By Denice Ryan Martin
Slip slide away to the Northwoods’ winter playground this season. It offers a beauty all its own, with breathtaking frozen lakes, clear blue skies and glistening snow. Winter fun awaits, from snowmobiling and snow shoeing to ice fishing and ice skating. Whether you spend an hour or a day on the ice, nearby cozy cabins offer an inviting retreat with crackling fires and relaxing hot tubs.
Enjoy fast access to Sawyer County snowmobile trail #9 and #29. Cabins feature upgraded kitchens, gas fireplaces, wi fi and flat screen TVs. Helpful ice fishing guides are on-site, so you can brag about your catch. If you’re craving barbeque or want to swap stories with other guests, pop over to the Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse in downtown Hayward.
Located in the beautiful Blue Diamond Recreation Area and near Rusk County’s snowmobile trail #31, the friendly resort offers two two-bedroom cabins with additional sleeping lofts. A convenient on-site bar and grill prepares two tasty meals a day. Ice fishermen are pulling in crappies, northerns and walleyes. Downhill skiers and snow tubers will find Christie Mountain a short drive away.
If you’ve ever wanted to stay on an island, here’s your chance! The spacious Island Lodge has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, an ideal place for a big family reunion or a group of friends. Two smaller cabins sleep two to four people. Knotty pine walls and stone fireplaces create a rustic setting. There’s ice fishing and ice skating on Ten Mile Lake and a sledding hill on the island. Catch a fish fry in town at Red’s or sip an island drink at Gilligan’s Tiki Bar.
Eagle River is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World. Snowmobilers like to make this resort their headquarters during their stay, taking off on trails right from their door. Cabins range from two to five bedrooms with fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Guests can borrow the resort’s ice fishing equipment and try their luck on Dam Lake. Silent sports lovers will find over 25 cross country and snowshoe trails close by. A must see in town is the legendary annual Ice Castle, wowing visitors since the 1920s.
Nestled among the pines and birches just four miles from town, this secluded family resort offers three winter cabins. Pick from two to five bedrooms including fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, free wi fi and satellite TV. Snowmobile enthusiasts enjoy 125 miles of scenic Northwoods trails groomed daily in the heart of the Northern Highland State Forest. Snowmobile renters appreciate the free delivery from Boulder Marine Center and a special lodging discount.