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Sometimes, you just need to get out of the city. Being so centrally located in America, a few hours in any direction makes for a great weekend trip. Eddie and I tend to enjoy visiting Kohler, Wisconsin’s American Club Resort and itss phenomenal restaurant, The Immigrant Room. I hype it up so much, my girlfriends wanted to visit it too. With so many activities, there is never a shortage of things to do in Kohler.
What I wouldn’t give to take the day off and head to the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin. With post-golf tightness across my shoulders, I could really use a massage and some decent time soaking in the various pools of the spa. I could also use another golf lesson (or five) at the Swing Studio, followed by a meal at The Immigrant Room. Just take a look at this spa, do you think anything looks more inviting?
1. Close to Home
For my local readers, there are a plethora of options to escape Chicago for a weekend. There are none better than a weekend away at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Located 90 minutes from Chicago, this five-star luxury resort is a treat to anyone who visits. From the rich decor and attentive staff, to the sprawling landscape of the Wisconsin plains, there truly is something for everyone. If you are looking for a quick escape and thinking of things to do at Kohler, trust me, there will be no shortage of activities.
2. So Many Activities
The best part of staying at the American Club in Kohler is the plethora of activities available, no matter what the season. In the winter, there is ice skating, ice bowling, or indoor golf and tennis. In the summer, hiking or a round of golf at one of two 18-hole golf courses including Whistling Straits, home of the 2020 Ryder Cup. Restaurants like The Immigrant Room update their menu to reflect seasonal offerings. Throughout the year, there are various specialty weekends such as yoga retreats and comedy showcases for those looking for a specific focus. Trap Shooting and indoor golf are just two of the things to do at Kohler property in during the winter.
3. Fabulous Food
There are quite a few fantastic places to eat as part of a stay at the American Lodge in Kohler. For casual dining, later hours, and table bowling, there is The Horse and Plow. It’s a fun atmosphere attached to the American Club and drinks can be taken to go if necessary. It has typical bar fare and American casual dining, and the cheese curd appetizer is my favorite! The deep-fried, hot, cheesy treats are not to be missed.
The Immigrant Room Kohler
For an elegant and romantic dinner, The Immigrant Room Kohler cannot be beat. With dim lighting and an extensive wine list, the Immigrant Room is an intimate setting for an indulgent American meal. When we ate at the Immigrant Room, we sat in the Dutch room. Each of the Immigrant Room’s sections is named after the country where most of the Kohler workers originated. There is an English room and a French room as well as a few others. While it is the most pricey of the restaurants on the property, the Immigrant Room Kohler is worth a visit.
The most memorable meals, however, are found at River Wildlife. A member’s only private dining club, access is only available by either accompanying a member or by purchasing a day pass through the American Club. A rustic cabin in the middle of the woods, the River Wildlife location provides a warm hearth and delicious fare in the heart of nature. The only sounds heard outside of the lodge are those from native birds or the occasional boom from someone on the trap shooting field. Bird feeders hang at each window allowing visitors to enjoy the diverse wildlife of the forest, like woodpeckers and cardinals.
It’s a peaceful and soothing environment and stimulating to see such a richness of creatures. But that’s just a bonus when considering their dining options. The selections, rich with game meat and hearty portions, are not typical of what one sees on a standard restaurant menu. Venison breakfast hash and rabbit stew were two of the meals that I tried and they were outstanding. I enjoyed the rabbit stew in 2014 and I still remember how delicious it was. If you have an opportunity, I suggest going for brunch. The offerings are endless, and there is even an appetizer/salad buffet and dessert table included with your meal.
4. The Royal Treatment
One of the aspects of a property that really make it memorable is the attentiveness of staff to your needs…including needs you didn’t know you had! The staff at the American Club in Kohler hold doors, offer recommendations for activities, and provide turndown service (with chocolate!) A complimentary glass of champagne is offered at check in, and morning coffee or afternoon tea in the Greenhouse are lovely pleasantries. These little luxuries certainly add up to cohesively bring a memorable experience to life.
Kohler Waters Spa
The most stellar of royal treatments is visiting the Kohler Waters Spa. This spa is one of only 47 five-star spas in the world, and it shows. Of the plentiful things to do at Kohler, this is one of the most unforgettable. The entrance is a beautiful cottage next to the American Club, with the lovely smell of hollyhock mildly wafting through the air. Delicious spa snacks and a friendly staff are there for check-in, and an attendant shows you around the multiple floors of the spa. There is even a card for how best to use the hot and cold plunge pools for optimal detoxifying. Since it is Kohler, I recommend any of the bath treatments or Vichy Shower treatments.
Whatever activities, spa treatments, or restaurants you decide to try, you won’t be disappointed. With a property that takes such care to provide everything for its guests, there are no wrong decisions.
Many thanks to the American Club at Kohler and the hospitality of Kohler Lodging for arranging the details of my most recent stay. As always, all opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Kohler Co. unless otherwise stated.