Welcome to Menomonie, WI in the middle of July.
The town has calmed down a bit, and finding excitement may take a seasoned eye or a trained ear, but it is far from boring here. Personally, most days consist of job number one in the morning, a small break, and then job number two in the evening keeping me pretty busy. However, the days I am able to get out, I try to take advantage of all this small corner of the Midwest has to offer.
This is Main Street running straight through the middle of Menomonie, lined with plenty of small shops and coffee stops. Some of my personal favorite shops:
- Town & Country Antique (always something interested)
- Bad Cat Bikes (for beginners and seasoned cyclists alike)
- Flowers on Main (always friendly, and even if you don’t need flowers, they sell birds as well)
- Mabel Tainter Theater (open a lot more than you think. If you need a quick AC break or are interested in history at all)
- Also, you could swing by the newly opened Cognitare Books or Bookends on Main and grab a book before heading to one of Menomonie’s lovely coffee shops
These are only a select few shops that I make frequent stops too, and therefore is only the tip of the iceberg that is Menomonie. There are also multiple restaurants and java-supplying cafes well worth the time to check out. After your stroll through downtown, you may consider a walk through campus to check out the eye-catching colorful and fragrant flower beds lined with ground coco beans. Yes, coco beans. Walk past one of the beds on a sunny day with the breeze blowing just right and you’ll swear that someone just held a pan of freshly baked brownies under your nose.