Downtown Boulder Junction in springtime

Your Guide to Downtown Boulder Junction

August 18, 2023

No trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin is complete without a trip to Boulder Junction. Aside from our vast array of beautiful lakes and trails, there’s a lot to explore in Boulder Junction’s charming downtown too. Here’s your guide on where to stay, eat and shop.

Where to stay

Boulder Junction has lots of lakeside resorts, but there are plenty of places to stay in the heart of downtown as well. Visitors looking for vacation homes can book a stay at Sweet Emma’s, a three-bedroom home on the Manitowish River,  or Outdoorsman- Extended Stay, a newly-renovated motel located on Main Street. More traditional lodging properties include Acorn Lodge, Boulder Bear Motor Lodge, and Boulder Junction Motor Lodge. The best part? Many of these properties offer easy access to northern Wisconsin’s outstanding snowmobile trails in the winter and biking/hiking trails in the summer.

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Where to eat

From quick bites at bars to sit-down dining, Boulder Junction’s restaurants will please any palate. For breakfast or lunch, be sure to stop by Boulder Junction Coffee Company  for a breakfast burrito or extra cheesy grilled cheese, or Wild’s Granary for a traditional breakfast or lunch in this family-style restaurant. For additional lunch options consider Mad Dog Jake’s for a good burger with a side of cheese curds. Looking for a happy hour destination? Head to Gooch’s 2 Bar & Grill or Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern. For a family outing, visit  Aqualand Ale House Finally, if you’re looking for a night of fine dining, check out The Guide’s Inn. Note that some restaurants may have changes to service and hours during non-summer months; check with individual businesses for up-to-date information.

Find more Boulder Junction dining options here.

Where to shop

Art galleries. Gift shops. Sports gear! For a humble Northwoods community, Boulder Junction has quite a range of eclectic mix retailers. Stroll through downtown and you can…

Pick up some classic Northwoods décor or gifts:

Peruse fine jewelry and original works of art:

Uncover antique finds:

Gear up for your outdoor adventure:

Find more Boulder Junction shopping options here.

You can pick up a downtown Boulder Junction map at the Chamber of Commerce and Information Center, 5352 Park St. Click here for chamber hours.

Maps are also available at lodging properties and retailers throughout Boulder Junction.