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The Blue Goose Located In The Northern Driftless Wisconsin Area

April 29th, 2014 by David Reeck

The Blue Goose Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor

The Blue Goose Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor

The Kickapoo Valley is blessed with many great eating establishments.  One of our favorite’s for pizza and ice cream is the Blue Goose Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor.   Located about 12 miles from Amil’s Inn, it takes approximately 20 minutes driving through some of the most beautiful countryside of the upper Kickapoo Valley and Northern Driftless Wisconsin Area.

Once you arrive you will be greeted by Gail and Bill Thomas who remodeled the barn on their property into “The Blue Goose”.  You will also be greeted by many farm animals that live on the property as well.

You may choose from a variety of pizzas such as Hog Heaven, The Giant German, The Super Blue Goose and a dozen or so more varieties.  If you still have room, they serve specialty sundaes, ice cream cones, malts and shakes.  They feature Cedar Crest ice cream fresh from the processing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

After dinner you may enjoy Ma’s & Pa’s Toy Shed where a variety of childhood toys live.  A vast amount of dolls, trains, dollhouses and trucks are also on display along with Elvis and Santa items.  There is a small admission of: Adults–$3.00; Students–$1.50; Children under 6—Free (with a parent).  New this year is the Haymow Flea Market located in the old loft of the remodeled barn.

Hours of operation are:  Thursday- Saturday, 12:00-8:00 P.M.; Sunday, 12:00-6:00 P.M.  The Blue Goose is located at S2106 24 Valley Road (North of County Road P), La Farge WI  54639.  It is highly recommended to call ahead for a reservation especially if a party of 6 or more (608) 625-4335.  For more information visit their website at www.bluegoosepizza.com.

After spending the day riding the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, canoeing the Kickapoo River or Amish shopping, the Blue Goose Ice Cream & Pizza Parlor will fill any appetite that was created

8th Annual Driftless Area Art Festival

August 31st, 2012 by David Reeck

The 8th Annual Driftless Area Art Festival will be taking place Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM along the banks of the Kickapoo River in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin at the Beauford  T. Anderson Park which is near the geographical center of the Driftless Area.

The Driftless Area Art Festival is a celebration of the Driftless Area’s visual, performing and culinary arts.  The Art Festival is distinguished by its mission to showcase only regional artists.  The festival features over 80 visual art exhibitors, live music and performances and great local foods.  Free Admission and parking.

If unable to attend the Art Festival consider visiting the heart of the Driftless Area another time.  The heart of the Driftless Area is Crawford and Vernon County Wisconsin bordered by the Mississippi River on the West and the Kickapoo River on the east.  The Driftless Area was never touched by glaciers and is thus characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography.  The forested hillsides, valleys cut into limestone by cold-water trout streams, wetlands, grasslands laden with wildflowers provide an inspirational setting for many a talented artist.

Please visit www.driftlessareaartfestival.com and www.driftlesswisconsin.com for more information on the Art Festival and the Driftless Area.

Ontario, Wisconsin 4th of July 2012

June 29th, 2012 by David Reeck

“Happy Trails to Ontario” is the 2012 Parade Theme for the 4th of July celebration in the Village of Ontario, Wisconsin located in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley!!!

The 4th of July celebration begins on Sunday, July 1 at 1:00 PM with the Blacktop Stock Antique and Farm Tractor Pull and continues through fireworks at dusk on Wednesday, July 4

The schedule of the other planned activities are as follows:

     Tuesday, July 3rd

          6:30 PM Kids and Pets Parade-line up beside the fire station

          7:00 PM Ontario Talent Show at the Community Hall

     Wednesday, July 4th

          7:00-10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast at the Community Hall

          8:00 AM Run for Fun—5K for everyone

          9:00 AM Kids Run for Fun—Ages 17 and under

          9:00 AM Flag Raising by the American Legion

         11:00 AM American Legion Auxiliary Chicken Barbecue

          Noon Parade-Theme of this year’s parade is ”Happy Trails to Ontario”.

          2:00 PM Mini Tractor Pull

          5:30 PM Pedal Tractor Pull

         6:00 PM Music on the Deck by Monty Berger & Country Gold

         Dusk  Fireworks!!!!!!

 

        Afternoon activities on the square and in the Community Hall:

               Inflatable’s Kinds Games

               Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

               Craft and Flea Market Booths

               Pie and Ice Cream Social in the Community Hall

               Climbing Wall from the Wisconsin National Guard

               Food Stands

               Historic picture display in the Community Hall

               Kids Softball Games

For more details on the day’s events visit www.ontariowi.com.

