2020. It was… well a lot of things. There were things that horrified us, shocked us, made us cry, made us laugh, made us stop and think, and made us stronger. At the heart of it, it brought into focus the things and people that really matter. It gave us unprecedented family time and reaffirmed that the simplest things make the memories that matter. Those are values that have always been at the heart of our communities in the Minocqua area. We’re grateful we have been able to share them with you throughout this year. 


Winter Wonderland:

At the start of 2020, we hit the ground running. Actually, we hit the trails skiing and riding. By new years, we already had an excellent base of snow. We were able to build Snowmy Kromer the earliest we may have ever built him. Our 30-foot tall snowman began welcoming all the winter enthusiasts eager to enjoy the trails. The abundance of early snow did slow the ice but like with the rest of what 2020 would bring, we adjusted and made the most of it.


Shut Down Spring:

Just when we thought we might start emerging from our winter hibernation, we all went back indoors. We had plenty of time at home and hardly any toilet paper. But being apart brought us all together because our communities needed us more than ever. Our favorite stores and restaurants shut their doors. Our family, friends, and neighbors working at grocery stores and hospitals were now essential workers on the frontline keeping us safe and healthy. We showed our support for them from curbside pickup parking spots and online shopping carts.



Socially Distanced Summer:

It turns out, the cure for cabin fever was right outside our cabins, cottages, and campgrounds. If it felt like everyone was suddenly getting into the outdoors, they were. We turned to the vast trails and lakes to stretch our legs while staying safe and socially distanced. Sitting around the campfire and splashing in the lake gave us a renewed appreciation for time with our families even though we’d just spent nearly every moment together over the last few months.



Falling in love with the outdoors:

There was a cow-sized hole in our hearts without our annual Beef-A-Rama festival but we will be back together eating beef sandwiches before you know it. In the meantime, we continued our love affair with the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and boating were still on the agenda but the Minocqua area was a little quieter and a whole lot more colorful.



With 2021 right around the corner, what are you looking forward to most in the Minocqua area over the next year?