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from the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

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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

Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon

September 28th, 2012 by David Reeck

Our 2011 Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon’s guests presented Amil’s Inn with 1st place trophy for providing the muffins which propelled them to 1st place!!!!!!!

The 10th Annual Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012.  The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon event takes place within the 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve, which boasts some of the hilliest terrain in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin.

The challenging and scenic Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon includes a:

      *7 mile paddle down the winding Kickapoo River along rock outcroppings and through diverse vegetation.                 

      *14 mile road bike ride through the hilly driftless area.  The route takes you through the valleys and over the ridge, in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic rural landscapes.  Steep climbs and rapid decents provide the ride of a lifetime! 

       *3 mile trail run in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.  The route starts with a short stretch on Hwy P, then to a winding and wooded trail and finally leads you down the Old Highway 131 Multi-Use Trail, which is a deteriorating road bed.

 Proceeds from the Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program. The Education Program offers unique hands-on environmental learning opportunities to students of all ages.  Provided are opportunities for students to explore an outdoor classroom and learn-by-doing in a wide range of subjects from natural history and science to team building and outdoor adventure.  In 2011, the Education Program at the Reserve served 3,750 local and regional students and community members.

 For more information about the Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon visit www.kvr.state.wi.us/damchallenge/.   To learn more about the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program and other Kickapoo Valley Reserve opportunities visit www.kvr.state.wi.us/.

 Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast was happy and honored to have several Dam Challenge participants as guests in 2011 and will have several participants as guests in 2012 as well.

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.

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!

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