Brian Brandstetter

President of Cornerstone Hotel Management and Chamber of Commerce member

Meet Brian Brandstetter

How would you describe your role in promoting tourism in the community? I started the tourism committee more than 20 years ago with no budget and just volunteers. We were surprised that we had more than we thought we had for visitors to enjoy. Today my work is in the hotel side of it.

You live in the area, so what is it that you love best about the community? I like that we’re convenient to Madison but without the big-city hassles. There’s dining variety. And there’s easy highway access.

Where do the locals like to eat? The Timbers is a hidden gem, with good food at the bar. Even the bars here have good food!

If someone only has time for a quick stop in Vienna, what would you recommend? Pinkie the Elephant is an awesome roadside attraction. Who knows, maybe there’ll be more fiberglass statues in our future!

Any suggestions for those who have a bit more time to stop on their way to somewhere else? J. Henry & Sons bourbon farm distillery is cool. For a taste of Wisconsin, check out Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet.

Favorite cheese? The aged cheddars. A lot of great sausages too, and lots of Wisconsin items including cranberry and cherry treats.

Favorite slice of pie at Norske Nook? I like the seasonal strawberry cream pie, Dutch apple, pecan pie, peanut butter pie, they’re all fabulous.

When you’re not at work, what are you enjoying in the area? I like being a tourist in my own hometown. You’ll find me golfing, snowmobiling, hiking, and at the farmers’ market and concerts in the park.

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Liz Henry

Self-proclaimed “bourbon babe” and partner at J. Henry & Sons bourbon farm distillery

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Bruce Stravinski

Retired owner of Shell gas station, home to Pinkie the Elephant statue

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