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Kaelen Felix illustrates Elkhart Lake for 360 magazine

Elkhart Lake WI

By Elle Grant x Vaughn Lowery

As summer winds down and fall arrives, many find themselves itching for one last summer getaway, or rather, that first autumn weekend away. 360 Magazine was able to take advantage of such a trip, visiting Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake this past September. Located in the heart of Moraine State Forest, Elkhart Lake is the ideal natural getaway, being home to lake activities as well as canopied hiking and biking trails.

Elkhart Lake, located on the East side of Wisconsin, is both a stunning sojourn into nature and also a historical destination. With a population just under one thousand, the village maintains a cozy quality, with local shops, restaurants, and activities maintaining a small-town, yet polished feel. Yet during the summertime, the town swells and comes to life. First inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians, the name Elkhart stems from the description Native people had of the area, that the lake resembled the shape of an elk’s heart. Native American culture can easily be explored in the area through local tours and at the Henschel’s Indian Museum. Elkhart is also a significant historical definition in terms of its relationship to racing, reaching its peak in the mid 1950s.

Our stay at the Shore Club was nothing short of superb. The new owners, Tom and Kristin Pagel, have done an incredible job renovating the hotel. Renovations including adding updated technology to enhance guest stays: Netflix, Alexa, a digital concierge through the Whisper app, Peloton bikes will soon be available, and luxury motor sports for those interested. Furthermore, the site also boasts an indoor pool, a game room with ping pong tables and vintage arcade games, and a gym. For those interested in seeing Elkhart on two wheels, free bikes are available for guest use at the front desk. The restaurant on site, the Cottonwood Social, offered consistently well-done meals, including the perfect weekend brunch.

We began our lake escape with a pontoon cruise on the namesake of the area, Elkhart Lake. Before departing, we sipped and snacked on the Osthoff’s signature cocktails and hors oeuvres. On the pontoon boat, we were able to view the lake’s crystal-clear lake waters and receive a tour that included information of the area’s history, legends, and folklore. The evening air aboard the boat made this the perfect way to begin a stay. Following the pontoon ride, dinner at the Osthoff Resort’s newest restaurant, Concourse Restaurant and Lounge, proved to be a unique culinary experience. With specialties such as the honey balsamic trout, seared scallops with sweet pea risotto, and the veal schnitzel with pickled cucumber relish, there was a delicious and refined option forevery set of tastebuds. The restaurant’s décor, a tribute the area and Osthoff’s vintage racing roots, also deserves special note.

Elkhart lake is famed for its historic roots as a racing circuit in the 1950s. During this decade, the village of Elkhart Lake transformed into an open-road race circuit where top sports car drivers traveled from all around the world to take on the unique terrain. Likewise, thousands of fans were drawn to the area, eager to see the athletes and vehicles alike. The racing today is focused at Road America,but the historic circuit is marked with signs denoting Wacker’s Wend, Kimberly’s Korner, and Dicken’s Ditch. This auto focused tour of the area isn’t to be missed. Road America also offers an opportunity to join in on the fun with options such as go-karting and ATVs at this world-acclaimed facility.

Road America and Elkhart Lake are famous as one of the oldest, largest, and most iconic tracks in the world. Currently, its original course is registered on the National Register of Historical Places, emphasizing its significance. Gaining popularity in the 1940s and 1950s, the post-World War II economy spurred on the influx of sporting luxury automobiles. For Elkhart specifically, the notable Sports Car Club of America were the main organizer of their races. Incredibly popular races such as the RoadAmerica 500, SCCA National Sports Car Championship, the United States Road Racing Championship and the IMSAGT Championship. Today, it continues to host luxury races and draw motorsports fans and can even be found in numerous racing video games!

Following a wild time racing, time winding down at the Aspira Spa was well-needed. Inspired by local Native American practices and traditions, but fused with modern technology and science, the spa offers the ideal treatment for any interest party. The inside space of the Aspira is thoughtfully designed and embraces the concept of Feng Shui as well as the natural elements. Personally, we enjoyed the Element Facial; this facial is a mask focused in traditional Chinese medicine representing the five elements. These five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Harmony can be restored through the combination of colored light and essential oils inspired by these elements. By exalting the healing practices of indigenous cultures around the world, Aspira is able to provide a holistic, organic, and thorough approach to healing and relaxation.

