Looking for a fun and relaxing weekend getaway to the Stevens Point Area? Head out on your road trip with recommendations from Bobby Tanzilo from OnMilwaukee.com, as took to the mural-lined streets to spend some time exploring all there is to offer here in the heart of Wisconsin. Read on to uncover his top picks including where to stay and the top 10 things to see, do and eat.Header photo from @travelwisconsin
ABOUT THE STEVENS POINT AREA
The Stevens Point Area has come a long way since its logging days. Where mills once lined the Wisconsin River, now the shoreline is home to parks that host many community events. There is world-class golf, a respected university, and 27 miles of Green Circle Trail walking that loops through the region. Grand murals enliven the walls around the area, including a local favorite, painted by artist Jessie Fritsch, picturing the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The region is also a hotbed for craft beverages, with nearly a half-dozen breweries, a winery, and a distillery known as the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.
WHERE TO STAY
The Inn at SentryWorld:
Arrive to smiling staff at The Inn, where the interior is both rustic and modern, lodge-like and luxurious. The hotel gazes out over the golf course which is the host of the 2023 U.S. Senior Open. An Outfitter in the lobby has bikes and other gear for rent, along with locally sourced snacks and athletic clothing for sale.
10 THINGS TO EAT, DRINK, & DO
Ruby Coffee RoastersTop
This cozy café focuses on organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. The coffee is great– so great that Food and Wine Magazine called it the best in Wisconsin – but miss the pastries and sweet crepes at your own peril. Feast on heartier fare, too, like avocado toast, burgers, a breakfast BLT, and more.
Looking for more great coffee spots? Take a look at our guide to the top coffee shops in the Stevens Point Area.
McZ's Brew PubTop
This local brewpub in Rosholt offers more than a half-dozen brewed on-site beers – including a mix of ales and lagers, as well as a maple porter, a stout, and even a Rauchbier – and some really tasty pizzas. There is also an array of sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads on the menu to appeal to every craving.
Not sure what to try first? Check out our three must-try beers from McZ's beer list.
Feltz's Dairy StoreTop
Just a few yards from the cows on this working family farm is the entrance to the dairy store, which sells all kinds of homemade cheese, milk, butter, and ice cream. They also sell maple syrup, beer, wine, sausage, and many more products. The deep-fried curds – a mix of white and yellow – are about the best you can get anywhere.
If you love the agricultural experience that Feltz offers, check out some more culinary farm experiences in the area.
Belts' Soft ServeTop
Belts’ Soft Serve has been dishing – and coning – up ice creams since 1981 from a pair of walk-up windows at the small stand. There are shakes, sundaes, smoothies, slushies, plus a flavor of the day. It’s the place to be on a warm evening, but remember to bring some scratch as it's cash only!
For more yummy cold treats year round. take a look at our Insider's Guide to ice cream in the Stevens Point Area.
Main Grain Bakery & EateryTop
Main Grain has always had a solid reputation, but the recent addition of a sandwich shop is stellar, which comes as no surprise to its customers, who were already wowed by the top-notch bread and treats emanating from the ovens. If you see it, be sure to grab a chocolate hazelnut sourdough sweet roll, too.
If you love Main Grain for its delicious sandwiches, we suggest you check out 4 more of the best sandwiches in the Stevens Point Area.
O’so Brewing is located in a retail development in a former big box store in a Plover strip mall and it’s a sight. The taproom is huge and the brewhouse and barrel house is right there for all to see. There are a couple of dozen beers on tap and lots of cans – chilled and not – for purchase, too.
There are more than 40 beers on tap at O'so Brewing, which can be very overwhelming. Which is why we compiled a list of the three beers you must try on your next trip to O'so.
District 1 BrewingTop
District 1 Brewing is a large brewery and taproom just north of Downtown, and in addition to some great beers on tap and in cans – including a range of lagers (woot) – there’s also an extremely impressive bank of pinball machines and other fun activities to keep you interested...and thirsty.
Love seeing live music? District 1 isn't the only place that offers such an experience, check out 5 more spots to enjoy music live.
Sunset Point WineryTop
Offering a welcoming and fun tasting room – Sunset Point is a family affair. Many wines are made from locally grown varietals, they also make what is likely Wisconsin’s only “Barolo”. There’s even a wine aged in a barrel that once held Great Northern Distilling brandy made from the same wine.
Check out our landing page for all things beer, wine, and spirits and explore even more amazing places to grab a drink in the area!
Portage County Historical Society operates a number of sites in the Stevens Point Area, offering a glimpse into the past. Beyond the established sites, they host walking tours, pub crawls, and other events throughout the year to help illuminate history within the community.
Deep dive Stevens Point's rich history in it's very own episode of Hometown Stories on PBS Wisconsin.
Stevens Point Area CVB
Food & FarmTop
The Food + Farm Exploration Center is slated to open soon and this is going to be pretty cool. Think of an ag-focused Discovery World, in an indoor and outdoor space designed to help kids of all ages learn where their food comes from, who grows it, and the innovation behind food production
Keep an eye out for any updates regarding the opening of the Exploration Center in 2023!
Find more ideas for trips to take and tours to schedule here in the Stevens Point Area. Taste test plenty more breweries, wineries, and distilleries, then grab a bite at an insta-worthy restaurant! While you're out on the town, be sure to take some photos and tag us on Instagram @StevensPointArea and use #StevensPointArea for a chance to be featured!