Photo provided by Washburn County Tourism/ James Netz Photography
Photo provided by Washburn County Tourism/ James Netz Photography

Once a railroad town, Spooner has gown to become a must-see destination in Wisconsin. Still rich in railroad history, Spooner boasts many restaurants, specialty retail, and seemingly endless amounts of outdoor activities year-round.

Winter is a magical time of year in Spooner and its surrounding areas, offering a wide range of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From well-groomed cross-country ski trails to back-country snowshoeing, you are sure to leave with some new favorite trails after your explorations. Just east of Spooner you will also find nearly 12 miles of expertly groomed winter fat bike trails where you are able to rent a bike for a day or bring your own. Don't forget to check out the hundreds of miles of immaculately groomed snowmobile trails and many snowmobile friendly businesses along the way, in and just outside of Spooner. With access to the river flowage and countless lakes, Spooner is home to some of the best ice fishing spots around as well.

If you are looking to stay warm and cozy while the temperatures outside are dropping, downtown Spooner is the place for you. Be sure to check out the Spooner Tin Ceiling Tour of over a dozen historic downtown buildings that have exposed and restored the incredible original tin ceilings. Along the way take a break to relax at one of our many dining options from family-owned restaurants serving must have comfort food and fish fry, cozy coffee shops, a specialty brew pub and more. You will also find a variety of retail shops offering art, antiques, jewelry, chocolate, and lots of Northwoods keepsakes and souvenirs.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend cuddled up by a fire inside a Northwoods cabin or want to enjoy the hospitality of a cozy bed and breakfast and/or the amenities of a quality hotel of motel, Spooner has an abundant number of outstanding accommodations for visitors to choose from. So, come see for yourself why Spooner is the must visit designation of the Northwoods!

-As published in the January-February 2021 issue of "On Wisconsin Outdoors"

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