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Picnic Picks

Scenic spots & best picks for the picnic basket.

Ah yes, it’s finally summer.  That sweet, fleeting season marked by flip-flops and festivals, grillin’ and chillin’ on the patio.  Picnic, anyone?  Here in Green County we can recommend some scenic spots and local flavors to fill that picnic basket.

Shore Lunch 

Browntown Cadiz Springs Recreation Area, N2241 Cadiz Springs Road, Browntown.  Life’s a beach!  Two lakes ideal for canoes, kayaks, and fishing (including accessible platform).  Nice playground area courtesy of the Friends group.  Best bet for the basket:  Purple Martin wine from Hawk’s Mill Winery just southeast of the park at W8170 Pilz Road.

Downtown Dining 

Historic Green County Courthouse, 1016 – 16th Avenue, Monroe.  Picnic in the shadow of an icon that has graced “the Square” with its presence since 1891.  Wander and see if you can figure out where builders placed the original cornerstone.  “You Be the Judge” photo opp upstairs in the former courtroom.  Best bet for the basket:  burgers to go from nearby Suisse Haus, or the classic Limburger with onion and mustard on rye from Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern.

Catch and Release 

Lake Montesian, Highway 69, Monticello.  Idyllic setting, complete with a bridge to the island on this small lake.  Bring your fishing pole.  Don’t bother to wrangle with the whale – he’s a permanent resident here.  Best bet for the basket:  Wisconsin State Fair award-winning Brick cheese from nearby Silver-Lewis Cheese Cooperative (W3075 County EE) and Sour Cream Raspberry pie from M&M Café in downtown Monticello.

Rustic Retreat 

Decatur Park, N3768 Park Road, Brodhead.  Rustic Road #27 (Park Road) leads the way to this picnic spot.  Best bet for the basket:  Grilled cheese to go!  At nearby Decatur Dairy (W1668 County F) you can choose your cheese and they’ll toast it up while you wait:  crispy golden on the outside and gooey goodness in the inside.  Or keep it really simple and just grab a bag of squeaky-fresh curds.

Cows on the Hilltop 

New Glarus Brewing Company, 2400 Highway 69, New Glarus.  Choose your brews and enjoy the panoramic view overlooking the countryside from the outdoor courtyard beer garden.  Feel free to carry in a lunch or snacks, but remember to pick up after yourself (and please don’t use the fountain to wash your feet – yes, it has happened).  Best bet for the basket:  New Glarus Brewing Company’s flagship beer Spotted Cow, of course!

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