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This Weekend: Take a last minute trip north to the National Mustard Museum

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If you are a true Chicagoan, you put mustard, not ketchup, on your hot dogs so expand your mustard knowledge. The National Mustard Museum up in Middleton, WI has more than 5,000 mustard containers, lots of kinds to try and antique mustard pots and posters.

This Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, the museum is celebrating National Mustard Day with bands, free hot dogs, mustard tastings and mustard experts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But the town would make a good end-of-summer getaway any weekend or in the fall if doing a Badger home game or visiting the University of Wisconsin's main campus in Madison.

The town is on Interstate 12 around the northwest side of Madison, about 157 miles from Chicago and, as its museum info states, 6,978 kilometers from Dijon, France. The National Mustard Museum, open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter, has free admission and is located at 7677 Hubbard Ave., Middletown, WI 53562. For more information call 800-438-6878 and visit National Mustard Museum.

While in Middleton stop at the Capital Brewery. You might want to check the tour times before coming and reserve a tour. It’s just $7 but tours fill quickly. Down a quaff while you wait in the Bier Garten. Founded in the 1980s, it's become a popular destination. The Capital Brewery is at 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton, WI 53562. For more information call 698-836-7100 and visit Capital Brewery.

Before you leave town, stop at Clasen’s European Bakery for something to take home or munch in the car. Started more than 50 years ago by two German brothers, the family is continuing its reputation for yummy goodies. Clasen's is at 7610 Donna Drive, Middletown, WI 53565. For more information call 608-831-2032 and visit Clasen's Bakery.

The town also has good antique shopping shopping. For places to stay and more town and shopping information check out Visit Middleton.

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