Paula has generously shared her favorite escape with all of us: "Since this month's theme is escapes, I thought I'd send you a link to my favorite close-by spot. I debated long and hard because it's getting harder and harder to get a reservation, but I like the owner so much I want him to be busy and have a full calendar. "
"Just 2 ½ hours away in Albany, Wisconsin is this paradise: Little Sugar River Farm. The design of the house won an architecture award and it's truly my favorite place in the world. Not a B&B – you have the whole main house to yourself – but an actual small-scale organic farm."
"The house is about ¼ mile from the 20-some mile Little Sugar River bike trail (runs between New Glarus & Brodhead – the farm is pretty much smack in the middle) and also very close to the new Badger State trail that runs from Freeport, IL to Madison. Guests have complete privacy in the beautifully appointed house and use of any produce from the farm to cook with. Frank, the owner, also has a commercial kitchen on the premises and can cook dinner for a small fee.
What I find to be extra nice is that the surrounding towns despite being small have a lot going for them. Monticello has an excellent restaurant that could stand up to any in Chicago. Paoli has several lovely galleries and the main one has a great lunch spot. Mineral Point is also just a short drive and has galleries and a small historic area focusing on the mining tradition in the area. New Glarus has a great brewery and several Swiss-style restaurants and pubs.
I could go on and on – I've been going up here since Frank opened up about 5 years ago and every time I come up I discover a new town with something different to offer. If small towns aren't your thing Madison is only about 30-40 minutes away. Also – you don't have to do anything – there is a great porch swing, a gazebo with a fire pit, comfy furniture to lounge on, a two-person whirlpool tub, even in-call masseuse if you're so inclined. And for all this, the rates are very, very reasonable.
Sorry to gush – as I always joke, "no, I'm not on Frank's payroll – he still charges me when I stay, " but I really, really love the place and because of the unique design (and green design – the farm is on a former woodlot and he used many of the cleared trees for furniture, cabinets and flooring) I think it would be a great feature for this month's theme.
Paula K (I post comments as Tobermory)"
Thanks very much, Paula, for risking a booked reservation schedule in the future and sending us your escape. It really looks like a very beautiful place to spend some time - we'd love to hear follow-ups if anyone makes a visit Little Sugar River Farm.
We'll be looking at Escapes for the rest of the month and would love to hear from more of you - please send us info on your favorite getaway, photos from your trips, or shots of what you've brought back in place at your home to chicago (at) apartmenttherapy (dot) com.