Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Wildernest Chalet, Indianhead Ski Hill,Toboggan Run,Jacuzzi Snowmobile

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Chalet, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10) see VRBO listing 1253074 for other unit

Wildernest Chalet with its open floor plan is the perfect getaway for those who want a spacious, upscale lodging experience. We have an upper that sleeps 10 and lower unit that sleeps 6 so both can accomodate 16 people. Units can be rented separately or together. See separate listing number 1253074 for lower lever unit that sleeps 6. We have the perfect solution for families and friends who want to stay together under one roof yet maintain some privacy. Each unit has a separate calendar so please refer to each one if you need both units. We do give refunds for cancellations-please ask owner for details

As you enter the living area in our upper unit you’ll be amazed at the open floor plan overlooking a wraparound deck with expansive patio doors that will draw you in to the North Woods experience. This unit has a wood burning fireplace, full kitchen, dining room and sunken living room. There are 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. One bathroom has a large two person whirlpool tub to soak those aching muscles after a long day of skiing or sledding. The 1st and 2nd bedroom each have a queen bed, the 3rd bedroom has two twin beds and a bunk bed and the 4th bedroom has a full size bed. This unit will sleep 10 people. (For additional space see our lower level VRBO listing # 1253074)

If you need both units, please go to the other listing number above to both it separately.


You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away, but we are nestled in the Village of Indianhead ski hill, so the lodge and ski hill are just a few blocks away. We are also a short distance from Blackjack, Big Powderhorn and Whitecap Mountain so you can ski a different hill everyday. After skiing, if you still have the energy, you can enjoy our private toboggan run located amongst the pine trees on our property. There is plenty of room to park your snowmobiles and trailers on our large driveway or in our cul de sac location. Also in our backyard is a 18 foot tall carved Native American Statue carved for us by Peter Toth. Peter has carved a statue for every state in the United States in honor of the Native Americans and was featured in People Magazine. You’ll feel like you are in your own private estate when you stay at the Wildernest Chalet. Please contact owner for availability:

Miles and Hours from Major Cities:

375 miles from Chicago(approx 6-8 hours)

225 miles from Minneapolis(approx 4.5 hours)

225 miles from St Paul(approx 4.5 hours)

320 miles from Milwaukee(approx 5-7 hours)

285 miles from Madison(approx 4-5 hours)

225 miles from Green Bay(approx 3.5 hours)

Keywords:Indianhead Lodging;Blackjack Lodging;Powderhorn Lodging; skiing, snowboarding, Michigan lodging; Upper Peninsula lodging;Snowmobile Lodging;Luxury Chalet Duplex; Upper Level 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; Lower Level ; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Each unit has a fireplace and its own Jacuzzi tub. We have a toboggan run in our backyard for our guests to use, all located in a wooded cul de sac location. (CONTACT OWNER FOR AVAILABILITY-CALENDAR MAINTAINED OFF-SITE.)


More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About The Owner

We live in the suburbs of Chicago and have an insurance agency that specializes in group and individual health insurance.

The Owner purchased this chalet in 1983

Why The Owner chose Wakefield

We live in the Chicagoland area and started skiing over 30 years ago. We started out by heading a few hours away to Cascade Mountain and then ventured up even further to Rib Mountain(now known as Granite Peak). We heard so much about the skiing in the UP that we decided to give it a try one weekend; after all it was only another few hours from Granite Peak. I still remember the 1st experience we had at Indianhead. There had just been a fresh snowfall and it was covered in beautiful new powder. We had never experienced anything like it and I remember falling into the fluffy powder instead of the hard ice that we had experienced at the other places. We found out that the UP gets over 300 inches of annual snowfall and with 3 other ski hills nearby, it seemed like the perfect place. After that we decided it was worth the drive and came up whenever we had a free weekend. After paying to stay in the area hotels, we decide to look at properties for sale so we could have our own place and also rent it out for additional income. We take great pride in our place and I think it shows when you see it for the first time. We use to have Indianhead rent our units but as time went on we felt that we would like have a little more control of our property. We use the chalet ourselves so we wanted to make sure that it stays nice for us as well as for our guests. Our two boys grew up skiing at Indianhead. We had them in the ski school for lessons and soon they were good enough to go down the big hills with us. They surpassed us within in few years and left us in the snow dust! They then moved on to snowboarding and that’s all they do now. We wanted to keep our house in a private setting so we purchased all the lots surrounding us so no one could ever build next to us. We think that our place is a winter wonderland!

