Updated: Jan 20
Hayden and I took a trip out to one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin. Tucked deep in Wisconsin’s Driftless region, you’ll find the most Cornish town in America. If you’re like Hayden, you might have no idea what that means. And if you’re like me…your mind goes straight to Cornish pasties. Their claim to being the most Cornish town goes back to their rich mining history. Back in the 1830s, the news of the area’s lucrative lead deposits reached Cornwall, England. This led to immigrants with advanced mining skills flocking to Mineral Point, making it the most Cornish town in America!
WHERE TO STAY
I highly recommend staying at Commerce Street Brewery Hotel! The location was great, and it was such a charming stay. I loved the massive jacuzzi and cozy fireplace. The attention to detail at this hotel was very impressive– there were macaroons waiting when we arrived, bath salts for the tub, and a nice continental breakfast in the morning. It felt so luxurious for such an affordable price!
GET OUT AND EXPLORE
I think Historic Downtown Mineral Point has something for everyone! It’s so beautiful, and there are lots of shops and galleries to check out. We saw so many cute places, met lots of kind people, and bought some Christmas gifts for our family. While in town, you should also walk on the Cheese Country Trail. The trailhead is located just off of downtown, and it’s a packed gravel trail that covers a great deal of distance, allowing you to go out and back as far as you would like.
WHERE TO EAT
Start your morning off at Red Rooster Cafe. Everything we ordered was so good– it got devoured in record time! I loved their pancakes and will be dreaming about them for days to come! Also, if you are looking for a Cornish Pasty, Red Rooster is your spot! While downtown, we stopped into Cafe 43 for a snack and ended up trying out their delicious soups. Definitely check out their daily specials–they bring lots of different flavors to the table, and they have great coffee if you need a midday pick me up. If you’re visiting on a Friday night, we HIGHLY recommend the fish fry at Commerce Street Brewery! It was so light and crispy, both Hayden and I were impressed! It’s only available from 5pm-7:30pm, so be sure to plan accordingly!
GRAB A DRINK
Thirsty? Pop into Tony’s Tap or The Mind Shaft for a beverage! Tony’s has a cozy atmosphere with super kind, social bartenders that make you feel so welcomed. Mind Shaft often offers live music and DJs on the weekends.
I have decided that no visit to Mineral Point is complete without a visit to High Street Sweets–This old fashioned candy store is a HIDDEN GEM! There are so many goodies at super affordable prices. Grab a bottle of Butterbeer, pick out some chocolates, and embrace the nostalgic joy the shop brings! Can’t decide what to get? Grab one of their one dollar mystery bags–We got them and they were full of all sorts of goodies!
WE CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK
We definitely didn't see everything we wanted to on this trip and are already planning another stay in this historic town. We will absolutely be back to check out Midway Bar and Grill. We have heard nothing but great things about their food, and we need to try it for ourselves. The pizza, burgers, and Bloody Mary have all won awards! This summer, we will definitely be back to visit Pendarvis Historic Site as well. It was already closed for the season, but we did a drive-by anyways, and I can’t wait to check out the historic cabins and learn more about Wisconsin mining history and why we are called the badger state!
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