Points of Interest

Things to Do and See near Wisconsin Country Places

* Elroy Sparta Bike Trail / LaCrosse River State Trail 
The first 'Rails to Trails' project, the Elroy Sparta Bike Trail meets the LaCrosse River State Trail just a few miles from Wisconsin Country Places. The Elroy Sparta Bike Trail features three long railroad tunnels. Bring your flashlights! Both trails traverse some of the most scenic Wisconsin countryside. Riding the trails is sure to make a lasting memory for you and your family. 
Elroy Sparta Trail

* Down A Country Road
Experience the intriguing lifestyle of the Amish through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, in the heart of Amish Country. (Tours by appointment May - October) Four Amish gift shops and an ice cream shop nestled at the foot of a hill on Hwy. 33 near Cashton.
Down A Country Road

* Ginny's Cupboard
Located in downtown Sparta's 1929 MC Steel building, Ginny's Cupboard features a restored tin ceiling, 1957 soda fountan and an espresso bar. Decorated in a combination of 'retro' and antique furnishings, there is plenty of memorabilia to take in while you enjoy homemade soup, hearty sandwiches and dessert.
Ginny's Cupboard

* Speed's Bike Shop
Bike sales & rentals, repairs, parts and accessories. Bike trail passes and shuttle service to the trails. Owned and operated by our friend Milt 'Speed' Leis, this well-respected shop has served locals' and visitors' bicycle needs for over 30 years!
Speed's Bike Shop

* The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum
The museum is a progression of transportation from the first bicycles, the wright Brothers' Bicycle Shop, and the Wright Flyer, exploring Monroe County's rich aviation history - and into outer space with Mercury 7 Astronaut, the Sparta area's own, Donald Kent 'Deke' Slayton.
Space & Bike Museum

* The Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum, Ltd.
Located between Sparta and Black River Falls, this unique museum duo is housed in two separate buildings in a quiet, rural setting. The Doll Museum boasts over 1,600 dolls on display, from German dolls of the 1800's to today's Barbies. The Railroad Museum is home to a 1,000 resource reference library. Walls are covered with railroad memorabilia and showcases and displays exhibit a multitude of models of steam locomotives and supporting artifacts.
Little Falls Railroad & Doll Museum

* Redrock Trail Rides, LLC
Ride the trail to a scenic ridge in central Monroe County, called 'Redrock'. Enjoy a ride featuring calming, tranquil beauty where you may catch a glimpse of area wildlife. Redrock Trails also offers Kids Kamp, Pony rides and Moonlight rides. All are available Spring thru Fall, weather permitting.
Redrock Trail Rides

* Ellistone Canoe & Kayak Rentals, LLC
Take a leisurely trip down the LaCrosse River from one of several starting points to your choice of end point. Multiple options for trips estimated to take between 2 and 7 hours. The LaCrosse River passes through the countryside just a couple miles from us!
Ellistone Canoe & Kayak Rentals

* Used Anew, LLC
Used Anew offers deconstruction services, disassembly of unwanted buildings piece by piece in order to repurpose valuable and useful materials and keep them from the landfill. An always changing inventory of reclaimed materials are available on site, including barn siding, rusty corrugated tin, barn beams, hardwood flooring and fancy wide trim, etc. Used Anew is owned and operated by Larry & LuAnn Hutson, your hosts at Wisconsin Country Places! We also create wall art and small furniture pieces from our reclaimed materials. You’ll find some examples of our “reclaimed art” in your apartment when you stay with us.
Used Anew

* Craig's Meats & Catering 
Our favorite place for old fashioned smoked meats. Famous for their jerky, hams, bacon, beef sticks, etc. This family owned and operated butcher shop located 'off the beaten path' attracts customers from states away through 'word of mouth' advertising from loyal customers. We're one of them! (not open Sundays) 
Craig's Meats & Catering

* Historic Church
Former Big Creek Church established 1874 and built by volunteers from the Big Creek Valley, is part of the beautiful view from Wisconsin Country Places - Special events such as old fashioned Ice Cream Socials and a Christmas program are celebrated at the historic grounds. Available for weddings, receptions, etc.
Big Creek Church

* Hickory Wind Farm Alpacas & Fiber
Picturesque ridge top farm featuring Alpacas and unique, hand-crafted high quality Alpaca fibre products and more. Best to call ahead.
Hickory Wind Farm

* Monroe County Local History Room & Museum
Targets the story of Monroe County and its people, as experienced yesterday and today. The Museum is dedicated to documenting Monroe County life in all periods through collecting artifacts, documents, photographs, and genealogical resources. My favorite exhibit is a collection of agricultural tools used in the 1800s.
Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

* Lake Neshonoc at West Salem
Boating, fishing, picnics and swimming available at this beautiful lake located at West Salem, Wisconsin (about halfway between LaCrosse and Sparta).
Lake Neshonoc

* Northwood Country Market
Family owned and operated, this unique country store features bulk foods and baking supplies, homemade candy, locally grown produce (in season) and a deli stocked with beef and other meats and Wisconsin cheese. You won't be disappointed!
Northwood Country Market

* McPherson Guitars
Home of McPherson acoustic guitars designed by founder Matt McPherson. McPherson guitars are preferred by many well-known stars... and perhaps you too?
Mcpherson Guitars 

* Mathews Archery
Home of Mathews Archery Bows and Accessories. Tours of the plant are available. Contact them for dates and times.
Matthews Archery

* Fort McCoy Military Training Installation
The military installation has been in operation in one form or another since 1909. Currently, it operates as a Total Force Training Center, providing quality training facilities for reserve- and active-component military forces. The military base also offers many open-to-the-public recreational and entertainment opportunities.
Fort McCoy

Wisconsin Country Places - 4975 Garden Avenue - Sparta, WI 54656 - Phone 608 487 0547 - © Larry Hutson 2014