Mineral Point was first settled by miners from Cornwall, England in the 1800’s. Today the community is known for its many art galleries and boutique shops.
Mineral Point was also named one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine.
For a romantic weekend, stay at the Brewery Creek Inn & Brewpub. The restaurant and inn are located in an 1850’s warehouse building.
- The Inn above The Brewpub Restaurant has five rooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and private baths. Guests are treated to breakfast, with lunch or dinner can be found just steps away in the restaurant.
- Two nearby guest cottages also operated by the Inn are available for rent.
Mineral Point Opera House
The Mineral Point Opera House opened in 1915 as a theater for vaudeville acts. Since then, it has been used as a movie theater and performance venue for a variety of live performances.
- A recent restoration helped bring the Opera House back to its original architecture. Today, the Mineral Point Opera House is used for musical acts and theater performances.
- It’s also the main venue for the upcoming Driftless Film Festival on Nov, 2-5.
- The festival highlights the best of new independent cinema, through feature and short films. Filmmakers from across the county join to present their movies and host revealing Q&A discussions.
Mineral Point is home to nearly 20 art galleries all within walking distance.
- The Johnston Gallery features pottery, paintings and mixed media pieces by local artists Tom and Diana Johnston, as well as regional and national art from 150 artists.
- Longbranch Gallery is located in a renovated 1830’s stone building, and highlights rustic and folk art.
- Mulberry Pottery specializes in wood fired stoneware and porcelain. Housed in a 1940’s feed store, Mulberry pottery includes a first floor studio and gallery, and a second floor workspace for student potters and emerging artists.
While in town, stop by Shake Rag Alley, an arts education center comprised of nine historic buildings that offer workshops and classes in everything from painting and printmaking to photography and jewelry making.
Dining & Nightlife
Esperanza Wine Bar is a travel-themed wine bar serving wine, beer, small plates and desserts made from local ingredients.
- The wine bar is located inside of a remolded 1930’s gas station and offers guests a cozy setting with a mix of bistro tables, hightops and comfortable sofas, perfect for playing a game from the wall of board games.
- Guests can enjoy wine tastings every Friday night and live music every Saturday nights.
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