Cheese Trail

Wisconsin leads the nation in production of artisan and farmstead cheeses, thanks to the work of master cheesemakers along the Wisconsin Cheese Trail. The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin organization will back us up on that claim to fame. Not only do we lead the production, but Wisconsinites think our state simply has the most delicious cheese too!

There are more than one million cows in the state on over 11,0000 farms. More than 90% of the milk is made into cheese. Wisconsin produces over 2.8 billion pounds of cheese or 25% of all chees in the United States.

We don't think that other state of Californina, who claims they have the happy cows, can hold a candle to Wisconsin cheese. You be the judge though.

Wisconsin produces 600 varieties of cheese, and that’s more than double the amount of runner-up state California. Cheese curds, in our humble opinion, are the freshest form of cheddar. They are best eaten deep-fried with a beer batter.

Wisconsin won big in the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest, with the most awards of any state, the most awards overall, and the most category awards.

Visitors are known to plan an entire Wisconsin vacation around stops at cheese factories and cheese stores. In fact, we rather like that idea of a dedicated Wisconsin cheese trail. Really, when you think of Wisconsin, you do think Wisconsin Cheese! No matter what part of the state you travel, you will certainly discover and find a new Wisconsin cheese to sample. Travel along the Wisconsin Cheese Trail and have fun. Don't forget to purchase some to take home to you and your family and friends. What a great way to remember your Wisconsin vacation.

If you’re a cheese connoisseur or someone who just craves curds, the Wisconsin Cheese Trail with B&Bs along the way is all you need to know.

Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast

Manawa, Wisconsin

Within a 30 minute drive we have 3 dairies that make phenomenal cheese. Dupont Cheese located off of Hwy 110 northeast of Manawa, Weyauwega Star Dairy located in downtown Weyauwega, and Located five miles southeast of Fremont, Wisconsin, on County Rd. II, Union Star Cheese Factory offers tours every morning except Sundays. Come in, watch us make cheese, then taste it. Our cheese is made daily, except Sundays, and our fresh curds are ready to eat between 9 am to 10 am.

Within a 30 minute drive we have 3 dairies that make phenomenal cheese. Dupont Cheese located off of Hwy 110 northeast of Manawa, Weyauwega Star Dairy located in downtown Weyauwega, and Located five miles southeast of Fremont, Wisconsin, on County Rd. II, Union Star Cheese Factory offers tours every morning except Sundays. Come in, watch us make cheese, then taste it. Our cheese is made daily, except Sundays, and our fresh curds are ready to eat between 9 am to 10 am.

Cobblestone Bed and Breakfast

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Millers Cheese House. Rice Lake

Millers Cheese House. Rice Lake

Stewart Inn

Wausau, Wisconsin

In addition to seven local artisinal cheese makers (Mullins, Bletsoe's, etc.), Wausau is home to one of the finest cheese shops in Wisconsin.  Navieve Fromagerie is just 1/2 mile from the Stewart Inn.

In addition to seven local artisinal cheese makers (Mullins, Bletsoe's, etc.), Wausau is home to one of the finest cheese shops in Wisconsin.  Navieve Fromagerie is just 1/2 mile from the Stewart Inn.

Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

Hartford, Wisconsin

Hartford's Cheese King

The original owner, August Westphal, was an Artisan Cheese Maker, back in the early 1900's, in Hartford, Wisconsin. He owned over 50 Cheese Factories through out Wisconsin. The Westphals also won Blue Ribbons for their Award Winning Brick Cheese at the Wisconsin State Fair back in 1903-1910. They also built a Condensory, here in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Inn is also a short trip to Widmer's Cheese Cellars (1922) in Theresa,WI. If you arrive early in the morning, you can experience the Art of Cheese Making and enjoy Fresh Cheese Curds! They really do "Squeak"

A Complimentary...

Hartford's Cheese King

The original owner, August Westphal, was an Artisan Cheese Maker, back in the early 1900's, in Hartford, Wisconsin. He owned over 50 Cheese Factories through out Wisconsin. The Westphals also won Blue Ribbons for their Award Winning Brick Cheese at the Wisconsin State Fair back in 1903-1910. They also built a Condensory, here in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Inn is also a short trip to Widmer's Cheese Cellars (1922) in Theresa,WI. If you arrive early in the morning, you can experience the Art of Cheese Making and enjoy Fresh Cheese Curds! They really do "Squeak"

A Complimentary "Wine & Cheese Social" is offered daily at the Inn.

Honeybee Inn Bed and Breakfast

Horicon, Wisconsin

Escape to Widmer's in Theresa, a cheese factory in operation for over 80 years. Choose from 70 varieties of cheese and sausage. Watch the cheese being made as you shop the retail store. Tours by appointment only.

