Most people know about the offerings of big cities like Madison and Milwaukee, but throughout our state, great little towns are ready for you to discover them. We are counting down some of the most picturesque towns Wisconsin has to offer.
1. Sister Bay
Located in Door County, Sister Bay is a haven for people who want to get away from it all. But there is still plenty to do, like browse one of the many small shops, eat at Al Johnson's Swedish restaurant (where goats walk on the grass roof), and go out in a kayak on Green Bay.
2. New Glarus
Known for their awesome beer, New Glarus is known as America's Little Switzerland. The Swiss charm will win you over, in addition to their museums, lodging, shops, and dining.
Stockholm is all about a Swedish paradise with breathtaking views of Lake Pepin. It is plenty quaint, and you will love the shops, the pie, and the Maiden Rock Bluffs.
This gorgeous town will wow you with its historic buildings, some dating to the 1800s. The covered bridge is romantic, there is a winery, and there is plenty for the lovers of the arts.
5. Lake Geneva
A summer destination for Chicagoans, Lake Geneva is a beautiful destination year-round. Of course, you are right on the lake and can go out on a boat or go tubing. There are loads of little shops and restaurants to explore as you stroll down the streets.
6. De Pere
Home to St. Norbert College, De Pere is truly a college town. That said, there are many little shops and restaurants all around that you will love. College life flows into the cafes and bars in town.
Step back in time in historic Mazomanie, where many new businesses have taken over old buildings. It is located alongside the beautiful Wisconsin River, offering many opportunities to walk, bike, and explore.
8. Port Washington
Being right on the lake has its advantages, one of which is lakeside lodging and dining, and getting out on the beach. The town is quaint and has that New England charm about it. Boutiques and specialty food shops makes walking through town exciting.
Right near the exquisite Apostle Islands, Bayfield has its share of tourists, who absolutely love the B&Bs, restaurants, and specialty shops. But what people really love is the opportunity to get out on the water.
Speaking of water, Sheboygan is the town you want to visit to appreciate Lake Michigan. You can get out on the water, and you definitely want to enjoy the beaches during the summer. On land, there are plenty of shops and places to eat, including a true Neopolitan pizza parlor.
Have you visited or do you live in these towns? What other Wisconsin towns should have made the list? Let’s discuss in the comments.