Does anyone else write reviews of shops and restaurants? I've been using Yelp just as a way to bookmark places I like. My boyfriend, Matt, writes amazing reviews of pubs, restaurants and beer. You can read his reviews on Beer Mapping.
One of our favorite places to visit is New Glarus in Wisconsin. It is a small Swiss town with a brewery.
Chalet Landhaus Inn.
Puempel's Olde Tarven is always a good place to get a pint of New Glarus beer and throw a dollar on the ceiling. Puempel's walls are covered in hand painted murals from 1913. This place has a lot of history and even more character.
In addition to pubs, the pizza at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant is some of the best pizza I have ever had, but I like simple things. You can stock up on Wisconsin cheese at Maple Leaf and get awesome baked goods for your coworkers at the New Glarus Bakery. Everything is within a two block radius and you can leave the car at the hotel. There are many gift and antique type boutiques, but my favorite is the antique store Glarnerladen Antiques on 6th Avenue and 1st Street/Main Street (the main intersection downtown).
Just as great as New Glarus is the drive to New Glarus, even in the winter! You can camp in New Glarus Woods in the warmer months. We have always visited in the winter and might swing by this summer to see the leaves on the trees!