These are the FALL ROAD TOURS FOR 2020
The number of Corvettes in each tour will be limited to 20. In addition, some tours will have required fees for samples and tours as indicated in the tour description, as we have done in the past. For planning purposes, we have printed all fees at the tour stops.
Staging for all Corvette Adventure road tours will be in the road adjacent to the registration area 15 minutes before launching. As is our policy, we will launch all tours on time. You will receive a route map of all tours you have signed up for in your welcome packet.
Please also remember that most brewery and winery tours require closed toe shoes. We can’t emphasize this enough. . . every year someone forgets – please don’t be the one.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – TOUR DESCRIPTIONS
“SCENIC” – This will be a relaxed, leisurely drive through the countryside. Take in the scenery and the beauty of the land and enjoy the sights of the countryside driven in a relaxed manner.
“SPIRITED” – These tours are for drivers (and their co-pilot) who are confident in themselves and their cars and who enjoy driving their Corvettes in a more aggressive manner as the opportunity presents itself on a tour. Slower, more cautious drivers should either drive from the back of these tours or limit themselves to “scenic” tours for maximum enjoyment of everyone.
Hot Laps at the Dells Raceway Park will be available from 8:30am – 10:30am on Friday, September 22. Most of the Friday tours will start at the track at the beginning of their tours. Anyone else who would like to experience hot laps may travel to the Raceway on their own.
Many wine and beer tastings will have a charge for tastings.
Friday, September 11, 2020
These tours overlap; therefore you can only choose one on Friday, plus Dells Raceway Park
Tour 1 – Scenic –– Harley-Davidson Motor Company, The Mindshaft Restaurant– 8:00am – 5:00pm
Your tour will begin at Dells Raceway Park and then continue on to Harley-Davidson Motor Company's 849,000 square-foot Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin which is home of the "Big Twin." Pilgrim Road employees produce engines and transmissions for the final assembly plants in York, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri, for Touring, Softail® and Dyna® model families. Engines and transmissions are also produced for sale through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories business.
The Standard Factory Tour offers a view of the assembly line and designated machining areas.
Fully enclosed, low-heeled (one inch or less) shoes are required.
We will stop for lunch at The Mineshaft Restaurant on the way back from Harley-Davidson.
Tour 2 – Spirited –Wisconsin Auto Museum and The Mineshaft Restaurant – 8:30am – 4:00pm
This is going to be a fun, spirited ride on the back roads of lower Wisconsin.
First you will stop for lunch at The Mineshaft Restaurant The Mineshaft seats over 500 people and serves over 10,000 guests weekly, which brings the total served to over half a million people annually. Yes, It looks very much like an old mine shaft and they large portions of quality “Home-Made” food at reasonable prices.
Then it is a quick trip to the Wisconsin Auto Museum and wait until you see these gorgeous automobiles. We will travel to Hartford, WI and visit the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. History comes alive at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Showcasing transportation history, the museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum, featuring an ever-changing display of classic and vintage autos and artifacts plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles.
The museum’s striking art deco interior sets off 110+ vehicles on exhibit, including: Pontiacs, Studebakers, Chevrolets, Kaisers, Fords, and other cars from around the world. The collection is rounded out by displays of automotive artifacts such as gas pumps, signs, license plates, oil cans and other petroliana. An assortment of outboard engines built in Hartford from 1930s – 1990s are also on display.
The high caliber Kissel automobiles were manufactured in Hartford 1906 – 1931, making Kissel the second longest car manufacturer in Wisconsin. Of the 35,000 produced fewer than 200 are known to exist today, with 25 currently exhibited at the museum.
The Nash Car Club of America has space within the museum dedicated to the Wisconsin based vehicles and related memorabilia. Nash began in Kenosha, Wisconsin when the Thomas B. Jeffery Company was purchased by Charles Nash in 1916.
The Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society (their national convention was at Chula Vista Resort in 2018) and Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame also maintain special display areas for their vehicles. The Museum admission is $8.00 per person. After visiting the museum, we will head back to Chula Vista Resort
Tour 3 – Scenic – J Henry Bourbon, the Ferry & Fitz's On The River - 9:00am – 5:00pm
First you will travel south to the Merrimac Ferry where you will cross the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties. The Merrimac Ferry is Wisconsin's only FREE ferry. If you have to wait for the ferry, there is a great ice cream shop right at the departure point. Immediately after the ferry, you will stop for lunch at Fitz’s On The Lake, a favorite of Corvette owners for years for lunch.
After lunch you will travel to the farmstead where they produce the great J. Henry & Sons Bourbon. This bourbon is made in small batches, slow-aged a minimum of five years, in large barrels in a rustic barn on the Henry farm. This is a pure Wisconsin craft bourbon operation featuring award winning bourbon and you are able to participate in a tour, nosing, tasting and relaxing and the costs is $10.55 per person.
Tour 4 – Spirited – NEW Candy, Curves, Catchers & Cave - 9:30am – 4:30pm
You are going to love this route as it will be fast, curvy and it will be fun!! You will start off with some candy and other sweets at the Baraboo Candy Co. There will be something in this store that you will want to buy – we guarantee it!!
Next you will travel on some great roads to an amazing sports bar, Rookies, home to Mazomanie's Best American Food. Whether you're a sports fan, passionate about top-quality down-home American food, or just in the mood to have a drink with the friendliest restaurant and bar staff in Wisconsin, Rookies has what you're looking for. Wait until you see the wiffle ball field and clubhouse. Did you know that over 6,000 baseball cards and other autographed memorabilia cover nearly every square inch of Rookies!?
The major stop on this tour is Cave of the Mounds, a natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds. The cave's beauty comes from its many varieties of mineral formations called speleothems. The Chicago Academy of Sciences considers the Cave of the Mounds to be "the significant cave of the upper Midwest" because of its beauty, and it is promoted as the "jewel box" of major American caves. Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. The admission price will be announced later.
Tour 5 - Spirited - Little Towns West & Rockton Bar for Lunch – 10:00am – 4:30pm
This is the spirited version of a majestic tour with great curvy roads and views and you will have fun as you travel west to Rockton, WI home of the famous Rockton Tavern outside of La Farge. On Saturday, this place sells ½ chicken dinners to hundereds of motorcycle customers who are driving on these great roads. You will be there on Friday when it is less busy and unfortunately they can’t offer their famous chicken, but they do have other great choices on the menu. Following lunch, you will walk next door to Wild Things Fur, a locally owned shop producing all things leather for you to purchase. You will love this tour, the drive, the food and the place for leather goods.
Hot Laps at Dells Raceway Park – 3:00am – 5:00am
Drive your Corvette on Dells Raceway Park, a 1/3 paved and banked track. Leave from the Registration area at 2:45pm or drive to the track on your own.
All of the Friday tours will travel to Dells Raceway Park as part of their tour.
Fast Trip to HO-CHUNK Casino
If you are looking for something to do, take a spirited trip to HO-CHUNK Casino for an evening of gambling.
Pick up directions at the registration tent.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
These tours overlap; therefore you can only choose one on Saturday
Tour 6 – Scenic - Lakes of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and EAA Historic Aviation Museum– 8:00am – 4:30pm
You will enjoy this trip up to Oshkosh to see the EAA Historic Aviation Museum. The EAA Aviation Museum, formerly the EAA AirVenture Museum, is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of historic and experimental aircraft as well as antiques, classics, and warbirds. The EAA Aviation Museum is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world. Marvel at aviation innovations in their collection of more than 200 historic aircraft. Spend time in one of their four movie theaters. Admission is $9.50/$8.50 for adults/seniors.
After lunch you will take a short drive along the lake to TJ’s Harbor Restaurant where you will enjoy the stunning panoramic views of beautiful Lake Winnebago. Their unique rotisserie style of cooking and their support of local Wisconsin products set them apart on Lake Winnebago and in the Fox Valley.
