Brat Stop exterior sign

Brat Stop

Wisconsin loves brats, and Kenosha’s “World Famous” Brat Stop is among the best places in the state to enjoy them! This iconic location has been in business since 1961, when it was pretty much the only major place to eat along the rural U.S. 41, newly-minted I-94 at Highway 50. And they sell a ton…

Mars Cheese Castle

One of our favorite places that just screams “Wisconsin!” is the Mars Cheese Castle. This Wisconsin cheese shop, deli, bar, bakery and more is popular purveyor of cheeses, meats, hot sauce, bakery, and Wisconsin kick-knacks is a widely recognized landmark on the busy Milwaukee-Chicago corridor, with its iconic sign beckoning travelers. Originally opened in 1947…

Rock Island Resort

Just north of Merrill along Highway 107 on Alexander Lake (yes, part of the Wisconsin River), “The Rock” has been drawing in travelers since 1928. Today, this bar hosts plenty of bands, offers camping and a boat launch, features a small beach, and has plenty of unique stuff to look at – including on top…

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern

Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern in Monroe is a State Trunk Tour favorite! A cheese shop and tavern established in 1931, Baumgartner’s is a highlight of any road trip, serving up selections of cheese, sausage, beer, and some terrific fresh sandwiches. Our favorite is the brick cheese and summer sausage on rye; the house specialty…