Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kohler-Andrae State Park and Il Ritrovo

Craig and I headed north to Sheboygan today to check out Kohler-Andrae State Park. It was a chilly July day with temps in the 60's, but actually was quite perfect for the activities we set out to do. 
I spent a lot of time in Sheboygan in my early 20's, but never visited Kohler-Andrae before. It was such a lovely park! It felt like we were in Florida instead of Wisconsin. 
It felt great to be at the beach!
We hiked the hilly Creeping Juniper trail, which was .85 miles each way. The whole path consisted of staying on the wood plank trail. I would not recommend wearing sandals on it like I did. I regretted not changing into my tennis shoes right away! Luckily I did not trip and fall.
 Of course juniper could be found along the trail.
It was so cool to hike on top of the sand dunes. We had walked near sand dunes in Door County, but I much preferred this trail.
After hiking, we were ready for lunch at Il Ritrovo in downtown Sheboygan. It was our first time there and we enjoyed it!
I was craving greens this week and Craig rarely eats them, so we started with a fantastic salad that had fresh mozzarella, fennel, and tomatoes in it.

Then we shared a pizza, which ended up being the perfect amount of food for us. I had mushrooms on my half and Craig had sausage on his. We really enjoyed our meal!
 The interior of the restaurant featured a unique ceiling mural.
We ended our day in Sheboygan at the beach again. It was nice to relax on a blanket and read the latest Edible Milwaukee issue I picked up from Il Ritrovo.


  1. I've been to Il Ritrovo twice and never noticed that mural. I really like it.

  2. This was so nostalgic. We used to visit regularly when I was a kid--though then it was called Terry-Andrae. Love the idea of pizza & salad afterwards!