Famous pottery, a cozy bed-and-breakfast and outdoor rec draw visitors to Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 40 minutes east of Madison.

By Writer Barb Sanford
June 15, 2012
Lewis Station Winery
Photo Courtesy of Lewis Station Winery.

Day 1

In Lake Mills' historic downtown, the renowned Ephraim Faience Pottery Studio and Gallery sells heirloom-quality, hand-thrown Arts and Crafts Revival-style vases, tiles and more.

Descriptive tags explain the vintages at the boutique Lewis Station Winery.

Lewis Station Winery
Photo Courtesy of Lewis Station Winery.

If you visit during summer, the American Legion sells sliders from a little stand on Fridays until they run out-visitors take bags of them to nearby Commons Park for picnics.

Whenever you go, don't miss James J. Chocolate Shop, an old-fashioned candy store hidden in a business park that makes top-notch toffee and chocolate-covered cherry clusters.

The cookie jar is always full at Sweet Autumn Inn, a lovely Arts and Crafts-style B&B.

Day 2

Lake Mills calls itself City of the Pyramids, thanks to mysterious stone structures on the bottom of spring-fed Rock Lake. You can see the lake from the Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail, a 52-mile path following the old Chicago and Northwestern Railway.

Zeloski Marsh, a new wetland and grassland under restoration, is a great place to bird-watch, and a herd of bison graze just north of the trail between London and Lake Mills.

Water House Foods Cafe and Bakehouse serves deli sandwiches named for the Bard's famous characters and made with Wisconsin cheeses and seedy multigrain bread.

Built in 1902, the neo-Gothic L.D. Fargo Public Library is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tyranena Brewery serves $10 samplers and house-brewed root beer.

For more information: (920) 648-3585; lakemills.orgPrices, menus and other details are subject to change; please check specifics before making travel plans.