Wisconsin is home to many things known around the world but rarely are so many of those found inside of a single county. Today on Discover Wisconsin, we’re touring Sheboygan County’s renowned offerings and showing you why it’s the county known around the world.
We begin with a bit of history with some help from Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wade House Historic Site, which gives its visitors a firsthand experience of life in the mid-1800s. Visitors are taken on a trip through time as they tour a working, water-powered saw mill, blacksmith, and historical hotel! Another big piece of Sheboygan County’s history comes from its many pillar companies that have helped to shape the county over the years. Our host, Andrea Boehlke, visits with Louie Gentine of Sargento Foods and Laura Kohler of The Kohler Company to learn more about these iconic companies’ beginnings.
What episode of Discover Wisconsin would be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine? Eric Paulsen visits the city of Sheboygan where the Sheboygan hard roll was born and a husband and wife team have brought an authentic taste of Italy to the county with their 4 (FOUR) must-see restaurants. Eric sits down with Stefano and Whitney Viglietti to learn about Trattoria Stefano, Il Ritrovo, Field to Fork, and Stefano’s Slo Food Market, which are all located on the same block of downtown Sheboygan and offer some of the best food that you’ll find anywhere. If that wasn’t already enough, Eric also has the scoop on a regular food truck meetup that will ensure that everyone in your family can find something delightful to eat in one location.
Golfing professionals may already be aware of Sheboygan County’s astounding golf courses but it is time for everyone else to get in the know! Eric checks in with several local golf courses that offer one-of-a-kind golfing experiences for golfers of any skill level. Destination Kohler offers two locations, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, that have become known around the world by hosting the Ryder Cup and PGA Championships. While they are challenging for the professional golfer, these beautiful courses remain accessible to novice golfers as well thanks to the thoughtful consideration put into their design by Pete Dye. Eric also visits the Quit Qui Oc Golf Club and Sunset Hills Golf Course & Driving Range where it’s clear that this is a community that loves golfing and is ensuring that the game stays thriving for generation after generation of golfers.
We couldn’t spend time this close to Lake Michigan and not go fishing, so Eric met up with local charter fishing expert, Dumper Dan. Yes, that's really his name. Yes, we ask him about it. Dumper Dan has been in the business for decades and his fleet of boats regularly haul in some of the best freshwater fish that you can find.
Lastly, before leaving town, Eric dries off at Road America to catch a few races. We asked around and can confirm that this track is THE favorite of so many drivers and fans alike. There’s nothing like the speed (and sound) that these cars can hit on a straightaway!
Whether you’re visiting by land or by sea, Sheboygan County has something for everyone. Come experience some world-class living right here in Wisconsin!