Ice fishing, cross country skiing, Balderdash, jigsaw puzzles, L.C.R., and some great meals shared. Thanks for a wonderful weekend - accommodations exceeded our expectations. Happy vacationing!
The Prangs, The Smiths, The Winces, The Zeppias and The Osborns from Lincoln, NE, Gurnee, IL, Elgin, IL and Morengo, IL
A wonderful anniversary weekend. The weather was cold, but the house was cozy. We can't wait to bring our family here. Thanks for a beautiful place for our special weekend.
The Crums from Green Bay, WI
First time visitors. Absolutely loved it here!! Had a group of 15 and all worked out well. Will have to do it again!
The Patels from South Barrington, IL
Our families, (2.5 years old to 86 years old), all got together for the first time in a long time, and had a WONDERFUL time. We had two "social/activities directors" who organized a Family Olympics with a lot of fun games and contests, and even jerseys and a traveling trophy for the Grand Prize winner. The house is beautiful and was very accommodating to 14 people without being crowded. Some of us golfed, some shopped, but mainly we were just happy playing yard games, fishing and just hanging out. Thank you for providing us an unforgettable experience!
The Giebelhauses, The DiMarinos, and The Mulhallens from Lincoln, NE, Midland, MI, Canton, MI and Livonia, MI
Great house and terrific sunsets by the lake. Thanks for the memories!
The Kronbachs from Denver, CO, Naperville, IL and Eagan, MN
This place is awesome! We had a fantastic time and we'll be back!
The Fortelkas from West Chicago, IL
Be careful for the bears! This house was great. We had a great time.
The Morrises from Elmhurst, IL
Thanks for the cool TV. We loved the beds and the paddle boat. We had a lot of great memories at the swing set.
The Hughs from Chicago, IL
When we wrote last year, we said we believed we found the perfect place to come back to this year. Nothing could've been truer! Perfect weather everyday; sunny, warm and perfect for being out on the water. None of us could've asked for a better week. Everyone was able to enjoy their own little fun; kids went tubing everyday, some enjoyed skiing and knee boarding, the parents relaxed, and some got up at the crack of dawn to go fishing while the rest of us slept way too long than we want to admit! There was never a dull moment in the house, especially when the younger girls entertained us with their annual concert the last night. They obviously sparked something in all of us since we all broke out in song to karaoke, and enjoyed a wonderful last night at our perfect summer get-a-way. We can't wait to see what memories we make next year!
The Kaats, The Schueles, The Morgens and The Steines from Chicago, IL and Howards Grove, WI
Had a great time for the second year! We had a new addition to the family and found out we're having another! The new swing set was key to some happy kids. Weather was great; we did a lot of tubing and skiing. We sat out on the lake and watched five sets of fireworks. On the one gloomy day we played yard Olympics and many learned how to play ladder golf. Kids had a blast with water balloons and squirt guns, while the adults played polish poker, taboo, catch phrase and hockey.
The Gromackis, The Roddys, The Wilkins, The Deers and The Maguranys from Minneapolis, MN and Grafton, WI
This week has been a great week. The beds were very comfortable. I with I could live here! This place is very nice. We love it! We were worried that we wouldn't, but we have come to love it. Just one word of advice. Don't let your best friend tip you out of the canoe!
The Rogers Family from New York, New York
We had a fantastic vacation here at the Island View I. A great gathering place for our large family. Thanks for sharing your home.
The Steinbergs from Oshkosh, WI
One word to describe this week - amazing! Lots of wonderful memories! We need one more week to do all the other things we normally do when we are up here! While not new to the area, we are new to the Island View I and REALLY love it! Weather was perfect: 95 degrees Tuesday to 68 degrees on Thursday - beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful time.
The Zilks from Oshkosh, WI
I didn't even have time to play cards! A real testimony to the many things we did this week. Loved it!
The Sommers from West Bend, WI
First time for our 4 generations. Love the facilities and the weather was perfect. Great accommodations for 20 people!
The Frings from West Bend, WI
Anyone new to this place should canoe the Deerskin River (follow the lake shoreline to the right to find it.) We went up river for 3 hours and turned around and floated back. Breathtaking scenery! Kids enjoyed fishing and our continuous fire. We took our 85 year old mother up the Deerskin River as well as go-carting. Good horseback riding, but the most fun was family games and conversation at the Island View I. Great accommodations and location.
The Granns and The Goves from Madison, WI and New Orleans, LO
Very nice weather! The "City Folk" were able to relax and enjoy a bit of nature!! This is our 3rd year. (A little Bing Family Reunion.) We'll be back next year!
The Bings and The Stempers from Chicago, IL
We had a lot of fun up here! We had great weather and the water was great too! We can't wait to come up next year! (PS - We loved the sheets.)
The Bingenheimers from Brookfield, WI
Had a wonderful New Year's weekend! Cabin is beautiful and we all loved the sheets! Very comfortable!
The Bennetts from Nekoosa, WI
What a beautiful place. We've stayed at the Island View Lodge on Catfish Lake before so we knew this would be great. We enjoyed turning on the fireplace every morning and even enjoyed a bonfire in the snow at night. We had our own Badger tailgate party with brats and burgers, while watching the Badgers defeat Iowa. We were here celebrating our father's 80th birthday. He chose the destination and it's one of our favorites too. We can't wait to come back.
The Klements from Monona, WI
"Good friends, good wine, makes great provisions." This quote really summed up our visit here. We did some fishing, sat and enjoyed a fire pit and the great outdoors. Thanks for sharing the Island View I with us.
The Smiths from Neenah, WI
Third year at a Conger "cottage" and it was the best. Beautiful accommodations, weather was super, great fishing, and wonderful memories to be shared forever. We'll be back next year
The Heiers from Appleton, WI
This is our third year as well - good times, good weather and a really wonderful "family" home. Thanks for opening your home to others.
