Unique places to relax and do your holiday shopping
Holiday shopping can sometimes feel like a chore. Traffic, crowds and long lines can put a damper on your holiday spirit. But a getaway to one of these three destinations is a fun way to get your holiday shopping out of the way. Knock things off your list and relax in these laidback communities.
Middleton is one of the best places to live in America. CNN/ Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live ranked Middleton #4 in 2009, #7 in 2005 and #1 in 2007. In 2011, Middleton made the list again at #8. One of the reasons why Middleton is such a great place to live is the community’s huge variety of businesses, including retailers. There are numerous shops and galleries located throughout this friendly community. The charming downtown is home to a delightful mixture of old and new. A short walk from downtown, Greenway Station features 51 acres of shops and restaurants surrounded by covered walkways and a courtyard. Nearly all of Middleton’s hotels are located just steps from one of the community’s shopping areas. Add it all up and you have the perfect shopping getaway.
Located on the Mississippi River and the Great River Road, Onalaska is a popular destination for fishing, boating, paddling and exploring the river. In addition to great recreational offerings, Onalaska has the largest shopping district within a nine-county area. Onalaska’s retailers attract people from communities in both Minnesota and Iowa. The largest shopping center in Onalaska is Valley View Mall, which is home to more than 90 specialty shops and four major department stores. Another reason for shopping in Onalaska is convenience. The majority of Onalaska’s retailers and lodging properties are located right along I-90, making it easy to get around. If you’re looking for a relaxing shopping getaway, Onalaska is for you.
Minocqua in Oneida County
When most people think of Minocqua, they think of the area’s many cabins, vacation homes and lakeside resorts. But Minocqua is also one of the most interesting places to shop in the Northwoods. Dozens of eccentric and entertaining shops offer everything from kayaks to Czech crystal. Go hunting for antiques or sample some luscious, handcrafted fudge. Take a stroll through galleries selling pieces with a Northwoods flair. Visit a year-round Christmas shop. Peruse rows of new Harley Davidsons. Saunter through the bath and body shop. Next time you’re in the Northwoods, discover delightful variety in Minocqua.