By Lisa Schmelz
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
What do you get when you combine architectural simplicity with the Northwoods of Wisconsin? A cabin, of course! Tranquil, cozy and perfect in any season, we've picked four got-to-experience cabin destinations in northern Wisconsin. The Thompson family have been coming to Black's Cliff Resort for 58 years and counting- watch their Wisconsin cabin story below.
If vintage vacations are your thing, this is the place. There are 13 cabins to choose from at Estrold Resort, sleeping up to eight people. What sets this group of cabins apart is its sense of community. Tucked onto 7.5 acres on the shores of Little St. Germain Lake, there’s room to roam. But not so much room that you can’t see your kids when they’re making new friends at the cabin across the way.
Every kitchen is fully equipped, and if the weather isn’t conducive for a campfire, every cabin has a fireplace. There’s also a tennis court and a basketball shooting area, a game room, canoes, a swing set, sandy beach and a swim area. Each rental includes a 14’ aluminum fishing boat. Pontoon rentals and extra piers for your own boat are also available.
How does your own private peninsula sound? Yeah, we thought you’d like the sound of that. Here at A Voyageur View, you’ll find the perfect balance of privacy and activity in the heart of Eagle River’s Chain of Lakes. This 1.5 acre peninsula, featuring 1,056 feet of frontage on Voyageur Lake, is shaped like a teardrop. Its two piers are ideal for swimming, fishing and boating.
The cabin has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and sleeps seven. The picture windows offer outstanding views on three sides and the large, eat-in kitchen and screened porch are just 30-feet from the water. The hiking trails of the Nicolet National Forest are just a few miles down the road, as is a marina to rent watercraft.
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If privacy is what you seek, you’ll find it here. Located on Cranberry Lake in Eagle River, this 100-acre island resort features the kinds of lodging accommodations your grandparents remember.
The 22 cabins you have to choose from, both on the island and the mainland, sleep anywhere from four to 10 people and have private piers and beaches. Cranberry Lake is one of 28 connected navigable lakes, making it one of the longest chain of lakes in the world.
As the name implies, Quiet Place Cottage is just that. Located in the Northwoods town of Land O’ Lakes, on the border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Quiet Place Cottage is where nature does most of the talking. The privacy and seclusion here will make you feel as if you’re the only ones on Earth. When you’re ready to interact with your fellow humans, you’re only 20 minutes from Eagle River.
The cottage itself couldn’t be any quainter, and sleeps four to six. A canoe, paddle boat and kayak are provided with your stay. Those who bring their own boat will want to check out the famous Cisco Chain and Lac Vieux Desert.