The people who watch such things say 81 percent of the traveling public are “heritage tourists,” who seek to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories of settlers of the past and present.
Mineral Point, recognized in 2007 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, meets the basic needs as expressed by those who travel from town to town in a search for pleasant authenticity. These folks say they need seven things to make a visit worthwhile.
- Scenery – rolling hills, country roads, homes fashioned from native limestone, and a fabulous-but-walkable mid-19th Century downtown center.
- Food – our lively restaurants and classic Wisconsin bars serve a variety of cuisines, including traditional Cornish goodies. We have a microbrewery, too.
- Lodging – a choice of rooms to suit your moods: go modern or kick back in captivating historic Bed & Breakfast and guest houses.
- Gifts – a score of art galleries and studios offer beautiful creative works, with the artists on hand to greet you and demonstrate their skills.
- Hands-on Experiences – Learn about mineral mining at Pendarvis, check out early railroading at the historic depot, or enjoy a workshop at the Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts.
- Accurate Information – ask for the city’s Visitor Guide at the Chamber office, visit the Archives at the Library, or just ask anyone on the street.
- Meeting New Friends – that’s the best part; our contagious friendliness is considered a major asset. This piece by Wisconsin Public Television introduces some of the friendly folks in town.
Visit us. And, if you MUST, bring this checklist. We satisfy these seven needs of heritage tourists, and we think you’ll return, again and again.