher. Well worth the 5 minute drive. Drive up the circular, gravel driveway. Park along the grass. Hop out of your car and take a look. Might be hosting an event, such as an art exhibit or educational programming.
Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center
6306 WI-23 Trunk
Former elementary school for local, rural students - where I attended and managed to stay out of trouble, for the most part. Designed as an elementary school by FLLW in honor of his mother who was a school teacher. Well worth the 5 minute drive. Drive up the circular, gravel driveway. Park along the grass. Hop out of your car and take a look. Might be hosting an event, such as an art exhibit or educational programming.
Another roadside attraction - worth the drive.
Dickeyville Grotto
255-377 Great River Rd
Another roadside attraction - worth the drive.
Mineral Point is a not-to-miss town if you have an extra half-day. Drive around town and marvel at the homes, churches and downtown commercial structures. Cornish dining, means pasties, a Cornish version of an empanada. Mineral Point should be on everyone's Top-10 best small towns in America, at least by my standards.
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Mineral Point is a not-to-miss town if you have an extra half-day. Drive around town and marvel at the homes, churches and downtown commercial structures. Cornish dining, means pasties, a Cornish version of an empanada. Mineral Point should be on everyone's Top-10 best small towns in America, at least by my standards.
Home to Frank Lloyd Wright designed "German Warehouse," and some of the nicest small town residential architecture in America.
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Richland Center
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Home to Frank Lloyd Wright designed "German Warehouse," and some of the nicest small town residential architecture in America.
Jones Family cemetery and Unitarian Chapel where FLLW was buried. Yes, "buried" - past tense. Tourists are drawn here and could be more mindful of where they step out of respect for those interred here. Worthy of respectful and considerate visit.
Unity Chapel
6596 County Hwy TZ
Jones Family cemetery and Unitarian Chapel where FLLW was buried. Yes, "buried" - past tense. Tourists are drawn here and could be more mindful of where they step out of respect for those interred here. Worthy of respectful and considerate visit.
Where tours of Taliesin estate begin. Wonderful FLLW gifts for sale. Limited dining hours. Spectacular Wisconsin River views. Former location of The Spring Green Restaurant, designed as a restaurant by FLLW for this specific site.
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Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center
5607 County Road C
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Where tours of Taliesin estate begin. Wonderful FLLW gifts for sale. Limited dining hours. Spectacular Wisconsin River views. Former location of The Spring Green Restaurant, designed as a restaurant by FLLW for this specific site.
Parks & Nature
Cool old "shot" tower. Nice for picnics. Mosquitos the size of Buicks - slather up with OFF or your favored repellant in advance and watch out for poison ivy - stay on trails.
Tower Hill State Park
5808 County Road C
Cool old "shot" tower. Nice for picnics. Mosquitos the size of Buicks - slather up with OFF or your favored repellant in advance and watch out for poison ivy - stay on trails.
Wonderful hiking with lake swimming in the midst of the Driftless region.
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Governor Dodge State Park
4175 Wisconsin 23
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Wonderful hiking with lake swimming in the midst of the Driftless region.
Shopping
More than just a book store - coffee/food/wine too.
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Arcadia Books
102 East Jefferson Street
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More than just a book store - coffee/food/wine too.
Fabulously curated "finds" with gift items for that special person. Nice wine collection.
Convivio
122 N Lexington St
Fabulously curated "finds" with gift items for that special person. Nice wine collection.
Classic "dime-store," with all kinds of wonderful items.
Nina's Department & Variety Store
143 E Jefferson St
Classic "dime-store," with all kinds of wonderful items.
Pam knows her stuff when it comes to fine jewelry, she's a pro.
Pamela's Fine Jewelry
150 W Jefferson St
Pam knows her stuff when it comes to fine jewelry, she's a pro.
Meat lovers paradise. If you love looking at meat counters, this is your spot. Get your cheese curds and crackers, plus a bottle of Prarie Fume and you're set. Awesome summer BBQ cook off contest will continue to draw large, fun crowds. Nothing like live band playing favored selections from "The Doors" while chowing down on pork slathered with BBQ sauce and a corn field view.
Prem Meats & Catering
E5028 US-14
Meat lovers paradise. If you love looking at meat counters, this is your spot. Get your cheese curds and crackers, plus a bottle of Prarie Fume and you're set. Awesome summer BBQ cook off contest will continue to draw large, fun crowds. Nothing like live band playing favored selections from "The Doors" while chowing down on pork slathered with BBQ sauce and a corn field view.
My local "Nordstroms." Found a pair of Manola Blaniks here once but they were 4 sizes too small.
