Pontiac Adventures Road Tours for 2019
The number of Pontiacs 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 Pontiac 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 manor.
“SPIRITED” – These tours are for drivers (and their co-pilot) who are confident in themselves and their cars and who enjoy driving their Pontiacs in a more aggressive manor 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.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Experience hot laps at Dells Raceway Park from 8:30am - 10:30am -
Dells Raceway Park is available for Hot Laps from 8:30am – 10:30am at no additional charge. Tours 1 & 2 will travel to Dells Raceway Park at the beginning of their tour. Tour 3 will not go to Dells Raceway Park and those and all other participants may travel to Dells Raceway Park on their own for hot laps.
If you desire to go on your own, instructions are available at the information tent.
THIS IS NOT A LEAD-FOLLOW EVENT. YOU HAVE THE TRACK TO YOURSELF AND CAN DRIVE AS FAST OR SLOW AS YOU WANT WITH NO RESTRICTIONS!!!
Tour 1 – Scenic – Hartford Auto Museum and The Mineshaft Restaurant – 8:00am – 4:00pm
Leaders - Jeff & Heather Fless
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 lunch at the Mineshaft Restaurant, an amazing local restaurant you will conclude the day with hot laps at Dells Raceway Park. Just a fun “car” day for “car” people!!
Tour 2 – Scenic - Wines, Brews & Food– 8:30am – 4:00pm
Leader - Brian Bettinger
You will experience a great drive south to your first sip, Botham Vineyards. They will have a full staff to do tasting and will have a few new wines available. Sip for a while in their great outdoor seating and enjoy their wines and view. Vine-to-bottle has been a fundamental part of their winemaking philosophy for more than 25 years, long before it was hip to be farm-to-table, or in their case, grape-to-glass. They know that Wisconsin’s best wine begins in the vineyard and that in Wisconsin; great wine can only be made from the grapes that grow well in our climate. They are an original vine-to-bottle Wisconsin winery and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine and winner of many awards.
Then it is a quick drive to Vintage Brewing for a great lunch and a brew. They are a family owned and operated brewery, restaurant, wedding, and event venue located in Sauk City, WI on the beautiful banks of the Wisconsin River. Local, hand-crafted, award winning craft beer is what they have built their reputation on. They feature an eclectic array of highly-acclaimed craft beers; there is something for everyone on the beer menu. Their chef inspired food menu of “Elevated Americana” cuisine was creatively designed to please any appetite. The atmosphere boasts vintage charm and inspired design, with custom work and touches around every corner! They will have a special taco and vegetarian bar set up for everyone on the 2nd floor of the restaurant. The total cost of the meal is $15, all inclusive (meal, soda, and gratuity).
After lunch you will then drive to Octopi Brewing. Production should be going on when you arrive. They will allow everyone to walk back to the production floor and answer questions for anyone who wants more detail about brewing beers.
Tour 3 –Scenic – Weggy Winery, Honkers Restaurant & Arena Cheese - 11:00am – 5:00pm
Leader - Ken Boyd
You are going to love this route as it will be fast and it will be fun!! You will first travel to Weggy Winery by way of some wonderful slightly curvy roads. Their Vineyard is one of Wisconsin’s largest, 16 acres of planted vines, 11,000 vines and they have over 30 different cultivars planted and growing. Weggy has the largest wine tasting in the Midwest of Wisconsin Grown and Produced WINES!! The tasting cost is $5 per person.
You will then travel to Honkers Restaurant in Muscoda for lunch before heading along the lower Wisconsin State Riverway to Arena Cheese for some of the best Wisconsin Cheese curds, gift baskets. Gouda and other cheeses. www.weggywinery.com www.honkersmuscoda.com www.arenacheese.com
Tour 4 –Scenic – The Broadway Diner, Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle & Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm - 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Leaders - Chris Wachel & Deb Stebane
This is the perfect tour for those who want to sleep in or are arriving late!! You will first take a quick trip south to the Broadway Diner in Baraboo, WI a restored 1954 diner with a retro feel & additional outdoor seating whipping up familiar American comfort food. Then you will travel west on some great roads to sample cheese at Carr Valley Cheese in La Valle. After Carr Valley Cheese, you wind north on some amazing roads and stop at Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm a family run farm that produces amazing mushrooms, including those sold at the Chop House at Chula Vista Resort.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Tour 5 - Scenic - Wild Rose Covered Bridge & Lunch- 1:00am – 5:00pm
Leaders - Sheldon and Alice Hamilton
You will first drive a little over an hour on some great scenic roads north and east of Chula Vista Resort prior to starting your 30 mile Wild Rose Covered Bridge tour. This is a scenic tour on quiet back roads to the picturesque village of Wild Rose and then some amazing gently rolling terrain, paying several visits to the Pine River, the area’s Class A trout stream. As you approach the little town of Saxeville, you will drive through the Saxeville covered bridge over the Pine River. Lunch will be at a local restaurant to be determined.
Tour 6– Spirited - Devils Lake, Down the South Bluff, Fitz's On The Lake Restaurant, Up the East Bluff, Devils Lake– 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Leader - Joe Morgan
Tour 6– Spirited -
This is going to be a fun spirited tour, first driving down the South Bluff of Devils Lake. Then a fun ferry ride on the Merrimac Ferry takes you across Lake Wisconsin to Fitz’s On The Lake, one of our favorite restaurants. Then you will head south west along the lake, cross over and back towards Devils Lake where you will take the East Bluff Drive up – wow what a drive this will be.
Tour 7 – Scenic - Out and about - a fun spirited trip – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Leaders - Chris Wachel & Deb Stebane
This tour is for any Pontiac 1989 and older. This will be just a fun drive out a lot of winding back roads that we have never used before. No stops, just pure driving fun.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Tour 8 – Spirited - Go North and fast – 8:30am – 10:30am
Leader - Joe Morgan
This is a spirited ride on a great route before the Awards Brunch to enjoy the drive and sights north and east of Wisconsin Dells. No stops, just a really fun spirited route!!