It's not a secret that taking a vacation will help you relax and de-stress but in the Minocqua area, relaxing is just our way of life. In case you want to take an ordinary calming trip to the next level, here are scientifically proven ways to increase your ease. 

1. Take A Walk

 It is literally one of the simplest steps to improve your mood and relax. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that a 25 minute walk through a green space reduced frustration and had a meditative effect of the brain. With over 600 miles of trails, your stress will be the first thing to take a hike.


2. Hang With Your Pet

Many studies have shown that interacting with pets can improve your mood, reduce depression, and lower high blood pressure. More and more families bring their dogs along on family vacations. The Minocqua Area has many pet-friendly establishments and lodging partners, like Aqua Aire Motel & Best Western Plus Concord Inn. If your dog wants its own vacation, Dick’s Doghouse offers doggy daycare to keep your pet entertained while the rest of the family enjoys other area sights. 

lake dog

3. Listen To Music

 The effects of music are well-proven. Music can make us beam with happiness or soothe us when we are sad. Listening to a live band surrounded by friends and family is a great way to spend an evening any time of the year in Minocqua. Bands of all genres visit the Minocqua area playing shows year-round. Even without sitting in front of a live band, you can still sit back and relax around a campfire and listen to our playlist of popular musicians that often play here at venues like Northfork Fin & FiletBlack Bear Bar & Grill


4. Drink Tea

 Drinking tea has been shown to  lower your stress hormones and help you relax. Find a cozy table at a local coffee shop and unwind with a cup of hot or iced tea. Maybe treat yourself to a little something sweet while you are there too.

Couple at Coffee Shop

5. Do An Art Project

No matter what your skill level is, doing an artistic project can significantly reduce stress. Grab a brush, a glass of wine, & sit down for some art therapy at Earth Goods.  Paint your own pottery or join in on one of their scheduled classes.