4 Weekend Getaways Worth the Trip This Winter

Got a case of cabin fever? Beat it by booking a stay at a literal cabin in western Wisconsin … or an overnight aboard a midcentury train … or a sleek hotel with its own ice rink in Madison.




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The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad bills itself as “America’s only moving bed & breakfast train.” Overnight tickets include a four-course dinner in an old-timey dining car, private sleeping quarters for two and a continental breakfast – plus incredible views of the Namekagon River flowing past the tracks.

Photo via Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Facebook





We love Red Arrow Park, but the views from the ice skating rink at The Edgewater in Madison can’t be beat. On one side, you’ll see the Capitol, and on the other a frozen Lake Mendota. The Edgewater doubles as a hotel – a swanky one, at that – so you can easily turn a day trip into a weekend adventure.

Photo courtesy of The Edgewater





Did you know that you can actually camp at Kohler-Andrae State Park just south of Sheboygan every month of the year? Just make sure the equipment you bring with you is built to survive subzero temperatures, or you’ll wind up as cold as the polar plungers who wade into Lake Michigan every Jan. 1.





The Justin Trails Resort, on 200 rolling acres in the Driftless Area, is a winter wonderland. Guests at its cabins or cottages can rent snowshoes and other outdoor gear, cozy up to the resort’s llamas or, if you bring your pooch, try skijoring – skiing assisted by dogs in harness.

Photo via Justin Trails Resort Facebook



This Story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s 2020 Winter Playbook

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.