We asked our Instagram and Facebook followers to help us decide what to include for the perfect #StePoWknd, in a week-long #StePo Showdown to help celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week. Check out the crowd-sourced results below, and then craft your own perfect getaway to find more fun things to see and do in the Stevens Point Area!Header photo courtesy @mariah_mantzke
Perfect #StePoWknd Showdown Results
First up, we focused on favorite sips. Bloody Mary took a strong lead over Mimosa. Craft Cocktails practically tied with Wine, and Barrel-aged Beer took a (very!) narrow margin over Hoppy (thank goodness there are so many more styles worth sipping!).
Next, we shifted to food. Late brunch and cheese curds both took a commanding lead to win hands down over early breakfast and a cheese board (though, we are pretty sure we’ve never seen anyone turn down cheese in any form!). When it came to dining spots, alfresco spots with water views reigned supreme over patio views. For dessert, more of you opted for a cool scoop over a tasty slice for dessert.
When it came to outdoor adventures, hiking came out on top. While you may cast a line, more of you preferred to simply float when it came to fun on the water. Disc golf came out on top, though, we can never beat the view of the iconic flower hole!
Finally, we focused on shopping and headed indoors. Shopping for home decor, local flavor, and locally made goods were winners with wide margins over pampering your pet, local style, and items you can make yourself.
Perfect #StePoWknd Itinerary
Head to Sunset Point Winery. Sip and swing in the winery, or grab a bottle to go, (paired with some take-out) for a picture-perfect Wisconsin River picnic. After dinner, stroll the Riverfront Trail segment of the Green Circle or venture a bit further on the Rocky Run Spillway or the West Side Loop. For dessert – hit up Belt’s Soft Serve for a flurry (beware of the large cone!) or King Cone for a flavorful scoop.
Start your day at Wisconsin’s oldest farmers' market. (Get a game plan before you go with our top 5 tips for your trip.) Then, stroll through more one-of-a-kind shops for cool finds from home décor to locally crafted items (including edible goods!), with stops at Agora, Bound to Happen Books, and Fall Line to start. (Find more spots worth visiting with our Shop Local Guides.)
After checking out, grab a late brunch, at Ruby Café or Father Fats. Once you’re satisfied, venture to the Stevens Point Brewery and get a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s done. Sample from their beer, cider, and soda, steeped in history as one of the oldest breweries in the nation. (Find more local craft beer with the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.)
For the afternoon, it’s time to float. Pick your perfect vessel, from kayak to pontoon (with local rentals available), and make a splash. If you’re up for a paddle and feeling adventurous, check out the Stevens Point Area Paddling guide, by MilesPaddled.com. If you’re on a boat, don’t overlook the sandbars made for an impromptu picnic, along the Stevens Point Flowage. There are several spots that make it an ideal spot to break, with water views. (Find more outdoor dining options here.)
When the dinner bell rings, start with cheese curds at Guus on Main before grabbing extra inspiration for other curd spots with our three to try list! End the night with a carefully crafted cocktail from Mikey's featuring delicious, fresh ingredients.
Start the day with a hike through one of the lesser-known hiking areas - including one of the 11 state natural areas - the 280-acre Schmeeckle Reserve, or the George W Mead Wildlife Area. Looking for something else, challenge a friend to a round of disc golf at Standing Rocks Park or any one of the great disc golf courses in the Stevens Point Area. After building up an appetite, head out for one of Wisconsin's best bloody marys at Rusty's Backwater Saloon.
Join the fun!
Explore for yourself all the things that make the Stevens Point Area great. Find inspiration with our insider's guide to 22 food and drinks to try in 2022 or by exploring all the outdoor recreation possibilities. Then, while you're out, be sure to tag us @StevensPointArea on Instagram and #StevensPointArea!