What makes this chalet unique

It's a Winter Wonderland! We own all the lots surrounding our property so you have lots of places to explore. We have wonderful memories when the ski hill would be open on Thanksgiving day. We would put our turkey in the oven and go out skiing. We also enjoy just walking around in the woods or taking the snowmobiles out for a spin in the area. We also try to go out on the toboggan run and have contests to see who can go the furthest. Sometimes we take a 30 minute drive to visit the casinos and try our luck. In the summer we have gone to Lake Superior and the Porkies for some great sight-seeing. There are beautiful waterfalls in the area as well. September is the perfect time to experience the UP's beautiful fall colors.

Guestbook comments from the owner

(This review is copied from a note sent to the owner)

"Wildernest I & II are great places to stay-so spacious and uniquely decorated. We enjoyed the Indian Statue and all the Indian pictures. The two units accommodated our family extremely well. In spite of the extreme cold, we had a fantastic time. We'd like to stay at Wildernest again when we return to the UP."
Mar 2014
  • 1 of 2


Wakefield Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renter needs to talk to the owner prior to finalizing reservation so the owner can get information to determine if our property is right for them
  • We are on septic so no Kleenex, paper towels or feminine products should be flushed down toilet(including tampons) Renter must inform all others.
  • Any damages to the property in excess of the $500 security deposit, is the responsibility of the renter who signed the contract plus any legal fees.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1-Upper - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upper Level Unit
    Bathroom 2-Upper - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Upper Level Unit
    Bathroom 1-Lower Unit - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower Level Unit
    Bathroom 2-Lower Unit - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lower Level Unit
    Bathroom 3-Lower Level - jetted tub , Lower Level has a jetted tub in a separate room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Upper Level Unit
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upper Unit
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Upper level unit
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Upper level unit
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Lower level Unit
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Lower Level Unit
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private Toboggan Run located on premises with sleds provided. Plenty of parking for snowmobiles in our cul de sac location. 17 foot carved Native American Statue in our backyard. Located walking distance to Indianhead ski lodge. Lodge facilities are open to the public for a nominal fee.


Exceptional! 4.9/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

95% Complete
5% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Wildernest Chalet, Indianhead Ski Hill,Toboggan Run,Jacuzzi Snowmobile
average rating of 4.95 based on 22 reviews

great place for a family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family Christmas vacation with 13 of us staying in the upper and lower units of the Wildernest. The accommodations were outstanding---plenty of room in the family room to get together for playing games, etc. The kitchen was well equipped with every utensil we needed. The view out the back patio was gorgeous---the pine trees were loaded with snow--it looked like a Hallmark card!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are so glad you used our place as a Christmas vacation gathering for your family. We appreciate the care you took of our home too.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

July 4th stay

  • 5 of 5

We were in the U.P. for two separate family reunions and needed a place to accommodate 10 people (4 couples, one teenager and a 5 year old). The Wilderness Chalet worked very well for us. The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open concept and is perfect for gathering. The very large deck is great to soak up the sun and relax. The kitchen is well stocked if you are going to be cooking. Working with Jennifer was very easy. She got back quickly with answers to any questions we had before we booked and made sure everything was organized and set for our arrival. This is a great place to stay when you are in the area. We are skiers and would definitely consider staying at the Wilderness Chalet also during the winter months to ski at Indian Head.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure working with you as well. We also appreciate the way you took care of our house like it was your own.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Very spacious chalet

