With miles of frontage on not just Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, but also tons of inland lakes, the idea of a week-long beach-front retreat in Wisconsin is easier than you think. Sure, you can own your own Up North cabin and that would be ideal. But if you’re like me and still waiting for a big windfall before you can make that happen, here are a few spots you can rent for a week of getting away from it all right here at home. Some are meant for couples, but some can accommodate big groups, so gather up your closest friends and family, pool your resources and get ready for the very best week of your lives.
1. Lake Michigan Sportsman's Paradise - Kenosha
This spot is smaller, but charming and located right on the water in a spot that's not known for its waterfront cottages. No matter the season, this little spot for less than $100 per night is a perfect way to get near the water and enjoy Wisconsin.
2. Quiet Place Cottage - Land O' Lakes
There are just five total cabins on this small lake and all are tucked away, giving you the feeling of total isolation from the hustle and bustle of real life. A relaxing week here in season is just $1295 and it's truly a stellar Northwoods getaway.
Located at 6027 N Boat Landing Rd, Land O' Lakes, WI 54540.
3. Aberdeen Cabins
I love this spot because you can make it as full service or hands off as you want. Disappear in your cabin and take advantage of 1500 feet of frontage on Manitowish Chain of Lakes or sign up to have every meal taken care of by the owners. This cabin two and it has room for up to 14 sleepers for just about $3000 for the week.
Located at 25 Twin Pines Rd., Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
4. St. Germain Lake Cabin - St. Germain
This serene shot alone is enough to make you want to book this place. There are three bedrooms, 100 feet of lake frontage, and everything you could ever need to enjoy life Up North. Just $1900 for a week makes this place a steal.
5. Alpine Resort - Presque Isle
This awesome spot is VanVliet Lake in the Presque Isle Chain, which is spring-fed and a Class A Muskie lake. In the protected Ottawa National Forest and near a state park, everything you could ever want is here. There are 10 different cabins to accommodate your group size and they start at $900 for the week.
Located at 7151 Crab Lake Road ,Presque Isle, WI 54557.
6. Watters Edge Retreat - Tomahawk
There are numerous lodging options that include the use of 14 foot aluminum boat, a 17 foot aluminum canoe, kayaks, paddle boat, fire pit and wood and a charcoal grill. Located on a glacier-formed spring-fed lake, you'll love your time here. Rates start at $800 per week and go up to $1950.
Located at 6548 S Bluebird Rd, Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539.
7. Bayshore Majestic Retreat - Hayward
This stunning and massive place can sleep up to 12 people on three floors. There's a big loft, foosball, a massive amount of water frontage and everything you could ever dream of in a cabin rental. Rates fluctuate all season and can be incredibly reasonable in the off season. This might be worth gathering some friends for a stellar week trip.
8. Birch Cottage at Pine Terrace - St. Germain
Rates here are under $1000 per week, even in peak season. The stunning views and secluded spot in the woods make this a really great place to escape.
Located at 1251 South Bay Road, St. Germain, WI 54558.
9. White Lake Beach Resort - Montello
All the charm of Up North with a lot less driving, this spot has 600 feet of private beach on the shores of White Lake while over two dozen majestic peacocks roam free on the scenic grounds. There's access to a golf course and tons of activities. Make your trip as social or antisocial as you'd like.
Located at N4785 19th Ave, Montello, WI 53949.
10. Authentic Log Cabin - Port Wing
There's 350 feet of Lake Superior shoreline to love at this cozy little cabin. There are bigger cabins from the same folks, if you've got a big group, but at less than $150 per night, this little cabin seems like a steal.
11. Seagull Beach Guest House - Sheboygan
With rates starting at $150 per night and room for four people right on the Lake Michigan shoreline, this is a spectacular spot for a little weekend beach getaway. Bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, kites, beach chairs and firewood are all provided!
12. Somtara - Madeline Island
This stunning piece of property has huge picture windows to let you get nearly-panoramic views of Lake Superior and Madeline Island. It's $2,500 per week in summer, but so worth the splurge.
Located at 4113 Chippewa Trail, La Pointe, WI 54850.
Where do you stay when you’re looking for the perfect waterfront cottage? Let us know about it in the comments.