Tiny homes, glass cabins and a caboose: 7 unique rentals in Wisconsin
From family-owned resorts and big-chain hotels to Airbnb and actual B&Bs, lodging options for Wisconsin getaways are numerous.
For those times you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, the state delivers, too. Here are seven unique rental options around Wisconsin.
Candlewood Cabins, Richland Center
The outdoors and indoors merge at these glass cabins in the Driftless Area. The one-room Glass House, tucked into a private enclave in the woods, put Candlewood on the map. Next came the Meadow House, which provides views of the surrounding hills through four walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. The property’s five other cabins are just as charming, filled with modern comforts and rustic-chic furnishings, including custom-made furniture.
More info: Reservations are accepted two years in advance and are often booked that far out. Cancellations and last-minute openings are announced on Candlewood’s Facebook or Instagram pages. The Meadow House costs $245 per night with a two-night minimum; children under age 10 and pets are not allowed. (608) 647-5720, candlewoodcabins.com
Seth Peterson Cottage, Wisconsin Dells
This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed cottage in Mirror Lake State Park features the Wisconsin architect’s distinctive Prairie style, including large windows shaded by a soaring roof and stone walls that meld the small structure to its surroundings, perched on a wooded bluff above the lake. The 880-square-foot house has one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and a large living space anchored by a massive fireplace.
More info: Reservations are accepted two years in advance and are often booked that far out. Rates are $325 per night with a two-night minimum. Pets are not allowed. sethpeterson.org
More Wright: Still Bend in Two Rivers is another Wright-designed home available for overnight stays in Wisconsin. The four-bed, 2.5-bath home sleeps six. Rates during peak season are $425 per night during the week and $500 on Fridays and Saturdays, with a two-night minimum. theschwartzhouse.com
Namekagon Waters Retreat, Trego
This quiet retreat offers a private yurt experience near the Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The yurt sleeps four and has a wood stove, a kitchenette with a hot plate and coffee maker, and a detached outhouse. The grounds also have a sauna for guests, hiking and ski trails, a labyrinth and a nine-hole chipping golf course.
More info: Rates are $110 for two people and $25 for each additional guest. (715) 635-2027, firstname.lastname@example.org
More yurts: Bayfield County Rustic Yurts, Bayfield and Cable (starting at $65/night); Baraboo Hills Campground, Baraboo (starting at $150/night); Smokey Hollow Campground, Lodi (starting at $120/night); Wagon Trail Campground, Ellison Bay (starting at $90/night); Wildman Adventure Resort, Athelstane (starting at $90/night, for adventure guests only in summer); Yogi Bear Campground, Wisconsin Dells (starting at $169/night); Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon (hike-in rustic yurts, $68/night).
ESCAPE Village tiny houses, Canoe Bay, Chetek
These tiny houses are big on luxury, featuring knotty-pine walls, large windows and high ceilings, full bathrooms, kitchens, queen-size beds and flat-screen TVs. Some have screened porches, and all are tucked into a remote, 100-acre wooded property that includes hiking trails around two lakes.
More info: Rates start at $195 per night. Kids under 18 and pets are not permitted. Smoking is not allowed inside or on the grounds. Access to Canoe Bay’s amenities (canoes, kayaks, fitness center) is an extra $100 per day. (844) 696-3722, escapevillages.com
Caboose Cabin, Sparta
One block from the famous Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the country’s first trail converted from an old railroad line, is a 1968 Soo Line caboose that is now a cozy cabin. The caboose sleeps four (two adults and two children) and has a bathroom with shower; kitchen with microwave, half-size refrigerator and small stove; a gas grill on an attached deck; and a fire pit and pond outside.
More info: The caboose is near active railroad tracks; bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. Rates are $135 for the first night, $115 for the second night and $95 for additional nights on Sundays through Thursdays, with a two-night minimum. Rates on Fridays and Saturdays are $155 for the first night and $135 for the second night. Non-shedding dogs are allowed. Bike shuttle services are available. (608) 269-0444, caboosecabins.com
The country's first rail-trail features three historic railroad tunnels. Chelsey Lewis
Amherst Riverdance, Amherst
Tree-huggers will love this getaway on the Waupaca River in central Wisconsin. An ironwood tree anchors a large spiral staircase in the center of the cabin, which was built with sustainably harvested trees and reclaimed materials, including an old barn roof. The cabin sleeps eight and has frontage on the river for launching a canoe or cooling off. Nearby is the Tomorrow River State Trail for cycling and Central Waters brewery for beer-tasting.
More info: Rates average $196 per night. Pets are permitted. amherstriverdance.com
Conestoga Wagon, Smokey Hollow Campground, Lodi
If you wonder what it was like to spend a night on the Oregon Trail — without the dysentery, oxen and river-fording — spend a night in what Smokey Hollow Campground has dubbed “the original RV.” The covered wagons sleep five and have modern amenities the homesteaders didn’t: air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker inside, and a deck, picnic table and charcoal grill outside.
More info: Rates start at $80 per night during the week. Pets are not permitted, and you must bring your own bedding. (608) 635-4806, smokeyhollowcampground.com