The budget of part-time work and a graduate school stipend does not allow for many of life’s luxuries, including an extended vacation. Nevertheless, my husband and I determined to get away even if it was just for a night. After finding a special discount at a charming-looking inn, we made our way to Sheboygan Falls. We encountered many raised eyebrows when we told people we were doing an overnight trip to Sheboygan Falls just to get away – it is a small town with admittedly little to do in the immediate vicinity. And it was just what we needed. We stayed at the Rochester Inn, where each room is actually a two-story suite, composed of a lower-level sitting room and an upstairs bedroom. Of course, the bathroom was outfitted with a lovely soaker tub, a reminder of the nearby Kohler factory. The innkeeper was very friendly, the rooms as charming as we had hoped for, and having breakfast delivered to us at the time of our choosing truly made it a relaxing stay.
We spent our first morning at Kohler Andrae State Park, one of our favorite Wisconsin parks. We walked along the cordwalk lining the dunes, taking in Lake Michigan’s sparkle and strong breeze, picnicked at one of the beach tables, and hiked through the woods. After checking in to the inn, we walked around Sheboygan Falls, which satisfied our wanderings with its quaint downtown. The falls themselves are picturesque. We browsed shops, our favorite being Evans Variety Store with the most incredible selection of boardgames that I have ever seen. To our delight we found domino trays designed for Mexican Train dominoes, a family favorite. We ate dinner at Firehouse Pizza, so called for its location in an old firehouse. Delicious thin-crust pizza and chicken parmesan, cherry pie, and a great atmosphere.
The following day after our in-room breakfast we headed to another Sheboygan gem, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Some of the exhibits were in transition, but the ones we saw were captivating, and since the museum is free, the roped off spaces didn’t bother us! We then debated going into Milwaukee, which would have been easy enough to do. But we opted (or perhaps I should say my sweet husband indulged my wishes) to do some baby errands, instead, looking at furniture and strollers and car seats and the like.
We ended the day back in Madison with dinner at one of our all-time favorites, Brasserie V. Best moules et frites in town. And an awesome beer selection (not that I’m able to partake of that these days).
As mini as our vacation was, it still felt like a vacation. Even though everything we did could have been done during a day trip. We both felt relaxed and refreshed. And we were still happy to return home.