Overnight getaway to Sheboygan
Most people associate Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with its famous Sheboygan Bratwurst Company, but visitors with an appetite for more can find standout shopping, lakeside dining and contemporary art in this city 55 miles north of Milwaukee.
Homemade granola, served with Greek yogurt and drizzled with local honey, makes a great breakfast or snack at Field to Fork, a combination bakery and cafe. Grab a cappuccino to go: It's time to shop!
Clean, fresh scents emanate from Olivü 426, where customers can create their own preservative- and alcohol-free beauty and bath products. An antique car beckons from the entryway of The Mixx Design Centre, a quirky furniture boutique with jungle, Oriental and modern themed rooms. Gifty items like silk-screen pillows and sassy cards entice shoppers into Nest. Update any look with high-style clothing, jewelry and handbags from Tres Chic Boutique.
Diners line up for the flavorful, chewy Neapolitan-style pizza at the popular Il Ritrovo (Italian for the meeting). Chocoholics can't get enough of the chocolate-covered fresh raspberries at the Victorian Chocolate Shoppe, housed in a former trolley station. On State-42, bratwurst mecca Miesfeld's Meat Market serves its signature sausages at brat frys every Saturday.
Enjoy a relaxing massage at the luxurious Reflections Spa at the Blue Harbor Resort before dining at nearby Margaux, where a seasonal menu showcases locally sourced, French-influenced foods.
A sumptuous breakfast of French toast stuffed with bananas and cream cheese awaits at the magnificent Lake View Mansion Bed and Breakfast, atop the bluffs of Lake Michigan (from $200).
Exhibits at the noteworthy John Michael Kohler Arts Center showcase works made by little-known artists along with contemporary paintings, photography and sculptures. Even the center's artist-designed, themed bathrooms are a must-see.
You won't leave town hungry after consuming a gargantuan 12-ounce burger at Frankie's Pub and Grill. Walk it off at Maywood Environmental Park, where visitors bird-watch and hike on more than 6 miles of trails.
For information: Sheboygan Tourism (800) 457-9497; visitsheboygan.com