Manitowish Waters, quiet, peaceful, soft and subdued

September 2, 2013

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The Chamber of Commerce for Manitowish Waters says it is the ideal spot to “get away from it all.” Manitowish Waters is up in western Vilas County deep in the Northwoods, not far from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Chamber goes on to say, “Manitowish Waters is known for its quiet, less stressful surroundings perfect for a family vacation, reunion, romantic getaway, hunting or fishing excursion, or leisure day trip.”

The town itself is very small, but because of its charm and beauty, it has a host of very fine restaurants and welcoming taverns.

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The “town center” has a small “mall” if you like on CH W just off Hwy 51, with all the mission essentials you need to enjoy your stay. It is no Boulder Junction, though that town, sprawling with wonderful shops, is only about 30 minutes away. Here are a Century 21 Real Estate office in case you get the urge to buy, and The Wine Barn, featuring an assortment of wines and accessories.

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A True Value, the Artists Palette with original artwork much of which is done by local artists, and the indispensable Post Office.

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This was a favorite of ours, the
Village Market, run by Trigs. And of course a bank next door. We had anticipated eating in a restaurant every night we were there, but promptly learned that our resort accommodations were so terrific and we wanted so much to just relax, that we found ourselves buying food here and cooking for ourselves.

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While the town proudly boasts very fine but casual and welcoming restaurants, for our first and only night in a restaurant, we chose the Pea Patch Saloon, actually my kind of place for a brewski or more and a sandwich. I loved the place as soon as I pulled into the parking lot, which is very close to the “mall.” There was a sign posted on the outside wall next to the entrance door, “Hot beer, lousy food, welcome.” So in we went and had a marvelous time. It has a motel but I understand it does not rate very well. The bar and food were great.

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And, of course, a little town park.

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The reason we came up here from Wausau was that we had hosted a family reunion a couple weeks earlier, my family is a total riot, but believe me we were pooped when it was all done. So we needed a peaceful and restful place. By chance, we saw a commercial on TV for the Chippewa Retreat and Resort in Manitowish, and we stayed there. We deliberately checked in the day after the summer rates went down.

There are multiple buildings. This is the one we stayed in, top floor, with the deck outside, facing the lake due west for the sunsets. Incredibly, the two of us stayed in a four bedroom condo. It was magnificent. Let me show just a few shots of the interior. Let me suggest here that you could easily stay here with a large family or with friends.

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Living Room

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Dining area, where I set up a little office to stay in touch, you know. While on my computer, I was looking out the window at the lake.

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Kitchen. You couldn’t ask for anything more. Gas stove, electric oven, microwave, toaster, coffee make, dishwasher, fabulous refrigerator, lots of room, including a bar with stools to watch the chef!

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Master bedroom, with two great chairs to just hang and stare at the lake. It has its own full size bath. Actually, each room has its own bath.

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Another bedroom, with adjoining bath. I loved this room and bunk. Reminded me of what my dad built when I was a kid and my baby sister invaded the house.

One other bedroom I think had two bunk beds while yet another had two twins, so you can host an army in here.

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Adjoining the family room-dining area was a sun room. My wife sat in here a lot reading. When brewski time came along, I sat in that chair next to the lamp, looking at the lake. The weather was a bit hot and humid, with on and off rain. Who cared? No one, when you have a room like this.

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There is a deck outside with a Weber grill, table and a multitude of chairs and padded chez lounges. In addition, the deck wraps around the side facing the water if you wish to get a different look and just marvel. These are two views from our deck. When looking at something like this, all one can do is acknowledge how blessed he and his family are.


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This lady was using the resort’s kayak. I took the shot from the wrap-around deck on the side that I mentioned earlier.

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There was a kayaking school nearby and here goes a flotilla across Manitowish Lake to a narrow but short river-like connector to Alder Lake to the south.

Let’s now walk around the grounds a bit.

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I’m usually a bit high strung of a guy, so I find these next shots amazing --- taking these was therapeutic. They all are of Manitowish Lake viewed from my deck at Chippewa Retreat Resort.


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Well, it just does not getting much better than this.