Escape to Widmer's in Theresa, a cheese factory in operation for over 80 years. Choose from 70 varieties of cheese and sausage. Watch the cheese being made as you shop the retail store. Tours by appointment only.

Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn

Belleville, Wisconsin

Cameo Rose is in the heart of Southern Wisconsin's Cheese Trail. Sample award-winning products at Landmark Creamery in nearby Paoli (5 minutes north) or head south (15 min.) to New Glarus for Edelweiss Cheese and Maple Leaf Cheese & Chocolate; continue on south to Monroe for Alp & Dell Cheese Store which is adjacent to the Emmi-Roth Creamery and its "Best in the World" cheese as well as many other fabulous selections.  Use our state cheese map to tour and taste your way around numerous local cheese factories and shops.  

Cameo Rose is in the heart of Southern Wisconsin's Cheese Trail. Sample award-winning products at Landmark Creamery in nearby Paoli (5 minutes north) or head south (15 min.) to New Glarus for Edelweiss Cheese and Maple Leaf Cheese & Chocolate; continue on south to Monroe for Alp & Dell Cheese Store which is adjacent to the Emmi-Roth Creamery and its "Best in the World" cheese as well as many other fabulous selections.  Use our state cheese map to tour and taste your way around numerous local cheese factories and shops.  

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

Appleton, Wisconsin

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Appleton knows that guests love to tour & taste at the Union Star Cheese Factory in Fremont. Without a doubt, it is worth the short 25 mile drive from the inn going west on Hwy. 10. For nearly 100 years, the Metzig family has crafted the finest natural cheeses. Their store also offers many cheese variteties & spreads for purchase.

Or watch a cheese making video only 5 miles to the north of the inn in Little Chute. Simon's Specialty Cheese Factory Store is owned and operated by the Simon family since 1940. They are the proud producers of award-winning chees...

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Appleton knows that guests love to tour & taste at the Union Star Cheese Factory in Fremont. Without a doubt, it is worth the short 25 mile drive from the inn going west on Hwy. 10. For nearly 100 years, the Metzig family has crafted the finest natural cheeses. Their store also offers many cheese variteties & spreads for purchase.

Or watch a cheese making video only 5 miles to the north of the inn in Little Chute. Simon's Specialty Cheese Factory Store is owned and operated by the Simon family since 1940. They are the proud producers of award-winning cheese using fresh milk from local dairy farms.

The closest place to our inn to buy the perfect cheeses for a WI souvenir is the Arthur Bay Cheese Comapny, only one mile from our inn. A store for true cheese lovers!

Valley Springs Farm B&B

Reedsburg, Wisconsin

 Your innkeepers/owners, Don and Dorothy Harms, welcome you to stay with them at their farm and enjoy a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A working Wisconsin dairy farm - learn firsthand about a farmer's daily job producing milk and then visit Carr Valley Cheese - just 6 miles away to see local farmers' milk transformed into award winning artisan cheese. 

 Your innkeepers/owners, Don and Dorothy Harms, welcome you to stay with them at their farm and enjoy a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A working Wisconsin dairy farm - learn firsthand about a farmer's daily job producing milk and then visit Carr Valley Cheese - just 6 miles away to see local farmers' milk transformed into award winning artisan cheese. 

Ringling House Bed & Breakfast

Baraboo, Wisconsin

There are a number of cheese factories/cheese stores in Sauk County, where you can get those fresh squeaky cheese curds to those finely aged cheeses.

1.  Carr Valley Cheese Company, S3797 County Road G, La Valle, WI 53941, 608-986-2781, Mon-Sat 8am-4pmOne of America's finest award winning specialty cheese plants with more than 100 delicious cheese varieties. Fresh curds daily. Self-guided tours of 100 years of family cheesemaking. Observation window.

2.  Cedar Grove Cheese, E5904 Mill Rd - Plain, WI 53577,  608-546-5284,  Mon-Sat 8am-4:30pmSpecialty and organic cheeses since 1878. ...

There are a number of cheese factories/cheese stores in Sauk County, where you can get those fresh squeaky cheese curds to those finely aged cheeses.

1.  Carr Valley Cheese Company, S3797 County Road G, La Valle, WI 53941, 608-986-2781, Mon-Sat 8am-4pmOne of America's finest award winning specialty cheese plants with more than 100 delicious cheese varieties. Fresh curds daily. Self-guided tours of 100 years of family cheesemaking. Observation window.

