Getaway to Lower Kettle Moraine, WI
Draw a line connecting Madison and Milwaukee. At about the midway point, and a little south, is the Kettle Moraine South State Park, part of the Ice Age Trail and some incredible roads and scenery. And perhaps the best part is that this beautiful area of Wisconsin isn’t all that far from Chicago.
We took off from the western suburbs about mid-day toward Antioch and the Wisconsin border. As usual, we encountered road construction and delays – even bad on a Saturday. We picked up US 45 and stopped for a great lunch at the Bristol 45 Diner. The soup and sandwiches were good with generous portions and reasonable prices and the staff was terrific. Save room for the signature sundae. The place is decked out in traditional diner fashion with loads of great 50’s and 60’s memorabilia on the walls – from the hits of the day on 45’s and 33’s to movie and TV show photos.
We took time to explore some backroads before heading up to Oconomowoc to find our lodging. We stayed in a lovely and comfortable room (one of ten) at the beautiful Inn at Pine Terrace. A short walk through a residential neighborhood past some beautiful homes, across the bridge (stop to take some photos of the lake) and we arrived in historic downtown Oconomowoc. Our host at the bed and breakfast recommended the Irish Pub but we opted for the Spinnaker for some seafood. Not our best decision of the getaway – try the Pub.
You’ll find a number of other bed and breakfast inns, independent motels and some of the chains in the area.
We started our second day with a delicious breakfast at the b&b, then headed out to see the beautiful Wisconsin countryside awash with the colors of fall. We list a number of routes here but any road with the Wisconsin Rustic Road should be worth riding.
For a lunch stop, we enjoyed the BlackHawk Tavern (across from the popular biker bar, Fat Boyz) in Ft. Adkinson. They serve great homemade soups and chili, burgers and sandwiches. The service was great and we opted to sit outside and watch the many motorcycles passing through town.