Use GPS to find “romance” and the map leads to Romance, Wisconsin, off Route 56 near South Creek Road in Vernon County.
This unincorporated community, which claims to be the turkey capital of Wisconsin, is probably not the best destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway, unless there are plans to go hunting or hiking in the nearby Romance Prairie State Nature Area.
Couples looking to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day instead might use GPS to navigate to Kohler, Lake Geneva, Door County and Bayfield, all destinations to rekindle romance and spark passion.
Seeking counsel on romantic getaways, WiG turned to the experts at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The suggestions …
• Bayfield Bayfield is Wisconsin’s true north. Visitors bundle up and cuddle close in this romantic winter destination. At the Old Rittenhouse Inn, lodgers can book a room with a working fireplace and enjoy a gourmet meal in the dining room of the Queen Anne-style mansion. At Mount Ashwabay, the downhill skiing is outstanding. Bayfield Winery offers wine tastings to toast the spirits and superior winter views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. For the couple that gambles together, a good bet is the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino at Red Cliff.
• Door County Quiet, snow-covered Door County is a great romantic getaway. The Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa in Fish Creek is inviting, with fireplaces and in-house spa services. For an intimate dinner, the tourism experts recommend reserving a table at the Inn at Kristofer’s in Sister Bay. For breakfast or lunch, dine at The Cookery in Fish Creek. Art galleries offer an opportunity to fill an afternoon with wandering. And, if the holiday weekend’s skies are clear, take a drive to the 19th-century lighthouses along the shoreline.
• Kohler The American Club in Kohler promises pampering with a massage at the five-star Kohler Waters Spa. Specialty treatments include the Hammam Ritual, an 80-minute hydrotherapy treatment based on the traditions of Turkish Hammam bathhouses. Those who travel to Kohler over Valentine’s Day weekend can attend a wine dinner, chocolate workshop, choc-tail mixer or chocolate and coffee pairings at In Celebration of Chocolate.
• Lake Geneva At Fantasy Hills Ranch in Delavan, couples can go horseback riding across a 70-acre winter wonderland or get cozy under the stars on a moonlit sleigh ride. The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa offers luxury accommodations. This AAA four-diamond resort also offers dining in three restaurants and boasts an indoor waterpark.