Simplicity, Craftsmanship, Lifestyle Trip: The Amish of Southwestern Wisconsin, Vernon County
A sizeable Amish settlement in Vernon County focuses on family, community hard work and faith. After your breakfast at the Westby House, drive out to the Cashton settlement where you will find a large assortment of authentic Amish goods at specialty shops and farms. You will find hickory bent wood furniture, hand-made quilts and rugs, baskets, custom oak and cherry dining and bedroom furniture, candies, jams, maple syrup and produce.
Just North of Westby on Highway 27, turn right on County P and continue through the valleys and ridges by following the Amish signs for their specialty craft. A must stop is at the Cheese Factory on County D that has a viewing window of cheese being made.
Down A Country Road Amish Gift Shops & Tour Service on Highway 33 is a non Amish family farm that will truly take you a step back in time with four Amish gift shops and a ice cream shop. To really learn the Old Order Amish culture on traditional values and practices, a self-guided tour of their farmsteads can be purchased at Village Shops at Down A Country Road. Owner Kathy Kuderer, has worked closely with the Amish and their community.
For lunch with some history, stop in at Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery in downtown Cashton. The late afternoon is calling for a return to the Westby House.