You're Invited.

September 13-16th, 2018 in Manitowish waters, wisconsin


Join Us Lakeside. 

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.


Retreat Activities:
Includes adventures, workshop, rentals, etc. $495/person

Shared room includes double occupancy in a bedroom with a king or queen bed and a shared bathroom. $175/person
Solo room includes single occupancy in a bedroom with a twin or queen bed and a shared bathroom. $250/person


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Days of Adventure


Wisconsin's Northwoods

The Details


Fill Your Days with Adventure

Final itinerary to be released in August 2018


Northern Mornings

Coffee + tea on the pier
Yoga sun salutations to start the day
Fika: a break for coffee, treats, + good conversation


Daily Adventures

Explore the woods + water via bike, hike, or paddle
Cultivate inspiration with lake-minded + like-minded women
Cruise the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes
Hand lettering with Meredith from @tinybitsofhappiness


late summer Evenings

Sunset cocktail sips + dinner cruise
Wine tasting in the cranberries
Gather around the campfire for s'mores + lots of laughter


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...

4 days, 3 nights at Alderwood Resort
Goodies from our favorite Midwest brands
Vinyasa flow yoga class
Creative workshop + necessary supplies
Cranberry experience, including wine + cheese pairing
Campfire + s’mores

Thursday evening: wine + cheese welcome gathering
Friday: picnic style dinner at Alderwood Resort
Saturday: yogurt bar breakfast
Saturday: epic bloody mary bar lunch
Saturday: cocktails + cruise to dinner
Saturday: girl date at Blue Bayou Inn Restaurant
Sunday: Northwoods breakfast buffet at Alderwood Resort

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

Subject to change, final itinerary to be released in August 2018

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)
Friday breakfast + lunch on your own
Any food + drink costs outside of the retreat
Personal snacks if desired
Bicycles - feel free to bring one! 

Personal toiletries
Beach towels


Pencil Your Name In!

We will email you when Adventure North launches in mid-July 2018.


Adventure North Partners

Interested in having your Midwest based brand showcased at Adventure North? Send us an email ( - 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 4pm on Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Dinner on Thursday evening is on your own - we will send out our recommendations. The welcome event begins at 7pm.

When does the retreat end?

We will have a Northwoods Breakfast Buffet at 9am 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.