Ashland is a favorite small-town stop along Lake Superior for people who want a taste of the Northwoods without having to go too close to some of the more tourist-heavy areas in Wisconsin. The small port city has a population of just over 8,000, and has a variety of sites in the area that are ideal for people who are staying at our Inn.
Here are just a few examples of some of the activities you might try during your stay here:
- Chequamegon Bay: Ashland is situated on Chequamegon Bay, a fairly sizable inlet of Lake Superior. Walking along the bay is a great way to get in some birdwatching, as there are plenty of waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers, songbirds, owls and more that frequent the waterside area. It also is a great fishing spot, if you’re interested in putting out a boat or even fishing offshore.
- Ashland Mural Walk: Walk along some of the main streets in downtown Ashland and you’ll find a variety of beautiful, historic murals painted on the sides of some of the oldest buildings in town. The mural area covers about eight blocks, and also takes you along some quaint shops and restaurants that you may consider patronizing.
- The Grand Opera House: This historic opera house in Ashland was one of the first theaters build in the region. It was built in 1893 as a vaudeville/opera house and live performance venue, designed by renowned architect Oscar Cobb. The spot was originally surrounded by hotels, and it drew in a lot of guests who never would have otherwise visited far-north Wisconsin. The building is currently vacant, but it is an important part of Ashland’s historic district nonetheless.
- Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center: This facility, open year-round, provides an up-close-and-personal look at the cultural and natural history of the Ashland area and the northern Great Lakes. It includes an intriguing objects theater, a variety of exhibits and other special programs.
- South Shore Brewery: Craft brewing has exploded in a big way across the country, and South Shore Brewery is Ashland’s own contribution to that growing field. Be sure to try the fish!
- Ashland Historical Museum: This small local museum contains a variety of interesting photos, facts, exhibits and gifts to give you a greater understanding of what made Ashland an important town in northern Wisconsin.
- Maslowski Beach: For many people who visit Ashland, a stop at Maslowski Beach is a must to grab some natural spring water. But it’s also a great place to take a dip and enjoy the refreshing, clean Lake Superior water. It offers great views and a solid spot for a picnic lunch.
For more tips and information about some of the best sites and spots to check out while you’re visiting Ashland, contact our Inn. We will be happy to provide you with some insider tips so you can have the best trip possible when you stay with us at Second Wind Country Inn!