Rhinelander, Wisconsin is a charming small town nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s northwoods. This iconic forest getaway offers many fun ways to get outdoors in every season, but was especially beautiful during my autumn visit. The Rhinelander area is a breathtaking place to see the fall colors in Wisconsin! This Rhinelander travel guide shares the best places to enjoy the fall foliage around town, as well as what to do on a weekend trip. I encourage you to head up north this year and fall in love with Rhinelander!
Lodging in Rhinelander
Ben and Kourtney Berscheit took ownership of this scenic lakeside retreat just recently, but have already put in the work to make it an amazing place to stay. Merry-Dale Resort is home to over five cabins of varying sizes, all of which are within walking distance to the beautiful Lake George. We (my good friend Karina and I) stayed in the Point View cabin, which overlooks the lake. It was perfect for the two of us, but would comfortably fit up to two couples. Renters have access to a beach, dock, and various non-motorized boats during warmer months, but lodging is available year-round.
Hiking in Rhinelander
Almon County Park has 2.25-miles of looping trails through the woods and is nestled along the shores of Buck Lake. We explored the Upland Trail this time around to avoid the high water levels encroaching the shoreline path.
There are so many routes you can take on this set of trails! Karina and I wandered aimlessly until the cold got the best of us and chose which path to take at each fork based on how colorful the trees were!
Dining in Rhinelander
This place is so cute and cozy! We stopped at R&T’s Dinky Diner on our first morning in Rhinelander, right as the snow flurries began to fall. Watching it snow out the window while being surrounded by rustic decor and eating amazing comfort food was the perfect start to our day.
All the traditional supper club vibes with a way more progressive menu! There is an entire vegetarian selection at The Brick, as well as a variety of dishes to accommodate those with other dietary restrictions. The cauliflower and chickpea tacos we ordered were so good!
The Friendship House Family Restaurant was the perfect place to fuel-up before the long drive home. I ordered the French toast; it was amazing, but I wanted to order their Alaskan waffle, too… I guess that just means I’ll have to come back again soon!
This was actually recommended to us by Kourtney! Northern Grounds is the only coffee shop in Rhinelander with a drive-thru and is a local favorite. Their pastries are as good as their famous drinks and the vibes inside are so cozy!
Shopping in Rhinelander
What’s green, looks mean, and is the coolest thing in Wisconsin you’ve ever seen? The Hodag, of course! Stock up on all your quirky green monster goods at the one and only Hodag Store! I may or may not have splurged on a $30 painting of the Hodag in his native northwoods habitat.
Overall, my first visit to Rhinelander was incredible. It was the perfect weekend trip to experience fall in the northwoods, spend time with a good friend, eat comfort food to my heart’s content, and escape the chaos of the city. Thanks again to Explore Rhinelander for inviting me to explore your town. I hope to visit again soon!