If you are looking for romantic weekend getaways from Chicago, check into Canoe Bay, a 280-acre estate with three private lakes in northwestern Wisconsin. Canoe Bay has just 19 guest accommodations, spread around Lake Wahdoon to offer its guests privacy and seclusion. Designed especially for couples, all rooms and cottages feature a two-person whirlpool, a fireplace and a private deck with views of the surrounding nature, a great romantic idea.
The main lodge has a fitness center, especially convenient if you are visiting during the colder months, and a library stocked with hardcover books and magazines.
Things to Do
Most guests come to Canoe Bay to relax in natural surroundings, so if you are looking for weekend getaways from Chicago, this may be the spot for you. Vacation activities include swimming, canoeing, romantic walks through the woods, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and relaxing with in-room spa treatments.
Rooms & Suites
Canoe Bay has six guest rooms at the Lodge and at the Inn; and 12 individual cottages. To help you get away from it all, there are no telephones in the rooms. A breakfast basket is delivered daily to each guest room.
The Edgewood guest house is the most luxurious, featuring 3,500 square feet of living space with a wraparound deck, high ceilings, a 25' Chilton Limestone fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. If you are planning a honeymoon getaway, Canoe Bay offers a package that includes a stay at Edgewood and all meals designed especially for you by the hotel chef.
Where to Eat
The lakeside Dining Room, located in the Inn, serves a prix fixe Chef's Menu that incorporates fresh seasonal ingredients and fine wines. The atmosphere is romantic, complete with candles and tables for two. The restaurant has a 3,000 bottle red wine cellar room with a private dining table.
How to Get to Canoe Bay
Canoe Bay is located six hours northwest of Chicago and two hours east of Minneapolis. If you are flying, the Rice Lake Airport can accommodated private planes and is located 30 minutes from Canoe Bay; otherwise the closest airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
Room rates range from $325 to $1,800 per night, including breakfast. A two-night minimum stay is required for Friday or Saturday arrivals. Chef's Prix Fixe dinner offered nightly ($65 per person), except Tuesdays when the Dining Room is closed.
Children and pets are not permitted at Canoe Bay.