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.

By Timothy Meinch
Canoe Bay cabin

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.

Photo courtesy of Canoe Bay

Ranging from rooms with private porches to cottages, full-access resort rates start at $295/night, meals not included. More information: canoebay.com

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