Less than 150 miles north of Chicago, picturesque Kohler, Wisc., is home to Kohler Co., as well as the sprawling Destination Kohler and its American Club hotel. As the five-star, five-diamond property gears up to celebrate its centennial in 2018, we explore three brilliant ways to weekend there in style this winter. 444 Highland Drive, 920.457.8000, americanclubresort.com
Experience the Outdoors
Exquisitely appointed while maintaining a sense of rustic charm, the luxurious and secluded 2,000-square-foot Sandhill Cabin (from $839), complete with a chef’s kitchen, will be your weekend digs. Admire the views of surrounding pinewoods and fields, then lace up your skates and head to frozen Wood Lake—or swap blades for snowshoes and traverse the trails around the River Wildlife wilderness preserve. If cross-country skiing is more your style, work up a sweat covering 25 miles of groomed trails. When evening falls, ditch the Uggs and feast on Italian cuisine at Cucina, an elegant, open-concept restaurant featuring wood-fired grilled steaks and a raw bar alongside a well-curated wine list. End your day at The Winery Bar with a nightcap of Kohler’s award-winning Original Dark Chocolate Brandy.
Book the Governor Suite at The American Club’s adults-only Carriage House (from $667) and imbibe a glass of Champagne upon arrival. Shed those city clothes in favor of a plush robe, then head downstairs to Kohler Waters Spa for the new Healing Waters treatment (from $176) featuring a custom Kohler Vichy shower, full-body exfoliation and Moroccanoil hair products. Relax post-service in the glass-enclosed rooftop deck with a whirlpool and fireplace. For dinner, opt for the seven-course grand tasting menu with wine pairings ($300) at the four-star Immigrant Restaurant. Wake up the next morning with one of the resort’s new hot sculpt classes at Yoga on the Lake; after namaste, sip a detox juice from the Craverie Chocolatier Café next door and pick up a box of buttery Terrapins (Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates’ riff on a turtle) to take home.
Find Design Inspiration
Settle into The American Club’s Eau de Vie Suite (from $895), a lavish sanctuary featuring a four-paneled glass fireplace, overflowing bath with chromatherapy and a unique Kohler shower experience. You may never want to leave, but an outing to the striking Kohler Design Center (kohlerdesigncenter.com) will make you glad you did. Peruse top-of-the-line working showerheads, infinity tubs, $7,500 “smart” toilets and more, then immerse yourself in more than 20 mezzanine-level designer room galleries (don’t miss Jonathan Adler’s Barococo Futurism and Chicago-trained Laura Kirar’s Jardin du Monde). Continue planning your dream home over local cheeses and farm-to-table fare like Great Lakes perch and bison tenderloin at The Wisconsin Room.