Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Having Fun Locally: Alma, Wisconsin

Alma Wisconsin is a sleepy little river town with a lot of charm.  It's very popular in the fall, for everyone likes to go up to Buena Vista Park for it's scenic fall views.  On this day, in the heat of the summer, I took my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter for a stroll along their beautiful main street and some fun at their beach.


The main street in Alma is filled with gift shops, restaurants, and beautiful old homes.





The entire town is built on a hillside over-looking the Mississippi River.  The main street is located right on the edge of the river banks.  There are roads and steps leading up the steep hillside.  I loved the flowers surrounding these steps.


We popped into the "Wings Over Alma" Nature and Art Center and enjoyed views of Alma's Lock and Dam off their back balcony.


Alma Lock and Dam


 I heard a lot about the Alma Bakery and have been wanting to visit for awhile.  But it seemed every time we were in the area, the bakery was closed.  It's only open during the tourist season, Thursday-Sunday, and only until they run out of bakery.  Three times we tried to go here, and finally, on the third try, they were open!


The bakery was worth the wait!  They make all the old fashioned favorites, and use only the purest, natural ingredients available.  They even had gluten-free cookies.  We ordered a little bit of everything, but one of my favorites was this old-fashioned elephant's ear!


My daughter loved their cinnamon rolls!


After shopping and treats, we were ready to relax at the Alma Beach.  I have lived in this area for twenty years and yet have never been to this beach before.   I heard about it, but for whatever reason, never got there.  After one visit with my children,  I regretted never coming here before.

Alma Beach is so gorgeous!  There are beautiful bluffs to the side and behind you.  River boats travel by frequently and are fun to watch.  And the scenic landscape and islands are stunning.  The water is very shallow for quite a ways out, and on the two days we were there was a warm as bath water.


Alethea loved splashing in the warm, shallow water.


Beautiful wildflowers grew along the river bank.


When you sit on the beach and look to your left, you see these majestic bluffs and the power plant in the distance.


The view to the center and right is of islands and more bluffs in the distance.






You have to walk quite a distance out in the water to get into deeper water.  As a non-swimmer,  I loved the shallow, warm water.


We enjoyed our time at Alma Beach so much, we went back a second time!  I think this will now be a yearly tradition when Alethea comes to Grandma's house every summer.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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16 comments:

  1. The architecture of this little town is so cute! I love the little pictures of your granddaughter! She is just adorable!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I love seeing pictures of your kids too!

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  2. What a beautiful town you visited. Love all the old brick buildings. Great looking food and of course everyone loves the water.

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    1. Yes, it is a beautiful town. I love old buildings. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. What a lovely area - the green-ish coloured house is so pretty and it's great that there's a beach to cool off in too. I can see that it would make a great annual family event Amy.
    #MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

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    1. It is so pretty! Storybook perfect! I LOVED that green house. The white picket fence is the perfect finishing touch.

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  4. Your pictures perfectly capture the beauty of this small town. We plan to do more road trips once my husband is fully retired, and I think Wisconsin has now made the bucket list. Thank you for sharing. Will pin to my #mlstl board for future reference.

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    1. Thank you! If you do plan on visiting Wisconsin, look up "Wisconsin Great River Road". It's a scenic road that runs along the Mississippi with 33 historic towns, Alma being one of them. The views are AMAZING! Lots of bikers travel this road.

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  5. What a cute town, and the bakery items look delicious! A great place to spend the day with family visiting!

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    1. Yes, it is super cute and a great place to take out-of-town visitors.

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  6. What a scenic place! I love visiting local. Makes me proud to live here.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Yes, it is definitely scenic! Many times after we come home from a long road trip across the U.S. I say, "The prettiest views I've seen all week were in my own backyard.". ha ha!

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  7. What a wonderful,cool place. I know that I am city/urban boy but I know I would enjoy visitng that place. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Oh, I think most visitors are from the city who come and visit this area; especially in the fall!

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  8. I LOVE towns like this! I've never been to Wisconsin, but if I ever made it that far northeast, I'd definitely love to stop and see Alma.
    Sharing for MLSTL

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    1. I love fun towns like this too. Sometimes when on a road trip, I think I enjoy the small towns more than the big cities!

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