Genesee Depot in the Town of Genesee

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Genesee Depot is located in the town of Genesee in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. We are finally back after 2 1/2 years since got a great chance to tour Ten Chimneys in this community.

Ten Chimneys Sign

Stillman Smith was the first settler in the area in 1837. It was named after the train station,  Genesee Depot opened Johnston Quarry in 1842 which provided some stone that went into Madison’s State Capitol.

We first take a look at South Genesee (Saylesville) when the old Saylesville Mill still stands.

Saylesville Mill in South Genesee

Nearby across the road are a few other historic buildings and a WWI memorial on the same side as the mill.

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We go to downtown Genesee Depot to see the several historical buildings there and still in use.  This is the original Town Hall, in front is a sign telling Genesee Depot’s history.

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This is the former train depot. It was a restaurant called the Depot Café, unfortunately it closed on May 24, 2015. It was open 3 years.

Depot at Genesee Depot

 Just down a road a little is The Union House, first opened as a hotel in 1861. Now it is a fine dining restaurant.

The Union House in Genesee Depot

Many other great businesses downtown. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Cornerstone Restaurant, and so did many other visitors to Ten Chimneys. The food and service are top-notch and we will go back when we are in the area again. They even served a mini chocolate bundt cake in their bakery case, recipe by Alfred Lunt of Ten Chimneys, yum! Some of their selections come from Sally’s Sweet Shoppe across the Street. Owner Judy Knoernschild and her friendly staff welcome you for a great dining experience!

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  Fingers and Toes Salon.

Fingers and Toes Salon in Genesee Depot


Vina Mundi for fine wines. Tastings also available.

Vina Mundi in Genesee Depot


We enjoyed our visits to Genesee Depot, where friendly people were found everywhere we went.

Businesses in Genesee Depot


Port Washington – Wisconsin Harbor Town


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 Port Washington  is a charming harbor community of 11,500 on the shores of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. Al was here when he was a teen, but I had never been there before.  Port Washington also is part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, something we hope to do someday. We had already been to several cities on the tour:  Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and  Sturgeon Bay. It was time for lunch, and we saw a Brat(wurst) Fry in a parking lot.  We stopped and got a couple. Brat Fry Shopko ExpressBrat Fry Brat Fry Port Washington


This Brat Fry was put on by the Port Gridiron Club. They were delicious! Thanks guys for a great lunch 🙂

Lunch done, we headed to the 1860 Light Station and Museum on St. Mary’s Hill.  The view offered a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, looking blue as the ocean.

1860 Light Station Port Washington


View from St. Mary's Hill


We also took a look at St. Mary’s Church, a beautiful church that overlooks the city’s historic downtown.

St. Mary's Church in Port Washington


We went down the hill to see downtown and the Breakwater Light House. You can see the church overlooking downtown.

Port Washington downtown

As we walked toward the Marina, we saw this historic marker.

Wisconsin Chair Co. Fire marker


A view of the Marina, with the control building in view. There are many Fishing Charters for hire. In fact, we saw a boat full of fishermen heading out into the lake.

Port Washington Marina


Port Washington Fishing

Afternoon or a cloudy day is the best time to see the light house so the sun hits the west side of it.  It contrasted with the blue sky perfectly!

Breakwall Light House

Selfie time!

Greetings From Port Washington

There were many interesting businesses downtown. A Duluth Trading Company. It is in the former Smith Brothers Fish Shanty building. The sign was left up as it is an iconic part of the historic building.  The other other brick and mortar store is in Mt. Horeb.

Duluth Trading Company and Smith Fish Shanty

Also Vines to Cellar Winery.

Vines to Cellar Winery PW


To look sharp lakeside, Anchor Menswear has great clothes.

Anchor Menswear

Victor’s Pier Street Shanty Restaurant.

Victor's Pier Street Shanty

Dockside Deli, near marker we saw.

Dockside Deli


Our last stop was Bernie’s Fine Meats, great meats made on site. Brats and sausages for the grill!  Friendly staff there, they will happy slice meat to order 🙂   Also a selection of wine and beer. We got a pound of summer sausage to bring home, yum!



Bernie's Fine Meats inside


We enjoyed our visit to Port Washington and the quaint Marine atmosphere made us feel right at home.


