On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

Kohler Design Center

Sinks and bathtubs galore

Hotel, three restaurants

I ate at this old pub

Streets of award winning planned community

Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan

Artwork in ladies bathroom




Artwork in men's bathroom



Dinner in Chicago Chinatown

Kohler, Wisconsin is an award winning planned community built by the son of the founder of the Kohler Corporation. It truly is a lovely place designed by Frederic Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. There are Kohler factory tours but they are only given once a day starting at 8:30 and lasting three hours. I chose instead to visit the Design Center, explore the village, and then go to Sheboygan to visit the Kohler Art Center. No regrets. There were so many gorgeous bathrooms and kitchens on display that I would have had a hard time choosing one if I was in the market. Beautiful , innovative fixtures were complemented by fabulous tile works and cabinets. The people couldn't have been friendlier and it made me very happy that I had chosen Kohler products when we redid our kitchen and bathrooms in the house on Hunter's Gate.

I walked down the street from the Design Center and lunched at a pub in the American Club. My wrap filled with grilled vegetables accompanied by sweet potato fries was exceptional.

Before heading to Sheboygan I drove around the village . After going down lots of streets and eventually driving out to the golf course, I decided that this community deserves all of the accolades it has received.

Normally I would not say that the bathrooms are the best things in an art museum but at the Kohler Art Center that is the case. The center is in the original Kohler family home and the exhibits are held on the first floor. Today's exhibition was entitled "Hiding Places" and explored human memory. Without going into too much detail, I found it disturbing. Not all, but most, of my memories are good ones and it seems as if artists are racked with painful ones. Anyway, the smile that was on my face after seeing the bathrooms quickly disappeared as I toured the exhibit so I decided to cut my stay short and head to Chicago - and thank goodness I did. Construction, an accident ahead of me, and eventually, Chicago traffic made for a long drive home.

Colin was in the mood for Chinese food so he drove us to Chinatown where we had a very tasty dinner. He took home lots of leftovers! I'm at Owen's now and I think it's time for bed. I had a great time getting to know more about the state of Wisconsin - so much to see, so little time - Milwaukee is still on the list.

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