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Romantic Northwoods Private Lakeside Suite On Deer Lake in Northern Wisconsin

Bedrooms 1
Space 340 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Perfect for a Romantic Getaway Off of the Beaten Path, On the Wooded Lake Shore.

Are you looking for a romantic getaway? Do you want to be off the beaten path and have a beautiful, peaceful place nestled in the tall pines on a lakeshore of Northern Wisconsin but still have easy, paved access to the highway? Visit us!

We are family owned and operated and have been in the accommodations business since 1990, beginning with our 6 tourist cabins near Denali National Park in Alaska, where we built our first home. We were raised in Central and Northern Wisconsin. We know how to treat our guests and provide what you are looking for to have the perfect "getaway." Our lake is crystal clear with sandy beaches and excellent fishing.

The suite is a "mother-in-law" suite above our garage, with your own private stairway entry, private bath with shower/sink/toilet, 1 Queen size bed and a kitchenette, dining area and reading chair. It has most everything that you will need. We provide the towels and linens! You must be able to climb a rather steep stairway to your entrance.

*** Nonsmoking. No pets. 3 Night Minimum Stay depending on the dates. ****

Free Wi-Fi and Samsung LED Smart TV for live streaming TV apps and online sites. No Cable or Satellite TV Reception.

The Apartment is not large enough to have a 3rd person in the room so please don't ask us to accommodate more than 2 people,

We have been renting out the suite during the summer, on a nightly basis since 2012. We are fully licensed, permitted and inspected by the county health department and collect state and county sales tax of 5.5%. We are open Mid May - early October. If the snow comes early, we close early. We are easy to find and are accessible by highway. Our 0.10 mile driveway is entirely paved.

You may bring food and cook using the microwave and outside natural gas grill.


No hotplates, electric frying pans or other cooking appliances are allowed inside the suite due to fire hazard and liability.

Our well water is super good tasting and healthy. It is tested annually. No need to bring bottled water! We also use the Culligan water system to soften the water and to remove traces of iron.

We do not provide meals but there is tea, coffee, hot cocoa, oatmeal, granola bars, etc.

The apartment is tastefully decorated with custom made furniture and Northwoods decor.

Books, magazines, standard DVD player, DVD's, numerous board games, cards, and information on local sites, activities, trails and restaurants.

There is no cable TV, satellite TV or over the air TV reception in the suite.

As of this year there is a brand new Samsung 32" LED Smart TV with a standard DVD player. No TV channels available but numerous Apps via the Smart TV are available including Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, games, etc. via live video streaming. There is a Redbox movie outlet in Tomahawk at Nelson's County Market. We also have some DVD's in the apartment.

You may share a land line phone with us. It has free unlimited long distance within the US.

Cell phone reception can be spotty depending on your carrier - best reception may be outside.

Lake Size: 156 Acres. Maximum Depth 62 feet. Natural spring fed lake. 3 miles of shoreline.

Lake Notes: Specializing in Northern Pike, Muskie and Bluegill. Walleye, Large & Smallmouth Bass and panfish are also numerous. We are on a chain of lakes. Deer Lake connects to Bridge Lake & Lake Nokomis (The Rice Reservoir) via a channel which is usually only navigable through early-mid July. As of July 5, the water is still high! After that, the water level in the channel is usually too low to get through with a motor. Usually, we can still kayak through.

We have 3, 1-person kayaks and a 2-person canoe available for your free use along with life jackets. Swimming, canoeing and kayaking are at your own risk and you will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Fishing boat, Pontoon Boat and Personal Watercraft rentals are available at Tomahawk Sports Center in Tomahawk - 5 miles south. We do not allow usage of any motorized boats that we may have.

Changing Gears Pedal & Paddle is 3 miles south and has bicycles, kayaks and paddle boards available for rent.

Usually, we have plenty of room available on the beach or dockside if you bring a boat. There is a nearby boat ramp on the lake and a couple on Lake Nokomis. Please let us know if you are bringing a boat.

We live in the private main house year round and will usually be on property.

No public transportation is available. There is a taxi service in Tomahawk but I don't know how reliable they are. You will need to have your own vehicle or motorcycle.

If you bring a motorcycle or two, we can provide garage space for them.

There is a family house dog on the property but she is never allowed inside the apartment. Lexi is a very loving, people-friendly Goldendoodle (half golden retriever, half standard poodle) who doesn't shed and is nonallergenic. Lexi was born in 2010.

We encourage you to walk the numerous trails that we created throughout our 7+ acres and our additional 12 acres nearby on Wurl Rd. You will always hear or see wildlife to view and photograph.

You are welcome to be outside on the property. The grounds and the apartment are for your use. The main cottage and garages are private. You can use the outdoor tables, chairs, fire pit, 3 kayaks up on the kayak stand, canoe, grill, full size fridge/freezer in the garage, dock, deck, and patios.

