5 Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells provide the perfect mix of fun, activity, history and nature. It’s no wonder this Wisconsin wonderland has been a favorite vacation destination for more than 150 years. Let’s see what we can mix up for the perfect getaway. Before you dive into all the fun found here, make sure to book a stay at the Yukon Trails Tiny House Container Village in Lyndon Station. The fun starts here with these unique container accommodations.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails
Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

1. Spring Green Day Trip: About an hour’s drive from Lyndon Station, Spring Green has a lot to see including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, the House on the Rock and the seasonal American Players Theatre. House on the Rock is one of Wisconsin’s most famous attractions and it all started as somebody’s idea of a dream house. In 1960, Alex Jordan began construction of his dream home atop a chimney rock here and continued to expand it through the years. The house itself and the exhibits including the amazing Infinity Room, the 200+ animal carousel and over 200 ship model displays, are a must see. Taliesin served as architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and school on this rolling 200-acre estate and visitors have plenty of tour options. The American Players Theater offers both indoor and seasonal outdoor events devoted to performances of the classics.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Home in Wisconsin, Taliesin
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home in Wisconsin, Taliesin

2. Viroqua Day Trip: Another trip worth the scenic drive is the 60 some miles to Viroqua, a charming town which some consider a “foodie destination.” Check out the Driftless Cafe, where the menu changes seasonally and at the chef’s whim, or Wonderstate Coffee, whose nearby roastery is 100% solar-powered. There’s also Magpie Gelato with homemade, artisan gelato or the Noble Rind Cheese Company with small plate offerings, cheese boards and charcuterie. One of Wisconsin’s largest used bookstores, Driftless Music and Books, can be found here too!

3. If you want to explore closer to home, check out Downtown Dells which is a mix of all kinds of fun – from history to treats and more. The Dells Fudge Company was the town’s first fudge shop and prides themselves on using Wisconsin butter and whipping cream in their deliciously sweet treats that include brittle, toffee and a variety of fudge flavors. A neat way to see the history of the Dells is a visit to the H.H. Bennett Studio, a Wisconsin historic site where photographer H.H. Benett began snapping pics of the Dells and its residents and visitors in 1875. There’s also the Museum of Root Beer and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, plus countless gift shops and eateries.

4. Of course, the 20 different waterparks are the main attraction in the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” but there is adventure to be found outside the waterparks as well. From March through November, visitors can ride the historic Wisconsin Ducks, which uses a World War II-era amphibious vehicle to tour the area on land and water. For an interactive experience, check out the Tommy Bartlett Interactive Science Center which offers over 175 mind-boggling experiences. And then there is Land of Natura, the recently opened outdoor “natural” waterpark that has a snorkeling cavern and an inflatable waterpark, among other outdoor activities.

Barrett Tiny House at Yukon Trails Tiny House Container Village
Barrett Tiny House

5. Devil’s Lake State Park: This is a destination you can visit every day and find something different to do. Activities available here include swimming, hiking, biking, rock climbing, bouldering, fishing and swimming. For details on all the how to’s on any of these activities, visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/devilslake/recreation. There are 29 miles of hiking trails, two sandy beaches and the lake is stocked with brown trout, walleye and Northern pike. One popular hike is the hike to the rock formation known as Devil’s Doorway, which is a moderate, looped hike.

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Where to Glamp to Celebrate International Day of Happiness

What better way to celebrate March’s International Day of Happiness than by spending it doing the thing that makes you happiest – glamping! We’ve got some great locations where the happiness factor is super high. Check them out:

California: You’ll be happy to know that if you book a stay at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes you’re about 15 minutes from the entrance to one of America’s most treasured national parks. More happiness can be found just taking in the sights of Yosemite, which include El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome. Aside from the activities in the park, other happy things to do here include the Madera Wine Trail (themaderawinetrail.com), a scenic ride through the Sierra National Forest on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad (ymsprr.com), or just hanging out at Yosemite Lakes and enjoying amenities like horseshoes, swimming and fishing (seasonal), or hiking the on-site trails.

Cabins at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes
Cabins at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes

If getting away from it all makes you happy, then Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes is your California glamping destination. There’s plenty to do here but if you don’t feel like fighting tourists, check out the quieter attractions nearby which include The Southern California Railway Museum, the Motte Historical Car Museum, or Western Science Center. Take a hot air balloon ride over the valley or explore the Temecula Wine Country. You choose – whatever makes you happy!

