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Best Resorts In Wisconsin

March 3, 2011 12:18 PM

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Wisconsin is only a short drive away which makes it a great place to get out of town without the hassle of air travel. The best part is The Badger State is full of diverse resorts options offering activities for every season.

Canoe Bay Lodge

W16065 Hogback Road
Chetek, WI 54728

Canoe Bay in Chetek was designed to accommodate couples looking for a quiet getaway no matter what the season. The 280-acre country estate offers canoeing, kayaking, row boating, fishing, biking, skiing and sleigh or horse carriage rides. In the lodge’s restaurant Relais Chateaux, expect a dinner dress code and an exquisite menu. Dishes are made with fresh ingredients from the onsite organic garden which can be paired with an extensive wine list.

The Cove of Lake Geneva

111 Center Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

The Cove of Lake Geneva is the epitome of a lavish getaway and fitting for the entire family. Only steps from the lakefront, this resort is loaded with favored amenities such as whirlpools, flat screen televisions and heated indoor and outdoor pools. Summers bring children’s activities, poolside massages and live music.

Glidden Lodge Beach Resort

4676 Glidden Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-9196

Glidden Lodge Beach Resort in Door Country is ideal for coast lovers with its golden-sand beach and shallow water which is ideal for swimming. Active vacationers enjoy beach volleyball, basketball and tennis or head to nearby Whitefish Dunes State Park for year-round winter activities.

Alpine Valley Resort

2699 Highway D
East Troy, WI 53120

The Kettle Moraine-based Alpine Valley Resort has two main seasonal attractions, alpine skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. Families especially love this resort for its affordable skiing and lessons. The longest ski run is 2500 feet and it’s the only resort in the Midwest with two high speed quads and four wonder carpets.

Heidel House Resort & Spa

643 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake, WI 54941
920-294-3344 ‎

Heidel House Resort & Spa sits on the shores of Green Lake and is best described as a blissful oasis. Guest have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a captained 60′ yacht, 99 holes of golf and the Evensong Spa with its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired exterior and interior labyrinth. During the snowy season Heidel House turns into a winter wonderland with ice skating, sledding, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Rent equipment or bring your own.

The Osthoff Resort

101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

Situated on Elkhart Lake, the Osthoff Resort offers the ultimate summer getaway with its sand beach, volleyball courts, horse-drawn carriage rides, bonfires, grills and a number of water craft including platoons, canoes and hydrobikes. Visitors looking for a relaxing activity can opt for a morning coffee or sunset cruise around the crystal-clear lake. Families can keep the kids busy with Osthoff’s Pleasures Activities Program which includes interactive culinary and nature endeavors.

Wilderness Territory

511 East Adams Street
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

It’s impossible not to mention a resort in the famous Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells. Wilderness Territory is one of America’s largest waterpark resorts – taking up 600 acres. This massive resort has dry play parks, miniature golf and 500,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor water-play all of which are reserved for resort guests only. To add to the fun, but open to the public, are the Wild Rock Golf Course, Woods Family Golf Course and the Canyon Zip Line. Stayed tuned for the Best of Wisconsin Waterpark Resorts…

– Beth Blair has turned a decade of travel industry experience into an action-packed travel writing career. She writes for various print and online publications and is co-founder of and Learn more about her at and find her on Twitter: @BethBlair.

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  • ComeOn

    Where is the “This is a paid advertisement” warning?

    • Dan Monfre

      As the Digital Sales Manager of WCCO, I can assure you none of the businesses on this page are paid advertisers on Sometimes one of our advertisers will end up on one of these Best Of pages, but it never has anything to do with who is spending ad dollars with us. In fact the journalists who write these posts have no idea who advertises with us and who doesn’t.

  • eo

    wilderness territory? are you kidding me? based on what?

    • NW family

      We have been going to Wilderness every year for the past 12 years. We always stay at the Wilderness Resort. Four indoor waterparks, dry play area, huge arcade area, pottery place, Kids eat free in the restaurant… why go anywhere else. We usually stay in Glacier Canyon Lodge. It is newer and nicer than the Wilderness portion of the hotel and still attached to all the indoor waterparks, restaurants, etc. They have incredible winter rates and swim-out-to outdoor hot tubs! We wouldn’t go anywhere else! :)

  • Richard

    Fred Thomas Resort in Birchwood is a family owned “Perpetually New” resort that is a beautiful setting. A great family experience.

  • Cheesy

    This is an obvious ‘infomercial’ that further dilutes WCCO’s credibility.

    • Fred

      It’s “obvious” that you have no idea what you’re talking about. But that’s never stopped people from anonymously spouting off on the Internet before, so have at it and enjoy yourself.

  • Mary

    Infamous? What is so wrong about the Dells water parks? As a writer, you should certainly know the meaning of the word, infamous, and how to use it properly!

    Shame, shame on you!!!!

  • Jeff Anderson

    Did anyone even visit Eagle River? How about Stout Island Lodge in Rice Lake?

    I am sick of this “Best Of” series. The opinions of a couple of hack writers is not the same as a poll. Get some say from the public and maybe this “column” will stop being a source of amusement and start resembling something researched and factual.

  • dmbfan

    Alpine Valley is a great place to stay for summer concerts for sure!

  • dak

    While Canoe Bay looks beautiful, the prices are far beyond what the average person could afford to spend. In fact, one night in some rooms is twice what I pay for my monthly rent.

  • LML

    Great job. Love getting tips about cool places to visit. I have been to the Wilderness several times and have had a great experience every time.

  • Norge

    And not one of them lacks in Wi-Fi, great cellphone reception etc. all catering to the wealthy elite. Any place in Wisconsin for folks to stay on a budget. Be more interested in good docking facilities, inexpensive cabins for the $crunched family, and by the way can I still afford it after being forced to buy Obamamama-care?

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