Wisconsin is the way to go if you’re looking for cabin vacation rentals, and year-round fun. This stunning state prides itself on its 4 seasons’ worth of spectacular scenery and all-weather activities, whether you’re snowmobiling, ice fishing, or snow shoeing in winter, kayaking on its many waterways in the summer, or sticking around for the changing of the seasons in spring or fall. With so much to choose from, Wisconsin is the perfect choice for a cabin rental vacation. And if you’re looking for a little lakeside living, then you’ve certainly come to the right place—Wisconsin has over 15,000 lakes to choose from.

Explore Northern Wisconsin

If you’re after cozy vacation home rentals, you can’t do better than Northern Wisconsin. Dotted with lakes both big and small, and blessed with a stunning stretch of Lake Superior shoreline, this area of Wisconsin is ideal for year-round adventures. One of the most popular places to visit in the region are the famous Apostle Islands. This string of 22 islands in Lake Superior feature cliffs, caves, forests, and coves, along with cool, crystal-clear water. Many visitors choose to stay and start their explorations in the town of Bayfield, a charming resort town with a historic center. Other popular spots in the region include Door County, Eagle River, Minocqua, and the Northwoods.

Stay in a cabin in Eagle River, Minocqua, or the Northwoods

Cozy cabins can be found all across Northern Wisconsin, especially in and near the towns of Eagle River and Minocqua, and around the vast wildlands of the Northwoods. Surrounded by lakes, Eagle River and Minocqua provide the perfect base from which to explore the area, or go for something a bit more rustic and secluded and choose a cabin rental off the beaten track. There are plenty of Eagle River rentals to choose from, from classic log cabins to lakeside cottage with spacious kitchens and decks, and wood-paneled, pet-friendly studio cottages with wood-burning stoves. You’ll find a similar range of options close to Minocqua and all across the Northwoods.

Cabins for every family vacation in Door County

Door County is a popular spot for vacation home rentals, with the summer season a particular draw for families. Located on a peninsula in Lake Michigan, Door County cabin rentals offer some of the best views in the state, as well as a comfortable and inviting place to stay while in the area. In Fish Creek, for example, you could find yourself in a storybook forest setting that's still just a few minutes’ walk from the water and a short drive from downtown. Or you could choose a traditional log cabin with a fire pit, a fireplace, a game room, a sunroom, and carved wooden features in Egg Harbor that’s spacious enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Get to know Southern Wisconsin

Southern Wisconsin has slightly fewer lakes, and a lot less wilderness, but it’s no less beautiful for it. Add to this the fact that many cabin rentals in this region are just a short drive from major cities like Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and you’ve got a recipe for summertime lakeside living. With Chicago less than a 2-hour drive away, even a short weekend getaway is an option here. So if you’re craving rest, relaxation, and the peace and quiet you can only find by the water, then a lakeside cabin vacation in Southern Wisconsin could be the answer, with Lake Geneva and Wisconsin Dells being particularly popular spots.

Lakeside cabin getaways in Lake Geneva

With its location in the southeast corner of Wisconsin, just an hour’s drive from Milwaukee, it should come as no surprise that the shores of Lake Geneva have been attracting visitors for many years. In fact, the lakeside Shore Path was particularly popular during the Gilded Age, and is dotted with stunning 19th-century mansions. If you’re after something a little more budget-friendly, though, you’re in luck—Lake Geneva boasts plenty of choices when it comes to cabins, too, including snug cottages and spacious log cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows, pool tables, gourmet kitchens, decks, and private hot tubs.

Cabins built to house the whole family in Wisconsin Dells

Thanks to its reputation as the "water park capital of the world," Wisconsin Dells is a mecca for families. This quirky, fun-filled small city is found right on the Wisconsin River, with natural glacier-carved sandstone formations nearby. But it’s the theme parks and water parks, in all their kitschy glory, that keep visitors coming back year after year. Wisconsin Dells vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes, and you’ll find a nice selection of cabins to rent here, too. Most are airy and spacious, offering lakeside views, and even direct access to the water. If you’re looking for something really special, you could treat yourself to a luxury cabin with gourmet kitchen, handmade furniture, a fire pit, and whirlpool tubs.