This was our first trip to Heidel House and we will be going back. We stayed in the suite, which has a gas fireplace, frige, sink, microwave, balcony, large soaking tub, comfy sofa and chair, and a king bed. The photo does not do it justice. It's much nicer than the picture. There is a large conference room table in the suite - which is odd, but I'd defintely rent this room if I were planning a work retreat or a family gathering. There was no glasswear, dishes or silverware - but the dinning room let us have the basics. The only problem was the cleaning lady kept taking the extras out every morning. Annoying - but understandable. The furniture is a bit worn - but clean. We could hear the owls at night. It snowed in the early am so the fresh snow and the view of the lake were beautiful. This made for a wonderful, romantic get-away. The front desk Staff was pleasant - but not very accomodating. However, the dinning room staff was first class! I rarely give a 25% tip - but Joe and John deserved every dime. Try the cheese curds - they are wonderful and the sirloin steak was better than some Chicago Steak houses. The Grey Rock Mansion had a wine tasting meal. The food was great and the pairings perfect - and for $39.99 a person it was a price you could not beat. I've paid double of that in Chicago. My only complaint was that the wine tastings were only 4-6oz and I would have appreciated a larger tasting. But overall - I'd go back again next February as they only offer the wine tasting dinner in February. I'd return in the fall if they offered a wine tasting dinner in October.
The spa was very nice, but pricey. The deep tissue massage was more like a swedish massage, the person I got the facial from was good - but a bit to pushy with the products - I don't like being sold product during a facial. The detox wrap was great. If I were to return, I'd do the detox wrap again. I'd suggest trying the labrynith, hot tub and sauna before your spa services to get the full benefits the spa has to offer. If I were to return, I'd go for a walk in the morning and then head to the spa. The air is incredibly fresh - if you want to sleep well, take a walk in the fresh air.
The only complaint was the bed - a bit hard for me. And I would have preferred an additional blanket - but I didn't ask for one. The towels are amazing - large, white fluffy towels and fluffy white robes. However, the sheets, blankets and the bed spread were a bit old.
I did shop downtown. It's about 1.5 miles the Heidl House and definitely withing walking distance. The house rental business has a jewlery consignment in front - a dangerous place to shop if you like unique jewlery. The prices are reasonable. I found a necklace for $62 which I saw at Nordstroms for $320. I walked away with a number of beautiful, unique pieces. All hand made by local artists. The Goose Blind restaurant had some amazing local micro brews. My husband went to the Goose Blind while I was at the spa - they kept him amused with good food, micro brews, basketball and local gossip! He had a blast.
Heidle House is a gem in the middle of Wisconsin. A great value. A great get-away. We will be returning.
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