Wisconsin is home to a wealth of idyllic cabins and cottages, each with its own charm and personality. But these exciting lodging options have put their own unique spin on the traditional cabin experience: their décor, amenities, and locations make for a one-of-a-kind stay the family won’t soon forget. Check out some of our favorites!
Imagine a cabin that was seemingly built around an ironwood tree, and you have this central Wisconsin gem. The tree is the centerpiece of the cabin’s décor (though, the canoe on the ceiling is a close second) and is part of the stairway leading up the cabin’s loft.
But that’s not the only notable feature of this family getaway, which bills itself as eco-friendly. The structure was built with locally sourced pine logs, repurposed factory beams, a reclaimed barn roof and uses solar hot water heating.
Train enthusiasts will delight at the chance to climb aboard this 1968 SOO-line caboose for a cabin stay unlike any other. This lovingly restored and renovated train car offers all the amenities of home, while staying true to its mission of keeping the interior and exterior of the caboose as authentic as possible.
Details like the original phone radio and reversible conductor’s seat add to the train’s distinct charm, and its location just off the Sparta bike trails makes it the perfect getaway for adventure lovers.
Looking for something less cabin-like, and more luxe? This four-bedroom getaway is perfect for a large group and even features a master suite loft with private bath. Floor-to-ceiling windows are the star of the show and offer killer views of Lac Courte Oreilles, and the firepit and private beach lend an air of celebrity-on-vacation—without the crazy cost.
Go off the grid and enjoy Northern Wisconsin’s natural beauty with a stay at the Bayfield Rustic Yurt. Tucked on a perch overlooking the Bayfield County Forest and Lake Superior, the yurt is only accessible by foot, bike, snowshoe, or ski.
The yurt is insulated, and a wood-burning stove makes it suitable for year-round visits. A great destination for those looking to get out and experience the Northwoods, the yurt has direct access to the popular CAMBA bike trail system and Mt. Ashbaway ski trails.
Want to live, breathe and sleep in quarters that were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? Well you can—this cozy cottage on Mirror Lake that’s on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is available for two-night rentals. Tucked away into the woods, it’s the perfect place to reflect and relax in Prairie School-style elegance.
For the full “up north” experience, Aberdeen Cabins are the way to go. The resort has three rental cabins that offer luxe Northwoods accommodations with knotty pine walls, hardwood floors, and log cabin beams. You won’t miss out on creature comforts with a sauna in cabin #1, whirlpool tub in cabin #2 and the beachfront view from cabin #4. Plus, guests can walk over to the resort’s lodge for a Friday fish fry or Old Fashioned by the massive fireplace.