This is a quick post about the overnight we spent in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. We’ve hit up the Grumpy Troll for great burgers on several occasions on our way past the small town, but we have never stopped and checked it out like we did today. Since it’s within 2 minutes of being the exact middle-point between us and our friends in Iowa, it seems we may be meeting here more in the future.
Yesterday we spent the day sampling beers in Monroe and New Glarus and ended at the Grumpy Troll (again) in Mt. Horeb for our final sampling and a delicious dinner on the patio on a gorgeous August first. We hit the hay pretty early since we were all sloshing, but woke up bright and early to check out the town.
Along with some great shops, antiques and several yummy restaurants, Mt. Horeb is a cute little town, adorned by trolls. Here is a little history of the town:
“The Mount Horeb area was first settled by people of English, German, Irish, Norwegian, Scottish and Swiss descent, yet in the late 1800’s more than 75% of the community was Norwegian.
Trolls originated from early Scandinavian folklore. They are usually smaller beings, similar in size to dwarves or elves. Trolls tend to dwell in mounds or near the sea-in our case-“mounds” (nearby Blue Mounds)-and are known to have developed semi-magical powers such as prophecy and shape-shifting.
According to ancient Norwegian legend, trolls have long, crooked noses; only four fingers and toes; and a long, bushy tail. Trolls live to be hundreds of years old.
Most trolls are shaggy and look a bit frightening, but are mostly good-natured and naive. It is advised to maintain a good relationship with trolls as they are often known to be guarding treasures of gold or gemstones-in our case, they guard the friendly people and wonderful attractions of our community!” – READ MORE ABOUT THE TROLLS OF MT. HOREB
We found a great way to spend some time if you want to know more about the history of the town and the surrounding areas. Mount Horeb Area Museum and Shop is 19th Century store, that’s just loaded with wonderful displays. Looking at the outside, you would never believe how much wonderful stuff could be inside its doors. “Hundreds of artifacts, photos and stories bring the region’s heritage to life.” – READ MORE ABOUT MT. HOREB’S HISTORY
All in all, this was a great weekend getaway. Come check it out soon!