By Julia Hunter
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Whether it’s your first romantic getaway or you’re planning a weekend with the love of your life, Wisconsin has opportunities for romance at every turn.
Check out our top trip ideas for romantic getaways, and read on for three of our favorite summertime destinations!
Nestled in the rolling hills and prairies of Spring Green is one of the country’s most revered outdoor classical theaters, American Players Theatre.
The property’s intimate amphitheater situated on 110 acres offers a magical and unique experience where Mother Nature plays a role of her own. As you watch performers bring classics to life under the stars, you can’t help but feel a world away from home.
Before the show, enjoy a picnic for two at one of the property’s designated areas. Pack your wicker basket, order one of APT’s picnic options, or grab some sandwiches and a bottle of wine from the Driftless Depot on your drive in.
Stay at neighboring Mineral Point’s Brewery Creek Inn—a bed and breakfast situated above a historic stone warehouse-turned-brewery— or camp at nearby Governor Dodge State Park and relish the stars a bit longer.
As you gaze upon historic lakefront estates with cocktails in hand, live music playing and the sun setting on the horizon, it’ll be hard to imagine a more enchanting scene. But the cocktails and sunset cruises offered by Lake Geneva Cruise Lines are on a long list of whimsical stops in the area.
A stay at the Maxwell Mansion, which has hosted dignitaries and socialites since its construction in 1856, will transport you back in time. The lavish Baker House, built a year prior, offers butler and maid services, lake views and vintage luxury.
Only guests and Facebook followers privy to the changing password will be permitted to the Maxwell's basement speakeasy, which is often host to special events and live entertainment.
Still in the mood for old world romance? End your night with a horse-drawn carriage ride from Dan Patch Stables.
If your idea of a couple’s getaway is basking in the great outdoors, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has everything you need.
Book a room at a mainland bed and breakfast or take the ferry from Bayfield to La Pointe and set up at one of the 60 campsites or several cottages on Madeline Island. Looking for a greater escape? Nineteen of the 21 remote islands that make up the national lakeshore allow camping.
Trails spanning more than 50 miles of lakeshore are dotted with lighthouses, scenic overlooks and other hidden gems. Traverse the area’s famous and breathtaking sea caves with a kayak from Living Adventure, or get a more relaxed vantage point with Apostle Islands Cruises.
Once you’ve satisfied your adventurous spirits, treat yourselves to a couple’s massage at Superior Body Massage and Spa, followed by a winery tour before sharing some tapas at The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar, where you can dine with a view of the sunset.