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  CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER at WINGS OVER ALMA
110 N Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin 
608-685-3303 | info@almawisconsin.com 

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 BUFFALO COUNTY EVENTS


SPRING FLING WINE RELEASE PARTY
April 8th & 9th
Sponsor:  Great River Wine Trail
Participating Wineries:  Seven Hawks Vineyard & Danzinger Vineyard

SPRING FLOOD RUN
April 15th

CRIMES OF THE HEART
Play Presented By The Fountain City Players
April 19th-23rd
Location:  Fountain City Auditorium
Sponsor:  Fountain City Players

100 MILE GARAGE SALE
May 4th-7th | Nelson, Alma, Cochrane, Buffalo City & Fountain City

OPENING DAY | Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum
May 13th, Fountain City WI

NATIONAL FIELD TRAILS
June 17th-24th, Mondovi WI Area
Sponsor:  National Amateur Retriever Club
Host:  Nighthawk Retriever Club

BUFFALO COUNTY AGRICULTURE FAIR
August 3rd-6th
Location:  Buffalo County Fair Grounds, Mondovi
Sponsor:  Buffalo County Agriculture Fair Association

  AREA ATTRACTIONS
NELSON CHEESE FACTORY
NELSON CHEESE FACTORY
S237 State Highway 35
Nelson WI 54756

Web: www.nelsoncheese.com
Phone: 715.673.4725

Ice cream cones are a favorite with all visitors at the Nelson Cheese Factory.  The founders of the Nelson Cheese Factory made cheese for over 100 years. While they no longer make cheese, their offerings have been expanded to include cheese from Wisconsin and around the world as well as fine wines and a gourmet selection of food.
ELMER'S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM
ELMER'S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM
W903 Elmer's Road Off WI State Highway 95
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.elmersautoandtoymuseum.com
Phone: 608.687.7221
eMail: Elmerstoys@yahoo.com

With hundreds of muscle, antique, and classic cars and trucks as well as pedal cars and thousands of antique toys, tools, and dolls, Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country and a fantastic attraction every family member will enjoy! Family owned and operated since 1994, Elmer's Museum is located on Eagle Bluff, which is the highest point along the Mississippi River. The view of the river valley is one of the best in the area!
PIZZA FARMS!!!
STONE BARN PIZZA           BARN AGAIN LODGE PIZZA
S685 County Road KK S3683 Lovely Road
Nelson WI  54611 Mondovi WI  54755
Web: www.nelsonstonebarn.com Phone: 715.946.3433
Phone: 715.673.4478
  
SUNCREST GARDENS FARM           FARM TO FORK RETREAT
S2257 Yaeger Valley Road S193 County Road BB
Cochrane WI  54622 Mondovi WI  54755
Web:  www.suncrestgardensfarm/pizza Web:  www.dancingyarrow.com
Phone: 608.626.2122 Phone: 715.833.9975

Pizza On The Farm ... A Buffalo County Favorite!  They come here by the hundreds to enjoy a slice of pizza from a wood-fired pizza oven topped with locally grown and sourced ingredients.  A country setting, some back road driving, a little live music and a slice of pizza make it heaven!


A Slice of Country: Pizza Farms in Wisconsin by Midwest Living Magazine


OPEN SEASONALLY From May/June through September/October

Suncrest Gardens Farm | Cochrane ... Thursday & Friday are pizza nights
The Stone Barn | Nelson ... Friday, Saturday & Sunday are pizza nights
Barn Again Lodge | Mondovi ... Wednesday is pizza night

Farm To Fork Retreat | Mondovi ... Thursday-Saturday are pizza nights

BARN QUILT TRAIL

BARN QUILT TRAIL, Located throughout Buffalo County
4H Barn Quilt Map  

Buffalo County's Barn Quilt Trail offers more than 20 quilts to view.  The barn quilt featured above is located on the Keys Property next to Mirror Lake in Mondovi, Buffalo County, WI.  Most barn quilts are sponsored by the local 4H organizations but there are also private barn quilts around Buffalo County.

BUCKNUCKLES BAR & GRILL
BUCKNUCKLES BAR & GRILL
S1501 WI State Highway 88
Praag WI 54622

Phone: 608.685.4501

This local bar has become a destination in Buffalo County with their display of 1000s of collectibles and unique displays.  They're a great stop on a back road tour of Buffalo County.
KINSTONE CIRCLE
KINSTONE CIRCLE & KINSTONE ACADEMY
S3439 Cole Bluff Lane
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.kinstonecircle.com
Phone: 608.687.3332

Kinstone is a spectacular megalithic garden and working permaculture site located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin. This 4th generation family farmland has a stunning array of megalithic features including a large stone circle, labyrinth and standing stones with intentional alignments marking cardinal directions and passing of the seasons.


