When you think of romance, do you imagine peacefully paddling in a canoe for two? How about a day snowshoeing followed by cuddling in front of a fireplace? Or maybe it’s simply an adults-only retreat in the woods. If you and your partner love the outdoors, but are looking for a little more luxury, try one of these romantic resorts and inns in Wisconsin.
Escape it all on your own private island, Northern Wisconsin-style. Accessible only by ferry, Stout’s Island Lodge encourages leaving electronics behind in favor of quality time with your partner. Choose a beautifully rustic cabin for more privacy or one of the rooms in the main, Adirondack-style lodge. During the day, play tennis or croquet together and explore the undeveloped adjacent island. You can even arrange a private picnic to fully enjoy the views of the island.
At night, get dolled up for dinner in the upscale dining room and savor one of Stout’s seasonally-inspired meals. To finish the night, gather around the campfire for s’mores or dance to live piano music in the lodge bar.
Rated #1 Midwestern Resort by Conde Nast Traveler, Canoe Bay specializes in making the most of your couple time. Only adults are allowed in the sophisticated and secluded lodging. Farm-fresh breakfasts are delivered right to your cabin. Quiet snowshoeing and hiking trails beckon, while the tranquil lakes wait for you two to kayak through.
Looking for that extra romantic touch? You can reserve Canoe Bay’s wine cellar for an intimate three-course meal.
If you and your partner love being outdoors during the day, but prefer to stay in town at night, the historic Audubon Inn will captivate your imagination. In your one-of-a-kind room, you’ll be met with infused water, a double jacuzzi, and chocolates on your pillow at turndown.
During the day, get lost in the nearby birdwatching haven of Horicon Marsh. When you return to the Inn, head to its New Orleans-inspired restaurant. If you’re visiting on a Thursday, reserve a spot at the traditional Southern Seafood Boil for crab, shrimp, and all the flavorful fixin’s.
Before you check-out, be sure to schedule an in-room couple’s massage.
At the Wilderness Resort, share a heart-thumping thrill with your partner as you fly over a canyon on a zip-lining adventure. Or hold hands on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the woods and relax at the Sundara Spa. The Wilderness Resort—with its quiet cabins and all-star lodges complete with waterpark passes—makes it easy to go fast or take it slow for a romantic weekend.
Regardless of your pace, you should head to the fabulous Field’s Steakhouse. Sip on red wine and indulge in mouthwatering prime rib to cap your romantic weekend.
A Gilded Age lakeside resort, the Osthoff features a renowned spa, cozy restaurants, and enchanting amenities. You can do more than lounge around the Osthoff’s beach or luxuriate in a private spa suite, though. For a little more adventure, you and your partner should rent a sailboat to cruise around the glacial lake or test your mountain biking skills in nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest National Unit.
If you prefer some traditional romance, treat your partner to a a five-course French cooking class at the Osthoff’s L'ecole de la Maison.