Discover the culinary delights and local treasures of Amherst, a community within the Stevens Point Area. From delicious breakfasts to boutique shopping and outdoor adventures, there's so much fun to be had in a 48-hour trip to Amherst, WI. Get a glimpse into the town's quaint yet vibrant atmosphere.


Header Photo by Bill Rogers

Day One in Amherst

Culinary Delights and Downtown Discoveries

Start at The Landmark Coffee House

Visit a family-owned, historic coffee house located right downtown. Starting with a light breakfast, grab one of The Landmark's delicious bakery items (like their homemade cinnamon rolls). If you are looking for more substance, you're in luck. The Landmark also serves breakfast sandwiches, and burritos along with a variety of lunch options like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more.

Maple Latte and Muffin from The Landmark Coffeehouse

Shop Downtown Amherst

Visit the unique shops of downtown Amherst. Check out Adeline's Closet Boutique and find yourself a trendy new outfit. Adeline's Closet Boutique believes that 'fashion should be inclusive and empowering for all woman'. Next, stop at Village Gift and find a collection of creations from local makers, authors, and artists. You can shop for yourself, but this is a great place to gift shop for family and friends.


Stop for lunch at Ambrosia's Pub and Grill

After you are done shopping downtown, make a stop at Ambrosia's Pub and Grill for their locally-acclaimed pizza. We recommend trying the Chicken Bacon Ranch.

Pizza at Ambrosias

Explore Lake Emily County Park

After fueling up it's time to move around. Take a trip to Lake Emily County Park and immerse yourself in the natural beauty. Less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Amherst is this 143-acre park and campground. Lake Emily County Park has trails for walking or running and a lake for almost any water activity like swimming, kayaking, skiing, or boating. 

For a serene lake with gorgeous views, don't miss Lake Emily in the Stevens Point Area.
Photo by Daniel Acker Photography

Finish the day at O'Brien's On Main

Finish Day One's adventures at O'Briens on Main where you'll arrive as a stranger and leave a friend. This local pub serves craft beer, with 20 options on tap. They also host live music every Thursday and Sunday. 


Turn in at the Village Hive

Right in the heart of downtown Amherst is The Village Hive Flatlet, a cozy Airbnb available to book. It happens to be located right above a commercial bakery, The Village Hive, and there is even a window that allows you to peer in and see the activities below. An added bonus? Wake up to the sweet smells of bread and cinnamon rolls.

The Village Hive Flatlet Short Term Rental

Day Two in Amherst

Outdoor Escapes and Local Sips

Ruby Roasters

In the morning, head out to the neighboring town of Nelsonville and grab coffee at Ruby's Roastery. Just a 7-minute drive from downtown Amherst, this is a must-try if you are a coffee lover. As you pull into their campus, your senses will be filled with the aroma of roasting coffee, because they are roasting on-site! 

Explore the Tomorrow River

Flowing through downtown Amherst is the Tomorrow River, which is a haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. This popular trout river, makes for a great place to fly fish. You can also get dropped off with a kayak by Ruby Roasters, grab a coffee, and then make your way back to downtown Amherst by water.

Find a Local Event

Amherst boasts an exciting lineup of events, making it an even more unique destination. The Jensen Community Center frequently hosts entertaining events like the 'Maple Tapping Hoedown" or concerts featuring local bands and theater productions. For additional fun, visit the Local Goat, where you can enjoy goat yoga in the spring and the occasional drunk spelling bee. 

Finish Your Day Sipping Central Waters

Grab some food to-go from Beard Bros BBQ and head over to Central Waters. Fun fact: this environmentally friendly facility is powered by more than 1,000 square feet of solar panels! If the weather allows, find a nice spot next to the fire pit on their patio and sip on one of their barrel-aged brews.

Central Waters beers outside cheersing

Want More?

Check out our paddle guide to the Tomorrow River, or better yet- find a waterfront rental in the Stevens Point Area. Then while you're out, be sure to tag us @StevensPointArea or by using the hashtag #StevensPointArea for a chance to be featured!