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Eight Hidden Cabins & Cottages
Posted on: 3/21/2011
These cottages and cabins are not of your ordinary variety. Some in our list capture the rustic beauty of our Wisconsin outdoors without the distractions of TV’s and internet access; others provide luxury comforts including full kitchens, king beds and whirlpool tubs. Whether you’re looking for seclusion or full amenities, there is a cottage or cabin perfect for your next getaway.
Namekagon Waters Retreat
Through the canvas of this roomy yurt – a traditional Mongolian tent, though it feels more like a permanent dwelling very close to nature - you can hear northern Wisconsin wood sounds; ospreys and eagles, bears and deer. Windows surrounding the cozy, clean octagon brightens the indoor space characterized by blond wood, hardwood floors and latticed walls. Not quite a cabin or cottage, the Namekagon Waters Retreat is for those who are looking for a genuine northern Wisconsin experience yet love comfort. Depending on the season, you may swim in pristine Namekagon River, ski, golf, snowshoe, hike, or canoe. On the premises massage is available by appointment. Follow up with a genuine Finish sauna. (715) 635-2027.
Richland Center, WI
If unique is what you’re after, the magical Glass House at Candlewood in Richland Center is a wondrous option. Park your car in the lot, and take the short hike on a lovely wooded path. As if in a fairytale, the forest will open up into a meadow and you will be standing in front of… a glass house. While this Wisconsin cabin is equipped with curtains, privacy is not an issue in this secluded forest, and leaving the curtains open will invite a true nature experience. You might, of course, see deer, badgers and raccoons, but nothing is quite so magical as watching the fireflies on a warm summer night from the comfort of a cozy warm bed. A full bath and a kitchenette are attached via a small wooden bridge. (608) 647-5720.
Hawks View Cottages
Fountain City, WI
Hawks View Cottages were built on steep wooded bluffs teetering above the limestone cliffs of the Mississippi River Valley. From far away, the cottages blend with the landscape, and inside they offer the relaxed romantic comforts perfect for a weekend away. The dramatic view of hilltops and the valley below often includes migrating eagles flocking around the river which here never freezes over. Whirlpool and a communal sauna are just two of the comforts that contribute toward a perfect romantic cottage getaway. Visit historic Fountain City nearby, and make sure you drive along the Wisconsin side of scenic Mississippi. Visitors can tour Seven Hawks Vineyard and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine. (651) 293-0803.
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Within a five minute walk (on steep wooded paths no less) environmentally diverse Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary offers an exceptional abundance of habitat; prairieland, marshes, bogs, mystical old growth forest, lake front, as well as more recently cut forest. Though the two rustic log cabins available for rent have road access, inside the cabin you will forget civilization. Cabins have kitchen and plumbing, but this is not the place for you if you need whirlpools, television sets, internet access and other city comforts. Nature lovers, however, especially birders, will relish their Hunt Hill experience. (715) 635-6543.
Life O’Riley Farm and Guest Houses
Like their name indicates, life is good indeed in the hilly lush landscape of Life O’Riley Farm and Guest Houses. Different from a typical cabin or cottage, this guest house is a restored school house which sleeps up to eight and has a full kitchen. Nearby, the streams are so full of trout that Chicago fishermen flock to the area. Local farms offer produce and a way for young families to reconnect with the land. Writers, poets, and students come and stay in the lovely quiet school house, finding healthful eating in the O’Riley vegetable garden, and inspiration in the quiet hills. Young families come to relax, as do groups of women, fishermen, turkey hunters and many other groups. Sit back and enjoy old vinyl albums on the turntable, read from the many books on the shelves or play a quiet board game. The charming old Wisconsin building set in the beautiful dramatic landscape untouched by glaciers is the perfect setting for a relaxed weekend with family or friends. (608) 375-5798.
Amherst River Dance Cabin
Amherst River Dance Cabin, located on winding Tomorrow River near Amherst, is advertised as an eco-friendly vacation spot with solar water heat and recycled building materials, but this Wisconsin cabin is beyond eco-friendly, it is Zen. The eclectic interior decoration – stairs built around a tree trunk, a beautiful hand-carved canoe hanging from the ceiling, kitchen table and counters hewn from the same tree to name just a few – all contribute to the sense of spirituality and of being deeply connected to nature around you. Bike on lovely country roads, canoe on Tomorrow River and enjoy a cup of cappuccino at Morningstar in nearby Amherst. (715) 824-7151.
Lake Michigan Beach House
Fifteen steps from the soothing surf of Lake Michigan with startling sun- and moon rises over the water, this is where you want to come for a sandy white beach getaway. The dazzlingly renovated cabin – think fancy tile floors, comfortable leather furniture, and modern day comforts like cable TV and high speed internet - has a master bedroom facing north, south and east all at the same time. Add the isolated dirt road that leads you to this exquisite solitary retreat on the beach and you will achieve the perfect sense of well being. Nearby the small town of Oostburg, boasting a Dutch heritage, has a bakery well worth visiting. (847) 477-1811.