My husband and I spent a good chunk of the summer in Spring Green, Wisconsin. (6 weeks so half? or something? How does one count "summer" really?) I spent those weeks living across the street from Arcadia Books for that time, and so I can say without hesitation that this book store is SOMETHING. It is special. Every book on the shelf feels hand-chosen. You feel like you know the owner, manager and everybody who works there by the books on the shelves.
They also have a good selection of the new books, but what I loved was browsing the shelfs. There were always surprises! For instance, there was a section labelled something like "Personal Growth" (I don't remember exactly what it was called, except that I expected to find self-help workbook type stuff) and there will be a memoir about joining a choir. Yes! Cool!
I did try to remain incognito, but I was in there SO often and the people that work there are SO great, that after awhile I just had to confess. Nancy and I got our photo taken together. Above is the action sequence!
So go to Arcadia Books in Spring Green, Wisconsin okay? It's wonderful! (While you're there, take in a play at American Players Theatre, and maybe do a house tour of Taliesin or House on the Rock. You can easily make a weekend out of that place.
If you want to do more than that, go to Mineral Point, Wisconsin (artists, brewery, restaurant), Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (brewery, cute town, bike trail), New Glarus (great brewery -- get the red foiled stuff, and a town that does a "Little Switzerland" thing) and of course, Madison (way too much fun stuff to list in a parenthetical).
Yes, I did a little sight-seeing in southern Wisconsin this summer. Why not?
And I got going on my next book. It was so nice to be in a quaint town right across from a bookstore to inspire me! Below, are some of the titles that I discovered in Arcadia Books: