Ditch re­al­ity for a spell at these great va­ca­tion spots.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Special Advertising Section - BY B.L. HO­GAN


Look­ing for a get­away just a 25 miles from Down­town Mil­wau­kee? Con­sider the cool, con­tem­po­rary De­lafield Ho­tel.

This prop­erty, opened in 2006 and re­mod­eled in 2016, fea­tures 38 lux­ury suites, says Erin McDon­ald, gen­eral man­ager.

A stay at the pet-friendly ho­tel also in­cludes free ac­cess to beFit­ness, the fit­ness cen­ter next door. And there is bou­tique shop­ping and fine din­ing in De­lafield’s city cen­ter, hik­ing and bik­ing at nearby Lapham Peak State Park and wa­ter sports – rental boats, kayaks and pad­dle­boards on one of many nearby lakes.

The ho­tel’s on-site restau­rant, I.d., of­fers a shared-plate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with creative Amer­i­can dishes, bou­tique wines, Wis­con­sin beer and craft cock­tails. It was named one of Mil­wau­kee’s best new restau­rants by Mil­wau­kee Mag­a­zine.


Or how about a week­end in North Dakota?

Book a room at Fargo’s artsy Ho­tel Donaldson or the Radis­son and dine at lo­cal ea­ter­ies along Broad­way Av­enue. Peruse bou­tiques, visit Plains Art Mu­seum or see a film at the his­toric Fargo The­atre.

Bis­marck, the state cap­i­tal, is an ideal base to ex­plore his­tor­i­cal land­marks. Near the cap­i­tal build­ing is the Her­itage Cen­ter and State Mu­seum. The Lewis and Clark In­ter­pre­tive Cen­ter in Wash­burn high­lights the Corps of Dis­cov­ery’s jour­ney with in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays. Fort Abra­ham Lin­coln State Park in nearby Man­dan of­fers guided tours of re­con­structed Man­dan In­dian earth lodges and a re­con­struc­tion of Lt. Col. Ge­orge Custer’s home.

Theodore Roo­sevelt Na­tional Park is an­other op­tion. The Bad­lands park is home to wild horses, prairie dogs and bi­son.


The main draw in Elkhart Lake is... Elkhart Lake.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful, crys­tal-clear lake,” says Kath­leen Eick­hoff, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Elkhart Lake Tourism, with a “Mediter­ranean blue color.”

The vil­lage has three pop­u­lar re­sorts (the Osthoff, Siebkens and the Vic­to­rian Vil­lage), plenty of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and mo­tor sports at nearby Road Amer­ica.

That 640-acre venue has races from the Spring Vin­tage Week­end in May, to the Indy Car Se­ries in June, to vin­tage cars in July and NASCAR in Au­gust.

There is din­ing, and ac­tiv­i­ties such as kayaks, bi­cy­cles for rent and trails for hik­ing and jog­ging. Also, a golf course, pon­toon boat cruises and his­tory to learn about at the nearby mu­se­ums. Not to men­tion beaches and swim­ming in the lake.


This city of 487 is the gate­way to the Apos­tle Is­lands, a clus­ter of 22 Lake Su­pe­rior is­lands. Twenty-one of them are part of the Apos­tle Is­lands Na­tional Lakeshore, where you can camp or visit the largest col­lec­tion of light­houses in the coun­try. Bayfield is the step­ping-off place for ex­plor­ing them, with kayak out­fit­ters, sail­boat and power boat char­ters and a cruise line based there.

It’s also where you can get on the Madeline Is­land Ferry, to visit the only in­hab­ited Apos­tle Is­land.

There’s lots to see and do on the main­land, too. Bayfield has about 400 lodg­ing rooms avail­able. There’s a mar­itime mu­seum and mul­ti­ple fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing May and June’s Bayfield in Bloom, with gar­den tours and other events, says Kel­ley Line­han, mar­ket­ing and events man­ager for the Bayfield Cham­ber and Vis­i­tor Bu­reau.


The Charmant Ho­tel, a lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel that opened in 2015 in down­town La Crosse, is in a 119-year-old build­ing that started life as a candy fac­tory.

The ho­tel fea­tures a restau­rant, a lobby bar and a candy counter (stick­ing with the

build­ing’s ori­gin), along with a rooftop bar and eatery fea­tur­ing wood-fired piz­zas, the only such out­let in La Crosse, says its gen­eral man­ager, Sean Cas­tady. The build­ing fea­tures orig­i­nal maple floors and ex­posed brick and beams.

The ho­tel is next to River­side Park, and only 100 yards from the Mis­sis­sippi River.

Cas­tady calls the ex­pe­ri­ence at the Charmant “translo­cal” – “When some­body comes here,” he says, “they’re able to stay at the ho­tel and ex­pe­ri­ence La Crosse as a lo­cal would.”


O, the things you can do in Oconomowoc, away (but not far) from the sum­mer crowds and con­ges­tion of the big city. Among the big draws:

Down­town’s Spring Gallery night, where shop own­ers stay open late and of­fer sales, free drinks and treats while artists cre­ate. 5 to 9 p.m. Fri­day, May 5; down­towno­

Moon­lit Movies on a 40-foot screen at Fowler Park. Free en­ter­tain­ment be­gins with the Badger­land Wa­ter Ski Show. 6 to 10 p.m. Thurs­days, June 15, July 7 and Aug. 17; moon­l­it­

Free con­certs at City Beach, 7 p.m. June 9, 23; July 7, 21; Aug. 4 and 18

The city’s Fes­ti­val week, which runs Aug. 15-20. A cal­en­dar of events is at


As camp­ing sea­son ar­rives, Yel­low Wood, a White­fish Bay store that sells out­door gear, of­fers these tips for a suc­cess­ful trip:

First, plan ahead, and if you can, re­serve your site. Also: Watch the weather.

Then, pack the right gear: For meals, car camp­ing al­lows you to bring enough equip­ment to make culi­nary mas­ter­pieces. But if you’re hik­ing, you’ll want a com­pact, light­weight stove along with store-bought camp meals or prepack­aged dishes. For shel­ter, tent op­tions range from sus­pended ham­mock-style tents to lux­u­ri­ous, staked abodes. For sleep: Camp­ing is bet­ter when you can rest com­fort­ably. Do re­search on a mat­tress or pad. Fi­nally, bring enough wa­ter for cook­ing and drink­ing. No re­li­able wa­ter source? There are mul­ti­ple fil­ters, drops and pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tems avail­able.

Photo cour­tesy of Bayfield Cham­ber and Vis­i­tor Bu­reau


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