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Accommodations: (1) 4,000 sq. ft. Main Guest House (2) Four Seasons/Hot Tub Room (separate building and next to Main Guest House) (3) Cabin in the Woods (a short walk across the bridge and up the hill that overlooks the bay (4) Tennis Court. Caribou Bay Retreat comfortably sleeps 15.
If you listen carefully, you'll hear the 'clip clop' of horse shoes on black top as our Amish neighbors pass by the retreat.
Caribou Bay is located in a rural area of central Wisconsin, on a semi private five acre lake, situated on 35 wooded acres and a stone's throw from the Wedde Segment of the Ice Age Trail. This exclusive property is nestled in the fields and streams of Waushara County, just 1 hour north of Madison, 2 hours north of Milwaukee, 45 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells and 3 1/2 hours north of Chicago and south of Minneapolis.
Caribou Bay is the only retreat in Wisconsin that can boast being home to a 12,500 year old Caribou shed. Indeed, this rare scientific find is proudly displayed in an air tight display case in the Great Room. Read how the owners came upon this discovery, just feet from where you'll be staying. The 3 bedroom/4 bath main Guest House is decorated in equally rare 18 century antiques, has cathedral ceilings in the parlor, balcony and Red Room. The Great Room has a 48' flat screen TV, traditional pool hall pool table, spacious wet bar, comfortable seating on solid oak floors and a floor to ceiling field stone fireplace.
Walk out of the Great Room 100' and you're at the lake. The Main Guest House overlooks one of three bays the retreat was named after and that comprise this beautiful semi private lake. In back of the main Guest House you will find a lovely Four Seasons/Hot Tub Room complete with sky lights, wicker furniture and it's own private deck. Continue another 50 feet on the brick path and down to the lake. It is here where you'll find a huge, three level deck with enough teak chairs, tables and bar area to entertain a host of friends and relatives. Relax, canoe up or down the bay, sun bathe, or watch birds and animals frolic in their own backyard. For hikers, CBR is a few hundred feet from the Wedde Segment of the Ice Age Trail. If that isn't enough, you can choose to play tennis on your own private court.
The retreat's Cabin in the Woods was built 'just for you'. Nestled under 40 foot pine trees, the pet friendly 'Cabin in the Woods' will remind you of 'On Golden Pond'. Rustic brick floor, large wood fireplace, cathedral ceilings and plenty of outdoor spots to grill out and entertain make this a favorite retreat location. You're not too remote... it also has a flat screen TV so that you can stay in touch with civilization! The cabin area is host to campfires at night where tall tales are spun and friendships secured.
Take a stroll through the many beautiful gardens that dot the retreat and try to see how many different perennials you can identify.
Spring/Summer/Fall Activities: For folks that love the outdoors, Waushara County is the area for you. Hunting, fishing, jogging or bike riding are just a few of the activities you can enjoy on or around Caribou Bay. If you choose to stay on the grounds, most activities center around the woods and the lake as well as the many amnesties the retreat has to offer. Available to guests at n/c is a canoe, bicycles and numerous games and back yard activities.
Winter Activities: The retreat is located 30 minutes from some of the finest skiing and snow tubing in central Wisconsin. The retreat itself has it's own cross country and snow shoeing trails. Imagine coming in exhausted from winter activities and relaxing in front of a roaring fire with a book and hot toddy. It's so quiet and peaceful here, you'll wonder if this is heaven... or if this is Caribou Bay! It is truly a place where memories are made.
Caribou Bay Retreat also is one of the Midwest's premier outdoor destination wedding vens. ,Caribou Bay Retreat has been hosting successful events for years. Consider these features: A time your entire wedding party will never forget. Prior to and after the blessed event, sleep, eat and be marry at CBR for as many days as you feel comfortable booking.
Have fun. Take your time. Leave the stress behind. Give your wedding a personal touch by choosing from a wide array of period antiques and event props available in the CBR Prop Shop.
