Two Lane Gem: Wilmot Stage Stop

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:06pm

Yesterday I had to be in Milwaukee for a media event for . Coming from Elgin, I could have taken 90 east to 294 to 94, but that is definitely not the way the crow flies. Even though it has the potential to be faster, that route adds twenty miles, several tolls, and unlimited aggravation. Instead I left a little early and took the back route. Interstates offer little variation, while two-lane roads can be filled with surprises. 

For example, shortly after I crossed the border into Wisconsin I turned a corner right in front of a gem. The Wilmot Stage Stop, which opened in 1848, is the oldest tap and dining room in the state. Originally the Wilmot Hotel, six generations kept this piece of the 19th century alive. Known for serving classic surf 'n' turf, you could visit its past in the second floor museum.

This piece of Wisconsin history closed abruptly earlier this year, but it's . They're accepting reservations beginning December 1, and you can bet that I'll be calling to schedule our visit.

Next time you have to travel any distance, consider skipping the interstate and taking the two-lanes. You never know what you might find.


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Hello Fellow Traveler! I'm the Emmy-winning founder and publisher of The Local Tourist. I've got insatiable curiosity, wanderlust, and an incurable need to use my words. Thanks for joining me as I explore "drive by towns." I hope you'll pull over and stay awhile!

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