9630 Treeland Rd.
Hayward Wisconsin 54843United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Friendly staff and good amenities make it clear why this resort is an annual destination for families.
About 18 miles east of Hayward, Treeland is a nice family resort (the oldest of four resorts in the Treeland family) with 29 vacation homes and cabins (peak season: $735$2,535/week) and 10 motel suites (peak season: $855/week). Extremely family oriented, it offers a big, well-kept outdoor pool; a modern playground; courts for tennis, volleyball and horseshoes; a chipping and putting green; and plenty of boat access. If you stay in the motel rooms, you aren't as close to the lake, but you could set your kids free on the playground, and maybe even in the pool, and watch them from your patio. The resort's log lodge houses a large bar, family-friendly dining area, ice cream fountain and game room. WiFi is available in the lodge, but it's the only place at the resort where you'll get Internet service; no cell service out here either. The common areas around the lodge are well groomed and landscaped with lots of flowers. As you follow the dirt roads to the cabins and vacation homes, the landscape gets a little more utilitarian, but the lake side of each unit offers lush grassy areas and large shade trees. The beach is small and rocky; OK if you're desperate for a beach, but not a destination. Although small, with just six or eight pine tables overlooking the lake, the restaurant in the lodge is a good choice for dinner -- even if you're not staying at the resort. The menu was recently revamped, bringing back some classic favorites. The Chippewa Chicken Pizza, for instance, is definitely worth returning to the menu. The kids' menu includes the healthful option of carrot sticks as a side (perhaps to offset the free kids' ice cream). Later in the evening, even if the dining area is closed, you can get good carryout pizza here. Our two-bedroom, two-bath cabin ($1,590/week, peak season) was recently renovated; it featured lots of space and light, sliding doors to a lake-facing deck and thoughtful touches such as plenty of electrical outlets and a ceiling fan in every room. Above the gas fireplace was a TV with cable and a DVD/video player. Leather furniture and rocker/gliders were new. The big kitchen with full-size appliances and lots of counter space made it easy to prepare family meals. One quibble: It's BYO towels, and they did not provide bar soap for washing up. Every member of the staff at this family-owned resort was happy and helpful -- even the student-age help. It's clear why many families consider Treeland their must-visit vacation tradition.