Northwest Wisconsin Resorts

by Cicely A. Richard
The Inn on Madeline Island offers views of the Lake Superior shoreline.

The Inn on Madeline Island offers views of the Lake Superior shoreline.

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Northwest Wisconsin features picturesque woods along the shores of Lake Superior and the St. Croix River Valley. Visitors have a selection of lakeside resorts surrounded by grand pine and birch trees. Northwest Wisconsin resorts range from rustic choices with log cabins to those with fully furnished accommodations. Visitors are steps away from nature trails and the sounds of wildlife.

Romantic and Wedding Resorts

The Inn on Madeline Island is located in La Pointe and is the only full-service resort on Madeline Island. The island features forests and views of Lake Superior. Guests reach the island via a ferry or an ice road. Its romance packages include accommodations at the Lightkeeper’s Lodge, dinner for two at The Pub Restaurant and Wine Bar, scented candles, chocolates and chilled champagne. Lodge accommodations have whirlpool tubs, 42-inch LCD TVs and gas fireplaces. The inn also includes homes with full kitchens. Birchwood’s Tagalong Golf & Resort overlooks Red Cedar Lake, a 1,841-acre fishing lake. Tagalongs banquet planning professionals help couples with wedding arrangements and offer tented weddings on the lake and receptions next to the golf course. The resort also has banquet rooms and outdoor verandas. It has boat, kayak and canoe rentals. Accommodations have full kitchens, fireplaces and televisions with DVD players.

Family Resorts

Iron River’s Deer Trail Lodge is a four-season family resort on the shores of Lake Delta in the Chequamegon National Forest. On-site activities include fishing, boating, hunting, snowshoeing, hiking and horseback riding. Resort staff members help families plan their fishing and hiking excursions and provide on-site sports equipment rentals. Cabins contain full kitchens with dining and cooking utensils, full baths, decks and picnic areas. Most cabins include aluminum fishing boats. Scenic Drive Resort sits on 35 acres of pine, birch, oak and maple trees along Lake Delta. This small rustic resort’s property also serves as home for birds, black bear, deer and otters. The resort has a playground, swimming beach, video games and refreshment center. The resort arranges fishing and horseback riding trips. Select accommodations have full kitchens, full baths and picnic areas.

Nature and Activity Resorts

Currier’s Lakeview Lodge sits on a peninsula of the east shore of Rice Lake. The 940-acre lake connects to the Chippewa River and flows next to Red Cedar State Bike Trail. The resort offers year-round fishing and hunting. Animals hunted include deer, wild turkey, waterfowl and grouse. Other activities include water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Accommodations feature picture windows overlooking the lake. Select lodgings have kitchens, living rooms and private decks. The Whitecap Mountains Ski & Golf Resort features three ski mountains that offer 43 ski runs for beginners and experts. Its ski and board school provides private and semi-private lessons for adults and children. Skye Golf offers 18 golf holes overlooking Lake Superior with undulating fairways of forests and ancient bedrocks. Lodgings contain full kitchens, telephones and satellite television.

Planning Vacation

TravelWisconsin.com offers a "Trip Finder" tool to help visitors plan their resort vacation. Once they choose Northwest Wisconsin, vacationers can pick resorts according to location, on-site activities, nearby attractions and restaurants. The website also informs visitors of packages.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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