About the property
- Estate4000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Location: Wautoma Area, Central Wisconsin USA
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
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- Apr 16, 2018
About Mona Zelienka
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.
Mona Zelienka purchased this Estate in 1975
Why Mona Zelienka chose Richford
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.
What makes this Estate unique
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.
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It's not just a home, it's an experience...
Beautiful, spacious guest house overlooks tranquil Caribou Bay. Period antiques, field stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and a host of amenities make indoors a great place to be. But the out of door add-ons offered set this space apart from all the rest. There is a private bay with sand beach that's perfect for swimming and fishing, a cabin in the woods with huge fire pit and seating, a hot tub/four seasons room with walk out deck, private tennis and basketball court, acres and acres of pines and hardwoods with unique hiking trails are all there for your private use. The property is on a county road with very little vehicular traffic. You'll see by far more Amish buggies than automobiles. Interesting Amish shops dot the landscape. Next door is the Wedde and Mecan Segments of the Ice Age Trail. Three hours max from most major Midwest cities make this retreat a no brainer to spend a weekend or a week.
A relaxing retreat getaway!
We loved our group stay at Caribou Bay. The beautiful main lodge is so comfortable with all the amenities we needed, the hot tub amazing after our trail hikes and the deck overlooking the private lake was the perfect place to enjoy an evening glass of wine or morning coffee. Can't forget mentioning the event center which was perfect for our weekend workshops and classes. The hosts were accommodating and helped tp make our stay extra special! Would highly recommend this property and look forward to our next stay!!
Caribou Bay Resort is absolutely perfect especially for our large family!
The property had so much to offer. It was convenient, clean and provided a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Even with chilly weather our family really enjoyed our stay. The water was clear and great for the kids! The hot tub was an added benefit that we all enjoyed!
I did a retreat here for college students. There were 11 of us and we were all very comfortable, the small lake and dock were awesome. The house was great and the property was outstanding. Also the hosts were very helpful. I would do it again.
Don't Pass Up this Rental!
Our group stayed at Caribou Bay for a small weekend in Nov. The temperatures were ideal, which led to a fabulous get a way for all of us. We came for just R&R, and with everything there is to offer from Mona's place, you also will experience a great time as did we. All of the rooms are accommodating, well supplied, and homey. The grounds are as inviting as a Norman Rockwell poster. There are trails to walk, ample spaces for outdoors for casual co-mingling, and she is pet friendly! We are a group of "foodies", and the kitchen served us well. It was the best weather for having a fire, indoors, and she supplies the wood. (Unheard of in most rentals!) There are bikes, outdoor games, wonderful chairs and chaises to lounge in, beautiful grounds to mellow about on. The bedrooms were spacious, and more blankets than a hotel could use!
We were greeted by Mona, in person, and she walked us around the grounds and home. This was truly a nice surprise. She and her husband made us feel like family, with their attention to our comfort.
Our group is re-booking with her another time next year, and we strongly suggest you consider her place for your stay away. It was Wonderful!
The property far exceeded our expectations and it was the perfect way to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and vow renewal. The home was very clean and well furnished. Awesome layout. Plenty of space for 10 people. The property itself was secluded and private, but only a short drive to a small town. The lake was clean and the deck was a great hang out place. The hot tub was spacious and clean as well. Mona, the owner, was very friendly and helpful. She gave us great suggestions on places to stop for dining and shopping. Our only regret was that we didn't book the property for a longer time frame as it was so relaxing and peaceful. We are already planning a return trip next summer. You will be amazed with this property!! Thank you to Caribou Bay and our gracious hosts!
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.