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February 19, 2020

Madison Magazine
Don’t let the cold stop you from embracing the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer against the picturesque wintertime backdrop. Enjoy a weekend getaway, a weeklong vacation or a casual day trip to break the monotony of the workweek. All within driving distance from Madison, the incredible geographic diversity of Wisconsin will be on full display. There are activities for the natural-born explorer, as well as for those who just want to kick back and relax around a fire. Bring the whole family, or embark on a romantic getaway.
Elkhart Lake
parents with two little kids walking in Elkhard

While Elkhart Lake is thought of a spot to visit in the summer for the lake activities and Road America — one of the fastest racing tracks in the world — the area provides a great weekend getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a stroll in the village’s for some retail therapy indulging in a vintage wine and fine food store or grab a delicious sammie from Off The Rails, a cafe in Elkhart’s original railroad depot. If you’re looking for some exercise after dining at the acclaimed Paddock Club or Lake Street Cafe, head down to the Quit Qui Oc Golf Course for snowshoeing. Explore the wide array of natural trails that make Lake Elkhart one of the hidden gems of Wisconsin. For those seeking adventure, make the short trip from the city center to the Siberian Outpost to learn about and experience dog sledding.

If you’re planning on staying in Elkhart Lake for more than a day, The Osthoff Resort has everything you’ll need for a night’s stay or weekend holiday. For the adults needing to relax after a long day with the kids, the resort’s spa, which was ranked No. 3 in the Top 100 Spas of 2019 by Spas of America, provides a number of unique soothing treatments as well as traditional massages. The resort has a number of dining options from the casual Otto’s Restaurant to the more upscale Lola’s On the Lake. Once you’re rested, journey just outside the resort to the reflection pond for ice skating.

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