The Most Romantic Getaways in Wisconsin: The Best Places to Visit & Stay

From cozy lakeside cottages to perfectly rustic cabins, the Badger State is full of surprises.
Front enterance of The Abbey Resort
Photo: The Abbey Resort
Meredith Lepore
by Meredith Lepore
Updated Oct 12, 2023
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Wisconsin may be one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to couples' getaways. Cozy cabins in the woods, charming bed-and-breakfasts, stunning natural landscapes and idyllic waterfront resorts make for the perfect romantic getaway in Wisconsin. You may prefer the scenic trails and forests of Door County or the calming shores of Lake Michigan, but Wisconsin also has thriving cities with chic and swanky hotels in Milwaukee, Madison and the Wisconsin Dells.

With vibrant art scenes as well as world-class dining (this is the top-producing cheese state after all), Wisconsin is the perfect romantic weekend spot to explore with your significant other. Whether you prefer Wisconsin snow activities in the winter or you'd like to spend the summer on a boat, here are the best places to visit in Wisconsin for couples; plus, where to stay while you're there.

Romantic Getaways in Wisconsin in This Article:

    Romantic Weekend Getaways in Wisconsin

    shot from the sky of Gordon Lodge
    Photo: Gordon Lodge

    Everyone wants to get away, but the planning is what really slows us down and often stops us in our tracks. Why not make it easier on yourself with a hotel package that does all the planning for you. From activity-filled resorts to the most relaxing of spas, here are some romantic weekend getaway packages in Wisconsin.

    Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva

    You'll have not only a grand time but also a very romantic one at this all-inclusive resort for couples in Lake Geneva—dubbed the Cape Cod of the Midwest—on its own private lake. It's a great place to ski during the winter, but in the summer, you have a bevy of activities to choose from, including golf, archery, rock climbing, pickleball, horseback riding, scooter rides, fitness classes and so much more. They offer some great couples packages, including the Love is Grand Package—either one or two nights—which has a resort credit to enjoy romantic dinners, spa services, cocktails and more.

    Things to Do: Geneva Tap House, Big Foot Beach State Park, visit Black Point Estate and Gardens, Geneva Lake Museum, Yerkes Observatory, hot air balloon ride over Lake Geneva, zip lining, Lake Geneva's ice castles and corn maze.

    7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Gordon Lodge on North Bay, Baileys Harbor

    When you aren't cuddling up in your room, you can toil the day away at this beautiful waterfront resort with hiking, water activities, tennis and laying around the private beach. End the day with a sunset cocktail at Top Deck, then drink in those incredible stars. You can choose either a cottage, a suite, a lodge or the White Birch House. If you want an especially quiet stay, opt for the adults-only Bayside for your room location. But you honestly can't go wrong with any of these rooms in a place this serene and beautiful.

    Things to Do: Cana Island Lighthouse, Door County Bakery, Newport State Park, Washington Island, Baileys Harbor, Sister Bay, The MacReady Artisan Bread Company, One Barrel Brewing Company, Peninsula Players Theatre and the Historic Noble House.

    1420 Pine Dr, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    The Abbey Resort and Spa on Lake Geneva, Fontana

    Even though it's just a quick drive from both Milwaukee and Chicago, you'll feel like you are 1,000 miles away here. In addition to their world-class spa, this Lake Geneva waterfront hotel is bustling with activities. Dine as you stare out at the beautiful water and watch the boats pass by with your love. The resort offers a number of packages, including a babymoon package as well as a "Rest, Relaxation and Romance" package that includes a dining credit and a credit for the Avani Spa. It's perfect for an anniversary or just a small weekend getaway to celebrate your love.

    Things to Do: Abbey Springs Golf Course, boat rentals, Lake Geneva Zip Lines and Adventures, Wilmot Mountain, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Big Foot Beach State Park and Alpine Valley (during ski season).

    269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana, WI 53125

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Best Resorts in Wisconsin for a Couples Getaway

    Escape the mundane and treat yourselves at these resorts in Wisconsin where you won't have to worry about anything except when to schedule your naps. From dining and activities to luxurious spa treatments, everything will be taken care of and the romance will be epic.

    The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

    Is Dirty Dancing your go-to romantic movie? Then this stunning resort is definitely your vibe and may even inspire you to choreograph a dance together. When you're not appreciating its grandiose (yet still welcoming) architecture, you'll have plenty of activities, regardless of the season. Enjoy an intimate dinner at one of the resort's many stellar restaurants, then have a relaxing time at the Aspira Spa the next morning.

    Things to Do: Golf, swim, play tennis, paintball, hike, ski, sledding, dog sledding (at a nearby outpost) and horse-drawn carriage rides.

