Lakefront Resort with Award-Winning Spa
Heidel House Resort & Spa, located in central Wisconsin, sits on a 20-acre estate on the shores of Green Lake—the deepest lake in Wisconsin and an ever-popular resort destination. The main lodge and guest quarters were converted from 19th-century homes owned by two different families, which accounts for the mix of architectural styles. Surrounded by rolling hills and dense forests, the lakeside resort is a go-to spot for winter recreation: a pair of cross-country skiing trails loops through native prairies and wetlands, and there’s a waterfront ice skating rink next to a warming tent. In the spring, activities include hiking and biking, and you can rent assorted sporting equipment from the hotel.
The hotel’s Evensong Spa, located across the street, was named one of the top spas in the country in 2011 by Spas of America. The spa's main focal point is a labyrinth constructed from ceramic tiles and river rocks that occupies 2,000 square feet, with glass-window walls that frame the enchanting woodland scenery. During your stay, you’ll receive 20% off spa services such as a Balinese massage, which incorporates palming methods and nourishing oils, or an anti-aging caviar facial.
Heidel House Resort is home to restaurants with lakefront views. A Wine Spectator award winner since 2002, Grey Rock serves gourmet dinners such as walnut-crusted walleye with bacon-cider roasted potatoes ($23) and 7-ounce filet mignon ($29). The lounge is a stylish spot to sip specialty cocktails, especially on Saturday nights, when pianists and harpists play live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can also use your $25 dining credit at the Sunroom, a bistro-style café that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; grab a spot by the floor-to-ceiling windows and dig into chocolate-dipped banana pancakes ($8.95) or fall-off-the-bone Carolina pork ribs ($13.95/half rack).
Green Lake, Wisconsin: Lakeside Resort Town with Year-Round Fishing Opportunities and 19th-Century Homes
Green Lake is a picturesque community located in the heart of central Wisconsin. It contains nearly 28 miles of shoreline dotted with bluffs, rock formations, and beautiful Victorian homes. Year-round fishing opportunities, wildlife art centers, and a range of other recreational activities give visitors plenty to do during winter months.
The town of Green Lake, where the Heidel House Resort & Spa is located, harbors excellent fishing. Join the locals in winter ice shanties when perch and bluegill are in season. The small country town also boasts miles of scenic cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling trails. For a glimpse into its cultural history, head to Thrasher Opera House, located a mile from the hotel. A legendary movie house and social gathering place in the early 1900s, the landmark has since been restored and now hosts concerts and theater shows.