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Classic options: 6 great places to stay in Vilas County

Published: March 22, 2021

A perfect room is waiting for you in the heart of the Northwoods. It’s hard to beat the convenience of Vilas County’s hotels, motels and lodges—enjoy comfortable, relaxing accommodations that allow you to spend more time experiencing all that we have to offer. Select a property that has the ideal mix of amenities for your getaway. Here are some of your lodging options.

Gateway Lodge

This historic lodge is a timeless Northwoods sanctuary in Land O’ Lakes–the moment you step into the impressive lobby, you’ll know you’re someplace special. While built nearly a century ago, they offer modern comforts in customized and newly renovated suites and studios. Enjoy amenities like an indoor pool, a steaming hot tub and a redwood sauna.

Best Western Derby Inn

Named after the nearby World Championship Derby Complex, the Derby Inn in Eagle River is the perfect base for a Vilas County adventure. They offer 47 rooms and a large lobby that’s anchored by a cozy fireplace.  Relax in the indoor pool or enjoy the jacuzzi and sauna. Every morning, start your day with a continental breakfast. There is a business center available for guest use, and free WiFi.

Eagle River Inn

Ideally located on Watersmeet Lake, part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, and the Vilas County snowmobile trail system, you can select from a mix of lodging options as well as ample amenities. They have 40 rooms, including lakeside patio rooms, whirlpool spa “dream suites” and comfortable one- to three- bedroom suites. Condominium rentals that sleep up to eight people are also available. Other amenities include a sauna, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, free WiFi, continental breakfast and even a renowned on-site restaurant, Chef Rene’s at the Inn. Free boat docking is also available. 

Bridgewater Inn

The Bridgewater Inn is located just four blocks from downtown Eagle River on Highway 45, and offers a wonderful view of the Eagle River, which connects boaters with the Eagle River Chain. Conveniently located to Eagle River shops and restaurants, and the farmer’s market during the season. Boat docks are available. They are pet-friendly.

Edgewater Inn and Cottages

Relax on the Eagle River, which is part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, at the Edgewater Inn, which features cozy rooms with knotted pine paneling. They have six charming waterfront cottages with kitchens and enclosed porches. Enjoy strolling the private grounds, fishing off the dock, toasting marshmallows or simply watching the wildlife along the waterfront. 

Wild Eagle Lodge

The Wild Eagle Lodge offers relaxation, hospitality and year-round tranquility on Lynx and Duck Lakes, which are part of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. They offer options that can accommodate groups of all sizes, from 2-4 guests to a seven-bedroom home that can accommodate up to 25 guests. No matter what size you select, you can enjoy amenities like a gas operated stone fireplace, a spacious kitchen and free WiFi.