Where can you find a cozy cabin with a sky-high view? You might be thinking the Rockies, Cascades or Appalachians, but think again – more and more, families are flocking to Wisconsin’s lakeside cliffs and river bluffs for a taste of incredible alpine-style accommodations.
From the Mighty Mississippi to the shores of the Great Lakes, here are four ridgetop cabins and cottages with views that’ll leave you breathless (and reaching for the camera!)
Hawks View Cottages and Lodges – Fountain City
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!
Kickapoo Valley Guest Ranch – La Farge
If you favor a remote feel, these cabins offer a private sanctuary nestled in the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin. Expansive porches with Nantucket rockers invite you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Handmade quilts will keep you warm and toasty inside or enjoy an evening campfire under the dark skies.
Seth Peterson Cottage – Lake Delton
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’ Cliffside Lodge – Gills Rock
“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.
Overlooking five of the Apostle Islands and beautiful Lake Superior, Bodin's Resort features plenty of space for outdoor activities. The choice is yours: take in the sights from your cabin, or head down to the water for sailing, canoeing, fishing or swimming off the dock. Miles of backroads in nearby county and National Forest lands are perfect for bikers, and bonfire pits by the shore promise a relaxing end to every day.
Looking for a cabin getaway for two? Check out these five romantic cabins, or see all listings in our directory!