2.  Cedar Grove Cheese, E5904 Mill Rd - Plain, WI 53577,  608-546-5284,  Mon-Sat 8am-4:30pmSpecialty and organic cheeses since 1878. Fresh curds daily. Call ahead for viewing tours including the innovative "Living Machine" water treatment system. Group tours welcome. ($3 adults. Groups of six or more should call ahead).

3.  Arena Cheese, Inc., 300 US Highway 14, Arena, WI  53503, 608-753-2501, 8am-6pmArena Cheese is the home of the original Co-Jack Cheese and is easily recognized by the mouse in front of the cheese and gift store. Arena Cheese provides a viewing area so you can watch our artisan cheese maker making different varieties of cheeses. Samples of some of our various cheeses are available for your tasting pleasure and a narrative of the cheese making process is available with an advance notice.

 

 

 

 

Justin Trails Resort, LLC

Sparta, Wisconsin

Old Country Amish Dairy Cooperative and Pasture Pride Cheese of Cashton, WI make the best Juusto cheese!  The milk comes to factory in 80 pound cans from Amish farms where cows are milked by hand. Cows are grass fed.  Milk is never mechanically pumped preserving the wholesome butterfat structure and lending a silky unctuous quality to every cheese that Pasture Pride Cheesemakers create.  There's a perfect wine in our gift shop to pair with your selection of Pasture Pride Cheese you bought at their store just 12 miles from our resort.

"Because life without cheese is like a kiss without the sq...

Old Country Amish Dairy Cooperative and Pasture Pride Cheese of Cashton, WI make the best Juusto cheese!  The milk comes to factory in 80 pound cans from Amish farms where cows are milked by hand. Cows are grass fed.  Milk is never mechanically pumped preserving the wholesome butterfat structure and lending a silky unctuous quality to every cheese that Pasture Pride Cheesemakers create.  There's a perfect wine in our gift shop to pair with your selection of Pasture Pride Cheese you bought at their store just 12 miles from our resort.

"Because life without cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze"

Additional cheese for sale: Organic Valley, Cashton; Nordic Creamery and Westby Creamery, Westby; Carr Valley, La Valle; Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain and Arena Cheese, Arena.

l Pasture Pride cheeses are crafted with the freshest milk from cooperatively organized Amish dairy farmers. They are called the Old Country Amish Dairy Cooperative. Tucked into the coulee region of the Upper Mississippi River, and populating the adjacent landscape of the Driftless region, these Amish farmers are dedicated to traditional grass based dairy and hand milking.

 

Each Amish farmer is milking about 12-15 grass-fed dairy cows each, and their fresh milk is brought to the creamery daily in old-fashioned milk cans.

 

The goat milk is also collected daily on the family farms and delivered in old-fashioned milk cans.

 

Hand-milking ensures that all the milk used to make Pasture Pride Cheeses is never mechanically pumped, preserving the wholesome butterfat structure and lending a silky unctuous quality to every cheese Pasture Pride makes.

 

You can taste the difference. This is what we know our customers taste and expect from Pasture Pride Cheeses.

Rochester Inn

Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin

The Rochester Inn is the perfect starting point to explore Wisconsin's cheese heritage...in fact, we're located just 15 minutes from Plymouth, the Cheese Capital of the World!  Enjoy a variety of treats at the Plymouth Cheese Counter at the Dairy Heritage Center.  Another local favorite is Gibbsville Cheese, where you can watch cheese being produced at the factory store - a package of their fresh cheese curds is a 'must'!  To complete your experience, stop in at the Cedar Valley Cheese Store, located just outside Random Lake, & explore their 300+ varieties of Wisconsin cheese.  

The Rochester Inn is the perfect starting point to explore Wisconsin's cheese heritage...in fact, we're located just 15 minutes from Plymouth, the Cheese Capital of the World!  Enjoy a variety of treats at the Plymouth Cheese Counter at the Dairy Heritage Center.  Another local favorite is Gibbsville Cheese, where you can watch cheese being produced at the factory store - a package of their fresh cheese curds is a 'must'!  To complete your experience, stop in at the Cedar Valley Cheese Store, located just outside Random Lake, & explore their 300+ varieties of Wisconsin cheese.  

Lake Ripley Lodge

Cambridge, Wisconsin

Lake Ripley Lodge is close to Watertown Wisconsin Cheese, Mullens Ice Cream, Famous Babcock Dairy, Cheese and Ice Cream

Lake Ripley Lodge is close to Watertown Wisconsin Cheese, Mullens Ice Cream, Famous Babcock Dairy, Cheese and Ice Cream

Dreams of Yesteryear

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Mullins Cheese factory is located about 15 miles from Stevens Point.  Our favoite is the Rudolph Cheese Factory where you can actually see the cheese production.  Both factories have samples and a wide selection of cheeses to purchase.  Bring a cooler.  You'll want to take some home.

