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Cozy Cabins: Northern Wisconsin's 10 Best VRBO Rentals

Nicole
Published Nov 27, 2017

Wisconsin, founded in 1848, is in the midwest of the United States. It has the coastlines of two Great Lakes, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, and the state’s interior has numerous forests and farms. Milwaukee is its largest city, located on Lake Michigan’s western shore.

Northern Wisconsin is a popular vacation spot. People love to relax in the north woods, with its peaceful lakes and rolling hills. In the summer, the lakes and streams are the perfect spots to go swimming, boating, fishing, or kayaking. You can hike trails in the woods and have a picnic near a waterfall. In the winter, northern Wisconsin is the perfect spot for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding.

Waterfront cabins are popular spots to rent. You can enjoy the water in the summer, or cosy up by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa in the winter. Read on to see our top ten VRBO vacation rentals in northern Wisconsin.

1. Remodelled cabin with view of Cana Island (from 259 USD)

Starting off our list is this recently remodelled cabin on the waterfront, with views of Cana Island. It’s situated between the towns of Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor. So, while there’s plenty of peace and quiet at the cabin, you can head into town easily to pick up necessities or to grab a bite to eat.

You can view the historic Cana Island lighthouse from the property and it is next to a forest, which has walking paths and beaches. The cabin has two screened porches, and a large living area with plenty of windows to let in light. The kitchen is spacious and has all the amenities you’ll need. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, so it’s a great spot for groups.

Remodelled cabin with view of Cana Island

Price: from 259 USD

Number of Guests: 10

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2. Quiet three bedroom cabin

For those after a more rustic northern Wisconsin visit, there’s this three bedroom cabin with a hand sawed cedar interior. The property boasts a deck and a sky-lit sunroom. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms and it has all the modern amenities you’ll need.

The cabin is located on a quiet cul-de-sac and is just a few minutes walk to Lake Michigan. There are plenty of nearby spots to launch your boat, canoe, or kayak. If you want a bit more excitement, the busier bay side of the Peninsula is just a 15-minute drive away. There, you can enjoy a meal at a restaurant or go shopping. There are also state parks nearby, offering trails for hiking or cross-country skiing.

Quiet three bedroom cabin

Price: from 175 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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3. Gingerbread cottage

This quaint cottage is surrounded by dense forest, so you can truly relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s located on a hill above Fish Creek, a village which offers a drive-in theatre, restaurants, and shops. The cabin is also not far from the waterfront and Peninsula State Park.

The property has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, so it’s a good choice for families or groups of friends. There’s a wood burning fireplace and a wraparound deck, so you’ll have plenty of places to relax and unwind, in both summer and winter.

Gingerbread cottage

Price: from 155 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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4. Spacious lake home (from 292 USD)

Number four on our list is a modern, luxurious cabin. So, if you’d like to experience the north woods but don’t like the idea of roughing it in a tent, definitely check out this spacious place. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, it’s an excellent option for large family vacations. The hosts love to cook, so the kitchen is well-stocked and even has some basic ingredients. The cabin even has a wet bar and ping pong table!

There is a canoe and two kayaks to use, and if you have your own boat, there’s space on the dock to accommodate it. Just be aware that noisy water toys are only allowed on the lake from 10 am to 6 pm. But, as the hosts say, “a quiet evening ride in your pontoon is perfectly fine!” If you want a lakeside cabin with mod cons, this is the spot for you!

Spacious lake home

Price: from 292 USD

Number of Guests: 12

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5. Authentic log cabin (from 123 USD)

This place offers up the experience of sleeping in a real log cabin. It’s a great spot for a romantic getaway, with a loft containing a queen size, log frame bed. From bed, you can look out the large windows to Lake Superior. If need be, there’s also a futon which can sleep two additional people.

The log cabin is on 350 feet (106 meters) of shoreline, so there’s plenty of fun to be had in the water. If you’d like to go into town, the cabin is just three miles (4.8 km) from Port Wing. There you’ll find restaurants, a grocery store, and a full-service marina.

Authentic log cabin

Price: from 123 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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6. Newly remodelled cabin with private waterfront (from 231 USD)

Another option for those who prefer a more modern rental is this newly remodelled cabin. It’s a Cape Cod-style home, with hardwood floors, granite countertops, and vaulted ceilings. There’s a wraparound deck and a table with chairs by the waterfront, so you’ll have plenty of space to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or watch the sunset with a glass of wine.

And speaking of the waterfront, this property has a 200 foot (61 meter) private shoreline. It’s the perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, and swimming on Lake Michigan. The cabin is also near a wide variety of activities in Door County. You can tour a winery, visit art galleries, or view shipwrecks from a glass bottom kayak tour. There’s plenty of options to chose from when staying at this cabin, whether you’d like to relax by the fire pit or travel into town.

Newly remodelled cabin with private waterfront

Price: from 231 USD

Number of Guests: 10

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7. Cabin with amazing water views (from 417 USD)

This cabin has an open plan in the kitchen, dining, and living room. There are four bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a king size bed. Off the kitchen is a large deck with a grill, so you’ll be able to cook and eat outside on warm summer evenings. There’s even a lower deck with an eight-person hot tub. Perfect for cooler nights!

The property has glowing reviews. Visitors love the decor, and can’t get enough of the stunning views of the water. The cabin is spacious enough for large families or groups, allowing enough space to feel like you still have some privacy.

Cabin with amazing water views

Price: from 417 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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8. Private cabin on Upper Twin Lake (from 120 USD)

Located on Upper Twin Lake, this is a classic upper midwestern cabin. It’s the perfect size for a couple or small family, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. There’s a wood fireplace and a deck. The lake is known for its musky and bass fishing, as well as its clear waters. It’s also a great lake to go waterskiing and tubing on.

It’s an excellent spot in the winter, as well. You’ll be able to snowshoe, cross-country ski, or ice fish. Winter offers a period of solitude in the north woods - a winter wonderland indeed!

Private cabin on Upper Twin Lake

Price: from 120 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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9. Northwoods feel cabin (from 183 USD)

This beautiful cabin was built in 2008 and has all new furnishings and amenities. The bedrooms have log furniture, the kitchen is fully equipped, and there are LCD TVs with cable television. While not directly on the water, the waterfront is nearby. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim and fish. You can also rent a fishing boat or pontoon if you don’t have your own.

Northwoods feel cabin

Price: from 183 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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10. Charming lakefront cabin (from 125 USD)

Finishing off our list is this beautiful cabin with a view of the lake. It’s got a sandy shoreline and comes equipped with a canoe, paddleboard, and kayaks to use. The cabin is near a well-known ski trail, as well as a mountain biking trail. It sleeps six people, with two bedrooms, as well as a loft.

The kitchen is fully equipped, but there are a number of restaurants nearby, so you can eat out as well. Reviewers say the cabin is clean and comfortable. Visitors especially love being able to use the kayaks and canoe.

Charming lakefront cabin

Price: from 125 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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Northern Wisconsin is perfect, year round

Whether you want a warm, summer vacation or a cosy winter wonderland, northern Wisconsin has you covered! There are a wide variety of cabins to choose from, from classic wood cabins to modern properties, with all of today’s luxuries. So grab your snowshoes or your beach towels, and plan your Wisconsin vacation, today!

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Nicole is an American expat living in London, England. When she moved from the midwest to London in 2012, it was her first time leaving the US. She has traveled steadily since then, making trips...Read more

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