Midwest Living Review
Pretty much the only reason a visitor comes to Monroe, Wisconsin, is to eat cheese. All around town, and in the surrounding countryside as well, you'll find cheese shops catering to travelers. Some are huge factories, others small family-run operations. Many visitors go on self-guided cheese tours, stopping at several spots to sample and stock up on their favorite varieties. The best place to start is the Green County Welcome Center, located in a restored train depot and housing the small but interesting National Historic Cheesemaking Center. The exhibits aren't high-tech, but the antique equipment is fascinating: giant copper urns, wooden paddles, yokes for carrying milk. Besides learning about the process of making cheese, you get an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of the families who established the area's dairy industry in the mid-1800s. (Children, one sign notes, took great pleasure in pounding nails into their fathers' shoes, so they wouldn't slip on the wet cheese-room floors.) Plan to spend about half an hour here -- and to leave ready to eat some cheese. Adult admission is $5.