Romantic Places in Wisconsin
Apostle Islands, Lake Superior
Wisconsin’s northernmost peninsula carves into Lake Superior and the scenic archipelago known as the Apostle Islands. The national lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline and pristine sandy beaches.
Old Rittenhouse Inn
301 Rittenhouse Ave.
T: +1 715 779 5111. 20 rooms. $100-
A Queen Anne mansion with a wrap-around porch. Bayfield is located on Lake Superior at the gateway to the Apostle Islands.
Door County, Lake Michigan
The “Cap Cod of the Midwest”, an 84 mile county that juts into Lake Michigan; tiny waterfront villages and turn-of-the-century lodges dot the landscape.
White Gull Inn
4225 Main St.
Fish Creek, WI
T: +1 920 868 3517. 17 rooms and cottages. US$ 107-
1896 romantic hotel furnished with antiques.
Chanticleer Guest House
4072 Chery Rd.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
T: +1 920 746 0334. 10 rooms plus cabins. US$ 120-
Suites converted from a farmhouse and barn, located on 70 acres of sheep grazing farmland.
Blacksmith Inn on the Shore
8152 Hwy. 57
Baileys Harbor, WI
T: +1 920 839-9222. 15 rooms. US$ 155-
Renovated 1912 half-timber house with working blacksmith shop next-door. Lake-view rooms decorated with blacksmith tools.
T: +920 854-4515. 17 rooms. US$ 110-
Old fashion charm is found in this Wisconsin romantic hotel. Located waterside in the historic district of Ephraim, Door County’s most picturesque village.
A private 50 acre lake located near Chetek, two hours east of Minneapolis.
Lake Wahdoon, Wisconsin
T: + 1 715 924 4594. US$ 325-
This posh, secluded Relais & Chateau resort is the only property on Lake Wahdoon.
Red Cedar Lake
Private 27-acre island called “Island of Happy Days” by its turn-of-the-century owner, wealthy lumber heir Frank Demming Stout. The remote wooded island setting is located in northwest Wisconsin, a 2.5 hours drive from the Twin Cities, and is accessible by ferry.
Stout’s Island Lodge
Red Cedar Lake, WI
T: 715 354-3646. 42 rooms and cabins. US$ 179-
Once the summer estate of Chicagoan Frank Demming Stout, the Adirondack-style lodge has scenic views and handsome, rustic guest rooms furnished with antiques and reproductions.
Wandawega Lake Resort
The 1950’s style summer camp resort brags that its bathrooms haven’t been updated in 86 years. It served for decades as a retreat for Latvian priests until two creative directors at the Ogilvy ad agency in Chicago bought it in 2004. It’ has a carefully cultivated sepia-tone rustic country chic vibe. Located two hours from Chicago near Geneva Lake…
A 21 mile trail circles this lake. The “Hamptons of the Midwest,” Lake Geneva is a beautiful lakeside city filled with summer mansions once owned by heirs to the Montgomery Ward and Wrigleys fortunes.
N2009 State Road 120
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
T: +1 414 248 5680. 37 rooms. US$ 150-
English country style romantic hotel, some rooms overlooking the lake.
Wisconsin Driftless Region
The Driftless Wisconsin Area is characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography – deep carved river valleys – derived from having escaped the last Glacial period. Forested hillsides reach down to valleys cut into limestone bedrock by cold-water trout streams. Land is farmed by the descendants of those who first settled here, by the Amish who adopted the area, and by a new breed of organic farmer.
Justin Trails Resort
7452 Kathryn Ave.
T: +1 (608) 269-4522. Inn and Cabins.
Named a top-ten Wisconsin Eco-Luxury resort, this 200 acre farm-stay incudes 50 acres of organic farm. Located northwest of Madison, near Sparta.
Set on a peninsula between two glacial lakes, Madison is a progressive university town featuring a sophisticated cultural environment including Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, theater and arts festivals, museums, brew pubs, wine bars and a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene.
Mansion Hill Inn
424 N. Pinckney St.
T: +1 608 255-0172. 10 room b&b. US$ 200
An ornate, lavishly furnished German Romanesque Revival building built in 1857. Located on “Mansion Hill” in the historic district, it was one of four opulent mansions built here during that era.
3402 Monroe St.
T: +1 608 238-298. 8 room b&b. US$ 95-
Its past includes time spent as a stagecoach stop, tavern, and as Madison oldest private residence—dating back to the 1830’s. Today, it is a luxurious and eco-friendly b&b.
Washington House Inn
W62 N573 Washington Avenue
T: +1 262 375-3550.
Old-world style hotel found in the charming historic district of Cedarburg. Cedarburg is located 35 miles north of Milwaukee and is near Lake Michigan.