Browsing downtown shopping areas has become one of my favorite things to do when visiting a resort town. Along with souvenir and t-shirt shops, I’ll often find unique gift shops, wine tasting rooms, specialty food stores and boutiques. Inevitably I pick up a treat or two. Hayward, a resort town in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, is one of those towns. We spent an entire afternoon shopping and sampling our way through Hayward on our trip there last summer.
We started out tasting wine at Hook Stone Winery (10588 North Main Street), where for a few bucks we sampled all 13 of their wines, which are made from juice from Napa.
The Namekagon General Store (10519 Dakota Avenue) is a leather goods store, with many of the goods handmade right in the shop. I found stick barrettes, braided bracelets and ponytail holders that seemed like a throwback to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. I couldn’t resist the buy-two-get-one-free deal on the barrettes and bracelets.
I got my cheese popcorn fix at the Hayward Main Street Gourmet Popcorn shop (10546 Main Street). The shop also sells sweet coated popcorn, flavorings and toppings.
Tremblay’s Sweet Shop (10569 Main Street) makes chocolates, caramels, brittles and other fine chocolates from scratch. They also sell old-fashioned penny candy displayed in barrels.
It’s hard to pass up ice cream on a summer afternoon, and West Dairy (15848 West Second Street), in business since 1954, had lots of flavors to choose from.
The treats in Sophie’s Dog Bakery (10554 South Main Street) looked really good. For a moment I was tempted to try one myself.
We checked out several others shops and boutiques before ending our afternoon with margaritas in the beer garden of Anglers Bar & Grill (10547 South Main Street).
Disclosure: Our visit to Hayward, Wisconsin, was hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, but any opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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