By Mel Grau
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
You don’t need to travel to Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean to get a great deal on all-inclusive resorts. Through the American Plan, five “Up North” resorts in Wisconsin add a twist to the concept.
It’s time to trade in the ocean for premier fishing lakes, beach sunsets for the Northern Lights and commercialized hotels for rustic and unique log cabins. For one upfront price, you can relax in comfortable lodging, devour delicious locally-sourced meals and have more time to enjoy your favorite Wisconsin activities.
Located on a 4,200-acre lake on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Sunrise Lodge embodies the "Up North" lifestyle. It is open year-round, giving guests a chance to experience both the snowmobile and fishing seasons.
All recreational activities are included in the American Plan, as well as three meals daily.
Plus, Sunrise offers an extensive list of activities for children. Your kids can go on a fitness hike, enjoy camp fires with s’mores, try making ice cream or check out a fishing seminar with a local guide.
Boyd’s Mason Lake Resort has been part of the American Plan for more than a century. Like Sunrise Lodge, Boyd’s Mason provides American Plan guests three meals a day. They also offer a packed lunch, making it easy to enjoy all-day activities like biking in a state park or paddleboating.
If adults want to enjoy time without the kids, the resort also will arrange sitters. Open from May to October, this traditional resort only accepts cash or checks.
The Alpine also is located in prime fishing territory—cabins are located on a Class A muskie waterway, VanVliet Lake. This resort provides hot breakfasts and four-course dinners, as well as an informal weekly cookout.
Recreational activities at the Alpine include canoeing, kayaking, paddleboating and pontooning. Your family also will love the waterskiing lessons available.
And even though guests are surrounded by natural forests and hundreds of miles of hiking trails, stay connected with free WiFi.
An American Plan-only resort, Coon’s Franklin Lodge boasts some of the most gorgeous, authentic cabin chains. They are surrounded by white pine and cedar, and each cabin features screened porches, fireplaces and lake views.
All three meals are served daily in a comfortable octagonal dining room. The resort is only open in the summer, from June to Labor Day.
Plus, activities extend beyond the water at Coon’s Franklin—they have two on-site tennis courts and a mini putting green.
Tip: Reservations must be made for at least one week.