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A Rainy-Day Tour of Minocqua


Are you hoping to take a trip to Minocqua but feeling deterred by the stormy forecast? Don’t turn back—and don’t dismay! While it’s true that Minocqua is a famed headquarters to enjoy Oneida and Vilas counties’ 3,200 lakes and many other natural havens, Minocqua’s indoor gems are abundant—and perfect for the rare summer day when your goal is to stay dry and cozy. What’s more, Island City is so walkable! With each of these destinations mere yards away from the last, you’ll barely need to open that umbrella at all.

The Shade Tree

Peruse the shelves at The Shade Tree. Rainy days and books go together like Wisconsinites and cheese curds. The first stop on your rainy-day itinerary is this independent bookstore, where items are curated to cater to the interests of people (like you) who love to stay and play in the Northwoods.

Great Northern Coffee Traders

Pack up your new book and head down West Front Street to Great Northern Coffee Traders for breakfast and a hot beverage. The warm woodsy aesthetics, the work of local artists decking the walls, the aroma of coffee and pastries, and the friendly chatter of baristas and patrons will envelop you like a soft blanket. Lose yourself in your book or in your conversation with traveling companions for awhile.

Gaslight Square Shoppes

After a short walk south on Oneida Street, you will land at Gaslight Square Shoppes for hours of amusement. On the main floor, you’ll shop for clothing, décor, and souvenirs amidst an ambiance of old-world charm. Take the stairs or elevator to the maze-like second-floor shop, Gaslight Antiques and Collectibles. Your curiosity will be piqued for hours as you peruse the wide variety of treasures from more than 120 dealers.

Minoc-Woods Indoor Mini Golf

If you are in the mood for some friendly rivalry, head down to the basement level of Gaslight Square, where you will find Minoc-Woods Indoor Mini Golf.

The Key To Escape

After you settle the score, unite your problem-solving powers at The Key to Escape. This escape room center has two themed rooms—Uncle Ande’s Escape and Mad Doctor—which test your wits to solve a series of puzzles and escape. According to one reviewer, the puzzles are “very engaging” and “beyond creative.”

Earth Goods

Speaking of creativity, we know just the place to paint away your dreary-day doldrums and create a souvenir or a gift. You will feel right at home in the relaxed atmosphere at Earth Goods, near the corner of Front and Oneida streets, as you pick out a piece of pottery and paint it. (We recommend this activity for folks who will be in the Minocqua area for a few days because the friendly staff at Earth Goods will kiln-fire your masterpiece. It will be ready for you to pick it up in a couple days.) After you have perfected your pottery, sip Wisconsin-crafted brews, spirits, and wines at the Earth Goods Lounge.

Fern & Folk Spa

To unwind after your athletic and artistic pursuits, treat yourself to one of the facial, aromatherapy, or body treatments on the extensive spa menu at Fern & Folk Spa. The knowledgeable and caring staff at this West Milwaukee Street sanctuary use an Ayurvedic approach to creating your spa experience.

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