Spring Green is a quintessential southern Wisconsin town – small and friendly with lots of artsy, creative folks. Many visitors coming to Spring Green don’t even visit they town. Instead, they head of to Taliesen, the American Players Theatre or The House on the Rock. While all excellent places to visit, Spring Green itself is a wonderful afternoon day-trip location. Throughout the year there are numerous arts festivals and tours, a film fest, and a literary festival. You don’t need an specific event to visit, though.

The town is dotted with some very interesting bits of architecture – in particular the bank on Jefferson St. and St Luke’s Catholic Church. Arcadia Books is the perfect bookstore, small and intimate with a wide variety of unique titles. The Spring Green General Store is an institution. Stop by a delicious meal, live music, funky clothing, and tchotchkes of all sorts.

Just outside of Spring Green are a few other delights – the Wisconsin Desert and Peck’s Landing, one of the best beaches/canoe launches for miles around. Located directly across the Wisconsin River from Taliesen, Peck’s Landing is packed on a hot summer’s day. Wear shoes to get down to the water (the sand is baking and there is occasionally broken glass). Once on the shore, there are miles of sandy beach next to the shallow but cool and swiftly flowing river. Plop down with a lawn chair, umbrella and sunblock. Wade, swim, toast in the sun, knosh and chat. As an added bonus, dogs are welcome.

On the way back home, stop by one of the Peck’s Farm Stands. In addition to produce, they also sell cheese, candies, cookies made by the Amish (or perhaps just made with crack) plus both feature petting farms for the kiddies.