Discover the Magic of The Rushes Wilderness Resort: Your Ultimate Gathering Destination in Door County

June 17, 2024

Are you seeking the ideal location for your next retreat or conference? The Rushes Wilderness Resort is the go-to destination for group relaxation and togetherness. With our unique charm and comprehensive amenities, it stands unparalleled as the perfect venue for a wide variety of gatherings. Whether you’re planning an unforgettable bachelorette party, a peaceful church retreat, an educational conference, or a vibrant homeschool association trip, The Rushes Wilderness offers an eclectic mix of activities and accommodations to cater to every need.

Year-Round Gatherings For Everyone

Door County, often referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” offers a stunning backdrop for The Rushes. The resort, open year round, hosts events and retreats throughout Door Counties four seasons, spanning the stunning colors of fall, the charming holiday cheer of winter, and the beautiful blooms of spring, and of course the joy of summer. Its versatile appeal lies in its location and facilities, which promise comfort, luxury, and a deep connection with nature. Take a look at a few of many possibilities for a group get-together at The Rushes:

Family Reunions

Strengthen Family Bonds with a Successful Reunion

Destination family reunions are a great way to reconnect, but they don’t happen alone. If you’re the one organizing, here’s how to hosting it at The Rushes will ensure success:

1. Plan and Organize: Avoid the dreaded “What do we do now?” moment. A well-structured event keeps everyone happy. The Rushes offers 4 seasons of fun. Contact us for information on things to do and experience on and off site during your reunion.

2. Invite Everyone: A larger group makes the reunion more enjoyable. Reach out to a wide range of relatives. Our fall, winter, and spring availability and rates are an ideal opportunity to gather the clan for fun and bonding.

3. Diverse Activities: Cater to all ages with a mix of activities. Casual chatting, family photos, and outdoor sports are always hits. Cooking together and exploring local attractions can also be great fun.

4. Togetherness Activities: Shared experiences like dining, sightseeing, and watching family videos foster closer bonds. The generouse size of our condos let groups of people share quality time together, while at the same time allowing down time as well.

5. Relaxed Time: Don’t over-schedule. Leave plenty of time for casual chatting and simply enjoying each other’s company.

6. Longer Duration: If possible, extend the reunion over several days. Longer reunions tend to be more satisfying.

The Ideal Church Retreat Center

Whether you’re planning a youth gathering or a women’s ministry getaway, the venue plays a significant role in the event’s success. Planning a successful church retreat is not a walk in the park. It requires careful deliberation, organization, ample time, and often a liberal dose of faith. It’s not just about choosing a venue and setting the date, but tailoring an experience that not only pulls people together but uplifts their spirits and strengthens their faith.

Bask in the Beauty of God’s Creation

Looking for a retreat center situated in a stunning locale that showcases nature’s beauty at its finest. The Rushes Wilderness Resort is surrounded by magnificent landscapes at every turn. Take your church group on a hike through the birch forest to the boardwalk over the marsh, where you’ll encounter many of God’s creatures, great and small. You may find a majestic buck marching across the trail or a sweet chickadee preening in the branches. Every step is a breathtaking chance to appreciate the wonders of nature.

Time for Reflection and Fun

Admittedly, the retreat isn’t all about sermons and worship. It’s also about group activities that forge stronger bonds and foster a deeper connection among the participants. Your chosen retreat center should be able to offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to cater to your group’s preferences.

Between adventurous outings on Kangaroo Lake and cozy Bible studies around the fire pits, your church group will never be bored. We maintain our trails year-round, so many church retreats enjoy checking out our complimentary snow shoes and cross-country skis.

Gather On A Budget

Often, churches and religious organizations are working with limited budgets. The Rushes off-season pricing provides a phenomenal value for the cost. When split between 6-8 people, our 2- and 3- bedroom condos can be rented for between $25-60/person/night depending on the time of year. Considering this includes access to the recreation center, pool, wilderness preserve, and many recreational items available for check-out, the Rushes is truly the perfect place to retreat on a budget.

Scout Retreats -Explore, Learn, and Bond

The Rushes Wilderness Resort emerges as a haven for enriching experiences that seamlessly blend education with adventure. The Rushes offers an idyllic setting for scout troops looking to inject a sense of wonder, camaraderie, and hands-on learning into their experiance.

