Escaping From Reality

In the Northwoods, there are the locals and there are the tourists.  Some tourists travel north once a year and others own cabins that they come up to multiple times a year. Growing up in the Northwoods, I always wondered why our tourist neighbors would drive so many hours on so many weekends to come from their homes to the Northwoods. As I became older I realized just what it is that motivates so many people to want to escape from their lives in the suburbs or cities to Northern Wisconsin.  Below, are a handful of reasons why.

Peace and Quiet 

Cities and even the suburbs are hectic.  They are filled with traffic, people, sirens, etc. Tourists say it’s therapeutic to get away from reality on the weekend and just enjoy the ambiance of their cabin in the middle of the woods.  It’s so pleasant to only hear the sound of birds chirping in the morning and the sound of crickets at night.

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Cheaper Prices  

Working at a restaurant I have seen plenty of tourists shocked by the prices of our food and drinks.   Up north, they can order a beer for three dollars, while in Chicago it can cost nine dollars for a domestic beer.  Making their dollar go a little farther always puts people in a better mood.

Friendly People

People in small towns are generally more neighborly and friendly.  Locals are welcoming to the tourists because we know they are what support our small communities.  People in cities generally keep to themselves and don’t go out of their way to get to know one another.

The Scenery 

If you haven’t been to the Northwoods yet, you need to take the time to make the trip. Walking outside to a beautiful sunset on the lake is pure bliss.  The trees, lakes, streams and even the wild animals you come across are just beautiful.  And, when the sun goes down, you will be amazed at the number of stars you see in the sky.

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Family Traditions 

Many tourists say they have been coming to the Northwoods since they were little kids. When they became adults, they wanted to keep that tradition going with their own family because it brought them so much joy when they were younger.  I have met people who have vacationed in the Northwoods for many years and eventually moved up here because they loved it so much.


If you’re looking for a place to escape from the reality of suburban or city life for a bit, the Northwoods is a place to consider.  I hope these few reasons I’ve given here entice you into planning a trip up North this summer!



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