Winter in Wisconsin means snowy outdoor fun, but it also is a great time to kick back and relax inside with your favorite person. Whether you’re craving a spa weekend, a cozy cabin escape for two or want to try a gourmet cooking class, there are plenty of options for indoor fun throughout the state. Here are eight serene Wisconsin spots where you can unwind while enjoying some romantic fun.
Aspira Spa – Elkhart Lake
Once you enter the doors of The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, heavenly scents and a peaceful vibe will immediately start the unwinding process. The spa has a holistic, organic approach, evidenced in services such as the wild chamomile/ancient cedar "pedissage" treatment for the feet and legs. After your chosen indulgence, enjoy a cleansing smoothie in the spa café with good company.
Door County Trolley Tours – Egg Harbor
Hop aboard a cherry-red (heated!) trolley for the five-hour Winter Wine Tour & Sleigh Ride offered by the Door County Trolley in Egg Harbor. The experience includes a tasting at an award-winning winery and a sleigh ride throughout the snow-covered countryside, followed by a fireside lunch perfect for kicking back with your special someone. The company offers a wealth of additional tours, too, including a Wine, Spirits & Brew Tour and a Bloody Mary & Brunch tour.
Inn at Wawanissee Point – Baraboo
This luxe, adults-only inn sits atop Wisconsin's famous Baraboo Bluffs. Start your stay with happy hour in the inn's Indigo Lounge, where you'll enjoy local artisan cheese and wine. And, if you'd like, some time in the lounge's Shiatsu massage chair. Don't forget to check out the hot tub under the stars, fire pit and infrared sauna. In the mornings, enjoy a full, fresh-made breakfast before exploring the three miles of trail winding around the wooded property. In winter, complimentary snowshoes are available for refreshing strolls with your favorite person.
Kickapoo Valley Ranch – La Farge
The eight guest cabins at the quiet Kickapoo Valley Ranch in La Farge are stylishly outfitted to evoke the American West. Think handmade bed quilts and handcrafted rockers that make for cozy vibes. While all come with a kitchen or kitchenette, there's no television or on-site activities in order to help encourage relaxation and quality time with your favorite people. If you do feel like getting out, head to the adjacent Kickapoo Valley Reserve, which offers hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. Fuel up with the delicious homemade cookies left in your cabin.
Lake Geneva Cooking School – Lake Geneva
Whether you're a novice or pro, hone your cooking skills and bond with your person by taking a culinary class at Lake Geneva Cooking School that's tucked into a historic parsonage. The school offers a variety of hands-on classes, including courses focused on Julia Child's recipes and traditional American fare. Classes typically begin with a reception, followed by group meal-prep and the finale: eating the fine-dining meal you helped create.
O'so Brewing and Great Northern Distilling – Plover
For a hop-happy escape, Saturday afternoon's the time to catch brewery and distillery tours at O’so Brewing and Great Northern Distillery in Plover, which include a free brew afterward in the spacious O'so tap room. You'll have plenty of options, from rich stouts to hoppy IPAs to barrel-aged sours. While O'so doesn't serve food, you're welcome to BYO or order from local restaurants. Great Northern's tour takes you through its entire distilling process and includes sips of every spirit the company is making, plus a signature craft cocktail. Cheers!
Sundara Inn & Spa – Wisconsin Dells
When the snow flies, it's time to head to Sundara in the Wisconsin Dells. Obviously, you'll want to enjoy its sumptuous spa, posh accommodations and nutritious-and-delicious cuisine. But the magical aspect of a winter's visit is taking a dip in the heated pools while surrounded by snow-kissed pines. Sundara's outdoor infinity pool is open year-round, its stone deck warmed by radiant heat in winter. The newer indoor-outdoor pool features a swim-up bar, so you can sip on a cocktail or glass of wine together under the stars.
VomFASS Culinary Dinner Theater – Madison
Culinary dinner theaters are the specialty at DelecTable, an event and dining space within VomFASS, a boutique that sells quality oils, vinegars, gourmet foods and spirits in Madison. The events consist of five-course meals, where each course is paired with wine or spirits selected by a sommelier or mixologist. During the meal, you can watch the chefs at work. Dinner themes may be Game Dinner, featuring rabbit mushroom salad and venison stew, or Local Farmer Bounty, showcasing cider-braised pork and mulled apples. Take advantage of this one-of-a-kind date night idea to impress your partner and learn something new!
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