Driftless Area Art Festival

August 29th, 2011 by David Reeck

At the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area are Crawford County and Vernon County, defined to their west by the Mississippi River and by the Kickapoo Valley which runs through each.

Never touched by glaciers, the Driftless Area is characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography. Forested hillsides reach down to valleys cut into limestone bedrock by cold-water trout streams. Forests, prairie remnants, wetlands, and grasslands provide habitat for wildflowers and wildlife. Land is farmed by the descendants of those who first settled here, by the Amish who adopted the area, and by a new breed of organic farmer.

The Driftless area is an inspirational setting to all manner of talented artists.  Its hills and valleys are home to painters and potters, woodworkers and weavers, metalsmiths and musicians, vintners and brewmasters.

To see, hear and taste the exceptional variety of their creations, you usually have to visit studios and stores, cafes and concerts. But once a year, on the third weekend in September (September 17 & 18, 2011), the Driftless Area Art Festival is held along the banks of the Kickapoo River in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin at the Beauford T. Anderson Park.  The Art Festival is distinguished by its mission to showcase only regional artists.  The popular festival features over 80 visual arts exhibitors, live music and performances, and great local foods.  Free Admission and parking.  For more information, visit www.driftlessareaartfestival.com.

If you are unable to visit the Art Festival consider visiting at another time. The great diversity of the area means something to suit the taste of every visitor. You can simply enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside with a good book, a cup of coffee from a local roaster, or a glass of wine from a local vineyard. You can don your waders and hope to outwit a brook trout on a cool foggy morning. You can get on your bike and wind your way through magnificent scenery. You can shop for art, antiques, handmade furniture, artisanal cheeses, or locally-grown foods.

Whether for a weekend, a week, or longer, you’ll enjoy your stay in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley!

4th of July in Ontario, Wisconsin

June 29th, 2011 by David Reeck

Have a blast as you celebrate the 4th of July in the Village of Ontario, Wisconsin located in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley!!!

The 4th of July celebration begins at 6:00 PM on Saturday, July 2 with the String Ties Bluegrass Band on the Community Hall Deck.

The other planned activities are as follows:

     Sunday, July 3rd

          1:00 PM Blacktop Stock Antique and Farm Tractor Pull

          2:00 PM Kids and Pets Parade

          7:00 PM Ontario Talent Show

     Monday, July 4th

          7:00-10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast at the Community Hall

          8:00 AM Run for Fun—5K for everyone

          9:00 AM Kids Run for Fun—Ages 17 and under

          9:00 AM Flag Raising at the Community Hall

          10:00 AM Parade Lineup

          11:00 AM American Legion Auxiliary Chicken Barbecue

          Noon Parade-Theme of this year’s parade is ”God Bless America”.

          2:00 PM Mini Tractor Pull

          3:30 PM Pie Eating Contest

          5:00 PM Pedal Tractor Pull

         6:00 PM Ridgeland Dutchmen

         Dusk  Fireworks!!!!!!

 

        Afternoon activities on the square and in the Community Hall:

               Inflatable’s Kinds Games

               Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

               Food, Craft, Flea Market Booths

               Pie and Ice Cream Social in the Community Hall

               Climbing Wall from the Wisconsin National Guard

               Military Artifacts display in the Community Hall

               Kids Softball Games

For more details on the day’s events visit www.ontariowi.com.

Brown Trout Fishing on the Kickapoo River

May 31st, 2011 by David Reeck

Jennifer and Eric

The Kickapoo River is the Wisconsin River’s longest tributary. The Kickapoo River meanders for 130 miles from Wilton, Wisconsin to Wauzeka, Wisconsin, where it empties into the Wisconsin River. As the crow flies, this distance is less than half that long, about 60 miles. The name Kickapoo is Algonquin for “one who goes here, then there” and accurately describes the river, which flows in all directions of the compass for portions of its length.

The Kickapoo is a slow-moving river which overflows its banks rapidly in heavy rains.

Surveys in 1999 and 2000 of the Kickapoo River between Ontario and Gays Mills documented a total of 46 species, including an abundance of brown trout. Since then, the Kickapoo River has been classified as a Class II trout stream from Wilton to Gays Mills. Trout use this section of river for food and shelter, but likely spawn in tributary streams. 

