Summer in Wisconsin is almost here! If you’re anything like me, you’re more than ready to get outside and explore a new place.
Wisconsin is full of charming small towns, rolling hills, state parks, and good food. If you’re looking for a place with all of the above, add New Glarus to your summer bucket list. Being a town of about 2,000 people, New Glarus has a welcoming feel while still offering an abundance of places to eat, drink, shop, and explore. It’s known for its Swiss heritage, which you will notice in the Alpine-style architecture, outdoor festivals, and cuisine. If you’re lucky, you might even hear alphorns while wandering downtown.
Last October, I moved my small sewing business, A Well Worn Story, to New Glarus to gain more studio space and open a storefront. I could not have picked a better place. Although I have lived in the area for a few years, this is my first time experiencing the town on a day-to-day basis. I can say first-hand, New Glarus is full of friendly people, unique businesses, and lots of opportunity for adventure. One of my favorite parts about owning a business in town is meeting the many tourists who come into the shop and ask for recommendations. So, whether you’re traveling a few hours or live in the area, here are the must-stop spots in Swiss town from a local shop owner’s perspective.
The best place to eat in town with a large group or kids. They have specialty pizzas and an outdoor eating area on the bike path complete with string lights. A favorite place to sit on a summer evening.
Home of the Spotted Cow, a true icon in New Glarus. In case you haven’t heard, you can only get this beer in Wisconsin. Tour the brewery and enjoy the large outdoor seating area overlooking Wisconsin farmland. Don’t forget to check hours before visiting as the brewery has been closed on the weekends.
An old railroad line turned into a bike path stretching from New Glarus to Brodhead. Take it for a short ride from downtown to New Glarus Woods State Park, or a longer one out town for country views and bridges.
It’s no secret that New Glarus loves a party. Festival season kicks off with Polkafest on June 11th. If you’re looking for a reason to roadtrip to Green County, this is a good one.
For a full list of festivals, special events, and places to stay, check out the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce website. With so many quaint shops, good food, and outdoor adventures, it’s bound to be a beautiful summer in “America’s Little Switzerland”!
See you soon in New Glarus,
Author: Morgann is the owner, designer, and seamstress at A Well Worn Story, a sewing studio in southern Wisconsin creating handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags inspired by a life of adventure.
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