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A blog dedicated to Wisconsin. Written by Northwoods resident, Kristen Carlson.

Canoeing + Kayaking

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Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Getting up for sunrise at this time of year isn't the easiest but the early morning views usually make up for it. It was about 5:15 am when I unloaded my kayak on Lake Nokomis, a popular lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin.The lake is in both Oneida and Lincoln counties; a...

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Eddyline Kayaks, a manufacturer of premier touring kayaks and paddles! As their Midwest brand ambassador, I’ll be sharing a lot of kayaking blog posts and photos over the course of the summer and fall. I can't wait to get...

An Early Morning Paddle

I've been checking the weather nearly every day, waiting for the right conditions to head out in the canoe for the first time this year. Yesterday morning was it. Full sun, no wind, ice-free, and the loons had returned... There was no way anything was stopping me. So...

Cabin Stays

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A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

Nestled in the heart of northern Wisconsin sits The Brick House – a beautifully immaculate colonial-style rental home on the shores of Alder Lake, part of Manitowish Waters Chain of 10 Lakes. It’s a large and spacious place complete with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two living rooms (each with their own fireplaces!), and a big three-season room.

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

There’s something so charming and alluring about A-frames. If you’re looking for a little Wisconsin getaway, I’ve found 7 absolutely STUNNING A-frame cabin rentals in Wisconsin that you can book right now! Time to start packing!

A Cozy Stay at Cabin Fever | Wildcat Cabins

The whole property radiated coziness and it felt like the epitome of a northern Wisconsin cabin. And for the next three days, Cabin Fever was my home away from home.

Northern Wisconsin

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Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

A Solo Hike in the Northwoods

I got the urge to go exploring the other day so I packed up my things and started driving. I ended up at this little lake in northern Wisconsin which I've been to a few times before. It's one of my go-to places because it's usually quiet and there's nobody ever there....

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Earlier this spring when I was researching good spots to go birdwatching, I came across Spring Creek State Wildlife Area. The WI DNR website states that trumpeter swans are common inhabitants of this 1,000-acre property so I just had to go check it out myself! It was...

Southern Wisconsin

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Mineral Point Wisconsin

If someone were to have dropped me off in the middle of Mineral Point, Wisconsin without any clue as to where I was, my first guess might've been an English village. With its charming architecture and streets that come together at odd angles, I felt like I had stepped...

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

Eastern Wisconsin

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A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

In early June, I spent the weekend in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This charming, lakeside village is located on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula and has a lively, coastal feel to it. As we entered Sister Bay that Friday afternoon, we made our way down the...

24 Hours in Door County

Early last week, I opened my planner and realized that I didn't have any plans for the upcoming weekend. So in the spur of the moment, I asked Sean if he wanted to take an overnight trip to Door County and within an hour, I had the hotel booked! We hadn't been to Door...

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

Western Wisconsin

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The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

With a population of just 64, Stockholm, Wisconsin might sound like just another sleepy little town. But with its historic buildings and unique shops, it's actually a delightful and bustling little community. I drove through this village on my way to Maiden Rock...

Together Farms

If you're looking for a fun date night next summer, consider heading over to Together Farms for their fun and festive Burger Night! Located in western Wisconsin, just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, Together Farms is the perfect spot to grab dinner while being...

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

Central Wisconsin

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Burr Oak Winery

A few months ago, I visited Castle Rock Lake, a 17,000-acre lake just 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. While exploring the area, I decided to stop at Burr Oak Winery to go wine tasting with my mom. Everything about Burr Oak is just stunning! The exterior of the...

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

Strawberry Picking at Engelberry Farm

This morning, my mom and I met in Merrill to go strawberry picking at Engelberry Farm! It was a beautiful, sunny morning and a little on the cooler side - perfect berry picking conditions! Last year when we went strawberry picking, it was about 90 degrees out with no...

Northwoods Beach Day

I live for these long summer days where the sun doesn't set until 9 and the air is warm and sticky. Where afternoons are spent lounging on sandy shores and jumping headfirst into cold lake water. It's days like these that make the winter months worth it. And last...

Vegetable Garden Update

Its been a while since I've shared a vegetable garden update! Overall, I'm really happy with how its been going. Gardening has become one of my new favorite hobbies and each day, I look forward to walking outside and admiring the plants.The peas and green beans have...

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Nothing says summer like a sprawling sunflower field. These bright yellow blooms always put a smile on my face and I love searching for new farms to visit each year. Since their season is quickly approaching, here are three sunflower fields in Wisconsin that you...

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Okay, I'm officially obsessed with this homemade ice cream. I've never made ice cream before - I've always assumed I'd need a special machine. But this no-churn recipe blew me away! I honestly was expecting it to have very little flavor given how few ingredients there...

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Getting up for sunrise at this time of year isn't the easiest but the early morning views usually make up for it. It was about 5:15 am when I unloaded my kayak on Lake Nokomis, a popular lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin.The lake is in both Oneida and Lincoln counties; a...

A Seasonal Berry Guide for Wisconsin

Berry picking is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. There’s something so satisfying about having a pail full of berries, carefully hand-picked and ready to eat. In this seasonal berry guide, you’ll find ripening dates, top-rated farms, and past berry-related posts.

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

In early June, I spent the weekend in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This charming, lakeside village is located on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula and has a lively, coastal feel to it. As we entered Sister Bay that Friday afternoon, we made our way down the...

Our Flowering Backyard

For the past couple of weeks, our backyard was a sea of color. Delicate apple blossoms covered our two apple trees, bright pink flowers bloomed on our crabapple, and the three purple lilacs bushes produced a surprising amount of flowers.I loved being able to walk...

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