The Sheboygan and Kohler Loop: Off-The-Beaten-Track Destinations

Sheboygan and Kohler are known for their picture-perfect location on the shores of Lake Michigan and also being premier golfing destinations. One day my colleagues from the law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens sat down and started brainstorming about some of the lesser-known destinations in the area. Later, a number of my friends joined the discussion. Read on to discover some of the lesser-known wonders of Wisconsin:

Douglas H. Frazer is a tax attorney at DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC. He, the lawyers and staff at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, and their friends, are delighted to share their compilation of terrific "off the beaten track" places to visit in Wisconsin.

The Kohler Design Center – Kohler

Affectionately known as the “toilet museum,” the Design Center displays Kohler Company bathroom fixtures in ways colorful and imaginative. Everybody likes this place. The Design Center sits in the middle of Kohler village just steps away from the American Club Resort and the Kohler plant.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center – Sheboygan

Speaking of bathrooms, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has the most fantastic public bathrooms that you’ll ever see. Each is its own work of art. Guests are encouraged to knock on the door to make sure the facilities are not in use, and then go in and admire the bathrooms of the opposite gender. I once took a carload of high school hockey players to check it out after a game and they loved it. The rest of the museum, focusing on modern art, is first rate too.

Lunch at Whistling Straits or Blackwolf Run – Kohler

Enjoy these famous golf courses for a fraction of the cost of a round. Just show up to the clubhouse for lunch to take it all in. The prices are reasonable and the views are outstanding. (Recommended by Dennis S. and Edward B.)

Kohler-Andrae State Park – Sheboygan

Just south of Sheboygan on Lake Michigan is Kohler-Andrae State Park. The park features a beautiful Lake Michigan beach and plenty of scenic trails.  It may be even better in the off-season.

Trattoria Stefano, Il Ritrovo, Field to Fork, and The Duke of Devon – Sheboygan

Stefano Viglietti is a self-taught chef who, with his wife, owns and operates these four outstanding restaurants. These have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Apetit, Saveur Magazine, the New York Times Magazine online, the Milwaukee Magazine, the Madison Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times.

Concours D’Elegance – Elkhart Lake

A traditional race weekend event, you’ve got to add this to your 2013 event list. Held July 19-20, 2013, vintage race cars parade into the Village of Elkhart Lake from Road America and line up to vie for the title of Best in Show. On Saturday evening, vintage streetcars are displayed on Lake Street.

We hope you are able to explore a few of these destinations and enjoy all that Wisconsin has to offer.

Douglas H. Frazer, a tax attorney at DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC, moved with his family to Fox Point in 1994. The couple’s children, Nathan and Jacob, both played youth and high school hockey, and the schedule of games and tournaments occasioned visits to many small out-of-the way destinations all over the state. Thus, the genesis of the list. Frazer, the lawyers and staff at DeWitt Ross & Stevens, and their friends, are delighted to share their compilation of terrific “off the beaten track” places to visit in Wisconsin.

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