Florida: It’s a proven fact – sunshine equates to happiness by increasing serotonin levels. Spend some happy time in Florida at Encore’s Miami Everglades or Tropical Palms. Each offers fabulous glamping accommodations and proximity to attractions and outdoor fun. Tropical Palms in Kissimmee is near all the happiness that comes with a visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, plus there’s Epcot, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. The colorful Art Deco architecture of Miami is guaranteed to make you smile and then there’s all the other fun found here from beaches to museums and nighttime fun.

Oregon: The amazing tiny house accommodations at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village are just one reason you’ll be happy you’re here. A few more things that will bring a smile to your face include the amazing views of majestic Mt. Hood, the roughly 1000 miles of trails found here, and the opportunity to spend all day outside in the mountain air fishing, biking, skiing, and taking in the beautiful, seasonal wildflower displays!

Natchez Trace Tiny House Village
Natchez Trace Tiny House Village

Tennessee: Enjoy the southern hospitality during your glamping stay at Natchez Trace Tiny House Village and up your happiness level by taking a drive into Nashville to enjoy some live music. Hearing good melodies is known to release dopamine – aka the feel-good hormone. Another activity known to increase the “feel goods” is connecting with nature. In Nashville, bike or stroll the miles of Nashville’s Greenway or take a scenic drive along the portion of the historic Natchez Trace found near Hohenwald (natcheztracetravel.com).

Washington: We guarantee once you arrive in the beautiful Bavarian-style town of Leavenworth, Washington, you are going to smile – a lot. Book a tiny home glamping accommodation at Leavenworth Tiny House Village and explore the fun of Leavenworth from the Nutcracker Museum to fishing Lake Wenatchee. Outdoor fun can include white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, and river tubing, and indoor fun can be found in the plentiful breweries and distilleries found here, plus the wineries. Shopping rounds out the fun and there are plenty of festivals here every year from Maifest to a very festive Christmas season.

Forward-thinking: Keep that happiness going all year and plan a trip to visit the Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails this summer. Studies show that trying something new has an effect on endorphins, so why not try a glamping experience and spend a few nights in a tiny container home, which are the hottest trend of late. Don’t miss out on the beauty of this little piece of Wisconsin which is also home to Devil’s Lake State Park where you can bird, swim, fish, rock climb, and hike. There’s also the Circus World Museum with its memorabilia and exhibits devoted to all things circus – an experience that will bring you back to happy childhood days!

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Visit These Beautiful Rivers on Your Next Glamping Adventure!

Rivers are very important to our ecosystems, from providing habitats for fish and animals to providing drinking water and transportation. Rivers are so important there is even a special day set aside in February to honor them. We have several great glamping locations set near to or adjacent to some of our country’s beautiful rivers. Take a ride, dip a toe, or just come for a look at these beautiful rivers on your next glamping adventure.

The South Fork of the American River flows right through Thousand Trails Ponderosa, our beautiful glamping location situated in the foothills of the California Sierras. No need to head far from your glamping cabin here to enjoy the river. This river is great for white water rafting but can also serve as the spot for kayaking and swimming.

Cabin at Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver
Cabin at Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver

Head to Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver, stay in a cool cabin, cottage, or an ultra-cool yurt, and frolic in Oregon’s Little Deschutes River that runs adjacent to this great glamping location. Fish, canoe, kayak or sign-up for a float trip down the river (floatationnation.com).

Aerial photo of Leavenworth Tiny House Village
Leavenworth Tiny House Village

Washington State’s Wenatchee River is the place for fun if you’re planning a glamping getaway to Leavenworth Tiny House Village. An interesting perspective to learn about the river is to visit the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery where Chinook salmon are raised (fws.gov/fish-hatchery/leavenworth). Or, hike the Icicle Ridge Trail, a 5.5 mile trail that runs along the river offering great views. The Wenatchee River area is considered one of the most scenic in the area.

Thousand Trails Verde Valley, our glamping spot in Sedona, Arizona, is actually set along the Verde River, which is one of two rivers in Arizona that are designated “Wild and Scenic.” Canoe, kayak, and swim in this gem of a river. One neat way to see the river is through Alcantara’s Vineyards Water to Wine Kayaking event – check out alcantaravineyard.com for details. Alcantara Vineyards is right next to Verde Valley!

