Hotel Resorts in Wisconsin

by T.L. Chancellor

Wisconsin is well-known for cheese, its outdoor activities and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. But the state's rustic charm belies a host of resort options that can keep guests occupied for days. Wisconsin has resorts located throughout the state, some of which cater to families and include indoor water parks. Others are more high end and feature some of Wisconsin’s most honored lodging options.

For the Kids

The Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire provides both parents and kids something to do during their stay. Kids will enjoy the Chaos Water Park, an indoor park with rides inspired by comic book adventures and with areas that cater to kids of different ages. Action City is a 55,000-square-foot indoor game room with the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest. There are also an outdoor go-kart track and laser tag. Dining options include Dairy Queen, pizza parlor and more mature options like a martini bar and the H2O Grill. For those who plan to stay the night, the Metropolis has standard rooms and studios that all feature easy chairs, refrigerators, wall safes and iPod docking stations.

On the Lake

If there is one resort that does it all, it’s likely the Grand Geneva, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, near the Wisconsin-Illinois border just west of Kenosha. For starters, the Grand Geneva has its own private airport. The Grand Geneva is home to two championship golf courses, the Brute and the Highlands, which have earned national recognition. The Well Spa provides a bounty of indulgent services. For guests that come in the winter, the Grand Geneva features skiing at the Mountain Top, which has 18 slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The resort has plenty of space for meetings and weddings, as well. This AAA four-diamond resort offers four different room types, but all have amenities such as Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen televisions and private balconies.

Five-Diamond Luxury

Owned by the Kohler Company, the American Club is the Midwest’s only AAA five-diamond resort. Close to Lake Michigan, the American Club began as a boarding house for immigrants and is now an exclusive resort with just 55 rooms. Guests have access to the resort’s glass-enclosed rooftop deck and the Kohler Waters Spa. The American Club caters to weddings and meetings, but it has become a popular destination for golfers who want to take on Whistling Straits Golf Club, the Pete Dye-designed course that has hosted two PGA championships.

North to the Woods

Lakewoods Resort is in the Chequamegon National Forest, one of the largest forests in the state. The resort has hosted guests for more than 100 years, thanks to an array of amenities. Summer activities include golf, guided educational hikes, making tie-dyed T-shirts and pontoon boat rides. The resort offers child care if parents want to take an excursion on their own. In the winter, guests can cross country ski, snowmobile, walk in snowshoes and ice skate. There’s also what the resort calls the world’s longest weenie roast, a festival that happens each March. The resort offers accommodation packages, meeting space and wedding planning as well.

About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.