A Perfect Day at Wisconsin's Canoe Bay
Sometimes a cabin stay means not roughing it at all, and leaving the kids behind. Enter Canoe Bay. The western Wisconsin resort offers Scandinavian-style cottages on a glacial lake, plus Escape Village, with newer tiny homes in the woods. Here's a taste of a quiet day there.
8 am Coffee and breakfast arrive at your door in a wooden box. Sip and eat on the porch while deer graze in the sea of ferns leading to the lake.
9 am Paddle a canoe to a cove of lily pads dotted with blooms. Turtles and an otter swim below the surface.
11 am A wooded hike leads to a smaller hidden lake that you get all to yourself, except for woodpeckers and songbirds.
2 pm After lunch (also delivered to your cabin), an empty floating dock lures you into the water for a swim in midday sun.
4 pm Grab a book and settle into the cozy loft of the mod A-frame library overlooking the water. Snag a DVD to bring back to your cabin.
6:30 pm Prix fixe dinner is served in the lakeside lodge: ramp and asparagus tartine with edible flowers, tender pork medallions, and a fresh berry dessert.
9 pm Unwind with a glass of wine and a soak in your jacuzzi tub by the fireplace.
Ranging from rooms with private porches to cottages, full-access resort rates start at $295/night, meals not included. More information: canoebay.com