Colorful Cottages at Encore Tropical Palms
Colorful Cottages at Encore Tropical Palms

Florida’s Kissimmee River forms part of the headwaters of the Everglades. Rent a colorful cottage at Encore Tropical Palms and get to know the Kissimmee River and the Everglades via airboat rides that offer glimpses of wildlife, including alligators and bald eagles. A restoration project began on the river in 1992 and was completed in 2021 that ultimately restored 40 miles of river and 25,000 acres of wetlands.

Come see what all the hum is about at our new Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails and explore the beautiful Baraboo River while glamping here. The Bararboo is considered an easy river on which to canoe or kayak. Nearby Devil’s Lake State Park is a great place to get a paddle trip started. Once blocked by dams, which have since been removed, the Baraboo River is one of the longest stretches of open river in the country.

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A Guide to Hiking Hotspots Near our Glamping Vacation Rentals

If you google “hiking challenge,” you will find all kinds of opportunities to sign up with a group or organization that has you accept the preset goal they have established for hiking in 2024. Some are based on mileage while others are based on number of days. They are all good to take advantage of, but we’ve got another one where you just do it without paying, joining, or reporting on an app. All you have to do is glamp with us and hit the nearby hiking trails. We have plenty of hiking opportunities – some onsite and some nearby our glamping locations, so let’s take a look at a few places where you can rack up some hiking miles. We’ve identified mileage and the glamping accommodations below – the rest is up to you.

Book a tiny house at Leavenworth Tiny House Village and check out these two trails in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: The Icicle Gorge Trail is an easy, 4.1-mile trail (pass required) and the Eightmile Lake Trail is a moderate 6.7-mile uphill hike ending at an alpine lake.

Rent a glamping cabin at Mt. Desert Narrows and tackle the trails in Maine’s Acadia National Park. Jordan Path Pond is an easy 3.1-mile loop that also welcomes leashed dogs while Ocean Path is a popular, flat path, easily walked with great views, especially Thunder Hole.

Cabin at Lake George Escape Campground
Cabin at Lake George Escape Campground

Heading to Lake George Escape in upstate New York? After renting a glamping cabin, check out Berry Pond Trail, a moderate 5-mile round trail that leads to a woodland pond, which is home to a busy beaver community. For an easy hike, the Shelving Rock Summit Trail (3.4 miles out and back) has great scenery including some waterfalls.

Yurt at Thousand Trails Long Beach
Yurt at Thousand Trails Long Beach

Rent an ultra-cool yurt at Washington’s Thousand Trails Long Beach and check out the hiking trails in Beards Hollow which are great for birding, cliff views, and tide pools. The Discovery Trail is another option with an 8.5 mile asphalt trail that features several art installments dedicated to Lewis and Clark along the way.

Plan a glamping experience in the latest trend – the storage container! Book a stay at the Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails and check out the 29 miles of trails in Wisconsin’s beautiful Devil’s Lake State Park. Devil’s Doorway is a less than 1-mile loop – an easy hike with scenic views from atop the bluff you hike to! Easy Bluff Trail is an uphill climb with lake views and the rock formation, Elephant Rock.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

The meaning of the saying “good things come in small packages” is basically that things don’t need to be large to be good. In the case of our Petite Retreat accommodations, that saying is spot on. Take our tiny houses for example, they are small but they are mighty when you consider they are full of amenities like kitchens and full bathrooms, and have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for fun. Not to mention how cute they are inside and out! The same goes for our cabins, yurts, and cottages. While the amenities may vary here, they all provide just the right amount of space you need to have a great glamping adventure. When it comes to our tiny homes, we say “go tiny or go home,” and when it comes to all of our Petite Retreats we think a good adage may be “go small and go glamping.” You just cannot lose with these small packages! So, in the spirit of the holiday, consider some of these “good things in small packages” when planning your upcoming glamping trips!