Your Classroom Without Walls

The Rushes Wilderness Resort isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an immersive classroom without walls where scouts can engage with nature up close.

With an on-site naturalist ready to guide your group through hikes along our miles of walking trails, educational activities, and exploratory sessions, attendees are guaranteed to receive a holistic educational experience. The lessons learned here go beyond textbooks, touching on ecology, environmental stewardship, and the joys of outdoor exploration.

Comfort for Kids and Chaperones

Not every nature trip needs to involve sleeping bags. It’s a challenge finding a venue that’s exciting for kids but comfortable for adults, but The Rushes rises to this challenge. We offer a distinctive blend of adventure, education, and affordability. Since each condo accommodates 6-8 people, our off-season price rates will mean you get the most from your limited budget. These accommodations ensure that after a day filled with exploration and learning, your group has a comfortable place to rest, reflect, and prepare for another day of adventure.

Fostering Teamwork and Camaraderie

One of the core tenets of scout troops is the development of strong interpersonal skills and teamwork. The Rushes Wilderness provides an ideal backdrop against which these skills can be nurtured. Group water activities, nature hikes, and shared living spaces offer numerous opportunities for teamwork, leadership, and essential social skills to be practiced and honed.

The Perfect Destination for Homeschool Retreats

Discover the Rushes Wilderness Resort: Where Education Meets Adventure

Welcome to the Rushes Wilderness Resort, an enchanting haven designed to enrich and inspire homeschool groups and their parents alike. Education effortlessly intertwines with adventure, fostering a sense of wonder, camaraderie, and hands-on learning.

Your Boundless Classroom

At the Rushes Wilderness Resort, learning extends far beyond the confines of a traditional classroom. Imagine an immersive educational experience where students engage with nature directly. With an on-site naturalist leading hikes along our extensive walking trails and facilitating educational activities, your group will delve into lessons that transcend textbooks. From ecology and environmental stewardship to the pure joy of outdoor exploration, the Rushes offers a holistic learning environment.

Comfort for All Ages

Finding a venue that excites kids while providing comfort for adults can be challenging. The Rushes meets this challenge head-on, offering a unique blend of adventure, education, and affordability.

Our spacious condos accommodate 6-8 people, making them perfect for group stays. Plus, with our attractive off-season rates, you’ll maximize your budget without compromising on comfort or safety. After a day of exploration and learning, relax in our cozy accommodations and recharge for another day of adventure.

Building Teamwork and Camaraderie

The Rushes Wilderness Resort is the ideal backdrop for nurturing essential interpersonal skills and teamwork. Group activities such as water sports, nature hikes, and shared living spaces provide countless opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork, and social skills. Here, the bonds formed and the skills honed will last a lifetime.
Embark on a journey to the Rushes Wilderness Resort, where every moment is an opportunity to explore, learn, and bond.

Rejuvenate Your Team with an Unforgettable Company Retreat

In the hustle and bustle of daily work, it’s easy for teams to lose sight of their collective goals and the camaraderie that makes collaboration seamless. That’s where a company team retreat at The Rushes comes in—offering a refreshing escape that promises to reinvigorate your team’s spirit, foster innovation, and strengthen bonds. A well-planned retreat can transform your team, provide a platform for brainstorming, make staff feel valued and empowered, and offer freedom from daily distractions.

Building Stronger Teams at Retreats

Why Team Building Matters

Team building is more than just a buzzword; it’s the backbone of a cohesive, productive work environment.

When team members understand and trust each other, they collaborate more effectively. A retreat creates opportunities for employees to engage in activities that break down barriers and build trust.

The Power of a Fresh Environment

Brainstorming can often feel stifled in the same old conference room. A retreat offers a fresh environment, which can stimulate creativity and innovative thinking. When team members are relaxed and energized, they are more likely to think outside the box.

The Role of Nature in Team Retreats

Hosting a retreat in a natural setting, such as at The Rushes, can have a profound impact on your team. Nature has been shown to reduce stress, boost mood, and enhance overall well-being.