You may interact with us as much or as little as you prefer! We will respect your privacy and allow you to have the vacation that you deserve and want. We are usually here and you can always ring the doorbell, text us or find us outside for anything that you might need.

We look forward to hosting you in the near future!

Monte & Shirley Lamer

More Details

Shirley and Monte Lamer
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2017

About Shirley and Monte Lamer

We are now year round residents as of November 2016.

My husband Monte, retired at the end of 2016. He has a long history of working in the field of power generation.

I am an inactive RN and do not work outside of this business.

Our children were born in Fairbanks, Alaska. We raised a son and a daughter who are both in their 20's. Our daughter lives in MN and our son is attending college.

We have a long history of providing lodging for tourists. Monte was raised on a nearby lake resort where his parents still live. Their resort has been in continuous operation since the 1930's. We have provided lodging to tourists since we were married in 1989, first in Alaska for 9 years with 6 cabins for visitors to Denali National Park and now here in northern Wisconsin.

We love to travel and try to stay in family owned/operated places as much as possible. We meet new friends when we travel and we hope you will too, with us!

Shirley and Monte Lamer purchased this studio in 2003

Why Shirley and Monte Lamer chose Northern Wisconsin

Monte purchased this land in 1988, the year before we were married. He was living in Alaska, and had been since 1975, after he graduated from Tomahawk HS. Monte's paternal great grandfather, owned a majority of the property on the eastern lake shore along Deer Lake Road and on other local lakes. His cousins inherited or purchased some of the land later on. Monte was raised here, a half mile down the back road on the next lake west - Crystal Lake. His great grandparents, then his grandparents and now his parents still own and operate the family resort.

I started coming to the Tomahawk area with my family when I was 8 years old in 1967. My parents had cottages on Lake Nokomis and we would come up every weekend and all summer. My family met Monte's family that first year and have been friends ever since.

When we married in 1989, I moved to Alaska from Madison, WI. Monte had already built a home and 2 rental cabins on his 12 acres of land in Healy, just outside of Denali National Park. The following year we opened Healy Heights Family Cabins and built 4 more cabins for tourist lodging. We owned and operated the business for 9 years and were full from May thru September with up to 28 guests a night. In 1998, we sold everything and moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family. That was when we started to use this lake property with our young children aged 3 and 7. We purchased a travel trailer and stayed in it when we were up north, for a few years, before we custom built the lake home in 2003.

What makes this studio unique

This is a peaceful, quiet setting in the woods and on the lake with nature and it's sounds all around. We think we have a beautiful property and love to share it with others. You will feel like you are in your own little world here and life's stresses will be forgotten when you drive down our long winding driveway to the sanctuary we provide. It is our little slice of heaven, away from it all. The lake always draws us back and is missed when we are away. Even during the long cold winters when it is frozen over, we put out our ice fishing shack and enjoy family and friends on the lake.

When the loons return as soon as the lake opens up in April, we love to hear their variety of calls, knowing that they are back with us again for another summer. We excitedly search for the presence of their baby chicks on their backs while gliding through the water. It is always a very welcomed sight to see that they have hatched another chick or two.

The smell of camp fires, the sounds of bull frogs and crickets at night, and crows cawing in the morning, pileated woodpeckers drilling a tree, eagles flying overhead, tall pine forests and clear lakes are all part of our love of being up north at the lake.

My favorite times of the day are early morning just after sunrise and dinner time just before sunset. Watching the sunset over the lake from the dock is very special along with watching the fish surface on calm-water evenings and the great blue heron, bald eagles, deer, occasional black bear, ducks, loons and geese going about their day. Nature abounds here. You will feel the draw and hopefully become a part of it also.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The pictures don't do the apartment or area justice. It's a beautiful place on a beautiful property...fancier than what the pictures reveal. The apartment has a kitchen, dining area, sitting area, bed and bath. The family was very friendly and willing to help out or answer any questions we had. They were very willing to share their wonderful property and access to Deer Lake. We biked and kayaked each day we were there. We would recommend the stay at the apartment to any couple that wanted a place to stay in the Deer Lake or Tomahawk area. Happy Vacationing!
May 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in Tomahawk in Lincoln County

