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A quirk of federal regulations means that this delightful cabin in north-central Wisconsin is classified as a recreational vehicle. It’s 14 feet wide, 400 square feet (plus sleeping porch), and able to be hauled anywhere on wheels – all of which mean that it’s easier to get financing and, in regards to zoning and tax laws, to post up without breaking the bank.

Without question, the sleeping porch is the focal point of the ESCAPE cabin, designed by architect Kelly Davis for the Canoe Bay resort, a place for meals, contemplation, and watching the stars twinkle into dreamstate without skeeters intruding on your musings and master plans. It measures 12 by 14 and serves like the bow of a forest-bound ship, leading you into the woodsy future.

Base price of ESCAPE is $79,990, which, though not cheap, includes a lot more than just a shell – that covers kitchen appliances, fireplace, water heater, full bathroom, and bed and nightstands…it’s turnkey.

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ESCAPE cabin rents for $298 a night in winter, $348 during the rest of the year. Visit canoebay.com for more information. To learn more about purchasing an ESCAPE, visit canoebayescape.com.


Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.
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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.