Restaurant Review: Creative faux-meat vegetarian fare & vegan desserts served in a cozy, rustic venue…
We had planned to stay in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin for a couple of nights and use it as a base to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and House on the Rock. It is a lovely little town with a few cafes, bars and restaurants.
Searching for somewhere to stay I stumbled upon the Steam Punk Manor, which turned out to be a real gem! When we arrived we found the owner, Daniel, mowing the lawn. He was extremely genial and gave us a warm welcome and tour of the house. This place is amazing and is decorated from top to bottom in the ‘Steampunk’ style, which is described as:
“a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery“
The rooms had a real opulent feel, with plush furnishings mixed with some interesting ornaments and other finishings. I love this stuff and wandered around with my eyes on stalks! We were shown to our room in the basement, the Rose Room, which was a bit twee and girly for our liking (or at least mine). But we did get a chance to see some of the other bedrooms and they were stunning – so next time we come back we’ll be staying in one of those!
Over the days, we got to stay at the Steam Punk we had the chance to speak to Daniel and his wife Ivania. They had only recently moved to Spring Green and had bought the house only a few months prior. Apparently, it had not been in a great state so they had put a lot of money and sweat equity in remodelling and furnishing the house – in our opinion they had done a fantastic job. Daniel continued to hold a second job in sales to help continue to pay for the work. Ivania, who I believe was Russian, was very musical (hence the antique organ in the lounge) and was learning the harp. In the second lounge was a harp, lent to her by her tutor and after some cajoling on our part, she was persuaded to play a little. Considering she had only just started to learn the instrument she was amazing! Not only was she musical she was a fantastic cook and the breakfasts we were served during our stay were outstanding.
Things to do
The American Players Theater is located in the woods close to Spring Green. It has two theatres, one outdoor that seat 1089 people and the other indoors, with 201 seats. In the summer most people arrive early and picnic in the theatre’s beautiful grounds of 100 acres of hilly woods and meadows. From June through November, APT produces nine plays in rotating repertory.
Another popular place to visit in Spring Green is Frank Lloyd Wright’s home Taliesin (see my blog post on this).
And while you are in the area you must simply check out Alex Jordan’s House on the Rock. This is one of the craziest and most amazing places we have ever visited. See my full blog post to get the low down on this place.