Traveling back in time once again, visiting the Carriage Museum at Wade House transported us even further back – back to the 1860s stagecoach era located within this Wisconsin Historical Site. To get a full experience of the period, we were able to travel in that manner: horse-drawn carriage! The museum also features Wisconsin’s most diverse collection of transportation of this manner with over 100 horse-and-hand drawn vehicles. For the transportation enthusiasts, this isn’t to be missed.

When one thinks of wine country, Wisconsin might not exactly spring to mine. Yet award-winning sommelier Jaclyn Stuart operates Vintage Elkhart Lake, a charming shop where she hand-selects all wines available. The tasting at her bar came paired with cheese plates, potato chip flights, and other delectable pairing bites. The shop, beyond wine unique to the area, also sells other local delicacies for those interested in bringing home a taste of Wisconsin.

It would hardly be a trip to the lake without time spent on the lake fishing. Elkhart Lake is 119 feet deep and 292 acres wide, providing the perfect home to a variety of fish species: musky, walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill and crappie all inhabit the lake. Going with a licensed guide like Jay Brickner will aide in explaining all those numerous species. Below the surface isn’t the only place to find remarkable species – a variety of endangered bird call this estuary home including bald eagles. Whether or not fishing is an interest, time spent on this beautiful, blue lake is worth taking a boat out for. A little closer to shore also boasts the best of the lake’s charms. From the time when Native Americans lived along its banks, Elkhart’s pristine quality has been appreciated. Taking advantage of more advanced activities like a hydrobike or other watersports can be a more adventurous way to embrace lake life. Other options including standup paddleboard, jet skis, and speedboats. Even taking a walk in the sand along the shoreline is another greatway to take advantage of all the lake has to offer.

The natural beauty of Elkhart Lake region is its most obvious draw, but the culinary seen isn’t to be underestimated. Lake Street Café, serving California Bistro style fare, also offers Wisconsin’s third largest wine list ensuring the perfect pairing for any dish. Quit Qui Clubhouse features classic pub and grill fair with a Wisconsin twist, including homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Siebkens Resort and 67 Saloon are also phenomenal dinner options reflecting inspiration from the area.

Elkhart Lake proved to be a much-needed September getaway. The natural beauty paired with the historical aspects of the Native American culture in the area as well as the history of luxury racing makes this an incredibly well-rounded destination.

The Osthoff Resort Presents ‘The Big Cheese’

The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis., has added a new fest for foodies to its line-up of annual events, this one themed to all things cheese. The inaugural “The Big Cheese” event is set for Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, with activities taking place in the resort’s restaurants, cooking school, and specially created tasting rooms. It was the sheer number of award-winning cheesemakers in the Elkhart Lake area, including those with world championships to their names, that provided inspiration for the event, with attendees to be treated to cheese tasting classes taught by the judges and graders of those prestigious cheese competitions. For the full itinerary and ticket and reservation information, log on to www.TheBigCheeseOsthoff.com. To purchase tickets to any of the activities or make overnight reservations, call Osthoff reservations at 877-624-8995.

Participating cheesemakers, all within a half-hour’s drive of Elkhart Lake, represent the crème de la crème and include Sargento, Sartori, LaClare Farms, Saxon Creamery, Henning’s and Deer Creek, plus Masters Gallery which has one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the country. Naturally, cheese and wine pairings are on the schedule, but more unexpected pairings of cheese and microbrews, cheese and bourbon and cheese and tea are also included on the event lineup. Hands-on cheesemaking classes, cooking classes, cheese tastings through the taste buds of those who grade and judge cheese, a cheese marketplace, a special tasting of world championship cheeses, nine-course artisan cheese dinners prepared by the resort’s culinary director Chef Patrick O’Toole, cheese and cocktail cruises on the lake, even a cleansing milk spa treatment in the resort’s Aspira Spa are all on the schedule as well.

Meals in the resort’s restaurants will feature specially prepared cheese dishes, with the headlining cheesemakers themselves making the rounds through the dining rooms. Wisconsin author Jeannette Hurt, known for her exploration of culture through the lens of food and drink and with several books on cheese already on her resume, will also be on hand to teach cheese and cocktail pairings as well as sign copies of her book “The Cheeses of Wisconsin: A Culinary Travel Guide” and her “Drink Like a Woman” recipe book.

