Autumn adventures in Wisconsin
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
Take a drive to Wisconsin this fall, and see what the season has to offer our northern neighbors. These locations will appease both the parents and the kids.
Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wisc.
Destination Kohler, home of The American Club — a full-service Tudor-style luxurious property, originally designed to house immigrant factory workers from Austria, Holland, German and Russia, among other places — is the leading superlative travel hot spot for those seeking award-winning championship golf courses, boutique shops, delectable dining experiences and an indulgent spa, located in the Carriage House.
“Nestled amongst trees, water and untouched wilderness, the Village of Kohler is set in a cozy little corridor that feels like your own natural playground,” said Tricia Rathermel, Destination Kohler special events manager. “In autumn, the resort’s treescaped surroundings offer a breath-taking natural backdrop of colored leaves, bringing out the childlike adventurer in all of us.”
Nature-lovers and fall explorers will find much to do at the nearby 800-acre River Wildlife, a vast and stunning wilderness preserve and dining club.
“As the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Forbes Five Star Resort Hotel, The American Club provides some much-deserved fun for the entire family including outdoor games like croquet and family golf plus hiking trails, nature walks, bird watching, garden tours, clay and trap shooting, youth archery, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, indoor and outdoor swimming and tennis, horseback riding, fishing and more,” Rathermel said.
For parents that want a little alone time, Destination Kohler offers kid-centric activities and fun in the Kohler Kidz programs. Children can take part in the Kidz Dinner and a Movie offered every Saturday from 6-9 p.m., which includes time for games or children can benefit from a custom activity designed by Kohler Kidz staff.
“A Kohler Kidz coordinator is available by special request anytime for $15 per hour,” Rathermel said.
A trip to Kohler wouldn’t be complete without a Kohler Factory Tour. Learn how Kohler bathtubs, faucets and fixtures are expertly made in the Industry in Action three-hour excursion.
You may also visit to the Kohler Design Center, a lovely facility full of innovative interior design and home inspiration.
Destination Kohler is truly fun for the whole family, with activities and experiences for everyone.
Fill your day with an exciting escapade and romp around the beautiful grounds, or take it slow with an invigorating spa treatment, an exquisite garden walk and a cup of Joe in the inimitable antique solarium, The Greenhouse. No matter what your pleasure is, a vacation with Destination Kohler will be something special.
For more information on Destination Kohler, visit www.americanclubresort.com.
in Wisconsin Dells
The Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells is the perfect retreat for quality fall family fun. The resort has earned many deserved accolades including TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards, which named the resort the 16th best family-friendly hotel.
“We have always had one goal in mind: to provide a unique, beyond expectations experience for all our guests year–round,” said Travis Nelson, spokesperson for Kalahari Resorts. “We couldn’t be happier that, in doing so, Kalahari was recognized earlier this year by Condé Nast Traveler as the ‘World’s Coolest Indoor Waterpark.’”
Nelson went on to say: “Home to Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark, guests can take a ride on America’s first indoor super loop waterslides, taking them on a 250 plus foot journey from high above the room of the waterpark to the water below. Visitors can also enjoy the 570-foot, 35-second thrill-ride called The Master Blaster, relax in America’s longest 920-foot lazy river and learn to surf on the popular FlowRider. For little kids, the indoor waterpark also features a state-of-the-art kid’s play zone called Tiko’s Watering Hole.”
Find a delightful thrill at the 1,000-square-foot theme park that is complete with bumper boats, ropes courses, laser tag, a six-story Ferris wheel, an African-themed carousel, bowling, go-carts, mini golf, arcade games and much more.
The resort also houses a lavish spa and mouth-watering dining experiences.
The newly minted Double Cut Charcoal Grill and Liquor Bar, named as one of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice restaurants in January 2014, provides a modern take on the great American steakhouse.
“Double Cut brings distinctive, delicious dining and spirited lounging to all guests, whether business travelers, groups or families,” Nelson said.
For more information on the Kalahari Resort, visit www.kalahariresorts.com.