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.
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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