Rusk County, Wisconsin is a beautiful Northwoods destination that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list! The area hosts a handful of unique shops all with their own personality and local flair.
I could have spent all day in Artisans Boutiquelet alone. This adorable shop boasts a variety of items at bargain prices. Their wide selection of jewelry, candles, wines, art and so much more makes it the perfect place to pick up gifts for your loved ones before you head home.
Toad House is a quaint coffee shop that displays tons of stunning artwork by local artists. This space is great for when you need to warm up from a chilly morning outside or when you just want to relax while taking in the views.
Maple Hill Farm
If shopping isn’t quite your thing and you’re looking for activities during the stay, Maple Hill Farms hosts educational programs to get you engaged with the local scene. Take hands-on classes and learn a new craft like making Elderberry syrup or how to identify edible mushrooms.
Plaid Peacock offers a plethora of different art classes to choose from. With inspiration from the beautiful Northwoods, you can create a lasting memory here.
Wisconsin is your outdoor playground, with millions of acres of public land open for you to explore. Dense hardwood forests, pine plantations, open prairies and remote wetlands—these lands are teeming with wildlife and perfect for outdoors lovers and sportspeople. You just need to know where to find them! Here are a few of our favorite spots.
This county in northwestern Wisconsin is home to four wild rivers, four state wildlife areas and the Flambeau River State Forest, which boasts more than 90,000 acres open to hunting. Hunters will find opportunities for white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey and waterfowl. Learn more about hunting in Rusk County.
If you’re looking for vast areas of public land, look no further. Nearly 43 percent of Vilas County in northern Wisconsin is public land that’s open to visitors for recreation. In all, the county has more than 240,000 acres of public land peppered with trails, picnic areas, campsites, swimming beaches and scenic vistas. It’s a popular destination for anglers and hunters of all kinds. Here’s a rundown on the public land that’s available in Vilas County.
This Northwoods county welcomes ATV riders, snowmobilers and sportspeople with sprawling tracts of county forest land that are all open for public use. The Oneida County Forest is divided into three massive blocks that are home to winding trails, wild streams and vast tracts of hardwoods. Together, they cover more than 80,000 acres. Learn about each of these blocks and see maps of the land here.
This charming community is reportedly haunted by some spirits. Conduct your own paranormal investigation while learning about the fascinating history of this community with a trip to the Old Courthouse Museum and the Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. Both historic brick buildings are purportedly haunted by criminals of days gone by.
Some of Vilas County’s beautiful and historic places have been reportedly visited by ghosts. We can’t guarantee that you’ll see one at Little Bohemia in Manitowish Waters, the site of a famous gangster shootout, or at the beautiful Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes, but spirits have supposedly been spotted in both spots. In any case, they are filled with classic Northwoods beauty and you’re sure to have a great time. In Boulder Junction, you’ll find a different kind of ghost roaming the forest: the “ghost deer” are not apparitions, but are albino deer that call this area of the Northwoods home.
Ghosts of a different sort will haunt Middleton Oct. 20-21! At the Haunted Hustle, racers of all ages and abilities can don their favorite costume and hit a scenic Middleton course. The best costumes win prizes, and the weekend includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K events. There are also games and activities for kids. Grab your ghost or goblin costume and do the hustle!
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