There’s nothing like a Wisconsin winter. Between the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, stunning scenery and cozy cabins, it’s a season that easily rivals summer. To truly experience Wisconsin in all its frosty glory, book a stay at a winter-friendly locale that’s far beyond your average cabin or cottage. Think one-of-a-kind interiors brimming with vintage treasures, uncommon structures made over into luxe accommodations (like a barn!) and even an A-frame tucked into a cliff, all overlooking winter scenes blanketed in white.
Yurts have become popular in recent years as off-the-beaten-path lodging alternatives. The Bayfield area is home to these circular tents, including the Bayfield Rustic Yurt, complete with a cozy woodstove, an outdoor firepit, and striking views of the Bayfield County Forest. It’s also the definition of secluded, since you can only access the yurt by foot, snowshoe, ski or fat tire bike.
Looking like something out of a wintry storybook, the “Gingerbread Cottages” of Mountain’s Camp Lake Resort look as if they were transported from a fairytale. Nestled on 127 acres of private land, the snug, rock and log-clad cottages display whimsical details, like bright exteriors and doors that look plucked right from The Hobbit. Bordering Nicolet National Forest, you can get your fill of winter outdoor activities.
Perched 60 feet over the frozen waters of Wisconsin Bay, the On the Rocks Cliffside Lodge not only has a great view but also a bygone A-frame exterior. At 3,400 square feet, it has more than enough space to contain five bedrooms (one of which has a whirlpool), a warm fieldstone fireplace and even a game room. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Washington Island.
Your childhood isn’t the only time to enjoy a treehouse! Located in Bayfield, Boulder Ridge Tree House is like your childhood retreat all grown up with impressive timber detailing, a fireplace festooned in Lake Superior stones, and a double loft that’s the epitome of cozy. You’ll want to stand out on the deck with a warm cup of coffee and admire the snow-covered pine trees for hours.
Yes, a barn can make for luxurious accommodations! At 4,250 square feet, Maple’s Lake Superior Barn sits on 320 acres of remote, pristine land. With rustic interiors fit for a home tour in a magazine, the winter scenery promises to be just as beautiful. Lake Superior stands quietly nearby while the white birch trees and pines of Brule River State Forest add to the surroundings.
Canoe Bay in Chetek has been long applauded for its luxe amenities and cabin rentals. Now, they’re offering another way to enjoy their property—the Canoe Bay ESCAPE Village. Dotted with tiny homes, also known as the darlings of the real estate market, these dwellings feature picture windows to admire the snowy, wooded landscape, comfortable bedrooms and exquisite craftsmanship.
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