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Stout's Island Lodge: Unlike Any Other Island Retreat

Rustic elegance, congeniality, and indulgent leisure: these are the values that Stout’s Island Lodge has radiated since its inception more than a century ago. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family seeking a fun-filled vacation, or a business searching for an incredible event venue, Stout’s Island provides an escape that’s close to home but a million miles away from the daily grind.

First things first: yes, Stout’s Island Lodge is on an island, and yes, that is awesome. While you wouldn’t typically associate “rural Wisconsin” with “island paradise,” one stay here might convince you otherwise. The lodge is surrounded by pristine Red Cedar Lake, and upon arrival (via chartered boat!) you’ll immediately notice the laid-back vibe that is commonplace on tropical islands also manifests itself here. Kick back, have a drink, and relax; you’re on island time now.

Even if you’re here for work, the breathtaking setting has a way of making any meeting agenda seem tolerable. Stout’s offers two facilities with space and amenities for up to 60 people. Both the Ice House and Mrs. Stout's Room blend rustic charm with all the modern conveniences, including projector screens, wireless internet, and—of course—an extensive catering menu. While it’s nearly impossible to pick the best part of life on the island, the on-site gourmet chef is a clear contender, whipping up incomparable food (not to mention tempting cocktails in case that meeting extends into happy hour).

For post-work hours—or those here purely for fun—there’s a wealth of activities to choose from. Prowl along the coast in a water bike, canoe, or kayak and look for nesting eagles in the treetops (also popular to do via one of the multiple nearby hiking trails). Or stay on the shore and challenge someone to a rousing game of croquet, tennis, bocce ball, pool, or ping pong. Enjoy a drink on the dock at sunset, and gather around the bonfire for s’mores to cap off the night.

Your sleeping quarters are the perfect antidote to “generic hotel room burnout.” The gracious rooms are at once rustic, stylish, and comfortable—many featuring their own kitchens, balconies, and fireplaces. Think: lumber baron chic.

Stout’s Island Lodge fills up quickly, so book your unforgettable corporate retreat, family event, or romantic getaway now to secure your spot. You’ll find out soon why those who’ve been there call it: “The Island of Happy Days.”