Northerly Summer Essentials


As late afternoon shadows grow longer, we are hanging onto every last drop of summer that is left. Here are some of our favorite things that are taking us through the rest of summer.


The perfect sunset cocktail:

Fizzy + full of summer fruits; we are loving Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea Liqueur - an 80-proof spirit that's a blend of rhubarb, lemon, and beets, with spices like cardamom, pink peppercorns, and coriander.

Currently mixing: In a glass, muddle strawberries + a dash of sugar. Fill with ice and add a shot of rhubarb tea liqueur, a splash of lemon juice, seltzer, + two shakes of bitters.


Hot tea on a cool Northwoods night

Brand new to the Big Water Coffee Roasters family is Bayfield Tea Co. We can’t get enough of their unique tea blends that are great hot or cold. Each blend has a special story connected to Bayfield and Lake Superior.

Currently drinking: Tombolo Blend in honor of blueberry season + Stockton Island.


Brunch shoes (that’s a thing right?)

Allbirds wool sneakers may not sound like a summer essential, but these shoes are so light and airy you won’t even notice they are on your feet. Born in New Zealand, made with high quality natural materials.

Currently slipping on: Women’s Wool Runners in the Limited Edition Kotare Lavender


Light eats & local meats

End the perfect late summer lake day with a fresh charcuterie board and a glass of wine. We think that Lake Tomahawk Meat Market has the BEST cured meats in the Northwoods. Optional: add meat to our Perfect Cheese Plate.

Currently munching on: Soppressata + Coppa


Trucker hats and t-shirts

Dock 'N Shop, the Manitowish Chain’s first floating “boatique” with island-inspired resort wear from the cutest twins, Eleasha + Larenda. They have everything from cover-ups to flip flops, t-shirts to sweats, and greeting cards to sunscreen. Follow them on Facebook + Instagram to see where they are anchoring next, or send them a message if you want something shipped!

Currently sporting: “54545” trucker hat + “MW” sweatshirt


Bright toes that match our summer attitude

Boat season means fun, fresh toes to walk through the sand, splash in the water, and slip into our favorite sandals. Give your toes some flair this summer!

Currently wearing: Essie’s California Coral + Without A Stitch


The perfect drinking vessel from morning ‘til night

Our favorite way to sip coffee in the morning and enjoy wine at sunset is in our Keep Cups. Show the environment some love this summer and grab a reusable cup for all of your adventures.

Currently sipping from: Keep Cup's in day lily


An ode to LAKE LIFE

If you missed our Pop-Up Truuck with the lovely Katherine of Lake Effect Co., you can find her lake-inspired gear online. Long Live Lake Life!  

Currently dressed in: this muscle tank + the wave ball cap


One-Piece swimsuits - yes please!

We love the one-piece swimsuit trend because it adds coverage and let’s us do all of our favorite water-based activities without fear of losing tops or bottoms.

Currently playing in: j.crew’s plunging scoopback one-piece swimsuit


Chunky summer sweater for windy days on the boat

As the sun sets in August, evenings bring a little bite to the air. We like to make sure that we have a cozy cardigan to put over tank tops, swim suits + dresses.

Currently wrapped in: Free People’s I’ll Be Around Cardi in Red


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