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 340 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Private bath ensuite. Sink, Vanity, Toilet, Shower. All Kohler fixtures. Well Water is tested annually by the county. Septic Field.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Private Suite above the Garage. 1 Queen Size Bed. Suite also has a combined kitchenette, dining and living area. Microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster. 1 Private Bathroom. Can only accommodate 1-2 adults. Infants would be considered if you had a pack and play for them.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Deer Lake is a beautiful, clear, spring fed, deep lake with a shallow level sandy shoreline. Great for fishing, swimming and boating. Lake Size: 156 Acres. Maximum Depth 62 feet. 3 miles of shoreline. Lake Notes: Specializing in Northern Pike, Muskie and Bluegill. Walleye, Large & Smallmouth Bass and panfish are also numerous. Deer connects to Bridge Lake & Lake Nokomis (The Rice Reservoir) via a man-made channel which is usually only navigable through early-mid July. After that, the water level in the channel is usually too low to get through with a motor. Usually, we can still kayak through.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Romantic Northwoods Private Lakeside Suite On Deer Lake in Northern Wisconsin
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to relax and unwind! The suite was beautiful and immaculate. Everything we could have possible needed was there including two binders full of information on the area, restaurants, things to do, etc. Shirley, Monte, and Lexi all made us feel so welcome. The weather was rainy, but we were able to enjoy a walk and several bike rides between the rain showers. We also spent quite a bit of time just sitting by the lake enjoying the view each day we were there. We feel so fortunate to be allowed us to visit their beautiful place for the weekend. I hope we are able to go back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry I didn't get to personally meet you! You brought your bikes! Glad to hear you enjoyed the lake and the area. It is a slice of heaven to us. We aim to please. You are welcome back any time. Thank you for staying with us.
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Perfect UpNorth Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Husband and i needed to get away and de-stress, unplug, completely relax in advance of my milestone birthday (the big 6-0). Husband is kind of outdoorsy-I'm what you call indoorsy. I wanted all the creature comforts so we started looking for resort type properties. Most advertised catered to families/kids but we didn't want a crowded noisy resort. We found Shirley & Monte's "cottage" and thought it was just the right fit for us. We arrived and checked out our accomodations-NICE! We were impressed with our suite which had everything we needed and was so nicely appointed with the Up North decor and very nice finishes, appliances, snacks, AC. The landscaping is breathtaking and the walk across the yard to the dock and lake is purely delightful--a parklike setting with lush gardens, sculpture, seating. And LEXI! Lexi is the most adorable golden doodle. She is a doll and we loved when she came out to greet us and get petted. Good Dog!

Our romantic get away was perfect in every way! We will definitely be back next summer!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure it was to meet you both! We do hope to see you again next year. Thank you for staying with us and for leaving the suite in such great condition. Thank you also for your review. You are too kind! Glad you liked Lexi. :) And happy 60th birthday to you Mary! Monte's is in the beginning of January.
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Wonderful place; great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. As mentioned by others, all the little things have been thought of by Shirley and provided for her guests' use. The Lakeside Suite was the perfect 'get-a-way' site as we were in the area for a class reunion, but like to have time to ourselves for reading, fishing, swimming, running and kayaking. Beautiful weather (window open at night, no air conditioning needed) added to our comfort. It felt like home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and making this your home away from home for your visit. Enjoyed meeting the two of you. I got the shower mats! :) Hope you had a great trip back to NC. If you come back for the next class reunion, I provide discounts for repeat guests. Give me a call!
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Montello, wi

Lamer Suite

  • 5 of 5

This is such an amazing place and amazing family. The lake is absolutely a perfect lake for swimming. Our daughter had a blast walking the sandy shorelines. Highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We sure had fun meeting and getting to know your family. God bless you all! You are welcome back anytime.
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Carlisle, KY

Cozy getaway in the Northwoods

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I were recently in the area for a family event and found this cottage on HomeAway. We have always stayed in a hotel in Rhinelander in the past, but this was a MUCH better experience for basically the same price! The room was very well decorated and clean, and everything was laid out well and labelled. There was lots of useful information in binders - bike/hiking trails, restaurant menus, etc. There were DVDs and games and travel guides. I was very impressed with all of the information provided! And the grounds were beautiful!! Shirley does a great job taking care of all of her landscaping!! While we didn't spend a lot of time there in the evening because we had family events to attend, we spent time in the morning hanging out by the lake before we went out. It was a beautiful place to sit and relax! We did not meet Monte because he was not in town, but Shirley and her son Hunter were very nice and hospitable! We would definitely recommend this property to any couple who is looking to spend time in the area! We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed meeting the two of you very much, Heather and Dane! I am glad to see that you made it back home to KY safe and sound! You were busy with your family functions so we didn't get to visit much with you and I had to leave town for a family reunion myself. I am glad that you had a good time staying with us and thank you for your kind review! If you ever come back up here to WI we will give you a discount on your stay. Please contact me! Best Wishes, Shirley
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Awesome Romantic Vacation Suite