The thatched, cordwood chapel is a uniquely beautiful place of quiet solitude.  Kinstone is loaded with diverse plants and ecosystems with many interactive examples of permaculture techniques and approaches including natural buildings, a pond, acres of oak/hickory woodland, terraces & swales, hundreds of young nut and fruit trees, restored prairie/savanna, food forests, garden beds and more.
BUFFALO COUNTY FAIR
BUFFALO COUNTY AGRICULTURE FAIR
Buffalo County Fair Grounds
Mondovi WI 54755

Web: www.buffalocountyfairwi.com

The Buffalo County Agriculture Fair has a long and vibrant history that started in 1872.  The original mission was set up by the Buffalo County Agriculture Society and includes "...improvement of agriculture, and the study of the kindred arts and sciences."  Today the Fair is run by the Buffalo County Agriculture Fair Association and works collaboratively with UW-Extension in Alma WI.  Entertainment has changed over the years, people have come and gone, but the mission and county community commitment remain the same.

The Buffalo County Fairgrounds are located in Mondovi WI and the annual fair takes place the first week of August.  Features include a carnival, rides, food & drink stands, displays, judging, contests, music and more.
A VISIT TO ALMA IS A VISIT TO
BUFFALO COUNTY, WISCONSIN

Buffalo County is blessed with an abundance of activities for those interested in wineries, hiking & biking, canoeing & boating, nature, birds  & wildlife, back road driving, train & river activity, museums, history and so much more. 

 

There are quaint lodging options and restaurants with local fare in each river town.  Local shopping provides an opportunity to find that unique item that will provide a memory of your travels

 

It's impossible to separate the attractions of Alma, Wisconsin from Buffalo County.  When you come to visit you'll experience all of the beauty and natural resources of both. 

  • Mississippi River and Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge are an obvious visitor choice. 
  • Buffalo River, Chippewa River, Trempealeau River and Waumandee Creek are beautiful county waterways. 
  • Backroads of Buffalo County are paved two-lane roads with little to no traffic.  They're favorites for driving throughout the year. 
  • Being part of the Driftless Area, Buffalo County offers a topography that can only be found in this part of the United States and Siberia ... we prefer Buffalo County!
    NATURAL AREAS & TRAILS
      CITY TRAILS
         Stairstep Streets (Alma WI)
           13 sets of stairs connect 1st and 2nd Street)
         Buena Vista Trail (Alma WI, from the city to top of the bluff)
         Mossy Hollow Trails (Alma WI, from cemetery to top of the bluff)
         Thrive! Park (Nelson WI; 25 acres of bluff side & bluff top)
         Twin Bluffs Trail (Nelson WI, Mississippi Valley Conservancy project)
         Whitman Dam Dike Trail (Buffalo City WI, DNR project)

      CAMPGROUND TRAILS
         Eagle Valley Trails (Campground, Fountain City)

      STATE TRAILS (Rails to Trails Projects)

         Great River State Trail (Marshland to Onalaska)
         Buffalo River State Trail (Mondovi to Osseo)
         Chippewa River State Trail (Durand to Eau Claire)

         Wisconsin State Trail Pass
             Trail users must purchase their state trail pass before using the trail.
             Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees.

      STATE NATURAL AREAS & PARKS
        Merrick State Park (Fountain City)
         Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area (Nelson)
         Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area (Nelson)
         Tiffany State Natural Area (Nelson)
         Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area (Nelson)
         Trempealeau River Meadow State Natural Area (Marshland)        
         Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest State Natural Area (Buffalo City)

      NATIONAL TRAILS
         Mississippi River Trail (Biking Trail)
         Wisconsin Great River Road National Scenic Byway

      NATIONAL REFUGES
         Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
         Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
 
 AREA ATTRACTIONS
MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE &
FOUNTAIN CITY BREWING

THE MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE
19 N Main Street
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.monarchtavern.com
Phone: 608.687.4231


Fountain City hosts one of the longest running taverns in Wisconsin, The Monarch Tavern.  Operating since 1894, the tavern has never closed its doors and now operates as the Monarch Public House.


