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Minocqua Winter Park's hidden gemSubmitted: 02/24/2018
MINOCQUA - People come to Minocqua Winter Park to play in the snow, but there's also a place within the park's 50 miles of trails where people can take a break.

"Of course when I saw the Tea House I fell in love," said Jane Wengert.


Wengert volunteers at the park.

"Just a really kind of cozy feeling here and a way to feel community," said Wengert. 

The Tea House has been a part of the park for about six years now.

"Basically it's just for skiers coming through here to warm up and have warm tea and hot cocoa," said Keeper of the Tea House Frank Loomis. 

The warm drinks, and some cookies, are available to anyone who stops by.

"Nobody comes in and is crabby, and if they are it goes away," said Wengert.

"They leave happy," said Loomis. 

Those happy customers are loyal, too.

"My go to spot because sometimes I'm cold and sweaty and I need a cup of tea, and the cookies are delicious," said visitor Mary Dunphy. 

Aside from providing a place to rest, the Tea House is really a place that brews connections.

"I think that's what the tea house is really about is community," said Wengert. 

"Getting together, people talking," said Loomis. 

That community feeling makes spending a day working at the Tea House worthwhile for volunteers.

"You know you just really see a lot of smiles, a lot of thank yous so it's very gratifying," said Wengert. 

The Tea Hose runs entirely on donations.


Story By: Dakota Sherek

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