Nature-Inspired Activities

Incorporate nature-inspired activities like hiking, kayaking, or take advantage of our dark skies to experience the Milky Way and stars in a way many have never experienced, into your retreat schedule. These activities promote relaxation and mindfulness, helping employees return to work recharged and refreshed.

Sustainable Retreat Planning

A retreat at The Rushes is environmentally friendly. Choose eco-friendly venues and activities that align with sustainable practices. This benefits the environment and aligns with the values of many employees who prioritize sustainability.

Company team reward and bonding

Making Staff Feel Valued at The Rushes Wilderness Resort

Recognition and Appreciation

A retreat at The Rushes Wilderness Resort is a perfect way to show your employees how much they are valued. Investing time and resources into a retreat sends a powerful message about their importance to the company. Nestled in picturesque Door County, Wisconsin, The Rushes offers an inspiring setting that speaks volumes about your commitment to your team’s well-being.

Boosting Morale

When employees feel valued, their morale soars, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

Personalized Experiences

Tailor retreat activities to cater to your team’s unique interests and preferences. The Rushes provides a diverse range of activities, ensuring that everyone feels recognized and appreciated on an individual level. Whether you arrange a cooking class, a hiking adventure through our scenic trails, a kayaking on Kangaroo Lake, or a relaxing time in our pool or steam room, personalized experiences make your team feel special.


A retreat at The Rushes not only boosts individual morale but also enhances team spirit.  Engaging in shared experiences, from group water activities to team-building exercises, fosters a positive work environment. The natural beauty and serene atmosphere of The Rushes create the perfect backdrop for strengthening bonds and revitalizing your team.

Experience the Rushes Wilderness Resort

Located in the heart of Door County, The Rushes Wilderness Resort offers a tranquil escape that combines comfort with adventure. With spacious accommodations, modern amenities, and a wide array of recreational activities, your team will leave feeling rejuvenated and appreciated. Invest in your staff’s happiness and watch your company thrive.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties in Door County

The contemporary bride’s idea of celebrating her last hurrah as a singleton is no longer tied to a wild, boozy night out. A wave of transformation is washing over the bachelorette party scene as more and more brides-to-be are trading the party bus for a more relaxing escape.

Wellness Bachelorette Retreats

Bachelorette parties in tranquil settings, surrounded by the serenity of nature like our Logerquist Nature Preserve, are fast becoming the new norm.

Wellness retreats are gaining popularity among prospective brides seeking a serene and care-free prenuptial escapade – a space to relax, reconnect, and prepare for the big day. Hiking through scenic trails, meditating, savoring a healing sauna, and luxuriating around the pool, brides-to-be and their loved ones love every moment of their rejuvenating bachelorette party at the Rushes.

Bachelor Pub Crawls

The Rushes may not strike you as a typical Wisconsin bachelor party cabin, but there’s no better place for a bachelor bonding weekend than our resort. If you’ve got brews on the brain, there are ample opportunities for spirited exploration. The Door County Trolley offers seasonal Haunted and Holiday Pub Crawls, but you can take Wine, Spirits, & Brew Tours all year.

All-Day Wine Trolleys

There’s nothing better than tasting good wine with friends, which is why bachelorette parties and girls’ getaways appreciate the Rushes. Located in the heart of wine country, The Rushes Wilderness Resort offers guests the unique opportunity to explore nearby vineyards through wine trolley tours. These tours can be conveniently arranged to pick you up from the resort, ensuring an immersive experience filled with exquisite tastes and breathtaking landscapes.

Key Factors in Choosing the Perfect Retreat Venue

No matter what retreat or gathering you are hosting, there are some essentials to remember when selecting your location.


The perfect location should not be too far away that attendees struggle to get there, yet far enough that they feel they’ve stepped away from their daily hustle and bustle. Baileys Harbor is truly a hidden gem if you are looking for a location along Lake Michigan. It is just a short distance from Green Bay, and a few minutes drive to quaint shopping and eating in Bayleys Harbor, Sister Bay, and Fish Creek. You’ll minimize travel time while maximizing the feeling of “being away.”