These small packages come with the added bonus of location. And to use another well known phrase, location is everything. The Leavenworth Tiny House Village in Leavenworth, Washington, has five great tiny homes to choose from and is in a stunning Pacific Northwest location near the super charming Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth. Plus this destination offers some of the best outdoor activities in the area that include fishing, skiing, hiking, and biking. Then there’s the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village, with seven tiny homes, in the beautiful Mt. Hood area of Oregon. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes are your playground when staying at Mt. Hood and there’s a lot of unique festivals to check out like the Annual Salmon, Mushroom, and Bigfoot Festival or the Huckleberry Festival that features all kinds of foods centered around the local huckleberry like pancakes and jams. Arizona’s tiny house offerings include those at Thousand Trails Verde Valley that are set among the backdrop of the healing Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona. East coast options include Tuxbury Tiny House Village in South Hampton, New Hampshire. Close to Boston and the beaches of the Atlantic, it provides a great glamping place to enjoy a New England adventure and there are five tiny homes to choose from here.

Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley
Tiny Houses at Thousand Trails Verde Valley

Looking for some southern hospitality? Check out Natchez Trace Tiny House Village nestled in the woodlands of Tennessee and yet just about an hour’s drive from all the fun of Nashville. There are six tiny homes here. The charming southern towns of Franklin and Leipers Fork are also nearby. Then there’s the fab five, equally colorful, tiny houses at Sunshine Key Tiny House Village in the Florida Keys. Explore Key West, Key Largo and all the other don’t-miss attractions The Keys have to offer.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails
Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

How about staying in the newest trend when it comes to glamping? Plan a trip this summer to Wisconsin, specifically the famed summer vacation playland known as The Wisconsin Dells and book a stay at our Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails. Yes, storage containers are experiencing a renaissance and they have become the hottest glamping accommodation around. Five storage containers, all of them featuring a kitchen and full bath, are roomy and colorful and so on-trend, everyone will be jealous of your glamping trip. These units are upcycled, giving the shipping containers a second life as a one-of-a-kind rental accommodation.

Beyond the fabulous tiny homes, Petite Retreats also include cabins, cottages, and yurts. Couple these unique accommodations with their locations, like Palm Springs, near Yosemite National Park, New York’s Adirondack Region, Maine’s charming Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, around the Pacific Northwest, loads of Florida spots including Orlando, as well as the Midwest, we can say for sure these glamping options are definitely the epitome of “good things in small packages.”

Go ahead and give yourself a gift this holiday and book a stay at one, or all, of these great glamping locations!

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The Ultimate List of Must-Visit Orchards while Glamping this Autumn

September to early October is considered prime apple picking time. Why not combine a glamping trip with a side of apple picking so you can enjoy sweet treats and a sweet time at these great fall locations?

Applecrest Farms is New Hampshire’s oldest and largest apple orchard and it’s less than 10 miles from the Tuxbury Tiny House Village – a great New England glamping option. Apple picking runs mid-August through October and fall raspberries and, of course, pumpkins and gourds are available in September. All kinds of fall events are also on the schedule like the Autumn Equinox Festival (September 23-24) and the Great Pumpkin Carve (October 7-9). For more information, visit applecrest.com.

Tuxbury Tiny House Village
Tuxbury Tiny House Village

Draper Girl Country Farm is perfect for apple picking if you picked the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village as your September glamping destination. Rent a tiny house and check out the Draper Girl Country Farm where majestic Mt. Hood is the backdrop for this fall adventure. Not only do they have u-pick, but the Draper Girls have their own hard cider company. There’s flowers here for purchase and a farm store full of meats, baked goods, produce, and more (drapergirlsfarm.com).

Plan your fall glamping adventure to include a stay at the Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails and you’re smack dab in some of the Wisconsin Dells’ best apple picking. Ski-Hi Fruit Farm in Baraboo grows over 30 varieties from Red Delicious (good for eating) to Granny Smith (which are good for cooking). Take a wagon ride through the orchard and learn about the farm’s history (skihifruitfarm.com). The Orchard at Fair Oaks Farms is another option that offers all kinds of good apple picking plus live music on Saturdays (fofarms.com).