  • 5 of 5

Lamer suite was absolutely beautiful and the hosts were extremely friendly! We loved the northwoods furnishings in the cozy suite, and the grounds were stunning. The hosts were very accommodating, yet not at all intrusive. We enjoyed our days boating and fishing on Deer Lake and the connecting lakes. The evenings we spent at various pubs and restaurants in the area. We had a great time and would definitely recommend it to others!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! We enjoyed meeting you Deb & Dennis! Hope to see you back again in the future. We offer a discount for repeat guests. Phone us for the information.
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The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe
Inshalla Country Club
The Cheese Shoppe
Bradley Park
Silver Birch
Bootleggers Supper Club
Pine Tree Supper Club
Randy's Bambinos
Besse's On Clear Lake
Tommy O's Northern Stars Playhouse
Tomahawk Sports Center Inc
Sara Park
Pride Park
Edgewater Country Club
Edgewater Country Club & Golf Course
Changing Gears Pedal and Paddle, LLC
Tomahawk Historical Society
Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce
Tomahawk Cinema
Rouman Cinema
Minocqua Brewing Co.
Brigadoon Winery
Dog N Suds
Wisconsin River Cruises
Billy Bob's Sports Bar & Grill
The Happy Snapper
Tomahawk Bowl
Tomahawk Public Library
DQ Grill & Chill
Northwoods Zip Line
What's Brewin
Tomahawk Warehouse Liquor LLC
Nelson's County Market
Liquor Store
Erv's Sales & Services Inc
Ministry Medical Group
Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital
Northern Bear Antique Mall
Tomahawk Surplus Store
Baskets by Sharon
Augies Collectibles
Scarlet Garden
Aquatic Arts & Wildlife
Chuck's Sport Shop
Tomahawk's Touch of Gold
Oak Ridge Embroidery & Gifts
Kwahamot Water Ski Club
Ike's Cafe -- CLOSED
River's Edge Bar & Grill
Nearest Airport
14.5 Miles
Rhinelander - Oneida County Airport, Rhinelander W
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Oaks Pub on Short Rd.
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Inshalla Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
U. S. Hwy 8
Nearest Restaurant
2.6 Miles
Besses on Clear Lake
Nearest Ski
46.5 Miles
Granite Peak Ski Area, Wausau, WI
Nearest Beach
On Property
Car: necessary

Lots to do! Visit the online Tomahawk Chamber website for more info along with our Guide Book and other online searches before your arrival.

There are numerous ATV trails in Lincoln and the surrounding counties for your use. They allow ATV's in Tomahawk on designated city streets.

We are just 1.7 miles off the Bearskin State Park Trail and Hiawatha Trail for Biking, hiking and Snowmobiling! Easy to access from our property for a day of biking.

Motorcyclists love to ride the back roads of northern WI. The Annual Harley Davidson Fall Ride for MDA is in mid September which draws thousands of motorcycles to the area.

July 4th is a huge celebration along with Pow Wow Days, and every month has special events.

We are 5 miles north of Tomahawk, 17 miles west of Rhinelander, 25 miles south of Minocqua and close to many northwoods destinations.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday studio in Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day Weekend
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 4th Weekend
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £34.79 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.5%

MINIMUM AGE is 21 for all guests unless accompanied by a parent or adult over 21.

NO SMOKING inside the suite. You may smoke outside away from open doors and windows.


We ask that you please REMOVE YOUR FOOTWEAR when you enter the suite. There is constant pine tree sap on the grounds, along with other natural debris. We don't want it to get on the carpet and bedding.

NO CANDLES, INCENSE or other open flame items. NO FIREWORKS.

NO ILLEGAL DRUGS. If you drink alcohol, please drink responsibly. There are steep stairs to your suite!

NO FISH CLEANING inside the suite. Please ask us and we will show you a suitable spot and provide waste supplies. With a dog, we cannot have any fish parts thrown into the woods or she will definitely find them...and then roll in them.

A Wisconsin Fishing License is required to fish in WI. You can purchase a 24 hour license via the Wisconsin DNR online web page or locally.

LIFE JACKETS need to be with you when using our KAYAKS and CANOE. It is a WI boating law. You do not have to wear it but it has to be on the boat. For your safety, we ask that you wear the life jacket. If the DNR are on the lake, they can fine you if you do not have one with you on the boats. Any fines are fully payable by the guest and not the responsibility of the property/boat owner.

KAYAKING, CANOEING & SWIMMING are at your own risk and the property owners do not take personal responsibility or liability for your safety. There is no life guard. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver at check in.

We do not provide housekeeping. There is NO DAILY MAID SERVICE. The suite is thoroughly cleaned and ready for you before your arrival and then it is cleaned upon your departure. We respect your privacy, so there are no interruptions!

No glassware outside or at the lake. Please use only plastic or paper, especially at the lake.
Please do your dishes and clean up after yourselves. We sincerely hope that you will leave the suite like you found it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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