6 Wisconsin cities ideal for a getaway

It’s sometimes easy to overlook some of the smaller spots that don’t get as much tourism buzz, but these six locations are ideal for a Wisconsin getaway.
lighthouse peaking out in to the lake
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Algoma

You could spend a lifetime exploring the little towns and interesting cities within the state’s borders. It’s sometimes easy to overlook some of the smaller spots that don’t get as much tourism buzz, but these six locations are ideal for a Wisconsin getaway.

Right under the Door County peninsula, 30 miles east of Green Bay, you’ll find Algoma (about three hours from Madison). On the shore of Lake Michigan, this quaint fishing town has sandy beaches, a beautiful lighthouse, state trails, a boardwalk and the von Stiehl winery, Wisconsin’s oldest licensed winery.

There’s more to Wisconsin’s north woods than Rhinelander, Minocqua and Hayward. Cable (about 4 hours and 45 minutes) and Bayfield (about 5 hours and 35 minutes) are just a road trip away for an “Up North” escape. Cable is a haven for outdoor adventurers in any season, and coastal Bayfield is best known for its watersport options, its status as a gateway to the Apostle Islands and its many berry and orchard farms, which have earned the city the title of Berry Capital of Wisconsin.

kayak going through apostle islands

Apostle Islands (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Milwaukee is an obvious choice for a close-by getaway, but consider checking out Cedarburg (about 1 hour and 45 minutes) for your next trip to the state’s southeast corridor. Make the 1886 bed-and-breakfast Washington House Inn your homebase and get to know this city, which has loads of historical charm.

Washington House Inn

Washington House Inn, Cedarburg (Courtesy of Doug Edmunds)

And we have to add Delafield (about 55 minutes) to the Milwaukee-adjacent list, too, especially for this reason: You need to dine at I.d., which offers American fare focused on Midwestern seasonality. This restaurant — led by executive chef Joe Heppe, who previously worked in kitchens in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison — should be on your must-stop list in Delafield.

Even closer is Milton (about 45 minutes), which might not be on your radar when you’re driving toward the southern stateline. Stop into the Milton House Museum to learn about this small town’s connection to the Underground Railroad.

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