We went to Canoe Bay on a whim to join some friends staying there for the weekend, and it turned out to be the ultimate weekend getaway. This is a place which values privacy and staff does there best to keep behind the scenes. You are in the middle of a forest around a beautiful lake, and they ensure that is what you enjoy more than anything. The rooms are luxurious, bathrooms are fully stocked with towels and products, etc. If you need anything, a call to the desk and they will bring it right over. We were flying in to Chetek and got delayed because of weather, staff went out of their way to accomodate us. Even though the kitchen was closing, they did save us dinner, which was waiting in our room when we arrived. Food, wine-- even the cookies they give you when you check out-- are all delicious.
Our friends had the Heavenly Suite, and we were across the hall at the Fireplace Room. Heavenly Suite is really impressive, with a deck overlooking the lake. It's worth the extra money. The Fireplace Room was cozy as well.
Aside from the food, there is a lot of time for relaxing with nature. Stargazing on the deck overlooking the lake, with a bottle of wine and great conversation, was my favorite activity. You could also hike, canoe or kayak the lake, fish, hang out in the library-- we did all of those and thoroughly enjoyed it.
As others have said, though, this is not for everyone. If you want someone waiting on you hand and foot, if you don't love the people you are going with, if you are very particular about what you will eat or how you eat it, and if you do not drink wine (beer and hard liquors are not served) this might not be the vacation spot for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This resort is for adults seeking seclusion and romance; children are not allowed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Canoe Bay Chetek
- Canoe Bay Hotel Chetek
- Canoe Bay Wisconsin