The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI
9/22/2014 - Add a comment

The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI

When visiting the western part of our state where you will find some of the largest Amish communities, it may take more than one day to visit and explore the area because of the vast amount of Amish stores and businesses. In western Wisconsin, specifically Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford County, there seems to be Amish just a mile or two away no matter where you are. 

On our last trip to that part of the state, we had the opportunity to stay at The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI right next to the Kickapoo River. Let me tell you, it was quite a lovely experience. The town of Soldier's Grove is charming and neighbors many Amish communities and The Roth House Bed & Breakfast offers a unique experience with rooms to relax and gather when traveling with friends. The breakfast, made with as many local ingredients as possible, was fantastic. 

The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI

When walking into this Bed & Breakfast, you feel as though you just took a step back in time. Of course houses as old as this one (built in 1896) have history. You can read all about the history of The Roth House Bed & Breakfast here

The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI

There are 5 different rooms at The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI and in each room you will have access to a private bath with all the modern amenities. 

Your stay will not only include one of the gorgeous rooms, but also:

  • A country breakfast featuring locally-grown foods
  • Complimentary cookies and lemonade each afternoon at 3 pm
  • Complimentary wine and cheese each evening between 6 pm - 7 pm

Inn amenities include:

  • Off-Street Parking
  • Proximity to Park and Kickapoo River
  • Wrap-around Front Porch for Seasonal Gathering
  • Cable Television  (Parlor)
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace (Sitting Room)
  • Non-Smoking

If you have plans on visiting the western side of Wisconsin, whether it be for the Amish, antiques, or the Kickapoo River, I highly recommend The Roth House Bed & Breakfast in Soldier's Grove, WI. 

 The Roth House Photo Gallery

There are over 80 images of The Roth House Bed & Breakfast that you can view by either clicking the image above, or by going here

Note: You can make the photo gallery full-screen by hovering over the right side of the gallery and clicking on the "screen". 



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Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market
9/7/2014 - Add a comment

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Another place to visit while on the western side of the state is the Viroqua Farmer's Market. Located at 116 South Rock Ave, this popular farmer's market has goodies for everyone. 

The Viroqua Farmer's Market is held May - October each Saturday from 8 am - noon. 

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Among the local vendors, farmers, and craftsmen, you will find Amishmade wares and goods sold by the Amish themselves. 

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Double J-R Bison Ranch Viroqua, WI

One of the vendors we discovered at the Viroqua Farmer's Market was Double J-R Bison Ranch. 

I am very adamant when it comes to the meat I purchase for my family. It has to be grass fed, grain fee, antibiotic and hormone free. Unfortunately, this kind of meat is difficult to find in the area I live. And if I can find it, it's usually $10 or more per lb. 

I was so disappointed for not bringing a large cooler with when we were in this area. The prices on bison from Double J-R Bison Ranch are fantastic. So fantastic that we plan on going back to the area this month to purchase their bison in bulk. 

If you are interested in purchasing bison from Double J-R Bison Ranch, the contact information is below:

Double J-R Bison Ranch
S4908 Nottingham Rd.
Viroqua, WI 

608-606-4881
608-606-3558

They do have frozen bison ready for purchase at the Viroqua Farmer's Market. They also had Buffalo Jerky and Buffalo Sticks among other items. 

Note: Double J-R Bison Ranch does not ship and they are not Amish.



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Trail's End Amish Walmart in Ontario, WI
9/7/2014 - Add a comment

Trail's End Amish Walmart Onatrio, WI

One of the most interesting Amish stores in Wisconsin that I have ever run across is located in the western part of our state in Ontario. Close enough to Cashton, Westby, Viroqua, and Soldier's Grove, Trail's End is way up on a high ridge and the final destination on a dead end road. As a matter of fact, the first time I discovered this place, I had thought we were driving on private property. 

Known to the locals and the Amish of the area as the Amish Walmart, I personally find it to be a mixture between a junk yard, 7 Mile Fair, and vintage and antique lovers paradise. I have never left there empty handed. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

There is only one sign directing you to Trail's End, and that sign is somewhat vague without the arrows that we normally see on Amish built signs. As you can see above, the sign is on the opposite side of the road that leads you to Trail's End. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End is open Friday and Saturday only. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Below are a few tips for visiting Trail's End:

  • Bring a flashlight. Depending on the weather and the time of day, the inside of the store can be quite dark. 
  • Wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on exploring the back area or the large pole shed attached to the store, do not walk around in sandals or flip flops. 
  • Do not allow children to wander. The back area can be dangerous. There are trailers filled with heavy and rusty items that could easily hurt someone.
  • Wear gloves. If you plan on searching for treasures, you will need gloves. 
  • Don't be afraid to haggle. I've talked the cashier down in price every time I have made a purchase. 
  • Bring cash or a check. They do not accept credit or debit cards. 
  • Watch for wandering animals. There are hogs, cows, chicken, and other animals wandering the entire area. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin
Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

When you walk in the store, you will only be in one part. If you walk to the middle and turn right, there will be a closed door. That door leads you to the attached pole shed where you can still look around. Please be careful in this area. As you can see from the photo above, which was taken in the attached pole shed, there are items like the board with nails sticking out. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Every time we do visit Trail's End, I make a beeline for the shelving to the right when you walk in the doors. I am always able to find vintage blue Mason jars with zinc lids for $3 and under. The ones above were only $2.50. For those that know anything about vintage blue Mason jars, you may be a bit jealous of me right now. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Behind the Trail's End building is where the "junk yard" is. There are definitely some interesting items back there but again, please be careful. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin
Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End 
S302 A Little Ridge Road
Ontario, WI 54651

Hours: Friday & Saturday
8 am - 6 pm

Trail's End will also buy and trade.

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Above is a photo of some of the items we purchased on our last visit to Trail's End. 



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