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Hit the Road: a 40-mile getaway to Spring Green, WI


Taliesin offers one, two, and four-hour tours of the houses + estate. | Photo by @taliesinwi

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Last month, we kicked off our summer road trip series, Hit the Road, with an outdoor adventure to Baraboo. If you checked it out, we’d love to hear about it.

This month, we’re continuing the series with a 40-mile trip to Spring Green for a quick getaway. From historical architecture to vast nature preserves, this town offers a little bit of everything — making it the perfect end-of-summer vacay.

Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.

Drive time: One hour from Wisconsin State Capitol
Est. population: 1,626
Avg. high in July: 84°

🎟️ Things to do

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin
Visit the 800-acre estate of the famous architect + tour the home that was designated as a National Historic Landmark and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

American Players Theater
Take in a show at the country’s second-largest outdoor theater celebrating the classics like Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area
Explore 1,000+ acres of rolling sand prairies while looking for unique wildlife in the “Wisconsin desert.”

🍔 Grub to eat

Spring Green General Store
Stop in for American fare at the café then stick around for some shopping. Pro tip: Check out weekly events like acoustic jam sessions on Sundays.

Arthur’s Supper Club
Partake in the Wisconsin tradition of a dinnertime supper club with 60+ years of experience in “fine casual dining.”

Grab a homemade burger + a milkshake at this ‘50s style drive-in located just minutes from the Spring Green Preserve.

🏨 Overnight accommodations

If you get a wild hair and decide to turn this quick day trip into an overnighter, here are some spots to stay.

Driftless cottage, Wyoming, WI
Explore the 278-acre property hosting a six-bed, two-bath cottage featuring hiking trails, a fire pit, and garden patio for $344 per night.

Historic Farmhouse in southern Spring Green
Wrangle some family or friends to take up residence in this nine-bed, two-bath house located on a 17-acre farm for $288 per night.

Spring Valley Inn, 6279 County Hwy. C, Spring Green
Location, location, location. The inn offers single and double bed accommodations only minutes away from Taliesin, American Players Theater + the preserve starting at $177 per night.

Ready for more on Spring Green’s farmers market, music festivals, and other natural areas? Head to the link below for additional activities, restaurants, and accommodations. Plus, stay tuned for the August installment of our Hit the Road series. We’ll be highlighting a road trip for the foodies.