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


Virgin Timber Resort – Hayward, WI

Cabin rental in northern WIThis beautiful resort has many amenities for guests and this reflects in more expensive cabin rates of $250 (off-peak: $200) to as low as $115 (off-peak: $110) per night. Occupancies range from 2 (Little Perch-Cabin #7) to 10 guests (Big Musky #1). Check out the Virgin Timber Resort Facebook Page where they do a great job with updates about the Wisconsin northwoods business.

“Virgin Timber Resort offers year-round accommodations with seven original log cabins and one vacation home. The log cabins are authentic 1920s log cabins, each highlighted by a natural stone fireplace. Resort includes on-site bar/restaurant, lodge access with billiard and board games, DVDs, basketball court, playground and complimentary use of rowboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle-boats and paddle-boards. Cabins include fully equipped kitchens, linens, satellite TV, WiFi, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire-pit, and outdoor lawn furniture.”

Virgin Timber Resort
10820 N Moose Lake Rd
Hayward, WI 54843
715-462-3269
vtimberresort@gmail.com

The best romantic cabins in Wisconsin for Valentine’s Day Weekend
Scenes around Virgin Timber and Moose Lake Friday June 16, 2017, in Hayward, Wis. (Photo by Robert Graves)

Little Pond Lodge – New Lisbon, WI

New Lisbon, WI cabinsLittle Pond Lodge is located in central Wisconsin near Mauston. Each cabin is “tucked into the woods around Little Pond” and feature fire pits, queen beds, gas fireplaces, kitchens and more. This small family business also features The Lodge, The Loft and The Luxe which are all beautiful vacation homes.

Little Pond Lodge
N6768 Hwy 58
New Lisbon, WI 53950
608-847-4593
littlepondlodge@yahoo.com


HeartSong Cottage – Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point vacation homeThis lovely vacation home is tucked on a hill in Mineral Point, Wisconsin—hometown to Our Family Reviews! HeartSong Cottage sleeps up to 8 guests, rates start at only $99 per night and is situated in a historic small town with cozy restaurants, unique shopping, art galleries, a brewpub and so much more! Mineral Point is conveniently located half way between Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA and is surrounded by beautiful destinations like Governor Dodge State Park, Shake Rag Center for the Arts, Frank Loyd Wright’s Taliesin, House on the Rock and 35 minutes from Galena, IL. Of all the cabins and cottages featured here for this Valentine’s Day getaway, this wonderful vacation home would be an ideal choice based on the price, amenities, location and guest occupancy of 8 with 3 bedrooms, 5 beds and easy self check-in!

“The house has been updated with modern conveniences but retains its old-world charm and elegance. A well equipped kitchen, super-comfy beds, and lots of natural light, make this perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation.”

View the HeartSong Cottage Airbnb listing for booking information on this beautiful and unique getaway house. Read the recent coverage which included HeartSong Cottage in LIVABILITY who touted this cozy cottage as “worth braving the cold for.”


Log Cabin near Wolf River – Elton, WI

This amazing cabin near Elton, Wisconsin features accommodations for two guests and includes breakfast each morning, a wood-fired hot tub, a gazeebo, fire pit, kitchen, cozy bedroom, bbq grill and so much more. The price of this cabin is around $95 per night with no minimum on the number of nights. Pets and smoking are not allowed on site.

“This beautiful glamping site is located in northern Wisconsin in the city of Elton. The property is secluded and quiet, making it an ideal choice for a honeymoon, anniversary, or romantic weekend away. It is also just five miles from great cross-country ski trails at Gartzke Flowage Ski Area and only eight miles from the beautiful Wolf River, where glampers can go rafting, tubing, canoeing, or kayaking.”

Learn more about booking this cabin in the woods on on Glamping Hub.


Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area Cabins – Highland, WI

Situated in southwest Wisconsin in the heart of the Driftless area, the 5 cabins at Black Hawk Lake Rec. Area feature heat and electricity, A/C, charcoal grills, fire pits and picnic tables. The cabins are rustic with pit toilets and one central water hydrant. Inside, most cabins feature bunk beds and an indoor table. A two night stay minimum is required, rates are $70-95 per night and sleep between 6-12 guests, depending on cabin choice.

Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area
2025 County Highway BH
Highland, WI 53543
608-623-2707
bhlake@mhtc.net


Cozy Tree House Cabin – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Includes complimentary water park and theme park too!Bonus tip! I’ve discovered a Wisconsin Dells cabin treehouse with Queen Bed and bunk beds which sleeps four guests for around $100 per night and this booking includes “free tickets to Noah’s Ark Waterpark (Good 5/26/18 to 9/03/2018) & Timbavati Wildlife Park (Good 5/01/18 to 10/28/2018) complimentary with your stay.” Wow! We are for sure book reservations here!


Whether you’re looking for an off-the-grid cabin getaway, a cottage in the woods with wifi or a romantic luxury vacation home, Wisconsin has many opportunities for glamping this Valentine’s Day! What’s your your preference for where to stay on a romantic getaway?

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Feature photo by JOHNSON SCHMALING ARCHITECTS  
Nature quotes from GlobalStewards.org
Many photos courtesy of Glamping Hub
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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

Watch us ride the longest zipline-Ski Apache Windrider in NM

Keller and I had a chance to ride the longest zipline in the lower 48 USA States, called Windrider at Ski Apache in Alto, NM, near Ruidoso.

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

Windrider zipline at Ski Apache, Ruidoso nm
This adventure experience was wrapped up during our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico and we’re happy to let you know that the Ski Apache zipline tour near is extremely fun and well worth your family time.

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Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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Summer fun in Calgary Alberta Canada

In this special guest post, we’re featuring author and beer educator Marty Nachel as he spans the globe from Chicagoland to Calgary, Alberta in Canada for a travel adventure of hiking and beer!

Among many titles, Marty Nachel wrote the bible of beer making books Homebrewing For Dummies which you can find on Amazon. Marty is also a Faculty member at the College of DuPage Business of Craft Beer certificate program where you can join him for a 5-week Beer Evaluation course at College of DuPage to become a certified beer judge. Program info is available on the Aleconner Facebook page, at the COD.edu website or call (630) 942-2208 for class registration info!

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Exploring Multnomah Falls in Oregon & #GIVEAWAY

At least once, everyone must plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, USA including Oregon, Washington and beyond. In this post, we welcome guest contributor and Pro photography Rachel Konsella of Vancouver, Washington. Plus, enter our giveaway for a vintage collection of tourist bells (which were my grandma’s.)


ANTIQUE BELLS #GIVEAWAY (USA/18+/ENDS 3/12)

***3/13/2017 UPDATE – Congrats to the giveaway winner: Karen M. of Michigan, who has been contacted and shipping confirmed! Thank you again to all the entrances to took time to participate in this giveaway and I look forward to continuing want to give away each month, cheers!***

Please enter the giveaway for this post too where we will be shipping, to one winner (see rules) a set of antique/vintage tourist bells.Read More »

25 best travel Instagrams to follow in 2017

For 2017, my New Year’s resolution is to explore and travel to more destinations than I did in ’16. I’ve loaded my Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny by following the list below of best travel Instagram accounts for 2017, it’s time to get out and explore! Below are groups of Instagram accounts which I foresee as having the best insights on travel in 2017. For the record, some images below show “Follow” but we have followed all of these with our Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny.

Jump to the Giveaway!

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TRAVEL BLOGGERS & JOURNALISTS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

1) @traveldudes
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Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Secret Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Have you been planning a secret romantic getaway for your significant other? The anticipation of keeping a secret can be exciting, trying and in my case almost impossible to pull off!

Planning a secret romantic getaway for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other is a great way to spend a night or weekend away from the kids to rekindle your relationship and celebrate each other with intimacy. Below is a list of suggested must haves for planning your secret romantic getaway.Read More »