Mullins Cheese factory is located about 15 miles from Stevens Point.  Our favoite is the Rudolph Cheese Factory where you can actually see the cheese production.  Both factories have samples and a wide selection of cheeses to purchase.  Bring a cooler.  You'll want to take some home.

Apple Tree Lane Bed and Breakfast

Waupaca, Wisconsin

A picturesque short drive from our Inn, you will find Union Star Dairy outside of Fremont. This is one of the few privately owned and operated small cheese factories in Wisconsin. Each and every small batch of handcrafted cheese is a unique work of art - prized for distinctive richness, flavor, texture, and aroma. Sample, tour, learn the art of cheesemaking and purchase some of the finest products to take home! Also a very short drive from our Inn, is Weyauwega Star Dairy Inc, where some of the finest bulk cheese in Wisconsin and "Our Wisconsin Finest" All Beef Summer Sausage is offered. They ...

A picturesque short drive from our Inn, you will find Union Star Dairy outside of Fremont. This is one of the few privately owned and operated small cheese factories in Wisconsin. Each and every small batch of handcrafted cheese is a unique work of art - prized for distinctive richness, flavor, texture, and aroma. Sample, tour, learn the art of cheesemaking and purchase some of the finest products to take home! Also a very short drive from our Inn, is Weyauwega Star Dairy Inc, where some of the finest bulk cheese in Wisconsin and "Our Wisconsin Finest" All Beef Summer Sausage is offered. They have been in the cheese business for over 30 years and are also family owned and operated!

Silver Star B&B Inn

Spring Green, Wisconsin

Area cheesemakers include Carr Valley, Arena Cheese, and Cedar Grove Cheese Factory.  Cedar Grove is an especially interesting tour, as they use a "Living Machine" to naturally clean their wastewater before it's returned to nature.

Area cheesemakers include Carr Valley, Arena Cheese, and Cedar Grove Cheese Factory.  Cedar Grove is an especially interesting tour, as they use a "Living Machine" to naturally clean their wastewater before it's returned to nature.

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast

West Bend, Wisconsin

Cedar Valley Cheese Store—located just outside Random Lake, Wisconsin, on Highway 57—carries 300+ varieties of Wisconsin cheese. It also offers other Wisconsin-made products such as: ice cream, milk, jams and jellies, sausage, wine and even Cheesehead apparel. The store specializes in Mozzarella, Provolone and string cheese, which are made at the family-owned Cedar Valley Cheese Factory next door.

Our Best-Selling Products Include: String Cheese, Cheddar Cheese Curds, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Provolone, Bellavitano, Swiss and Brick

Cedar Valley Cheese Store—located just outside Random Lake, Wisconsin, on Highway 57—carries 300+ varieties of Wisconsin cheese. It also offers other Wisconsin-made products such as: ice cream, milk, jams and jellies, sausage, wine and even Cheesehead apparel. The store specializes in Mozzarella, Provolone and string cheese, which are made at the family-owned Cedar Valley Cheese Factory next door.

Our Best-Selling Products Include: String Cheese, Cheddar Cheese Curds, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Provolone, Bellavitano, Swiss and Brick

Red Forest Bed and Breakfast

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Our Cheese Trail includes Pine River Dairy at www.pineriverdairy.com More than 250 varieties of cheese available, plus indulge in a 25 cent ice cream cone. Award winning butter and cheese spreads also.  Everythiing is Better with Butter. 

Also, Henning's Cheese Factory at www.henningscheese.com  A fourth generation family owned cheese factory.  Enjoy the free museum and a wide variety of samples. Located 30 minutes south of Manitowoc .

Our Cheese Trail includes Pine River Dairy at www.pineriverdairy.com More than 250 varieties of cheese available, plus indulge in a 25 cent ice cream cone. Award winning butter and cheese spreads also.  Everythiing is Better with Butter. 

Also, Henning's Cheese Factory at www.henningscheese.com  A fourth generation family owned cheese factory.  Enjoy the free museum and a wide variety of samples. Located 30 minutes south of Manitowoc .

Inn On Lake Wissota

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

If you don't mind a bit of a drive, Marieke Gouda is located in Thorp, WI and is known for their award winning cheese. Marieke Penterman and her team at Marieke Gouda handcraft traditional Dutch Gouda using the time tested, Old World, cheesemaking methods Marieke brought with her when she emigrated from the Netherlands.  Marieke transforms farmteas-fresh, raw, cow's milk from her family farm into award-winning cheese.  The Marieke Gouda store, cheese and barn observation areas are open 7 days a week. 

