Whether your preference is playing in the snow or staying toasty indoors, a winter getaway brings its own kind of warmth to the season. Here’s to embracing the character and charm of winter.
Splash away the day at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee (Waukesha County)
Plan your winter getaway close to home by booking a stay at The Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee. Find hours of enjoyment at the hotel’s on-site water park. You can zoom down tube and body slides, float in a lazy river and spend quality time with the kids in the activity pool.
The waterpark is closed some weekdays, so check the website before making the trip. Find some more privacy in a separate sun-drenched, indoor swimming pool that’s just for guests of the hotel. When you’ve had your fill of swimming, relax in spacious and comfortable guest rooms.
The Hotel Ingleside also hosts a popular drive-thru holiday light display through the end of the year. Right next to the hotel, Country Christmas is a mile-long route that meanders through the woods and is lined with a million lights. It also includes holiday scenes played out by animated figures.
Thunder Bay Grille is a short drive away from the hotel for a high-quality dining experience. The chef-driven menu features steak, seafood and Cajun specialties, while rustic décor and fireplaces make it a cozy spot to spend a winter evening.
Escape to Hudson for a weekend of fun (St. Croix County)
Take a trip to Hudson for a fantastic weekend of dining, lodging and entertainment along the St. Croix River. Start the getaway by checking into the stately Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast. Find well-accommodated rooms and tremendous service at this B&B. Each room in this Queen Anne-style home features a private bathroom, a double whirlpool tub and a fireplace.
Once you’ve checked in, you can walk or drive to Hudson’s bustling downtown. Here, you can explore the artwork and galleries at The Phipps Center for the Arts. If you’re feeling like a show, the performing arts center is putting on White Christmas the Musical on the weekends through December 18.
You can also bundle up and stroll through Lakefront Park to appreciate a twinkling light display along the river’s edge, which runs through the end of January. Wrap up the day at Pier 500 for a great dining option. Start the meal off with smoked gouda nachos for an appetizer. Then choose from a hearty salad, a filling entree or a delicious sandwich for your main meal.
Hit the slopes in style at Whitecap Mountains in Iron County
Nothing says winter getaway like a ski trip! So grab a group of friends and journey to Whitecap Mountains in Iron County for premier skiing and snowboarding. The ski resort boasts 43 runs across 400 acres.
You’ll cut through the beautiful, Northwoods terrain on runs of varying difficulty, providing plenty of options for folks of all skill levels. This area of Wisconsin gets frequent snowfall — about 200 inches each season in fact — so you’ll likely find fresh powder covering the exciting runs.
When the sun is setting, pack up your gear and settle into the Ski House #10 in Montreal. Up to 14 people can spend the night in this home for rent, which is a historic house originally built for the families who used to work the mine in the area. Ski House #10 is conveniently located close to Whitecap Mountains and other winter destinations in the area.
And when you’re ready to eat, it’s a quick drive to Iron Nugget in Hurley for build-your-own pizzas, specialty pastas and more!
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