Prairie du Sac is one of the twin villages of Sauk City-Prairie du Sac which are a short drive NNE of the capital city of Madison. They are both about 3,000 people. These towns are on the Wisconsin river among some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. The winding, hilly roads, however, are not for people in a hurry. These villages were the home of author August Derleth and also have a strong Swiss heritage, having been settled by hundreds of families from Graubuenden in the 1850s and 1860s. When I visit I usually make a point to stop at the Swistyle restaurant, mostly because my cousin works there, but I believe they are also known for their pies. Prairie du Sac is just south of the Baraboo bluffs and Devil's Lake State park, which can be crowded during tourist season. Just north of that is the Wisconsin Dells and Jellystone park. Just to the west is Spring Green, home of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen and a noted group of Shakespearean actors, the American Players Theatre. Just to the south of there, up some winding roads is the House on the Rock. A little bit to the East of Prairie du Sac is Merrimac where a ferry ride across the river is offered for free.