Yurts at Thousand Trails Thunderbird
Yurts at Thousand Trails Thunderbird

As the number one apple producing state in the country, of course there are plenty of apple picking opportunities in Washington. Check into a yurt or cabin at Thousand Trails Thunderbird in Monroe and head over to Swan Trail Farms in Snohomish to enjoy some apple picking (they have 4000 apple trees!), corn mazes, and some firsthand apple picking tips from the farmers on site to help you pick properly. There’s also a pre-WWII cider mill that presses apples into delicious cider. Another Snohomish option is Skipley Farm (skipleyfarm.com) offering 520 varieties seasonally. Picnic spots are available if you want to enjoy the farm after picking and then there’s Reggie, the resident pig who’s on hand to find the apple you may drop!

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5 Things to Do in the Wisconsin Dells

There are all kinds of things to do in the Wisconsin Dells area – from water fun to wineries. But one of the most interesting things you can do is plan a glamping stay at Yukon Trails in one of their super fun, super cool, super cute shipping containers. The Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails has five ultra-hip shipping containers that have been transformed into the perfect glamping accommodation. All five have kitchens and full bathrooms. Four of them sleep four comfortably while the fifth is a cozy retreat for two!

Once you’re settled in, consider these five fun ways to explore this beautiful area of Wisconsin:

1. Make sure to visit the Driftless Glen Distillery, an award-winning craft distillery in Baraboo. Take a guided tour and learn how they create the spirits here which include bourbon, rye whiskey, gin, and vodka. They also turn out a fabulous variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The tours last about an hour, so you can choose to enjoy the Distillery’s fabulous restaurant before or after your tour. Located along the banks of the Baraboo River, outside dining is an option, weather permitting. To learn more about Driftless Glen, visit driftlessglen.com.

2. If running away to join the circus was something you considered as a child, you may enjoy a visit to Baraboo’s Circus World (circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org). Located on the grounds of the original home of the Ringling Brothers circus, visitors can see all kinds of artifacts from circus life including historic wooden circus wagons set among seven historic buildings. The Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center onsite here has a massive collection of all things circus dating from 1793 to present day. There is also a collection of over 9,000 iconic circus posters. Walk the grounds, see the history, or check out one of the frequently held special events.

3. Does lavender ice cream sound yummy? Visit the New Life Lavender Farm where you can opt to walk the fields of lavender or take a guided wagon tour that also includes views of the farm’s bees, wildflower fields, and some adorable cows and sheep. The gift shop has plenty of lavender items from aromatherapy to lavender springs, and that yummy lavender ice cream. For more information visit newlifelavender.com.

4. Mirror Lake State Park is the place to go for hiking and biking trails, fishing opportunities, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking. The views of the sandstone bluffs are amazing and birdwatching and glimpses of wildlife are definite possibilities here. Speaking of views, if you have the time, try to grab dinner at one of the ultimate Wisconsin supper clubs, Ishnala, which is located within the park. They don’t take reservations but the views of the sunset on the lake are well worth the wait. The food is pretty darn good, too!

State Capitol Building, Madison WI

5. If you’re planning to stay a while at Yukon Trails, then a day trip to Madison could be on the agenda. The State Capital is about an hour’s drive from the Dells and attractions here include Olbrich Botanical Gardens; the 28-acre Henry Vilas Zoo (opened in 1924), or a tour of the Capitol Building (available daily) to see the building’s French and Italian marble, the colorful murals, and the breathtaking skylight. If you’re heading into Madison on a Saturday, don’t miss the Farmers’ Market on the Square, considered one of the best around! Architecture buffs will appreciate the Monona Terrace and Convention Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Stay Cool With These Great Water Retreats

Door County – WI

The perfect mix for summer fun in the sun is some glamping with a side of water! And when we say water we mean the rivers, lakes, and oceans just waiting for you to enjoy near your favorite glamping spot. Here’s a water-based itinerary to keep in mind:

Wisconsin Water: Like its northern neighbor, Minnesota, Wisconsin has plenty of lakes and waterways to explore via canoe and kayak as well as for fishing fun. A few glamping options include Tranquil Timbers in Door County. Up here on this beautiful Wisconsin peninsula, you’re surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay. There are also several lakes in Door County including Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor and Little Lake (named because it is the smallest) on Washington Island. Rent a cabin, cottage or yurt at Tranquil Timbers and explore the waters of Door County. Another fun Badger State glamping location with a lakeside location is Neshonoc Lakeside. Located on one of Wisconsin’s best fishing lakes for walleye, bass, northern pike, and perch, there are several glamping cabin rentals available here if you’re angling to fish this summer! And, you can’t forget the waterpark variety found in the Wisconsin Dells, aptly considered the water park capital of the world. The Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails is about 10 minutes from the action, and are a great choice for a unique and sustainable Dells getaway!

