Kohler Design Center bathroom

The Kohler Design Center features displays of Kohler's kitchen and bath products along with a look at the company's history. Photo By Jerry Luterman

Day trip: Cedarburg to Sheboygan

Go back in time in Port Washington, peruse top-of-the-line toilets and more for the day

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6:30 a.m. Ease your way into the day with an eye-opening espresso drink at Fiddleheads Espresso Bar & Café (W62 N605 Washington Ave.) in Cedarburg. Inside this small cream-city-brick building dating to the 1860s, you’ll find rustic hardwood floors, original artwork and specialty menu items such as organic peanut butter. When you’re ready to hit the road, take Highway T to Lake Shore Road and head north along Lake Michigan. Follow Highway C north toward Port Washington.

8 a.m. Travel back in time on a Port Washington walking tour – each is about 10 blocks long and features classic buildings that will call to mind Port Washington’s days as a fishing village. Several sets of stairs bridge the streets in this hilly town, known as the “City of Seven Hills.”

10 a.m. Travel north on Wisconsin Street, then continue north on Highway LL and east on Highway P. Continuing toward Lake Michigan, stop in to check the progress of the new Port Washington Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, which is being converted from the old Squires Golf Club with the help of federal stimulus money. This 115-acre restoration project is the first and only Wisconsin preserve devoted to migratory birds along the Lake Michigan flyway. Watch for bobolinks and savannah sparrows.

11:30 a.m. Return to Highway LL and head north. Where LL veers to the right, continue straight on Main Street. In Gibbsville, head east on Highway OO to pay a visit to Gibbsville Cheese Company (W2663 Highway OO). In the retail store of this family-owned business they’ll slice your order fresh off the block – try their sharp 2-year-old white cheddar.

12:30 p.m. By now you’re getting hungry. Head north on Highway 32, then turn right on Pinehurst Drive and left on Long Drive. One of America’s top courses, The Bull at Pinehurst Farms – a former champion Holstein dairy farm – has another attraction: Champions Restaurant. Watch the action on the 9th hole as you enjoy a juicy Bull Signature Black Angus Burger, and don’t miss the Jack Nicklaus memorabilia in the private Bear’s Den upstairs.

2:30 p.m. After lunch, head back to Highway 32 and continue north. In Sheboygan Falls, you have a decision to make. Visit the Kohler Design Center (101 Upper Road), with its glorious selection of innovative designs, including dozens of commodes, splashless sinks and infinity tubs, or, head to the Kohler Waters Spa (501 Highland Drive), where you can receive H20 inspiration: an exfoliation and footbath, followed by an invigorating, cascading Riverbath, a full-body moisturizing treatment and, finally, a relaxing hand and foot massage.

5 p.m. Continue north on Highland Drive, which changes to Highway Y. Take Highway 23 east into Sheboygan, then turn left onto Highway 42 (14th Street). Turn right on St. Clair to find Lake View Mansion (303 St. Clair Ave.). Each of the five well-appointed guest rooms offers stunning views of Lake Michigan, and the home boasts a total of 11 fireplaces. Stroll through the colorful gardens on the property before dinner.

7 p.m. It’s only an eight-block walk to award-winning Margaux (821 North 8th St.) for dinner. Choose from delicious small-plate options like Braised Beef & Apple Dumpling or irresistible entrees such as Deconstructed Duck Lasagna, served with Brie cheese, sundried cherry pasta and port wine cream. Live piano music and a terrific wine list complete the experience. If you plan ahead, you can reserve the Chef’s Table, where Chef Rob Hurrie will design a tasting menu and wine pairings for you while you get a front-row view of the culinary action.

Freelance travel writer Manya Kaczkowski lives in Menomonee Falls. This article appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Wisconsin Trails.

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