Hotel rooms are so New Year's Eve. When it comes to making the most of your summer vacation, it's always better to find your own space – which usually means renting someone else's. A rental property can offer the sort of amenities (think: privacy) that resorts can't. And there is nothing better than truly getting away from it all.
Planners that we are, we scouted the best places to spend the summer. Book your cabin, lodge, or houseboat soon. Summer is a big relief and even bigger business.
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin
Surrounded by more than 1,000 crystal clear lakes and unspoiled forests, Northern Wisconsin towns like Boulder Junction and Presque Isle, near Michigan's Upper Peninsula, make the perfect base of summer operations. Spend your days tossing out a line to tempt largemouth bass, walleye, and northern pike or go mountain biking along endless miles of woodlands trails. Days are warm, but evenings wash your lakefront cabin's patio with cooling breezes. Soak it all in while scouting for the resident albino deer and listening to this part of the area's eerie soundtrack: the wailing of loons. There are tons of small camps and cabins on the water.
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