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Stop and Smell the Peonies in Rosendale


8-9-13

We were on our way to Algoma, and our Garmin led us through Rosendale in Fon du Lac county.. Be VERY careful with your speed, cops are known for pulling you over and giving tickets if you are as little as 1 mph over limit. We had no problems.

Rosendale sign

Right across from the sign is a unique structure made of Lake Michigan Stones, completed in 1924.

Lake Michigan Stones Marker by August H. Bluemke

What really made us stop was the view on our left, Sisson’s Peony Gardens.  The structures in the garden were constructed between 1928-30.  Wilbur Sisson retired in Rosendale in 1918 and began to build this beautiful sanctuary which began to attract people from miles around.  Its now listed as a Wisconsin Historic Site.  The peonies were not in bloom by the time we saw it, but maybe next year. In early June the town celebrates “Peony Sunday”

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Peony Garden sign

Stone Windmill

A view of the gardens behind the windmill.

Sisson's Peony Gardens view

In the far back is a beautiful gazebo.

Gazebo

We plan on coming back here next year, hopefully during their Peony Sunday festival.

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We did make it back, but a little too late for the festival. There were still flowers blooming, unlike the visit last August.

Sisson Peony Garden in June

 

Peony Collage

Milling Around in Paoli


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It was to revisit this beautiful little hamlet of 3300 people on the Sugar River.  Last time we came was Oct. 2009.  Paoli was founded by Peter Mats in 1846.  It soon had a lumber mill, later becoming a grist mill. Also a  cheese factory and other businesses necessary to build a thriving community.  Several buildings were made of local stone, still standing and in use today.

Let’s begin our walk down Paoli Road, the main street which is the center of commerce here.

On my right is the Abel Contemporary Gallery

Photo by Al Kutil

 

On the left is the Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Cafe.

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Soon we are on the bridge overlooking the Sugar River. It’s part of the huge Upper Sugar River Watershed in Dane County.

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Upon crossing the river, on the left is the Paoli Clay Company. They produce clay for pottery making use.

Paoli Clay Company

Next up also on the left is the Paoli House Gallery, another artist enclave. Closed in 2014.

Paoli House Gallery

Lastly on this side is the new Landmark Creamery, replacing the Paoli Local Foods store. It opened in 2018.

Next door to that is the Paoli Pub and Grill.

Paoli Pub

Across the street on our right are many beautiful shops, some in historic buildings. On the right is the Paoli Secret Garden, which opened on June 1 of 2013.  The owners JJ and Kellie were busy setting things up when we stopped by. They took the time to pose for a picture with us and show us the many delightful products they had to offer.   They would love for you to stop by! If you can’t come to the store, you can buy their products from their Etsy store.

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Paoli Secret Garden

Here is a “living table”. Also a look inside their shop in the yellow building.

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Next door is  Paoli Road Mercantile, formerly a whey house. It is built of large multi-colored rocks that give it such a unique and beautiful appearance.

 These businesses are part of the Mill Shops and Park.

 

The Bread and Brat Haus is especially popular. We had Chicken Pot Pie there when we went to the Paoli Fall Festival and it was delicious!

They also associate with The Hop Garden below.  Enjoy live music from the Hop Garden stage while enjoying food from the Brat Haus.

This view is behind the Brat Haus and The Hop Garden.

  Totally Wired is next to the Paoli Secret Garden and their specialty is purses.

The Zazen Gallery is next on our right.

Cluck the Chicken Store. They provide for the needs of chicken owners, as well as people who love cute chicken decor.

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At the end of Paoli Road is Paoli Park, a great place to eat your lunch on a warm summer day. Bicyclists stop in Paoli also for refreshment on their ride. The Badger State Trail passes through town. It has a gazebo and a garden area with an arch.  Also many mature trees.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Paoli, we sure did!

Links

*  Visit Paoli

*  Paoli Mill Terrace and Park

*  Paoli Secret Garden

The Hop Garden

*Cluck The Chicken Store

*Cottage Goddess

*John/Christine Designs

*Landmark Creamery

*Paoli Bread and Brat Haus

*Paoli Gallery and Print Shop

*Paoli Road Mercantile

*Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Café

*Zazen Gallery

*Paoli Pub and Grill

*Abel Contemporary Gallery

31st Annual Morel Mushroom Festival in Muscoda


5-18-13

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This was our first time in Muscoda (pronounced Mus – co – day), located in Grant County by the Wisconsin River. Muscoda means “Prairie of Flowers”. They earned the status, “Morel Mushroom Capitol of the World.”  The village is on the Lower Wisconsin River Road.

At 10:00 am we arrived downtown at Mushroom Headquarters. They sold lots of souvenirs of the festival. I got a brown hoodie with the festival logo on it.  I wish I could say we ate some, but we didn’t.  They are VERY expensive.

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The first thing we saw was a kid’s parade celebrating the Morel.

Tame big ones Morel Kids

A lot of fun things were going on, arts and crafts vendors had lots of great items, plenty of morel gifts. Here is a $150 bench and walking sticks.

Morel benchwalking sticks

Muscoda also has a delightful cafe and gift shop called The Pink Spot.  We stopped there for lunch and conversation.  Owner Katy Grimm loves chatting with her customers and even posing for a picture.  She would love it if you would stop by 🙂

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The festival also had a small car show and helicopter rides.  Even chainsaw wood carving demos.

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CarShow

This festival was great fun, we hope to go back next year.  At the northern edge of town is a great park and campsite, Victoria Riverside Park and Campsite. Its right at the edge of the Wisconsin River for easy access to water recreation. The park also has a beautiful gazebo overlooking the river. It even has a  Little Free Library just before you turn in.

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Here is the gazebo from across the river in winter. Beautiful!

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Victoria Riverside Park Gazebo framed

I hope you enjoyed your visit, we sure did!