Neshonoc Lakeside – WI

Oceanside: If you’re wanting to spend your summer glamping oceanside, there are several options to choose from. The waters of the Atlantic can be easily accessed with a visit to our East Coast locations including Mt. Desert Narrows and Narrows Too (rent a glamping cabin at these great Bar Harbor spots); with a tiny house rental at Tuxbury Pond Tiny House Village in New Hampshire; and the idyllic resort towns of Cape Cod (check out the cottage rentals at Gateway to Cape Cod). Heading south for warmer Atlantic waters? Check out the Florida glamping cabin rentals at Miami Everglades and Sunshine Key Tiny House Village in Big Pine Key. Pacific Coast options include  Oregon’s Pacific City or Seaside (rentals include glamping cabins and cottages), where the beach is just steps from the campground.

Encore Sunshine Key

Running the Rivers: Can we really divide people into ocean, lake, and river people? If you feel more in tune with rivers, then consider these glamping locations, including the one where a river literally runs through it. That one is California’s Ponderosa, which has the South Fork of the American river running through it. A great place for rafting, tubing, and canoeing with great glamping cabin rentals. Head to Bend, Oregon to explore all the Little Deschutes River has to offer. Rent a glamping cabin, cottage, or yurt at Bend-Sunriver and paddle, tube, or canoe the scenic waterway and enjoy the view.

Thousand Trails Ponderosa

Lake Life: When you glamp with Petite Retreats, living the lake life while glamping is one sure thing. Countless glamping locations are located lakeside. So, if your mantra for your next glamping trip is “Sorry can’t. Lake. Bye.” then we have some choices for you. Lake Minden, located in California’s Sacramento Valley, has a 41-acre private lake onsite that is perfect for boating or fishing for catfish or largemouth bass. Lake life in the foothills of the Sierras? Texas has lake offerings too including Lake Conroe with its 22,000-acre lake world-famous for fishing and great glamping cabin rentals. Speaking of rentals, paddle boats, kayaks and canoes are also available for rent. Alabama’s Hidden Cove sits on Smith Lake known for its crystal clear waters and great fishing. Rent a glamping cottage or cabin and see for yourself.

Thousand Trails Hidden Cove

So much water, so little time! Check out petiteretreats.com and see what body of water can be found at your favorite glamping location.

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Contain Yourself (in a tiny house container village, that is!)

In the days of reduce, reuse, and recycle, the concept of repurposing just about anything you can is definitely a priority. If you glamp, you must love the outdoors so the idea of lessening your carbon footprint is probably something you look to do as often as you can. When tiny homes came on the scene as glamping options, they made perfect sense to an outdoor lover who also embraced the minimalist lifestyle. The tiny home lifestyle takes advantage of every possible square inch of space in these unique glamping accommodations – from horizontal to vertical, everything had a purpose. Plus, the settings were pretty great, too!

Enter the tiny house container village as the newest trend (and one that makes perfect eco-sense) in glamping accommodations. Shipping containers are rugged and durable and are finding a new purpose after “retirement” as the latest in accommodations for the outdoor and sustainability enthusiast. Shipping containers are often single use, meaning once they arrive, it’s not economical to ship them across the ocean for a second voyage. These shipping containers are looking for a second life, and being repurposed as a tiny house is a great way to bring them to life…again. And just like our tiny homes, they’re perfectly appointed with all the amenities you can ask for including kitchens, bathrooms, cozy sleeping spaces, and living areas. They are now an option when you choose to glamp at Wisconsin’s Yukon Trails.

Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails

Welcome our very first container clan, the Tiny House Container Village at Yukon Trails. Introducing Barrett, Brooks, Sienna, Wren, and Sylvan. All have kitchens and full bathrooms and all but Barrett, sleep 4 while Barrett comfortably sleeps 2. Rentals begin May 23 so come check out our newest, coolest, containers at the open house event on May 20, 2023.

The wooded wonderland that is Yukon Trails is near all the fun of the Wisconsin Dells, the award-wining Driftless Glen Distillery in Baraboo, and Mirror Lake State Park, which is great for hiking, fishing, and biking. Yukon Trails itself features a fish fry every Friday, and a jam packed activity schedule all season long.

