If you’re a resident of Wisconsin, chances are you aren’t afraid of a little snow and ice; in fact, Sauk City is one of the biggest destinations in the state for snowmobilers, and nearby Indian Lake County Park is popular even in winter. Still, it helps to have some local things to do in mind when you want to ward off the winter blues.
Go On a Mini Cheese Tour
Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, and other nearby
cities are part of the “Wisconsin Cheese Tour.” In Sauk City, head to Carr
Valley Cheese for awesome artisan cheeses. Cedar Grove Cheese over in Plain
also features an excellent selection, and you can round it out with some wine
from Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.
Ride a Snowmobile to Green Acres
Green Acres is a popular “supper club,” a
dining establishment that doubles as a social club. With a bar and a broad
selection of different menu items at different price points, it’s appealing for
a variety of moods and events. Try the specialties, like prime rib or fish fry.
Indian Lake County Park
Snow can make a beautiful backdrop to nature’s
scenery, so why not bundle up and head to Indian Lake County Park? There’s even
a segment of the popular “Ice Age trail” here, which extends 1,100 miles across
the entire state.
If you need a vehicle to keep up with your winter adventures, contact the team at Courtesy Ford.
Are you ready to have some summer fun? We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City think Sauk City has a lot to offer. Check out these fun day trips in Sauk City you can take with friends or family.
Spend a day on the water of the Wisconsin River. Whether you love canoeing, kayaking, or tubing, you can do it all here. If you want to make it an overnight trip, you can camp out on the river banks.
Bender’s Bluff View Canoe Rentals
If you don’t have you own canoe but still want to enjoy the river, this company will rent out canoes to you as well as give you a specific route to follow along the lower Wisconsin River so that you’re sure to enjoy the scenes.
If you’re looking for an adults-only getaway, this winery is perfect. It’s both a winery and a distillery, so if you’re not a wine person, problem solved! You can tour the winery and vineyards as well as take part in a wine tasting.
Cameo Antique Mall
If you love antiques, or really if you love shopping, this is the place for you. The Cameo Antique Mall is a large antique store with nearly everything you can imagine, from furniture to old books.
Hop in your Ford today and check out these neat places in Sauk City.
The Consumer Electronics Show and North American International Auto Show held this week will see this debut of the next-gen autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid.
The new autonomous Fusion is built on Ford’s previous autonomous platform but features a few upgrades that improve sensing and processing. New computer hardware allows for faster processing speeds, and sensors have been moved and revamped to see around the vehicle more easily.
The Fusion’s new LiDAR sensors were redesigned to have a more targeted field of vision that allows for just two sensors instead of four while taking in the same amount of data. The virtual driver system has also evolved for the new generation.
According to Ford, the autonomous Fusion’s processor will generate a terabyte of data in a single hour, a massive amount that is “more than the average person would use in mobile phone data in 45 years.” The Ford-developed software system then processes the data generated and uses it to tell the car what to do.
Ford’s ultimate goals are to develop a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t require a driver to operate and to make an autonomous vehicle available for sale by 2021. Last August Ford said that unlike most automakers, who believe the auto industry will shift gradually toward autonomous vehicles, Ford believes the entire industry must make the switch in one go.
Depending on where you live and the sort of driving you do, you may or may not need winter tires. Snow tires are great for getting better traction on snow and ice, but they also have their disadvantages.
First of all, if you do live in an area that gets heavy snowfall in the winter, you should seriously consider getting winter tires. Because they’re made of softer material and have specially designed tread to grip onto the slickest surfaces, snow tires can prevent accidents by giving you more stopping power and keeping you from sliding off the road.
Very low temperatures are also a good reason to get winter tires. If you live somewhere northern where it gets extremely cold in the winter, your all-season tires will harden, reducing traction even further. The softer rubber of winter tires stays more pliant.
On the downside, you can’t drive on winter tires all year, so you will have to switch them out when the weather starts to warm up, which can be a hassle. Because of their soft materials, they wear down quickly, and their extra grippiness ruins dry roads.
All-season tires are meant to be driven year-round, and while they aren’t as good as winter tires on snow, they aren’t bad. So—do you need winter tires? If you live in a warmer area or a place with little snowfall, winter tires are probably an unnecessary investment. Otherwise, they’re likely worth the cost.
Winter is Wisconsin is quite lovely!
Courtesy Ford loves the beauty that winter in Wisconsin brings. In fact, winters in Wisconsin can even be a bit magical with enchanting areas complete with ice palaces, snow caves, and other fairy tale fun. Here are some of our favorite frozen areas of Wisconsin.
The Ice Project – This ice creation is built over time as layers of water freeze on cables. The project is ever changing, so you may want to visit multiple times throughout the winter.
Ice Palace – Each year a different ice castle is constructed along Eagle River’s downtown. This castle is created by hand sawing blocks of ice from the frozen lake. This palace looks like a fairytale come to life and has been a tradition since the 1920s.
Ice Caves – Accessible only when Lake Superior is frozen, a bridge is formed from land to caves. These caves are composed of thousands of gigantic icicles and frozen glass floors. These caves appear to be created by a snow queen and have a magical appearance.
Trollway in Mt. Horeb – Mt. Horeb is known as the Troll Capital of the World and has 15 hand-carved trolls throughout its quaint downtown. The village is rooted in Scandinavian folklore and each year hosts the Scandihoovian Winter Festival which features troll making and old Viking games.
Ice Climbing – This is becoming a popular adventurist hobby in Wisconsin. It is similar to rock climbing, but on snow and ice. There are many frozen waterfalls, mountains, and other frozen areas in Wisconsin for this great activity.
These wonderful winter attractions are weather dependent, so be sure to check the individual sites before visiting. If you need a dependable car to get you to all these enchanting winter activities, stop by Courtesy Ford and we will get you matched with the perfect vehicle for all your travel needs.
Restaurants in Sauk City
When you’re shopping for cars, you can build up quite an appetite! After spending a day test driving at a dealership, a great idea is to gather your thoughts over lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. Sauk City, Wisconsin has many scrumptious eateries within driving distance of Courtesy Ford. Here are some of our favorites.
- Culver’s: You might have eaten at this fast food chain serving up ButterBurgers and frozen custard, but did you know the first location was founded in Sauk City in 1894? Have a bite of delicious history!
- Windmill Pizzeria and Sour Dough Co.: Fresh bubbling cheese, unique toping combinations, and perfectly fired crust make this artisan pizzeria a winner. The pizza tastes so good, you’ll actually eat the crust!
- Dorf Haus Supper Club: Everything—from the food to the music to the décor—is German at this scrumptious supper club. Known for its Friday fish fry and schnitzel, this is a favorite of Sauk City locals.
- Leystra’s Venture Restaurant: Everyone will feel at home at this casual, family-style eatery. It might not be extravagant, but the home-style grub will make your tastebuds feel like royalty. Save room for pie!
What are your favorite restaurants to eat at in Sauk City?