Northerly's Cozy Cabin Guide for Fall


With the summer crowds thinning and the pine-scented air filling with rich smells from spiced cider to chimney smoke, northern Wisconsin's best season is about to arrive. As foliage turns to bright, fiery colors of red + orange, the forest beckons with hiking paths, miles of paved bike trails, single track mountain biking, and kayaking routes throughout the area. Whether you're snuggling up in a cabin with your better half or planning a weekend trip with a group of friends + family, here's a short list of our favorite cabins to cozy up + enjoy. 

Northerly tip: Cabins book up quickly, especially as fall colors begin to turn. Use Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report to determine when color will be near peak season. From mid-September to mid-October, northern Wisconsin is just a day trip away from peak color. So ask the boss for vacation time, book the cabin, and plan the trip - we promise, you'll thank us.  

Craft Cabin - Craft Beer

Nestled beneath towering pines, just a short walk from downtown Boulder Junction, are the unique log cabins of Big Bear Hideaway. Grab your loved one or just a close friend for a weekend away in their cabins; centrally located to access the area’s hiking trails, restaurants, and right on the paved bike trail (over 50 miles!). Cozy up in front of the fireplace, wander down the street for a craft beer from Aqualand Ale House, or explore all that the woods + water has to offer.

We suggest renting bicycles from Coontail and exploring by the cycle. Use our Adventure Guide as a resource. 


Old-Fashioned Meets Modern Charm

Built in the 1930’s, this old-fashioned farmhouse has the nostalgic vibes with modern charm. The White House, nestled on 160 acres in Presque Isle, has the history you love, with the luxury you desire. Sip your morning coffee as you enjoy the view of a scenic pond with abundant with wildlife. This is the perfect place to gather your book club in northern Wisconsin for a weekend getaway. 

We suggest pampering yourself, hire a yoga instructor to come right to your door.


Nostalgic + Charming

Bring along your favorite board game, a new knitting project, or just a stack of good books - this is the place to watch time float away and enjoy life at a slower pace. Situated on a peninsula of Alder Lake, part of the Manitowish Chain of 10 Lakes, the Lodge at Alderwood Resort has lake views in nearly every room so you'll get your fill of fall colors, while enjoying the slower pace of Northwoods living. On cool evenings, start a warm fire in the fireplace to enjoy a glass of wine and gather with a few couples or for a small family get together. 

We suggest experiencing cranberry harvest, located just down the road. Visit mid-September to mid-October for a private harvest tour.


Peace + Quiet

If you need a trip alone to press the reset button; this is your place. Head to this historical cabin on Adelaide Lake in northern Wisconsin to get away from it all. This 90 year old log cabin is tucked under hemlocks + hardwoods, surrounded by clear deep waters and abundant wildlife. Pets are allowed, so bring along your best furry friend for a few days of fresh air, new trails, and cozy evenings in front of the fireplace.   

We suggest picking up a few cabin essentials + exploring the nearby trails of Van Vliet Hemlocks


Resort style

Hitch up the fishing boat and get ready for a weekend on the water at Sunrise Resort in Presque Isle. A great place to bring a multi-generational group from grandson to granddad to catch the big one. As you fish the waters of Presque Isle Lake, admire the myriad of colors of the shoreline's foliage. Enjoy sunrise views, screened porches, and the friendly feelings of Northwoods life.    

We suggest starting the weekend with Manitowish Waters' best Friday Night Fish Fry + hiring a fishing guide.


Gather A Group

Stay in a traditional Northwoods style log home with modern conveniences, like Sticks and Stones. Throw a log on the fire and gather around for a night of board games, catch up over coffee on the porch, and linger over a great meal at their large dining room table. Great for a small group of friends or family together to create memories in Winchester, in northern Wisconsin. Or use the cabin as a home base for adventures across the Northwoods. Located just a short drive to mountain biking at WinMan Trails, restaurants in Manitowish Waters, and just a short drive to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

We suggest picking up the goods for the perfect cheese plate + a few bottles of your favorite wine for a night around the crackling fire. The towering fireplace in this cabin is what Northwoods dreams are made of. 


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