Paddle on multiple Lakes in the area- the Gile Flowage is very pretty. Or venture out on Lake Superior. "The big Lake" isnt for novices but is beautiful!
13355 N US Hwy 51, Hurley, WI 54534, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
202 Copper Street, Hurley, Wisconsin, 54534-1339, United States
Good for: Families
1000 Tenth Avenue North
1000 10th Ave N, Hurley, WI 54534
Every small town ought to have a coffeehouse/cafe as nice as this one. I stopped in here to meet my friend Peter for lunch - he works just down the street. On the menu were a variety of soups and sandwiches, many made with locally baked fresh breads and all served with side salads. They also have a variety of fresh baked goods to choose from. Interesting contemporary art hangs on the walls, and when I was there, some musicians were having an impromptu jam session. You'd think you were in Madison.
Petrusha's is an old fashioned "Road House" on the road south out of town - US 51. It's just past the cemetery - you can't miss it. They have a very large menu with a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Something for every palate, perhaps. I'd stay away from the Italian dishes, though. I can't say I was happy with their red sauce. And the dinner salad was limp. My friend Peter (who was born here) says that Petrusha's is best known for its Greek items, especially the lamb.
I haven't eaten here - maybe next time - but I like the exterior of the building. It looks like the kind of place which would have a really good rib-eye for under $10.
For many years, Hurley was home to a thriving Jewish community. This Lake Superior Iron Range town even had its own synagogue. The community is no longer here, the children and grandchildren of the first settlers having moved on to Minneapolis or Milwaukee or the West Coast. And the original synagogue is now an apartment building just a block from Silver Street.
In the summer of 2005, a historic marker was commissioned and dedicated in front of the synagogue building. People who had grown up in Hurley in the 1920s and 30s, their children and grandchildren returned here for the marker dedication. There was a commemorative dinner, a celebration at the Iron County Historical Society, and the official unveiling of the synagogue memorial. It's good to see this piece of American history remembered.
In the photograph, standing next to the marker are three individuals with roots in the Hurley Jewish community. Next to the marker stands Gary Sherman, the Wisconsin State Representative for Hurley (he's Jewish) and my friend Peter, who played an important role in organizing and co-ordinating the event. (Peter is an enthusiast for local history.)
Favorite thing: Hurley attracted a wide range of immigrants from many European ethnicities. A stroll through the town cemetery will find many interesting family names: Italian and Finnish names seem to dominate, with a smattering of Poles, Slovaks, Swedes, and Cornish as well. The cemetery also has a small Jewish section: there was also a functioning synagogue here for many years.
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