The Benefits of Taking a Cabin Vacation in Northern Wisconsin Over Northern Minnesota

Heartwood Resort in Northern Wisconsin.

Does your idea of a perfect vacation revolve around the outdoors? Do you want to spend your precious time away from work kayaking down scenic rivers, fishing in private lakes, or snowshoeing along miles of wooded trails?

If so, Northern Wisconsin has everything you need to make the most of your cabin vacation. If you live in the Twin Cities, there’s no need to drive four or five hours to reach the perfect wilderness retreat in Northern Minnesota.

Everything you need, in any season, is available in abundance with a much shorter drive here in Wisconsin. Whether you are looking for a private getaway to relax in nature or are looking to create lasting memories with your family, Heartwood Resort in Trego, Wisconsin, boasts 700 acres of pristine lakes, rivers, and woods.

And, of course, we have comfortable rooms, cabins, and homes available for every type of traveler. Keep reading to discover what northern Wisconsin has to offer for outdoor enthusiasts and why it should be on your vacation bucket list.

Northern Wisconsin Is Much Closer to Home

Zig zag road in Door County, Wisconsin

Those living in the northern Midwest usually feel that they need to head north in order to enjoy time outdoors. It’s true that the northern portions of these states have a much smaller population than the south. As a result, more opportunities for recreational activities in the great outdoors.

But for those in Minnesota, particularly in the populated Twin Cities area, up north can be as much as five or six hours away. That’s a long drive, especially when traveling with small children or pets.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get up north without the long drive? You can, but you just need to cross the border into Wisconsin. Located just two hours away from the Twin Cities, Northern Wisconsin has everything that Minnesota has without the long drive.

When traveling to Wisconsin instead, you can get to your cabin in the woods and still have time left to actually enjoy it.

The Benefits of Traveling Somewhere New

Red chairs in a field with a lake view at Heartwood Resort.

Even if you drive a few hours from home but remain in your home state, it can feel difficult to feel like you are really on vacation. It might feel like a quick weekend getaway, instead. This can prevent your mind from actually entering vacation mode, where you let loose, relax, and have fun.

Traveling to another state, or a new place in general, even if it’s only two hours away, helps to trigger your mind into feeling like you are on a real vacation. All of a sudden, you feel far from home, far from work, and far from the responsibilities of everyday life.

When this happens, you are free to jump wholeheartedly into the activities of the day, whether it’s fishing from a paddleboat in the middle of a lake or enjoying a campfire outside your cabin in the evening. 

Recreation Activities Nearby

A family of five tubing on the river at Heartwood Resort while on their cabin vacation.

When people head up north in Minnesota, what are they looking for? Usually sprawling forests, untouched lakes, scenic rivers, and a log cabin vacation.

Luckily, all of that is available, with its own unique twist, here in Northern Wisconsin. Heartwood Resort is located in the small town of Trego, Wisconsin, and is surrounded by 700 acres of pure, private wilderness.

There is so much to do here that you will feel like you are a world away from home, even if the drive only took an hour or two.

On our property, you’ll find two private lakes, surrounded by woods and full of fish. You’ll also find the Namekagon River, a wild and nationally protected river that is perfect for paddling and trout fishing.

As a resort guest, you’ll also have complimentary access to canoes and kayaks, as well as shuttles to and from the river. Hiking trails criss-cross the property, offering exceptional views of the area. And if you prefer to get around on four wheels, hundreds of miles of ATV trails connect to the property. 

And the best part about vacationing in Nothern, WI, is that wintertime is full of fun as well. When the temperatures drop, and the snow begins to fall, our guests find themselves ice fishing on our private lakes, snowshoeing miles of groomed trails, snow tubing, and of course, snowmobiling on many of the nearby trails. 

It’s rare that you find a place where you can do so many different things in one area. Northern Wisconsin truly is an outdoor lovers paradise, 12 months out of the year. 

Lakeside Living at Its Finest

A dock at Lake Julia at Heartwood Resort. Heartwood REsort is the perfect place to take a cabin vacation in Northern Wisconsin

At Heartwood Resort, there are many different ways to stay and play. Our rustic lodge was once a private vacation destination but is now open to the public so that we can share the magic of the Northwoods with everyone.

Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, or a group, we have accommodation options for you. The resort has 52 hotel rooms, each outfitted with a private patio at our lakeside lodge.

Ten duplex vacation cabins are also available, each containing four bedrooms and a full kitchen, for those needing additional space. And four private homes are available for those looking for the comforts of home while on vacation.

And if a view of the water isn’t enough, consider renting one of our lakeside cottages, four of which are situated close to each other, perfect for a family reunion.

When dinner time rolls around, you don’t even need to leave. Our Pine Lodge Restaurant is open three nights a week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), with favorites such as pan-fried walleye, specialty pizzas, and our Saturday evening prime rib. 

Book Your Cabin Vacation Today

A photo of a small boat on a lake by a cabin in Northern Wisconsin at Heartwood Resort.

Northern Wisconsin has everything you need for the perfect cabin vacation without the hassle of having to drive half of the day to get there. If you want to make the most of your vacation time, choose a beautiful, serene location closer to home so you can spend more time relaxing and less time driving.

At Heartwood Resort, we are surrounded by nature, and recreational opportunities abound, no matter what season you join us. So what are you waiting for? Your soul is longing to get outdoors. Book your cabin getaway at Heartwood Resort today for an exceptional, adventurous, yet relaxing vacation.