These Wisconsin cabins and cottages are not of your ordinary variety. Some on our list capture the rustic beauty of the Northwoods without the distractions of technology; some provide luxury comforts like full kitchens and whirlpool tubs; others, front-row access to the waterfront, and all the fun that comes with living the lake life.
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Slow the frenzied rhythms of daily life under a calming canopy of pines and birches at this serene lakeside lodging in Hazelhurst, aptly called the "quiet side of the Northwoods." A sandy beach and 4,000 feet of water frontage make for plenty of fun swimming, fishing, boating and sunbathing.
The resort has 13 cabins for rent, ranging from cozy two-bedrooms to spacious four-bedroom lodges. Character and modern comfort come together in these renovated log structures, some of which are close to a hundred years old. Most include a gorgeous stone or brick fireplace.
Gaze out over Lower Kaubashine Lake from the swinging bed suspended from the ceiling of your screened porch, which also includes curtains so you can rest privately. Extra goodies at this family and pet-friendly resort include a sauna and treehouse!
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 Finnish sauna.
Candlewood - Richland Center
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.
Hawks View Cottages - Fountain City
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. A 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.
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary - Sarona
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, lakefront, 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.
The six log and stone cabins at Big Bear Hideaway are what Northwoods dreams are made of – they’re rustic, charming, filled with oak furniture and bunk beds and all the moose, bear and fish-themed décor your heart desires. Every detail, right down to the old wooden rocking chairs, captures the feeling of being Up North, and each fully-furnished room makes for an exceptionally comfortable stay.
Outdoors, the full breadth of Northern Wisconsin adventure awaits. Hop on the paved bike trail for a ride through the woods, take in some fresh air on a hike, gather around the bonfire or borrow one of Big Bear’s canoes for a morning paddle.
Amherst River Dance Cabin - Amherst
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 – 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.
Set atop a bluff looking over the Wisconsin River, Whitetail Ridge boasts the kind of breathtaking natural beauty that’s worth traveling for. Inside this impressive log cabin you’ll find all the modern comforts of home, plus a healthy dose of cozy charm – hewn wooden beams, patchwork quilts, a loft and a great stone fireplace, begging to be curled up in front of. An extra-large, two-sided porch wraps around the home, providing a picture-perfect look across the water.
Stay secluded if you’d like, or head out down the winding, tree-lined road to check out downtown Wisconsin Dells – you’d never know it’s only two miles away. For some old-school fun, spend an evening at the Big Sky Drive-In; it’s one of Wisconsin’s only remaining drive in theaters, and just up the road from the cabin.