Cleanliness and Comfort

You want to ensure your venue is clean and safe. An unhygienic environment can ruin the whole experience, no matter how great the retreat’s content is. Unlike other cabins in Northern Wisconsin that require you to clean yourself, The Rushes’ housekeeping services will take care of all that for you. Every condo is fully outfitted with towels, sheets, and kitchenware, so guests only need to bring clothing and personal items.

Gathering Spaces

For groups that require group gatherings, our generously sized condos offer the space for small groups to meet comfortably. The Rushes also offers a lounge area in our recreation center with comfortable seating, tables, and internet access. It is a blank canvas, ready to be transformed into a hub of ideas, discussions, and celebrations. More informal gatherings, like Boy Scout troops and youth groups, can gather around our firepits along Kangaroo Lake. We even provide the firewood and matches!


A supportive team can take a load off your shoulders. The Rushes team is here to assist with logistics during the event, freeing you to focus on the retreat or conference itself. Before making your final decision, always schedule a tour of the venue. This way, you can assess the location firsthand, ask any questions you may have, and get a general feel of the environment. We are happy to give you a complete tour of the Rushes to see the amazing accommodations for yourself.

Length of Stay

Some venues may not be flexible with the duration of their stay. Most retreats, bachelorette parties, or educational outings are two nights or longer. While we book quickly, we are happy to work to accommodate your desired schedule. Call our office as soon as possible to ensure we have availability during your desired timeframe.

How to Plan Your Visit

Planning your visit is key to maximizing what The Rushes Wilderness Resort offers. Contact our office for availability and specific programs for homeschoolers and scout troops. Discuss your group’s needs and interests with our team to tailor the activities to your group’s goals. Finally, prepare your attendees for the trip by providing them with directions and a thorough itinerary, packing appropriately for outdoor activities, and setting objectives for what they hope to learn and achieve during the retreat.

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Why Choose The Rushes?

At The Rushes, we understand the essence of a remarkable retreat experience. Our expansive nature preserve is a sanctuary of serenity, designed to elevate your retreat experience beyond just a gathering.

Each building contains two private 2- or 3-bedroom condominiums. Both sides can easily be rented out, and large groups can be just a step away from one another. Coupled with multiple gathering spaces to foster collaboration, The Rushes beats the monotony of regular hotels hands down.

the Rushes building

The Rushes is more than just a serene lodging option. A myriad of on-site amenities ensure your group achieves the goals of your retreat, from recharging to boosting creativity.  Our preserve offers an escape into nature with 2,800 feet of sand beach frontage on Kangaroo Lake and delightful woodland trails for walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Our complimentary water activities range from sailboats to paddleboards and fishing boats, and we also offer indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Our year-round recreation center provides indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and exercise room for your wellness needs.

The Rushes offers four seasons of fun. With miles of maintained trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, you and your group will always have opportunities to relax and experience nature. From bird songs to tracks in the snow, each step you take in our conservation woods brings opportunities for reflection and surprise.

Our 48 townhouses, each having over 1,400 square feet of beautifully furnished living area, including a charming Door County fieldstone fireplace, a private sun deck with a gas grill, and a completely furnished kitchen, are a testament to our commitment to refined hospitality.

At The Rushes, we understand the impact of food in overall retreat experience. We provide luxury kitchen spaces that are fully fitted with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and essential kitchen utensils, where you can whip up your favorite recipes to keep your group well-fed and motivated. Several year-round restaurants are nearby with delicious menu items to suit every taste.

A Destination That Has It All

The Rushes Wilderness Resort is more than just a place to stay; it’s a destination that captures the essence of togetherness. Our blend of natural beauty, comfortable accommodations, flexible meeting spaces, educational opportunities, and proximity to wine country presents an unbeatable option for any group looking to build lasting bonds and create unforgettable experiences.

Whether you’re raising a toast to the bride-to-be under the starlit sky, finding spiritual connection on a church retreat, sharing innovative ideas at a business conference, or exploring the wonders of nature on a homeschool excursion, The Rushes Wilderness Resort in Door County is the perfect setting for your next gathering.

Don’t wait to book your group’s next great adventure. Discover the magic of togetherness at The Rushes Wilderness Resort!

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Herb Guenther
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