Brussels:
America’s Largest Belgian
Settlement is Steeped in Heritage

Architecture, Traditional Food, and Beautiful Countryside in Brussels

Brussels and its surrounding communities are full of history and rich Belgian heritage, which is visible in historic chapels, one-room schoolhouses, and unique red brick homes.

This resilient farming community in Southern Door was founded in 1858 by four Belgian immigrant families, and that Belgian heritage remains evident throughout the countryside today. The nation’s largest Belgian settlement, it was destroyed by the devastating Peshtigo Fire in 1871. The settlers rebuilt, this time with brick and stone instead of wood, and their architecture still dots the landscape of Brussels.

Some residents can still speak Walloon, the language of the original settlers, and many celebrate the Belgian Kermiss festival each September with traditional Belgian food and drink. Learn more at SouthernDoorCounty.com.

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Restaurants in Brussels

Check out the culinary variety of pubs, bars, bistros, diners, and home-style cafes that are open all year round in the area surrounding Brussels. If you enjoy outside seating, live music, Friday fish-boils, and beautiful waterfront or marina views, then you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

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Lodging in Brussels

There are a number of options to choose from for accommodations, including lodges, resorts, cottages, motels, campgrounds, and vacation rentals. There is also housing to suit visitors’ needs for just about any size group.

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Brussels Lodging

Things to Do In Brussels

Drive off the beaten track to find classic brick Belgian farmhouses, roadside chapels, and beautiful farm country. For more historical fun, visit the Peninsula Belgian American Club, Tornado Park, and the Belgian Heritage Center. Southern Door is even home to Claflin County Park and Claflin Rock, named after the county’s very first settler from 1835. Visit one of the county’s oldest cheese factories, cast a line for some of the best fishing in the region, or bring your sled and snowmobile come winter.

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