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The hideout: Spider Lake Lodge, a lakeside, Adirondack-inspired B&B in the dense Wisconsin woods.
Low-tech lowdown: That's a sweet new iPhone you've got there. But unless it's made of kindling, it'll be kinda useless at a 1923 log cabin surrounded by the 858,400-acre Chequamegon National Forest—no EDGE network here! What Spider Lake lacks in connectivity, it more than makes up for with rustic north-woods kitsch: Expect bearskin rugs, Hudson Bay blankets, and old wicker fishing baskets in the seven knotty-pine rooms. Yes, you'll miss your TiVo and the latest episode of Mad Men—until you take a deep (uninterrupted) breath of pine-scented fresh air. Or curl up in front of the Great Room's massive stone fireplace to gaze at the gently falling snow.
Your new "to do" list:
Explore the Chequamegon by foot, mountain bike, snowshoes, or cross-country skis
Land a brag-worthy catch from Big Spider Lake—welcome to the "Muskie Capital of the World"
Cheer on sawyers, choppers, and log rollers at the Lumberjack World Championships (held each July)
The road less traveled: Fly to Duluth, Minnesota, then nose a 4WD vehicle—especially recommended in winter—80 miles south to tiny Hayward (population: 2,000). Then keep driving nearly 13 more miles into the woods until it's you, the elk, and Spider Lake Lodge.
Don't forget: Your wallet. Fancy an antler chandelier for your own home? Then you're in luck…much of the art throughout Spider Lake Lodge is for sale.
Spider Lake Lodge
Tel: 715 462 3793
Doubles from $159