The Monarch is also home to Fountain City Brewing Company, tapping five original recipes every day.  Their flagship beer, Fountain Brew, springs from the pages of Fountain City's own history.  The original Fountain Brew was brewed from 1856 to 1965. After the brewery was closed and later demolished, the popular local beer disappeared.  In 1997, with the help of retired assistant brew master Wilbert Schmitt and the historical brewing records he saved, the Fountain Brew recipe was brewed, tasted and approved by Schmitt for rebirth.  The Monarch is the only place you can find the Fountain City brews on tap.

WALNUT GROVE GOLF COURSE
WALNUT GROVE GOLF COURSE
211 Walnut Grove Drive
Cochrane WI 54622

Web: www.walnutgrovegolf.com
Phone: 608.248.2800


An 18-hole public golf course nestled in the Mississippi River bluffs near Cochrane, WI just a short 10 minute drive south of Alma, WI and directly on the Wisconsin Great River Road.  Over 6,080 yards, par 70.  This varied course offers challenges to beginners and advanced players alike.   Tee times are a breeze | Green fees are very affordable | Views are incredible.
MERRICK STATE PARK

MERRICK STATE PARK
S2965 State Highway 35
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/merrick/
Phone: 888.947.2757


River waters are a haven for summer and winter anglers. Nature lovers find endless enjoyment paddling, wildlife watching and hunting. The park offers camping, a nature center, scenic vistas, boating, fishing, canoeing, 3 hiking trails and 2 cross-country ski trails to choose from. River waters offer great fishing for summer and winter anglers.


         Wisconsin State Park Sticker
             Park users must purchase their state park sticker when entering.
             Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees.


The marshy back waters are home for egrets, herons, muskrats and otters. There are 2.5 miles of manicured trails which are easily traveled with very few hills. Two boat landings provide easy launching for all sizes of boats. Canoes can be rented at the office. Shore fishing is very accessible for visitors without watercraft.


Try hiking some of the nature trails along the Mississippi's backwaters or have a picnic near the river. Three miles of hiking trails course through majestic terrain. These ungroomed trails are available in winter for cross-country skiing. One of the trails may be found behind the park's nature center. Boating is a popular recreation at Merrick State Park. Two ramps give access to anglers, boaters and canoeists. Canoes may be rented from the park office.


Merrick State Park's 322 acres are located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region and the Driftless Area.  Popular with anglers and boaters.  Home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants.  Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.
PRAIRIE MOON

PRAIRIE MOON SCULPTURE GARDEN
52727 Prairie Moon Road Off WI State Highway 35
Cochrane WI 54629

Web: www.kohlerfoundation.org/preservation/preserved-sites/prairie-moon-sculpture-garden-and-museum/
Phone: 608.687.9983


In 1952 retired farmer, fiddler, and folk artist Herman Rusch (1885-1985) began transforming the former Prairie Moon dance pavilion into a museum of antiques and natural curiosities.  He created nearly forty sculptures and flower planters of locally quarried stone and concrete, embellishing them with glass, shells, and other found items.  His sculptures include a graceful 267-foot arched fence, dinosaurs, temple, tiered fountain, watchtower, spires, and self-portrait bust.


In 1992 the Kohler Foundation purchased and began restoration of the Prairie Moon Museum and Sculpture Garden as part of its ongoing commitment to the preservation of significant art environments by self-taught artists.  The Kohler Foundation has donated the site to the local community to be maintained as a public art site.


The museum building includes an interpretive exhibit and displays of various artifacts. A collection of miniature stone and concrete buildings modeled after the nearby village of Cochrane is also found inside the building.  The miniature village was created by Depression Era artist Fred Schlosstein.  Twenty-five additional sculptures by Schlosstein, including a boy fishing in a pond, animals, planters, and an archway, were preserved and installed in a circular area near the parking lot in 2008.


Another recent addition to the site is the Fountain City Rock Garden, created by John and Bertha Mehringer of nearby Fountain City during the 1930's.  These stone sculptures, representing a wishing well, windmills, columns, and a bird house, are located adjacent to a one-acre planting of prairie flowers and grasses.


Picnic tables offer views of the sculptural display, colorful flower beds, and nearby forested bluffs.  Waumandee Creek, a quiet tributary of the Mississippi, borders the property and is home to abundant wildlife.

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CITIES, VILLAGES & TOWNS

Alma    

Bluff Siding

Buffalo City

Cochrane

Cream

Czechville

Fountain City

Gilmanton

Herold

Lookout

Marshland

Maxville

Misha Mokwa

Modena

Mondovi      

Montana

Nelson

Praag

Tell

Urne

Waumandee