Fantasy Islands: 7 Midwest Getaways
Ludlow's Island Resort, Cook, Minnesota
A crank telephone summons a wooden boat to ferry guests to this Lake Vermilion getaway known for its friendly service--and spendy rates.
Twenty cabins dot the island (90 miles northwest of Duluth), each with its own decor and personality. The fanciest is Dreamcatcher (pictured at left), a four-story tree house with beautiful wooded views -- and a $3,500/week price tag.
A cabin on the north shore has one bedroom, while the rest range from two to five bedrooms. All have decks, wood-burning fireplaces and screen porches. An honor-system pantry stocks the makings for s'mores, and activities for kids round out days spent fishing and swimming. Visitors either bring their groceries or take the 10-minute boat ride back to the mainland for dinner. From $450 for two per night (877/583-5697; ludlowsresort.com).