Start your day just off just south of Shullsburg on Highway U. Follow signs and you'll find the Gravity Hill. Throw your car in neutral, and it'll begin rolling uphill! Next, head up to 23 and you'll see Roelli Cheese Haus. This is a small, artisan cheese plant owned by the same Swiss family for generations. Stop in to pick up some of the best Wisconsin cheese in the state! Our recommendation? The Dunbarton Blue is great with almost any beer in Wisconsin.
Keep driving north and enjoy the view. You'll drive through some of the gently rolling hills of the Driftless landscape. This area is hope to happy cows and beautiful vistas of traditional family farmland. Soon, you'll reach Mineral Point. This exceedingly quaint town is home to a brewpub, cheesemaker, amazing Japanese cuisine, Wisconsin's Cornish history, and a slew of art galleries and studios. Take your time and wander the granite-built streets of this near 200-year-old town.
Onward. On your way north, you'll soon run into Dodgeville. Dodgeville is home to Wisconsin's oldest courthouse, and Land's End clothing. Stop by the Land's End outlet for some amazing clothing deals, then explore Wisconsin's mining heritage. Dodgeville is also gateway to Governor Dodge State Park (one of my personal favorite hiking and camping spots in the state).
|Governor Dodge State Park. Photo: Wisconsin DNR|
If bizarre collections in a nonsensical house doesn't appeal to you, maybe you're just at the wrong house. Not much further up 23 is a house of international fame. Designed by Wisconsin's own Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin was the personal home of the architect. Truly a spectacular work of art, the house is just south of Spring Green. Spring Green is also home to American Players Theatre. I'd recommend stopping at the Driftless Depot for local provisions before enjoying open-air productions of Shakespeare and other greats.