8 places to rest and recharge your batteries


Bartel’s Beach Cottage in Lake Mills
With a view of Rock Lake, this chalet offers a range of amenities for up to 10 people, including a barbecue, foosball, Wi-Fi and a pizza oven. But the real spectacle in the dead of winter is watching the breathtaking snowfall, right from the living room. Or get out there and cross-country ski or snowmobile on the nearby Glacial Drumlin State Trail. bartelsbeachcottage.com

Big Bear Hideaway in Boulder Junction
Explore new territory in one of the cabins at Big Bear Hideaway, which includes Honey Bear, Panda Pad, Black Bear Bungalow, Kodiak Kastle, Polar Bear Palace, or Grizzly Getaway. Sit by the campfire, hike, fish on ice or ski, while taking in the breathtaking views. bigbearhideaway.com

Booth Lake Landing Resort in Minocqua
A stay at Booth Lake Landing Resort guarantees a family experience in the northern woods. Spend the day at Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area or take a walk around the 207-acre lake. There are seven places available: two seasonal chalets and five wintered houses. standlakelanding.com

Canoe Bay in Chetek
Canoe Bay’s private cottages and mini-homes have earned an impressive reputation by following three simple Rs: dining, romance, and rest. Here you can book an in-room massage and you don’t have to worry about what you’re cooking – food can be delivered right to your door. Queen-size beds, tiled walk-in showers, fireplaces, and screened porches add a touch of sophistication to your outdoor trip. canoebay.com

Justin Trails Resort in Sparta
The luxury cabins and suites at Justin Trails Resort are not lacking in color and greenery. All units are pet-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your dog at home. Check out the nearby Grandad Bluff to see the Mississippi River Valley, which spans Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. justintrails.com

Natura Treescape Resort in Wisconsin Dells
With unlimited access to a water park, grill, basketball court, boat dock, and private decks overlooking the Wisconsin River, there’s plenty of room for family adventure at Natura. And parents can sit for a while in the indoor hot tub or take a break in one of the resort’s saunas. staynatura.com

Prevailing Winds Lodge at Blue Mounds
Since 1996, this award-winning lodge has hosted weddings on more than one occasion. Think of this award-winning lodge as the perfect vacation spot for large social gatherings, weddings, and corporate retreats. Benefiting from meticulous attention to detail, it features a handcrafted moose and elk wood chandelier, indoor fireplace, and 180-degree solarium. Take a walk along a trail in one of the three county and state parks within an 7 mile radius. dominantwindslodge.com

Whispering Pine Lodge in Pound
A cluster of rustic log cabins can accommodate a party of six on the edge of Oconto County in the northern woods. There is also a lodge that can accommodate eight people and has a wraparound terrace. Explore the lush surroundings and spend the day in the not too distant Nicolet National Forest, Governor Thompson State Park or Governor Earl Peshtigo River State Forest. thewhisperingpinelodge.com

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