The American Club Resort Hotel Kohler WisconsinThe Place Not the physical buildings but this corner of the universe. Kohler is not on the strip. The American Club is not part of the scene. And that s exactly what makes this destination so magnetic. Teeming with historic charm uncompromising service and gracious hospitality here guests can get away from the cities and connect in this cozy corridor while still enjoying the finest amenities and most memorable experiences in the world.The People The hosts at The American Club create relationships with each and every guest you simply won t experience anywhere else. Every warmhearted intelligent representative shares and exhibits a passion for hospitality displaying genuine concern about the quality of each and every stay. As your hosts we listen pay attention to cues and proactively identify opportunities to help make each guest feel more at home.The Perfection A single level of quality. That s what guests deserve and can expect at The American Club The Midwest s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel. Every touchpoint every interaction every activity every amenity from luxurious accommodations to world class spa and dining destinations to 25 specialty shops and boutiques to a state of the art health facility to four championship caliber Pete Dye designed golf courses everything can and should be perfect. If it s not we don t sleep until we make it so.
In 1892, a grand Victorian hotel hosted traveling gentlemen in luxurious $1-a-night rooms supplied with fine liquor and cigars. The proprietor’s sons, prominent Milwaukee businessmen, brought 20th-century celebrities such as Liberace to the hotel for evening performances; today, the piano he played is still displayed in the building’s grand lower level.
The carefully restored building now also houses Koehring's Grand Central House, which is both a restaurant and a bed and breakfast. Bartenders pour signature ice-cream drinks from behind a replica of the original front desk as diners eat butter-grilled steaks and seafood beneath elegant chandeliers. Despite the changes, antique dishes and photographs hang throughout the entire restaurant, and ghost hunters claim that the eatery is still overbooked with the spirits of the unquiet dead.
If the walls of The Port Hotel could talk, they'd tell a tale dating back to 1902. In that year, John F. Thill tore down an existing hotel and tavern and constructed a brand-new one comprised of 40 guest rooms, which is four times the number you’ll find today. Thill installed electric lighting and warmed the rooms with steam heat—both luxurious features in those days. The hotel closed down in 1973, but the restaurant maintained a lively business.
The summer of 2005 saw the grand reopening of The Port Hotel, restored to its original state of elegance with 10 uniquely appointed guest rooms and chef-prepared breakfasts served in bed. Joseph Zankl and his family now operate this historic property, preserving its turn-of-the century charm while introducing modern amenities such as wireless Internet and plasma picture boxes.
Attentive diners will notice a few things missing from Taste of Africa’s meals—wheat, barley, and rye. The naturally gluten-free entrees also eschew dairy products, relying instead on tomato sauce or egg to thicken their sauces and stews. One such specialty stew, red red, blends fried plantains and baked beans; another mild option, pili-pili, combines cabbage, meat, and red beans to create an African-style chili. Traditional African spices ignite other meals, from plates of grilled goat to tilapia fillets. Not to be outdone, vegetarian dishes such as saffron or coconut rice soak up swells of the eatery’s signature sauces, which are flavored with unsweetened peanut butter or egusi spice. Diners can also take home glass jars of these sauces to share with whatever friends they have left after the glue stick incident.
In addition to the authentically prepared cuisine on the menu, Taste of Africa sells gifts handmade by African artisans. Every $15 spent on the collection of clothing, jewelry, and raw shea butter provides a meal for a child in a Congolese or Senegalese orphanage.
A sign outside of Sir James Pub's storefront modestly advertises "Imported Beer." What it fails to mention is the gargantuan selection of more than 550 brews available inside. Along with several cans and drafts, Sir James houses 500-plus bottles hailing from renowned craft breweries such as Samuel Smith and Dogfish Head, named for the gilled canine that pens all the brewery's recipes.
Knowledgeable about all the pub's pours, bartenders happily help patrons navigate the menu or select whiskeys, bourbons, or scotches to pair with their brews. To further complement its libations, Sir James frequently hosts events such as beer and cheese tastings, live music, and karaoke.
Beach volleyball is traditionally a summertime sport, but it's a year-round affair at Bic's Place. In addition to two outdoor sand courts, the sports bar shelters two indoor sand courts, all of which host league games and tournaments. Perfect for postgame celebrating or commiserating, Bic's Place's menu includes sports bar staples such as deep-fried macaroni and cheese, housemade pizza, and wings tossed in one of more than 10 sauces, including Wild Turkey bourbon. Bartenders behind the curving wooden bar help pair each meal with the right libation, while eight big-screen TVs stay tuned to the latest sports until at least 2 a.m. six nights a week.