Did anyone else’s family “vacations” always involve a long car ride, fishing, and a lot of bug spray? Because growing up, that was the only vacation we would take. A few times a year we would load up our family van and head to the Mississippi river. When I was younger I was bitter I never got to go on a plane or visit Mickey Mouse like other families did. Now, our up north trips are some of my favorite memories.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a true Wisconsin “up-north” experience. We were lucky enough to be invited to my sister’s boyfriend’s family cabin. I’ve heard great things, and it was even better than described. His dad had built the cabin on a small lake, and it was something out of a dream. Being an avid-up-north-traveler means we’ve picked up a few trick and tips along the way. Here are just a few.
If you aren’t lucky enough to know someone (or own your own) lake house air bnb has some incredible options. For a true Up North experience, you have to find one on the water. Air bnb makes it easy to filter by amenities, so you can filter by your price point and chose a property that’s water front.
There are also some amazing campsites that offer cabins. Explore Wisconsin has some great options. You’ll have to think about the amenities you want. They can vary drastically from campsite, think about if you want electricity, how many people you’re bringing, or if it’s pet friendly. Some cabins might also have TV’s or kitchens too.
You’ll want to have a vague plan of your meals so you’ll know what to pack or shop for. We found a restaurant to go to from my sister asking what was good in the area. Make easy prep ahead meals to make your life easier.
Don’t forget to have fun. I know some people say traveling isn’t enjoyable because of the planning, but the purpose of up north is to relax. Don’t worry about the small things. Just pull up a chair, grab a blanket, and watch the sunset.
June 3, 2021