The Johnstons from Green Bay, WI
We knew in advance that the cabin would be beautiful, but nothing could compare to the breath taking view of the lake! The cool breeze at sunset offered a chance to light a fire to reflect on our life. Together we shared 5 birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and countless amounts of memories that will last a lifetime, but we will be back next year to make more. Thank you to Josh for making this a dream come true.
The Pates from Calumet City, IL
Thanks again for a wonderful stay. Our group celebrated a 40th birthday - laughed a ton - went sightseeing on a pontoon. The place was wonderful and with plenty of space for us all. It was a nice to hear loons and wolves. See you again soon!
The Seuberts from Neenah, WI
Hi! We had so much fun this week and the best part was when we went tubing and caught the biggest fish! Wow!!! We had a family reunion here. This has been a rootin' tootin' good time! Thank you - Wowie!
The Steines from Indianapolis, IN
This is our 6th family reunion in a row and it seems we have perfected the art of finding excellent homes for the week. The two youngest enjoyed fishing and horseback riding, my sister and I had fun with croquet and go karts, my mother was the puzzle queen as usual, and my father manned the grill expertly. My brother and beloved girlfriend took a breather from their busy lives in California and just relaxed, while my sister and husband were the usual go-getters, doing everything from hiking, canoeing, running, biking, and swimming. The grandparents, who make all this possible, came along everywhere we wanted to go. Thanks again for the great stay!
The Werkers from Augusta, ME, Pacific Palisades, CA and Milwaukee, WI
Thanks for a wonderful week. The accommodations, location and weather were perfect. Love the home - plenty of room for everyone to spread out. The kids were so comfortable. It's hard work to get teenagers out of bed, but nearly impossible here. Many great memories and peaceful thoughts.
The Distlers from Hinsdale, IL
What a perfect place for our group. We've been trying to find a place to accommodate us for the last 5 years which we could look forward to coming back to the following year. We believe we've found it! The house is beautiful. The access to the water is nice (no steps). All of our kids had plenty of space to play, watch movies, and yet, have private time. Fishing was fun. We spent the majority of time on the water and even for the couple rainy days we were able to enjoy one another inside without going crazy. We saw a few deer, were in awe of the eagles soaring above and loved the peaceful calm lake in the early morning and evening. We're now going to be relaxed and excited knowing what a great place to be able to come back to next year. Thank you!
The Morgens, The Kaats, The Steines, and The Schuelers from Howards Grove, WI
We're checking out in 10 minutes and our boys are still fishing! We began our week with a fishing contest - the final count came in at 128 to 129!! Your home is beautiful! The weather was perfect! Our families will take a week of memories with us we will not forget. Thank you!
The Weilands, The Schuellers, The Bannons from Wausau, WI
We leave with wonderful memories of loons calling, wolves howling, campfires crackling, black bears lumbering, ducks bobbing, tubes flying, shoulders crisping, fish jumping, go-carts careening, boats cresting, jet skis jumping, stars falling, mud cakes baking, burgers splattering, laughter wafting, coffee percolating, sunsets drifting, to gather all together at the table to share food and our stories of the day. We had a GREAT time, (perfect 80 plus degree weather all week), in the new vacation cottage. Thank you!
The Mahlers from South Milwaukee, WI
This is our 4th year that we have stayed in the Island View I and II homes. It has been the best year, yet. We were overwhelmed by the Island View I. The home is absolutely gorgeous! It accommodated our family beyond our expectations. As always, we enjoyed all of the amenities of the north woods as well. Thank you for making our annual vacation a dream. Looking forward to next year.
The Unger's from Milton, WI, Janesville, WI, and Liberty MO
Three generations from 2 months to 66 years of age. Week full of boat rides, fishing, skiing, tubing, washers, bocce ball, water balloons, pictionary, grilling, polish poker, and best of all - family. Looking forward to many more campfires next year. This was a beautiful vacation spot that accommodated our large family. We had first time skiers, skiers after 10 to 15 years, lots of sandbox and swing set time for the little ones and we saw the biggest fish, (with witnesses ), a 38" northern pike, while fishing off the pier.
The Roddys, The Gromackis, The Wilkins, The Maguranys, and The Deers from Grafton, WI
Three generations from the Wilber clan were here for a marvelous week's vacation. Thank you so much for the use of these wonderful facilities which all 18 of us enjoyed! From our 83 year old grandma to the 6 years old grandson. We'll return to Missouri and Ohio with many good memories!
The Wilbers from Novelty, OH
The weekend began with a group of girls that continued to grow for a relaxing, yet wild last weekend as a single woman full of great memories. We enjoyed the view of the lake, cooking out, drinking, cocktails, with no boys and kids! (Even though we missed them dearly and hope to bring them someday to enjoy this beautiful place. The weather was clear and crisp. We all had a wonderful time. We even met some new friends! Wish we could all stay longer.
The Davis girls, The Biondo girls, and friends from Mankato, MN
We had 4 generations up here this week and it was wonderful! The cabin is beautiful! The weather was great! The fishing was good! We all had a wonderful time!!
The Chodorowskis from Bensenville, IL
Wow! We thought this place was wonderful last year. The retreat is even more beautiful this year! We had 4 families and the accommodations were great and tons of space. (And that is just the cabin.) The lake and scenery is always beautiful. The cries of the loons after dark are music to the ears! Thank you for sharing your retreat.
The Bingenheimers from Brookfield, WI, Milwaukee, WI and Elgin, IL
We had a lot of fun up here! The cabin is so much bigger than we expected! We are the 1st group to stay in the Island View I and it's beautiful!
The Stempers from East Troy, WI