Monroe is all about cheese. The art and business of making cheese has kept the city thriving for more than 100 years. Local cheese factories welcome visitors with samples and retail sales. You can pair your favorite cheeses with a local brew; the town’s Minhas Craft Brewery, founded in 1845, is the oldest continually operated brewery in the Midwest producing the smooth lagers, ales and bock beers of the Berghoff label.
Downtown, the Green County Courthouse, an imposing Romanesque-style building dating from 1891 with a 120-foot clock tower, anchors Monroe’s town square. Round out your tour with visits to Turner Hall, the Historic Cheesemaking Center, and the Monroe Arts Center.
Monroe is also a trailhead for the 47-mile Cheese Country Trail, popular with ATVers and motorcyclists. Bicyclists prefer the Badger State Trail, a 33-mile railbed conversion highlighted by the 120-year-old Stewart Tunnel between Monticello and Belleville.
The Garden Deli
Offering a garden-fresh bounty of homemade specialties, including made-to-order deli sandwiches, soups, stuffed baked potatoes and desserts. A hopping spot on...
Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern
Baumgartner's offers cheese sandwiches and hearty chili partnered with locally brewed beers. Since 1931, among the ways locals in Monroe have been enjoying...
A casual dining restaurant during the day and a little finer dining offered in the evening.
Wisconsin's Best Cheese Curds
Deep-fried cheese curds, difficult to find outside of Wisconsin, have been satisfying the craving of Wisconsinites and led out-of-staters on a hunt to try this...
Wisconsin’s Amazing Pie
Cherry, apple, lemon meringue or French silk—whatever pie you fancy, if you’re in Wisconsin, you’re close to a bakery or restaurant serving up pie as good as...