Located along County Highway L, just north of Tomahawk, is The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe.
"I taught and my parents lived up here, they retired up here, and every time we went past, we never stopped, and we went past and I would always say to my husband, someday we're going to own this place. I think it's because it's a windmill, " said Pat Berg.
Pat Berg has owned the Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe for 21 years now and it's a northwoods hot spot. "I think it's the uniqueness of the building, there's history behind this building that draws people here," she said. In fact, before she owned it, Pat says it was once a place to get a burger, a place to rent a boat and even a candy shop.
But today, thousands of people are coming to Pat's business from near and far, for none other, than ice cream. "Everyone talks about the windmill and how their ice cream is amazing so we had to check it out," said Cody Lewison, a customer.
Memorial Day Weekend was a busy one for Pat and her employees. "It was. The line for 2-3 hours straight, it was down to the highway and curving around, non-stop," said Berg.
So just how good is this ice cream? My photographer, Desiree Fischer, and I got to the Windmill not long after they opened Monday morning. Soon, there was a line out the door. We waited just more than 10 minutes for our cones, but we quickly learned something.
I asked Cassandra, who's a customer that stopped in, "Is this ice cream something you're going to wait in line for?" She responded with, "yes."
While Pat admits, she doesn't know how they keep up with all of the customers throughout the summer months, "I just know that when I hit the pillow I'm like dead, and I'm sure the kids are too that are serving."
She says they're going to keep doing what they're doing, serving up ice cream and bringing smiles to the faces of those who walk through the doors of this historic location. "We enjoy them coming, they're always happy, they walk in the door and you never see a sad face, because they know there's ice cream ahead," said Berg.
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