By Brenton Martell
Young and old, big and small, Wisconsin's lodge getaways make perfect vacations for families of all makeups. Whether you're looking for activities an entire multigenerational family can take part in together, or would prefer to find a resort with specific activities for family members of different ages, these resorts and lodges have something for everyone, and each features disabled access, too.
Perched next to St. Germain Lake in Vilas County, Black Bear Lodge keeps every family member in mind with its recreational opportunities. Activities for kids range from craft projects to kickball to scavenger hunts and sand sculpture building and more, while teens can explore on their own with opportunities to bike, hike, kayak, canoe, and ride horses. Parents and grandparents, of course, can do any of the above and more, or simply relax on the lake. The wide variety of choices available at Black Bear extends to where guests choose to stay, as well; the resort boasts an ample selection of cottages, suites, and private homes for guests to choose from, each with its own personality and amenities.
Resting alongside the Somo River in more than one thousand acres of Wisconsin's Northwoods, Palmquist Farm provides a four-season lodge getaway experience with the perks of a bed-and-breakfast. In the winter, guests are able to de-stress with a variety of serene outdoor activities, from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing to family sleigh rides. At the end of the day, a private Finnish wood-burning sauna allows guests to warm up before retiring to their rustic log cabins for the night. Each stay at the Farm also includes home-cooked meals, and the Farm can house a full range of guests, from couples to small families to larger gatherings of up to around 40.
With a historic lodge built nearly 100 years ago serving as a hub for socializing, Ross' Teal Lake Lodge in Hayward is filled to the brim with activities for guests of all ages. With shuffleboard and horseshoe pits, as well as a tree house, hammocks dotting the property, lake fishing, biking, canoeing, pontooning, a recreation room, easy accessibility to a golf course and driving range, and a private bar called the "Captain's Cabin," this lodge caters to every age and interest. Teal Lake also caters to four-legged family members and even encourages guests to submit photos of their pets at the lodge to its online pet photo album.
Located on the sandy beach of Elkhart Lake just outside of Sheboygan, The Osthoff Resort boasts many tried and true outdoor recreational activities like kayaking, canoeing, and sailing, and also features spa and salon services, a fitness center, and even its very own cooking school. In the summer, The Osthoff hosts Summer Pleasures, a series of activities for children to take part in both on their own and with their families, from pontoon cruises to kid-oriented culinary classes to bonfires on the beach, and more.