Goodwill Richland Center
My local "Nordstroms." Found a pair of Manola Blaniks here once but they were 4 sizes too small.
Found a great mid-century modern coffee table here for $8 and a fabulous mid-century dinette set in perfect condition for $30. Shhhh - don't tell.
St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
675 S Albert Ave
Found a great mid-century modern coffee table here for $8 and a fabulous mid-century dinette set in perfect condition for $30. Shhhh - don't tell.
Wisconsin Cheese - need I say more. Cedar Grove cheese factory outside of Plain produces award winning, organic cheese. Tour the cheese making facility, buy some cheese on site, then order some to ship to your closest friends. You'll make BFF (Best-Friends-Forever.) Back in my day, a cheese factory tour was part of our 4th grade curriculum - that and a test on how it is made. Fresh curds should squeak when chewed - that's my test.
Cedar Grove Cheese Inc
Mill Road
Wisconsin Cheese - need I say more. Cedar Grove cheese factory outside of Plain produces award winning, organic cheese. Tour the cheese making facility, buy some cheese on site, then order some to ship to your closest friends. You'll make BFF (Best-Friends-Forever.) Back in my day, a cheese factory tour was part of our 4th grade curriculum - that and a test on how it is made. Fresh curds should squeak when chewed - that's my test.
Worth a drive through Wisconsin's Amish region to reach this rural cheese factory and shop. Sit on the fiberglass cow in the front and take a selfie. Terrific selections of award winning cheese, of course.
Carr Valley Cheese Co Inc
S3797 County Road G
Worth a drive through Wisconsin's Amish region to reach this rural cheese factory and shop. Sit on the fiberglass cow in the front and take a selfie. Terrific selections of award winning cheese, of course.
Bargain Nook III is located in the old Post Office on the corner of S. Washington and E. Jefferson. More than just clothing, there are lots of odds and ends, some never used, including a decent selection of Land's End returns already monogramed for someone else. For awhile I carried around my stuff in a nice canvas bag, purchased at Bargain Nook II (It burned down.) that once belonged to someone named "Amy." I recently scored a used chair here for $35. Anxious to get it home, I shoveled it into my hatchback. A few mishaps later, it survived the trip with only one broken leg that I fixed with Gorilla Glue.
Bargain Nook III
102 S Washington St
Bargain Nook III is located in the old Post Office on the corner of S. Washington and E. Jefferson. More than just clothing, there are lots of odds and ends, some never used, including a decent selection of Land's End returns already monogramed for someone else. For awhile I carried around my stuff in a nice canvas bag, purchased at Bargain Nook II (It burned down.) that once belonged to someone named "Amy." I recently scored a used chair here for $35. Anxious to get it home, I shoveled it into my hatchback. A few mishaps later, it survived the trip with only one broken leg that I fixed with Gorilla Glue.
Food Scene
Order breakfast, grab your favorite country flag, a cup-a-joe and park yourself at a table. Server will bring your food. You "bus" your own dishes when through. Nice and easy. Hosts annual music events that draw regional crowds - like Bob's Fest - super popular and super wonderful
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Spring Green General Store
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Order breakfast, grab your favorite country flag, a cup-a-joe and park yourself at a table. Server will bring your food. You "bus" your own dishes when through. Nice and easy. Hosts annual music events that draw regional crowds - like Bob's Fest - super popular and super wonderful
Rick's a local. The coffee/donuts hit the spot.
Ricks Bakery
130 W Jefferson St
Rick's a local. The coffee/donuts hit the spot.
Located inside the Visitor's Center where Taliesin tours start off. Best Wisconsin River views while soaking up architectural history. Back in the day, when it was a fancy restaurant, I bussed tables and worked in the kitchen - got one free dessert per shift and gained 15 pounds my first month on the job. That was over 40 years ago - still trying to lose that weight.
Riverview Terrace Café
5607 County Rd C
Located inside the Visitor's Center where Taliesin tours start off. Best Wisconsin River views while soaking up architectural history. Back in the day, when it was a fancy restaurant, I bussed tables and worked in the kitchen - got one free dessert per shift and gained 15 pounds my first month on the job. That was over 40 years ago - still trying to lose that weight.
Downtown Spring Green in old bank building. Back when I was a kid and this was a bank, during Wisconsin Dairy week, my mom took me into this bank for free chocolate milk. I swear the chocolate milk came right out of the bubbler. Mom says this is a "false memory." Nicely done bank to restaurant transformation makes for hip ambiance. Don't expect chocolate milk...
