Enjoy a rustic retreat
One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin is with a cozy cabin getaway. From Northwoods retreats that will take you back to simpler times to log palaces that put the “glam” in glamping, there’s a cabin for every traveler and any budget. Want to find the cabin of your dreams? Here’s where to start.
A perfect cabin getaway starts with a great location. You have a lot of options and in Wisconsin, and there’s a lot to consider. Would you rather be right on the water or deep in the forest? Or maybe you’re a cabin cook—you may want to be near a grocery store. Perhaps you’re a mountain biker, hiker or ATVer—your ideal cabin might be right on the trail. A little research will ensure your cabin is in the perfect spot for you.
With cabins, amenities vary widely. Some cabins offer a minimalistic charm that’s good for people who want to get away from it all—you can count on plenty of rustic appeal and quiet outdoor beauty, but your phone may not get a good signal. Set up your out-of-office email and bring a good book!
Other cabins deliver all the comforts of home. High-speed internet is a given in these properties, along with high-end appliances and quality furnishings. Take time to consider your options, as they can greatly enhance your getaway. Some popular amenities that coveted cabins offer include free boat rentals, outdoor grills or firepits, fireplaces and private sandy beaches.
As you might guess, cabin rates vary widely in Wisconsin. In general, there are a few things that can help a budget-conscious traveler save big dollars. Book early—some of the most affordable options go quickly and many people book cabins a year or more in advance. Consider a “shoulder” season getaway—many properties can be rented at a discounted rate during the spring and late fall. In fact, now is the perfect time to find a deal on a spring getaway.
Also, be open to new destinations—you can find amazing beauty in places that might not be household names. You’ll find the perfect cabin in a beautiful spot and it will be your secret!
Ready to book your cabin retreat? Check out these appealing Wisconsin destinations.
Get ready for adventure
Take your next Wisconsin getaway to the limit with an adventure sports getaway. Thrill seekers are finding their fix in Wisconsin—from ziplining to downhill mountain biking, destinations are serving up heart-pounding thrills that get kids of all ages coming back for more. Grab your GoPro, hang on and get prepared to enjoy a vacation like no other.
Ski hill bike trills, West Bend
With a 200-foot vertical drop, Little Switzerland is a popular winter ski destination. When the snow melts a whole new season of fun begins. Start planning your adventure. From May-October, a bike park opens on the hill, giving riders a chance to bomb downhill trails on full-suspension mountain bikes. It’s become a destination for adventurous riders—the hill has been voted the Best Bike Park in the Midwest by mtbparks.com. Learn more about Little Switzerland.
In Northwest Wisconsin, Rusk County is laced with four beautiful rivers: the Chippewa, Thornapple, Jump and Flambeau. There’s plenty of quiet paddling to be found on these waters, including routes that are perfect for beginners or families. There are also some river stretches that are a little more intense, especially when the spring water is flowing. If you have the experience and desire to run the rapids, head to the Flambeau River. Try the rewarding trip from Hervas Camp Landing down to the Big Falls Dam. You’ll encounter the challenging Cedar Rapids, the dangerous Beaver Dam Rapids (which you should portage) and the relatively serene Pine Island Rapids. It’s a wonderful trip for paddlers looking for adventure. Learn more.
Want to really enjoy the forest beauty of Oneida County? Fly through the treetops on a zip line adventure tour. The run at Northwoods Zip Line Adventure Tours will take you on a 1,000-foot route that travels through the trees and over a wilderness lake. You’ll feel like one of the beautiful eagles that calls Oneida County home! Heights not your thing? Northwoods is a full-on adventure company with mountain biking, off-road Argo ATV tours, kayak river tours and more. Learn more.
Take a vacation, doggone it!
Pack those squeaky toys and prepare to embark on the ultimate vacation – a trip where no one has to be left behind. It’s easier than ever to bring man’s best friend along on a relaxing Wisconsin road trip. Your Wisconsin Travel Best Bets canine concierge has some advice that will keep everyone happy, even if it’s a little too breezy to hang your head out the car window.
Here are some travel tips and ideas that will get everyone’s tail wagging.
Consider a cabin
When you’re traveling in a pack, it’s nice to have room to stretch your paws. Wisconsin has scores of dog-friendly vacation rentals in places like Vilas and Oneida Counties that will allow you to bring your pet. Some places also offer amenities like sunset views or even the use of a boat – there’s no point in ruffing it if you don’t have to!
There’s perhaps nothing more fun to do with a dog than take a hike in the forest. There are so many things to capture a pup’s attention – your pooch will surely have a fantastic time hearing the call of the wild. Just remember a leash – it’s required in some areas and generally a good idea, especially when you are deep in the forest. There are some great resources to plan a hike with a dog, including the Map it Vilas County trails app which will help you find trails that welcome dogs.
Wisconsin is filled with great dog parks in places like Middleton and West Bend and Fitchburg that are open to vacationers. They are great places for a dog to blow off some steam after spending a day in the car. And who knows, your pooch may just make some new friends!
If you have a water dog – or a dog who thinks he’s a water dog – consider a trip to a beach. Wisconsin has plenty of pet swim areas and dog-friendly beaches that are perfect places for your pup to enjoy some time in the sun. They are on clear, cool Wisconsin lakes that are perfect for a dog that likes to take a dip. The four wild rivers of Rusk County have plenty of quiet backwaters and flowages to cool off your four-legged friend.
Fido might like a little souvenir from the trip. The dog is in luck – there are specialty stores that cater to pooches and many welcome leashed animals into the store. It can be a nice chance for your dog to get out of the car and who knows, maybe your pooch will find something special. In Middleton, Tabby & Jack’s Pet Supplies, Grooming and Doggie Daycare has all your pet’s needs covered.