It's nice to meet you. 


Becca Bartling

Property manager by profession, northerner by birth, speed reader, Leo, antique hunter, To Do list maker


Where can you find me?

Facebook, Instagram, doing all the things at Alderwood Resort


b's list of Favorites

Favorite View: A field of (golden) wildflowers in the Powell Marsh Wildlife. With my golden retriever alongside me, this moment makes my heart happy. 

Favorite Season: Winter! A season filled with soft sweaters, hot cider, and watching the snow fall out my window. Winter in northern Wisconsin is like living in the dreamiest snow globe. Come visit, you'll understand.  

Favorite Trip: Honeymooning in Chile! From hiking and horseback riding in Patagonia, to drinking [too much] wine in the Colchagua Valley and eating fresas for days - with my favorite travel partner + husband, David.      

Favorite Way to Start the Day: A cup of coffee + fresh baked donut in hand, I'm in the passenger seat en route to explore a new corner of Wisconsin. // My current favorite corner - Iron County. So many hidden waterfalls, unmarked trails, and ridges with views for miles.  

Favorite Place to Shop Local: So many places! Gifts from Ann Marie's, adventure gear from Coontail, home decor from Lakeside Living + The Lake House, + popcorn from Minocqua Popcorn

Favorite Breakfast Item: Crispy hash browns. Tip - grow your own potatoes, shred + prepare them to be frozen, and cook them extra long. They're worth every second of extra work.

Favorite Coffee Book: If you're a traveler or a map reader (like me!), get lost in the pages of Atlas Obscura and National Geographic Greatest Landscapes


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, color coding my pen collection


E's list of Favorites

Favorite View: Sunset at WinMan Trails. Ski the 2.5km trail from the chalet to the top of the hill to watch the sunset, then finish the rest of the trail by headlamp. End the night back at the chalet with cocoa (spiked or not) and conversation by the fire.  

Favorite Trip: A 16-day trek into the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. I once read that the Himalayas are the “closest place on Earth to the heavens” – it’s true, both literally and figuratively. It was the most humbling experience of my life.

Favorite Winter Gear: Gloves save lives (or at least hands). For driving and quick walks, I love this glove by Spyder; and for keeping warm while playing in the snow this Swany Mitten is my go-to.

Favorite Dish to Bring to A Party: Cheese plate - you can’t go wrong with cheese, nuts, fruit, and crackers. Try: plain goat cheese with a drizzle of local honey and a sliced Honey Crisp apple. 

Favorite Season: No contest – I share Becca’s love of winter in the North. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, frozen lakes, cozy fires, and watching the falling snow blanket the towering pines in silence. Magic.

Favorite Magazine: It’s a tie between Cherry Bombe and Dwell. Cherry Bombe celebrates women + food, and Dwell has drool worthy homes + architecture to daydream about your perfect Northwoods retreat.


What We Do 

Northerly Collective was born from a passion to share the soul of our northern lifestyle, from adventuring through the tall pines to lingering conversations over a mug of coffee; a passion that makes us come alive. Explore with our Adventure Guide, read our Journal to experience the Northwoods through our eyes; visit us at a pop-up truck event (a '68 Chevy truck named Betty!); discover a local favorite on our Best of Manitowish Waters List; or hire us! We'll help you embrace your unique "up north" story and reconnect with the heartbeat of your local business. Connect us here

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.

- Becca Bartling + Elizabeth Gering


Extra thanks to April Zelenka for the amazing photography and brand design. 

Hire us

We each play an important role in the Northwoods community. Let us help share the soul of your local business. Shoot us an email at and we’ll help you find your niche, capitalize on social media platforms, and revitalize your image.  

Share a similar passion to ours? We’re always looking for contributors, travelers, and collaborators. Drop us a message if you’re interested in sharing how you take the road north.