Updated: Mar 10
I grew up vacationing “Up North.” It didn't take long for me to associate the Northwoods with a sense of escape. Now, even though I’m creating new memories, Up North still gives me a feeling of nostalgia.
The Wisconsin Northwoods–with their trails, charming small towns, cozy lake resorts, and gorgeous tall pines–provide a priceless peacefulness and calming. I spent the weekend at Coady’s Point of View Lake Resort and it completely filled my cup. Here is everything you need to know to have your own Glamp experience!
Coady’s Point of View Lake Resort sits on North Twin Lake, 15 minutes north of Eagle River and 7 minutes south of Phelps. This was my first time glamping, but I can promise you it will not be my last! I stayed in a 1961 Wolfe camper that was called “Fiesta and Siesta,” and I had the coziest stay. The site was fully equipped with a propane grill, fire pit, and picnic table. They have 5 vintage campers, 4 yurts/luxury tents, and 13 cabins available to rent at extremely affordable rates. They said it best themselves when they claimed they were the place “Where Roughing it Doesn't Have to Be That Rough.”
Get out on the water!! POV has a private beach with paddle boards, canoes, and paddleboats for their guests to use, and they also offer boat rentals. Swim out to the raft to enjoy the sun, or head to one of the many piers and throw out a few casts to try and catch the musky of a lifetime! (I hear there’s also plenty of walleye and panfish to be had too.)
And there’s just as much to do on land! Grab your group for a game of basketball or sand volleyball, take a stroll on the resort's hiking trails, or play some yard games.
Since you’re camping (well, glamping–but still!) you should absolutely be eating pudgy pies & s’mores for every meal! For those of you who don’t know what a pudgy pie is, it’s a sandwich cooked inside of pie irons with long handles over the fire. You use bread for the crusts on each side and then fill it with different types of goodies. Here are some pudgy ideas for your next trip!
Pizza - mozzarella, pizza sauce, pepperonis, etc
Taco - with tortillas in place of bread, ground beef or chicken, cheese, taco sauce, and sour cream and salsa for dipping
Grilled cheese - maybe throw in some everything but the bagel seasoning
Toasted peanut butter and jelly
Cornbread and chili - use Pillsbury cornbread biscuits in place of bread and fill with chili
Apple or cherry pie filling to make some actual pudgy *pies*
S’mores - marshmallows, chocolate, and maybe even some peanut butter (try using crescent rolls in place of bread on any sweet pudgy!)
Cinnamon rolls can also be cooked in a pudgy pie maker–yum!
If the weather isn't cooperative for your perfect pudgy fire, then take the short drive into Eagle River. I recommend checking out Craftsman Tavern– their cheese curds are phenomenal and battered in a local beer brewed right up the road at Tribute Brewing. Roots Northwoods Juice Bar is also tasty if you’re looking for a healthy, refreshing start to your day. Blue Heron is delicious and came highly recommended to me by the locals. Head to Peanuts to cap off your trip to town with a sweet treat. They have both edible cookie dough and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream by the scoop.
Downtown Eagle River is quite charming; stroll the small downtown and shop the local stores. Hiker Box was a cool outdoor adventure store. I loved Eagle River Pet Company–such a cute pet boutique. Cotton + Birch is a must! It’s a women’s boutique where you’ll find a cute look for any occasion! The prices range, but overall I found most pieces to be very affordable.
Well it looks like it’s time to pack your bags…you’re going glamping!!
**DOG-FRIENDLY NOTE: POV is dog-friendly, but only from the end of August - mid June (not peak summer) and only in certain cabin rentals. We have a full dog-friendly Northwoods guide coming to you this fall. The other dog-friendly recommendations in this blog include:
Craftsman Tavern’s patio
Tribute Brewing’s patio
Eagle River Pet Co
Cotton + Birch