UPDATE: Vilas County falls short in 'Best Cabin Region' competitionSubmitted: 03/30/2015

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VILAS COUNTY - Despite your votes to make Vilas County the "Best Cabin Region" in the country, the county fell short.

Cabin Life Magazine held the bracket-style contest. It started with 32 teams.

Vilas County beat out cabin regions in Minnesota, Michigan, and Colorado to make it to the finals.

The county squared off against Pinetop-Lakeside Arizona for the title of best cabin region.

Though it was close for most of the voting period, Pinetop-Lakeside ended up winning with 58% of the vote.

The winner will be featured in the June issue of Cabin Life Magazine.

March 25, 2015 6:44 p.m.

Another Wisconsin team could end up winning it all in a bracket challenge. Vilas County is a finalist in the "Best Cabin Region" contest put on by Cabin Life Magazine.

"It's very calm and peaceful," said Phelps resident Barbara Clem.

"We have a wide range of activities from silent sports to having the largest inland water chain of lakes in the world," said Eagle River resident Michele Richardson.

There's plenty to love about Vilas County. Cabin Life's contest for "Best Cabin Region" in the country is introducing people across the nation to Vilas County.

"The regions were chosen by the number of cabins, cottages, vacation home rentals, lodging facilities like that, that they had in their area," said Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Director Cindy Burzinski.

The contest all started with the round of 32 in February. Vilas County beat out Leech Lake, Minnesota with 67 percent of the vote. In the second round, Vilas County beat out Lake Charlevoix, Michigan with 69 percent of the vote.

The county continued its winning streak by beating out the Upper Peninsula with 62 percent of the vote in the quarterfinals. It then beat Steamboat Springs, Colorado with 63 percent of the vote in the semifinals. Now, you have until Friday to help Vilas County beat out Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona for the title of "Best Cabin Region."

Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River is one of more than 600 licensed lodging facilities in the county. It rents out 64 units ranging from condos to vacation homes. The resort's owner thinks there are many reasons why people keep coming back to Vilas County.

"We have access to the bike trails and the water and the woods and the golf, and there's art and there's galleries, and there's food," explained owner Laura Koranda.

But she says there's one reason generations of families keep coming back.

"When you're here, you slow down and you appreciate the simple things, you know, the wind blowing in your face," Koranda added. "Just walking in the fall and having your feet crunch in the leaves. And the same thing in the winter, that diamonds in the snow, it's just--to me, it's just magical."

People in Vilas County say there are many reasons why the county is not only magical but should be named the 'Best Cabin Region' in the country.

"I've traveled a lot throughout the country," said Allison Dickman, who is originally from Eagle River. "Every time I come home and see the stars at night, it just blows my mind."

"Vilas County is home to so much natural beauty with the over 1,300 lakes, 73 rivers and streams," Burzinski said. "It's a natural fit for outdoor recreation."

"I love hopping on a pontoon boat and going out and being on the chain," Richmond said.

"The people are really awesome up here, and they're accommodating and friendly," Clem added. "And it's a place you just want to be and be with the people that are here."

Leaders hope you'll vote for Vilas County as the Best Cabin Region in the country.

You can vote until Friday. The winner will get featured in Cabin Life magazine. A link to the voting page is below.

Related Weblinks:
Best Cabin Region Voting Page

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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