House on the Rock Trip: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

By Rachel Hershberger
Staff Writer

Coming in as one of the world’s most bizarre tourist attractions, House on the Rock in Spring Green draws visitors from around the globe to see firsthand the maze left behind by Alex Jordan, Jr.

Built atop a lofty stone column, House on the Rock is an extensive collection of one man’s imagination come to life. With everything from the world’s largest carousel to the Infinity Room jutting out over a 150-foot drop to an enormous sea creature longer than the Statue of Liberty is tall, House on the Rock is sure to entertain children and adults alike.

The entire complex of collections, gardens and buildings can take half a day to tour, so we recommend making a weekend of it! Check out our recommendations for lodging, dining and things to do nearby.

House on the Rock

Dining

Freddy Valentine’s Public House – Spring Green

Freddy Valentine’s is a classic former bank building on the outside but inside showcases a style inspired by Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with a kitchen visible from the center dining room and an ornate bar constructed from repurposed materials. Enjoy an English dish prepared with local ingredients at this pub.

Arthur’s Supper Club – Spring Green

Delivering one of Wisconsin’s finest traditions – the supper club – Arthur’s offers tasty meals and superb service. If you happen to stop in on the first Saturday of any month, be sure to order the prime rib buffet. You won’t be disappointed.

The Shed – Spring Green

If a pizza is what you’re in search of, The Shed is the place for you. While you wait, enjoy a round of pool or try your luck on the gaming machines while drinking a beer from one of five local breweries.

Lodging

Walking Iron Bed & BreakfastMazomanie

To spend the evening at this 1865 brick Victorian Italianate bed & breakfast is to step back in time. Complete with iron beds, restored formal parlors, an ornate wraparound veranda and a stunning main staircase, we highly recommend The Waking Iron for your weekend getaway.

The House on the Rock Resort & Golf – Spring Green

Located just eight miles from the House on the Rock attraction, the resort features two-room suites and features everything from dining and spa services to 27 holes of championship golf.

The House on the Rock InnDodgeville

Book a stay at the inn and take your pick of relaxing at the indoor or outdoor pool after spending the day exploring The House on the Rock. The kids will love the 45-foot submarine in their own play pool!

Spring Green Motel – Spring Green

Just a mile from Spring Green and roughly 10 minutes from the House on the Rock, the Spring Green Motel gives you a quiet space of gardens and gazebos to relax. Get up early for the continental breakfast, and plan to unwind around the fire pit after sunset.

Things to Do

Tower Hill State Park – Spring Green

Tackle the challenging bluff trails or stroll the easier routes to visit the park’s restored shot tower and melting house that from 1832 to 1860 were used to manufacture lead shot. The stunning panoramic views of the Wisconsin River Valley are only the cherry on top of this state park.

Cedar Grove CheesePlain

Fresh curds made daily, need we say more? Stop by Cedar Grove Cheese for some of Wisconsin’s finest specialty and organic cheeses since 1878.

Taliesin – Spring Green

Take a tour of the 800-acre National Historic Landmark known as the Taliesin Estate. Home to six Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures, including his personal home, this property offers an inspiring look into the life of the Wisconsin son hailed as America’s greatest architect.

American Players Theatre – Spring Green

As one of the country’s most popular outdoor classical theaters, this Shakespearean troupe offers five rotating plays during the summer months. Arrive early and grill on-site at the theater’s picnic area before you head up the hill for a top-notch production under the stars.

Cave of the MoundsBlue Mounds

No matter the weather outside, the Cave at Cave of the Mounds remains a cool 50 degrees year-round, making it the perfect spot to tour in any season. Kids go crazy and so will you over the funky stalagmites, stalactites, and the 6-foot fossil of a giant cephalopod – relative of the squid!

Governor Dodge State Park – Dodgeville

Make a pit stop at this 5,300-acre park and leisure down the half-mile trail to Stephens Falls. If you want to spend some time outside, take the day to explore the nearly 40 miles of hiking trails or have a swim at one of the park’s two lakes. 

 

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