Summer 2013

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Wow, what a great summer! I don’t think we could have packed much more in. Wisconsinites tend to start summer in May since there is so much going on and warm days don’t last long. We were no exception. Our summer began May 13 with our trip to Cedarburg.

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May 16 – Milwaukee sightseeing 


May 18 – Muscoda Morel Mushroom Festival.

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May 27- World’s Largest Brat Fest

Brat Tent

June 1 – Cows on the Concourse  and Cars on State Street

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June 11 – Paoli and Stoughton

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June 15 – Cottage Grove (Fireman’s Festival)

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June 20 – Waterloo


June 23-Cedarburg  and Hartford

June 28 – Pendarvis and Shake Rag Alley

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

Mineral Point Pendarvis House

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7-4 Independence Day in DeForest

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7-8 Marshall

Blaschka Mill

Blaschka Mill

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

Marshall Wisconsin Train Track

7-13 Le Fete de Marquette and Art Fair on/off the Square

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7-18  Madison Mallard’s Baseball  and Waunakee

Waunakee Depot and train

7-22 Oregon

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7-27 Greek Fest , Clean Lake Festival and Atwood Summer Fest 

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7-28 Fennimore

Fennimore Railroad Museum

8-3 Middleton Mustard Festival

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8-9 Algoma and Green Bay and Rosendale

Algoma lighthouseGreen Bay Packer Game

8-10 Susie the Duck Day in Lodi

Susie and Maynard

8-15 Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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8-18 Triangle Ethnic Fest 

8-23 Orton Park Festival

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8-24 Town of Burke Picnic 

8-25 Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum Hippodrome

8-31 Taste of Madison

Fraboni's Italian Specialties

Whew!  🙂


Wollersheim Winery Rewind – Wine Cave Open!


After nearly three years (9-27-2010), Al and I are back at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac for a visit.  We took the tour again, which is $5 and includes a wine tasting at the end. They have done many exciting upgrades and we wanted to see them.  It was a perfect summer day, a little cool with lots of sunshine.  We arrived in time for their 12:15 tour. Just arriving to the winery the scenery is quite pretty. They also recently won a major competition in California.  Napa Valley better watch out! A huge wine barrel greets visitors at the entrance.

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The path up to the main building has changed.  There is now a historical sign, installed in 2011.

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We reach the top of the steps, it’s always breath taking to see the grounds of the winery and lots of happy people also enjoying the view.

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A view of the cave on the right, now fully enclosed.  On the inside, in the back looking out. Also looking in toward the back. There is now a Sensory Garden next to the cave. It features plants that add to the flavor notes of the wines.  There is a chart also detailing the correlations to the wines.

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The tour also took us to one of the rooms where the wine is processed.  We went below in the main building where many barrels of wine were being stored. We found out that cream of tartar is a by-product of wine production, very interesting! Wollersheim now produces brandy, new addition to their offerings.  The batches are not yet very large so pre-ordering is a good idea.


We concluded the tour with some wine tasting of their most popular wines. Our guide Morgan was happy to take a picture with us at the conclusion of our time with her.  Thanks Morgan!

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Wollersheim Winery  has a connection to Cedar Creek Winery in Cedarburg as well.  They bought Cedar Creek in 1990 and have a separate vineyard. Al and I were just there in May.

Cedar Creek Winery

We enjoyed our visit even more than in 2010.  If you ever have a chance to try their wine or Cedar Creek, don’t pass it it up.  A great taste awaits you!


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A Toast to Wollersheim Winery



Wisconsin in recent years is becoming known as the new Wine Country, California’s Napa Valley has some competition from the rolling hills of Wisconsin. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac is a favorite of ours.  We went for a tour that day. We went up the stairs to the main building where we began the tour. The store is attractively displayed. There is also a picnic area outside.


Picnic area

We met upstairs, then headed out to the historic wine cave just up the hill. It was where the wine was once aged. 2013-It has been restored, you can now go inside.


As our guide told us the history of the winery, I enjoyed the view from the hill we were on, the vineyard and main building below.



Big Room facts

We then went inside to see the modern wine-making room from a viewing window.  We then proceeded underground where wines was being aged in barrels.


Wine tasting time!  Our favorite is Prairie Fume, one of their most popular wines.

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We hope you enjoyed your tour. It’s time to go back again though, it looks even better than 2010. The cave was not open then.


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