The Best Amish Goods Are Found in the Driftless Area
The traditional Amish culture in America, which emphasizes simple living, plain dress, and resistance to modern conveniences like electricity, dates back to as early as the 16th century. Amish families have been a feature of the Driftless Area since the mid 1960’s, and their horse-drawn buggies are often seen along the roadside throughout Driftless Wisconsin. One of the many benefits of spending some time in the Driftless Area is being able to take home beautiful and delicious Amish-made goods. These families have kept up with once-commonplace traditions, such as wood working, furniture making, quilt making, basket weaving, baking, and candy making. Book your room at our Driftless Area Vacation Rental today, and set aside a day of shopping for the best Amish Goods Wisconsin has to offer.
A Country Tour for Amish Goods
Though Amish goods can be found at both the Viroqua and Ferryville Farmer’s Markets, we think a better way to discover the Amish heritage is by driving through the country roads of Driftless Wisconsin. Not only will you be treated to beautiful vistas along the way, but if you keep your eyes open for handmade signs advertising Amish goods, you’ll be in for a treat as well. Cashton is an easy hour long road trip from our Vacation Rental, and is by far the place to be if you’re in search of the finest homemade Amish goods. Just outside of Cashton, you’ll find one of the largest American Amish settlements, which is currently home to over 300 Amish families.
To get to Cashton, head north from our Homestead towards Westby. Along the way, you’ll pass through the charming town of Viroqua, which would be a great place to stop for some early shopping. Fun places to explore here are the Ewetopia Fiber Shop, Bramble Book Store, Simply Country, and Viva Art Gallery. Consider staying in Viroqua for lunch, and dining at the exquisite Driftless Cafe, where fresh local food is always on the menu. Afterwards, continue north through the Scandinavian town of Westby, and on to Cashton. Along the way, enjoy the rugged hills and scenic farms that make this area so attractive. Once in the Cashton area, keep on the lookout for handmade signs along Highway 33 advertising those sought after Amish goods. An excellent place to begin your exploration of Amish Country is Down A Country Road, where you’ll find Amish goods and plenty of information. Make sure you don’t travel to Cashton on a Sunday though, as the Amish farms and stores won’t be open to you then. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping for the day, head back home by way of Wildcat Mountain State Park, where you’ll find beautiful views overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, before once again settling into your room at our beautiful Driftless Area Vacation Rental.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI