Lake house vacation fun we always wanted and our Giant Unicorn Pool Float

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This summer, our big family vacation is at Lake Mitchel near Cadillac, Michigan at a beautiful lake house called “Lake Mitchel Retreat” which we rented via Airbnb.

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Our road trip to the lake house was three hours from Wisconsin to Grandma’s house in Chicagoland where we stayed overnight then another five hours from Illinois, through Indiana into Michigan.

We arrived, unpacked and made our way to the water where we discovered the lake house property includes a pier, 3 stand-up paddle boards, a peddle boat, a fire pit, many lawn chairs and other fun activities for our family to use.

Matty, River on the peddle boat and Keller on a paddle boardOliver on the paddle board

We rented the Lake Mitchel Retreat lake house for a week and there’s also a boat house on the property which is available to rent which sleeps up to 4 guests.

The lake house rental we’re enjoying sleeps 10 with 7 beds in 4 bedrooms and the back living room has a huge smart TV with Nintendo Wii, Roku player and giant windows facing Lake Mitchell. We also found 2 fireplaces, a big glass grill, full basement with laundry room, big stocked kitchen, tons of games and so much more fun outside!

Big windows from our family room looking out in Lake Mitchell

The best inflatable pool float toy – the Giant Rainbow Unicorn by Coconut Floats

On our Michigan, USA family lake vacation, we brought a big pool float toy to enjoy in the water while on vacation, a Giant Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float by Coconut Floats.

This durable inflatable pool float is big enough for 2 kids or an adult to lounge comfortably and includes a handle on the neck and is super comfy and fun!

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All the kids wanted a turn and Keller was even able to stand up on the giant pool float.

Giant Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float by Coconut Floats

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Spring Green General Store, Spring Green Wisconsin

5 day trips to visit in Southwest Wisconsin

Wondering where to go this weekend near Madison, Wisconsin?

Shop & Eat at the Spring Green General Store 🥪 Spring Green, WI

Whether you trek to Spring Green, WI via WI-23 northbound from southern Wisconsin or westbound from Madison, Wisconsin, the drive to Spring Green is amazing and could be considered part of the adventure. The Spring Green General Store features a cafe offering local fair and a retail store highlighting artists’ goods, environmentally-friendly groceries and household items. Look for fair trade and local items at this small community-focussed business which is a great place to meet friends for a drink, bite to eat or live music. In addition to regular music gigs at the cafe, mark your calendar for the Spring Green General Store’s annual music events including BobFest and BeatleFest. Visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest or read more about the Spring Green General Store on TravelWisconsin.com.

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Governor Dodge State Park 🌲 Dodgeville, WI

This popular park just west of Madison, WI boasts over 40 miles of hiking trails, fishing and beaches each with boat rentals and pavilion rentals in two lakes, two campgrounds plus groups campsites and backpack sites, two caves, an amazing waterfall along fields of lupine, gorgeous views, wildlife and so much more.


Historic Small Town Tour 🏘 Mineral Point, WI

High Street is the given name for the primary thoroughfare or Main Street in British towns and in Mineral Point, WI, you’ll find High Street to be there too. This beautiful city offers a variety of small family business including a brewpub, wood-fired pizzeria, a southwest cuisine craft bar, a historic opera house, historic homes and hotels, an artist retreat center, amazing local food, a beautiful garden center and so many more shopping and reasons to stay the night.


Canoe the Wisconsin River 🛶 Arena to Spring Green, WI

There’s a day trip opportunity to float down a lazy river with family or friends: canoe the Wisconsin River. Experienced swimmers only! The Wisconsin River can be very dangerous. However with safety and experience, the Wisconsin River provides remarkable recreation opportunities for families or an individual. Start in Arena, WI with a canoe or large inflatable to paddle for 3 hours or float for five hours all the way to Spring Green, WI. Drop off and pickup shuttle arrangements can be purchased ahead of time through canoe outfitters like Black Hawk River Runs or so many others along that stretch of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Another idea is launch from Spring Green, WI and end in Muscoda, WI which is an overnight adventure involving sleeping on the sand bars so make sure to tie the boat to a tree, periodically checking that your selected overnight sandbar hasn’t washed out and situating the tent away from the morning sun but preferably in the direction of wind, to blow away bugs before the sun sets.

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New Glarus Brewing Co. 🍺 New Glarus, WI

If you shy from alcohol consumption, feel free to skip this SW day trip recommendation. Overlooking the little Swiss town of New Glarus, WI, New Glarus Brewing Co’s tourist friendly hilltop location features self-guided brewery tours, a huge beer depot store, a gift shop and so much more to enjoy. This location seems to be under a state of constant expansion of its brewing and visitor facilities. Beer fans, this craft beer business is incredible.

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Dirt-cheap cabin glamping in beautiful SW Wisconsin

Are you wanting an inexpensive rustic weekend cabin with a covered front porch?

Tucked away in the woods of Southwestern Wisconsin is a nook of four cabins, at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area. Highland and Cobb, WI are the towns closest to the Black Hawk Lake and the park office has ice, bait, firewood (including kindling) and more. Look for the store at the turn for the park road which has a great selection of camping, fishing, hunting and adult party supplies!

The great find at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area are the four rustic cabins. The favorite (photos below) is Cabin #4 however Cabin #3 has an amazing view. The privacy and forest cover cannot be beat at Cabin #4 but the kicker is these cabins are all inexpensive at $70 (plus fees) per night. Check the Black Hawk Lake website for seasonal cabin pricing discounts and for more photos.

We setup a small table on the covered porch at the cabin which is perfect for hiding from the rain and sun.

The view from the porch overlooks the hill down to the campfire, woods past the campsite and beautiful water past the trees.

The beach at Black Hawk Lake State Rec Area is small but nice! There’s 3 charcoal bbq grills, a number of picnic tables, the concession stand has pool float rentals and it’s a beautiful view. Check out the park map for some great weekend glamping inspiration.

There’s plenty of spots to go fishing and the park office store sells bait and fishing licenses too. The photo above shows one of the many private boat moring locations and on the far left is one of the park’s fishing piers.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area is located 10 minutes from Highland, WI and 25 minutes from Dodgeville, WI. In addition to the four cabins which sleep six guests, there’s also a 12 person cabin. All cabins feature heat, air conditioning a covered porch, bbq grill and more. The cabins do not have bathrooms, look for pit toilets for common use and the park features three shower houses with nice, hot water, a group campground ($45 per night) and two single family campgrounds.

The park also features power boat, canoe, kayak and pontoon rentals. For an affordable rustic weekend getaway, visit the cabins at Back Hawk Lake Recreation Area for a dirt-cheap option on your next glamping adventure.

Top 10 Michigan Influencers on Instagram

This summer, we’re headed to Lake Cadillac in Cadillac Lake, Michigan for a sunny family vacation with the whole gang! Our Airbnb lakefront vacation home has 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 4 season solarium facing Lake Cadillac, pier with boats and much more. Part of the adventure of heading to a new community for a vacation, has always been planning ahead by reaching out to the local Chamber of Commerce and visitors bureau to get area info packets and hopefully a map!

I get excited about an upcoming travel destination by looking at Instagram’s huge collection of local influencers. Let’s enjoy the beauty and fun of Michigan with a best-of list of 10 favorite Michigan based influencers popular on Instagram.


1. @naturalmichigan

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvobZuGAzNO/

NatureMichigan reshares other adventure travel photos, above photo by @lindzjoy1188


2. @michiganskymedia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSc3BpA4tS/
Check out Tyler’s photos at www.michiganskymedia.com


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10 luxury Midwest getaways for nature lovers + Showaflops #Giveaway

But who still want Wifi, a hot tub and queen-size bed or larger

Do you enjoy camping but still left wanting a hot tub, heat, A/C, a queen size bed and Wifi? Think glamping! A combination of camping and luxurious accommodations.

Glamour + Camping = Glamping!

We’ve partnered with GlampingHub.com to bring the best and most unique glamping vacation destination in the Midwest which also feature wifi, hot tubs, and at least a queen-size bed. Also, be sure to enter the Showaflops giveaway and read below for more info about Showaflops. We’re showing off the best Midwest trip ideas to get into nature but also have a cozy, comfortable stay. Glamping Hub features more than 30,000 luxurious locations for nature lovers in more than 180 countries! Discover more amazing trip ideas from GlampingHub.com in this feature article on TRAVEL+LEISURE or on their social accounts at Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter.


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Cottage at Daniel Boone National Forest

Burnside, KY – $105/night

This super-cute cottage which sleeps up to 4 guests is located near the Cumberland River and has luxurious conveniences including wifi, two flat-screen TV’s, queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, large stone fireplace, bubbling hot tub, bbq grill and shared swimming pool. Families with kids will be happy to know that the cottage is kid and infant-friendly however pets are not allowed on the property and there is a two-night stay minimum.

“For those looking to explore the surroundings, head out for some hiking and biking through Daniel Boone National Forest. The adventurers out there can head out for some rock climbing or hiking while those looking to relax can enjoy some boating while scouting out the best picnicking spots. Lake Cumberland also offers guests an array of activities including shopping, swimming, and hiking.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/south/kentucky/burnside/cottage-daniel-boone-national-forest-kentucky/


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The best Valentine’s Day getaway cabins and cottages in Wisconsin

Best cabins and cottages in Wisconsin for a Valentine’s Day getaway

Have you ever wanted to escape to a cabin in the woods?

Can you feel the joy of nature?

This year we’re glamping!

A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home. cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch with jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace, oh and Wifi!

I’ve found camping with my boys (7, 10 and 14) to be enjoyable while also a lot of work. A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home, cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch, jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace and Wifi.)

While researching for this post, I discovered GLAMPING HUB. It’s like Airbnb but for cabins and cottages! This blog received no monetary sponsorship for this mention but this glamping website is an impressive resource!

This summer, we’ll be camping more frequently than last year, by booking a few weekends in cabins, cottages and vacation homes in Wisconsin. I’m hoping the listings below give you a good range of different accommodations to fit your budget while providing a restful getaway for Valentine’s Day weekend or other romantic occasions.

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” —Aristotle

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” —William Shakespeare

“It was in the forest that I found, the peace that passeth understanding” —Jane Goodall

“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.” —Walt Whitman


Loon’s Landing Resort – St. Germain, WI

Loon's Landing Resort - St. Germain, WILoon’s Landing Resort in St. Germain, WI is located in northern Wisconsin, 10 miles from Minocqua and Eagle River, WI. The cabins at Loon’s Landing Resort are furnished with wifi, DVDs, a grill and refrigerator—even heat and a stovetop! Loon’s Landing also boasts a game room, swimming, fish cleaning station with bait shop, a lake with scenic views and an assortment of rentals including canoes, paddle boats, pontoon boats and more. Cabins are furnished with sheets, blankets, pillows, dishes and cooking utensils. Each cabin sleeps 4 to 6 guests and prices start at $89-99/night for off-season use. Visit Loon Landing Resort on Facebook for fun updates!

Loon’s Landing Resort
6978 Pickerel Lake Road
St. Germain, WI 54558
715-479-9190
info@loonslandingresort.com


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Panning for gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, SD in the Black Hills

The best family adventures in the Black Hills South Dakota

Our trusty family vacation Bound for South Dakota with my 3 boys and mom, we opted to drive on this family vacation as we were camping ⛺️ and the drive from Wisconsin to the Black Hills, SD is only 12 hours (with the exception of our numerous stops for bathrooms, gasoline, coffee, sightseeing and food!) Our vehicle was a 4X4 SUV (seats 7) loaded with our possessions including a waterproof fabric car top carrier and a small trailor with more of our vacation gear (bedding, camping stove, food, chairs, etc.)

This post contains affiliate links which I use to keep the office lights on (and coffee.) Read the Disclosure, Terms and Privacy fineprint here, learn about the giveaway rules and note, no product samples were provided for this review and the opinions expressed here are original, unique and my ideas solely.

The first day of our family travel adventure we drove out of Wisconsin through southern Minnesota to Sioux City, SD where we enjoyed accommodations at the Dakota Lodge hotel. We capped the night on the water slide and swimming at our hotel and then I put the boys down to sleep and walked to the Crooked Pint Ale House which had 18 local craft brews on tap. The Dakota Lodge of Sioux City, South Dakota, was excellent and the Crooked Pint has a full menu of not-so pub grub, healthy food too.

On our second day of our family vacation, we were greeted by a huge statue “DIGNITY of Earth and Sky” at a rest stop in Chamberlain, SD off I-90 westbound.

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Dream Big and head to Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Our family has big dreams of family vacations like traveling to Montréal in Canada, Washington State in the PNW and heading back to Colorado for a stay in the Rocky Mountains!

This post contains sponsored links from Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, all opinions are my own.

One of the great locations I’ve been looking into is Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. I’ve included a few photos of this cozy, beautiful local below for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Aspen Square gets really great customer reviews on travel website like Orbitz.com, Expedia.com and TripAdvisor.com and reading many of these, I am sold. Fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, heated pools, hot tubs, 24 hr. check-in, free wifi and so much more to enjoy! What a great place to stay which includes everything you could ask for in a hotel/condo in the mountains in Colorado.

Here’s what Aspen Square has to offer about their “signature full-service condominium hotel”:

Aspen Square’s warmly welcoming personality, ideal location across from the base of Aspen Mountain, and full hotel-style services and amenities combine to make our property a great choice for a memorable vacation year round.

Booking a stay at Aspen Square during the off peak winter season has many advantages for a frugal traveler.
* Early and late season rates can be as much as 50% lower than high season, for the same room type
* More rooms are available in the lower seasons, so even hard to book rooms like our one-bedrooms or three-bedrooms are more likely to be open for booking.
* Guests receive the same outstanding services and amenities as the high season guest
* Smaller crowds translates to shorter lift lines, easier access to restaurant and event tickets
* Pre-holiday stays allow guests to enjoy the festive ambiance without the crowds and costs associated with holiday rates and costs in town
* End of season snow is sometimes the best of the entire winter season, with longer ski days in late March and early April

I highly recommend booking your family destination or ski vacation at Aspen Square Condo/Hotel in cozy Aspen, CO. Check out Aspen Square’s special deals for booking where to save big on seasonal and pre-holiday savings and learn more about Aspen Square’s lift ticket sales and gear rentals for your snowy fun too!

CONNECT WITH ASPEN SQUARE

  • Join Aspen Square on InstagramFacebook ~ Twitter ~ Google+
  • For reservations at Aspen Square: www.aspensquarehotel.com or 866-285-7876 or reservations@aspensquarehotel.com