Wisconsin overnighter heads-up

UPDATE 08/31/2009:  Check out this post for suggested hotel information. 

Plans are in the works for an overnight trip to the New Glarus area of Wisconsin on October 3rd and 4th.  We are planning a mix of driving and sightseeing activites, plus leaving time for you to explore the area on your own or in smaller groups.

Here are some of the details we have so far..

WHEN: Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th

WHERE: Start at the Beloit rest stop off I90 [Map Link] we will be departing at 9am.  Destination is in the New Glarus area.

WHO: This event is open to Chicago MINI Motoring Club members, and all MINI (and Mini) friends, including members of the MilwaukeeMINIs,  Madison Mad City MINIs, Minis In Northern Illinois, and the Eastern Iowa MINIs.

We are currently working on hotel information,  There are several in the local area, and we will try to list a few choices in different price ranges, including camping. 

We are also looking to see if we can get a group rate at one of the hotels, so if you are interested in attending this event, please add a comment to help us estimate how many people to plan for!!

  • Paul&Kim

    We are very interested, sounds like a fun time.

  • Adam

    I am also very interested!!

  • Marco

    I am so in.

  • Planning is well underway! I’m looking forward to this trip.

  • Rose

    Count me in for two.

  • Will pass on the invitation to our club members.

  • DanielM (&Basil)

    I’m in!

  • Kevin Bleicher

    Carolyn and I are interested……

  • I hope you’re planning on touring the brewery there?


    mmmmm New Glarus Brewing! I’d love to see their new brewery, but will be on my way home from BMWCCA Oktoberfest in GA that weekend.


  • The Seeker

    I’m in !

  • Things are looking good that I will be going along. There is a Myeloma Conference that I might attend on the 3rd so I may be playing catch-up that day. I’ll have to see the agenda for the conference.

  • Mary Beth Schall

    Is there a way to join the group there? We live in Madison.
    Mary Beth and Doug Schall

  • Taylor

    I’m in! Conrad talked me into it. Hotel reservations made.

  • John & Tommy

    scheduled to be in Iowa that weekend. Bummer!

  • Just got off the phone with the brewery. They are open from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There are two entrances to their facility located at 2400 State Highway 69. The entrance at the bottom of the hill is the one recommended to avoid confusion. My girlfriend and I will be joining you all and will definitely be hitting the brewery.

  • Lynn & Marc Powers

    Put us down for one car and two people.

  • Kes

    Interested, cannot confirm yet.

  • Brad

    Sounds like fun! I’ve been missing Wisconsin! And New Glarus? Let’s have some Spotted Cow!

  • JonneyO

    I would love to be part of your ride Saturday and/or Sunday. Do you have and details for starting points and destinations?

  • Kathy

    Can you supply a meet up time/place for the Sunday portion of the drive? Thanks!

    Kathy aka Twisty Sister

  • Paul

    Hi Kathy,

    Many of us are planning on eating brunch at the Chalet Landhaus ($12.50 pp). I’ll probably get there about 8:30am. Others may be earlier or later. Let me know if you’d like to eat there so I can notify thier staff.

    In any case, we’re departing the Chalet Landhaus Inn at 10:00 AM for a 1 hour scenic back roads drive to Mt Horeb. There we’ll visit the Mustard Museum and if people want, have lunch. Then at 12:30, we’re heading down to Monroe to visit a cheese factory. Back roads drive of about 2 hours.

    Those that don’t want to drive south with us can (or wake up late and want to hang out a bit in New Glarus) can visit Cave in the Mounds or Little Norway.

    We’ll have more details up tomorrow!

  • John S.

    Hi, I’m very interested in the drive and other fun. Not sure if the over night is something that I am able to do due to schedule, is there any additional info you could send. I would like to join up with you on Sunday if possible.
    John S.

  • Kes

    Yeah… I might be able to do one day of the two… which one will have more twisty roads??? ;)))

  • Paul

    Hi John,

    Check out the new post:


    It has full details on times and locations. The plan for Sunday is to leave at 10 am from New Glarus, drive to Mt Horeb, then down to Monroe.

    Hi Kes,

    I’m really looking forward to the Saturday afternoon drive from Monroe to New Glarus. It’s got great pacing and flow. Very scenic too.

    The Sunday drives are also really nice, a 1 hour drive to Mt Horeb, then a choice of 2 drives down to Monroe – 2 hr and 3 hr options!

    Hope to see you both this weekend!


  • Taylor

    Really sorry to have to cancel my trip. My car is now having check-engine issues and I’m just not comfortable coming on the trip. Have been calculating flat-bed charges from New Glarus to Chicago. lol Very bummed not to be there. Taylor