More than 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey and barbecued pork.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Cuisine Type: Winery and brewery with kitchen
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wine and beer tastings
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We always get how much fun it is, [with people saying]: "This place is great," [and] "I never had so much fun doing a wine tasting."
Has your business won any awards?
We have won many awards for the wine and beer.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
[It's] limited, but what we do is good. Nothing [is] fried; [it's] all done in stone ovens [and] all ingredients are fresh.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We make sure that customers have a fun experience. We take photos of them holding all kinds of signs. We also take care of kids with ice cream tastings.
All bases of wine production, procurement, and enjoyment are covered at the Great Dakota Wine Fest. Guests can practice age-old winemaking techniques by hopping into a barrel and stomping grapes or by stabbing each one with an empty quill. Then, upon entering the wine tasting room, they can grab a wine glass emblazoned with the Great Dakota Wine Fest logo and begin testing pours from various South Dakota winemakers, all while live performances from various musicians add melodious din to the spirited sipping and schmoozing.
Country Meats' skilled butchers cull from a colossal cache of fresh, top-quality meats, slicing custom cuts of beef, wild game, buffalo, and pork. The knowledgeable staff slings more than 30 brat flavors, including pineapple, green onion, and skinless varieties infused with cheese. Whole chickens deliver protein alongside their red-meat brethren, which include gourmet burger patties and freshly cut sirloin and filet-mignon steaks. Summer sausages artfully complement the shop's smattering of cheeses, and edible accouterments such as farm-fresh eggs and potato salad round out meaty meals. Every Saturday, customers can voyage to Country Meats to nosh on house-made samples, and during hunting season, the shop's hours expand to accommodate wild-game processing and bouts of camouflage Hide-and-Seek.
The Bluffs Golf Course plots a 6,684-yard path through groves of trees and around waterways for a challenging 18-hole layout. A session at the onsite driving range prepares swings and sleep-deprived 9-irons in time for the upcoming pin-hunting odyssey, where water comes in play on five of the first six holes. Duffers can redeem a disappointing round at the 18th hole, a 570-yard behemoth that entices aggressive, satisfying drives and lacks the aquatic hazards that temper bold play on prior holes. A relatively difficult course when played from the tips, the course offers four color-designated tee options to cater to players of all handicaps as well as those with an irrational allegiance to red.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,684 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 128 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
At The Gas Stop's more than 20 locations across Minnesota and South Dakota, customers can pull into automated car-wash bays, where their cars receive beautifying polishes and foam baths. Gas pumps stand by to replenish tanks, and an indoor deli sates customer appetites for everything from coffee and ice cream to taquitos and salads. The Gas Stop supports good causes throughout its communities, such as the Land O' Lakes Save Five for Schools program, which helps increase school budgets while bringing high-fives back into the K?12 curriculum.