Cheese Trail

Wisconsin leads the nation in production of artisan and farmstead cheeses, thanks to the work of master cheesemakers around the state. The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin organization will back us up on that claim to fame.

There are more than one million cows in the state and more than 90% of the milk produced by said milking cows is made into cheese.

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

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

Visitors have been known to plan an entire Wisconsin vacation around stops at cheese factories and cheese stores. No judgement. In fact, we rather like that idea of a dedicated Wisconsin cheese tour.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Canyon Road Inn

Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

Small creameries and cheese stores abound, just ask Patti or Turner for directions during your stay at Canyon Road Inn

Small creameries and cheese stores abound, just ask Patti or Turner for directions during your stay at Canyon Road Inn

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!

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 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.

Lake Ripley Lodge Bed and Breakfast

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

Bay Point Inn

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Just a stroll down the sidewalk takes you to Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop, with a deli you'll love, cured meats, and an amazing selection of carefully selected award-winning cheeses. Just a 5-minute drive will take you to Wisconsin Cheese Masters, where they feature the best creations from cheese artisans in our home state. Door County is also home to Renard's Cheese factory located in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Bay Point Inn offers many handmade Renard's cheeses for sale or you can order a delicious Renard's cheese sampler for delivery to your Villa.

Just a stroll down the sidewalk takes you to Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop, with a deli you'll love, cured meats, and an amazing selection of carefully selected award-winning cheeses. Just a 5-minute drive will take you to Wisconsin Cheese Masters, where they feature the best creations from cheese artisans in our home state. Door County is also home to Renard's Cheese factory located in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Bay Point Inn offers many handmade Renard's cheeses for sale or you can order a delicious Renard's cheese sampler for delivery to your Villa.

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.

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.

Cobblestone Bed and Breakfast

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Millers Cheese House. Rice Lake

Millers Cheese House. Rice Lake

Hidden Serenity Bed & Breakfast

West Bend, Wisconsin

Cedar Valley
Cheese Store

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

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 

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.  

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. 

Black Walnut Guest House

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

If you haven't had a cheese tasting at WisconsinCheeseMasters.Com you are missing out. They have an excellent cheese assortment, they are hugely knowledgeable and it was just plain fun. Katie and Jim only sell Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses and yes, folks it it delicious. They offer free tastings which I happily obliged. We started off with an Onion Garlic Gouda. As a kid I only remember Gouda cheese with the red wax coating. This is not what we are talking about here. It was amazing and it is also their best selling Gouda. http://doorcounty.com/2013/11/11/cheese-please-2/

The Black Walnut Guest Hou...

If you haven't had a cheese tasting at WisconsinCheeseMasters.Com you are missing out. They have an excellent cheese assortment, they are hugely knowledgeable and it was just plain fun. Katie and Jim only sell Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses and yes, folks it it delicious. They offer free tastings which I happily obliged. We started off with an Onion Garlic Gouda. As a kid I only remember Gouda cheese with the red wax coating. This is not what we are talking about here. It was amazing and it is also their best selling Gouda. http://doorcounty.com/2013/11/11/cheese-please-2/

The Black Walnut Guest House is within 12 miles of 2 Renards cheese stores. Sturgeon Bay http://www.renardscheese.com/?page_id=2Ask about our local cheese, meat and fruit plate in your room upon arrival.

Bowman's Oak Hill Bed and Breakfast

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

There are several award winning wineries in the Dells Area. There is a tour you can sign up for that will take you by trolley to tastings at local wineries OR you could drive 5 minutes up the road from us to Fawn Creek winery for free tastings any day.

There are several award winning wineries in the Dells Area. There is a tour you can sign up for that will take you by trolley to tastings at local wineries OR you could drive 5 minutes up the road from us to Fawn Creek winery for free tastings any day.

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.  

Westphal Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

Hartford, Wisconsin

The original owner of the Westphal Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast were Artisan Cheese Makers back in the early 1900's, in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Westphals won Blur 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. We are 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!

The original owner of the Westphal Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast were Artisan Cheese Makers back in the early 1900's, in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Westphals won Blur 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. We are 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!

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