Our Favorite Family Getaways
Quintessential resort feel in Minocqua area, Wisconsin
Popcorn-and fudge-scented air hums with the buzz of speedboats and the putter of pontoons in Minocqua and the surrounding towns of Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction and Hazelhurst, the woodsy heart of northern Wisconsin vacationland (165 miles northwest of Green Bay).
There are lots of reasons for the area's reputation as an ideal lake getaway -- at least 4,200 of them. That's the number of lakes (3,200) in Vilas and Oneida counties, plus the number of rooms, condos and cabins (1,000) that line their pine-shaded shores. We didn't even count the supper clubs, cafes, shops, shows and other attractions.
But you can still find natural lakes so quiet that the plunk of a lure echoes from shore to shore. Towns like Minocqua are the quintessential resort-area destination -- the one most people dream of when they're stuck in a cubicle on a sunny day.
The next three slides have information on what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the Minocqua area.