Streams classified as Class II may have some natural reproduction, but not enough to utilize available food and space. Therefore, stocking is required to maintain a desirable sport fishery. These streams have good survival and carryover of adult trout, often producing some fish larger than average size.

There are 5,929 miles of Class II trout streams in Wisconsin and they comprise 45% of Wisconsin’s total trout stream mileage.  For further information about Wisconsin’s trout streams and fishing regulations visit http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/regulations.

Our guests Eric and Jennifer of Sheboygan, Wisconsin were pleasantly surprised to find out that the Kickapoo River was only a few yards from Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Eric being an avid fisherman took advantage of his stay by fishing the Kickapoo River on both days of their stay and was successful as the picture indicates. 

Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast strives to give our guests a special and memorable visit to the Kickapoo Valley.  Eric’s fishing success triggered an idea of having a special location along the Kickapoo River for relaxation and a location to enjoy the scenery of the Kickapoo River and maybe throw out a line!

Take Time for a Cup of Tea

March 30th, 2011 by David Reeck

Here at Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, we are waiting patiently for the delicate crocuses to thrust their heads through the icy, cold spring soil.  There is some ice and snow still left on the north side of the slopes of the Kickapoo Valley.  We are starting to get a few warm days but the nights are still cool.  Many of our neighbors including the Amish are tapping maple trees to collect sap for cooking down to make homemade maple syrup.

As we go about our daily tasks of preparing to garden and complete that much needed lawn work after a long, hard winter, let us not forget to take time from our busyness to enjoy a cup of tea and delight in the simple things of life.  This past winter, I had a birthday and a dear friend surprised me with a beautiful crocheted tea cozy.  So as you make summer plans for your week or weekend get-away, consider Amil’s Inn where you can sit back on our front porch, enjoy a cup of tea and some cookies and take pleasure in the simple things of life and if you are fortunate witness some Amish buggies going by!

Fall Color in West Central Wisconsin

August 30th, 2010 by David Reeck

As the days start to become shorter and nights cooler, it is not too early to start planning that fall excursion to West Central Wisconsin to see the beautiful fall colors that this area has to offer.  Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see the fall color. 

The Kickapoo Valley with its many hillsides is just the perfect location to visit to view the many fall colors.  We have Wildcat State Park, Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail which all are spectacular with color during early to mid-October which is when Central Wisconsin reaches its peak in foliage activity.

To monitor the fall colors, check out the Fall Color Report on Travel Wisconsin at   http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fallcolor_report.aspx

7th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair

July 5th, 2010 by David Reeck

As the calendar turned to July and the 4th of July festivities have ended the next major annual event in the Kickapoo Valley is the 7th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair.   

Now in its 7th year, the Kickapoo Country Fair is the Midwest’s largest organic food and sustainability festival. In La Farge, Wisconsin, nestled among the ancient hills of the Kickapoo Valley, the fair serves up a generous helping of fun for all in celebration of family, culture, and community, all the while looking toward a healthy, sustainable future.

Held Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, 2010, on the grounds of Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wisconsin. Kickapoo Country Fair will bring together thousands of attendees for two fun-packed days of food, music, bike and farm tours, cooking demonstrations, theater, kids’ activities, dancing, author readings, and speakers—all offered at an affordable price for families.

For more information check out www.kickapoocountryfair.org.

Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail Open for 2010 Season

May 1st, 2010 by David Reeck

Today is a very exciting day for Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast!!  We are starting our Blog.  This will give us the opportunity to share news, recipes, pictures, and so much more of what is happening at Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast and the beautiful Kickapoo Valley area.

We have had a splendid spring. Our onions and and potatoes have been planted for over 2 weeks.  But the most important news item today is that the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail opens today, May 1 and will remain open until October 31, 2010.  Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail and is a great place to begin your bike trek.

Considered the first rail-to-trail in the United States, the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5-mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination.  The trail is surfaced with limestone screenings to provide a smooth surface suitable for walkers and bicyclists spring through fall .

Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall, passing by wetlands, prairies, farmland and unglaciated areas.

 State trail passes are required for bikers 16 and older. Daily and annual passes are available at outlets in towns along the trail as well as at Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.

For further information please visit these websites to help plan your visit to the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail and Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast: www.elroy-sparta-trail.com, www.bikesparta.com,  www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/wilton.htm, and www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/parks/specific/elroysparta.

Thank you for visiting Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast and please check back often to keep up-to-date about what is happening in our area.

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