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Freddy Valentines Public House
134 W Jefferson St
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Downtown Spring Green in old bank building. Back when I was a kid and this was a bank, during Wisconsin Dairy week, my mom took me into this bank for free chocolate milk. I swear the chocolate milk came right out of the bubbler. Mom says this is a "false memory." Nicely done bank to restaurant transformation makes for hip ambiance. Don't expect chocolate milk...
Take a drive to nearby Plain for dining with Bavarian flare. Solid Friday Night Fish Fry as well as other week night specials come with a trip to a well stocked salad bar with a big chunk of cheddar cheese at the end. Cut yourself a hunk of cheddar and dive right in. You'll find bang for your buck and calories galore.
Schnitzelbank Restaurant
1170 Main St
Take a drive to nearby Plain for dining with Bavarian flare. Solid Friday Night Fish Fry as well as other week night specials come with a trip to a well stocked salad bar with a big chunk of cheddar cheese at the end. Cut yourself a hunk of cheddar and dive right in. You'll find bang for your buck and calories galore.
On Sunday mornings, you'll find the best homemade cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, served warm, and straight from the oven. Serve yourself some coffee, introduce yourself to the locals at the communal table and pull up a chair. Want to talk politics, this is the place. Generally, "Trumpers" need not apply. Don't let the overalls and John Deere hats intimidate or fool you. Wonderful place with wonderful people. Hey, this is Wisconsin. Midwestern kindness abounds regardless of your political persuasion.
The Shoppe at Herbs Spices & More
7352 US-14
On Sunday mornings, you'll find the best homemade cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, served warm, and straight from the oven. Serve yourself some coffee, introduce yourself to the locals at the communal table and pull up a chair. Want to talk politics, this is the place. Generally, "Trumpers" need not apply. Don't let the overalls and John Deere hats intimidate or fool you. Wonderful place with wonderful people. Hey, this is Wisconsin. Midwestern kindness abounds regardless of your political persuasion.
Worth a spin through downtown "Mazo" where you'll find the Base Camp Cafe. Good food, friendly service. Last time I stopped by, I had a beet salad - delicious and free, the owner was encouraging diners to eat their veggies. To make up for the beets, I downed a large, warm healthy portion of bread pudding drizzled with caramel sauce. Enough to share, but I didn't. Mid-morning on Monday's, locals gather here to write letters, primarily to politicians, in hopes of a reprieve. Gem of a find.
Base Camp Cafe
18 Brodhead St
Worth a spin through downtown "Mazo" where you'll find the Base Camp Cafe. Good food, friendly service. Last time I stopped by, I had a beet salad - delicious and free, the owner was encouraging diners to eat their veggies. To make up for the beets, I downed a large, warm healthy portion of bread pudding drizzled with caramel sauce. Enough to share, but I didn't. Mid-morning on Monday's, locals gather here to write letters, primarily to politicians, in hopes of a reprieve. Gem of a find.
Don't miss this place. It's an old country tavern that serves food. Not far down the back road (County Z) to Dodgeville - up on the ridge. Walked here once with my sister. We got caught in rain and tried to jog, then dried up with paper towels from the bathroom. No problem. Forgot to bring money. Called home for a ride and money. Started a tab with the bartender before help arrived. Memory making spot. Enjoyed by motorcycle clubs.
Pleasant Ridge Store
4948 Co Rd Z
Don't miss this place. It's an old country tavern that serves food. Not far down the back road (County Z) to Dodgeville - up on the ridge. Walked here once with my sister. We got caught in rain and tried to jog, then dried up with paper towels from the bathroom. No problem. Forgot to bring money. Called home for a ride and money. Started a tab with the bartender before help arrived. Memory making spot. Enjoyed by motorcycle clubs.
Deep fried cheese curds or pickles with your Old Fashioned? This place hasn't changed much since my 1975 Prom, except now I can drink, legally. Arthur's is out on Highway 14, north of town. Joel, the bartender, is a pro. Steaks are good. Decor is a mix of Frank Lloyd Wright style and Knights of the Round Table. Classic Wisconsin Supper Club.
Arthur's Supper Club
E4885 US-14
Deep fried cheese curds or pickles with your Old Fashioned? This place hasn't changed much since my 1975 Prom, except now I can drink, legally. Arthur's is out on Highway 14, north of town. Joel, the bartender, is a pro. Steaks are good. Decor is a mix of Frank Lloyd Wright style and Knights of the Round Table. Classic Wisconsin Supper Club.
