Sunsets are one of the greatest pleasures of life in northern Wisconsin and the best part - no two are ever completely alike. At the end of the day, the sky gives us a spectacular show; however, most of us find ourselves too busy to stop and take notice. Make a point to slow down and enjoy the sunset each day. Here are a few of our favorite ways to watch the sun slip beneath the horizon and enjoy time spent in the land of woods + water.
ONE - culinary experience
Enjoy the magic of sunset from your dinner table. From the patio of Blue Bayou Inn, enjoy one of Rita's signature cocktails and delicious appetizers. For a full dinner experience, dine at Aberdeen Restaurant + Bar - we suggest near the fireplace for the perfect sunset view.
TWO - take a drive
Make the short drive to the eastern shores of Trout Lake for one of the best sunset spots in the Northwoods. Plan to walk (or cycle) Ben Bendrick Drive, taking time to relax on a bench overlooking the glistening gin-clear water. On warm summer days, end with a dip in the lake and ice cream at nearby Mad Dog Jakes.
THREE - Peddle + Picnic
Make the most of golden hour! Pack a picnic and peddle the paved bike trail to Serbin Park, located on Red Feather Road in Manitowish Waters. With a grassy area to sit + relax and sandy frontage to wade in the clear blue water of Rest Lake, this park is one of the area’s hidden secrets.
four - sneak away from the crowd
Lace up your hiking boots and stroll the expansive fields of the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area. Park your car at the overlook, located on Powell Road, before walking down the trail. The serenity of the marsh and the golden setting sun peaking through the swaying grass is what summer dreams are made of.
FIVE - From the Water
Enjoy a slow evening cruise on the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes as the sun begins to dip behind the horizon. For a sunset swim, tie up on Fox Island on Rest Lake. We recommend preparing a cheese + charcuterie board, a bottle of your favorite red wine or chilled rose, and floating in your pontoon boat.
SIX - sandy toes
Sand + sunset go hand-in-hand. Come by boat or car to Little Star Beach to waste the day away. For a more secluded spot, drive out to Sandy Beach Campground, heading towards the “day use area”. Both are family-friendly locations with grills, picnic tables, swimming areas, and rustic bathrooms. Bring the pup and make sunset a favorite time of day for the entire family.