Meet our newest accommodations below!

Meet Sienna - Sunset Chaser - A Petite Retreat

Meet Sienna: A bit of a night owl, Sienna comes alive as the sun begins to set. She has a bright personality and a warm demeanor, making everyone she comes across feel seen and heard. She has a penchant for color and design, and incorporates this into both her wardrobe and her home, as well as her friends’ through giving them little gifts and decorative items for their own spaces. Her favorite time of day is dusk, and in the summertime, she makes it a habit to watch the sun set, and the fireflies come out to light up the sky. To Sienna, dusk marks the end of the work day and the beginning of her time to live life on her own terms. As soon as the sun is set and the stars are out, you can often find her putting a record on her old record player, flipping through design books and websites, and rearranging furniture in her home. This cozy charmer sleeps 4. Book your stay in Sienna.

Meet Brooks - Water Lover - A Petite Retreat

Meet Brooks: From kayaking, canoeing, and swimming, to the adventurous rafting and wakeboarding, a day out on the water is a day well spent for Brooks. His love affair with water sports began as soon as he started taking swim lessons and shortly thereafter began begging to go to the pool and water parks every day, even in the rain. He kicks off each day with a swim to wake himself up and start the day off on the right foot. Brooks is a goal setter and is likely training for his next big race, and his ambitions have taken him far in life. He is a determined leader who knows how to motivate his team and bring people from all walks of life together. Brooks’ demeanor has a quiet confidence, making him both trustworthy and easy to be around. When he’s not out on the water, he’s likely playing intramural sports with his friends, or planning his next trip to coincide with a race. Brooks sleeps 4. Book your stay in Brooks.

Meet Barrett - Curious Explorer - A Petite Retreat

Meet Barrett: Fiercely protective of his friends and family, Barrett is strong, thoughtful, and courageous. He enjoys hiking and going off the beaten path both in life and in his travels. Though he can be hardheaded in some aspects of life, those closest to Barrett know he makes decisions with his heart and is a real softie when it comes to his family (including his dog). Barrett is extremely intelligent and introspective, which has treated him well in life, specifically when he takes the road less traveled. He believes there is always something to learn, and his natural curiosity has served him well in his travels, explorations, and relationships. Barrett welcomes challenges in his life and views them as an opportunity to grow. His courage knows no bounds and many turn to him when they need inspiration or a reminder of their own strength. The tiniest of the containers, Barrett sleeps 2. Book your stay in Barrett.

Meet Wren - Plant Enthusiast - A Petite Retreat

Meet Wren: Wren is a true songbird, always singing her favorite song or making one up as she goes about her day. Her friends and family often let her know she’s humming out loud before she’s even realized she’s doing it. Aside from singing, Wren has a love for flowers and the outdoors. She is constantly trying to figure out ways to bring the outdoors in. Taking full advantage of the natural light in her home, Wren fills shelves and nooks with her favorite plants, nurturing them and helping them thrive, and always keeps a centerpiece of fresh flowers on her kitchen table. Her maternal instincts are second to none and she forever knows just the right thing to say, whether someone needs a judgement-free listening ear or a touch of tough love. She is a busy body and chooses movement over stillness, flitting from one responsibility to the next, filling her calendar with friend catch ups, volunteering opportunities, or gardening. Wren can accommodate 4 guests. Book your stay in Wren.

Meet Sylvan - Loyal Friend - A Petite Retreat

Meet Sylvan: Sylvan is stoic and loyal. He is someone who can be called on in a moment’s notice and not just arrive, but truly show up in every sense of the word. He is patient and grounded, which serves him well and has allowed him to make his hobby of woodworking and carpentry into a full-time job. Sylvan prides himself on staying connected with nature, through regular hikes and familiarizing himself with the various species of wood he’s working with. He strives to give a second life to the trees and turns them into pieces and fixtures that will live on for centuries to come. Sylvan is steadfast in his passion for the great outdoors and aims to respect nature through the food he eats and the lifestyle he lives. His goal in life is to limit his footprint while he forges his own path, and to breathe in as much fresh air as he can each day. This tiny house vacation rental sleeps 4. Book your stay in Sylvan.

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