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playAround Town in New Glarus Tradition and comfort abound in a Swiss hideaway With the holidays fast approaching, there's no better time to take a moment to step back and breathe. Located just 45 minutes southwest of Madison, New Glarus—dubbed America's "Little Swit- zerland"—is the perfect place to fi nd the respite you need. Escape the crowded Beltline for the open Get in the Spirit Enjoy a serene start to the holiday season by attending the annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree in New Glarus on Nov. 25. Visit for more information. highways of Green County and the bustle of downtown Madison for the relaxing avenues of New Glarus and the feel of jetting off to a European village. Just make sure you come hungry. Nothing is more satisfying when there is a chill in the air than com- fort food, and New Glarus has plenty to choose from. In addition to Swiss cuisine, local restaurants serve up German and French fare your taste buds will love. Spend a day waltzing through town and you can en- joy plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Don't miss traditional Swiss bakery delights and chocolate confections that will have you licking your fi ngers (and wanting more!). And with three sausage-makers and a cheese shop in town, foodies will fi nd plenty to snag for the trip home. You don't need to tell folks in this town that a good drink is just as important as a hearty meal. Home to the award-winning brewery bearing the town's name, warm up with a tour of the property (and get a taste of their brews) or pull up a seat at any of the town's local establishments to fi nd great drinks and even better company. For the shopping inclined, quaint spe- New Glarus Hotel Restaurant cialty stores lining the streets of downtown offer a little something for every mood. Home décor lovers on the hunt for a good deal will enjoy boutiques fi lled with an- tiques, while gift hunters can spend the day perusing everything from art to cloth- ing in shops nearby, while maybe getting an easy start on holiday buying. With its old-world charm and laid-back feel, New Glarus offers just the right getaway at just the right time. —Kelsey Sorenson November 2011 77 Photo by Brittney Scharine

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