Sometimes you just need a little peace and quiet. When you do, a night or two at Candlewood Cabins in southwestern Wisconsin is the place to escape. The trio of cabins ($110 or $155/night) sits a quarter-mile or so behind the home of proprietors Norbert and Susan Calnin. The Hillside and Log Cabins both sleep four, with a futon or couch for extra bodies. The Glass House sleeps two, with the possibility of squeezing in two more on a futon, but it would be pretty tight. Pets are welcome.
The property's unique Glass House is especially popular with guests; it's often booked nearly every day of its April-through-November season. Floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides make you feel like you're sleeping in the middle of the forest. Chairs arc around a fire pit set on a compact, decorative patio, with two more out back on the tiny deck, built around two trees. A walkway over a small gulley connects the cabin to a combination bathroom/kitchenette.
All of the lodging requires a two-night minimum stay, which is perfect. The 80-acre property is laced with hiking trails, some of which lead you to the top of the ridge that the cabins are snugged into. Candlewood is also close to Spring Green, a popular arts community that’s home to the acclaimed American Players Theatre, and to Taliesin, the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Canoeing in the nearby Wisconsin River is another popular pastime, as is fishing in the class 1 and 2 trout streams that burble through the area.
No matter what you do during the day, the best part will be tucking yourself into bed in your cabin at night, then listening to the crickets sing you to sleep.