You’re a city dweller, looking to escape and take a break from urban life, and what better place to explore than small town America, and more specifically, a small cluster of towns in Northern Wisconsin.
Often referred to as the Lakeland Area, the towns of Boulder Junction, Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Woodruff, Lac Du Flambeau, Manitowish Waters, Lake Tomahawk, Hazelhurst, Presque Isle and a few more tiny townships provide ample, year round entertainment for visitors of all ages.
There is no shortage of food for hungry visitors. Want to make the most of your day without stopping for lunch? Then be sure to stop in at any of the local cafes that make it their business to ensure no one who walks through their doors for brunch leaves hungry. For those looking for something a little fancier, dinner at a supper club is a requirement for your list. As an added bonus, many local establishments showcase the beautiful views Mother Nature provides.
Summer visitors can generally expect warm, sunny days that are perfect for lounging on the beach with a book, or taking in the beautiful, natural wonders along numerous bike and hiking paths. Just be sure you don’t forget a pair of long pants and a light jacket or sweater for cooler nights spent around the bonfire!
With more than 10,000 lakes, Northern Wisconsin provides a gorgeous, natural playground for everyone, from fishermen and water skiers, to children feeding their imaginations with sandcastles on the beach. The hotter the weather, the more likely it is you are hear the yells and screams of delight as boats pull daring passengers along on a wild tube ride.
Don’t feel like playing on the water? There is plenty more to do. If you’re a history buff, be sure to visit the Dr. Kate Museum in Woodruff, and learn all about the Angel on Snowshoes. Or take a walk down the Bearskin Trail, the location of the historic lumber train paths used during the lumber industry’s heyday. These trails are full of beautiful flora and fauna, so much so that it is not uncommon to see a chipmunk or squirrel scamper across the path in front of you. If you’re really lucky, you may even witness a white tailed deer carefully peek out from the trees.
After a hike, what better way to spend an afternoon than browsing the shops in downtown Minocqua? Featuring works from local artists, clothing, souvenirs and much more, an afternoon spent shopping, either in Minocqua or any of the other friendly small towns nestled in the woods is a must on any trip to the area.
Winter turns Northern Wisconsin into a wonderland of gleaming white snow, ideal for any visitor, from sports enthusiasts who enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, to kids eager to build snowmen and have a snowball fight. After you’ve decided you have had enough of being frozen, warm up with a cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate at any of the cafes and super clubs that dot the Lakeland Area. Just be sure to bundle up, and expect cold temperatures.