Whether or not you're a parent, sometimes you long to escape to a place where you'll be surrounded by other adults. Or at least not overwhelmed by kids. Here are eight spots where you can unwind while enjoying some grown-up fun.
Sure, you might pass some kids as you wind your way through The Osthoff Resort to its Aspira Spa. But once you enter the spa doors, heavenly scents and a peaceful vibe will immediately start the unwinding process. The spa has a holistic, organic approach, evidenced in services such as the wild chamomile/ancient cedar "pedissage" treatment for the feet and legs. After your chosen indulgence, enjoy a cleansing smoothie in the spa café.
Hop aboard a cherry-red (heated!) trolley for the five-hour Winter Wine Tour & Sleigh Ride offered by Door County Trolley. The experience includes tastings at three wineries and a sleigh ride throughout the scenic countryside, followed by a fireside lunch. The company offers a wealth of additional tours, too, including a Wine, Spirits & Brew Tour.
This luxe, adults-only inn sits atop Wisconsin's famous Baraboo Bluffs. Start your stay with happy hour in the inn's Indigo Lounge, where you'll enjoy local artisan cheese and wine. And, if you'd like, some time in the lounge's Shiatsu massage chair. Don't forget to check out the hot tub, fire pit and infrared sauna. The next morning, enjoy a full, fresh-made breakfast before exploring the three miles of trail winding around the wooded property. In winter, complimentary snowshoes are available.
The eight guest cabins at this quiet ranch are stylishly outfitted to evoke the West. Think handmade bed quilts and handcrafted rockers. While all come with a kitchen or kitchenette, there's no television, daily maid service or on-site activities to help encourage relaxation. If you must move, head to the adjacent Kickapoo Valley Reserve, which offers hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing and more. Fuel up with the plump homemade cookies left in your cabin.
Whether you're a novice or pro, hone your cooking skills by taking a culinary class at this cooking school tucked into a historic parsonage. The school offers a variety of hands-on classes, including courses focused on Julia Child's recipes and traditional American fare. Classes typically begin with a reception, followed by group meal-prep and the finale: eating the fine-dining meal you helped create.
Saturday afternoon's the time to catch brewery and distillery tours, which include a free brew afterward in the spacious O'so tap room. You'll have plenty of options, from rich stouts to hoppy IPAs to barrel-aged sours. While O'so doesn't serve food, you're welcome to BYO or order from local restaurants. Great Northern's tour takes you through its entire distilling process, and include sips of every spirit the company is making, plus a signature craft cocktail.
When the snow flies, it's time to head to Sundara. Obviously, you'll want to enjoy its sumptuous spa, posh accommodations and nutritious-yet-delicious cuisine. But the magical aspect of a winter's visit is taking a dip in the pools while surrounded by snow-kissed pines. Sundara's outdoor infinity pool is open year-round, its stone deck warmed by radiant heat in winter. The newer indoor-outdoor pool features a swim-up bar, so you can sip on a cocktail or glass of wine while under the stars.
Culinary dinner theaters are the specialty at DelecTable, an event and dining space within VomFASS, a boutique selling quality oils, vinegars, gourmet foods and spirits. The events consist of five-course meals, where each course is paired with wine or spirits selected by a sommelier or mixologist. During the meal, you can watch the chefs at work. Dinner themes may be Game Dinner, featuring rabbit mushroom salad and venison stew, or Local Farmer Bounty, showcasing cider-braised pork and mulled apples.
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