By Jeniece Smith
Where can you find a snug chalet with a sky-high view? You might be thinking the Rockies, Cascades or Appalachians, but think again – Wisconsin’s lakeside cliffs and river bluffs make for some incredible alpine-style accommodations.
From the Mighty Mississippi to the shores of the Great Lakes, here are five ridgetop cabins and cottages with dizzying perches high above the water.
Like the name suggests, you’ll get a birds-eye view of the Mississippi River from any of these five cozy cottages built into a steep bluff along Wisconsin’s Great River Road. These unique two-story rentals have stove fireplaces, whirlpool tubs for two and an on-site sauna – not to mention decks and porches with fabulous views. The cottages and two additional large lodges are a side business of Seven Hawks Vineyards, which means you’ll get the bonus of complimentary wine with your stay!
If you favor a remote feel, this cabin tucked along the edge of a wooded cliff above the Wisconsin River may be more your pace. Up to six people can enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the forest and far-below valley from the wraparound porch and floor-to-ceiling windows. A wood-burning stove will keep you nice and toasty, while a solar cell battery and generator provide electricity and on-site tanks supply running water.
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s seamless integration of nature and design are apparent more in this wood and stone dwelling than perhaps any other of the Wisconsin architect’s commissions. Among just half-a-dozen Wright-created properties available for overnight rental, this 880-square-foot cottage’s plentiful windows peek out from a wooded bluff over the glassy-surfaced Mirror Lake.
“On the Rocks” should be taken quite literally, as this 3,500-square-foot A-frame fringes a 60-foot cliff over Lake Michigan. On the tip of the Door Peninsula, this fabulous vacation home offers unforgettable sunsets and views of Washington Island. Five bedrooms and three baths, a colossal fieldstone fireplace, whirlpool, chef’s kitchen and two levels of decks await groups large and small looking for an extreme cliffside getaway.
Large picture widows frame stunning views of Madeline Island and Chequamegon Bay at this quiet vacation home. Just a few miles south of Bayfield, this two-bedroom property sits on the shores of Lake Superior and features a large lakefront yard, offering plenty of space for activities and relaxing outdoors. Take in the sights from above on the spacious deck, or venture down to the water to explore 196 feet of sweeping shoreline.