My personal favorite Supper Club. The drive from my house is gorgeous, about 20 minutes via the back roads toward Ridgeway, through Hyde. Nightly specials, great steaks, well stocked salad bar, good bar. The chef is excellent. Friendly service.
Hi Point Steak House
6900 Co Rd HHH
My personal favorite Supper Club. The drive from my house is gorgeous, about 20 minutes via the back roads toward Ridgeway, through Hyde. Nightly specials, great steaks, well stocked salad bar, good bar. The chef is excellent. Friendly service.
Springs 400 is the breakfast/bunch restaurant located at the Resort. The food is wonderful in a great setting.
The House on the Rock Resort
400 Springs Dr
Springs 400 is the breakfast/bunch restaurant located at the Resort. The food is wonderful in a great setting.
Drinks & Nightlife
Seasonal, summer, weekly music venue. Local energy will feed your music lover soul, along with some good beer.
Shi-tty Barn
506 East Madison Street
Seasonal, summer, weekly music venue. Local energy will feed your music lover soul, along with some good beer.
Popular downtown bar and restaurant. Hosts "local night" typically on Thursdays during the summer season at outdoor beer-garden style venue complete with beer, brats and live music. Hosts the local "Packer Club" (dues are $25 per year - comes with teeshirt) during NFL season. Love the jello shots when "The Pack" scores. Then there's the Friday night Karaoke - not for the faint of heart - but always fun.
The Shed
123 N Lexington St
Popular downtown bar and restaurant. Hosts "local night" typically on Thursdays during the summer season at outdoor beer-garden style venue complete with beer, brats and live music. Hosts the local "Packer Club" (dues are $25 per year - comes with teeshirt) during NFL season. Love the jello shots when "The Pack" scores. Then there's the Friday night Karaoke - not for the faint of heart - but always fun.
The Hyde Store boasts a Dart League which I'd join if I was any good. Alas, watching suits me just fine. Off the beaten path. Locals and travelers lucky enough to find their way to this out of the way watering hole.
Hyde Store
5314 County Rd H
The Hyde Store boasts a Dart League which I'd join if I was any good. Alas, watching suits me just fine. Off the beaten path. Locals and travelers lucky enough to find their way to this out of the way watering hole.
Essentials
My husband who does most of our weekly grocery shopping, favors Piggly Wiggly. If you're driving to our place from Madison, you can stop at the Piggly Wiggly off Highway 14 in Cross Plains to stock up. Be mindful that you'll only have a mini-fridge available. Red wine needs no refrigeration. Refrigerate the curds.
Piggly Wiggly
316 W Spring St
My husband who does most of our weekly grocery shopping, favors Piggly Wiggly. If you're driving to our place from Madison, you can stop at the Piggly Wiggly off Highway 14 in Cross Plains to stock up. Be mindful that you'll only have a mini-fridge available. Red wine needs no refrigeration. Refrigerate the curds.
You'll pay a bit more but the convenience makes up for it - plus they always insist on carrying my groceries to my car. It's either my age or they're just that nice or both. Get's the job done when it comes to grocery needs. Nothing fancy.
Hometown Supermarket
171 Worcester St
You'll pay a bit more but the convenience makes up for it - plus they always insist on carrying my groceries to my car. It's either my age or they're just that nice or both. Get's the job done when it comes to grocery needs. Nothing fancy.
Preferred gas station between Spring Green and Madison. Why, you ask? The egg rolls inside the well stocked convenience store are to die for. Another place to stop for groceries on your way to our place. Mazo doesn't have a grocery store. This gas station helps fill that void. Nice owner too.
Shell
206 W Commercial St
Preferred gas station between Spring Green and Madison. Why, you ask? The egg rolls inside the well stocked convenience store are to die for. Another place to stop for groceries on your way to our place. Mazo doesn't have a grocery store. This gas station helps fill that void. Nice owner too.
Favored gas station/convenience store in Spring Green. Located north of town out on Highway 14. Another top quality convenience store with plenty to choose from. Excellent coffee and such. Early in the morning, you'll find the "regulars" hanging out at the corner tables, filling up on donuts/coffee while "shooting the breeze." Offers a car wash too - stay in your car and enjoy the ride. Remember to roll up your windows first!
Mobil
E 4986 US-14
Favored gas station/convenience store in Spring Green. Located north of town out on Highway 14. Another top quality convenience store with plenty to choose from. Excellent coffee and such. Early in the morning, you'll find the "regulars" hanging out at the corner tables, filling up on donuts/coffee while "shooting the breeze." Offers a car wash too - stay in your car and enjoy the ride. Remember to roll up your windows first!