A bit closer to the Inn in Stanley, WI you can visit LaGrander's Hillside Dairy.  LaGrande...

If you don't mind a bit of a drive, Marieke Gouda is located in Thorp, WI and is known for their award winning cheese. Marieke Penterman and her team at Marieke Gouda handcraft traditional Dutch Gouda using the time tested, Old World, cheesemaking methods Marieke brought with her when she emigrated from the Netherlands.  Marieke transforms farmteas-fresh, raw, cow's milk from her family farm into award-winning cheese.  The Marieke Gouda store, cheese and barn observation areas are open 7 days a week. 

A bit closer to the Inn in Stanley, WI you can visit LaGrander's Hillside Dairy.  LaGrander's Hillside Dairy is committed to producing superior cheese products that exceed all quality standards and customer expectations.  Award winning Colby, Colby-Jack, Pepper Jack, Monterey-Jack, and Cheddard cheese are LaGrander's specialty, along with the best fresh cheese curds around.  Family owned and operated since 1960.

Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast

Hudson, Wisconsin

We are 8 miles from the fun Bass Lake Cheese factory where there's cheese (of course!), wine and snacks - everything you need for a picnic on the river.

We are 8 miles from the fun Bass Lake Cheese factory where there's cheese (of course!), wine and snacks - everything you need for a picnic on the river.

Westby House Inn

Westby, Wisconsin

Cheeses in Southwestern "Driftless" Region can be found in the hills and valleys of Westby. In the heart of Westby is the Westby Cooperative Creamery. Owned by local farmers, it is famous for its cheese curds, cheddar cheeses, butter, cottage cheese, and yogurt. A visit to their retail store is a must! Nordic Creamery is a family-owned small artisan. The Bekkum-Langard family members are not only involved in daily farming but also in cheese making. Al Bekkum is a licensed Wisconsin butter maker and cheesemaker, crafting some of the finest, award-winning goat and cow's milk artisan cheese in Wi...

Cheeses in Southwestern "Driftless" Region can be found in the hills and valleys of Westby. In the heart of Westby is the Westby Cooperative Creamery. Owned by local farmers, it is famous for its cheese curds, cheddar cheeses, butter, cottage cheese, and yogurt. A visit to their retail store is a must! Nordic Creamery is a family-owned small artisan. The Bekkum-Langard family members are not only involved in daily farming but also in cheese making. Al Bekkum is a licensed Wisconsin butter maker and cheesemaker, crafting some of the finest, award-winning goat and cow's milk artisan cheese in Wisconsin. Carr Valley Cheese Company is a 45 minute drive to the west.

Inn at Wawanissee Point

Baraboo, Wisconsin

The more than 100-year-old, award-winning Carr Valley Cheese Company's cheese plant and store in LaValle is 55 minutes from us. See artisanal cheese being made the traditional way through a viewing window. Call ahead for a tour. Owner and fourth-generation cheesemaker Sid Cook North America's most awarded cheesemaker. Sample and stock up at its stores in Sauk City and Wisconsin Dells, each 20 minutes from here. Or attend the Carr Valley Cheese Cooking School classes held at the Sauk City store.Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain, a factory and store, is a scenic, 50-minute drive from here. See cheese ...

The more than 100-year-old, award-winning Carr Valley Cheese Company's cheese plant and store in LaValle is 55 minutes from us. See artisanal cheese being made the traditional way through a viewing window. Call ahead for a tour. Owner and fourth-generation cheesemaker Sid Cook North America's most awarded cheesemaker. Sample and stock up at its stores in Sauk City and Wisconsin Dells, each 20 minutes from here. Or attend the Carr Valley Cheese Cooking School classes held at the Sauk City store.Cedar Grove Cheese in Plain, a factory and store, is a scenic, 50-minute drive from here. See cheese being made the old-fashioned way and learn how this small-scale operation is better for the environment, farmers and consumers. Tour its innovative, wash-water treatment facility, to see how wash water is cleaned in a beautiful and biological way.Arena Cheese in Arena, along the Lower Wisconsin River between Mazomanie and Spring Green, is the home of the original Co-Jack cheese. Purchase numerous cheeses and see cheese being made. 45 minutes from here.Spend a day making a loop from our inn to visit all three. Relax along the scenic drive through Sauk County's wooded hills dotted with the small farms that supply these cheese plants. Complement your cheese tour by stopping at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.Enjoy these local delights during our wine and cheese hour each evening.

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