According to Lola Roeh, general manager of The Osthoff Resort, The Big Cheese event was specially created for those who crave authentic foodie experiences. “This event lets attendees experience firsthand the delicious art of artisan cheesemaking in Wisconsin, an art that cheese lovers the world over so closely associate with our corner of the world here in the Elkhart Lake area,” said Roeh.

Overnight guests of the resort as well as the general public are invited to pick and choose which classes and tastings they’d like to attend over the course of this cheese-centric weekend, with full event packages that include overnight accommodations also offered. Festivities begin Friday at 10 a.m. and run through brunch on Monday morning. Tickets may be purchased by calling Osthoff reservations at 877-624-8995.

About The Osthoff Resort

The Osthoff Resort, considered a landmark in Wisconsin tourism, is known for its lakeshore setting on crystal clear Elkhart Lake, spacious suites, award-winning Aspira Spa and an impressive collection of amenities that includes three restaurants,  a cooking school, gift boutiques, indoor and outdoor pools, lake deck with live music, and elegant ballrooms and meeting venues. For more information on the resort, log on to www.osthoff.com. Ticket and reservation information on The Big Cheese event running Memorial Day weekend may be found at www.TheBigCheeseOsthoff.com.

ASPIRA SPA

ASPIRA SPA RANKED #3 SPA IN AMERICA

Wisconsin Spa Earns Accolade by spa and wellness travel website Spas of America

Aspira Spa, located inside the AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort, along the pristine shores of Elkhart Lake, was named the #3 Spa in America, #1 Midwest Spa and #1 Lake Spa in North America by Spas of America in its annual ranking of the Top 100 Spas of 2017.

“The Aspira Spa has been consistently one of our most popular Midwest spa destinations and one of the most sought after Lake & Country spa experiences in the country,” said Craig Oliver, president of Spas of America. “A beautiful location, set on the shores of Lake Elkhart, combined with The Osthoff’s warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and delicious dining experiences make the Aspira Spa an ideal wellness getaway.”

In 2017, the trend has shown that consumers have been searching for experiences to relax, reduce stress and invest in one’s health. “Whether guests are traveling solo or in a group, spa and wellness travel offers people a chance to focus on what is most important – their own health and well-being,” said Oliver. Aspira, meaning ‘infused with spirit,’ was borne on the banks of a lake considered sacred by the Native Americans who lived there, bestowing powerful natural energy upon all who encounter it.  When developing signature treatments at Aspira, General Manager, Lola Roeh, aims to highlight the lake’s healing history, stating, “I’ve always felt strongly about offering treatments that have a special connection to the land and the water.”

Signature services, such as the “Grandfather’s Massage,” pays homage to the stones that are gathered and used in ceremony by native healers; these stones, called the “Grandfathers” are heated and placed on the chakras, meridians and reflexology points, bringing deep relaxation, peace and balance.

To celebrate this exciting award, Aspira invites spa enthusiasts and novices alike to experience the spa with a special “The Spa’s Included” package:

Book an elegant Osthoff Resort suite at published rates and receive one complimentary Aspira Spa service valued up to $120 per night. Valid Sunday – Friday, through February 2018.

All packages include unlimited use of spa facilities on the day of your spa service(s), including meditation sanctuary, learning center, indoor and outdoor hydromassage whirlpools, warming fireplace area, sauna, and luxurious changing rooms with cascading showers.

To book The Spa’s Included and view Aspira’s full menu of services, log on to www.aspiraspa.com or call 877-SPA-2070.

 

About Aspira Spa and The Osthoff Resort

Aspira is located within The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Avenue in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, just an hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago.  Inside Aspira, the space is thoughtfully designed, embracing the wisdom of feng shui and the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  The centerpiece of the spa is the tranquil Meditation Sanctuary, where water gently flows over a wall of sculpted stone into a massive hand-tooled copper vessel.  Effervescent whirlpools inside and out; SpaSuites with private baths, fireplaces and side-by-side massage tables; a Finnish sauna; and a spa studio for tai chi, yoga and pilates, speak to the elements as well.  There is a Spa Café, full-service salon, and spa boutique stocked with Aspira’s signature product line as well as spa apparel and artisan jewelry.

The Osthoff Resort is a AAA Four Diamond property.  Along with the spa, the resort features spacious all-suite accommodations, two restaurants, a cooking school, grand ballroom, year-round recreation and events, and premier amenities.  For more information on The Osthoff, go to www.osthoff.com.