There’s no shortage of places to run away to in Wisconsin for a weekend of adventure, romance and relaxation. Find yourself in one of these favorite spots and leave feeling rejuvenated.
Get ready to let out a big exhale when you sneak away to this adults-only resort located on a 26-acre pine forest tucked away in Wisconsin Dells. All common areas at Sundara are electronics-free, so guests truly have the opportunity to disconnect and reconnect to each other. Choose to stay in a suite or one of the inn's eight villas, both options come with a king-sized featherbed, fireplace and designer spa bathrooms.
Sundara's signature Purifying Bath Ritual is a must; it's a circular path that includes a rainfall shower and exfoliation, a steam room, and a dip in an essential oil-infused hot pool. Dine in at the spa's restaurant, or opt to have dinner in your room, where you can nosh on bright and healthy dishes like spicy beef dumplings with watercress kimchi salad and pan seared scallops. There's an organic banana split for dessert, too.
If you choose to venture away from Sundara, the resort is located next to three state parks offering opportunities to hike, ski, kayak and swim. It's also a short drive to Wollersheim Winery, a winery built into the hillside with a large stone patio where you can sip wine and snack on crackers and artisanal cheeses. For a classic Wisconsin supper club experience – with a view like no other – dine at nearby Ishnala on the shores of Mirror Lake.
Nothing beats the rustic charm and natural beauty of Door County. Book a room at the Blacksmith Inn on the Shore in tranquil Bailey's Harbor to enjoy the solitude of this adults-only bed and breakfast, where all guest rooms are complete with a fireplace, in-room whirlpool, and private balcony with views of the harbor.
There’s no shortage of outdoor adventures to be had in Door County and the Blacksmith provides bikes, kayaks, sleds and snowshoes for you to explore your beautiful surroundings. Stroll across the street to grab a coffee at Bearded Heart – the coziest coffee shop on the peninsula – before hopping on a bike for a short ride to the Ridges Sanctuary State Natural Area. Enjoy a hike in warmer seasons or take advantage of the trails in winter to snowshoe or ski through the 1400 acres of boreal forest.
For dinner, head to the historic White Gull Inn’s cozy restaurant in Fish Creek. Enjoy a glass of wine next to the wood-burning fireplace as you start your meal with Wisconsin brie served with Door County cherry chutney or a slow roasted half duck with Door County cherry port wine sauce.
Explore quaint Bayfield and the gorgeous Lake Superior lakeshore area when you stay at the Pinehurst Inn, an eco-friendly bed and breakfast with eight unique rooms just south of downtown Bayfield. After a complimentary homemade breakfast of blueberry oven-baked French toast or apple parmesan muffins, choose from a variety of exciting outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking and hiking.
Winter in Bayfield can be magical, especially when you choose to cross-country ski on 25 miles of wilderness trails at Mt. Ashwabay or, for a truly unique adventure, go dog sledding! Enjoy the Wolfsong Morning Adventure, a 4-hour ride through the woods with expert guides that includes a hot lunch on the trails.
Afterwards, unwind in the outdoor sauna back at Pinehurst before heading out to dinner at the charming Fat Radish in downtown Bayfield. Start your meal with steamed New Zealand mussels before ordering the pan-fried trout with root vegetable gratin.