To truly experience Wisconsin’s winter wonderland, book a stay at a one-of-a-kind locale that’s far beyond your average cabin or cottage. Memories with loved ones are easily made in remarkable structures made into luxe accommodations — like an A-frame on a cliff’s edge or a beautifully restored barn — surrounded by winter scenes blanketed in white. And with winter’s playground right outside your door, staying at these unique accommodations means there’s adventure both inside and out.
Yurts have become popular in recent years as off-the-beaten-path lodging alternatives. The Bayfield area is home to some of these circular tent-like escapes, including the Bayfield Rustic Yurts, complete with a cozy woodstoves, outdoor firepits, and striking views of the Bayfield County Forest. It’s also the definition of secluded — you can only access the yurts 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 out of The Hobbit. Bordering the 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 for the whole family. Inside, you’ll find 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 wasn’t the only time to enjoy a treehouse. Located in Bayfield, Boulder Ridge Tree House is like a childhood retreat for adults and children alike, with timber detailing, a fireplace festooned in Lake Superior stones, and a double loft that’s the epitome of cozy. You’ll be standing out on the deck with a warm cup of coffee and admiring 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 makes for a spacious family gathering or friends reunion. On 320 acres of remote, pristine land, there’s ample space outside too. The rustic interior’s fit for a magazine’s home tour, and 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, these dwellings feature picture windows to reconnect with loved ones among snowy, wooded landscapes, comfortable bedrooms and exquisite craftsmanship.
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