Drink Wine and Eat Cheese at This All-Inclusive ‘Cheese Camp’ 

Missing summer camp? Here’s an adult option. 

In February an innocuous email to its customers from Voyager in Bay View posed three questions: “Do you like to camp?” and “Do you like to drink wine?” and “How about award-winning cheeses?” 

‘Yes, yes, yes,’ I nodded, clad in a sweater while it snowed outside and I read all about this cocktail and wine bar’s foray into hosting Cheese Camp. 

Is there anything that sounds dreamier—and more in tune with Wisconsin—than hanging with cheesemakers during the day and then congregating with your fellow campers by the fire at night, perhaps roasting s’mores and sipping wine? What also makes this a cool, curated experience is that Voyager brings part of its wine stock along. 



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And now the first Cheese Camp, aptly named “Driftless Odyssey,” is almost here. Trip dates are June 24-26, 2023. “Coastal Elite” is the second Cheese Camp, Aug. 25-27. Closing out the season is “Dark Skies & Fall Colors,” Oct. 13-15. 

Starting out from Milwaukee in a passenger van, an intimate group of cheese-loving campers will head out to the countryside to visit creameries by day and camp by night. For “Driftless Odyssey” this means visiting Roelli Cheese Haus’s caves, creamery and retail store in Shullsburg, and pitching a tent at Yellowstone Lake State Park in Blanchardville. Then, for “Coastal Elite” the attention turns to Sheboygan with Blakesville Creamery, and falling asleep under the stars at Kohler-Andrae State Park. The final Cheese Camp of the season includes a chèvremaking class at Door County Creamery and camping at Peninsula State Park. 

The $250 per-person fee includes the campsite reservation, transportation, cheese tastings and tours, all wine and daily breakfast and dinner. Shave $50 off the price if you meet the crew at the campsite and do not require transportation. Each person must bring their own tent.

Sign up and payment is taken through Voyager’s Venmo page. Orders should indicate what camp is being signed up for, if transportation is needed (or you are driving on your own) and your preferred email for further instructions as the trip approaches. 



A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.