A Legendary Wisconsin Getaway

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The Osthoff Resort


Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake

By Patricia A. Vorbrich


Located in the beautifully, glacially formed hills of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine area, Elkhart Lake is a 286 acre, 120 foot deep lake. Just 2 1/2 hours north of Chicago, and an hour north of Milwaukee, this charming village of 2 B&Bs and 3 distinctive resorts, welcomes visitors from around the country and the world with its warmth, natural beauty and hospitality. Elkhart Lake has grown from a summer resort town to a year round destination for couples, families, businesses, groups and wedding parties.

There’s plenty to explore in this quaint town, and easy choices for accommodations with 2 B&Bs:  Christi’s Inn and the Jay Lee Inn, and 3 beautiful resorts: The Osthoff Resort, The Siebkens Resort and the Victorian Village Resort.  The Osthoff Resort was named in Travel & Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels. With 245 spacious suites, each with a kitchenette, dining, living room, fireplace and private balcony, the accommodations provide plenty of room to feel right at home. The Osthoff is also home to two lakeside restaurants, Otto’s and Lola’s on the Lake. Both offer eclectic culinary creations with panoramic views of Elkhart Lake. While there, a visit to the Aspira Spa is a must on your checklist; providing a holistic, organic approach to relaxation. The L’ecole de la Maison cooking school is a unique experience, even open to the public. Under the instruction of The Osthoff’s Chef, Scott Baker, guests will create French cuisine food to enjoy and learn to make in the custom kitchen.

The Victorian Village resort has new ownership and has undergone an extensive million dollar renovation. From quaint hotel rooms to one, two or three bedroom condos, this lakeside retreat has sandy beachfront right on Elkhart Lake. Looking for a relaxing meal or drink? The picture perfect lakeside Back Porch Bistro offers farm to table meals and what else — some of Wisconsin’s artisan cheeses and sausages. Don’t miss the popular waterfront Barefoot Tiki Bar, serving cocktails, food and live music.

A trip to Wisconsin wouldn’t be complete without a cheese tasting, and Henning’s Cheese is a must stop. Fourth Generation family owned, this award winning cheese factory serves up cheddar and colby cheeses, cheese curds and giant cheese wheels of up to 3,000 pounds.

Elkhart Lake is also home to Road America. A four mile road course that  is considered by the motorsports community as not only the best in the U.S., but also one of the world’s premier race circuits. Attracting 800,000 visitors a year from every corner of the world, Road America offers over 450 events held annually.

Relaxation is key at Elkhart Lake, with kayaking, boating and a guided pontoon boat ride around the lake on the Elkhart Queen, where visitors will learn the history, legends and lore of the lake.

The pristine quality of Elkhart Lake’s water has soothed the souls of people from far and wide, and keeps them coming back year after year.      M





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June 21, 2016 |

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