From the natural attractions to the wonderful family-fun activities to do while visiting, the Menomonie Area is a Wisconsin must-visit destination to see this year! Get ready to plan your next trip with all of our tips, tricks, and favorite locations within. Dive into how you can plan your next weekend getaway with ease right in the Menomonie Area!
It’s no surprise that the Menomonie Area is filled with many beautiful natural areas throughout! First is a true Wisconsin historic hidden gem, Devil’s Punchbowl. This historic landmark was established in 1961 and has truly been thriving in our state every year since. Devil’s Punchbowl has two short trails within, the upper starting with a stairway that takes you right to the top of the falls and to an excellent location to overlook the bowl! The next trail is down a long slope that leads you right into the bowl. Either way, you can’t go wrong but do note that this is a challenging trail so be ready to get your workout in!
If you’re looking for another hike in the area and a beautiful park to get out and explore, check out the Red Cedar State Trail! This trail is the community's pride and joy as it is known as one of the greatest natural resources in the area. The trail is open to hikers, bikers, and in the winter months, cross-country skiers and snowshoers! (Yes, the trail is open during all seasons!) You can explore the farmlands, forests, rustic bridges, sandstone bluffs, and even see wildlife while out exploring. This trail truly makes for a great day trip exploring the Menomonie Area!
The area itself boasts these two wonderful parks but there are many other opportunities to check out the beautiful nature hidden within the Menomonie Area. Some of the other top nature areas include Hoffman Hills, Wakanda Park, Lake Menomin, and WoodWind Park. Each of these areas has a little something special and different to them. Learn more about exploring the outdoors in the Menomonie Area by clicking here!
It wouldn’t be a weekend getaway without making trips to some of the best breweries in the Menomonie Area! Lucette Brewing Co is right in Menomonie and is a craft brewery that was founded in 2010! Not only do they brew up a classic Wisconsin brew but they also serve delicious Handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizzas! And if you find your favorite brew, you can now grab a 6-pack to go.
Zymurgy Brewing Company is another brewery right in the heart of Menomonie that is a must-stop location for any beer lover. One last brewery in the area is Brewery Nonic, a community-centered brewery. Brewery Nonic was specifically opened right in the Menomonie Area to be a part of the community and provide a role in creating an opportunity for the community to grow, develop, work and learn together. And of course, to brew some of the best Wisconsin beer!
The Menomonie Area is home to some delicious breweries that need to be added to every beer lover's list of things to do while visiting. Learn more about other opportunities to find local beers, cocktails, mocktails, and more by clicking here!
While we have talked about ways to get outdoors and explore the natural beauty of the Menomonie Area and ways to get some of Wisconsin flavor to your taste buds through drinks, the area also boasts some delicious foodie finds that you’ll need to add to your checklist! And it truly wouldn’t be Wisconsin if you didn’t have a fish fry added to your list of things to do while visiting any destination.
While we could list over 20 local restaurants to visit for a delicious fish fry, one that is a must-visit is Wilson Creek Inn. n. This supper club is truly inspired by some of the best and offers an elegant setting, delicious food, and pristine cocktails! Must-try appetizer? The Ellsworth Cheese Curds! Be sure to check out Jake’s Supper Club on Tainter Lake and Whitetail Golf Course for a great bite to eat, fantastic ambiance, and beautiful views!
To get a taste of the local flare, you’ll definitely want to visit Raw Deal Coffee Roaster in the area. This coffee shop not only serves up some of the best fair-trade organic coffee in the area but also serves up delicious organic, vegan, and gluten-free meals where they take healthy eating far from boring!
Other delicious spots and restaurants that you can add to your list are The Log Jam Eatery, Scatterbrain Cafe, Cancun Mexican Grill, and Ted’s Pizza. Learn more about all delicious foodie spots in the Menomonie Area by clicking here!
While planning your weekend trip to the Menomonie Area, you may be looking for some specific things to do while in town. If you’re a golf fanatic, you’re in luck! There are three courses in the area that could make for an entire weekend on its own. The only 18-hole course is at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, a little bit outside of the heart of the Menomonie Area. At Whitetail there are over 6,000 yards of play right in the countryside of Northwest Wisconsin.
Two other courses that are 9-holes include the Menomonie Golf & Country Club and the Pinewood Golf Club. And if disc golf is more your style of golf, there are 5 courses in the area with different levels of terrain and difficulty to explore. Learn more about the disc golf courses in the Menomonie Area by clicking here.
Another fun thing to do while visiting on your next weekend getaway is getting out to explore the historic downtown. Throughout the downtown area, there are a few antique and thrift shops that are must-visit shops. Along with that, there is boutique shopping to round out a perfect shopping day trip! Not only does the historic downtown boast a fun shopping experience, but it also has C&J Candy and Scoop Shop. This candy shop is a local and visitors' favorite as they serve up candies from all over the world and of course, a delicious bit of ice cream!
One bit of fun that you must add to your list is a visit to the Elsworth Cheese Cooperative. While visiting, you can see the entire cheesemaking process and also grab your favorite cheeses, wines, and more while making a visit! This is one of the greatest places for any cheese lover to visit right in the heart of Wisconsin’s Dairyland.
So, are you planning your next weekend getaway to the Menomonie Area yet? From finding some of the tastiest bites to eat and freshest brews in the area to getting out to explore the natural areas and take a shopping trip, you can truly plan an entire unforgettable weekend exactly how you want it! So what are you adding to your list of things to do on your next getaway in the Menomonie Area? Let us know in the comments below!
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Kortnee Hass: Social Media Coordinator for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.