If you want to feel more like a resident than a tourist while in Mineral Point, seek out accommodations on Shake Rag Alley. The Mousehole Lodging is a fully furnished 1839 stone-and-brick duplex, one of a handful of original 1800s buildings available for overnight stays. This one is suitable for small families, couples or single travelers looking for quiet space and inspiration.
The front door (up a short, narrow set of stairs) opens into a quaint living room with a plush couch and armchair, coffee table and fireplace. You’ll find plenty of old-fashioned comforts: threadbare quilts and throw pillows, a kettle for tea and a cabinet full of wine glasses. Beyond the homey living room is a small, fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave and a table with stools. A door leads to a backyard with a patio overlooking Shake Rag Center. The bedrooms and single bathroom are up a steep flight of stairs this building is not at all handicapped-accessible.) The street-facing master bedroom has a single queen-size bed, rocking chair, desk and dresser; the smaller bedroom holds two twin daybeds. Between the two bedrooms is a bright, large, just-the-basics bathroom with a shower.
This beautiful building is in excellent shape, but the walls are thin. If you get lucky, the other half of the duplex will be empty during your stay. The lodging office can be found inside the Shake Rag Center for the Arts next door. Once the clerk hands you the key, you won't have to interact with another living soul if you don't want to. But, if you need anything, the shops, restaurants and Opera House of Mineral Point are within walking distance of the front stoop. Rates from $169 per night.