Was established in 1903 as a family-owned and continues to go through building and property renovations. It is currently owned by three business partners including the original lodge which is gorgeous and 11 unique cabins. The dining room is charming with lake views on each side. The soups are made fresh daily and the walleye are particularly good. Beginning the day with cornflake-crusted french toast and local maple syrup is my best recommendation.
The island is located in northwestern Wisconsin, an easy two-hour drive from the Twin Cities. You park your vehicle at the Birchwood Ferry Landing and take a short boat ride to the Lodge. I had a bit of anxiety packing for this adventure because the island does not have shopping like a nearby drug store. I wanted to be extra prepared and was glad to have everything we needed.
Things to remember:
Prepare as if you are going camping so pack layers of clothing. The weather can change many times on any island in a single day; we brought sweaters, jeans, shorts, tees, sandals, rain coats and boots and used it all. Umbrellas are provided in each cabin. Remember your medications (pain relief, stomach relief, day/night cold relief, prescriptions, etc.). Take snacks like nuts, granola bars, fruit, microwave soups, cheese and crackers for in the room. We liked having a twelve pack of sparkling water along, mini La Marca Prosecco sparkling wines and the makings for cocktails.
We stayed in the Shore Lodge which is the newest construction accommodations. It was spacious and clean with a touch of elegance. Each cabin is quite different so look over the options carefully.
Our view from Cabin #3 was spectacular!