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.
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 residencedating back to
the 1830's. Today, it is a luxurious and eco-friendly b&b.