Little Swiss Village Resort, Wisconsin: Top-Notch Cuisine and Hospitality

When we want to take out-of-town guests to a nice breakfast or lunch, we head for the Little Swiss Village resort, west of Minocqua, Wisconsin and overlooking picturesque Blue Lake.

You can't beat the cuisine and hospitality here. Meals are made using Old-Country recipes, many from owner Patt W.'s grandfather, a former Swiss innkeeper. We love the Black Forest pancakes and the Reuben sandwiches on German rye.

I recommend making reservations, especially if you want a table with a lake view or overlooking Chesterville, a miniature village where chipmunks untie peanuts strung on a cord, much to the amusement of diners. People wait for hours to see these critters play!

Minocqua is in north-central Wisconsin at the junction of U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 70, about 25 miles northwest of Rhinelander. The resort (7650 Blue Lake Pines Rd.), which is open from Mother's Day through the first weekend in October, is about 6 miles southwest of Minocqua. From the town, head south on Highway 51 for about 3 miles, then turn west on Blue Lake Road. In 3 miles, you'll reach Blue Lake Pines Road; turn north into the resort grounds. To learn more, call 1-715-356-3675 during tourist season or 1-715-356-1619 in winter, or visit their website.

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  1. This place used to exploit all most all of its immigrant workers in an inexplicable and terrible way. They used to pay regular workers 2 usd per hour and behaved towards them like animals. The owners (Patt Wegmann and her son) were very ignorant and dishonest people. Actually till this very day, I haven't met such (miserable) people.

    • This is disheartening. Iā€™m sorry you experienced this! I went there as a child and remember the diversity of the staff - unusual for northern Wisconsin then and even now.

  2. Wow one of the best places for breakfast and to entertain the kids is gone. The food was great and I loved the flowers outside. Always top notch and well maintained. Gone now how sad.

  3. Sorry to report, but the ever charming Little Swiss Village is kaput ... that is, out of business. Gone. But not forgotten!

  4. Is the Little Swiss Village still open??? I requested information about this restaurant & was told that the new owners closed it..
    If it is still in operation do they still have the Chipmunks???

    • It closed several years ago. It was a much loved gem.

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