Canoe Bay – Chetek, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Some Serious R&R&R: Rest, Relaxation, and Romance

Once a Seventh Day Baptist retreat, this secluded resort in Wisconsin’s heavily forested Indianhead Region was re-created for the exclusive enjoyment of just nineteen couples, with no kids, no motorboats, no phones in the rooms, and no activities director to disturb the serenity. Exquisite lakeside rooms and cottages – each with fieldstone fireplace and double whirlpools – recall the genius of Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright and blend perfectly with their woodland surroundings.

It was, in fact, John Rattenbury, Wright’s protégé and collaborator on New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, who in 2000 designed the inn’s hilltop Rattenbury Cottage, which elevates the property’s natura­listic yet sophisticated style to another level.

More than 4 miles of scenic trails wind throughout the inn’s 280 forested acres, where a panoply of wildlife – deer, pheas­ants, loons, and geese – lives around the shore of three hidden lakes. Most guests take breakfast in bed, go canoeing in pristine waters, reserve an in-room mas­sage, then make an appearance at dinner, enjoying each day’s new menu (and a selection from the 700-bottle wine list) in a candlelit restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that bring you face-to-face with the magic of Lake Wahdoon’s sunsets.

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