Five Wisconsin Destinations for Winter Romance

By Judith Berger

A romantic winter destination means different things to those in love. So, for those who love pampering places, great outdoors spaces, fabulous retreats or delicious eats, here are five winter destinations for romance that will make sweethearts swoon.

Visit Madison for Winter Romance

Madison is a great romantic winter destination to be young and in love. Plan a stay at the Mansion Hill Inn, a beautifully furnished 1857 B&B. Make a reservation to dine at L’Etoile, Madison’s nationally renowned restaurant. If you’re into sports, check out the UW’s schedule at Camp Randall or the Kohl Center. If it’s the arts you favor, the Overture Center is your destination. Love architecture and history? Take a free tour of the State Capitol building; or the Monona Terrace Convention Center overlooking lovely Lake Monona. Or, simply stroll hand-in-hand through the gardens, prairies, wetlands and forests of the UW Arboretum.

Door County is the Perfect Romantic Getaway in Winter

Quiet, snow-covered Door County is a great romatic winter getaway. Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa in Fish Creek is inviting with its fireplaces and in-house spa services. For an intimate dinner, reserve a table at the Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay; or take in a breakfast or lunch at The Cookery in Fish Creek. Spend the afternoon wandering through art galleries in the area, or take a drive to the many 19th-century lighthouses that dot the Door county shoreline.

Winter Romance is Alive in Milwaukee

Prepare to be seduced by the city and lake views of Milwaukee. This romantic winter destination provides all the accommodations, activities and attractions for the perfect couple’s getaway. Treat yourself to a stay at The Pfister Hotel; the original section will take you back to Old World opulence. Drink in the spectacular views high above the city from Blu bar on the 23rd floor of the hotel. Reserve a window-table at the romantic Lake Park Bistro for breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a triple delight. From the outside, the wing-like structure of the Burke Brise Soleil is a spectacular site; inside the art exhibits are fabulous; and the entire space overlooks Lake Michigan. After dark, the city lights offer a romantic backdrop for ice skating at Red Arrow Park at State and Water streets in downtown Milwaukee. Afterwards, a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire in the lower level of Rustico on the river in the Historic Third Ward will warm your spirits.

Lake Geneva is a Premiere Romantic Winter Destination

Lake Geneva is typically a summer hot spot, however this romatic destination gets quite serene in winter. Plan a stay at The French Country Inn on the shores of Lake Como. Rooms have balconies, whirlpool tubs and working fireplaces. Downhill and cross-country skiing as well as spa services are offered at the Grand Geneva Resort. What could be more romantic than horseback riding in the snow? Fantasy Hills Ranch in nearby Delavan offers horseback rides, carriage rides and sleigh rides. Or, surprise her with an antique locket or music box from one of the area’s many antique stores.

A Cozy Winter Romance Awaits You in Bayfield

Bayfield is Wisconsin’s true north, so bundle up and cuddle close in this romatic winter destination. Treat yourself to a stay at the Old Rittenhouse Inn. The inn is a Queen Anne-style mansion where you can get a room with a working fireplace and enjoy a romantic gourmet meal in its dining room. For the adventurous, explore the ice caves of the Apostle Islands. Winter makes the caves accessible along the frozen beach and over the lake ice. Downhill skiing is outstanding at Mt. Ashwabay. To warm your spirits, Bayfield Winery has wine tastings and breathtaking winter views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. If you’re up for a bit of gambling, your best bet is the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino at Red Cliff.

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