How does an escape for the two of you sound right about now? Too good to be true? Good thing Wisconsin Dells is in the business of making dreams come true. We think you’ll love these romantic getaway ideas.
Romantic Winter Getaway in Wisconsin Dells
Has it been just the two of you working from home? Or perhaps it’s you and the kids in your bubble. Either way, a couples-only escape during Valentine’s month seems in order, wouldn’t you agree? Believe it or not, Wisconsin Dells is actually a popular spot for twosomes traveling sans children. To prove our point, we bring you ideas for cozy places to stay, quiet dining spots, spectacular outdoor recreation, plus couple-centric spas and shopping finds.
Cozy Up: Find a Place to Stay
Let’s start with boutique lodging choices, the sorts of places couples crave when they need a break from the real world. There’s Sundara Inn & Spa, a destination spa resort on the scenic outskirts of town, set in an 80-acre pine forest. Ask for one of the woodland suites, set apart from the main resort, with your own private patio with fireplace and heated outdoor soak. Inn at Wawanissee Point is a secluded villa-style B&B perched atop the Baraboo Bluffs with a panoramic view of Lake Wisconsin and miles of hiking trails on 42 wooded acres. The VUE – A Boutique Hotel, located on the Upper Dells of the river, serves up stunning views, high-end cuisine, and nicely appointed suites. Cozy up in front of a fireplace in a quaint cabin. At Cedar Lodge & Settlement, choose from cabins tucked in the woods or lodge rooms with views to the Wisconsin River for a perfectly peaceful getaway.
Have a Romantic Dinner: Best Places to Eat
Why not plan for a special dinner out, given the tempting fine dining options in the Dells. Wisconsin Dells is known for its supper clubs, where meals are meant to be savored at a leisurely pace, cocktails such as the classic Old Fashioned are ever popular, steaks and seafood are prepared to perfection, and white-table-linen service is standard. Here is our culinary insider tip: Save room for dessert, and not just any dessert, but those signature sweets meant for sharing. There’s the decadent strawberry schaum torte at Del-Bar, the crème brulée trio at Field’s at the Wilderness, the lemon meringue ice cream pie at House of Embers, the triple chocolate layer cake at Double Cut, and the brownie for two at Kaminski’s Chop House. All of the above-mentioned places also offer to-go options so you can still have the fine dining experience in the safety (and warmth) of your own room.
Have Some Fun: Great Things to Do with Your Love
While you have this time together, do a little shopping downtown for matching Minnetonka moccasins or a new piece of decor to display in your home. Pick up a bottle of wine to share at a local winery, such as Balanced Rock, Baraboo Bluff, Fawn Creek, or Broken Bottle Winery. For more of an experiential visit, partake in a tasting first and sample the different flavor profiles before deciding on your favorite.
Get outside for some snow-focused recreation – picture the two of you hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through a winter wonderland - at Devil’s Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park. Or speed things up on a downhill date at Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube recreation area. Warm up with a beer next to their outdoor firepits and toast to another year of togetherness.
Soothe sore muscles with a spa-together massage at Sundara or Spa Kalahari. Enjoy the outdoor hot springs at Spa del Sol at Chula Vista Resort where complimentary chocolate covered strawberries and champagne are included for every spa guest. There’s also Spa Serenity in nearby Baraboo, a day spa with luxe destination spa services.
One last idea: Never pass up the chance to indulge in “sweets for your sweetie” when you purchase a treat for the ride home from local confectionery shops including Dells Fudge Company, Goody Goody Gum Drop, Original Wisconsin Dells Fudge, and Swiss Maid Fudge.