The Best of WashCo 2020

You asked us... So we turned around & asked you, the visitors, where are some of the best places to go, things to do, events to attend, and a little bit in between. The questions we often hear are what helped us concoct the Top 12 categories for The Best of WashCo. When you're in Washburn County be sure to stop at one (or all) of these places that were awarded "The Best Of"... we are sure they won't disappoint! 

Best Bites:
Laughing Goat Food Truck

The dining options throughout Washburn County are endless. So often we are asked where to eat, well let us tell you - there is something for everyone! But, to make choosing a little easier check out the full Best Bites article.

Best Pour:
Alley Cats Coffee

Sit back, relax, enjoy something to sip on! The options to satisfy your tastebuds come in all forms. Smoothies, coffee, specialty cocktails, bloody marys - you name it and we can probably come up with a few options for you to try! 

Rest Your Head:
Totogatic Campground

A cozy lake side cottage, a beautiful  campground, a mom & pop motel - whatever your preference you can find it here in Washburn County. The accomodations offered make your stay one to remember. 

The Shopping Bag:
Indigo the Label

A little retail therapy doesn't hurt anyone, especially when you shop local. The downtown streets are full of local, authentic shops - each different in their own way. Eclectic boutiques, stores for the great outdoors, art & antiques, you can find it all here.

Off the Beaten Path:
Washburn Co ATV Trails

How do you like to explore this beautiful northwoods? No matter what your preference is, there's a trail out there waiting for you. 100+ miles of ATV Trails, 100+ miles of hiking trails, 30+ miles of mountain bike trails...there's lots of ways to explore.

Water Fun:
Floating the Namekagon River

What's better than cooling off during these beloved summer days than by taking a dip in one of nearly 1,000 lakes or enjoying the beautiful scenic Namekagon River. Some might say water fun is endless in this neck of the woods & we couldn't agree more!


Family Fun:
J.L. Aquatic & Activity Center

Make memories with the whole family in Washburn County! So what's there to do with the kids? Well, here are three ideas but let us tell you - the possibilities are endless! So load up the car and head out to enjoy the area.


Favorite Sunset View:
Dock Sitting

Taking in the beauty of the northwoods is a must and during sunset it's just that much more perfect. So where can one take in these beauties? Well, check out this list to find out the top spots to view a sunset. 


Wide Open Spaces:
Shell Lake Beach

Get out, stretch your legs, enjoy the wide open spaces of Washburn County. There is so much to explore, we couldn't help but dedicate a category in The Best of WashCo to the great outdoors in this beautiful area of the northwoods.


Exciting Event: 
Spooner Rodeo

There are great events happening year round so we just had to find out which ones folks look forward each year. With nature programs, live music, craft fairs, the annual events that have been around for decades... there is something for all ages to enjoy. 


The Creative Side: 
The Potter's Shed

Let your creative juices flow or enjoy the beautiful workings of local artists. The arts are rich through this area & each one unique in its own way. The work created by local artists is truly amazing, and you might just amaze yourself with what you can do! 


Paw Friendly:
Spooner Dog Park

So you want to bring your favorite four legged friend along for the trip, well do it! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the area and not have to leave Fido at home. It's sure to be a tail-wagging good time with all the different pet friendly options right here in Washburn County.