    101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-1976

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    The Landing Resort, Egg Harbor

    Wisconsin borders the west side of Lake Michigan, which means Door County is a bit of an underrated gem (as is the incredible Landing Resort). Located in the quaint town of Egg Harbor, this is a place of absolute serenity. Most rooms come with fireplaces, balconies or patios, as well as kitchens and incredible views of the lake right out your window.

    Things to Do: Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Plum Bottom Gallery, The MacReady Artisan Bread Company, One Barrel Brewing Company, Peninsula Players Theatre and the Historic Noble House.

    7741 State Highway 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Maxwell Mansion, Lake Geneva

    The Maxwell Mansion was the very first hotel built on Lake Geneva in 1856, and it's still mesmerizing guests with its elegant beauty. For your room, you can choose a classic, romantic style that is a tribute to the time of the hotel's opening or you can opt for one of the more modern, sleeker carriage houses and stable suites. However, you'll be spending plenty of time outside your room walking through the lush gardens, sitting at the outdoor fireplaces, playing croquet or bocce ball and taking a replenishing swim in the heated outdoor pool. Cap off your night with a curated cocktail at the Apothecary Bar.

    Things to Do: Boat rentals, Big Foot Beach State Park, visit Black Point Estate and Gardens, Geneva Lake Museum, Yerkes Observatory, hot air balloon ride over Lake Geneva, zip lining and Lake Geneva's ice castles.

    304 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147-2025

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    The Best Spa Resorts in Wisconsin for Couples

    Embark on a delightful couples retreat at a lakeside all-inclusive spa resort in Wisconsin. With the most luxurious spa offerings, fine dining and plenty of activities to choose from, every moment is carefully crafted to relax and replenish you.

    Blue Harbor Resort and Spa, Sheboygan

    Relax with your partner while taking in stunning views of Lake Michigan. Located right on the beach, this spa is a dream. It serves up all the amenities you'd expect from a spa this size—the lobby has three floors of windows, white balconies and a circular cloud mural on the ceiling—plus beachfront rooms, dining and a scenic pool. You'll just have a sense of lightness when you are here. Enjoy plenty of fun activities, including golf packages for the nearby Bull Golf Course.

    Things to Do: Boardwalk, Harbor Pointe Miniature Golf, Sheboygan Bicycle Company, kayaking, boat rentals, direct beach access, Sheboygan Falls, the Bull Golf Course and Elkhart Lake.

    725 Blue Harbor Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081

    4.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Kohler Waters Spa, Kohler

    Just a short drive from Milwaukee, you can let yourself indulge at the Kohler Waters Spa located in The American Club, part of the Destination Kohler Resort. When you aren't getting a HydraFacial, experiencing the cold plunge pool or resting in the sauna or steam room, you can dine at one of the five-star restaurants at this all-inclusive spa resort. You can also take an afternoon at the nearby Blackwolf Run Golf Course. With pools and tennis courts as well as tranquil rooms and suites, it will be impossible to have a bad weekend here.

    Things to Do: Whistling Straits Golf Course, Blackwolf Run Golf Course, John Michael Kohler Art Preserve, Old Plank Road Trail, Kohler Design Center, Harrington Beach State Park, The Blind Horse Winery, Bulitz Farm, The Shops at Woodlake Kohler and Bookworm Gardens.

    501 Highland Dr, Kohler, WI 53044

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells

    Set in an 80-acre pine forest, this is a spa like no other. Its name, which means beautiful in Sanskrit, is quite appropriate—there's a reason this 26-room spa has received so many accolades (including No. 2 on USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards for the 10 best spa resorts). Get ready to go electronics-free in all public spaces, and did we mention this is also a child-free spa? If you're looking for extra privacy, be sure to book one of the woodland suites or villas, which are separated from the main resort. Cozy up by the fire and admire the gorgeous trees and serene setting.

    Things to Do: Lake Delton, Wisconsin River, Original Wisconsin Dells Duck Boat Tour, Bella Goose Coffee, New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm, Ghost Boat Tour and Chapel Gorge Trail.

    920 Canyon Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Romantic Hotels in Milwaukee

    Iron Horse Hotel front
    Photo: Iron Horse Hotel

    With plenty of art and museums to check out as well as a plethora of restaurant and bar options, here are some great romantic hotels in Milwaukee to consider.

    Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee

    If you're a chic couple who loves modern decor, this is the hotel for you. Built as a warehouse in 1907, this hotel has been transformed into a stunning and modern Art Deco hotel. Maintaining some of its original elements, including exposed wood beams, the hotel features many great restaurants on the property like The Yard, a beautiful patio that's dog-friendly, covered in greenery and has outdoor fire pits and cozy lounge furniture. It's the perfect setting for a romantic weekend escape. If you're motorcycle enthusiasts, you're in luck, as the hotel is a one-minute drive from the Harley-Davidson Museum, plus the hotel includes many nods to the iconic motorcycle company.

    Things to Do: The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Pabst Mansion, Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater and the Milwaukee RiverWalk.

    500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee

    Since opening in 1893, this hotel has had some time to perfect romance. You'll be swept away by the glamorous architecture—it houses the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world—and the staff's impeccable hospitality will allow you to completely focus on a romantic weekend with your partner. When you aren't taking in the incredible view at the Blu Bar and Lounge on the 23rd floor, you can book a treatment at the WELL Spa + Salon or take a swim in the indoor pool. All 82 suites come with their own sitting room, but the Heritage Suite has a grandiose bathroom setup and king beds.

    Things to Do: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Downtown Books, Milwaukee Federal Building and US Courthouse, Apartment 720 and Brew City Ghosts: Macabre Milwaukee By US Ghost Adventures.

    424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Saint Kate Arts Hotel, Milwaukee

    If you find art romantic, then this is the perfect spot for you. A hub for Milwaukee artists, you'll be absolutely bedazzled by the interior design and immersive art and installations that fill this hotel. Definitely hit up ARIA, the hotel's artisanal American restaurant. If you're planning to pop a certain question or just want your meal to be as intimate as possible, ARIA offers private dining.

    Things to Do: The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Pabst Mansion, Pabst Theater, Riverside Theater and Milwaukee RiverWalk.

    139 East Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53202

    4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Bed and Breakfasts in Wisconsin

    Front view of Thorp House Inn
    Photo: Thorp House Inn and Cottages

    You don't have to be in a grand, luxurious hotel to have a romantic getaway. Bed-and-breakfasts are smaller, which makes them more intimate. Here are a few to check out, including a super charming bed-and-breakfast in Madison.

    Washington House Inn, Cedarburg

    There's something so romantic about a beautiful, historic inn, and Washington House Inn is no exception. Originally opened in 1846, it's had some renovations over the years, but it still has its original Victorian architecture and old-world charm. It has cozy fireplaces in each room, access to a sauna and steam bath, and a complimentary wine and cheese social hour. There are even packages designed for a romantic weekend getaway, including the "Celebrate in Style" package, which features tickets to the winery and gourmet Belgian chocolate truffles.

    Things to Do: Hike or bike the Ozaukee Interurban, Cedar Creek Winery, Rebellion Brewing, The Bog Golf Course, Riveredge Nature Center, Union House Cedarburg, Farmstead Restaurant and The Stilt House.

    W62N573 Washington Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012-1941

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Thorp House Inn and Cottages, Fish Creek

    If there was a photo of the word quaint in the dictionary, it would be the Thorp House Inn and Cottages in Door County. Located one block from the adorable Main Street, everything about this lodge is romantic. Your biggest problem will be deciding between the suites in the inn and the more secluded cottages. Inn guests can have a delightful breakfast in the warm kitchen before heading out for a day of exploring Fish Creek Beach and Peninsula State Park. They offer romance and anniversary packages year-round.

    Things to Do: Harbor area, Fish Creek Beach, Peninsula State Park, The Ridges Sanctuary, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Sunset Beach Park.

    4135 Bluff Ln, Fish Creek, WI 54212-9337

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    The Speckled Hen Inn, Madison

    This exquisite gem of an inn is not to be missed. The bed-and-breakfast in Madison, set on 20 stunning acres, looks like something out of a movie and is perfect for a romantic weekend you'll never forget. After your farm-to-table breakfast, explore the creeks and orchards, then pet the sheep and llamas. Rooms have either a jet tub or a claw tub, perfect for a relaxing bubble bath. The gazebo on the property could be a prime proposal spot (hint hint).

    Things to Do: Capital Square, Tour the University of Wisconsin, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Lake Mendota and Mousehouse Cheesehaus.

    5525 Portage Rd Madison, WI 53704

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Romantic Cabins in Wisconsin

    Wind House, White Lake
    Photo: Vrbo

    Whether you're deep in the woods or on the edge of a lake, a rustic wood cabin presents the perfect romantic environment. In the winter, you can get cozy and toasty. In the summer, you can soak up the sun together and then relax under the stars.

