Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Paoli!

No, Paoli isn't a type of pasta - it's just about the cutest town you could ever visit.  Actually, it's more like an enclave - and the term "nestled" will be bandied about.  If you've never heard of Paoli, and I'm pretty sure you haven't, don't feel bad - I don't even think many Wisconsin folks know about this little gem, which is located about 40 minutes southwest of Madison.

My family and I visited this adorable burg this past Saturday, specifically to hang out at Artisan Gallery.  This high-end gallery is located in an old creamery, and the owners kept a lot of the original hardware and stone.  The place is gorgeous and it's so odd to have such an urban space in this tiny town!  They also have a fantastic eatery called the Creamery Cafe.  I can't wait to see this brochure in another 25 years or so!  Will it look dated?  I guess we'll have to wait and see.  :D

While the gallery was the main reason we went, this little cheese store, Paoli Cheese, is definitely a must-do.  It's so  cute (I'm sensing a trend here)!  The store can only comfortably hold about four people at a time, it's that small.  We made the trip worthwhile; Brian and I picked up a Horseradish Chive Havarti and a Morel and Leek Jack.  YUM!  Hey, we live in Wisconsin!  By law, we HAVE to try new cheeses - it's in the state charter (no, it's not, but it should be).  :D

So why am I telling you all of this?  For posterity.  Fifty years from now someone is going to rifle through the Perpetual Ephemera Depository and find these brochures for some town called "Paoli" (it's pronounced "pay-oh-lee", for the record).  They're going to wonder who went, and why.  This blog post will direct them to the answer.  See?  It'll be like a little scavenger hunt.  Unless I get to that cheese brochure before then - that would make a darn fine base to a collage about Gouda.  :D


4 comments:

  1. Great post. We also have a small & historic Paoli here in southeastern Pennsylvania, near where I went to high school: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paoli,_Pennsylvania

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    1. Chris, I looked up your link - adorable! I especially love the Cedar Hollow train depot - which is still there as of 2008, it appears! It's wonderful! The downtown looks super cute, too. Thanks for sharing the link!

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  2. hey, I know where that is! lol!! keep going that direction (SW, basically), and once you've crossed the Illinois state line you'll be in the town where I grew up! I remember quite a few quirky art galleries from the last time I was there- and there's nothing quite like the scenery from that part of the Midwest!!

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    1. Jennifer, you're such an AZ girl now (locale only, not attitude!) that I forget you're really a Midwesterner at heart. :D It's so cool that you know where I'm talking about, and you're right - that southwestern part of Wisconsin/northwestern part of Illinois is just beautiful! The rolling hills, the countryside....gorgeous! :D

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