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14 Cute Towns You Can Visit In Wisconsin

Magical spots you need to visit at least once!

Wisconsin is commonly known for one thing — cheese. Not just any cheese, but locally source artisanal cheese. Generation of cheesemakers have been crafting and producing specialty dairy products in this area of the Midwest, it's no wonder Wisconsin is often referred to as "America's Dairyland."

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But this Midwest state has a lot more to offer than just cheese, it's home to some incredibly adorable towns — the type of towns that look like they have stood still and frozen in time and make you appreciate a slower pace of living.

These towns are not only bursting with charm but offer that mid-western hospitality and infectious friendliness that will make you question why you ever moved to a big city in the first place.

Sturgeon Bay

Time from Madison: 2 hrs 45 minutes

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Sturgeon Bay is a beautiful waterside town located in famous Door County Wisconsin, famous for it's stunning and scenic shorelines that make you feel like you're miles away from the mid-west, this little town is a real hidden gem of the state.

What to do: If you're traveling in the summer, Sturgeon Bay is the ideal place to enjoy water-based activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and more. Otherwise, the town has a ton of charming restaurants, boutiques, and event art galleries to explore and enjoy during a weekend get-away.

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Baraboo

Time from Madison: 1 hour

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Baraboo is the largest town in its county and famous for its friendly residents and small-town charm. The town of Baraboo's official slogan "Welcome to our gem city" says it all.

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What to do: Located just south of Baraboo is the famous Devil's Lake State Park. A breathtaking nature playground with tons of scenic vistas and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Spend the day exploring nature and unwind during the evening at some of Baraboo's fantastic restaurants and bars.

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Fish Creek

Time from Madison: 3 hrs 30 minutes

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Another stunning little town in Door County — Fish Creek is a premier vacation destination in the state and filled with tons of seasonal to do all year round.

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What to do: Fish Creek has a beautiful marina and public beach that attracts flocks of visitors during the warmer months. During the fall and winter, Fish Creek is home to charming local festivals and cultural events that shout small town charm you just can't find anywhere else.

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Ashland

Time from Madison: 5 hours

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Nestled on the banks of stunning Lake Superior — the largest lake in the world — Ashland is a small town with a whole lot of love and charm. The town slogan "find yourself next to the water" says it all.

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What to do: Considering its lake-side location, Ashland is a famous fishing destination. For those who aren't big fishing fans — worry not, there is tons more to do. Ashland has beautiful bike tours you can take, and their famous weekend farmers market which is held every Saturday until mid-October.

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Lake Geneva

Time from Madison: 1 hr 25 minutes

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Fall tourism is HUGE in Lake Geneva. It's easy to see why this charming town looks like the perfect antidote to stress. Also, this lakeside town is known to be particularly romantic and boasts upscale accommodations for a special weekend away from hectic city life.

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What to do: Known for its fancy hotels and inns, you can take a day to visit one of the many spas in the area and spend a day pampering yourself. Or you can enjoy the fall foliage with a hike around the lake, or simply enjoy some of Lake Geneva's fall festivals such as Oktoberfest happening every year.

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Ephraim

Time from Madison: 3 hrs 30 minutes

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Another charming village in Door County, this one is famous for its rich Scandinavian history. Boasting more than 30 historical sites throughout the village, 11 on the National Register of Historic Places.

What to do: Ephraim features events and festivities all year round. Fall is particularly picturesque and romantic in this beautiful lakeside town. There are tons of local shops to explore and beautiful rustic log cabins and vintage homes to admire.

Chippewa Falls

Time from Madison: 2 hrs 50 minutes

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The town of Chippewa Falls might be small, but these people love to have a good time. There are endless seasonal activities happening in the area, some of them are so famous, they attract people from all over the state!

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What to do: Enjoy some of the more quintessential small town activities like the local farmers market that's open until mid-October. If you're heading down during the holidays you can also visit Chippewa Falls state-famous Christmas light village open from Thanksgiving until January 1st.

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Minocqua

Time from Madison: 3 hours

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The town of Minocqua's slogan beautiful sums up everything you can expect from a visit, it's "Nature's Original Water Park." Vacationers have long been coming to Minocqua to relax and unwind in its beautiful natural surroundings.

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What to do: Considering the many lakes, rivers, and streams running through the area, Minocqua is very popular in the summertime for fishing, boating, kayaking, and all water-related activities. In the fall, the impressive and vibrant foliage is the main attraction.

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Spring Green

Time from Madison: 50 minutes

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Tucked away in the eastern edge of the "driftless region" of Wisconsin, you will find the town of Spring Green AKA the region's culinary and cultural capital.

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What to do: One of the most famous tourist attractions in the entire state The House on the Rocks is located in Spring Green. You can start with a visit here and then spend an evening visiting the town and its famous general store and other charming local eateries and bars.

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Bayfield

Time from Madison: 5 hrs 30minutes

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The quiet and charming town of Bayfield is a hub for vacationers who are looking to explore the beauty of the Apostle Islands and its surrounding nature.

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What to do: Start with an evening in Bayfield at one of the many charming and affordable accommodations in the area. Then you can spend the day exploring the stunning Madeline Island and Big Bay State Park.

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Mineral Point

Time from Madison: 1 hour

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The town of Mineral Point dubbed itself a "small town with creative flair." It's no wonder that this small town is on every "charming town" list you can find out there.

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What to do: Mineral Point is known for its local artisans and artists and boasts fantastic local shops and galleries where you can browse and buy one-of-a-kind locally produced products. Like many of the charming local towns on this list, Mineral Point hosts tons of seasonal and family-friendly festivals that you can only find in small towns.

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Egg Harbor

Time from Madison: 3 hours

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Egg Harbor is located in the popular vacationer's regions of Door County. Egg County has a great deal of history but is also known as a spot for food-lovers because of its thriving local food culture.

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What to do: In the summertime, Egg Harbor is the place to be for all water-related activities. However, this destination is beautiful all season long and is especially loved by foodies looking to sample local cheeses, wines, and microbrews.

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New Glarus

Time from Madison: 45 minutes

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Do you want to go to Switzerland without the six-hour flight? Check out New Glarus the "little Switzerland" of America.

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What to do: Considering that New Glarus is one of the most population small towns in Wisconsin there is no shortage of events, things to see, and do in this charming little town. Don't miss Oktoberfest! One of the most anticipated festivals hosted by New Glarus all year.

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Elkhart Lake

Time from Madison: 1 hr 45 minutes

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Elkhart Lake is a gem of a town. With stunning emerald green and turquoise waters, this spot is a magical nature get-away all year round. The colors in the fall are guaranteed to mesmerize.

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What to do: This small town is popular for tourist looking to get away and unwind. As a result, the town boasts some beautiful high-end accommodations, spas, and restaurants that are perfect for a special weekend getaway.

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Port Washington

Time from Madison: 1 hr 45 minutes

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The town of Port Washington lies in the beautiful Ozaukee County on the west banks of Lake Michigan. Considering it's waterside location it's known to have a distinct New England-style charm, but nestled and hidden in the heart of the mid-west. A true gem.

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What to do: People travel from all over the region to experience the quaint and small-town energy of Port Washington. One of their main attractions is their beautiful lake-side parks, lighthouse, and scenery. You could spend all day taking in the fresh air. The town is also known for its exceptional fishing and outdoor activities. You can also enjoy a lazy day in Lakeside "downtown" Port Washington and visit its unique local shopping and dining destinations — all housed in picturesque historic storefronts.

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