Wisconsin travel + lifestyle.

From unique upper-Midwest travel destinations to Northwoods lifestyle inspiration, this is your go-to blog for all things northern.


Created by Wisconsin-native, Kristen Carlson.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! My name is Kristen and in 2017, I created Miss Northerner as a space to journal about my life in Wisconsin. I wanted share my photography and the unique places that I’ve discovered.

I hope my blog inspires you to travel locally and to get outdoors. A few of the main topics you’ll find on here are Midwest travel destinations (with an emphasis on Wisconsin), my favorite recipes, snippets about my life, and lots of Northwoods photography!


Wisconsin Spring Photography Tips

For me, spring in Wisconsin is the most challenging time of year to photograph. It’s that span of time where everything’s brown, nothing is blooming yet, and things just seem plain old ugly. Here are my tried and true spring photography tips for making the Midwest look pretty this time of year.

First Impressions of the Sigma 150-600mm Telephoto Lens

After much deliberation and research, I finally decided to order the Sigma 150-600mm telephoto lens. I'm really excited about it because I've been wanting to get more into wildlife photography especially now that I'm living in northern Wisconsin. There are so many...

Making Maple Syrup: Part 1

Let me preface this post by saying Sean and I are complete beginners when it comes to making maple syrup. Neither of us has done this before so we've just been researching everything. This is something we decided to do on a whim and thought it'd be a fun little...

Northern Lifestyle

I currently reside in northern Wisconsin, surrounded by the lakes and the woods. Canoeing, snowshoeing, and lakeside date nights are a few of my favorite things.

Cabin Stays

I’m always on the hunt for cozy log cabins tucked in the woods. Here are a few that I would recommend.

Cozy Recipes

Finding new, delicious recipes is always fun! These are a few recipes that remind me of home.

Exploring the lakes and the land.

My summers are spent searching for hidden lakes to canoe on and new forests to hike through. Follow along to discover new spots around the state!

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