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Join Northerly Collective and Lake Effect Co. to experience the soul of northern Wisconsin. Adventure-loving women from across the Midwest will enjoy a long, dreamy September weekend at Alderwood Resort in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. The main agenda? To celebrate the woods + water of the Northwoods, to create a community of creative women, and to cultivate inspiration for the seasons to come.


Please note: Due to overwhelming response, we have updated Adventure North to be Friday to Sunday.

Retreat Activities:
Includes adventures, workshop, food + drink, and northern swag bag. $395/person
Swag bag is chock full of our Midwest brands (a $200+ value)!

Shared room includes double occupancy in a bedroom with a king or queen bed and a shared bathroom. $125/person
Solo room includes single occupancy in a bedroom with a twin or queen bed and a shared bathroom. $175/person


Days of Adventure


Wisconsin's Northwoods

The Details


Fill Your Days with Adventure

(A sample itinerary from our 2018 Adventure North Retreat)


Three o'clock arrival to Alderwood Resort
Cranberry experience with Stormy Kromer
Wine + cheese pairing on Bartling's Manitowish Cranberry Co.'s farm
"Fiesta on the Lake" dinner at Alderwood Resort
Gather around the campfire to connect over North Mallow s'mores



Wake up for Ruby coffee + conversation, sponsored by Fika Bakery
Wander through tall pines at North Lakeland Discovery Center
Hand lettering workshop with Tiny Bits of Happiness
Bloody Mary bar brunch with Underground Food Collective + Nan's Naughty and Nice
Explore the woods + water on your own - paddleboards + kayaks are provided
Cruise the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes with cocktails
Dine at Blue Bayou Inn - a Manitowish Waters hidden gem!



Yoga sun salutations to begin the day
Say goodbye to new friends over brunch
If your time permits, enjoy a few last moments on the lake


Explore Wisconsin's Northwoods


Alderwood Resort

Cabins offer the nostalgic, quintessential Northwoods experience just feet from Alder Lake. Curl up in front of the wood burning fireplace on a cool night or sip morning coffee on one of the many docks on the property. The Adventure North crew will be cozying up in The Lodge + The Brick House at Alderwood Resort. 

Manitowish Waters, WI

Located on a two lane highway paralleled by tall pines and white arrow signs pointing the way to cottages, cabins + camps, Manitowish Waters is the heart of the woods + water of the Northwoods and is Northerly Collective's home base. Manitowish Waters is on the famous Manitowish Waters Chain of 10 Lakes and is surrounded by hiking trails, cranberry farms, and rivers.


The Details

What's Included...

3 days, 2 nights at Alderwood Resort
Goodie bag filled with our favorite Midwest brands ($200+ value)
Cranberry experience, including wine + cheese pairing
Creative workshop + necessary supplies
Campfire + s’mores
Morning yoga

Friday: wine + cheese pairing
Friday: dinner and s'mores + snacks
Saturday: coffee + a light breakfast
Saturday: epic bloody mary bar lunch
Saturday: cocktails + cruise to dinner
Saturday: dinner at Blue Bayou Inn Restaurant
Sunday: Northwoods brunch at Alderwood Resort

Resort Amenities: 
Wifi at Alderwood Resort
Kayaks + paddleboards
Wine, coffee, + tea
Bed Linens
Bath Towels

What's Not Included...

Transportation to + from the retreat (see FAQ's for carpool info!)
Transportation while at the retreat (we'll carpool as needed)
Any food + drink costs outside of the retreat
Personal snacks if desired
Bicycles - feel free to bring one! 

Personal toiletries
Beach towels



Adventure North Partners

Interested in having your Midwest based brand showcased at Adventure North? Send us a message - we'd love to work together! 





Are you a photographer, writer, influencer, social media enthusiast, outdoors lover, or just seeking a Midwest-based community? Then yes, it is definitely for you. Everyone is creative in their own manner and we can't wait to learn more about you.

When do I need to be there?

You may arrive to the cabins as early as 1pm on Friday, September 14th, 2018. The first event, a cranberry farm tour begins at 4pm.

When does the retreat end?

We will have a Northwoods Breakfast Buffet on Sunday morning, but that is the only scheduled event for the day. You are free to explore, and we’re already sad to see you go, but we’ll ask that everyone is checked out of their room by 12pm.

How do I get there?

Alderwood Resort is located at 13028 Alderwood Lane in Manitowish Waters.

The drive to the resort is approximately:
8 hours from Traverse City, MI
6 hours from Chicago
4.5 hours from Milwaukee or Minneapolis
3.5 hours from Madison
1.5 hours from Wausau

Carpooling is encouraged. If you would like to carpool with someone from your area, please notify us at least 2 weeks before the retreat and we will connect you with those wishing to carpool.

We will send driving instructions with your welcome email.

What are the accommodations like?

Explore Alderwood Resort here - we'll be staying in The Lodge and The Brick House

Is my payment refundable?

In order to make the retreat experience the MOST kick ass, all deposits and payments made to us to reserve your space on the retreat are 100% non-refundable. If you pay the minimum deposit at the time of reservation, the remaining balance is due no later than August 13, 2018.

How do I make the final payment?

You will receive an invoice via email on August 1st, 2018. Payment is due one month prior to your retreat on August 13th, 2018. Payment can be made via credit or debit card. We’re unable to take credit card payments over the phone or accept checks.

I really want to book but I can't pay in full yet. Can I pay in installments?

Yes this is possible. Email us ( and we will work out the details.

What to bring

September in the Northwoods can be 80 degrees + sunny or 50 degrees + raining, classic Midwest life. We will let you know what to expect as the date approaches, but here are some essentials that we recommend:

Basic toiletries
Lounge/comfortable clothes
One dinner outfit - jeans and a top are fine, or bring a fun dress - anything goes!
Warm jacket - evenings around the campfire can be chilly
Yoga clothes + mat if you would like to take the class (let us know if you don’t have a mat, we have extras!)
Comfortable shoes for walking
Swimsuit + boat clothes
Beach towel
Journal, book, knitting, whatever you need for free time at the lake
Rain jacket and/or umbrella

Will there be snacks?

Yes, of course! We love snacks! However, if you have anything you can’t live without, feel free to bring your own or purchase them at the local grocery store.

Can I bring my pet?

While we absolutely love our four-legged friends, for the comfort of all of our guests pets are not welcome.

What if I have a food allergy/restriction?

Please let us know about any allergies or dietary restrictions upon registration. All of the meals served at Alderwood Resort will be served family or buffet style, so you can choose what best fits your lifestyle. However, we are unable to guarantee that the meals we cater in or travel to are free from allergens or cross contamination.

We know it may mean fewer options when dietary restrictions are involved, as we have a few of our own, but we will do our best to make food choices as universally consumable. That said, you are welcome to bring your go-to food, snacks or beverages.

I have questions I want to discuss with someone over the phone.

We would love to chat. Please email ( with your telephone number and questions. Please mention the most ideal times you can be reached and we will call you as soon as possible.