National Historic Cheesemaking Center
Just 45 miles south of Madison is a must-stop for any cheese lover. The National Historic Cheesemaking Center in Monroe is a trip to the heart of America’s Dairyland. Part museum and part active cheesemaking hub, Monroe is the “Gateway to Cheese Country” as well as the official “Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.” This little, quaint town has a rich heritage and state of the art technology. Learn all about cheesemaking and enjoy endless samples of cheese, beer and wine at this fun-filled outing.
It’s where the manual cheesemaking tradition began in the 1850s. This little farmstead boasts claim to the very first Wisconsin limburger cheese (1868) and by the early 1900s there were over 300 cheese factories in the Monroe region. During this cheesy tour, guests learn all about the history and innovation that made this slice of Wisconsin so famous.
Tours are led by docents who are often knowledgeable veteran cheesemakers in their own right. In the Imobersteg Cheese Factory, renovated and open to the public, you’ll see where the annual 90-pound Swiss cheese wheel is made—just like it has been for more than a century. Nearby, cheese stores, attractions and more give you all the ooey, gooey cheesiness your heart desires.
Group and bus tours are available year-round, but book early. Everyone knows a trip to Wisconsin isn’t complete without a trip to cheese country, so these tours fill up fast.