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to host our 11 family members for a ski weekend. We used both the upper and lower units. The open concept was FANTASTIC for us as it allowed everyone to be together and not on top of each other. Beautiful plot of land at the end of a cul-de-sac. And the toboggan run was a hoot! Very nice owners who are very organized.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review. I'm so glad our home worked out for you and your family. Very happy that you got to enjoy the toboggan run too! Thank you again for staying with us-it was a pleasure working with you.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Sun prairie Wisconsin

MLK Weekend at Wildernest

  • 5 of 5

We took a long weekend trip to ski at Indianhead MLK weekend 2017. It was our first time to the resort. We went with our family of five and two other couples for a total of 13. We always rent privately when we travel, and spent quite a bit of time researching different locations to fit our needs. First, working with Jennifer was wonderful. She was super responsive and accommodating, making sure the place was heated when we got there, and we had everything we needed. Customer service like that is so important so I wanted to mention it first.

We all agreed that Wilderness was awesome and we would definitely come back again. The layout is so conducive to families and being social. We rented both the upper and lower unit and all of us spent much of the time in the upper unit without feeling cramped, although having the lower unit gave us the luxury of bedroom space and moments of "go downstairs and play that game". The property is gorgeous, and we loved the toboggan run. One of my favorite moments of the trip was when we adults took flashlights out and did night toboggan runs under the stars with the kids, it was super fun. Rooms were ample large with dressers and closets. They had lots of firewood available to us for the wood burning fireplaces, which we appreciated every night after skiing. Kitchen was fully stocked. There was nothing we needed that we couldn't find (although we did bring our own crock pots, I didn't look for that). Thank you for accommodating our families! We hope be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Laura for your nice review. It was a pleasure to work with you too.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Freeport, Illinois

Great vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We (three couples) just stayed at Wildernest Chalet in Michigan. We rented the upper unit, which worked out well for our group. We used the three bedrooms .. didn't need the room with the single beds. It was easy to share the two large bathrooms for the six of us. The layout is very spacious and inviting .. also very well maintained. We also hiked through the snow to the toboggan run .. what a hoot!! We skied two days (a Monday & a Tuesday) at Indianhead. No one on the slopes .. and the best snow we remember ever skiing on in the UP. We would definitely recommend Wildernest and also return for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again for your great review. It was a pleasure working with you. Glad you had a blast on the toboggan run!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Excellent for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

We came with a large group for a weekend of skiing. This chalet was a perfect find! Lots of rooms and REAL BEDS for 16 people! It also has an entry way with closets for ski equipment which were very convenient! The chalet was clean and ready for our arrival. The owners were super helpful in coordinating the arrival, departure and making sure everything was taken care of throughout our stay. They had even left us gift baskets with some holiday treats! I highly recommend this chalet. We had a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review. It was a pleasure working with you.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Indianhead Mountain Resort
Blackjack Road
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Potawatomi and Gorge Waterfalls
Lake of the Clouds
Copper Peak Road
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Black River Harbor, MI
Nearest Ski

Our property is in the village of Indianhead Ski Hill. You can also Ski at 3 other ski hills within 5-20 minutes. Porcupine Mountain is just an hour away and has skiing, snowmobiling and plenty of summer and fall activities. There are Two Casinos within 30-40 minutes away. Visit the nearby areas beautiful Waterfalls, Lake Superior, Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill, and the most beautiful fall colors you'll ever see.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

The Standard rates are regular season rates for the UPPER UNIT ONLY and are not the holiday rates(Christmas, New Years, President's Weekend)-The SUMMER RATES are for the upper unit only. Please call for rates when renting the whole house.Rates are subject to change without notice. The upper units sleeps 10 and the lower unit sleeps 6 and any amount over that must be approved by the owners. Our units are no smoking and no pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund