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Chasing summer: Timeless family resorts in Vilas County


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Here are a few lodging properties that offer a timeless Vilas County vacation experience.

The Estrold Resort is family friendly lodging on Little St. Germain Lake.

Since the 1800s, Vilas County has been welcoming vacationers looking to relax, catch some fish and enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods. It’s the ideal family travel experience and one that’s often passed down through the generations. Many of Vilas County’s resort visitors return to the same place, the same week, every summer—some grandparents even relax on the same sand beach that they enjoyed decades ago!

These treasured resorts can be found throughout Vilas County. Here are a few properties that offer a timeless Vilas County vacation experience.

Dillman’s Bay Resort

Located on White Sand Lake in Lac du Flambeau, Dillman’s is a classic–it has been family owned since 1934. They have a variety of lodging options, including everything from traditional hotel units to four-bedroom cabins. There are two swimming areas, one deep and one shallow. They also regularly host creative retreats.

Lake Forest Resort

In Eagle River, this condominium-style resort offers all the amenities. The resort is located on the famous Eagle River/Three Lakes Chain of Lakes, so it is an ideal place for people who want to enjoy some time on the water. Each unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and amenities like a fireplace and well-equipped kitchen.

Estrold Resort

This classic 17-cabin resort is located on beautiful Little St. Germain Lake. The property caters to families, with plenty of space for fun and a relaxing sand beach. Cabins come with the use of a 14-foot fishing boat and rental motors and gas are available. The resort also has facilities for activities like volleyball, horseshoes and badminton.

Old Stoney’s Resort

Find this comfortable resort on Big Arbor Vitae Lake, a famous Northwoods fishing lake that makes this place ideal for a fun fishing getaway. Cap off your day watching a beautiful Northwoods sunset over Big Arbor Vitae Lake. 

Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort

Pitlik’s—located southwest of Eagle River on Highway D—is a Vilas County institution. Pitlik’s has been around since 1928 and has welcomed generations of families. You’ll enjoy 1,500 feet of shoreline, high quality cabins and plenty of fun things to do. Relax in the main lodge’s restaurant and taproom, enjoy their beach, or just sit back and take in the beautiful Northwoods scenery.

Idle Hours Resort of St. Germain

Idle Hours has been welcoming guests to St. Germain for more than 40 years. The property includes 15 acres of wooded land, 500 feet of frontage on Little St. Germain Lake and 11 cozy cabins nestled under towering pine trees along the lakefront. Cabins are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate your group and the resort is open in every season.