4. Mazomanie, Wisconsin
A village in Dane County, Mazomanie was built on the old hunting grounds of the Winnebago Indian Nation. Edward Brodhead named this town after a Native American chief he knew when he settled here. While the town did not grow much after the end of the railroad days that had helped develop it, this also allowed Mazomanie to preserve its 19th century charm. The town has several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has many galleries and B&Bs.
There is some lovely lakefront nearby at Mazomanie Bottoms State Natural Area, where you can hunt, fish, or hike in this wilderness habitat. There is one beach for families and children with recreational boating available, or, if you’re more of a clothing-optional person, head a little further down to the nudist beach along the Lower Wisconsin River. Leave your cares (and clothing!) behind, and enjoy some rest and relaxation.