Wisconsin offers full menu of experiences for couples seeking romantic getaway
MADISON, Wis. Take one romantic couple, sprinkle in 18 holes of golf, a couples massage and candlelight dinner, mix in a winery tour, stir in a festival, garnish with two cozy nights and serve with a kiss. In Wisconsin, romance is always on the menu – from award-winning dining experiences and historic wineries, to luxurious spas and scenic golf courses that are worth the drive.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
Foodies and wine-lovers delight in all that Wisconsin has to offer. L’Etoile Restaurant, located on the Capitol Square in Madison, is an upscale farm-to-table establishment that serves French-inspired American fare using fresh ingredients and a seasonal menu. Braise is Milwaukee’s first community-supported restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of seasonal ingredients they receive from more than 40 Wisconsin farms! Wisconsin Dells is also home to great eateries. The Ishnala Supper Club is one of the Dells’ famous fine dining options with beautiful views right on Mirror Lake, and the nearby Del-Bar, designed by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, is known for its supper club casual elegance.
Oenophiles rejoice! At Cedar Creek Winery in Cedarburg, guests are invited to tour the family-run winery and enjoy a variety of award-winning, traditional-style red, white and blush grape wines. Established before the Civil War, Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac is a National Historic Site. Visitors can tour the winery, visit the underground aging caves and taste their award-winning wines. As an added bonus, travelers can stop by the newly opened Wollersheim Distillery, which produces whiskey, absinthe, gin and brandy made from locally-sourced grains and Wisconsin-grown grapes.
Wisconsin spas offer a complete range of treatments that will leave you saying, ‘pamper me, Wisconsin!’ Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells was named a “Top 5 Destination Spa in the World for 2014” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Those looking for a holistic, organic experience can visit Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, which ranked #3 on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Top Spas in North America. Last but certainly not least, Kohler Waters Spa at the American Club is one of only 48 five-star spas worldwide, offering a range of therapeutic water treatments.
Link lovers of all levels will enjoy Wisconsin’s 500 courses available for public play. Geneva National Golf Club tees up championship-level rounds at its Palmer, Player and Trevino Courses – all 54 holes designed by the masters themselves. Wild Rock, selected as one of this year’s best resort courses by Golf Week magazine and one of the top fifteen in Wisconsin by Golf Digest, is arguably at the top of almost any golf trip to the Dells. Sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Whistling Straits in Kohler offers two courses that have hosted the PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open and the Palmer Cup, and will host the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2020. Home of the Greater Milwaukee Open from 1994-2009, Brown Deer Golf Course was one of the few municipal golf courses to ever host a PGA Tour event. In 1996, 21-year-old Tiger Woods made his professional debut at Brown Deer, finishing in a tie for 60th place!
Wisconsin Fests are still the best!
Wisconsin has a long-time reputation for hosting fantastic festivals! Don’t miss out on the upcoming festival fun!
Taste of Madison – Madison, Sept. 5-6
Every year over Labor Day weekend, Wisconsin’s capital city fills with local food, beverage and entertainment stands. This year’s event will feature more than 85 vendors covering the Capitol Square all weekend long.
Fox Jazz Fest – Menasha, September 5-6
Tap your toes at this local jazz event in Jefferson Park. Enjoy jazz artists from around the globe along with food, art and family fun.
Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee, Sept. 11-13
Through storytelling, dance, song and drumming, Indian Summer Festival invites travelers to experience the food, crafts and culture of Wisconsin’s Woodland tribes.
Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedarburg Sept. 19-20
This festival in historic Cedarburg features live music, hayrides, a scarecrow contest, the Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta and the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, along with the award-winning wines of the Cedar Creek Winery.
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