Tour 7 - Spirited - Mystery Tour – 8:30am - 4:30pm
We will take you on a fun MYSTERY TOUR, designed especially for you by David Klein. David and his wife Carol have assisted in the operations of Corvette Adventures for many years and it is their turn to design the Mystery Tour for 2019. This tour will take you to new stops and cruising some of the best spirited roads ever! This will be a Mystery Tour like no other to celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Corvette Adventures. Be ready to cruise through beautiful Wisconsin with the thrill of your Corvette in action! Come drive with us!! As always, you won’t find out where you are going until the day of the tour, but sign up early and enjoy the newest mystery tour. We know you will not be disappointed!!! Please review our definition of scenic and spirited above.
Tour 8 – Spirited –Potosi Brewery and Brew Pub & Whispering Bluffs Winery – 9:00am – 3:00pm
This will be a spectacular tour to the Potosi Brewing Company in Potosi, WI. This landmark brewery which originally opened in 1852 offers a pub serving craft beers, plus exhibits on transportation and brewing. At the brewery, there is also the Great River Road Interpretive Center, telling the historic stories of the Mississippi River. Tours of the brewery including tastings and souvenir glass are $12, incl. tax & gratuities per person. Potosi Brewery is a not for profit enterprise and all profits go to charity.
Following the tour of the Brewery, we will have lunch at their famous Brew Pub from a custom menu at a cost of $15 including tax & gratuities.
Following lunch you will walk across the street and experience the Whispering Bluffs Winery. Wine tastings will be available for $4.00 to taste 5 different wines and receive a complimentary Whispering Bluffs wine glass and then you will travel to Dells Raceway Park for hot laps on the track
Tour 9 – Spirited – Driftless Glen Restaurant & Distillery, Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle – 9:30am - 3:00pm
This tour is all about spirited driving. Yes, we will also stop at Driftless Glen in Baraboo for lunch first and then a tour of their distillery. The tour and tastings cost $8.00 per person.
Then you will travel to Carr Valley Cheese in La Valle to taste their wonderful cheeses. These are going to be some great roads to drive. First a fast straight-a-way to Baraboo and then wonderful curvy roads between Baraboo and La Valle and even more between La Valle and Chula Vista Resort. You are going to enjoy driving this route. www.driftlessglen.com www.carrvalleycheese.com
Tour 10 - Scenic - Mushrooms, Wine, Apples and Lunch – 10:00am – 4:00pm
This will be a really wonderful trip first to the amazing Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm which has some of the freshest produce in the area, making it a hit amongst Wisconsin Dells locals.
Then you will travel to J’ Pub & Grill in Reedsburg for some of their great home town cooking. Next you will travel to Oakwood Fruit Farm. Find a variety of apples and try the famous apple cider doughnuts.
Next, taste a little wine at Baraboo Bluffs Winery, a quaint, mom-&-pop destination for wine tasting with outdoor tables & panoramic views.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
These tours overlap; therefore you can only choose one on Sunday
Tour 11 - Scenic - Lower Wisconsin River Levee Road through Pine Island Wildlife Area – 7:30am – 9:30am
What a great way to spend your Sunday morning, just before the Awards Brunch. Travel around both sides of the lower Wisconsin River and see an area of the Dells we have not driven before. You will go through Pine Island Wildlife Area, a 5,499 acre area located just off the levee road that you will be driving on. This will just be a fun scenic drive with no stops.
Tour 12 – Scenic - Go North in a scenic tour - 7:45am – 9:45am
This is a scenic ride on routes we have never used before in the Fall with time to enjoy the drive and sights north and east of Wisconsin Dells. You will arrive back at Chula Vista Resort in plenty of time for the awards dinner.
Tour 13 - Spirited – Lower Wisconsin River Levee Road through Pine Island Wildlife Area – 7:00am – 9:00am
This is the same tour as Tour 11; however, driven in a more spirited fashion. Travel around both sides of the lower Wisconsin River and see an area of the Dells we have not driven before. You will go through Pine Island Wildlife Area, a 5,499 acre area located just off the levee road that you will be driving on. This will just be a fun spirited drive with no stops.