"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
Upon entering the building, the smell of coffee and fresh-baked pastries on an early fall morning sets your stomach growling even if you had breakfast already 🙂
Barista Heidi was taking a batch of Cinnamon Rolls out of the oven at the time, yum! She gave us one with a thick layer of frosting, it was as good as it looked!
We also enjoyed cheesecake for our 2nd breakfast.
After we ate we looked around, the llama decor is EVERYWHERE, so cute! On the walls is llama art by local artists as well. This beautiful painting is by Landis Heitz.
In the back by the Children’s playroom is this piece by Marion Rose.
Let’s take a look at the playroom, looks like fun!
This is especially cute! The play table on the right, the llama appears to be sitting there with the kids. You see a stack of construction paper and crayons at the table too!
I thought they had the coolest light fixtures there in the main dining area. An industrial/steampunk design. They also made use of the popular Edison Style bulbs.
They even have knit Llama hats for sale for $25. So adorable!
If you notice on the right wall of the dining room, there is a guitar hanging up, generously on loan from Rick Francois. It’s there for patrons to use. You play a tune and receive $1 off of your order! I wish I knew how to play one!
Well, we had a great first visit here and plan on coming back soon for Open Mike or Pizza night. Be sure to pick up one or several gift cards. We did!
Come to the nicest and friendliest coffee shop in America!
The Belleville UFO Day is a great excuse for the community to put on their Halloween best and look like an alien. This festival became a yearly event for the last 30 years after a UFO was spotted by police on January 15, 1987 at night. Read about it here.
Al covered the whole event since I had a prior commitment. The day begins at 10 AM with a Color Run, an increasingly popular event at many festivals nowadays.
After the Color Run is a great parade, a green alien is their mascot. Al recorded the parade, enjoy!
The weather was warm and sunny so that really posted attendance. After the parade people went to Library Park where the festivities were held.
Right before you are downtown is the Veterans Memorial.
Belleville is a friendly village of 2,385 in both Dane and Green counties. Many of the early settlers came from France and you can see the evidence of that in some of the business names. The town was all decked out for the holidays. In historic Library Park was a gazebo decorated and had a Christmas tree inside, also many lamp poles had pretty decorations on them.
We usually have a meal in most of the places we visit. We enjoyed breakfast at the Corner Café. Their food was delicious!
In 2019 we paid a visit to a formerly vacant building, now a beloved coffee shop called the Lingonberry Llama. It opened in November 2018. Read about our visit here. We plan on returning soon!
This is Library Park. In the center is the first Village Hall building, constructed in 1894. Also, a two-sided marker that has only been there since 2011. A great synopsis of early Belleville history.
Behind the park across the street is the former railroad depot. The former rail was removed and replaced with the Badger State Trail.
In keeping this this being a former railroad track, we also headed south of town between Belleville and Monticello and found the historic Stewart Tunnel that the train once passed through. It’s 1/4 mile long and considered one of the darkest trail tunnels in Wisconsin. We sure look small! It is over 20 ft. high! Find it here. Park on Tunnel Rd. near the trail, it is about 1/4 walk from the road.
Back in town, we saw another historic building, the former Park Hotel, an important way station for travelers in Belleville’s early history. It is now The Dam Bar and Grill.
Across the street is a Citgo gas station, and a cow!
Bellville also has great parks for recreation as well. Community Park has much to offer. It is on the banks of Lake Bell View and a path goes alongside the lake. A bridge makes crossing easy and offers a great view of the dam.
A couple guys are netting fish.
Lake Bell View, it was hard to see it due to the fog.
On our way back downtown we saw an old railroad bridge over the Sugar River, now part of the Badger State Trail.
We had a great visit here today, and we have a few more places to tell you about. We also sought out another marker just 7 miles west of town at Primrose Lutheran Church. Some Norwegian settlers came to this area also.