What We Do 

Northerly Collective was born from a passion to share our northern lifestyle, from adventuring through the tall pines to lingering conversations over a mug of coffee; a passion that makes us come alive. Our mission is use our love of the Northwoods to create a community of northern folks and reconnect with the soul of northern Wisconsin.

Who We Are

After connecting at a yoga teacher training, we discovered a shared love of the Northwoods that began during our childhoods and continued to grow while individually pursuing opportunities in different corners of the world. Life led us to the community of Manitowish Waters. In a place that is both a relaxing retreat and an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, we discovered the importance of spending our days the way we want to spend our lives. Our goal is to inspire you to take the road north and write your own “up north” story. We are both currently based in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin

Northwoods Love, Becca Bartling + Elizabeth Gering


It's nice to meet you. 


Becca Bartling

Property manager by profession, speed reader, antique hunter, married to a cranberry farmer


Where can you find me?

Find me on Facebook, Instagram, doing all the things at Alderwood Resort


My Northwoods Story

I'm a northerner by birth - born + raised on Trout Lake in Boulder Junction. After college (UW-Stout: B.S. Package Engineering), I moved to Tucson, Arizona for a corporate job with a government contractor. After a few too many hours at a desk job + a Wisconsin boy, I found myself yearning for the water + woods of northern Wisconsin. My husband, David, and I call Alder Lake in Manitowish Waters home and have completely fallen in love with life in the North. 


I START my day with...

A cup of coffee + snuggles from my golden retriever, Ruby. If weather permits, a morning walk always starts my day at the right pace. 


on my bucket list this summer

Pictured Rocks National Park + Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula


Motto for my life 

"Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life." 


Most underappreciated place in northern WIsconsin

Iron County - from cross country ski trails like MECCA and the Uller Trail, to waterfalls and rivers, Iron County has an untouched sense + beauty that continuously intrigues me. 


Favorite part about life in the north

The perfect balance of peace + solitude and a welcoming community  


Elizabeth Gering

World traveler, community developer, 90's hip-hop fan, yogi, amateur cheese monger, cookbook collector, NY Times nut


Where can you find me?

Facebook, Instagram, at the Manitowish Waters Town Hall


My Northwoods story

I grew up in Wausau, WI, but my parents have had a cottage on Rest Lake in Manitowish Waters since I was six years old. I spent endless summer days splashing in the lake and catching frogs, and winter days jumping off of the roof into mounds of snow. I have lived around the Midwest and the world (Nepal!), but I moved North permanently in 2015 after finishing grad school and never looked back. 


I START my day with...

A walk with my yellow lab Sunny – a ritual we never miss (and she would never let me).


on my bucket list this summer

Mackinac Island 


My go-to summer recipe

It's no secret that I have a thing for carnitas tacos and an ice cold margarita on a hot summer night, but I also love the fresh flavors of summer fruits + vegetables like this Thai grilled corn and peach quinoa salad.


Essential item for northwoods living

A great pair of waterproof hiking shoes – from dewy mornings to rainy afternoons, it’s the best way to keep feet dry on any adventure.


Favorite part about life in the north

Community. The Northwoods community quickly becomes family - everyone looks out for one another.    


Wisconsin's Friday Night Fish Fry and The Best Place to Get It
Published May 2018 in The Lands' End Journal

Ski Big Snow Country
Published in January 2018 in Brava Magazine

Winter Escapes
Published in December 2017 in Brava Magazine

5 Lessons Learned at the Lake
November 2017 on Lake Effect Co.'s Blog

Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes + Manitowish Waters
Summer 2017 on Lake Effect Co.'s Blog

Manitowish Waters, WI + 10 Locals Only Highlights
June 2017 on Lake Effect Co.'s Blog

We're always looking for sponsored content to grow our northern community. Does your business share a similar passion to ours? Drop us a message if you’re interested in collaborating with us.