Watch the reaction you'll get when your bridesmaids come out of the Cabin in the Woods and your groomsmen walk down Mammoth Trail to meet at our outdoor chapel.
Unique/Haunting hilltop chapel. Recite your wedding vows in our outdoor chapel on the hill that overlooks Caribou Bay.
Your reception line is formed over the CBR walk bridge. A truly unique and memorable experience.
Check out more wedding information at www.cariboubayretreat.com
Typically, cigar and pipe smoking is allowed in and around the 'cabin'. This is to help stimulate tall tails of outdoor exploits!...moreless
Most housebroke pets are encouraged! Please check with management before bringing them to CBR. If your pet is not housebroken, there two spacious kennel runs with a cement floor and a high roof available. Remember, this is country living! We want your pets to enjoy their stay here as much as you do....moreless
This estate caters to sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The retreat books early for the opening of all Wisconsin hunting and fishing seasons. Caribou Bay will work with you to develop the perfect itinerary to make your stay the most enjoyable possible. Caribou Bay will research the best streams, rivers and lakes to fish in. Caribou Bay will research the best areas to hunt upland game, waterfowl, deer or other wildlife. For those who enjoy quiet outdoor activities, Caribou Bay will set up an itinerary that will make hiking, snow shoes, cross country skiing, bird watching and other sporting activities a unique experience. We can also arrange rentals for nearly every outdoor event imaginable. ...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Direct TV in main guest house, cabin and excersize room....moreless
Winter-Early Spring:Wkly$2500.00;Wknght$375.00:Wkend$1200.00/2 night
Fall&Late Spring:Wkly$2600.00 Wknight$375.00;Wkend $1300.00/2night
Memorial Day, Labor Day,New Year's 3 nt.stay $2000.00 Christmas $1500.00
Early Summer 5/25-6/10 Wkly $3650:wknght$450.00: Wkend $1900.00/2ntw
Summer June 11-Aug 18:Wkly$4950.00/weekly only Saturday-Saturday
Late Summer Aug 18-Sep3:Wkly $4200.00:Wknght $550.00;$2000.00Wkend 2nts
1/2 down on reservation w/balance due 2 wks prior to stay + refundable $1000.00sec
Pets Considered $50 Fee Each Tax Rate:9.5% WIFI included
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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This unique property is located in Central Wisconsin and is an easy drive from most major cities in the Midwest. The Wisconsin Dells, known for their water parks is 45 minutes away. By car, Oshkosh and the EAA Convention is one hour away. Many fly between the Wautoma airport and Oshkosh during the convention and stay at Caribou Bay. Ask us about our airport shuttle service. If you are a hunter or fisherman, Waushara County is known as one of the finest areas in the Midwest for fly fishing on Class A trout streams, bass, northern and perch fishing on many area lakes as well as duck, pheasant and deer hunting on public hunting grounds just off the retreat.
Year Purchased: 1975
About the owner: The owners of Caribou Bay Retreat are former furniture manufacturers. The property began as their residence. No expense was spared when it came to decorating both the inside and the outside of the complex. They are now at a point where they want to be able to share this very unique property with you, so that you can enjoy what they have enjoyed for the past 37 years.
Why the Owner Chose Wautoma: You won't find a more unique property in all of Wisconsin. 12,500 years ago, Caribou roamed where the complex now stands. You can listen peacefully to the wind as it stirs the leaves in the trees; or you can rumba on the party deck with family and friends on the retreat's lake and grounds. AT CARIBOU BAY, WE SPECIALIZE IN ALL INCLUSIVE WEDDINGS! JUST ASK US ABOUT THEM.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate: Forget the sleep aids. Remember the libations. If you're an animal lover, bring along the dog and have him stay in our puppy guest house (spacious kennel runs). Bike or hike down the road to the Amish farmer's market for the evening's veggies. And don't forget the camera. Caribou Bay Retreat is where memories are made.