    Glass House Cabin

    Who says a cabin has to be made of wood? For a truly unique glamping experience, this glass house will allow you to be fully immersed in the great outdoors (well, almost). With only a layer of glass between you and the woods, this will be an incredible getaway. When you aren't enjoying the glass cabin—which includes a patio with an outdoor fire pit—you can soak in all that nature with walking trails, trout fishing, bird watching, kayaking and trail biking. If you need some delicious snacks and a little non-nature stimuli, head over to Richland Center's Court Street to hit up Kelly's Coffee or the Wild Hills Winery. A long hike followed by a wine tasting sounds like an ideal romantic day before a cozy night in the glass cabin together. The property, Anaway Place (formerly Candlewood Cabins), offers a variety of other stunning cabin experiences as well.

    Things to Do: The Ridge Road walking trail, Wild Hills Winery, Woodman Aquatic Center, bicycling, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, fishing, American Players Theater, House on the Rock, Devil's Lake, Mirror Lake and Wildcat Mountain.

    21558 Candlewood Lane Richland Center, WI 53581

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Big Bear Hideaway, Boulder Junction

    For the quintessential cabin experience, look no further than Big Bear Hideaway. Think oak furniture and a general celebration of all things bears and woodland creatures. Hop on one of the bike trails or set out on a refreshing hike in the North Woods, then consider taking a romantic early evening canoe ride together. You can grill and use the campfire pit and complimentary bikes and canoes.

    Things to Do: Biking, hiking, snowmobiling, Boulder Marine Center, Inc., Violets and Lace Antiques, Arlene's Pottery and Gallery, and Boulder Junction Trading Company

    10482 Main St, Boulder Junction, WI 54512

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Wind House, White Lake

    This cabin has more of a Nancy Meyers aesthetic with its white walls and furniture, and we're not mad about it. It's always so nice to wake up next to a body of water, and this one will not disappoint. Though it has plenty of outdoor activities available (including fishing, kayaking and swimming), this is also an ideal cabin for a honeymoon stay when you just want to relax and gaze adoringly at each other on the lakeside porch during sunrise, sunset and everything in between. If you're craving peace, quiet and romance, this is a great affordable romantic getaway in Wisconsin.

    Things to Do: Kayaking, Edgewood Golf Course, Wild Rose Antique Mall, Little Muskego Lake, Muskego Lakes Country Club, Godsell Farm, Bear Den Zoo and Petting Farm, and Rustic Road 5.

    4.7 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Unique Vacation Rentals in Wisconsin

    View at Cozy Lakeside Home on Johnson Lake, Arbor Vitae
    Photo: Vrbo

    Sometimes you get a little tired of hotels. Look for something off the beaten path with these incredible properties from Airbnb and Vrbo in Wisconsin.

    Romantic Tree House Getaway on Lake Michigan, Racine

    There's something so pure and romantic about a tree house, and this spot certainly won't feel like the one from your childhood backyard. This is a state-of-the-art tree house located only three miles from Lake Michigan that has been built for romance. Not only has it been featured in Time Out magazine as one of Chicago's Top 10 secluded Airbnbs, but seven couples have gotten engaged on site. You can absolutely unplug and be at one with nature in this treehouse, which includes a queen-sized bed, a full kitchen and views of the beautiful creek nearby.

    Things to Do: Lake Michigan, Racine Art Museum, Racine North Beach, Racine Zoo, Wind Point Lighthouse, Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, Blue Bear Restaurant and Ole Madrid.

    5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Cozy Lakeside Home on Johnson Lake, Arbor Vitae

    This cabin rental with exquisite views is located just a few minutes away from downtown Minocqua. Take some time for fishing, swimming and boating in the summer, and hit up the snowmobile trails in the winter. Or, curl up inside with a book under a blanket and just enjoy the relaxing views, which are lovely during any season. The rustic Adirondack chairs are perfect for sitting back with a cocktail and gazing at the lake.

    Things to Do: Fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing, swimming, Dr. Kate Museum, Island City Antique Market, Torpy Park and Beach, Minocqua Park Complex, Bearskin State Trail and Rocky Reef Brewing Company.

    4.75 Star Rating | Read Reviews

    Charming Caboose, Ferryville

    If you're looking for an affordable romantic getaway in Wisconsin that will give you plenty of conversation fodder for cocktail parties, then this railroad caboose rental that comes with a hot tub is for you. Built in 1954, the secluded getaway set on wooded acres is perfect for the couple who wants something a little different. Though the caboose is on the smaller side, it has everything you need, including a conversation nook, a gas fireplace, a kitchen and woodsy views, plus you're just a short drive away (four miles) from the Mississippi River.

    Things to Do: Viroqua Country Club, Vernon Vineyards, Mississippi River, Mount Hosmer Park, Great River Roadhouse, trout fishing and nature walks.

    4.95 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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