Up North Cabin Rentals

Some More S’Mores, Please!

You know that moment? The one where you’ve just grabbed a cold one out of the cooler and leaned back into an Adirondack chair next to the crackling bonfire? You’re about to pop the top on your beverage and engage in some grown-up conversation when the kids come shrieking out of the cabin with graham crackers, chocolate bars and a huge bag of marshmallows.

So what do you do? Join in the fun, of course! That’s one of our favorite things about going to the cabin…getting everyone to gather around the fire and fire up some s’mores. The grown-up conversations will wait. But biting into that heavenly combination of ooey-gooey chocolatey perfection and making a memory with the kiddos won’t!

Although history can’t seem to agree, rumor has it the Girl Scouts probably invented the tasty campfire treats back in the 1920s. Since then, variations have popped up all over. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for upping your s’mores offerings at the campfire:


Substitute the Chocolate with:

  • Rolos
  • Nutella
  • Cookies ‘n Cream bar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Andes Mints
  • Ghiradelli Squares

Substitute the Marshmallow with:

  • Peeps
  • Flavored Marshmallows
  • Marshmallow Fluff

Substitute the Graham Crackers with:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Oreos
  • Chocolate Graham Crackers
  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers
  • Ritz Crackers

Mix In Options:

  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Sliced Kiwi
  • Sliced Apples
  • Sliced Cherries
  • Pineapple Tidbits
  • Orange Slices
  • Raspberry, Grape or Strawberry Jelly
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate or Vanilla Frosting
  • Ice Cream
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Red Hots
  • Bacon

Oh, and if you get rained out at the lake or get a craving for some more s’mores over the winter months, did you know you can stack them up and pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to get your fill any time of year? Or heat them up in a cast iron skillet? ;) We kind of wish we hadn’t figured that out!

Let us know if you make any mixed-up s’mores and what your favorites are!

We've got Spring Fever

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! True, we had a blizzard warning last week, but signs are everywhere that old man winter is stepping aside. Hostas are sending their first shoots up out of the still frozen ground. I saw a baby cardinal on a bird feeder outside my window. The kids at the bus stop are wearing shorts. (That probably shouldn’t be a reliable indication of the season seeing as how some of them will wear shorts all year long.) But still… the promise of warmer weather is coming!

And with the change of season comes plenty of recreational opportunities at the cabin. We still have some availability and would love to host your spring getaway. Here’s what’s happening around the area:

Chateau St. Croix Winery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting the weekend of March 17th & 18th.

Glenna Farms will be offering farm tours and free pancakes with plenty of maple syrup during Maple Fest the first weekend in April.

Got a craving for some smelt? Take your pick from three different smelt fry dinners at the Rod & Gun Club in Balsam Lake or the EMT Smelt Fry (both April 8th) or the American Legion Smelt Fry in Turtle Lake on April 9th.

Cushing is hosting their annual Spring Bash on April 22nd with a lasagna dinner and live auction.

Once May arrives the event calendar will be bursting with fun things to do.

St. Croix Valley’s Fall Sampler is set for May 5th. Local restaurants, breweries, bakeries and more will be offering sips and samples of food and beverages.

Fawn-Doe-Rosa opens for the spring/summer season on May 6th.

Train rides in and out of Osceola start the weekend of Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 13th. My kids still talk about riding the train back and forth, a highlight for a fun family excursion!

In addition to the fun things to do listed above, there are many local art festivals, concerts, garden sales and get-togethers going on in the area. Spring is a great time to visit the lake. The snow is melting, the flowers are budding and the fish are still biting! Let us know if we can help you enjoy a little slice of spring cabin paradise before high season sets in!

Top 5 Things to Do at the Cabin - Winter Edition

It’s that time of year… the holidays are over, spring is way too far away and the winter doldrums are setting in. If you’re looking for something to do to chase those blah’s away, check out the Top 5 Things to Do at Up North Cabin Rentals in Winter!


#5 - Ice Fishing - Many of our guests have enjoyed fishing from the shore or the dock in the summer. But winter is a great time to try your luck at pulling a 40+” muskie out of the water or filling up on panfish. There have been reports of Muskie, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. Just make sure you check regulations and ice conditions before you set up!



#4 - Snowshoeing - Guests can snowshoe right on the lake, around one of the cabins, or on one of the trails nearby. One of our favorites is the Somers Lake Trail just east of Frederic. 


#3 - Cross Country Skiing -Grab your poles and strap on those skis! From nice, flat trails for beginners to hills and twisty turns, there are tons of cross country trails in the area.


#2 - Snowmobiling - We’re lucky to have over 350 miles of groomed snow mobile trails right here in Polk County! And you can access them directly from the lake. For more info: http://www.polkcountysnomobileatv.com/

#1 - Nothing! Despite all of the incredible recreational opportunities around, sometimes our favorite thing to do is absolutely nothing at all. Curl up on the sofa, grab a book from our library, pour a glass of wine or a cup of cocoa and watch the snow fall! 


There you have it... our top five things to do at the cabin in winter. And lucky for you there are still several months of cold weather left, so plenty of time to book a weekend and get in on the fun!