A Northern Escape to Rhinelander

I’ve been traveling to the quaint town of Rhinelander, WI for as long as I can remember. It’s a family tradition to make the four-hour trip up north every Fourth of July, and it’s practically my second home. I know all of the small town shops, cafes and where to get the best coffee (that’s not Starbucks!).

This year was a little extra special because my boyfriend and I traveled up together. So, it was only fitting that I show him around my favorite boutiques and cafes. Though the town is quite small (pop: 7,500 people), there are a pretty good amount of local clothing stores adorned with the *cutest* items.

Our first destination was one of my favorites: Bath and Body Creations. This truly amazing store has essential oils, bath bars, Himalayan salt lamps, a coffee shop and so much more. I first became obsessed with this shop a few years ago, when I tried their chai tea latte (which, if you know me, you know chai is my go-to!) and it was absolutely wonderful. Then, last year for my 19th birthday, my aunt (who lives in Rhinelander) gifted me a diffuser and a few oil blends, and I’ve been hooked since. I picked up three new delicious scents, Strawberry, Blackberry, and Blue Hawaii, and haven’t gone a day without one of them.

Right up the downtown street sits Lattitudes, a unique clothing and gift store. While I didn’t purchase anything this time around, I’d say a good chunk of my wardrobe comes from this boutique! They have a huge assortment of options that will match every taste. I’ve found adorable dresses, sweaters, and t-shirts in years past. They also have a variety of different trinkets and gifts – all of which are super cute!

For lunch, we made a pitstop at the Crimson Cafe. What looks like an ordinary home at first glance, turns into a delicious cafe serving one-of-a-kind sandwiches and salads that I could honestly eat every day. I ordered the Smoked Turkey Chipotle Panini on a croissant while my boyfriend ordered had the Chicken Caesar Panini. Each was grilled to perfection and tasted like it too.

Our fourth and final stop was at my personal favorite, The Briar House. Inside of another decorated home is a coffee shop/cafe and a boutique. Candles, home-goods, accessories, clothing, shoes… You name it, they have it! I love the huge selection of items and everything fits right in my style (and, mostly, budget!). I’ve gotten a ton of items from here before but decided to spare my wallet this time around. And, once again, they truly have a delicious cafe! I love their selection of coffee, tea, baked goods, and pastries, and their chai is one of my favorites.

For actual Fourth of July festivities, we went to Rhinelander’s annual parade, which features groups from all over the place (one marching band drove four hours to perform!). After getting bucketfuls of candy, we headed home for some pizza and naps. That night we lit off so many fireworks (Thank goodness Wisco has them legalized!) and played around with some sparklers.

While we had the time of our life spending a day on the town and celebrating the holiday, plenty of things (and kids) kept us busy at the house as well. When we weren’t in the midst of a nerf war, we typically were outside (where we got too many mosquito bites!) jumping on the trampoline, sunbathing, or bug hunting. Once again, Rhinelander did not disappoint. Until next summer.

Thanks so much for reading,

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