Midwest Traveler: Trolls – and small-town charms – in Mount Horeb

  • by: Melanie Radzicki McManus , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 23, 2013 - 1:43 PM

There are worse things than being called the Troll Capital of the World. And actually, that’s kind of a fun title to hold. Just ask anyone who lives in Mount Horeb, Wis., a village of about 7,000 just west of Madison, Wis. A dozen or so slightly mischievous trolls, largely carved from thick, old trees, populate Main Street, a k a “The Trollway.” And when you see them, you can’t help but smile. Many visitors try to find every one; others mug for the camera with their favorites. But the town is more than a handful of stumpy, big-nosed men and women grinning at you from the main drag. It’s home to specialty shops, good restaurants and even a winery, all of which make it a great spot to explore for a day or two.

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