Wisconsin Coffee Shops: Make it a Day Trip

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee during Wisconsin’s chilly months. We’ve put together some of our favorite coffee shops and cafés in the state. Grab a friend, a drink, some homemade bakery and hit the road! Trust us, you’ll need the energy so you can check out all the activities and attractions nearby. Here are a few itineraries to get you started:

Mission Hill Coffee House – La Pointe

After exploring the shoreline, visit Mission Hill Coffee and warm up with a cup of joe. You’ll feel right at home amid the smiling staff and chattering locals. For supper, dine with a view at The Pub Restaurant and Wine Bar where every seat is the best seat in the house.

Alterra Coffee at the Lake – Milwaukee

Built in 1888, this historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station was transformed into a lakeside hotspot. Try one (or two) of the made-from-scratch bakery treats. Then, take a walk through Veteran’s Park or head to the Milwaukee Public Museum to explore a tropical garden of butterflies, stroll the Streets of Old Milwaukee, or take in an IMAX show. For dinner, visit the Harbor House to enjoy fresh seafood, an endless wine list, and more picturesque views of the lake.

Uphill Grind Bicycle & Coffee – Cross Plains

Uphill Grind is a full service coffee and bicycle shop. Bring your wheels or saddle up with a new ride and hit the shop’s favorite route, the Spring Valley Loop. On the way, stop at Indian Lake Park and visit the historical chapel, built in 1857, for photo opportunities and a breathtaking view of the lake and valley. Then, return to the shop to warm up with a cup of coffee from local roasters.

Amherst Coffee Company – Waupaca

Start your day winding through the city on the River Ridge Trail. Then treat yourself with Amherst Coffee Co.’s gourmet coffees, teas, chocolates, cheesecakes and candies. On Wednesdays and Fridays September through May, and also on Saturdays June through August, meander on over to the Holly History and Genealogy Center and get lost in the local history books, documents, photos, maps and more. For dinner, Johnson’s Waupaca Woods Restaurant offers fireside dinning and colorful local history.

Schroeder’s Department Store & Red Bank Coffeehouse – Two Rivers

Kick start your morning at Red Bank Coffeehouse, located in Schroeder’s, one of the country’s oldest independent department stores. From there, take a walk around the block and tour the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, printing and production of wood type. For dinner, grab a seat at Water’s Edge Restaurant, located in Lighthouse Inn on the lake. You’ll be treated to a panoramic view of the water and weekend entertainment.

Got any favorite coffee shops that offer more than a caffeine fix? Share them with us!

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